Atlanta Hawks: Hawks at Wizards

Washington–When the Hawks are at home L.D. is fine with them running the floor and feeding off the energy of the Highlight Factory. But he’s got a different philosophy on the road.

That’s why one of the offensive keys on the team’s board before the game tonight against the Wizards said: “Play slow.”

“On the road, you want to run at the opportune times,” L.D. said. “But you can’t play at a pace that you play at home, especially when you are short-handed, too. With the home team they want to get their fans involved. They want you to quick shoot so they can get it and run it back at you.

“You have got to pick and choose your spots to keep the fans out of it and control the tempo, force that team to play your pace. The faster you play it opens more opportunities for turnovers. We want to be athletic and get up and down the floor but we don’t want to play at a speed that leads to turnovers, especially on the road.”

The Hawks are averaging 23.5 turnovers through two exhibition games. That’s fourth-worst in the league entering tonight’s game.

There are lots of caveats to that, of course–preseason, wacky lineups, etc.–but now is the time to develop good habits. Lester Conner wrote the turnover figure on the board as a reminder.

– Big defensive test tonight for JC2 , who is cross-matched against Wiz rookie point guard John Wall while Bibby draws Kirk Hinrich. Wall is as fast as they come and Crawford is a tough competitor so it should be an interesting duel.

Etan is back in the city where he made his NBA name. He still has a house here.

“It was a good time,” he said of his time with the Wiz. “I have a lot of good memories here. I got to play with MJ. How many guys can say they got to play with MJ?”

Arenas (knee) is out for the Wizards. Nick Young starts in his place. L.D. considered changing his lineup, too, but stuck with Bibby, Crawford, J.J., Smoove and Al.

MC

137 comments Add your comment

Macaroni Tony

October 12th, 2010
6:52 pm

truthspitter

October 12th, 2010
7:00 pm

LD is showing signs of being a bad coach. Seriously, do you think Phoenix changes the way the play on the road? I will answer for you, NO. They make you adjust. I don’t like changing the way you play just because you are on the road, but that’s what bad road teams do.

Macaroni Tony

October 12th, 2010
7:03 pm

I say until we get the turnovers down then we should slow the ball down. We’re still in the learning process.

STEEL(Formerly VenomSpitter)

October 12th, 2010
7:07 pm

Damn I’m getting tired of these games not being on tv

Melvin

October 12th, 2010
7:09 pm

Look like may be in luck tonight. click on the link below…

http://www.firstrow.net/sports/basketball.html

vava74

October 12th, 2010
7:11 pm

Getting the game live in Portugal on NBA TV. What a treat!

vava74

October 12th, 2010
7:12 pm

So, there should be plenty of feeds!

STEEL(Formerly VenomSpitter)

October 12th, 2010
7:13 pm

Thanks Melvin

vava74

October 12th, 2010
7:15 pm

Jordan will be a star on this league.

Melvin

October 12th, 2010
7:20 pm

Watching the first 5 mins of the Hawks/Wiz game. Like this lineup of Joe/Jordan/Josh/AL. Sub Bibby for Teague or Jamal and lets Ball….

josh

October 12th, 2010
7:21 pm

THANK YOU MELVIN

Mz. Hawkdafied

October 12th, 2010
7:21 pm

Channel 642 on Directv.

STEEL(Formerly VenomSpitter)

October 12th, 2010
7:25 pm

Damn Im loving the movement on offense

Freshfromatl

October 12th, 2010
7:26 pm

Lol…Jordan Crawford IS THE REAL DEAL…Joe looking great so far.

Freshfromatl

October 12th, 2010
7:30 pm

So far the offense looks good…

I’m going out on a limb and saying when the Hawks is fully healthy, they’re gonna be a scary team. They certaintly won’t lack shooters this year. Also, it’s gonna be hard to keep Jordan out the lineup; somebody is gonna be the odd man out between Jamal and Bibby.

joBjo

October 12th, 2010
7:30 pm

MELLLVINNNN!!!!!

