Atlanta Hawks: Hawks vs. Magic

L.D. picks Dwight over shooters. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel)

L.D. picks Dwight over shooters. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel)

The Hawks remember the sting from getting demolished by the Magic last may. Did they learn anything about how to play the Magic, though?

“Last year is over with,” L.D. said before the game. “This is a new year. We have to bring a new attitude and the way we approach the game. We will do some things a little differently than we did last year playing against Orlando. Will they work? I don’t know. But I do know we are going to try to take out some of the predictability of the things we have done in the past.”

L.D. mentioned the “pick your poison” aspect of playing the Magic. Dwight is the “1″ and the shooters the “4″ in their famed 4-out, 1-in offense. It sounds like L.D. picks playing Dwight more straight up rather than leaving those shooters.

But like with L.D.’s desire to make the Hawks an overall gritty defensive team, it’s not clear he has the personnel to match his desires. Hawks brass seemed to know it, too, thus the summer pursuit of Shaq and Brad Miller instead of plugging other glaring holes on the roster.

If the goal was to match up with the Magic, the Hawks don’t t appear much better suited to do that then they did in May.

Al is a smart, quick, defender in the post but he’s giving up significant size to Dwight. Zaza, Twin and Etan will give it a try. And of course even if those four can control Dwight the Hawks still have to guard the perimeter, where they have more personnel issues.

But that’s the group L.D. has to work with so he will try some new tricks to avoid having to pick a poison.

“The head of the snake is that 3-point line,” he said. “What we want to do is try to avoid as many open looks for them. Dwight is still a priority, but going into a game playing Orlando you have to be concerned about the 3-point line because they led the league in 3-point shooting. We know what the priorities are. It really comes down to us.”

Stretching the four

One of the “4″ in Orlando’s 4-out is Rashard Lewis, one of those stretch fours all teams with good centers covet. The Magic also have Ryan Anderson in reserve.

L.D. on the challenge Josh faces defending stretch fours Lewis:

“Some fours that are going to be primarily around the basket, some will be midrange, but this guy is out to three. In transiton, it is instinctive for fours to run out to the paint and then fan out and get their guys. But when you play a guy like Rashard that can stretch a defense in transition you have to find him immediately.

“That is a big test for Smoove because he is just not used to it. He has to be focused on every trip down the floor and where to find him if he doesn’t he is going to be lacing it up.”

L.D. said the Hawks can post up Josh against Rashard but . . .

“When we have done that in the past, Dwight is always lurking somewhere around so we have to be good with our decision-making,” he said. “Just because we post you, which we think is an advantage, you still have to make the smart play. It’s not forcing the shot, it is not doing anything out of your character. If the double team does come you accept the double team and you pass out.”

Injury report

Teague is out. He is aiming to return Thursday vs. the Heat.

Pape Sy (back) said he still doesn’t know when he will be able to practice for the first time.

“It’s sore,” he said. “It’s getting better.”

L.D. said he’s not sure how many minutes Josh Powell (groin) can go.

MC

322 comments Add your comment

Mz. Hawkdafied

October 18th, 2010
7:03 pm

Channel 216 to watch. The Orlando channel is blacked out.

truthspitter

October 18th, 2010
7:04 pm

Anyone have a link to game?

truthspitter

October 18th, 2010
7:06 pm

Oh I found one thanks

i_am_soulstar

October 18th, 2010
7:08 pm

Cannot believe the game is blacked out! I wish NBATV was a person so I could punch it in the face.

Samuel

October 18th, 2010
7:08 pm

rms

October 18th, 2010
7:09 pm

Samuel

October 18th, 2010
7:12 pm

Does LD have more than one suite?LOL

Melvin

October 18th, 2010
7:18 pm

I like the grab and sling by Big Al. DHoward give him a cheap elbow and he wasn’t having any of that….

STEEL(Formerly VenomSpitter)

October 18th, 2010
7:19 pm

Josh shooting long jumper

STEEL(Formerly VenomSpitter)

October 18th, 2010
7:19 pm

Here comes the blow out.

truthspitter

October 18th, 2010
7:20 pm

This wack offense is not creating good shots. Drew and this offense are making the Hawks look worse than they are

STEEL(Formerly VenomSpitter)

October 18th, 2010
7:21 pm

Bibby is just awful. He should not see the floor. I can go out there be more productive than him.

I’M DEAD SERIOUS TOO

Melvin

October 18th, 2010
7:21 pm

All are shooting nothing but jump shots. Nobody is attacking the paint.

bigdave

October 18th, 2010
7:22 pm

the Magic broadcast team is going in on Coach Drew’s offense..

calling it, “so called movement resulting in only jumpers”

“little motion, after about the 3rd pass it just dies in the hands of whoever has it”

in all honesty, the guys are dead on.

