Atlanta Hawks: Grizzlies 115, Hawks 111 (OT)

The Grizz had a tough time handling Teague. (AP Photo)

The Grizz had a tough time handling Teague. (AP Photo)

– This game was tough to evaluate as a whole. L.D. had makeshift lineups out there for much of the night. Marvin was the only starter on the floor to finish regulation and no starters were in for the end of overtime.

– There were 70 personal fouls and 88 free throws. The game lasted 3 hours, 12 minutes. I doubt there were more than 4,000 fans in attendance.

– But the Hawks had their regulars in for much of the first half and looked pretty good overall. After lacking in flow early, the motion offense started to look like what I saw in practice. The Hawks had 15 assists on 19 first-half field goals.

– The halfcourt defense was solid. Lots of help and recover, very few automatic switches. The Grizzlies managed just 33 points in the first half.

– Then the wheels came off for the Hawks in the third quarter, when Memphis had a 17-0 run and scored 42 points. But even that outburst was less about lax halfcourt defense for the Hawks, and more about eight turnover leading to 17 points and 15 Grizzlies fastbreak points after they had zero in the first half.

– “It was a terrible third quarter,” Marvin said. “It was a terrible second half, really.”

– The game was tied 99-99 when JC2 rebounded Darrell Arthur’s miss with 9.9 seconds to go. He dribbled the ball slowly up the court as the Hawks bench and fans screamed at him to hurry.

– If Crawford thought at all about passing, it didn’t show: He pulled up for a long jumper that was short. Did he know he was going to shoot as soon as he got that rebound? “Yeah,” he said with a sheepish grin. “I thought it was good, but it didn’t drop.”

– I’ll say this about JC2: He never stops coming. That’s how he played during Summer League and it didn’t change in his first game sharing the floor with vets.

– He was just 5 of 15 from the field, though, and there were some bad shots in there. “I was disappointed in how I played,” Crawford said. “I really didn’t get in a rhythm. I didn’t get comfortable. I probably was thinking too much, too.”

– Sometimes his aggressiveness paid off. There was a third-quarter sequence in which he missed badly on a shot but then came back to score on a nice floater in the lane. In overtime, he jacked up an airball but later in the possession got a rebound and was fouled.

– Crawford’s approach isn’t such a big deal for an exhibition game, and obviously he won’t be taking big shots when the games count. But L.D. said: “I think I am going to have to settle him down just a little bit. He’s an aggressive kid, an attacker, and that is intriguing. But shot selection is important on this level. I don’t want to take away his aggressiveness but he’s got to be more selective.”

– Crawford’s teammates seemed cool with it. J.J. in particular was cheering him on. “I told him to keep shooting,” J.J. said. “You want a guy with that confidence. He’s got a lot of talent. I’m going to keep pushing him and encouraging him.”

– “That’s him,” Teague said. “That’s what he did in college and it’s why they drafted him. When I was out there with him I told him I was looking for him. You see his heart when he took the last shot.”

– Teague went hard to the basket while scoring 20 points and handing out seven assists. The offensive motion creates a lot of creases and he’s good at slipping into tight spaces. The Grizzlies had problems keeping him out of the lane. “Coach Drew pushed me all summer to be aggressive, and I tried to do what he told me,” he said.

– “I liked the aggressiveness of Jeff Teague,” L.D. said. “When you see him on the floor with his tremendous speed, he can make things happen.”

– Marvin looked confident while delivering 18 points and 10 boards. He made 6 of 7 free throws and was active on D. He said the new offense suits him: “I love it. I know where my shots are going to come from every night. That’s every player on this team.”

Jason Collins made a pair of long jump shots. No, really, he did.

– I’m thinking Zaza is going to be an overlooked beneficiary of the new offense. He has good timing on cuts and knows how to play the angles. But it wasn’t pretty when he was forced to take a 3-pointer from the corner with time running out in overtime. “I pump fake but of course nobody is going to jump,” he said with a laugh.

