Pistons at Atlanta Hawks: Teague and the (new) Rook’

Just four games into the season and there are some sure signs that Teague has graduated from Rook’ to rotation guy and the new Rook’, JC2, likely is going to have to go through much the same thing as Teague did last season.

First on Teague: Did you see how he checked in at Cleveland in the third quarter last just after the Cavs took their first lead since the first?

“I was kind of shocked, to be honest,” he said. “When I subbed in, we were up two. I thought he was going to pull me back and say, ‘Let Mike play,’ but he told me to go in. That made me want to go out there and play even harder knowing that he believed in me. I’m glad we came back and pulled out a victory.”

Teague almost immediately missed a bad jump but he stayed in the game. He missed two more jumpers near the end of the period yet no one went to the scorer’s table to replace him. Teague didn’t come out until 6:19 of the fourth quarter, by which time he’d contributed a block, steal and a couple free throws while playing good on-ball defense.

L.D. said leaving Teague out there is part of a long-term plan: “A big part of Jeff’s growth process is his ability how to play through those situations. In the past he probably was yanked out of the game when those situations come up. I told him and all our bench guys I expect them to play through those situations.”

JC2, it’s clear by now, isn’t going to see many of those kind of situations. The exceptions will be games like tonight, with Jamal sitting out with an injured toe.

I asked L.D. before the Cavs game if Jordan was still into it after going from playing big minutes in the preseason to spending most nights on the inactive list.

“I’ve got to keep him engaged,” Drew said. “He’s going through a situation a lot of rookies go through. He went from being the man in college to coming to this level and their roles change. He played a lot in preseason because a lot of guys were hurt. It’s a role that he’s going to have to accept and he just has to stay ready.

“There are no guarantees as far as what can happen, injuries can settle in [rotation] guys can get sick. He has to stay ready at all times. He is not going through anything that any other rookie has not gone through. It’s just a matter of being prepared, accepting his role and staying ready.”

J.J. said he’s not sure how JC2 is handling his circumstance but he’s tried to keep him up.

“I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t tough [for Jordan] because it is,” he said. “But it is part of it. Once he pays his dues he is definitely going to be one of the good players in this league.”

Injury report

L.D. said Jamal suffered a turf toe injury when he was fouled last night.

L.D. thinks Teague hasn’t been as aggressive since injuring his ankle during the preseason. Teague said the ankle is affecting him “just a little bit.”

“It’s hard to go to the left sometimes,” he said. “Once I get to running, I am all right.”

Worst than the injury is the tape job Teague is forced to play with: “I hate ankle tape. I hate it.”

Out for the Pistons: Rip Hamilton (foot), Chris Wilcox (hamstring), Will Bynum (hamstring), Jonas Jerebko (Achilles) and Terrico White (foot).

Last time the Hawks played the Pistons in a situation like this, they lost 90-88 at The Palace (without Joe, but Detroit was missing Rip, Prince, Wilcox and Maxiell).

“These are games that historically not been good to us [against] teams with injuries,” L.D. said. “We have to come out and establish ourselves early.”

MC

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~~MAC-ToWN~~ (Area Code 478 Westside Macon)

November 3rd, 2010
6:59 pm

“Out for the Pistons: Rip Hamilton (foot), Chris Wilcox (hamstring), Will Bynum (hamstring), Jonas Jerebko (Achilles) and Terrico White (foot).”

Shouldnt be another nail biter

Freshfromatl AKA Fresh

November 3rd, 2010
7:00 pm

From previous blog,

I’m going to go ahead and predict that if JC2 has a standout game tonight scoring anywhere between 15-20 pts, there will be a fury of trade speculations and ideas regarding JC1. Hope ESPN got their trade machine ready…it will most definitely be in use tonight. Lol!!!!!!

J.J.M.

November 3rd, 2010
7:02 pm

Freshfromatl AKA Fresh

November 3rd, 2010
7:06 pm

2 Things, no, 3 things.

1) We get to see Teague run the offense without giving it up to Jamal everytime.
2) We get to see what JC1 can do when it matters most.

oh and

3) Why is everyone in the national media trying to talk the Hawks into trading there players away Lol. Smooth for RIP?!? Really? Smh @ the national media.

truthspitter

November 3rd, 2010
7:10 pm

Good luck Hawks but playing all these inexperience guys might cost us a loss tonight

Freshfromatl AKA Fresh

November 3rd, 2010
7:11 pm

Damn JC1 and JC2 looks just alike Lol

~~MAC-ToWN~~ (Area Code 478 Westside Macon)

November 3rd, 2010
7:13 pm

lol Austin Daye built like a Barbie…..

~~MAC-ToWN~~ (Area Code 478 Westside Macon)

November 3rd, 2010
7:14 pm

got to overpower him inside

Najeh Davenpoop

November 3rd, 2010
7:17 pm

Maybe I’m just a moron and I can’t remember, but has Josh dunked yet this year until that last dunk? I really can’t remember one instance of him throwing it down so far…

J.J.M.

November 3rd, 2010
7:19 pm

sorry but teague is a bust

niremetal

November 3rd, 2010
7:19 pm

For most of my adult life, I thought Tim McCarver was the worst color commentator in the history of sports.

