Atlanta Hawks: Hawks at Grizzlies

Memphis–Finally, the games are for real.

Got to see at least some hints about L.D.’s offensive and defensive approaches during the preseason. The one thing that’s still a big mystery is how he will distribute the minutes because (stop me if you’ve heard this one) the injuries made a mess of the rotation.

The Miami game provided the best clue but it wasn’t definitive, unless you somehow think Jamal is going to play just 19 minutes per night.

“I have kind of got an idea of how many I want my starters to play and the guys off the bench,” L.D. said. “I don’t want to wear guys down. I will scale back on a couple starters who played I thought too many minutes in the past. I certainly want to utilize my bench more.”

Like everything else L.D. is trying to do, it remains to be seen if his wishes will match up with reality. He’s committed to going deep in his bench but that means five reserves are going to have to be consistent contributors.

J.J. is all for reduced wear and tear. He said the ideal situation is for the starters to get the Hawks going at the start of the game and after halftime; the reserves hold it down in the second quarter and bridge the third and fourth quarters; and the starters come back to finish the game.

“As long as the starters come out and we start the game off right, come out business-like, that can happen,” he said.

Lakers love

Josh Powell watched the Lakers’ ring ceremony last night and heard Phil Jackson give him a shout out. Some of the Lakers players talked about the team’s cohesiveness. Powell said it was real.

“The experiences and the relationships that I built there are definitely things to miss,” he said. “But I have a new family now and we’ve got things we are trying to accomplish. I wish their organization and team all the best this year.”

No word on when Powell will get his ring.

“I have no idea how that works,” Powell said. “I’m going to get it but I haven’t talked to nobody about that.”

Powell signed with the Hawks for a chance to play meaningful minutes, and L.D. has said Powell will get them. Even when Powell averaged 19.2 minutes for the Clippers in 07-08 the minutes were sporadic.

“For a guy in my shoes for six years and to finally have a real, true chance to be a part of something in the sense of showing what you can do on a night-in, night-out basis and bring somewhat of a leadership role to the guys, I look forward to it,” he said.

Injury report

Mo is still getting his knee up to speed. He said in hindsight he wishes he’d had his surgery earlier in the summer and not pushed the knee too soon after the procedure.

“It’s the residual effects of having arthroscopic surgery and trying to do too much and come back too fast,” he said. “As a professional athlete you are competitive and when I see the guys out there competing, it’s hard to watch. Then you get out there and have success and you get excited and you try to do too much.”

Teague’s ankle isn’t 100 percent yet.

“I feel it sometimes,” he said. “But I will be all right.”

Jamal says his back is fine.

Grizz center Marc Gasol (ankle) is out. Memphis coach Lionel Hollins is starting 6-9 Darrel Arthur in his place with 7-3 Hasheem Thabeet in reserve. Zach Randolph (6-9) can play there, too.

It will be interesting to see if L.D. will go big.

“We’ve got the bodies,” L.D. said. “Against Memphis you may end up using your bodies. They have some bodies and do a good job crashing the boards. You have to block them out. It may take all of our bodies to get the job done.”

MC

297 comments Add your comment

Hawk n the Ham

October 27th, 2010
7:39 pm

Wooooo!!! Lets do this! Go HAWKS!

Tony from Stone Mountain

October 27th, 2010
7:52 pm

On the way home to watch the game now!

rms

October 27th, 2010
7:54 pm

STEEL(Formerly VenomSpitter)

October 27th, 2010
7:56 pm

Yeaaaaa boy lets do it

Section 303

October 27th, 2010
7:59 pm

Let’s do it! Gametime, fellas!

I will take that trade of Gasol for Thabeet any day. Big drop off between those two.

lewis

October 27th, 2010
8:05 pm

hawks on laptop and thunder on the big screen

O'Brien

October 27th, 2010
8:06 pm

drmaryb,

Philly gave Brand 5 years, $80 mil. I’m not so sure the Hawks would have matched.

Memphis offered Josh 5 years, $60 mil. That was much easier to match.

Oh Oh. I see ‘Nique is back. I guess we will hear more about the “nimbers”

STEEL(Formerly VenomSpitter)

October 27th, 2010
8:08 pm

LOL @ Nimbers

J.J.M.

October 27th, 2010
8:09 pm

lmao@nimbers

Rev in Tampa

October 27th, 2010
8:10 pm

Whoever said that the NBA League Pass is free until November 1 – Thank you!!!

truthspitter

October 27th, 2010
8:11 pm

Time to complain

J.J.M.

October 27th, 2010
8:13 pm

wow all NBA league pass games are free except the hawks lol

drmaryb (*_*)

October 27th, 2010
8:14 pm

All You Can Eat Buffet!

Lewis

Don’t hurt yourself with all them good eats!
You’re gonna’ become a basketball head. LOL!

drmaryb (*_*)

October 27th, 2010
8:16 pm

BTW, Doug Collins moved Evan Turner to the bench 3 wks ago.
Hmmm …. The #2 Pick, not starting?

Rev in Tampa

October 27th, 2010
8:17 pm

Marvin was wide open on that motion. SHame he got fouled.

STEEL(Formerly VenomSpitter)

October 27th, 2010
8:20 pm

Good ball movement

Samuel

October 27th, 2010
8:22 pm

That floor don’t bulge.