Smoove left the game after suffering a cut on his hand that required five stitches. J.J. took a shot to the hand but he said X-rays were negative.

Jamal (back), Mo (knee) and Pape Sy (back) didn’t play.

Acie Law scored 19 points for the Grizz, including 10 free throws. “I’ve always been a big fan of A.C.,” L.D. said. “We’ve always maintained contact. When I got the job, he was one of the first people to call and congratulate me.”

– I’m out, Hawks fans.

MC

106 comments Add your comment

O'Brien

October 8th, 2010
12:00 am

Good game for Marvin.

“I love it. I know where my shots are going to come from every night.” Duck .

And good game for Teague. Interesting that LD says he is a big fan of Acie. I wonder what would Woody say.

MsDee

October 8th, 2010
12:20 am

I was at the game and yeah it was all but 4,000- fans there but I guess it WAS the 1st pre-season game..and it showed in the PA announcer, Ryan Cameron..he wasnt his usually self in getting the crowd into the game. I liked the balanced of the floor and ball movement, but us fans WILL have to get used to the slowed-down play of the Hawks cause there was not many fast breaks that we are accustomed to. Marvin and Teague TRULY stood out the most tonight. Was very proud of both being as aggressive as they were!! Teague, Teague, Teague, mann just give him a couple more years and dude will be one of the best PG around!! They couldn’t stop him at all!! Al didn’t return after halftime, not sure why but the game is diffidently different without him on the court!!

MsDee

October 8th, 2010
12:20 am

MC,

Do you know what happened to Horford after halftime?

SteveW

October 8th, 2010
12:23 am

I wouldn’t mind having Acie back on the team at some point. Maybe it will happen. Could grow into a good backup PG at least I think.

And Jordan is fearless. Hope he learns shot selection. But besides Josh’s 3 pointers, which we all hate, we need some more of the “eye of the tiger” stuff I think Jordan brings. Jamal better be careful….

Teague, as I’ve felt all year, I haven’t seen anyone faster than him in the league. And he does it so effortlessly. He could be something special down the road.

Besides Collins, just about what was expected I guess. We’ll see if Marvin gets some consistency, stringing a few of these games back to back, or will he disappear next game. t Free Throws – we were horrid and Memphis wasn’t. Cost us the ball game. I know it’s only preseason, but I stlll like to win.

drmaryb (*_*)

October 8th, 2010
12:24 am

O’brien was first!

LOL!

ksdksdksd

October 8th, 2010
12:25 am

The WEST is just too tough- the Grizz would have made the playoffs last year if they had been in the East. Now they have a bench- look out! GO GRIZZ!!!

SteveW

October 8th, 2010
12:26 am

I wouldn’t mind if Jamal and Mo’s were out a couple of more games, and let Jordan get some more experience. That’s the only way to get comfortable, is to be out there. Facing JJ and Jamal in practice, then OJ Mayo in a game, you grow up quick.

Hmmm

October 8th, 2010
12:27 am

Bibby mst’ve run away after the game was over. Didn’t want t face the music.

drmaryb (*_*)

October 8th, 2010
12:30 am

Ms. Dee,

What’s up home girl?
Was that game at Phillips Arena? I thought it was in Memphis.

Anyway, I like what I’m hearing re: Teague and Marvin.
Sounds like the team likes the motion O.

Blow-Hard!

Where is KenS? He’s been blowing the trumpet hard all Summer!

Najeh Davenpoop

October 8th, 2010
12:33 am

““I pump fake but of course nobody is going to jump,” he said with a laugh.”

I’m picturing Zaza saying this in the same voice as the guy who kisses the baby giraffe in the DirecTV commercial.

SteveW

October 8th, 2010
12:34 am

Al – Still nursing an ankle injury. May be limited a few more days.

