Practice today for the Hawks basically consisted of a video session and free throws.
“One of those days where I decided it would be more productive to just watch some tape instead of putting some wear and tear on them, especially with a game tomorrow,” L.D. said.
Everyone seemed subdued and tired, including L.D. He wasn’t enthusiastic about Atlanta’s performance in the 84-74 victory against New Orleans Saturday at Johnson City, Tenn.
“It was all right,” he said. “We’ve still got a ways to go as far as work and get to where we are trying to get to.”
His list of complaints is familiar: defense, rebounding, turnovers. And this time the Hawks couldn’t use the absence of their regulars to explain it. The starters plus Jamal all played at least 25 minutes while the Hornets went deep into their bench.
“Watching then play in the preseason, they are looking like a team that is on a mission,” L.D. said. “So we are going to have to step our energy and step up our intensity and planning.”
Mo made his preseason debut and played seven minutes. Word is he looked pretty good in that short stint.
Jamal said he was pleased with his play in his first competitive game since last spring. “I was trying to find my rhythm in the first half but then I was fine in the second,” he said. “The back feels good.”
Josh Powell still is nursing a sore groin but had eight points, six rebounds and two blocks in 22 minutes against the Hornets.
Jason Collins ended up not playing. L.D. said he decided to give him another day’s rest.
Teague is scheduled to return Thursday against Miami but said he would lobby trainer Wally Blase to let him play tomorrow.