Atlanta Hawks: Hawks at Bobcats

Charlotte–I started to ask L.D. about Smoove shooting more jump shots lately and before I could even finish the question he was rolling his eyes.

Remember that when L.D. was announced as the new Hawks coach he said he would get Josh off the perimeter and down in the post. Josh said L.D. is the coach and so he would comply.

Yet clearly it’s going to take some work for the two to get on the same page. Against the Heat last night Josh launched a jumper early in the game on a play that called for him to work in the post. He also fired a 3-pointer late in the game.

Each time Josh takes a bad jumper, L.D. is there to let him know about it. Like Woody before him, L.D. has seen that Smoove doesn’t always appreciate the feedback.

“He snarled at me a little bit early in the game yesterday but I was fine with it,” L.D. said. “I want him to establish himself down low. I don’t want him to rely on making perimeter shot.”

It’s a reasonable request considering the drastic difference in conversion rates between Smoove’s attempts near the basket and those farther away. Yet despite the numbers Josh just can’t seem to help winding up and letting fly when he’s on the perimeter and the defense is inviting him to do so.

L.D. said he doesn’t doubt Josh believes he can make long jump shots. He said he hasn’t told him to stop taking them altogether “because his stroke has certainly improved and he has worked on it.” But he doesn’t want them early in the shot clock, late in games or when the play calls for Josh to be in the post.

That latter point is how L.D. frames the issue: He doesn’t labor the point that Josh can’t make jumpers, but rather points out that he needs to be in the paint because he’s so effective there.

“I just tell him when I run something put him in the post don’t want him letting the defense off the hook shooting a fadeaway jump shot,” L.D. said. “I believe in his ability down in the post to get a basket or get fouled. Shooting a fadeaway is letting your defender off the hook.”

Powell in the mix

He’s still figuring out how the minutes will be distributed but L.D. said the 10 guys who played the bulk of the minutes against Miami will be the “main core” to start the season. That group will include Josh Powell.

“He’s going to be a big part of us being successful,” Drew said.

Powell signed with the Hawks for a chance to play more than he did with the Lakers and it looks like he will get his shot.

“Having been associated with a championship team, I think that speaks volumes,” L.D. said. “He plays with a physicality that I really like. He’s a guy you can post up. He can make an outside shot. Defensively, he has an understanding how to defend the low post and he has quick feet. If he ever gets switched out on a two or a three he’s got the foot speed to keep him in front.”

Powell has been playing most of the preseason with a sore groin but he’s pushed through it.

Injury report

Mo and Pape Sy stayed behind in Atlanta. Bibby is getting the night off.

“He is a little banged up,” Drew said.

MC

74 comments Add your comment

MsDee

October 22nd, 2010
7:08 pm

MsDee

October 22nd, 2010
7:09 pm

Finally..I would like to thank God, my parents, and my fans for this honor..I would also like to…

Big Ump

October 22nd, 2010
7:19 pm

MsDee

That’s funny.

Old Blue

October 22nd, 2010
7:21 pm

Way to go MsDee. . . I always thought you would make it big. By the way, what is the score?

MsDee

October 22nd, 2010
7:22 pm

12-9..Bobcats

vava74

October 22nd, 2010
7:23 pm

Bibby will have to be used as a starting pitcher: always with at least 3 days rest…

MsDee

October 22nd, 2010
7:29 pm

so no live action online tonight uh?

vava74

October 22nd, 2010
7:29 pm

Is there any feed with tv transmission or this is non televised?

drmaryb (*_*)

October 22nd, 2010
7:31 pm

Look Mom! I did it!

From last to First!
Congratulations Ms. Dee on receiving this most prestigous honor.

For, you were the last poster on the prevoius blog and you said:
“New Blog Up!”

Then, you raced over to the New Blog and said:
“First”

Wow, you live your life on the Fast Track! I can only hope to be as Fast as You!
My Hero!

-smiles-

Section 303

October 22nd, 2010
7:36 pm

I was thinking that I didn’t mind Josh Smith shooting jumpers. After last night’s game, I’m not so sure. I found myself yelling “Noooo…” when he let the 3-pointer fly late in the game last night. Just an awful shot attempt.

Also, I like Josh Powell. I take back calling him a stiff after the Memphis game. He isn’t. Good player. He will mix it up. And, most surprising of all, he can hit a jump shot. Tough jumpers, too.

Worm

October 22nd, 2010
7:36 pm

If there’s anything worse than preseason NBA-Well, maybe a colonoscopy?

MsDee

October 22nd, 2010
7:39 pm

Dr Mary,

Thank you..thank you..thank you…I feel so blessed that I can be just as fast as Teague when it comes to the Hawks blogs..lol

beone

October 22nd, 2010
7:52 pm

Didn’t the Hawks play the Heat last night and not the Magic?

drmaryb (*_*)

October 22nd, 2010
7:57 pm

Ms. Dee you the bomb!

Your post are more nasty than Precious in a Thong!
eewee … Yikes!

I just had a visual and now imo need 2 weeks therapy to clear my thoughts!

Hey Ms. Dee,

Direct TV has Heat -vs- Magic Pregame and Game scheduled @
7pm & 730pm on ESPN. But it’s not on? You know what’s up?

I’m surfing, but no find …. Hmmmm …

northcyde

October 22nd, 2010
8:00 pm

2nd team + Marvn are getting blown out.

MsDee

October 22nd, 2010
8:01 pm

Dr Mary..

Dont think it will be online tonight..just keeping up on yahoo sports..