I agree about Memphis being an up and coming team. Besides Thabeet and Allen, don’t see much of a bench however. Their frontline is just about as good as anybody’s: Gasol, Randolph and Gay. They could easily combine for 60 pts. and 26 boards a game – and throw an improving Thabeet into the mix, you have a stout frontcourt.

Conley and Mayo aren’t to bad in the back court either. But we smoked them pretty bad in the 1st half.

But the Grizzlies will be nobody’s pushover this year, if they stay healthy – their lookin’ good as a team to me! A couple of key bench pieces and look out. They’re really not that far away – and if Xavier develops behind Gay, man, your looking at a nice, young team.

SteveW

October 8th, 2010
12:36 am

But you know that last game of last season, Teague kind of exploded there also. Then he seemed to regress in Summer League. Van Exel releasing his inner dog I say!

Jamilliondadon

October 8th, 2010
12:37 am

Long time no show. Just glad to hear what i’ve been saying. All along the hawks finally have an identity a style of play, and it matches there talents. This is what billy knight tried 2 accomplish when he first tried to fire woody and hire drew. He wanted the fast pace team to have a system that would utilize their talents. We have that now. And with teague running the show and marvin having a role in the team now, this is gonna be a dangerous team. Think of it like phoenix in 04 with better players.

drmaryb (*_*)

October 8th, 2010
12:48 am

Walk it Out!

All you guys with all the fantastic posts, even the ones not
really basketball related – made the Summer wait seem not
so long.

Thanks!
Thanks MC for a great job you did/do all Summer long!

It feels nice to break down some plays again!
Looks like JC1 is being passive aggressive here,
unlike Randy Moss. But, the negative impact is equal.

I say go ahead and shop JC1 now.
Not much leverage though, till the trade deadline, provided
he participates. He seems a little too sensitive for
my taste. I don’t care too much for the victim and
“poor little me” attitude types.

drmaryb (*_*)

October 8th, 2010
12:53 am

Jamillion

Great insight.
Enthusiastic Co-Sign!

fanATicaL

October 8th, 2010
1:01 am

You either pick people who match your game set.Or you find a game plan that matches your people.This motion offense is perfect for the Hawks.Nothing like showing you are not scared to play with the line up in the first game.This should follow thru to the regular season.Finding the mismatch.This is what coaching looks like Atlanta.We have been deprived for sooooooo long.Great job LD.
Go Hawks

drmaryb (*_*)

October 8th, 2010
1:06 am

Ken Strickland told yall so.
Hey KenS. Hope YOU are feeling well and healing.

Big Ray

October 8th, 2010
1:10 am

Najeh Davenpoop

October 8th, 2010
12:33 am
““I pump fake but of course nobody is going to jump,” he said with a laugh.”

I’m picturing Zaza saying this in the same voice as the guy who kisses the baby giraffe in the DirecTV commercial.

ROFLMBBAO!!!!

Big Ray

October 8th, 2010
1:12 am

I don’t think we’ll have to worry about fast break opportunities. They will come when the defense perks up and starts creating turnovers. Defensive rebounds, blocked shots where we retain possession, steals…all are fast break starters.

truthspitter

October 8th, 2010
1:26 am

Preseason doesn’t count but it does count you never wanna give up a 20pt lead at home that is just bad for your mentality. Jeff Teague was looking like an all-star last preseason also and Acie looked good in preseason when he was in Atl. Regular season is just different but I am quite sure the Grizz will not forget this when they play the Hawks the 1st game of the regular season. Gonna most likely be an L

Rufus1

October 8th, 2010
1:27 am

Hindsight 20/20

In one game LD may have done what Woody couldn’t in 6years….Give us an offensive Identity, PG of the future and remind us AC law maybe the player we thought he was(Also giving Marvin a Niche).

Law maybe the Grizz starter before the year is out….wouldn’t that be CRAZY.

MsDee

October 8th, 2010
1:34 am

Dr Mary,

yeah, the game was here in Atlanta and I was so proud of Teague!! He WILL be the starter sometime this season, and remember I said it first!

