Atlanta Hawks: Hawks 113, Timberwolves 103

Josh Smith did it all against the T-Wolves. (AP Photo)

Josh Smith did it all against the T-Wolves. (AP Photo)

–Maybe the Grizzlies make the playoffs in the West if everyone stays healthy (have you seen their bench?). Perhaps the Wizards sneak into the East playoffs if Arenas ever gets his body and mind right. Cleveland, Philly, Detroit and Minnesota are not very good.

– So no one is saying the Hawks have run through a gauntlet of good teams while starting 6-0, and that includes the Hawks: “I don’t know if we’ve played any playoff teams,” J.J. said, “but a win is a win.”

– Besides, as Al noted, there’s another side to the “haven’t played anyone” coin: “Last year we gave up games like this to teams that didn’t make the playoffs. We are heading in the right direction, and it’s good to see.”

– It was the Hawks’ sixth consecutive road victory dating to last season. The Hawks have had only three longer road streaks in franchise history: eight games spanning the 1966-67 and 1967-68 seasons and seven games in both 1968-69 and 1993-94.

– In three of their four road games, the Hawks closed out Ws after opponents made their inevitable runs. Thing is, with the exception of maybe the Cleveland game, it never felt like the Hawks were losing control.

– OK, so the Hawks allowed Minnesota to score 32 points in the fourth quarter. But they didn’t panic. So could it be they are using this early run of road games to build a new identity as a tough out away from Philips?

– “I certainly hope so,” L.D. said. “Again, when you talk about being a good team, you’ve got to be able to go out and win on the road. I don’t care who the opponent is. We have been a team that is trying to mature on the road. In the past, in certain cases we’ve gotten leads and lost them and caved in.”

– Not so far this year. Look at what happened after Corey Brewer’s steal and dunk got Minnesota within 94-87: Jamal converts a four-point play. Smoove closes from underneath the basket to force Kevin Love to miss a 3. Bibby picks Telfair’s pocket. Joe makes two free throws. Smoove draws a charge on Beasley. Horford makes a jumper.

– Ball game. “We are just taking our time and we are executing down the stretch,” Smoove said. “We have enough guys that can score points. When you execute down the stretch, that’s what makes it so difficult [to guard us].”

– Josh played 40 minutes and was fantastic with 22 points, eight rebounds, six assists, five blocked shots and three charges drawn in the second half. He avoided his usual bugaboos of turnovers (zero) and missed jumpers (4 of 6 from beyond 10 feet).

– “I was a little fatigued,” he said, “but it is all mental. You have got to push through it. I worked on my endurance in the offseason and it’s paying off.”

– Josh tied Dikembe for No. 2 on the franchise career blocks list with 1,095.

– With Marvin (knee) and Mo (knee) back in Atlanta, L.D. opted to shift Smoove to small forward and continue to bring Jamal off the bench. Both guys were key, so clearly L.D. is a genius.”You can call it want you want,” L.D. said, laughing.

– By my count, this makes three games where the Hawks would have lost without Jamal doing his thing. He scored 10 of Atlanta’s 30 points in the second quarter and 10 of their 30 in the fourth. He was even energetic while challenging shots. The six turnovers against one assist were the only blemishes.

– “He’s a shotmaker,” L.D. said. “You need a guy like that especially when the team is off to a slow start or a situation where we need a basket. We know with him, we can run some plays and he’s always been a producer. He gives us exactly what we need. He plays his role better than anybody I’ve seen. That’s a big plus having a guy like that.”

– “It wasn’t just me,” Jamal said. “I thought Josh Powell, [JC2], Jeff Teague, Zaza all did a great job. That’s our job coming off the bench is to provide a lift.”

– L..D. keeps riding his bench and the Hawks are showing some real depth

– J.J. seemed a bit dejected after the game, no doubt frustrated that he can’t buy a shot lately. L.D. gave Joe a pep talk before he headed for the bus.

– Part of the reason Drew installed the offense was to prevent opponents from locking in on Joe and taking some pressure off of him. The approach is working so far considering the Hawks keep winning even when J.J. isn’t at his best. “I guess so,” Joe said. “It is kind of equal opportunity out there. The ball just moves and guys are getting wide open shots and knocking them down.”

