First impressions

 

 

Hawks rookie point guard Jeff Teague showed off his fearless side in a preseason opening win over New Orleans.

Rookie point guard Jeff Teague showed off his fearless side in the Hawks' preseason opening win over New Orleans.

HAWKSVILLE – You can thank the New Orleans Hornets for that skewed view of the Hawks the morning after their preseason opening romp at Philips Arena.

The Hornets’ refusal to treat the game like anything other than a glorified scrimmage (which, technically, it was) for the wave of good vibrations coming from the Hawks’ locker room after the game.

Aside from a staggeringly ridiculous 66 called fouls from the replacement stripes, this game didn’t resemble a “real” game in any form or fashion. But there were signs. Good first impressions were made by many.

A quick roundup of WWL (what we learned) from the Hawks’ 108-102 win over the Hornets:

PLAYER OF THE GAME: There’s no shame in going with the rookie here. Jeff Teague was asked to show his wares and he didn’t disappoint, scoring when asked and running the team as asked in his first real showing under the lights. Sure, Teague had a few jitters. But what rookie doesn’t on opening night? What I liked is that Teague’s on-court demeanor never seemed to change. He was in attack mode all along, challenging much bigger players at the rim constantly (hence the 7-for-8 showing from the free throw line). “You saw him,” Marvin Williams said. “You’ve seen what he can do in college. That man has thrown 6-9 and 6-10 cats in the basket, so he’s proved he’s not scared to go in the lane and do work. He played well. I thought he played really well.”

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME: Mario West played his usual sticky defense and Josh Smith had a game-high two blocks and five defensive rebounds in short time. But it was Williams that stuck out the most, recording four steals and using every bit of his length and athleticism to cause problems for the Hornets. We started to see some signs of it last season when he harassed guys like Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James in impressive wins for the Hawks, so his improved defensive presence shouldn’t really be a surprise. The added dimension of an eager wing defender in a 6-9, 245-pound package is what should excite you.

ENERGIZER BUNNY OF THE GAME: As long as West is allowed to put on the uniform and hit the floor he’s going to win top honors here. Honestly, I’ve never seen a guy with this kind of consistent energy in the NBA. I know he’s worn slap out after games where he sees big minutes, as he did against the Hornets. West played 28 minutes, second only to Teague. And he made the most of them, piling up a game-high 11 rebounds to go along with his six points, four fouls, three turnovers, two assists and two steals. No one can accuse West of squandering an opportunity to shine. “It was good to play some extended minutes,” West said. “I just played hard like I always do and was able to get some buckets and make some plays on the defensive end. I didn’t realize I had 11 rebounds until the end of the game. I just went after the ball and did anything I could do to help the team succeed. Our starters did a real nice job setting the tone, and each guy that played was able to contribute.”

MOST STARTLING STATISTIC OF THE GAME: Forget the stripes for a minute and lock in on Smith’s donuts in the 3-point shots attempted and made columns. That’s pretty stuff if you’re one of those people that groan loudly every time he takes a shot outside of two feet. Smith vowed to steer clear of the 3-point arc and at least for one game, he stuck to it. Ha. While I could care less how many shots from deep that he attempts. What I did like was his clear-cut intention to create an inside presence offensively. Smith parked on the block repeatedly during his 21 minutes, and showed off several new moves around the basket that surprised even some of his biggest detractors. Granted, he did hoist a 19-footer on his second shot of the game (someone shouted, “No, No!” when he pulled up). But he drained it, much to the delight of that same fan, who conceded, “Oh, he must have worked on that this summer.”

QUIET STORM AWARD: The player that will benefit most from playing alongside Teague and Jamal Crawford this season has to be Zaza Pachulia. The veteran big man piled up 17 points and five rebounds in a workmanlike showing that should become custom for him this season. Pachulia won’t have to beg anyone for the ball when Crawford and Teague are running the show with the second unit. Crawford hit him with a couple of early passes that seemed to catch Pachulia off guard. Once ZP eased into his groove, though, he went to work and that inside work helped the Hawks hold of the Hornets’ late rally attempt. “I think the entire second unit played well,” Pachulia said. “It’s been the same way in practice and throughout training camp. But it’s early to talk about this. We have so much more time to go just in training camp. So it’s probably smart to wait until after training camp before we make any conclusions.”

