Atlanta Hawks: Heat at Hawks

Zaza was raving the other day about a saying he saw on Twitter:

“Better to have it well done than well said.”

What he means is it’s time for the Hawks to stop talking and start doing. There are just two exhibition games left, tonight vs. the D-Wade less Heat and tomorrow at Charlotte. The season starts Wednesday in Memphis.

Can the Hawks get it together by then?

“I am sure that is a question on everyone’s mind after seeing us play five games we have already played,” Zaza said. “I am sure nobody is happy who is cheering for the Hawks. It starts from us, the players, the coaching staff, the management–nobody is happy.”

Yes, there have been injuries. There’s a new coach. There’s a new offense. It will take time.

But now the Hawks are healthy, the season is approaching and there has to be some urgency.

“We haven’t had really had the chance to play together,” Teague said. “At the offensive end it is kind of stagnant. We are still trying to figure things out. Guys really don’t know it all the way. But we can always play defense, and that’s something we have been working on really hard these last couple practices. I think you will see a whole different side of us tonight.”

Heard that one before from the Hawks. In fact, they were saying pretty much the same thing before getting blown out (again) by the Magic Monday night. Well said but not well done.

Bibby made it a point to say he would take on the challenge of getting the offense going.

“Teams have been really coming hard at us,” Bibby said. “I think it starts with me. I put that on me as far as giving energy to the team and try to get us easy baskets instead of trying to set up in the halfcourt. I think the energy will be better tonight. I am going to start with me and try to get everybody easy baskets.”

That’s fine but L.D. is trying to make it about defense. He said the Hawks made some strides when they held Orlando to 44 points in the first half Monday. He noted it will take time to create a culture of all-out defense.

The Hawks are running out of time before the games start counting.

“I think that when Coach Drew came in, a lot of people talked about the offense but I think what he’s been harping is on defense,” Al said. “I think the only way that this team can amount to anything is if we can consistently bring it on the defensive end. And I know we’ve talked about this in the past but it has to happen in order for us to have any chance. That’s effort, playing hard, really getting after it hard consistently from everybody. Because if one guy breaks down it can throw the whole thing off.”

MC

312 comments Add your comment

STEEL(Formerly VenomSpitter)

October 21st, 2010
8:09 pm

letts see what happens

STEEL(Formerly VenomSpitter)

October 21st, 2010
8:12 pm

Josh missed both his jumpers

O'Brien

October 21st, 2010
8:12 pm

I dont like the first shot by Josh. And then I dont like that second shot by Josh.

What is he doing shooting those?

Our defense is better, but we cant give up offensive rebounds.

bigdave

October 21st, 2010
8:13 pm

i dont wanna hear nothing about Al being over seas.. doing this .. doing that..

GET IN THE GYM!!!!

missed face up look from Joe, out worked on the defensive glass.. blocked shot

Ree Roe

October 21st, 2010
8:13 pm

Love the tempo of the game so far….

-REEal Roe!!!

Fresh

October 21st, 2010
8:15 pm

Im loving the Hawks energy right now!!!

STEEL(Formerly VenomSpitter)

October 21st, 2010
8:15 pm

I’m getting scared that somebody still hasn’t told Josh to stop the damn jumpers. He cannot shoot.

O'Brien

October 21st, 2010
8:15 pm

Where was Marvin on that open 3 by LbJ?

Jody

October 21st, 2010
8:16 pm

The Hawks front court will struggle trying to post up bigger players.

STEEL(Formerly VenomSpitter)

October 21st, 2010
8:17 pm

bigdave

October 21st, 2010
8:17 pm

Joe.. looks leaner..

O'Brien

October 21st, 2010
8:17 pm

ok. what has happened to Al’s shots?

Great shot by JJ

bigdave

October 21st, 2010
8:18 pm

Fresh

October 21st, 2010
8:18 pm

LOL @ ALL NAYSAYERS!!

STEEL(Formerly VenomSpitter)

October 21st, 2010
8:18 pm

I think Josh is rubbing off on Al lol

Ree Roe

October 21st, 2010
8:18 pm

Hawks look good, lmao @ the Bibby “screen”

-REEturn of Roe!!

bigdave

October 21st, 2010
8:19 pm

seeing the world.. this and that..

get in the GYM.. you have to hit those 10-12 fts. with regularity.. period. no excuses. you have to work on the defensive glass. period.

Jody

October 21st, 2010
8:19 pm

Now that it looks like Miami has put a weaker guy in Bosh on Al, I think now is the time to give Al the ball in the post because he can out muscle Bosh to get position in the post.

bigdave

October 21st, 2010
8:21 pm

that looked bad off his hand..

bigdave

October 21st, 2010
8:22 pm

LETS GO!

Joe earning the check..

Marvin with the facial!

O'Brien

October 21st, 2010
8:22 pm

See, thats a 3 pt shot Marvin has to make. It doesnt matter who the coach is, he was wide open.

Good jam by Marvin. And good defense on Lebron

bigdave

October 21st, 2010
8:23 pm

oh looks good!!!!!