Melvin

October 18th, 2010
7:23 pm

Is Marvin playing tonight?

Jody

October 18th, 2010
7:23 pm

New offense, same result.

Samuel

October 18th, 2010
7:23 pm

It don’t matter what kind of gimmick you run, you still gotta make shots.

STEEL(Formerly VenomSpitter)

October 18th, 2010
7:23 pm

The Hawks are SCARED TO DEATH of the Magic.

J.J.M.

October 18th, 2010
7:24 pm

wow this offense looks HORRIBLE…way to much moving around and no open shots whatsoever….All I see is passing and more passing killing the shot clock

STEEL(Formerly VenomSpitter)

October 18th, 2010
7:24 pm

The Magic just are a BAD MATCHUP for the Hawks. Thats all there is to it.

I don’t expect the Hawks to ever beat them.

mountain_jim

October 18th, 2010
7:25 pm

My guide had a different game listed on directv – with posts above I have the game on

J.J.M.

October 18th, 2010
7:25 pm

Melvin

October 18th, 2010
7:25 pm

Let me add that Marvin is playing but he’s invisible on the court. Besides taking the ball out of bounds, he’s doing nothing. Bibby still can’t guard anybody.

Samuel

October 18th, 2010
7:26 pm

Let the beatdown begin.

lewis

October 18th, 2010
7:26 pm

unpleaseant listening to these pompous battards deconstruct the hawks

i_am_soulstar

October 18th, 2010
7:27 pm

Hawks are playing like they have beer goggles on

STEEL(Formerly VenomSpitter)

October 18th, 2010
7:28 pm

Anybody who thought that the Hawks could compete with the Magic.

U ARE OUTTA YA DAMN MIND

bigdave

October 18th, 2010
7:28 pm

how about foul Bass on the dunk attempt ZaZa.. instead of the dumb foul on Dwight.

J.J.M.

October 18th, 2010
7:28 pm

im sorry but the team i see now is not ready for the nba season

lewis

October 18th, 2010
7:29 pm

larry drew doing nothing lol

STEEL(Formerly VenomSpitter)

October 18th, 2010
7:30 pm

This team is not ready for war.

Hell they ain’t even ready for a food fight.

STEEL(Formerly VenomSpitter)

October 18th, 2010
7:31 pm

Jordan Crawford trying to save the hawks

Melvin

October 18th, 2010
7:32 pm

I like this Crawford and Crawford backcourt….

STEEL(Formerly VenomSpitter)

October 18th, 2010
7:32 pm

Damn the bench looks better than some of the starters

truthspitter

October 18th, 2010
7:32 pm

The NBA looks like garbage with the idiot refs controlling the games it has turned into Stern and his slaves and this Hawks offense is pathetic the defense is not bad so-far

lewis

October 18th, 2010
7:32 pm

i’d prefer jordan at point over bibby please don’t reply to this post haters

Jody

October 18th, 2010
7:33 pm

Jason Collins has size and although he’s not some great player, you see the difference size can make.

Samuel

October 18th, 2010
7:33 pm

JoCrawford reminds me of Earl Monroe.

Ramon

October 18th, 2010
7:33 pm

Melvin, Marvin had a steal in transition, that’s not that bad.

bigdave

October 18th, 2010
7:33 pm

offense looks a lot better w/ a quicker back court particularly at the pg position.. someone who can penetrate creases that sagging defenders will give us..

Ramon

October 18th, 2010
7:33 pm

Dwight is 1-6 from free throw line.

i_am_soulstar

October 18th, 2010
7:34 pm

Drew’s making better in game adjustments than Woody did during his entire tenure

J from the A

October 18th, 2010
7:34 pm

At least Mo Evans knows how to get to the rim … Crawford & Crawford look like an explosive backcourt duo.

Other than that, the Hawks do not look good. I hope this isn’t THE offense we have all been waiting for.

Real

October 18th, 2010
7:34 pm

OMG Dwight added a Jumper 2 his game. Let the Massacre begin

cp

October 18th, 2010
7:35 pm

Bibby is done. At this point make him an assistant coach or something. Dude has nothing left. Way too many jumpers and no attacking the rim. This is where we need Teague.

bigdave

October 18th, 2010
7:35 pm

i cant help but notice how well a post presence with play making ability from the block would fit in with this scheme..

well, i guess we “tried” to get Shaq.

bigdave

October 18th, 2010
7:36 pm

aye.. Jordan can play point.. im sorry.

Ramon

October 18th, 2010
7:36 pm

Jordan just hit a beautiful jumper off the screen by Collins.

J.J.M.

October 18th, 2010
7:36 pm

wow how does jordan crawford not get more playing time

STEEL(Formerly VenomSpitter)

October 18th, 2010
7:36 pm

Jordan>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Bibby

Bibby should not play