MsDee

October 8th, 2010
1:37 am

I don’t think the Grizz were all that great, I just think we got complacent with our big lead when the bench came in and we blew it. And with us trying to get that lead back when the starters came back was kinda difficult when you are trying out a new offense while trying to get that momentum back..it was tough but that is what pre-season games are for.

Hawks Fan In New Orleans

October 8th, 2010
1:46 am

Hmmm.
Bibby got ghost. The washed up point guard skipped his wash up!
I agree Big Ray as the defensive intensity picks up, so will the fast break points we love. I imaging JT0 and Smoove intercepting the passing lanes and Smoove terrifying opponents in the paint leading to easy buckets GALOOR!

cp

October 8th, 2010
2:30 am

Glad to see Teague put in work. Whats funny about some posters is that if Teague had been terrible they would have been ripping him but since he played well now its only the preseason. You just cant satisfy some of the characters who post on here. The kid will be fine. SteveW I actually thought Teague played well in the summer league minus that one half where he turned the ball over what seemed like every possession. He has the talent he just has to get the opportunity. Bibby looks like he is done… Hopefully Marvin plays like this during the whole season and not just in a few games here and there… I still don’t like our bench… I just don’t see a lot of them cats giving us anything worth while… I hope the next game is televised.

BrittishAnger

October 8th, 2010
2:32 am

MsDee

October 8th, 2010
3:47 am

Bibby didn’t look THAT bad to me, he is just used much differently then Teague is. Bibby will be great in this motion offense with is jumpers where as Teague can get to the basket ANY TIME HE WANTS with his speed and all.

Ken Strickland

October 8th, 2010
5:55 am

While I didn’t see the gm, like most of us, I got the feeling LDrew saw what he wanted to see from our starters and turned the gm over to our bench in the 2nd half. Not having the same speed, quickness, aggressiveness and DEF that Teague brought to the starting unit likely hindered the bench.

While I still believe Bibby has value, he’s simply not a good match for the motion OFF. I also believe LDrew was more interested in seeing how well his players would run his OFF and DEF. He also seems very interested in developing his bench, and seeing who can do what. Obviously winning is preferred, but it’s a secondary issue at this point.

I’ll be glad when MEvans is healthy, because this OFF is tailor made for him. If, as Teague said, the motion OFF creates numerous creases and opportunities to penetrate, JaCrawford would be unstoppable as well. So far, Teague, JJ and Marvin have endorsed the motion OFF and genuinely seem to be having fun with it.

If Teague continues to consistently play like he did last night, there’s no way Bibby starts. In fact, if Bibby doesn’t improve upon last nights poor performance, he’ll end up having last yr 27MPG cut in half, or worse. Everyone likes to make fun of the way Marvin drives to the basket, but no one else on the team draws more fouls than Marvin going to the basket.

He does a very good job of driving to the basket off a screen, or when there’s an opening, but he’s not very good when he has to face up and beat his man off the dribble and finish at the rim. I can’t wait to see us in action.

Speedy Claxton's accountant

October 8th, 2010
6:31 am

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Ken Strickland

October 8th, 2010
7:21 am

RUFUS1-It’s a known fact that the Grizzles aren’t interested in resigning Connor, and ALaw could be part of the reason. If Law continues to play the way he did last night, Connor could be trade at some point. With his speed and quickness, Connor would certainly be an excellent backup PG, and a good fit for our motion OFF.

If he becomes available, I wonder if the Grizzles would consider Bibby and our 1st rd pick for him? With Pape Sy and JoCrawford under development and holding down our 13 and 14 roster spots, and with the likelihood of next yrs 1st rd pick being a low, we could certainly do without it.

Thinking ahead, I wonder if we’ll resign MEvans, or will LDrew and RSund decide to let he and Bibby go and replace them with Pape Sy and JoCrawford. I also believe JaCrawford played his hand wrong. He should have known there would be no way he would be given priority in being resigned over AHorford.

