Atlanta Hawks: Hawks at Pistons

Auburn Hills, Mich.–It’s not like rookie gunner Jordan Crawford needs extra incentive to get his shots up. But considering he’s back home in the Detroit area with about 40 family and friends in attendance at The Palace tonight, L.D. figures he knows what’s coming.

“I am going to let him get one out of his system,” Drew said. “As soon as he touches it, he is probably going to let it go. I don’t know where he is going to be on the floor, but I am sure he is going to let one go. He’s got one mulligan.”

Does Crawford plan to take advantage?

“He didn’t tell me that,” Crawford said, “because he knows I will do it.”

Crawford had planned to return to Detroit’s Communication and Media Arts High School but that didn’t happen. Instead, he spent some time with family Sunday and at breakfast this morning.

While at IU, Crawford played at Ann Arbor and East Lansing but this is his first game at The Palace. He said he’s come here for a handful of Pistons games.

Crawford said he always gets nervous before games.

“It’s the same nervousness,” he said. “But I am excited, too.”

L.D. had a sit-down with Crawford after his 5-for-15 shooting night against the Grizzlies Thursday.

“He was very receptive,” L.D. said. “This is just a growing process with him moving to this level. In college he was the man and they really relied on his offense and he had a free hand to shoot it anytime, anywhere. Here it is a little different because he is coming to a team we have a lot of offensive weapons. I am not looking for that type of production out of him.

“I want him to learn the system first and learn how to play with his teammates and learn to find where his shot will come from within the system. He wants to learn. He is eager to learn. He will be fine.”

Smoove is back

Josh will play with a protective glove on his right hand to protect the stitches for the cut he suffered Thursday. L.D. said he would play limited minutes.

“Ain’t nobody playing so I’ve got to thug it out, you know what I’m saying?” Josh joked.

With Jamal and Teague back in Atlanta with injuries, Bibby is the only true point guard available tonight. L.D. said Jordan, J.J. and Richard Delk would back him up.

“This offense doesn’t necessarily call for a point guard, per se,” Drew said. “Anybody can initiate it.”

Josh’s availability gives the Hawks 11 players. That’s not so bad if the Hawks were playing a normal rotation in a game that counts but the lack of bodies puts a crimp in L.D.’s plan to spread the minutes around.

Regardless, L.D. said he doesn’t want to see a drop off in effort or progress due to the missing guys.

“For us to go out and compete as if our regular guys are here,” he said of his expectations. “This is a situation that happens to a lot of teams. You don’t use that for an excuse. You go out there and be competitive and work on things you’ve done in training camp. I’m expecting guys to play at a high level, high intensity and high energy.”

No see, no hear

The game isn’t on TV or radio but you can get updates by following me on Twitter.

MC

53 comments Add your comment

Mike is back

October 11th, 2010
7:28 pm

MC, Great Stuff!!!

I hope JCI get his thaaaaaaaaaaaaaang on tonight.

GO HAWKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mike is back

October 11th, 2010
7:29 pm

oh yeah, first…bout time.

macaroni Tony

October 11th, 2010
7:30 pm

I like what I see in JS he’s starting to be a true leader. I wish that JC2 have a big game.

macaroni Tony

October 11th, 2010
7:31 pm

2nd not to bad

JSS

October 11th, 2010
7:32 pm

Still not forgiving JC2 for not coming to Eastern when he transferred from IU. Enjoy the unusual warmth in Detroit…

Teabagger Johnson

October 11th, 2010
7:40 pm

There is radio if you know where to find it online . . .

Rashard

October 11th, 2010
7:43 pm

You can listen to the radio broadcast on NBA Audio League Pass (97.1 – The Ticket (Detroit)).

DP

October 11th, 2010
7:43 pm

MsDee

October 11th, 2010
7:44 pm

Can we see the game on channelsurfing or any other online source?

northcyde

October 11th, 2010
7:48 pm

@ MsDee . . . no

drmaryb (*_*)

October 11th, 2010
7:50 pm

Be Cool!

KevinM I agree, Horford will toe the company line.
And, he should, after all this is the business of Basketball.
I think Al really likes his team, and this may become his
team at some point in the very near future.

So yeah, Al is smart and he will – Be Cool!

Jamal, on the other hand is over-playing his hot hand IMHO.
My strong advice to Jamal would be – Be Cool young fella.
However, we don’t really know what the GM has promised him
either. There appears to be some bad blood going on here.

But, hey! Jamal has an Agent to guide him here, as he
muddle through the negotiation process. I hope he is
listening and not dogging this – injury?