–”The last couple games, there has been a lid on the basket for Joe,” L.D. said. “In the past we have struggled when he hasn’t shot the ball well. I think it goes to show the depth of our team. We have guys that can score the ball, guys that have committed to what coaches are instilling in them.”

– Credit goes to Joe for sharing the ball, too. The Hawks have quickly taken to the motion offense. “I think guys are playing with more confidence, more freedom,” Al said. “I think the ball movement on offense makes all the difference.”

– Another quietly efficient scoring night for Bibby. The guy remains a deadly spot-up shooter who has a natural feel for how to slip into space and let it fly.

– So we know Powell is going to shoot the ball. When he’s making them, his confidence is a good thing. When he’s not, it’s not. Tonight he was making them but one rebound, one block and one foul in 15 minutes (on a blocking call on the perimeter) suggests he wasn’t as aggressive on the defensive end.

– Team high eight free-throw attempts for Zaza. This is the kind of game where his roughhouse style is a real asset.

– Teague had one of his best games with five assists, no turnovers and a shoving match with T-Wolves hothead Sebastian Telfair. Minnesota likes to get physical but Teague and his teammates weren’t backing down.

– The Hawks gave up 16 offensive boards after allowing 17 to Detroit. They also had 15 turnovers that Minnesota turned into 28 points. Eliminate one of those deficiencies and it’s a blowout W>

– The Wolves couldn’t keep up with Atlanta in the open floor: 20 fastbreak points in the first half, 24 for the game. “We really wanted to get up and down and force them to run with us,” Drew said.

– L.D. said Marvin would be out “at least a week” with the bone bruise.

– I’m out, Hawks fans.

MC

111 comments Add your comment

J.J.M.

November 6th, 2010
12:19 am

NIce blog MC

ntrigue

November 6th, 2010
12:20 am

First go Hawks!

J.J.M.

November 6th, 2010
12:21 am

My question is how far do everyone see this winning streak going?

Progeny

November 6th, 2010
12:22 am

ntrigue

November 6th, 2010
12:25 am

Drew is looking like coach of the year right now I know its early but doesn’t matter he’s doing his thing. Finally see what are players look like with a real coach!

ntrigue

November 6th, 2010
12:29 am

And Jamal is playing like he hits something to prove he’s been lightsout coming off the bench! Time to get ready for Phoenix and keep this streak going!

Najeh Davenpoop

November 6th, 2010
12:44 am

Tough to read too much into a victory over the worst team in the league, even if it is on the road. If anything is clear, it is that the Hawks need to box out, they are damn near impossible to guard when they share the ball and run the offense, and they are much easier to guard when they go Iso-Joe. These are all things we knew already.

J.J.M.

November 6th, 2010
12:50 am

yall sould read this slide show…I dont agree with it though what yall think?

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/510390-nba-trade-rumors-five-reasons-the-atlanta-hawks-need-to-trade-josh-smith

a.) Atlanta Hawks & Phoenix Suns

Atlanta Trades: Josh Smith, Maurice Evans

Phoenix Trades: Robin Lopez, Hakim Warrick & Earl Clark

b.) Atlanta Hawks & Sacramento Kings

Atlanta Trades: Josh Smith, Jordan Crawford, & Maurice Evans

Sacramento Trades: Samuel Dalembert, Jason Thompson, Omri Casspi, & Hassan Whiteside

c.) Atlanta Hawks & Dallas Mavericks

Atlanta Trades: Josh Smith & Maurice Evans

Dallas Trades: Tyson Chandler, Rodrigue Beaubois & Dominique Jones

jdewayneatl

November 6th, 2010
1:05 am

Good job tonight… Hopefully Joe gets it going soon! Its comforting to know that we can win even when Joe has a bad game, but it definitely doesn’t need to be a recurring theme. Also, if Joe had his mojo that last 2 or 3 games, they all would have been easy blowout wins.

kirkinga

November 6th, 2010
1:10 am

Listening to the guys on ESPN (yeah, I know, bad thing) made it seem as if the Hawks should have expected to be 6-0 at this point because of who they’ve played thus far. I think the more accurate and fair thought should have been that the Hawks are beating less talented teams both at home, and on the road. They are doing so while still learning a new system, and at something less than full strength.