QUOTE OF NOTE: “We really do have a number of different weapons up and down the roster. Anybody on this team can hurt you on a given night.” — Smith on the Hawks’ improved depth, which was on full display against the Hornets.

A quick training camp update from the former Hawks files, per my man Rusty Simmons from the San Francisco Chronicle:

Acie Law and Speedy Claxton are listed as Nos. 4-5 on the team’s point-guard depth chart. Both have been plagued by injuries and missed the preseason opener. They got their first action in Game 2’s 118-101 loss to the Lakers and fought for their careers.

They were the lone Warriors in the positive on plus-minus stats. Law scored 16 points on 11-of-12 free-throw shooting, had a 1-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio and was on the court for a plus-6 Golden State swing. Claxton had six points without missing a shot (1-for-1 field-goal shooting and 4-for-4 free-throw shooting) and had four assists with no turnovers in a plus-4 outing.

Law missed the first several days of training camp with a concussion and sprained neck. After being selected No. 11 overall by Atlanta in 2007, he averaged only 12.8 minutes a game.

“This is a make-it-or-break-it season for me,” Law said. “I’ve never gotten a chance, and this is it.”

Claxton has missed 387 games because of injuries or illness in his seven-season pro career. He didn’t play at all in 2000-01 or 2007-08 and played only two games last season.

“I don’t want to admit that it’s over, until it’s really over,” Claxton said. “It’s tough, but I love playing so much. It’s just tough to face the realization that it might be over.”

Anyone still interested in debating the Crawford trade?

148 comments Add your comment

@danweiner

October 8th, 2009
9:39 am

down with @ajchawks! free @sekousmith01!

Melvin

October 8th, 2009
9:40 am

I listend to the radio broadcast and it was an impressive team performance regardless that it was a preseason game.

HAWKS4LIFE

October 8th, 2009
9:42 am

HAWKS4LIFE

October 8th, 2009
9:42 am

nevermind 3rd

HAWKS4LIFE

October 8th, 2009
9:43 am

bench bibby and start Teague!!!!!!!

Melvin

October 8th, 2009
10:01 am

Sekou, I watched some of the GS/LAL game last night. Speedy and Acie played well however, I’m glad we have Crawford and Teague now. Best luck to Speedy and Acie..

Truth-Serum

October 8th, 2009
10:06 am

Excellent post sweet Lou.

Lou Hudson

October 7th, 2009
10:41 pm

Lets not say well Horford is going to score 14 ppg and 12 rbpg this year and that possibility puts him near Cowens and Malone. No, his numbers are mediocre and he compiled them playing against mediocre competition. People constantly say that Horford’s numbers are decent against the weak centers of the league not realizing that if hes got average numbers against weak competition them he must be the average Al or less. Even if he did have a good year. I don’t believe that would put him in Cowens and Malone company.
I count Cartwright as a center not a power forward. He may not have been the scorer but he was a force and you could not leave him unattended. He could finish.That team did have luc longley also.

Im not sure that I am one to believe that star power wins games. That only helps when the refs give you that extra super star step in going to the rack or that you cant breath on him phantom foul going to the line. Other than that. being a super star just sells jerseys.

We have a difference of opinion on whether to build around a center or a point guard. We agree that both are” natural” positions.

Either way I think we agree on more than we disagree. I hope the hawks have a good season and you a good night.

Bubba Crew Chief

October 8th, 2009
10:12 am

Mike Woodson

October 7th, 2009
3:47 pm

Well you guys have given me and my players a hard time with this Bubba Crew stuff. Im going to shake things up this year to win your support. You know how important you are to me…

Koncak..Im mean ZaZa is moving to small forward to help when I do my switching defense you guy like so much. Im going to post bibby up to save time since they are going to back him down anyway. Josh is moving to the point. sh!t he always leads the breaks any way. Ive got Chilldress in three point country. He should get four if he makes shots from Europe. Ive got horford coming of the bench. I figure if he sits next to ZaZa’s hamburger bag he may gain weight. Im going to bench JJ also because you guys are upset that he did not sign his contract. That should teach him, by time I let him off the bench he will sign. NO SIGN NO PLAY!
All and all this should be an exciting year. I look forward to you guys supporting me and the team like you always do….You guys are really sharp. By taking all of the advice you offer here im sure to be………

out of coaching next year.