Hawks -vs- Pistons … Let’s Go!

northcyde

October 11th, 2010
7:52 pm

JJ 2 turnovers already. Hope he doesn’t become a turnover machine in this new offense. Just catch and shoot . . or drive and dish and/or shoot

northcyde

October 11th, 2010
7:53 pm

my bad . . make that 4 turnovers . . . good lord JJ

Rashard

October 11th, 2010
7:53 pm

Wow, 4 turnovers for JJ so far. That’s not very characteristic of him.

northcyde

October 11th, 2010
7:56 pm

Rashard . . it’s OK though. Preseason only matters if you play well, not if you play bad.

drmaryb (*_*)

October 11th, 2010
7:57 pm

You Called It!

Grand-Daddy has been saying this all along – All Summer!

“This offense doesn’t necessarily call for a point guard, per se,” Drew said. “Anybody can initiate it.”
- Larry Drew -

MsDee

October 11th, 2010
7:59 pm

thanks northcyde

Rashard

October 11th, 2010
8:01 pm

The Pistons’ radio broadcasters seem to like Jordan Crawford. If he can learn to control his shot selection and improve defensively, he could be a very effective starter someday…

MsDee

October 11th, 2010
8:06 pm

Pape Sy really could have uses some of these pre-season games..we could see his defense.

Evan

October 11th, 2010
8:07 pm

Considering the Hawks are missing almost half of their rotation players, and Big Al won’t likely play much due to his sore ankle, I have a feeling this game may be a blowout. I doubt Drew is going to play his other starters major minutes either, even though he says he wants the guys to play with high energy and intensity. Our scrub backup players (Brock, Powell, Zaza) are probably going to play most of the minutes, along with Jordan Crawford. Hopefully Jordan can carry the offense a bit, otherwise this could get ugly quick. Good thing it’s only preseason.

MsDee

October 11th, 2010
8:07 pm

yeah Rashard, I heard them praising JC2 as well

MsDee

October 11th, 2010
8:11 pm

I hope the Hawks dont get TOO comfortable losing this season. I know this is only pre-season, but losing can be contagious.

I Heart Atlanta

October 11th, 2010
8:13 pm

http://www.nba.com/games/20101011/ATLDET/gameinfo.html?ls=gt2hp0011000043
u can listen to it here just click on the radio thing then click the detroit link

Rashard

October 11th, 2010
8:20 pm

Looks like your prediction may end up being correct, Evan. The Hawks are down by 14 already with the turnovers continuing to pile up, along with Detroit’s shooting percentage staying very high. Also, things could get worse considering Horford might not play at all in the second half again.

Melvin

October 11th, 2010
8:23 pm

Sounds like Rodney Stuckey is having a good 1st half….Hmmmm, i wonder who’s defending him…

MsDee

October 11th, 2010
8:23 pm

I sure hope this is some kind of weird strategy that LD has going by having most of the Hawks players missing, even Teague to throw off the NBA world by not playing the obvious players all together on the court at the same time displaying what we have to offer. Not saying that these guys aren’t truly injured, but it just seem really unusual.

MsDee

October 11th, 2010
8:29 pm

I mean, both Teague AND Marvin have a WONDERFUL game last week and now Teague has an ankle injury and Marvin with some mysterious illness??? Etan suppose to be our defensive specialist but he hasn’t played yet?? Jordan Crawford hometown is Detroit and he is obvious going to get the most minutes tonight..make just want to say, ummmm

northcyde

October 11th, 2010
8:33 pm

I mean . . what do people ( including Coach Drew ) expect?

- This is an exhibition game with maybe 4,000 people to see the Pistons ( I can’t imagine it being many more than that there for a Hawks – Pistons preseason game. )

- Al and Smoove are injured and can’t go 100%, even if they’re trying to.

- No backup PG to play behind Bibby.

- No SF ( other than JJ . . who should play limited minutes regardless of how this game goes )

- 3 of our main bench players ( Teague, Jamal, and Evans ) are out

- Both Collins and Etan are out.

But you’re asking guys to go all out, and play as hard in a game like this, like they would in a regular season game? Nah.

JJ, Smoove, and Al may play hard in spurts tonight, while Jordan may go all out to impress his peoples.

That’s why Drew said in the pre-game interview that he doesn’t mind Jordan getting up a lot of shots tonight. He’ll easily play 35 minutes tonight, because he has to. I’d play Zaza’s azz 30+ minutes tonight as well, if I were the coach.