Wilborn’s comment that the Hawks “can’t be trusted” because of past lopsided playoff losses as well as the expectation that they “are only” the fourth best team in the East speaks a warped standard some in the media perceive the Hawks to be laboring under.

DHunt

November 6th, 2010
1:20 am

Squash all that trade Josh talk. He has the potential to become the best Hawk since ‘Nique. Not one of those fools that you mentioned can carry his jock. MC laid that to rest earlier anyway. Why would any GM in his right mind want to mess with this chemistry for anything other than a top tier player in his prime?

Najee, I agree that we’ve beaten a few bad teams. But would you agree the Hawks have at least demonstrated that they are going to win the ones they are supposed to win? This is a 60 win team if they do that. The Hawks offense may bog down on a few possessions because teams make adjustments, but now we are adjusting right back and coming at them from all kinds of different directions. And all this, with our so-called best player (ask me again at the end of the year, and I bet I say Josh, hands down) shooting horribly from the field.

I remember all the talk over the summer about how we had to bring in a big man, move Al to the 4 and get rid of Josh or bring him off the bench because he couldn’t play small forward. Where are you fools now?!?!? That mid-range jumper is not a hallucination people. It’s for real, it looks the same every time, it has good mechanics, and IT’S GOING IN.

MC I notice you didn’t mention that if the refs had called all those fouls that the Wolves committed, they wouldn’t have had a big man left to finish the game.

Last thought. I am more impressed with the new offense every game. If Joe was hitting his shots he would be averaging 30+ points and 6+ assists per game, and the Hawks would have blown out all 6 of the teams they have faced. And you know Joe’s shot is going to start dropping soon. But what’s even more impressive is that everyone on the team is being put in good positions to score, and it’s not always the same spot. They are scoring from all over the floor, playing with a remarkable basketball IQ. I want to see them run off 15 straight (or more) because LD deserves the props that kind of run would have to generate for him.

All y’all fools who were b*tching and moaning about the Larry Drew hire, where you at?!??

Really last thought; bet Mike Woodson don’t show his face around here or nowhere else, for a long time. He had this team underachieving for a years, wasn’t able to teach Josh a thing (even though he is clearly capable of learning), and damn near ruined Teague like he ruined Acie.

jdewayneatl

November 6th, 2010
1:23 am

@JJM,

MC killed the Josh Smith trade rumors already. Just as most of us thought, the rumors are a product of outsiders tryna make headlines and starting bogus rumors.

Basically outsiders would like to see that the Hawks revert back to the sucky team that was just a few years back. Trading Josh Smith would be disastrous if in return we didn’t get Dwight Howard to be the “True” Center the Hawks “need”.

All of that was pure BS!

J.J.M.

November 6th, 2010
1:25 am

I know he killed the rumors I just found that article interesting..and the articles says why they should trade josh not hes on the trade block or whatever

jdewayneatl

November 6th, 2010
1:36 am

@Kirkinga,

The ironic thing about the Hawks start and the teams that they have beat is that most in the national media circuits didn’t think the Hawks were much better than those teams and worse than the MILWAUKEE BUCKS and CHICAGO BULLS. But now that they have started out so well and beating the teams they should beat, the national media doesn’t give any credit and devalues the wins.

All we will hear about the Hawks this season is that the Hawks will be a top 4 playoff team but will fold in the playoffs. I don’t see the Hawks getting any respect until they show that they can compete with the best in playoffs. Sadly, that’s what we will have to deal with until April, May, and JUNE!

jdewayneatl

November 6th, 2010
1:43 am

@JJM,

I didn’t think it was interesting at all because I disagreed with every single slide. Al is our starting center. We Hawks fans has debated on bringing a bigger center in to move Al to the 4 for the past three seasons. Only recently have people seen that we only need a high impact bench center. Josh is a power forward and he is our best power forward. No way will the Hawks trade Josh Smith just to keep Jamal Crawford. And the potential trades suck. The only way Josh Smith gets traded is if Dwight Howard is a part of the deal in my opinion.