Thanks guys.

Why is Bob Weiss licking his chops?!Enter your comments here

terrell barron

October 8th, 2009
10:14 am

The fact that Pachulia was caught off guard when Crawford passed him the ball, proves that they dont even expect to get touches inside. Time to get the ball to the bigs just a tad bit more Woody.

Seven

October 8th, 2009
10:15 am

Teague is a star in the makin’
shakin down 6′9 defenders
remember these words “Teague rookie of the year”
Hear me clear….ly!

Lou Hudson

October 8th, 2009
10:20 am

Thank you T.S. I posted this yesterday to a gentleman who wanted to present Horford as compared to Cowens. The counter argument to the Horford is undersized is that so was guys like Cowens and Moses. Yea, True. But they were true centers and Horford is a true blue collar power forward. Heres my response:

Lou Hudson.

October 7th, 2009
4:42 pm

I Just pull this(wiki) for conversation, by the way when Horford averages 17.6 points and 13.6 rebounds then I call him a natural center. You make my point about natural ability. I don’t think Horford is to be compared to Dave. Even in Cowens rookie year he was 17ppg and 15 rbpg. Horford was nowhere near those numbers. Neither can he be compared to Moses who was even smaller in his rookie year. Both Cowens and Malone were natural center who thrived and produced great numbers. Its a natural position. Not completely about size.

Horford is a power forward. Please don’t dishonor Cowens and Moses with those comparisons. Hes not close to there league.

NBA career

Despite some critics who felt Cowens was too small to play center, Cowens was selected as the fourth overall pick by the Boston Celtics during the 1970 NBA Draft, largely at the recommendation of former Celtics center Bill Russell.[1] During his rookie year, Cowens averaged 17.0 points per game and 15.0 rebounds per game, and shared the NBA’s Rookie of the Year honors with Portland’s Geoff Petrie. He also led the league in personal fouls that same year.

In 1973, Cowens averaged 20.5 ppg and 16.2 rpg while helping the Celtics to a league best 68-14 record. He was chosen the NBA MVP as well as MVP of the All-Star Game that same season.

During his NBA career, Cowens averaged 17.6 points and 13.6 rebounds per game, was selected to seven All-Star Games, was named to the All-NBA Second Team three times, and was named to the All-NBA Defensive First Team in 1976 and All-NBA Defensive Second Team in 1973 and 1980. He was a member of the Celtics’ 1974 and 1976

Preist Lauderdale

October 8th, 2009
10:20 am

Did not play: Jason Collins (out of shape)

haha, really? Must be nice! Jason “easy money” Collins?

Big Nuttz

October 8th, 2009
10:24 am

Terrell Barron

The fact that ZaZa was caught of guard when Crawford passed him the ball proves that hes turnover prone, very seldom finish’s in the paint and is a highly paid scrubb.

Hawksgirl

October 8th, 2009
10:32 am

Great showing for the first game although it was a preseason game! Happy to see teague played well and smith.

terrell barron

October 8th, 2009
10:32 am

Big Nuttz, Zaza makes pocket change by NBA standards. And I like what he brings to the team. Maybe if we’d get them the ball more, he’d be expecting the pass and not turn the ball over. And perhaps even finish at the rim. Time to shake up this 1 guard, 2 guard offense. Zaza is not the problem.

Big Nuttz

October 8th, 2009
10:36 am

Terrell Barron the object is to score more than the other guys. If I were Woodson Id recommend keeping the ball away from Koncak so we can increase the percentage of our shots. You cant paint the entire crew of centers(?)based on Zaza’s low finishing rate. That s why Z is such a drag and why he lost his starting job. His man can leave him and double down or clog the paint because there is no fear that Zaza is going to be a scoring weapon. He has always been high in turnovers.