STEEL(Formerly VenomSpitter)

October 21st, 2010
8:23 pm

Now we’re heating up

O'Brien

October 21st, 2010
8:26 pm

I like how the Hawks have looked tonight. But win or lose, lets remember one thing.

D-Wade is not playing.

Fresh

October 21st, 2010
8:33 pm

Hawks attacking the basket a lot more.

Ree Roe

October 21st, 2010
8:33 pm

Am I the only one who really feels like Teague could be our Rondo IF he can stay healthy & develop a jumpshot?

-REEtweet #Roe!!!

Fresh

October 21st, 2010
8:35 pm

Hawks don’t need to trade Jamal! See how this current team will perform first!!!!!

northcyde

October 21st, 2010
8:37 pm

JJ looking ultra aggressive tonight. That’s what he has to do night in and night out. Bibby needs to play with Crawford.

O'Brien

October 21st, 2010
8:37 pm

Ree Roe,

Rondo does not have a jump shot. For Teague to be our Rondo, the biggest thing is play really good defense, and know how to run the offense, and hustle. The consistent jump shot will be a bonus.

You know, somebody needs to put a hard foul on LeBron when he barges into the paint like that.

cp

October 21st, 2010
8:39 pm

Im just glad guys are attacking the rim. And damn Teague is fast. Guys are playing with a lot more effort tonight.

Ree Roe

October 21st, 2010
8:40 pm

I guess I was reading the blogs & heard all the doom & gloom, but based on what I’m seeing if we can maintain this kind of energy on offense & defense, the only teams in the East better than us are MIA, ORL & probably BOS. We play BOS tough & we have an advantage in the front court over MIA. No other teams in the East merit discussion

-REEalize it’s Roe!!

bigdave

October 21st, 2010
8:41 pm

agreed.. Bibby playing with Crawford in a moderator role would be ideal.. given Jamal’s ability to penetrate coupled with Bibby’s shooting prowess would be nice off the bench. plus i have the feeling that Jeff would defer and his strengths do not include playing off the ball.

O'Brien

October 21st, 2010
8:43 pm

I agree with northcyde. Our starting 5 should keep us in almost every game. The bench is what can have a big impact.

And I’m not impressed by our bench.

Rev in Tampa

October 21st, 2010
8:43 pm

Jamal still isn’t playing defense.

I like the way Teague is playing.

bigdave

October 21st, 2010
8:43 pm

ZaZa you gotta finish that!

play strong BIG.. stop playing like your couture fashion.. get rugged!

cp

October 21st, 2010
8:44 pm

smh Mo Evans.

Ree Roe

October 21st, 2010
8:44 pm

O’Brien,

Rondo isn’t a great shooter, but he’s much more comfortable taking a 15 footer than Teague is right now. It’s not even close. What I’m hoping is that Teague can at least make teams respect his shot, which isn’t the case right now

-REEvitalize Roe!!!

cp

October 21st, 2010
8:45 pm

And what is up with the free throw shooting. Guys need to focus and knock them down. Cant be leaving points on the floor like that.

drmaryb (*_*)

October 21st, 2010
8:46 pm

We don’t care about them.
We don’t care who is not playing.

We got to pay our game, every single night, starting with defense and offensive
penetration and ball movement. I say penetrate first and princeton off that.

O'Brien

October 21st, 2010
8:48 pm

ZaZa had Mo Evans wide open

bigdave

October 21st, 2010
8:49 pm

poor defense from Jamal..

Jody

October 21st, 2010
8:50 pm

Where’s Jordan Crawford?

O'Brien

October 21st, 2010
8:50 pm

Although Teagus is in the game, its Jamal running the point. Isnt that the same thing we saw last year?

Quite frankly, I dont like it. Because Teague’s strong point is not making shots…

Najeh Davenpoop

October 21st, 2010
8:50 pm

I just turned on the game about five minutes ago. Early thoughts:

a. The motion offense looks like a great idea, but I think most of these bench players just are not skilled enough to execute it. I am really waiting to see how the starting five does though.

b. HOLY SH-T ZAZA PACHULIA SUCKS. WHAT THE HELL DOES THIS GUY DO WELL. SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME. SHAQ WOULDN’T HAVE HELPED THIS TEAM? ARE Y’ALL SERIOUS?

bigdave

October 21st, 2010
8:50 pm

Chalmers on Marvin..

smh.

cp

October 21st, 2010
8:51 pm

Joe looks pretty good tonight. Jordan Crawford should come in before Mo Evans smh

STEEL(Formerly VenomSpitter)

October 21st, 2010
8:52 pm

Is Jordan C. hurt?

Rev in Tampa

October 21st, 2010
8:52 pm

JJ looks like a man playing among boys. Its good to be reminded why he is an allstar.

cp

October 21st, 2010
8:53 pm

lol bigdave. I was going to point out how Marvin had Chalmers on him and couldn’t even post him up. I just shook my head.. Najeh, ZaZa is another guy you just shake ya head at.

bigdave

October 21st, 2010
8:54 pm

cp..

Marvin is a guy you shake your head @ Za Za.. you gotta drop it first..