Minneapolis– L.D. wants to go big against the T-Wolves. He didn’t want J.J. to have to check Beasley. And with Jamal available to play he wanted to keep the usual second unit intact.
The result: Jason Collins will start at center tonight against the T-Wolves.
“I think I am accomplishing two things with Marvin being out,” L.D. said. “One, [avoiding] having to possibly moving one of my first three reserves into a starting role. And the other matching up with them at the three spot. Moving Jason in keeps the reserves in their normal rotation, and then we are able to keep match up with Beasley.”
Collins last started a game on April 15, 2009 when he played for the Timberwolves. He draws Darko Milicic tonight.
Jamal went through the walkthrough today and told L.D. he feels good.
“If it starts to bother him any, I will pull him back or remove him from the game completely,” Drew said.
So the Hawks for the most part have been holding their own on the boards. But Detroit stayed in the game the other night almost solely due to 17 offensive rebounds. L.D. planned to show the team some video of those rebounds before they take the floor tonight.
“We didn’t seek bodies,” he said. “I just thought Detroit did a much better job going after it. It seemed we were a step slow. I want them to see just exactly how bad we were. If we have a performance like that tonight, the end result of this game could be disastrous.”