Maybe the reason he hasn’t been approached about an extension is because getting Horford resigned understandably comes first. Then after he’s resigned, the ASG will know how much they can afford to offer JaCrawford. It makes perfect sense to me. He needs to keep his mouth shut, his attitude in check, and let the process play out. If he isn’t approached about an extension after Horford has been resigned, then he should be concerned, but not before.

With Teague providing far more production than Bibby provided last yr, with Bibby providing more than Teague did last yr, and with Marvin producing more than he did last yr, the team will be much improved offensively this yr. With Teague as our starting PG, and the emphasis on playing strong man DEF, our perimeter DEF, as well as our overall DEF, will also be much improved.

HOW CAN ANYONE BELIEVE THESE OFF AND DEF IMPROVEMENTS WON’T PROVIDE AN OVERALL IMPROVEMENT FOR THIS TEAM? And how can anyone look at the facts and believe the Bulls, Bucks and Celtics have automatically improved enough to overtake the Hawks? HERE’S WHY I SAY THAT:

BOSTON-We swept them during the regular season, and they’ve lost their starting center for at least half the season. I find it hard to believe that adding DWest, JOneal, Shaq, VWafer, ABradley, LHarangody, SErden and OLafayette, will allow them to overcome the loss of RWallace, TAllen, SWilliams MFinley, BScalabrine, over come the dominance we had over them last yr, and make up the 3gms they finished behind us in the standings.

MILWAUKEE-Besides the fact 2 of their star players are injury prone and coming off major injuries, it doesn’t make sense to believe adding Cmaggette, EBoykins, KDooling CO Roberts, TGallon, OHobson, JBrockman and LSanders, can overcome the loss of LRidnour, CBell, RIvey, PBrezec, DBadzuric, JStackhouse, and the 7gms they finished behind us in the standings.

CHICAGO-I don’t see how in the world anyone can believe adding CJ Watson, KKorver, KThomas, KBogans, OAsik, CBoozer and RBrewer can automatically overcome the loss of KHinrich, R(Flip)Murray, BMiller, HWarrick, OBrown, JPargo, CRichard, plus the dominance we had over them last yr, and make up the TWELVE(12)gms they finished below us in the standings.

I find it hard to believe theses teams would be improved enough to finish ahead of us even with Woodson coaching us this yr. Everyone gets so caught up in in the excitement of who a team traded for or signed, that they never factor in what players the team lost in the process.

The top 3 Eastern Conference teams will be Atlanta, Miami and Orlando.

O'Brien

October 8th, 2010
7:51 am

truthspitter,

If I’m not mistaken, a couple years ago, the Colts went winless in the preseason, and they made it all the way to the SB.

I know basketball is different, but preseason is the time for evaluation, for tinkering with the lineups etc. I am not concerned about wins and losses as much in the preseason.

What I want to see is improvement from 1 game to the next, so we’ll see how the other preseason games go.

SteveW,

I hope Acie gets it done this time around, and I actually liked him as a third guard for our team (if Bibby or Teague got hurt, he could be the backup).

dukester

October 8th, 2010
7:55 am

And I say again I don’t care what Marvin can do in this offense. Marvin has no heart!!!! And when the playoffs come players with no heart get pushed to the back of the pack.

Marvin and Crawford and a couple of 1st rd picks for Carmelo Anthony. At least publicly make that offer. If they turn it down fine. If this offense is so good imagine Carmelo on one side of the floor and Joe on the other. We would instantly become a title contender, right now we are just a good playoff team. What i dont understand is how does a owner take a fine for a player (Lebron James) and don’t even invite him for a visit when the opportunity comes? Man up Atlanta!!! Quit operating like you are a scared to death franchise. What’s the worse that can happen you get to the finals with Miami and loose. You would get so much hype with player’s like Carmelo,Joe, Josh and Al.