Melvin

October 12th, 2010
7:34 pm

I like Yi. I think he would fit nicely on the Hawks team playing the backup 4/5….

Trent

October 12th, 2010
7:35 pm

Everytime I watch these exhibition games, I keep hoping our team gets healthy quick. The team hasn’t been looking so good without the core players being together as a unit in games.

Melvin

October 12th, 2010
7:36 pm

Jordan Crawford is a beast…

Freshfromatl

October 12th, 2010
7:36 pm

Two words!!!!

Jordan Crawford!!!!!!!!

vava74

October 12th, 2010
7:36 pm

This kid is dynamite. Step aside Jamal, the hired gun job has a new owner!

STEEL(Formerly VenomSpitter)

October 12th, 2010
7:37 pm

Jordan Crawford is gonna be GOOD. He’s outplayed Wall.

Jody

October 12th, 2010
7:37 pm

I think the Hawks will have problems rebounding the ball this year, but I do like what I see on the offensive end so far. Thanks Melvin. :)

vava74

October 12th, 2010
7:43 pm

I see that the “asthma treatment” which the NBA authorised on JaVale has produced its results…

Asthma is usually treated with medication used to bulk up and add muscle (anabolic steroids)…

Trent

October 12th, 2010
7:44 pm

Jody,

It’s kind of tough to tell what rebounding will be like for the Hawks this year, based upon these preseason games. The team’s best rebounder (Horford) has been playing extremely limited minutes on an injured ankle, so he’s been taking it easy. Also, our frontcourt has not really been able to play together for any significant minutes yet, due to injuries. In a system that does not feature as many switches though, it would seem that the Hawks rebounding would improve as Horford and Smith would stay closer to the basket, rather than having to spend time on the perimeter guardian smaller players.

Trent

October 12th, 2010
7:46 pm

*guarding, not guardian

Jody

October 12th, 2010
7:49 pm

Trent,

I’m not basing that statement off what I’m seeing tonight per say, but off of recent history. Eliminating the constant switches will help to a degree, but I don’t think it will totally solve the problem.

Ray

October 12th, 2010
7:53 pm

I haven’t been enjoying watching the Hawks defense get abused night-in and night-out in these first few games of the preseason. I just hope this is not what we can expect to see from the actual team once the season begins, because as it stands now, the switching defense has been more effective defensively than the Hawks straight-up defense. However, a lot of that has to do with the fact that running this new system means that if Bibby gets beat in 1 vs. 1, there is no one to cover for him on a switch. That, to some degree is making the defense look worse than it actually is.

jason

October 12th, 2010
7:54 pm

Jordan is beasting this game. Who knows he might win the scoring title or rookie of the year

Hawks Fan In New Orleans

October 12th, 2010
7:54 pm

Wall Vs. JC2
Brought to you by Don King Productions.

drmaryb (*_*)

October 12th, 2010
7:55 pm

vava74

Yeah! I’m glad you get to see the game Live on NBA TV!

Jordan Crawford hits a loong 3! Shoulda’ been 4 pts.

STEEL(Formerly VenomSpitter)

October 12th, 2010
7:56 pm

Dont worry about the defense. There are too many key players out to even judge the defense.

Mz. Hawkdafied

October 12th, 2010
7:57 pm

I’m glad to see the game on my nba league pass. Let me see if it’s on nbatv got that channel too. I just love being able to watch road games on the tele. Go Hawks!

Ray

October 12th, 2010
7:58 pm

Nice move by Big Al. Looks like he’s practiced putting the ball on the floor during the offseason.

Mz. Hawkdafied

October 12th, 2010
7:59 pm

Nope Boston vs Philly on 216. How are you guys seeing it on nbatv when my tv has the celtics vs 76ers. Any how go Hawks!

