Charlotte–Well, what to make of this one? You could hate on the Hawks for coming out with no urgency though they needed more of it without J.J and Bibby in the lineup. Or you can look at their 64-50 advantage in the second half and praise them for at least not folding.
– Shoot, I don’t know, maybe it’s something in between? “We didn’t come out ready to play,” Woody said. “It wasn’t pretty in the locker room at halftime. I thought we came out and played Atlanta Hawks basketball in the second half but the effort came too late.”
– The Bobcats raced out to a 21-8 lead and were up 34-14 after the first quarter. The Hawks had no energy, cohesion or communication. “We got off to a sluggish start,” Smoove said, and if you saw it you know that’s an understatement.
– The Hawks certainly looked like a different squad after halftime. Too bad they were already buried under Charlotte’s dunks and layups. “I don’t think we came out with enough energy to stop that early,” Al said.
– Another way to look at this game is to figure the Hawks didn’t have enough depth to beat a capable, desperate team that is tough on its court and just look at how the fill-ins played. “We are looking to see what guys are willing to step up and play in the absence of other guys,” Josh said. “We want guys who are not scared and can add that extra depth.”
– Mo was quiet early and great after halftime (20 points, 8/11 FG in the second half!). Teague was bad early and pretty good after halftime (seven points, four assists, no turnovers after halftime). And Mario . . . well, there’s a reason Mo played all 24 minutes in the second half (though Mario did have another nasty dunk).
– Teague said calmed down after Bibby pulled him to the side for a talk. ““That (bad start) let me know what I need to work on,” he said. “I was timid at first. When you are a rookie making your second start and things go bad, all of that is in your head. I’m glad I have veteran teammates who talk to me and support me.”
– “The rook’ was good,” Jamal said. “That’s what it’s all about is getting experience and getting comfortable out there.”
– “Jeff Teague did an outstanding job,” Smoove said. “He may have been a little shaken up in the first half but he came back in the second half and answered the bell.”
– Teague’s teammates are pulling for him. Woody wants Rook’ to do well, too. He said before the game he would let Teague play through mistakes, and he did until things started to get out of hand. And then he went back to him (yeah, I know, the options were slim but he put him out there).
– Woody credited Teague with sparking the Hawks after halftime. “I liked the way we picked it up,” he said. “Jeff Teague came in and was more aggressive offensively and pushed the ball. I like the way we competed in the second half.”
– Marvin’s early foul trouble hurt because Mario had to play small forward and the results were not good. Six points and three rebounds in 23 minutes from Marvin are just not enough when the Hawks are shorthanded. Teague had a more productive game in nearly equal minutes.
–Bibby tried to go at shootaround but couldn’t because of an ingrown toenail on his left big toe. He said he’s had issues with the nail before with the usually remedy to remove some skin so he can function without pain. But he said the right half of the nail was removed this time to avoid an infection.
– He said he’s not sure if he would play at Detroit. “I will try it when we get there,” he said. “I hope so. I hate to miss games.”
– The injury situation worsened for the Hawks when Jason Collins suffered a right foot injury before tipoff. Woody said he would have used him if healthy. Collins said X-rays were negative, so it’s probably a sprain.
– Then Zaza was lost to a hip injury in the second quarter. He said he has tendinitis in his right hip flexor. He’s also struggled with tendinitis in his left hip this season. “It was tight before the game,” he said. “I stretched it and warmed it up really good. I went in the game and it got worse and worse.”
– I’m out, Hawks fans.