Big Nuttz

October 8th, 2009
10:44 am

ZaZa offense or rather the lack there of is indeed a liability when you realize that invariably the later rounds of the playoffs will come down to a half court game. If your center poses no offensive threat, it becomes rather academic to calculate how shut down the teams offense. I will grant that this wont be magnified during the regular season when we play a lot of Horford like power forwards playing center, however if we are serious about going into the higher rounds and competing, this weakness will be isolated and abused repeatedly. Just keeping it real.

Big Nuttz

October 8th, 2009
10:50 am

….and no, Zaza does not make pocket change. The free-agent center agreed to terms with the Hawks on a new four-year deal worth an estimated $19 million, according to the AJC. Collins who’s numbers mirror Zaza’s makes a minimum of 500.000 that s chump change. Not a poorly spent 19 million.

terrell barron

October 8th, 2009
11:03 am

What centers in the league are offensive threats, besides Howard? Zaza doesn’t have too be an offensive threat. He’s the backup center, for crying out loud. Just get me some rebounds, give some hard fouls, play some pretty good defense, get some garbage buckets, and make your free-throws. Detroit won the title with Ben Wallace at center. Boston got a ring with Kendrick Perkins at center. Hell, New Jersey went to the Finals a few years ago with our own Jason Collins at center. Were they offensive threats?

BBgenie

October 8th, 2009
11:03 am

Just wait Hawks Fans “The best is yet to come” Now can we forget about the C.Paul/D.Williams mistake?? We have a New J.T. in Town. Go hawks!!!!

BBgenie

October 8th, 2009
11:14 am

Big Nuttz
If we didn’t have ZaZa these past two years, Hawks are not in the Playoffs. He has kept the 2nd unit in the mix. His offensive skills are
coming along, he will shine this season. Who do you think gave us the courage to think we could Beat Boston in the playoffs 2yrs ago?????? Get a grip and STH. Stop the Hate!!!!!

Stating the Obvious

October 8th, 2009
11:15 am

Notice how a poster who calls anyone who he disagrees with him as racist just loves to tear down the Hawks only white player. I guess Zaza is part of the bubba crew too.

The Truth

October 8th, 2009
11:18 am

My thoughts from actually watching the game:

Our veteran core players continue to mature together as a team and played well together for the first per-season game. You can see the growth of the team after witnessing them some 4 years ago. However, I’m still not sure whether the apparent readiness of the Hawks and their overall fine performance were just the result of a rusty Hornet team who may have approached this game as an extension of training camp trying to assemble its pieces for the upcoming season run. JJ and Teague were the offensive standouts. Zaza stats look good but he played heavy minutes for a backup and was the recipient of some nice setup assist-plays by Teague and others. With the addition of Teague and Crawford, he must raised is level of finishing plays. His numbers would have been even better had he made more free-throws. Generally speaking, however, free-throwing shooting is still an area for improvement for most of the Hawks players. Josh played with confidence but continues to bark at the officials for some calls against him. He is starting to resemble Rasheed Wallace with his antics at times. I know his passion for winning is just on display but he has to learn to play under control or Joe Smith will get more playing time then he signed-up for. But without question, Josh athleticism can change the outcome of a game as he showed us some tidbits of things to come: block shots, highlight dunks, steals, etc. As Teague started slow but finished strong, Crawford struggled early and never hit his stride. When it was apparent he was struggling offensively, Woody elected not to let him play through-it as he would have done if JJ had struggled. As result, Teague may have been the recipient of more playing time.

One thing to watch is Crawford trying to discover his new role as a 6th man off the bench. Will he be a scorer (as Flip was) or a play maker (setup guy)? Last night he was searching for that right blend. He had 2 nice assist to Zaza but when it came time for him to score to keep the defender honest, he was cold and never found his rhythm. I hope he elects to go with his first instinct and not try to reinvent himself. Woody probably wants him to be a gunner attack dog first and then setup plays for others.

The game was not really as close as the scoreboard indicated. Mario and Hunter played like they belong on the team. Woody granted them minutes as if he expects them to be on the roster. Siler saw about 5 minutes and played respectable for the biggest guy in the building. Just his presence will alter an opponent’s offense. The body size of this guy is what makes him unique. I say he needs to on this team if for no other reason.