O and by the way your Marvin is not one of your core players. And there will be some that say “Marvin will be good in this offense” So what he averages 18 and 10 they will be the softest points you would ever get. Anybody remember Shareef Abdur Raheem he went 25 and 10 every night and nobody knew his name.

JJ

October 8th, 2010
8:08 am

A “dukester” hatin on the boy from NC?? Say it ain’t so……

Section 303

October 8th, 2010
8:10 am

I was at the game….I’m surprised I’m not still at the game. Was wondering if that thing was ever going to end.

I liked the way Teague played a lot. He was in attack mode throughout the night. He went coast-to-coast after a Memphis hoop in the 1st half. He even hit some Joe Johnson type floaters. One was just going down the lane and the other was from the side. The one from the side was sweet.

There was some really good ball movement in the first half, regardless of who was on the floor. A lot of guys got open shots. The Coach Drew version of the Princeton Offense may be something to get excited about.

And, Jason Collins played well. I’ve always said that guy can play. He can hit from 15-ft in and plays well in the post (on offense and defense).

Powell….I’m thinking Northcyde or Najeh Davenport (I can’t remember who said it) might be right…Powell looked like a bit of a stiff.

wordsmithtom

October 8th, 2010
8:26 am

Yes, LD will need to work with JC2 on shot selection. That said, you can’t teach fire. It takes balls for a rookie to want to take a game ender in his first chance. He didn’t even look to pass. Jordan’s got the fire. He’s not ready…but he HAS talent. He has FIRE. That’s the fire that led him to attempt a dunk over LeBron….that fire is from the gut. I love it.

First half was off the chain…bodes well.

jason

October 8th, 2010
8:30 am

hey teague scored 20 becuz he had some minutes. Myabe if he starts he can be a 20 point 8 assist 3 rebound kind of player

dap01

October 8th, 2010
9:16 am

Hey our coach is interested in developing the bench and the whole team. He is not so short sighted as to want to win at all cost every preseason game (Like our clueless former coach).

We will be much better prepared for the playoffs this year.

Astro Joe

October 8th, 2010
9:27 am

A solid start… withthe exception that Horford probably had no business on the floor (let that ankle heal now). Let’s hope that these nicks and bruises don’t get worse or slow down the learning curve. And for heaven’s sake, keep Al off of that ankle.

newkid

October 8th, 2010
9:28 am

Here’s what Kobe Bryant had to say about ball movement when recently describing the Barcelona side:

“I think they execute extremely well, they know each other extremely well, they move the ball extremely well and that’s what you’re looking for,” Bryant said. “In the NBA, teams that do that are few and far in between, teams that play together as a unit. You see a lot of isolation game; you see a lot of guys going one-on-one. They do a great job moving the ball, they do a great job helping each other defensively…”

One could surmise that Kobe feels LD is on to something.

dukester

October 8th, 2010
9:34 am

@JJ I am not hating on Marvin man believe me. Don’t get me wrong do I believe Woody was a player killer yes. But only the players who didnt have the heart to stand up to him. See: JOSH SMITH!! This kid could have folded under Woody. But no Josh kept hustling playing his game, he cut down on the 3 ptrs, and either he cussed Woody out or ignored him. And he was mature enough not to cut up on Woody where the it became toxic to the team. Marvin dwindled on away mentally and physically!! It is what it is man.

SteveW

October 8th, 2010
9:36 am

KenS – Certainly agree with you on Conner and Jamal. Conner would be a great pickup if he became available. And Jamal has to wait until after Al – to see how much cash we have to operate with. Sund in a recent interview seemed to indicate he would at least offer Jamal. Maybe not enough, and he is looking for the hometown discount with Jamal, but it seemed encouraging. It was a Hoopinion article.