Ree Roe

October 27th, 2010
8:22 pm

Damn Randolph went down hard. Hope he’s ok

-REEview it for Roe!!!

truthspitter

October 27th, 2010
8:23 pm

Al to the bench already, not good. Watch how much the bench hurts us 9-6 when Al went to bench remember that

drmaryb (*_*)

October 27th, 2010
8:27 pm

DWade on half-time show talking about how tough the Hawks are to play in our division. Josh Smith is so athletic and Jamal is a special talent on their team.

Spolestra talks about Jamal making a huge difference on their ball club, he adds another dimension and makes the Hawks very hard to beat. Jamal makes a huge difference over there.

Najeh Davenpoop

October 27th, 2010
8:29 pm

Josh Smith hits a 3. Oh no.

STEEL(Formerly VenomSpitter)

October 27th, 2010
8:29 pm

Josh hit that but thats a bad thing

O'Brien

October 27th, 2010
8:30 pm

Josh with a 3? The shot looked good. But of course, he thinks he can keep shooting them now…

STEEL(Formerly VenomSpitter)

October 27th, 2010
8:30 pm

Yeaaaaa Marvin

O'Brien

October 27th, 2010
8:31 pm

I’m liking this new Marvin…And he hasnt fallen down yet

Najeh Davenpoop

October 27th, 2010
8:31 pm

Wow. I don’t think the Hawks EVER had ball movement that good on ANY possession under Woody. Marvin with the and 1.

Najeh Davenpoop

October 27th, 2010
8:31 pm

And good contest on the defensive end leading up to that by Marvin too.

Melvin

October 27th, 2010
8:31 pm

I hope Marvin plays like this the entire season… I like it…

terrell

October 27th, 2010
8:32 pm

Looks like LD has Bibby and Marvin in the best shape they’ve been in since they put on a Hawks uniform. Marvin with the and 1. Wow! Did you see that Rod? lol!

truthspitter

October 27th, 2010
8:33 pm

Not bad so far. Zaza offers no resistance on defense at all. Other than that I don’t have any big complaints so far

drmaryb (*_*)

October 27th, 2010
8:34 pm

Marvin saw his name on that trading block all Summer.
He found his inner-dog! Yeah!

Najeh Davenpoop

October 27th, 2010
8:37 pm

Even on the possessions where it seems like they are about to run isolation, it just seems like the Hawks without the ball are communicating more. There was some standing around on that Mo Evans drive to the hoop, but when Mo got the ball, he got a little pick to open up some space for him. That’s something that wouldn’t have happened last year.

truthspitter

October 27th, 2010
8:39 pm

Can Teague do anything correct?

hawks_4_life

October 27th, 2010
8:39 pm

Team is looking good early.

Sleepy

October 27th, 2010
8:40 pm

Ball is moving very well its the nba there is ALWAYS gonna be some isolations the key is to to not get so reliant ion them that you dont run anything else

Wabe

October 27th, 2010
8:40 pm

Thought that was a nice dime to Mo Evans…

drmaryb (*_*)

October 27th, 2010
8:40 pm

I wish Drew was Miked – Up!
Would be nice to hear his huddle.$

STEEL(Formerly VenomSpitter)

October 27th, 2010
8:41 pm

Jeff Stuck Acie lol

nunna!!

October 27th, 2010
8:42 pm

Denver East!!
Remember the nuggets of the 80’s who outscored everybody??
I told yall,we’re gonna score tons of points but it depends on the defense of this team

STEEL(Formerly VenomSpitter)

October 27th, 2010
8:43 pm

LMAO Allen missed the layup

hawks_4_life

October 27th, 2010
8:43 pm

Sloppy in the last 2 mins

drmaryb (*_*)

October 27th, 2010
8:44 pm

If we didn’t turn the ball over so much, we would have 40 pts.

nunna!!

October 27th, 2010
8:46 pm

hawks_4_life:Sloppy in the last 2 mins

most definently my friends..
Teague was wide open under the basket coming off of a screen as Jamaal was fancy dribbling..
I tell u,i still think he is playing for a contract and will be dribbling with his neck before u know it..
too much of a showboat..and he needs to let teague run the offense and he needs to get his but open for a shot

Mike is back

October 27th, 2010
8:47 pm

Teague want be replacing Bibby any time soon…Might be an opening for JC2. It’s going to take him some time.

O'Brien

October 27th, 2010
8:47 pm

bench with 13 points?

STEEL(Formerly VenomSpitter)

October 27th, 2010
8:48 pm

WTF was that

Melvin

October 27th, 2010
8:49 pm

Josh and AL are having a good ole time on the bench waving the towels…

Wabe

October 27th, 2010
8:52 pm

Mo Evans makin me eat crow…

We’ll see how consistent his play is this season.

ntrigue

October 27th, 2010
8:52 pm

We look good I always said zaza would be good glad we got Woodson out! 2nd unit needs to build more chemistry but well be good as the season progresses! Woodson was holding us back can’t wait to see what we look like in about 20 gms into this offense

hawks_4_life

October 27th, 2010
8:54 pm

I like how LD let Teague play through his problems and didnt give him the hook early. He is also rotating guys in and out frequently. So far everything is looking great, defense is looking decent. ZAZA is playing Arthur good, he is just making shots right now.