As a veteran team, the Hawks now understands that the nuances of winning games depends on the small things during the course of a game such as: that extra rebound, that extra pass, that timely block shot, causing that timely turn-over, etc. Sometimes these things don’t show up on the stat sheet as was the case last night. It was clear that the Hawk played at that style and the Hornets did not. I’ll give a shout-out to Woody and his staff for installing that kind of mentality to the team. Over time, both Crawford and Teague should profit from that brand of team attitude.

niremetal

October 8th, 2009
11:24 am

Co-sign terrell barron.

Hey TB, how’d you like seeing your namesake getting posterized by Teague last night? ;)

Melvin

October 8th, 2009
11:28 am

Truth,
Nice post game analysis. I appreicate how you pointed out that some important aspects of the game doesn’t showup in the stats. Many folks think or refer to the stat sheet for a source of everything.

Matt

October 8th, 2009
11:38 am

“Mario West was his played his usual sticky defense”

This is possible the worst constructed sentence I’ve ever read.

WOw.

Gilley

October 8th, 2009
11:56 am

I listened to the game on the radio 790 AM Steve Holman had me cracking up with his shots at the officials. Hopefully, it doesnt affect us and we overcome and knock down the free throws. I am impressed with the ease and comfort of the first unit. Watching them in practice on NBA TV and listening to them on the game, you can tell we have a veteran squad but we just have to make it consistent throughout the roster. Looking forward to the season. Let’s Go Hawks. Shock the world AGAIN and make it past the second round.

niremetal

October 8th, 2009
11:56 am

Something tells me that construction wasn’t intentional and that Sekou meant to exclude “was his.” He probably wrote the sentence one way initially (eg “Mario West was his usual sticky self on defense”) and then decided to change it to a more straightforward sentence “Mario West played his usual sticky defense”) but forgot to delete the earlier words after he made the change. Happens all the time when you have no one to review your writing but yourself.

Anyway, getting worked up about typos? Come on, now. People with your name should know better than that. :)

Mz. Hawkdafied

October 8th, 2009
11:58 am

Preseason, regular season, post season whatever (thank God it’s no longer off season). Yeah everyone knows the intensity of the game changes based on which season the team is in. I’m thinking, if the Hawks can play with this much intensity during a preseason game, regular season should be a takeoff and post season should be an explosion. :-)

Of the guys trying to make the squad, Mario West and Othello Hunter were the standout guys in this game. Maybe they have the advantage over the other guys because they were a part of the 08-09 squad.

Can’t wait for the next glorified scrimmage and ultimately the real deal on Oct. 28th.

Andy

October 8th, 2009
12:01 pm

Did anyone else see the training camp special of the Hawks on NBATV?

Was anyone else annoyed as much as me by Josh Smith’s antics during practice (he was mic’ed up as well as Woody & Bibby)? Constantly makin’ prop bets with players on shots, singing, dancing, interacting with bystanders… No wonder he gets on the coaching staff’s nerves… If they kid (yes, unfortunately still a kid) would mature and focus during practice, there’s no telling how much more he could bring to the table.

I just hate to see a professional athlete act like he did in that session. Don’t know if he was doing it moreso because he was mic’ed up but I thought it was quite embarrassing for the Hawks organization. Just shut up, focus, LEARN, and play!

Andy

October 8th, 2009
12:02 pm

Also was impressed each time Woddy took a shot (and there were quite a few), he drained the bottom of the net…

Sekou Smith

October 8th, 2009
12:05 pm

Self editing Matt. Sometimes we all get caught up. Muchas gracias for the alert.

Mike

October 8th, 2009
12:07 pm

Sekou,

You know this proves nothing until the season starts right? I’m just saying … I believe it was a great trade. However, to those who didn’t this proves nothing. I beat the patriots on madden everyday … means nothing.

Mz. Hawkdafied

October 8th, 2009
12:08 pm

Fingers crossed Jeff Teague doesn’t let mistakes take away that fearlessness. No one’s perfect not even the so called superstars.With continued encouragement, advice, and support from his team mates, he’ll be all good.

So glad it’s no longer offseason!