On a positive note, we do have 14 baskets off of 13 assists. So that’s a positive to look at in this 1st half.

Like I said . . . positives count in preseason . . but negatives don’t.

Rashard

October 11th, 2010
8:34 pm

I know it’s only preseaon, but has anyone noticed how effective Al has been at getting to the line so far in these couple of games? In less than 12 minutes tonight, he’s already had 6 free throw attempts. I’m very impressed with Big Al’s aggressiveness.

northcyde

October 11th, 2010
8:40 pm

Drew is getting a very good 2nd quarter out of our starting lineup. But they’ve played a lot of minutes.

Get them their time in that 3rd quarter, and shut the main guys down for the rest of the night. He has enough positive to show them tomorrow, along with the negative.

That was a very good 8 minute stretch by them though to end the quarter.

MsDee

October 11th, 2010
8:43 pm

Started ugly but ended 1st half GREAT, with limited players..WOW!!

Mike is back

October 11th, 2010
8:44 pm

I meant JC2 in my earlier post…I see the youngster JC2 has drop 9 points. The Hawks finished the 2nd quarter strong…tracking the game on Yahoo.

drmaryb (*_*)

October 11th, 2010
8:46 pm

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drmaryb (*_*)

October 11th, 2010
8:53 pm

My bad!

Blake Griffin 5 Dunks! Not 5 Blocks ….

Chuck

October 11th, 2010
9:23 pm

I think this kid could be a special shooter. He can get to his spot easily. He will be proof that 90% of the NBA GMs would have let Michael Jordan get into the second round.

drmaryb (*_*)

October 11th, 2010
9:37 pm

Chuck

Very astute observation. I have been saying DWade 2.0 since
day one. He is special , Jordan Crawford!

MsDee

October 11th, 2010
9:38 pm

1st game, the stars were Teague & Marvin, tonight the starts are JJ & J Crawford even though he is still a work in progress!

Mike is back

October 11th, 2010
9:48 pm

7 dimes and 20 points…HE GOT GAAAAAAME!!!

Trent

October 11th, 2010
9:51 pm

There have been a few bright spots in this game, but overall, the play of the Hawks has been thoroughly disappointing. Once again, the Hawks seemed to fall apart in the second half without Al Horford. At least, on a positive note, a large number of rotation players are either out or limited at this point. It’s only preseason, but these have not been good signs so far. Also, Jordan Crawford has had a few nice shots, but overall, has been less than impressive. In over 40 minutes of play, he has had a few nice buckets, but overall, his shooting percentage has been horrendous. 18 points on 6-15 speaks for himself. I hope this guy doesn’t end up being just another volume shooter. He has a lot of physical gifts and some above average basketball skills in certain areas, but he looks too out of control still. I just hope our starters are in prime physical condition by the time the regular season starts. Also, I hope they have gotten the basics of LD’s new system down by then, because it looks like we won’t be able to rely on our bench much at all, outside of Jamal Crawford.

MsDee

October 11th, 2010
10:02 pm

Trent,

That’s why I’m more confident in LD than Woody was when it came to the bench. I believe LD is smart enough to not put all bench players in at once like Woody did just to criticize them when they dont perform up to par. LD will insert players as they need rest but will keep starters with bench players at all times.

MsDee

October 11th, 2010
10:07 pm

And remember, we played pretty darn good to not have speedy Teague out there. He could have easily had about 16pts, 9assists(esp the way that JJ was scoring tonight), & 3stls tonight. Stuckley was unstoppable against JC2 tonight, but Teague would have contain him better. Also, who knows, Marvin could have had another double double tonight as well..maybe 13pts 11rebs

Fundamentals

October 11th, 2010
10:33 pm

From all accounts it sounds like folks did their best to get back on D. We were missing alot of key guys. It’s going to take some time to mesh and work out the kinks, but at least effot was not an issue.

What’s up with ZaZa’s night? He really missed a chance to shine with Horford and Josh playing limited minutes.

What’s up with Collins leg?

The Truth

October 11th, 2010
10:36 pm

Seems like this game is somewhat a repeat of last game: Hawks giving up 21 TO’s (vs. 14 TO for Detroit) leading to easy transitional scores for Detroit. Why did Bibby and Zaza bother to suit up?

Bibby 28:59 scores 1-4, Ast 3
Zaza 14:46 scores 0-3 Reb 5

These freeloaders weren’t on the injury list so what was the problem? How is that a team out rebounds their opponent by 7 rebounds and still lose by 9 points? (TO of course) Also Etan went 0-5 in nearly 18 min with 1 point. I am beginning to wish for Dampier since it won’t take much to beat these numbers. Yeah I know just preseason, right?

