Hawks 83, Bucks 60
Las Vegas– The Hawks ended their two-game summer skid with an 83-60 W against the Bucks. It wasn’t a thing of beauty offensively but it definitely was an impressive defensive effort. “We told them no layups,” said Lester Conner. “We told them if somebody goes by you, you are coming out of the game.”
– Richard Hendrix replaced RandMo in the starting lineup. “No reflection on Randolph,” Conner said. “It’s just that starting unit was getting us in bad holes. They were chasing us tonight.”
– Tough offensive night for JC2 but he really worked on defense. He fought through screens and challenged everything. The Hawks can use as many guys as they can get who will do that. “If your shot is not falling, you have to do something else to impact the game,” Crawford said.
– Crawford was just 3 of 12 from the field, including 0 for 2 on 3-pointers. He just didn’t have it from the start. Said Conne: “He came out and shot a bad 3, and we told him, ‘Hey, we are going to get you some shots. Don’t worry about that, just keep focusing on the defense.’ ”
– It was a good sign that even with his troubles scoring Crawford kept attacking. He’s a relentless rookie. “He’s raw but he seems to get it done,” Conner said. “It’s going to be fun to watch Jamal Crawford and Jordan Crawford at the same time out there because they have similar attack modes.”
– Teague bounced back from the poor game against the Spurs. He had 13 points, five assists and three turnovers. “I was trying to play my game,” he said. “Yesterday I was too casual and had the turnovers. I was trying to be aggressive and get into the lane. I knew if I did that, it would open up a lot of things.”
– Teague was really under control while driving to the basket. His quickness gets him into the lane and his leaping ability allows him to finish. Neither will be as easy once he plays against NBA squads but you can see the potential.
– Conner still wants to see Teague be more aggressive: “He ran the team pretty well. He made some good decisions. We are still looking for him to demand the ball more. Sometimes he can drift up and let someone else handle it and then we are all out of kilter.”
– Teague said it was one fan on Twitter talking about him getting outplayed by a D-Leaguer that got him riled up. He said he’s staying away from Twitter from now on.
– While Atlanta’s defensive pressure pretty much reduced Milwaukee to passing around the perimeter until late in the shot clock, the Hawks went hard to the rack. They were rewarded with 30 free-throw attempts vs. 10 for the Bucks. “We wanted to be the aggressor,” Crawford said. “I think that’s the reason why we won.”
– Hendrix is looking like a vet camp invite to me. He’s tough to handle in the post. But he’s not a good leaper and doesn’t use his body as well as he could to clear out space for rebounds. Hendrix has just eight total rebounds in 59 minutes. “He’s got some skills down there on the block but he tries to rebound with one arm,” Conner said. “He wasn’t coming up with enough rebounds. But overall he’s a big body and you need guys like that in this league.”
– Pape Sy (Achilles’) was scratched for the second straight game.
– There’s nothing to the rumors about a Shaq-for-Marvin sign-and-trade being close to going down. It seems an Atlanta radio station reported “unconfirmed rumors” that were the same unconfirmed rumors that were out there yesterday and had already been shot down. A Cleveland radio station picked up the Atlanta station’s rumors, and then the Atlanta station started citing the Cleveland station. This circular, inaccurate reporting all led to one of the best tweets of all time.
– Well, blog people, I’m flying out of Vegas tonight and start vacation tomorrow. Family reunion in Chicago, followed by a few days back home in Louisville, then back to Vegas for a real vacation, and then some downtime in the A.