Mike

October 8th, 2009
12:08 pm

Check this melodic beat out while you edit … and adhere to the title until the midway through the season in reference to the trade.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lysRUyYZ8k

Sekou Smith

October 8th, 2009
12:22 pm

I didn’t say it proved anything Mike. Both Acie and Speedy needed new locations so they could jumpstart or restart their careers. I just think the debate about trading two end of the rotation guards for a guy that could be sixth man of the year was a ridiculous. That’s all.

Nothing more.

Dan

October 8th, 2009
12:49 pm

Sekou, what did you think of Siler? I was not impressed. He looked slow and anything but smooth. Still some preseason left, but this guy has a long, long way to go.

Thought Joe Johnson played great last night, too. Hit some sweet shots, including a fade away from the deep corner (in the 2nd quarter, I think). Josh Smith was a beast. I like his ban on 3’s. Plus, when he attacks the rim, only good things happen.

I noticed that the officials were brutal, but so are the regulars. I think Posey should have been hit with the T, though. He just threw Josh Smith down. Just another thug from the ‘07-’08 Celtics.

And, Woody did not kill the starters. Hope they keep this rotation the whole preseason.

darrell starks

October 8th, 2009
12:50 pm

big nuttz you are nuttz no one played as hard as zaza when coming of the bench he gave you more on the boards than any 1 on the team last year.
GO HAWKS!!!!!!!!!!!

darrell starks

October 8th, 2009
12:52 pm

SEKOU the hawks played well last night.
GO HAWKS!!!!!!!!!

Daniel

October 8th, 2009
1:02 pm

I keep hearing about Hunter’s game last night. Did he play the swing position or just PF?

terrell barron

October 8th, 2009
1:41 pm

Who are you talking about Niremental? Who got posterized by Teague?

wink

October 8th, 2009
1:45 pm

First Impressions:

Coach Woody: played his bench early & often; hope this is not just preseason tinkering. Offense ran thru post early in the game as Josh & Horford got easy buckets; not much Iso Joe…keep it up Coach! Now we need to work on early offense? What’s up with the line up of Siler, Teague, Wilks, Robinson, & West? 4 Guards… Teague was guarding a small forward?

JJ – looked good, some pounding of the ball, as stated less Iso Joe…heck he even got a dunk. Did you see him play a little small forward when Teague was in with Bibby. Crazy move on the big at the top of the key, broke him off and droped it off at the rim!!

Bibby – ran the 1st unit well and tried on defense; scored the ball when open.

Horford – looked to be in good shape as he fan the floor early on. Appears he worked on some basic inside moves, as he & Josh dominated early.

Josh – played under control for the most part, took one long jumper, but no 3 balls…whew! Displayed some offense in the post. Defensively, he played as expected & got some blocks & rebounds.

Teague – played well for he first game. Seems Woody is commited to give him major minutes, as he played alot. He can score at the rim & make free throws…shows no fear of going inside. On this night no outside stroke on display, as he missed all his jump shots. Ended the the game with no more than 2 assist, which is low for the minutes played. Defensively, he was not embarassed by CP3, was able to stay in front of his man.

Crawford – assist game was on & popping with ZaZa; it appeared like we had an inside game. His offense was way off, however, I believe he could have corrected that because his handle is solid; which would have allowed him to get to the rim or draw fouls, instead he fed ZaZa for buckets.

ZaZa – will benefit from having Crawford on the floor. He was able to catch & score the ball in the paint. Showed a good foul line jumper. Rebounding & hustle was solid. Should make a difference for us this year.

Collins & Joe Smith – got DNP from Woody.

West – aka Rio was his usual busting a gut self; led the team in rebounding, but he also got major minutes; on the floor at the close to help secure game. Made a nice pull up shot in the lane…sweet.

That leaves Marvin – who played his usual self. Nothing flashy, made a few open jumpers, played good defense. I think I spotted an Iso Marvin play…drained it. One problem noticed…when making first substitution for starters, Marvin did not appear to have a back up… came in with West ( this is a scoring position)???

Even a Siler & RandMo sighting…fouls on display. Siler is a big dude, played with 4 guards, as our lead started to dwindle down. RandMo looks to be in shape due to weight loss. Siler has to show more, but I don’t believe he was given the right circumstances to make an impack last night.