MsDee

October 22nd, 2010
8:02 pm

Game is boring tonight..I think I will head to bed..i’m too sleepy to keep up with this game..will read up on it later tonight..night,night and thanks again for my Blog Award!

Samuel

October 22nd, 2010
8:13 pm

Jeff teague 3 TO and 1 assist on 12 min, consequently, Hawks down big. Bobcats out-rebounding us 20 13.

RealSquawk

October 22nd, 2010
8:15 pm

And who is ready for the season to start?

RealSquawk

October 22nd, 2010
8:17 pm

+/- in this game would can only cause a smirk when looked at

Samuel

October 22nd, 2010
8:17 pm

DJ Augustine has 8 free throws in 13 minutes. What happened to the lock down defense by Teague. We’re not playing Charmers and Arroyo tonight. LOL!!

vava74

October 22nd, 2010
8:19 pm

Another second quarter meltdown against a team of scrubs.

Yep, we are still the Hawks. Some vigorous ass whipping is in order.

northcyde

October 22nd, 2010
8:28 pm

Samuel . . you better partially blame the Crawford boys for DJ’s free throw parade. Jamal, while shooting OK, had 3 TOs himself.

This game didn’t get out of hand until JJ and Teague went out. Charlotte’s bench destroyed ours, and that’s the difference in the game.

JSS

October 22nd, 2010
8:34 pm

What in the world is up with 30+ point quarters by their opponents? That is just ugly!

Samuel

October 22nd, 2010
8:35 pm

Looks like the motion offense has run out of gas again. Down 25 to the Bobcats. WOW, are we gonna be this inconsistent all year? Getting torched on the boards 24-14. 36 pts in the 3rd Quarter.

hawks_4_life

October 22nd, 2010
8:35 pm

The whistle isnt helping much either.

Rev in Tampa

October 22nd, 2010
8:35 pm

drmaryb, we don’t know how to set up a basketball court down here in Tampa. The ice is causing condensation on the floor so the heat/magic game has been canceled. I thought about going but couldn’t get excited enough about booing LeBron to spend my money. Looks like I made the right decision.

Samuel

October 22nd, 2010
8:37 pm

Please. Why yall keep making excuses for Teague. Every time he is given the reigns he chokes. Admit it.

Rev in Tampa

October 22nd, 2010
8:41 pm

I’m very disappointed to see Jordan out of the 10 man rotation. I was really hoping that he could be the backup SG so that Jamal might be used in a trade.

Samuel

October 22nd, 2010
8:42 pm

Bobcats shooting 62% from the field. What happened to accountability on defense. Bibby aint out there tonight. I guess Jamahl will be the scapegoat then.

Samuel

October 22nd, 2010
8:44 pm

Larry Brown is mad at LD for undermining “his student”. Whoop him like he stole something. Ah. actually he did.

Hawks Fan In New Orleans

October 22nd, 2010
8:45 pm

Hawks Fan In New Orleans

October 22nd, 2010
8:45 pm

Do we need Bibby that bad?

Hawks Fan In New Orleans

October 22nd, 2010
8:46 pm

LOL @ Samuel – probably so!

Samuel

October 22nd, 2010
8:52 pm

JTO=Jeff Turnover

lewis

October 22nd, 2010
8:53 pm

Hawks 2010 (Aiming for 6th Seed or better!)

October 22nd, 2010
8:55 pm

just by looking at the box score you can tell when the starters played and then when the backups came in

Samuel

October 22nd, 2010
8:57 pm

Jamahl and Jeff battling for the turnover crown.

Real Talk

October 22nd, 2010
8:57 pm

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Real Talk

October 22nd, 2010
9:00 pm

LMAO @ the HAWKS destruction against the BOBCATS 2night. They played their Hearts out against the Heat last night and now are getting destroyed on the Road. SMDH and the season starts next week.

lewis

October 22nd, 2010
9:04 pm

Samuel,

he’s a rookie with very little experience. give the dude 5 minutes to develop. he got no PT last year and has been injured. Your posts convey unpleasant feelings of bitterness. I don’t mind people shooting down the Hawks, freedom of speech and all, but the seeming pleasure you take in doing so irritates me. We all know you care far more about being right than about the Hawks.

Samuel

October 22nd, 2010
9:06 pm

All summer i’ve been hearing about this new, Princeton/motion offense. 49 points and 19 TO just won’t get it. Jamahl 6 Teague 5.

Samuel

October 22nd, 2010
9:07 pm

Stop it lewis. This is the NBA not the NBADL.

northcyde

October 22nd, 2010
9:07 pm

JJ obviously took the night off too. 2 shots in 16 minutes?

I wish the Hawks would’ve taken this game a little more seriously, because THESE were the types of games that they routinely lose, not the marquee type home games.

I see Drew is playing Teague – Jamal – Jordan together. Let the gunning begin.

Samuel

October 22nd, 2010
9:12 pm

Hawks 22 TO 19 FG.

lewis

October 22nd, 2010
9:12 pm

No accountability

lewis

October 22nd, 2010
9:13 pm

Fire all of our guards except JJ…

Astro Joe

October 22nd, 2010
9:13 pm

Samuel, I;m not saying that I agree… but JTO=Jeff Turnover is funny as HECK. :lol:

Samuel

October 22nd, 2010
9:25 pm

Jamahl 7 Teague 6

Samuel

October 22nd, 2010
9:27 pm

Didn’t Ken give him that name, JTO? I wasn’t sure what he meant. “Now you know”.