And then, along came Nique…

Najeh Davenpoop

November 3rd, 2010
7:21 pm

Oh come on… the day Nique gets parodied on Family Guy is the day you can mention him in the same breath as McCarver when it comes to horrendous sportscasting.

truthspitter

November 3rd, 2010
7:24 pm

This looks ugly. No crowd, guys missing layups and throwing bad passes. Spacing looks off and we don’t have our spark tonight. I think this one has the potential to turn bad.

J.J.M.

November 3rd, 2010
7:25 pm

yea theres nowcowd there

Najeh Davenpoop

November 3rd, 2010
7:27 pm

“He’s going to make a high nimber of those…”

Still better than McCarver.

Najeh Davenpoop

November 3rd, 2010
7:30 pm

Heeeeere’s Jordan!

Najeh Davenpoop

November 3rd, 2010
7:31 pm

Teague is being aggressive now taking it to the hoop. Worth noting that he is playing without Jamal on the floor.

ignition

November 3rd, 2010
7:32 pm

Is this game shown online….

Wabe

November 3rd, 2010
7:32 pm

ignition…

try channelsurfing.net

Najeh Davenpoop

November 3rd, 2010
7:32 pm

Zaza is getting murked on defense, partially because of bad switching.

Najeh Davenpoop

November 3rd, 2010
7:34 pm

truthspitter

November 3rd, 2010
7:36 pm

Good to see Teague push the ball off of a made shot that shows aggression and confidence. Good to see Jordan make his 1st shot. Maybe the rookies can help us get it done tonight maybe not. Let’s see

truthspitter

November 3rd, 2010
7:38 pm

I agree Zaza offers no defensive resistance but that’s not new. He has never offered any that’s why I don’t like him as a backup C, he is more of a PF also

Melvin

November 3rd, 2010
7:39 pm

Teague look pretty good in the 1st qtr..

Wabe

November 3rd, 2010
7:39 pm

Good move by Zaza there.

terrell

November 3rd, 2010
7:39 pm

Is Jamal’s toe really injured?

Najeh Davenpoop

November 3rd, 2010
7:41 pm

Zaza tries hard and does some good things, but damn, this team would be so much better with an actual defensive presence at center off the bench.

J.J.M.

November 3rd, 2010
7:42 pm

Wabe

November 3rd, 2010
7:42 pm

Teague on McGrady?

Common now.

Najeh Davenpoop

November 3rd, 2010
7:42 pm

And as much as people were wondering what the hell happened when Allen Iverson signed with the Turkish team Besiktas, I think Tracy McGrady coming off the bench for this awful Pistons team is even sadder. People actually used to argue Kobe vs. T-Mac not all that long ago.

truthspitter

November 3rd, 2010
7:43 pm

Jordan is better than Teague at everything other than pressuring the ball. Zaza and Powell are garbage on defense and the both look like they are stuck in quicksand on defense. The bench is getting away with playing consistent minutes because we are not playing the better teams yet

Freshfromatl AKA Fresh

November 3rd, 2010
7:43 pm

Bad matchup for the Hawks. 6′8 McGrady on 6′1 Teague

Melvin

November 3rd, 2010
7:43 pm

TMac playing PG for the Pistons… That will be tough matchup for Teague or Bibby….

Najeh Davenpoop

November 3rd, 2010
7:46 pm

Josh Powell is a homeless man’s Zaza.

J.J.M.

November 3rd, 2010
7:47 pm

is it just me or hawks have no energy?

Wabe

November 3rd, 2010
7:47 pm

Can we please get a board?????????

Melvin

November 3rd, 2010
7:47 pm

Bibby defense is so bad that LD rather put him on TMac instead of Ben Gordon…

Samuel

November 3rd, 2010
7:48 pm

J.J.M.

November 3rd, 2010
7:50 pm

joe cant make simple open shots

truthspitter

November 3rd, 2010
7:51 pm

This is annoying. They aren’t playing any defense and Josh needs to stop running the break if he is gonna make bad decisions. Every time he runs the break he has guys running to the rim but ends up kicking it out to Joe or Mike.

Wabe

November 3rd, 2010
7:52 pm

2nd game of a back to back…
Lack of energy shows.

Still don’t see the Hawks losing this game.

But, they don’t want to keep the Pistons in this and give them any ideas about stealing this one.

~~MAC-ToWN~~ (Area Code 478 Westside Macon)

November 3rd, 2010
7:53 pm

wdf?? that drive was too easy

J.J.M.

November 3rd, 2010
7:54 pm

wow this team is very bad

~~MAC-ToWN~~ (Area Code 478 Westside Macon)

November 3rd, 2010
7:55 pm

J.J.M.

November 3rd, 2010
7:56 pm

players just stand around and watch josh smith block shots and not blocking out

bigdave

November 3rd, 2010
7:56 pm

lol @ Josh Smith for anybody not named Dwight Howard.

Wabe

November 3rd, 2010
7:56 pm

Melvin

November 3rd, 2010
7:57 pm

Keep shooting them Josh…

Najeh Davenpoop

November 3rd, 2010
7:58 pm

J-Smoove continues to hit jumpshots with some regularity.

I’ve been as critical of him for taking them in the past as y’all, but if we’re going to blame him for missing them, we gotta give him credit for clearly having worked on it in the offseason and becoming respectable at it so far this year.

Sautee

November 3rd, 2010
7:58 pm

Defense has NO intensity except for Josh’s blocks.