Ken Strickland

November 6th, 2010
1:43 am

With only a few exceptions, the Hawks are beating the same teams Orlando, Miami, Boston have beaten so far, and no ones using that as an excuse for doubting them. If this gm had been played last yr, how many of you think JoCrawford, JTeague and JCollins would have seen the court, let alone get 10 or more mins each?

I’ll say it again. This yrs team might contain 10 of the same players from last yrs roster, BUT THIS CERTAINLY ISN’T THE SAME TEAM. When the gm is close and we’re coming down the stretch, our players now have an actual OFF system, with designed plays and options to fall back on. No more clearing out and standing around while JJ or JaCrawford goes one on however many the DEF decides to send to the ball.

Whether we win, lose or draw, no team is going to sweep the Hawks during the regular season or the playoffs this yr.

Texas Pete

November 6th, 2010
1:47 am

Josh at the 3 and Al at the 4 looked pretty darn good to me. The rotation of centers seems to be working too and will come in handy in the long run against Orlando (i.e. plenty of fouls to give without it being Horford). Just saying…

J.J.M.

November 6th, 2010
2:02 am

I did say I didnt agree with it…as for the center thing hawks organization has already said that they like horford at the center position

truthspitter

November 6th, 2010
2:15 am

Well if Marvin is going to be out atleast a week that means he will not be back until we play the Bucks at the earliest. That back to back against the Suns and Magic is going to be tough. We will surely lose one of those 2 games. Seriously when it is too good to be true it usually isn’t. Josh has made too many jumpshots lately, it will not stay that way. I think we may have just enough to get to 7-0 before bowing out to the Magic. Still 7-1 is not bad. Better yet I can see 10-1 atleast, not bad.

Ken Strickland

November 6th, 2010
2:19 am

Sund didn’t put the core of this team together, but he’s done an excellent job of keeping it together. Despite what the media and some of our fans seem to think, Sund the Hawks wouldn’t have hired LDrew and signed our FA’s to these contracts if they didn’t believe in the players, and the ability of LDrew’s to maximize their talents and get the most out of this team.

We’re already seeing how this team can turn it on both offensively and defensively and becomes automatic down the stretch in close gms. Against the elite teams, we’ll see the same type of concentration we saw against Miami during preseason. Players will no longer have to coast and/or trying measure their efforts because they know they’ll get little rest. Teams can no longer concentrate their efforts on stopping or containing our top 6 players, because we now go 10 deep.

While we had rookies and 2nd yr players come in and hurt us numerous times, teams never had to worry about any of our young player getting a chance to hurt them, especially rookie guards. That’s all changed now. Did anyone else notice how their 1st half rebounding dominance, especially OFF rebounding, stopped in the 2nd half? That was the result of half time ADJUSTMENTS and STRATEGY, something that was nonexistent before this yr, and we ended up being one of the 1st teams to out rebound Minn.

Hawks Fan In New Orleans

November 6th, 2010
2:21 am

Marvin who??? Josh Smith (Mr. Everything) played impressively well at the 3 – this large line up may very well be the ticket to beat the Magic again. LD is a motivator and innovator with his counter adjustments. People in the “know” see the progress from last years meltdowns against inferior (@ Golden State) and evenly matched or superior teams (first Cle game comes to mind)

Hawks Fan From Day One

November 6th, 2010
2:45 am

@truthspitter:

If you were on my team, I might have to come see you in the locker room and let my fists do the talking. I don’t know what kind of teammate you would be if you can sit there and assume losses. You go out there and try to win every game. You don’t go out there with that mentality. So basically, you wouldn’t even show up to the Magic game because you don’t think that “we” would win in the first place. Do me a favor. Don’t ever say “we” again, you loser.

Najeh Davenpoop

November 6th, 2010
2:46 am

Bleacher Report is arguably the worst sports website on the web… it’s like taking the most mediocre, irrelevant people who post here and giving them their own forum to write blogs. I don’t even click links that start with bleacherreport.com because I know they are going to be idiotic.