Section 303 – I been sayin’ Josh Powell was not as good as Joe Smith was last year. He may give us some minutes, but I’m not looking for too much out of him. Hope I’m wrong, would like to see him really develop.

drmaryb (*_*)

October 8th, 2010
9:38 am

Leather Helments!

Kobe described the way the NBA teams played in the
70’s & 80’s. Chivalry has died in the NBA.
Looks like Coach Drew wants to play that way though.

O'Brien

October 8th, 2010
9:39 am

Maybe I am “mis-remembering”, but in off-seasons past, I dont recall JJ talking as much as he has been doing so far.

Talking to Teague and talking to JC2 is the 2 examples that come to mind. I wonder if LD talked to JJ this offseason about being more vocal with his leadership.

Either way, thats what we need from JJ. Not just lead by example, but speak up.

AJ,

I’m with you on the nicks and bruises. And since the Hawks were the healthies team in the NBA last year, I hope the bug does not bite us this year.

drmaryb (*_*)

October 8th, 2010
9:40 am

Section 303!

He was at the last game and the first game –
And, that is great news!

niremetal

October 8th, 2010
9:44 am

70 fouls?? Good grief. That ain’t even basketball.

Samuel

October 8th, 2010
9:51 am

Imagine if we had actually won the game. Good stuff guys, “sweeeet”.

Samuel

October 8th, 2010
10:02 am

All this talk about our new “motion” offense. I just looked at the highlights. Guess what? Same as always. Same team as last year and same style. Just like I thought it would be.

http://www.nba.com/video/games/hawks/2010/10/07/0011000017_mem_atl_recap.nba/index.html

vava74

October 8th, 2010
10:05 am

Samuel,

You must be kidding, right?

A 2 minute highlight package in which half is dedicated to the Griz and you take that conclusion?

Way to go my friend!

What about the fact that we had about 15 assists for 17 buckets at intermission?

The Truth

October 8th, 2010
10:07 am

I was at the game tonight though I didn’t see the Memphis comeback in the 3rd.

“L.D. had makeshift lineups out there for much of the night”

Was my impression as well; Just about every combination imaginable was in the game early and often for the Hawks. Al played sparingly as expected but always positively impacted the game. Marvin and Teague played well with a purpose. Even slim-down Collins looked sharp and played rejuvenated. Though we had bench players playing quality minutes such as Powell, Collins, Jordon Crawford, and Brock we were still able to maintain a 21 point lead at the half. But I think the 21 point lead was not so much a result of us looking so good but that the Grizzles looked so bad. But preseason is preseason so TO is expected. Compared to ISO Woody team, I definitely saw more motion and less standing, but at times players seemed reluctant to shoot as if they were conscientiously afraid not to make the extra pass even though they had the best shot. In other words, it was a bit too much thinking and less natural instinct on offense. I also think with the recent media hype about our motion offense, perhaps prepared the Grizzles defense because we didn’t get many easy baskets from cuts and backdoors that was expected from the motion offense. However, credit their defense for clogging lanes with untimely screens that forced many of our TO. They gave us opportunities to shoot the 3-ball and we obliged and shot 22%. Also our offense (at times) lacked proper spacing which also hindered easy basket opportunities. Basically Teague got must of his points from breaking down the defense. Marvin got to his spots often and looked sharp shooting jumpers and even at the FT line. But for the team, our overall free-throw shooting killed us perhaps made the difference in the game. Though the motion offense is what had been hyped, it was the defensive breakdowns particularly in the 2nd half that was clearly lacking and need more work. They played us tight contesting shots while we played them loose. I saw Jordan Crawford shortcomings on defense fighting though screens; he appeared to be playing scared on defense as expected from a rookie. He really needs to work on his defense because it maybe the only way he stays in games when he’s struggles offensively like 5-15. In general, the Hawks poor FT shooting, and the most TO along with an inspired opportunistic Grizzles team on offense and their tighter defense perhaps explained their comeback and victory.

The Truth

October 8th, 2010
10:12 am

“I was at the game last night”