Melvin

October 12th, 2010
8:02 pm

Bibby couldn’t guard his own shadow. I say we rolled with Teague, Jordan, Jamal and Joe to handle the PG duties. Bibby would be my third PG and I would trade Mo Evans to Minny for Corey Brewer

cp

October 12th, 2010
8:03 pm

Jordan Crawford is beasting. If he keeps playing like this it will make it easier to trade Jamal. Joe, Josh, and Al look sharp. Powell was playing well when he was out there. Bibby can still shoot but thats it. His defense is terrible. I dont even know if switching would help him out… Etan looked ehhh out there. Love the ball movement. This team is going to look better when healthy. Right now its just so many guys out.

Melvin

October 12th, 2010
8:03 pm

Corey Brewer would backup Marvin…

drmaryb (*_*)

October 12th, 2010
8:07 pm

Peach Turnover!

These passing angles look weak/bad/soft!
Why are the Hawks making all those passes directly to
the Wizard players?

vava74

October 12th, 2010
8:10 pm

Jordan has unlimited range… He almost nailed it and got the foul…

Trent

October 12th, 2010
8:13 pm

The Hawks have almost been doubled-up on the glass. It’s tough to tell if this is really reason to worry though, considering Josh and Al haven’t really been playing like themselves defensively. Al probably is still taking it easy on his ankle, so I can understand why he hasn’t been working very hard on the glass. Josh is a bit beaten up himself. Aside from that, half of the team is missing so it’s tough to really pull much from these exhibition games. Jordan Crawford looks like he could be a rookie of the year candidate if he were starting on a team, but even that is deceiving in these games, considering he will probably play very limited minutes during the regular season, unless Jamal Crawford is indeed traded.

At any rate, I hope coach Drew is at least getting some useful information in regards to his new system from his games, because they really aren’t providing much information in regards to what we can expect during the regular season. LD has made it seem like he knows exactly what he’s doing and is not surprised by what he is seeing. Whether or not he is being genuine in his remarks is unknown, but hopefully his plans begin to work when the games actually start to count.

Astro Joe

October 12th, 2010
8:13 pm

It’s a good thing that poor defense in the pre-season is meaningless, right?

lewis

October 12th, 2010
8:14 pm

we look a year older.
bibby makes the D look horrific
get him outta there

vava74

October 12th, 2010
8:15 pm

The passing is still very shaky (lazy and careless), hence the turnovers.

The d is sagging mostly because Al and Josh are hurt and coasting (no harm there), bibby is being bibby and Jordan loses sight of the game flow often (but he has shown that he will be a much better defender than Jamal).

truthspitter

October 12th, 2010
8:17 pm

Hawks look bad people. No defense and the offense is not that great. The bench is weak when it comes to big men. Etan was a bad pickup but I like Josh Powell. We are the same team from last year with a worse defensive scheme. Our only additions worth noting are a rookie SG in which we already have 2 damn good SG’s and a PF in which we already have 2 or 3 damn good one’s. Who is running this team, Billy Knight or Rick Sund? Oops that are they same sh!t.

jason

October 12th, 2010
8:20 pm

did u see that long three by jordan? ohh man that was sick

leedsatlanta

October 12th, 2010
8:21 pm

Based on what i have seen so far, i think this would be some team and a decent bench!

SF Johnson
PF Smith
C Horford
SG Jordan
PG Teague

Bench

SF Williams
PF Powell
C Pachulia
SG Evans
PG Jamal

The Truth

October 12th, 2010
8:22 pm

What does it mean when your leaders play uninspired ball? Are they sleepwalking? Their body language says it all. They are playing as if they are not expected to win. Perhaps the Wizards length is taking the air out of their sail. JC2 is the only bright spot.

Trent

October 12th, 2010
8:23 pm

lol, I agree that Etan Thomas does not appear to have been a very good pick-up. He’s actually starting to make even Randolph Morris look like a pretty good player.

cp

October 12th, 2010
8:24 pm

The offense is not that great? Have you not seen the ball movement and the high shooting percentage? Are you even watching the game? The offense is fine but seeing who made the post I’m not surprised by anything you said. You have been bitching and complaining all summer. No shock here