Najeh Davenpoop

November 6th, 2010
2:51 am

“Najee, I agree that we’ve beaten a few bad teams. But would you agree the Hawks have at least demonstrated that they are going to win the ones they are supposed to win? This is a 60 win team if they do that. The Hawks offense may bog down on a few possessions because teams make adjustments, but now we are adjusting right back and coming at them from all kinds of different directions. And all this, with our so-called best player (ask me again at the end of the year, and I bet I say Josh, hands down) shooting horribly from the field.”

Yeah, they have demonstrated that when they share the ball they can play well. Don’t get me wrong, I am optimistic about what they CAN do. But I am not going to use these games to take the leap to saying that they WILL be better against the good teams that they have so far struggled to beat, like Orlando. I’m not saying they don’t deserve props for what they have done. I’m just saying to hold off on getting your hopes up until we see them show these same improvements against good teams.

MsDee

November 6th, 2010
2:59 am

Here we go again, fans trying to find some fault in the 6-0 Hawks. Ok, we have beaten teams we should have won and so has the Lakers..u dont see them KILLING/BLOWING out teams ‘they should beat’. Same for Boston. They just barely beat Chicago in OT but do u REALLY think Doc and the team holding their heads down to just beating them??? Same for Kobe and his crew??? NOOOO!! Those two teams are CHAMPIONS! They dont need to blow out teams to prove a point because they know a win is a win wither it be by 100 or just 1.

Actually, I like playing/scoring near the opponent, that way, it keeps us from getting too comfortable and allowing the other team to gain too much momentum to win against us. But for some reason, even when those teams make a run, I truly have all the confidence in the world that LD will make the RIGHT DECISION, along with the RIGHT PLAY, with the RIGHT CORE on the court to finish out the ballgame with the WIN!!

MsDee

November 6th, 2010
3:09 am

Both The Lakers and Boston beat their opponent by 5 pts and we beat ours by 10..does that make the Lakers and Boston weak teams????? All 3 of us had “very beatable teams”. The Lakers have yet to play Miami, Orlando, or Boston either. Boston ‘real’ opponent has been Miami and yes they won but turned around and lost to a LeBronless Cavs…again, does that make Boston a ‘weak’ team??

MsDee

November 6th, 2010
3:12 am

@Truthspitter, keep up the good work. Every time u predict a loss, we win..thx!!

truthspitter

November 6th, 2010
3:30 am

MsDee

November 6th, 2010
3:12 am

@Truthspitter, keep up the good work. Every time u predict a loss, we win..thx!!

Not really like anything hinges on my predictions. If I predicted every game correctly it would make a difference

truthspitter

November 6th, 2010
3:42 am

Hawks Fan From Day One

November 6th, 2010
2:45 am

@truthspitter:

If you were on my team, I might have to come see you in the locker room and let my fists do the talking. I don’t know what kind of teammate you would be if you can sit there and assume losses. You go out there and try to win every game. You don’t go out there with that mentality. So basically, you wouldn’t even show up to the Magic game because you don’t think that “we” would win in the first place. Do me a favor. Don’t ever say “we” again, you loser.

Nope, I am sure I would be the one in the locker room whooping arse. I hope we can beat Phoenix and Orlando but if I were in the locker room I would tell them the truth which is, look our depth is shaky at best, none of our bench guys play a lick of defense other than Teague who is not good at anything yet. Seriously, anyone that thinks this weak Hawks bench and a team missing a starter is going to beat Phoenix and Orlando on back to back nights is just fooling themselves. I looked tonight and there are about 5,000 tickets available for Sunday’s game that’s about right. Noone with any self respect believes that this team is a legit 6-0 that’s why they may get 15,000 fans on the weekend and that’s just sad. Sund needs to quit trying to sound smart and actually start doing smart things like bettering this team. Zaza plays no defense. Powell plays no defense. We don’t have a backup SF. We could use a backup big that plays defense and a legit backup SF.

Najeh Davenpoop

November 6th, 2010
4:05 am

“I looked tonight and there are about 5,000 tickets available for Sunday’s game that’s about right. Noone with any self respect believes that this team is a legit 6-0 that’s why they may get 15,000 fans on the weekend and that’s just sad. ”

Actually they will be getting 15,000 fans on Sunday because they are going head to head with a full slate of NFL games. I love the Hawks, but between one of 82 Hawks games and one of maybe 2 or 3 more Michael Vick vs. Peyton Manning matchups for the remainder of their respective careers, guess which one I’m putting on the big screen and which one I’m streaming on the laptop (along with the Chiefs-Raiders game).