Ramon

October 11th, 2010
10:45 pm

Sautee (from last blog), what are you talking about? The article that I was referring to on Al was posted 2-3 blogs ago. Al clearly stated the Hawks couldn’t be a contender without adding an impact big.

**Steve W** :

I think this is the quote from Al Horford you guys are looking for. It is from MC’s July 9th blog:

“We need to get another big guy, another center, that’s able to help myself and Josh out,” he said. “We need to have someone to come in and have an impact. I think that is the position we need if we want to be any type of contender in the East.”

So Al said if we wanted to be any type of contender in the East, we needed an impact Center. “Any type” to me in this context means “come close” or something akin. Dampier is still unsigned, and he would be the closest thing available to an impact Center still on the market. This was Al’s words. He could have just a “contender in the East”. But he didn’t. He clearly felt we needed an impact Center to come close. Etan/Collins/Powell do not fit the bill. I hope Al was wrong. But he’s the guy playing the game every night, not me.

So by not signing an impact Center (Al’s terminology), we are not going to be any type of contender in the East, at least according to Al. And with Jamal possibly pouting, that doesn’t bode well either. But Al will go to war with who he’s got, and I like that attitude. And I agree with Northcyde – really no scheme involved in not getting back on D, it’s just laziness. They learned about getting back on D in Middle school.

Mike is back

October 11th, 2010
10:51 pm

MsDee, I agree, I could see the different rotations in the game, and from about the middle of the third quarter on…LD relied heavily on his bench. I like the fact that he giving these guys an opportunity to get some burn in the preseason…the Hawks may be 0-2…but the PT for the reserves…will pay dividend during the regular season

Josh Powell looks like he has a midrange baseline jumper. That’s encouraging…Zaza and Etan wasn’t much of a factor…that could be an area of concern…but with the different lineup, and sporadic minutes…I guess that is to be expected.

northcyde

October 11th, 2010
11:10 pm

MsDee . . any team looking to run a 9 or 10 man rotation will run their 2nd unit as a group. Boston will do it with their bench. Orlando does it. Phoenix does it. Miami will do it, with maybe Lebron or Wade playing with 4 bench guys.

So faulting Woody for trying to play the bench as a unit, is simply just hating on him for trying to do what every other coach tries to do.

The REAL issue were the type of players we had coming off then bench, and why they couldn’t play together offensively or defensively. And to be really honest, as soon as Woody took out of the game 2 starters, our play as a team declined dramatically.

As I’ll keep saying, Drew needs 4 guys that he can trust off the bench. This preseason is much more important for the development of the bench, than it is for the guys we already know we can count on.

I want to see Teague – Jamal – Evans ( or Sy ) – Powell – and Zaza ( or Etan or Collins ) play as a group. At least 4 of those guys will have to learn how to play with each other.

The Truth

October 11th, 2010
11:12 pm

Losing is only tolerated in preseason if (and only if) signs of progress are made. I got a bad feeling about Bibby during the upcoming regular season. He may not even be a capable backup. As BB King once wrote, “The Thrill is Gone” maybe for Bibby; does he just want to take the money a leave? I hope twin pans out because I wonder about Zaza as well. He’s the kind of guy that can give you 130% of effort and still look pedestrian in the NBA. Why, because his athletic limitation handicaps him in this league. He seems to be trying all he can but it just not good enough. You may see a few games where he impacts but that will be the exception. There is a reason why we have been screaming for a legit backup big man for so long; Tag Zaza is it!!

Hmmm

October 11th, 2010
11:26 pm

He’s not a capable backup…and MC’s evaluation of JC2 @ the point only proves what I saw in summerleague. Teague should start at PG with JC2 Backing him up. Jamal backing up JJ, and JJ swinging between the SF spot to give JC1 additional minutes. Trade Mike Bibby and Trade Mo Evans….smh

PPL want to knock our post D, but the main reason those guyss faceed so much pressure last season is because Bibby cant perform the job he’s bing paid SIX MILLION dollars a season to do.

Hmmm

October 11th, 2010
11:29 pm

…Shoot Get rid of Mo, Bibby, and Zaza in a package deal for a Big. Dead weight needs to be dumped.

northcyde

October 11th, 2010
11:45 pm

@ Hmmm . . and that’s what some of us have been talking about all summer, and why we wanted the bench upgraded to the point that some of those unproductive guys could be taken out of the rotation altogether.