For one night in preseason, impressed with the team. First team looked good together. Got an early big lead, but I must say it looked like New Orleans took the night off when their starters left the floor. Impact players thereafter were Bobby Brown & Wright (scored at will).

terrell barron

October 8th, 2009
1:46 pm

Andy, calm down. It was a freakin walkthrough session. Why bring up Josh, and never bring up Joe and Bibby? They were doing the same thing. I guess you missed that???

jerrywest

October 8th, 2009
1:46 pm

my posts are not going through…

Nice game recap by someone who was there:
http://www.hawksquawk.net/community/index.php/topic/340084-thoughts-on-tonights-game/

niremetal

October 8th, 2009
1:54 pm

tb,

Earl Barron – see the photo at the top of this post.

Mike is back

October 8th, 2009
1:55 pm

Dan, this is just the first preseason game…by the time preseason is over with…we should have a better gauge on Siler. With his limited basketball resume…of course his technique or lack thereof will be clearly visible…but you can teach that…what you can’t teach is HEART and he’s got plenty of that!!
I like what I seen from the Hawks…in the clips I seen the guy that really caught my eye besides JJ, Smoove, Teague, and Mario was Othella Hunter…he brings Mario type intensity…plus he has some offensive skills to boot. If it came down to Mario or Othella I could go either way, however my choice would be Othella…kid got some skills. The more you see him play…the more he catches your eye.
I read the comments about Marvin’s improved defense…he was really starting to accept the challenge of defending against elite in the league before is injury. If this is the year Marvin puts it all to gather…the Hawks will definitely be a formable foe in the EAST…write it down foooooooolks!!!
I’ was a big supporter of Acie and Solo…now its Teague, Siler, and Othella…some how I do not consider that a bad trade-off. You could easily say that if the aforementioned guys had been embrace with the same support as Teague is receiving things would have turned out difference…who knows. In real life…opportunity is hard to come by…you have to make the most out of what ever situation comes your way. I will say this…Teague is the first PG that I have seen that has the potential to help the Hawks finally be able to exorcise CP3 and DWilliams ghosts…plus we still got Marvin…HALLA!!!!!!!!
GO HAWKS!!!!!!!

JohnD

October 8th, 2009
2:12 pm

I was there and the defense was the key. Great “on your man and help” defense by the Hawks and little or no defense from the Hornets.

Will Jeff Teague still find open lanes to the basket in the regular season? Not unless he has more outside ability than he showed last night. The NBA exploits weakness and will back off of him just as they do Josh Smith.

Overall you could not expect much more from the first pre-season game.

Mz. Hawkdafied

October 8th, 2009
2:21 pm

Dang, you it’s only preseason commenting folks are killing my buzz from last night’s game. Geesh! Die hard Hawks fans go to preseason games. Sure was a lot of empty seats. Hawks Nation needs to up their game and fill up the arena. Always criticizing the players,how about showing up at the arena. Hey that way other teams’ fans can’t take over the Highlight Factory. Critique that buzz killers.

KMP

October 8th, 2009
2:31 pm

I am not sure how anyone can poke holes at the contribution that Za Za has made to this team. He is a gutsy hard working big who will not back down from the likes of Howard and Garnett. I was at the game last night and noticed that Big Z clearly worked on improving his foot work in the paint as well as his left hand. It also looks like he has worked on his short to mid-range jumper also.

Very impressed with Teague! Should be a great talent off of the bench.

Crawford seemed a bit out of synch, but he’s a vet and will provide us with great scoring off the bench.

The 1st unit looked great, particularly on the defensive end of the floor. Keeping this team together over the past few years is going to pay dividends this year.

Cant wait for them to start lacing them up for real!! Go Hawks!!!

Dan

October 8th, 2009
2:52 pm

Mike is back, I hear ya’. I know it is just one game, and a preseason game at that. There are, however, such things as eye-tests. Some guys just look like they should be good players. I don’t think Siler passes it. Doesn’t mean that he won’t come around. Just means that, for now, he does not look the part. Like I said, that guy has a long ways to go.

Will be interesting to see if he makes any progress.

Agree…Hunter played a good game last night. He was very aggressive. I’m still pulling for Mario West to grab that last roster spot, though. Love watching that guy play.