David Stern needs to be a little more realistic about where the NBA sits in the pecking order of sports in America, particularly in the South. It does the NBA no good to schedule games on Sundays for the first two months of the season in football country.

Big Ray

November 6th, 2010
5:28 am

That Bleacher Report article is a load of BS. So are the trade suggestions. Each one is worse than the last, all of them make us a far worse team. This is why I don’t read Bleacher Report.

sam'l

November 6th, 2010
5:28 am

(grumble….grumble)

Yeah….I hear a lot of very aggressive ego tripping going on here….whooping ass in locker rooms and moaning and bemoaning and crazy trade talk.

No one except MC (and Drew) noted that Jamal Crawford continues to come through for this team, and his comments were anything other than the sulking menace he is made out to be.

Again, sign this dude. Give him his due. You are not going to be able to replace him.

Hawks management are on record as saying they will go over the salary cap if they have to. Fine. Forget about trading anyone. Sign Jamal. Not just me…..the commentators on TV are talking about Jamal.

As for that big man we are looking for…….Get a couple of quick fouls on Howard, run him to exhaution and triple team him if you have to…….and you might have that victory that will make you feel whole.

.

lewis

November 6th, 2010
7:08 am

props to smoove for getting us some airtime on sportscenter

Marcus

November 6th, 2010
7:44 am

Najeh,

Any sponsored deals for an ATL double-header (Falcons@ 1pm, Hawks @ 5 pm).? I don’t live in the area, but that would have been a nice opportunity for Blank and the ASG.

ILL-Logical

November 6th, 2010
9:28 am

The play of Jason”tofu” Collins has gone almost unnoticed in the recaps of last evening’s WIN.Despite the prognosis of the earth reversing its magnetic field et cetera if Josh played the 3; the presence of Collins in the middle negated the whipping ASA took under the boards from Kevin Love. Add Jamal’s medical miracle and you have quite the remarkable story and perhaps a portend of things to come.

Big Ray

November 6th, 2010
9:42 am

Kevin Love’s rebounding totals were mostly post-mortem. We had the game well in hand, he padded his scoring and rebounding stats late in the 4th quarter, even as we took a double digit lead that the T-Wolves were unable to threaten for roughly the final 8 minutes or so (or more).

O'Brien

November 6th, 2010
9:48 am

If the hawks beat Phoenix and Orlando to go to 9-0, they will start to get the media respect. Orlando has been blowing people out (although they got blown out by Miami ).

SVG will want to send the hawks a message like they did last preseason, last season, and this preseason. Hawks better be ready.

Good win last night. If Josh can play like that consistently, and JJ make his shots, this team will be in every game with a chance to win.

ant banks

November 6th, 2010
10:29 am

i wonder what mike woodson is thinkin’ right now? everything that larry drew is doin’ is DIFFERENT than what woody would or did do. almost like woody wouldn’t or didn’t listen to his assistant coaches. i love they way larry drew uses his bench. get guys some burn throughout the season to keep the starters from gettin’ burned out and givin’ the bench some game experience for the playoffs.

Rufus1

November 6th, 2010
10:55 am

@Dhunt Co-sgn

I CHANGED MY MIND

I was one of the people that said Josh couldn’t play the SF…I HAVE CHANGED MY MIND. With his new found jump shot, it may benefit the Hawks to go witth a a bigger line-up and bring Marvin off the bench. WE WOULD HAVE ONE OF THE DEEPEST BENCHES IN THE LEAGUE.

The only reason the Hawks aren’t blowing those team away is because JJ shot is off….Maybe JJ is a tough shot maker. We will need his shot to beat the Magic.

Jody

November 6th, 2010
10:57 am

I wonder if the Hawks will stay with this lineup the next few games. It wouldn’t hurt to see if this lineup could be consistently effective.

Fundamentals

November 6th, 2010
11:05 am

I definitely agree w/ keeping with the lineup through the Magic game at least. We need to use Etan Sunday to prep him for Monday’s action. Don’t pull a Woody/Collins moment. Guy needs some minutes to be ready. Let’s go big on the Magic. Keep your confidence, keep your energy up and see what happens. It just might surprise you.

Also, after all my ranting this summer it’s obvious Smoove was working on the J. Props to him for that. I think it’ll continue. It’s just a confidence and offensive rotation issue. If we keep the ball moving to him in a predictable pattern, he’ll be ready, he’ll make the basket. Can’t believe I’m believing it myself. Josh is demonstrating hard work and a great shot this season!

ClassicHawks

November 6th, 2010
11:13 am

Read Rufus Comments, My Thoughts Exactly! Wow! GOOOOO HAWKS!!

Najeh Davenpoop

November 6th, 2010
11:36 am

i haven’t completely changed my mind on Smoove’s ability to play SF, but I will say this. My main objections to Smoove at the 3 have always been that he doesn’t have the lateral quickness to guard 3’s on defense or the jump shot or handles to play the position on offense, and also that playing the 3 would take him away from the basket where he could be most effective as a help defender. Well, he has made big enough strides with his jump shot and his handles to where I think he could play the position on offense without being a liability. I am still not convinced that SF is the BEST position for him, and I still believe against better shooting teams with better offensive systems playing him at the 3 would seriously weaken the team’s defense in the absence of a true defensive shot blocking presence at center. But I am more confident now that he can play that position for stretches at a time in some games without it hurting the team.

Najeh Davenpoop

November 6th, 2010
11:39 am

“Any sponsored deals for an ATL double-header (Falcons@ 1pm, Hawks @ 5 pm).? I don’t live in the area, but that would have been a nice opportunity for Blank and the ASG”

Not that I’ve heard of, but that would be a good idea for the DASG at least.

jc_dawgs

November 6th, 2010
11:47 am

6-0 great job so far!

Sticking to the facts….our opponents thus far are 8-19(excluding the Hawks games). So yes….weak schedule so far. But….this team did win 53 games a year ago….they are a solid team for sure.

They should beat Phoenix and then they will probably lose to Orlando. So 7-0 is the extent of the win streak…but I’ll take it.

Lets hope though that Johnson and Smith play for 4 qtrs against Orlando. They should at a minimum keep the game somewhat close. That’s what I hope for.

It’s Drew’s job to get 100% out of these guys….no quitting!

Jody

November 6th, 2010
12:30 pm

I’ll tell you what, if playing Josh at the 3 gives him more opportunities to get in transition early (like we saw last night), I’m all for it.

O'Brien

November 6th, 2010
12:31 pm

I cant believe Im saying this, but if Josh can knock down a couple jumpers early against Orlando, that will be a big help, because that might open up the lane a little bit.

However, we have to get JJ going. His last 3 games, he is 15-49 (31%), including 3-17 (18%) from behind the arc. If JJ is not hitting shots against Orlando, it will be very difficult for the Hawks to win.

We know how Orlando goes on their runs sometimes, so we must be able to score consistently.

One thing that bothers me about these Hawks, is their 3 point shooting this season.

Bibby has been doing well (12-29, 41%). but the rest of the guys?

JJ : 7-30 (23%), Jamal : 5-15 (33%), Marvin: 1-9 (11%)

If we can knock down more threes, we might actually start blowing people out. And we can beat Orlando.

i_am_soulstar

November 6th, 2010
12:36 pm

I was pleasantly surprised that Smoove performed well against Beasley.

And who cares who the teams are, these are ROAD WINS!!!! 4-0 on the ROAD!!

And it’s great to see the Hawks winning without Joe contributing much in the scoring column.
But hats off to JJ, ’cause when his jumper is flat, rather than shoot us into a loss, he starts getting everyone else involved.

Different Joe Johnson than the one I knew last year.

i_am_soulstar

November 6th, 2010
12:54 pm

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i_am_soulstar

November 6th, 2010
1:02 pm

That Phoenix game is gonna be tough.. Even though they’re 2-3, they match up extremely well with us.