Phoenix Suns at Atlanta Hawks: Larry Drew stays big with lineup

L.D. is using the same lineup today as he did at Minnesota: Bibby, J.J., Josh, Al and Collins.

That alignment “worked out better than I thought it would” against the T-Wolves, Drew said, but he considered changing it today for one reason: “Their strength is they have one of the best pick-and-roll players in the game.”

That would be Steve Nash, of course. Remember that Woody’s switches worked pretty well on Nash because Josh and Al could contain him on the dribble and make him take challenged jumpers.

Nash’s numbers against the Hawks in two games last season: 9 points, 8.5 assists, 33.3% FG, 0% 3FG, 29 min. His numbers overall: 16.5 points, 11 assists, 51% FG, 43% 3FG, 33 min.

L.D. said the Suns run so many pick-and-rolls the Hawks will get caught in switches whether they want to our not. If it turns out the bigs can’t handle them then he said he would go smaller.

“I don’t want to put them in bad situations,” he said.

As for Smoove at small forward, L.D. said he “did a good job picking and choosing his spots” to take jumpers against the T-Wolves. There were a few times in that game where you could see Josh think about taking an early jumper before passing back out to set up the offense. That a sign of Smith “getting a better feel for the game and the flow.”

So far Drew said he’s not concerned about Josh’s ability to guard small forwards.

“Smoove at the three is just as effective defensively as he is at the four,” he said. “I will stay with [the lineup] for now, until we run up against a team where it gives them a clear advantage.”

And what about Twin’s increased role?

“He’s a solid low-post defender,” L.D. said. “You really don’t have to be concerned about helping him down there.”

Injury report

Mo (knee) is out. L.D. ruled him out for Monday at Orlando, too. Marvin will be reevaluated later this week. There’s a chance he will miss more time.

Chills is back

Josh Childress said he he never thought there was no way a return to the Hawks couldn’t happen: “You never know.”

The way it ended up is he’s in Phoenix and the Hawks got a trade exception that they still hold.

“I’m definitely happy with the result,” he said. “I had a great time in Atlanta. For those two years they did well, and I did well. It worked out for both parties.”

Did he feel like there was never much enthusiasm from Hawks GM Rick Sund to bring him back?

“It’s part of the business,” he said. “It’s something you learn playing in the NBA. They made a business decision, just as players do. I’ve just got to roll with it.”

Childress is playing with a splint on the index finger of his right hand. He will wear it for another 3 1/2 weeks.

“I’m just trying to get out there and contribute until it heals,” he said.

MC

235 comments Add your comment

anod

November 7th, 2010
4:58 pm

looking for joe to have a big game tonight

truthspitter

November 7th, 2010
5:04 pm

This is surely loss number 1, just too many things against the Hawks, but I think Teague has his breakout game tonight

JSS

November 7th, 2010
5:05 pm

Chills and Siler…

lewis

November 7th, 2010
5:06 pm

0 people at the game damn

Melvin

November 7th, 2010
5:07 pm

Don’t sound like the Hawks were really interested in re-signing JChill per his comments.

Sautee

November 7th, 2010
5:08 pm

truthspitter,

I hope you are as wrong as you have been all year. ;-)

Melvin

November 7th, 2010
5:13 pm

Here’s to hoping Truthspitter keeps his wrong predictions streak in tact…

O'Brien

November 7th, 2010
5:19 pm

I think Teague will get lots of PT this evening. I hope he is up to the challenge

Melvin

November 7th, 2010
5:20 pm

Quick start for the Suns…

J.J.M.

November 7th, 2010
5:20 pm

and this is how they play against a good team? well marvin is hurt right smh

Sautee

November 7th, 2010
5:21 pm

Houston, we have a small forward problem.

truthspitter

November 7th, 2010
5:21 pm

This team is garbage and noone cares about them. There are less than the 15,000 I predicted there. They are now depressed after they finally realized noone cares about them and there bloated record

O'Brien

November 7th, 2010
5:22 pm

As a team, the Hawks have struggled this season making 3 pointers. Eventually, it will catch up to them. And when you’re trailing, the 3 pointer can be a good way to get back into it.

Hawks Better step up their defense though.

J.J.M.

November 7th, 2010
5:22 pm

lewis

November 7th, 2010
5:23 pm

sucks no one’s there i mean we really do have agood squadron

bigdave

November 7th, 2010
5:23 pm

good drive Josh.. jumper looks good of late but dont settle..

J.J.M.

November 7th, 2010
5:25 pm

nobody will show up for the hawks games untill they get a superstar

J.J.M.

November 7th, 2010
5:26 pm

is josh shooting percentage better than joe’s?

Jerry West

November 7th, 2010
5:28 pm

“Josh Childress said he he never thought there was no way a return to the Hawks couldn’t happen”

what a sentence

bigdave

November 7th, 2010
5:30 pm

keep knocking them down Al.. thats your game..

truthspitter

November 7th, 2010
5:31 pm

J Rich going for 40. I knew Teague would have a good game today though. He is a not made for Eastern Conference play he is a up and down guy to the Tee.

J.J.M.

November 7th, 2010
5:34 pm

Joe is just off bad

Melvin

November 7th, 2010
5:37 pm

Jeff Teague look real good in that 1st qtr…

truthspitter

November 7th, 2010
5:38 pm

Up 3, insert bench now down 2, look for those swings all game because there bench is so much better than the Hawks

Najeh Davenpoop

November 7th, 2010
5:38 pm

I have the game streaming on mute. What kind of reception did Childress get from the crowd?

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

November 7th, 2010
5:39 pm

got booed lol

bigdave

November 7th, 2010
5:39 pm

Najeh..

booed.

Sautee

November 7th, 2010
5:39 pm

More boos than cheers, Najeh.

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

November 7th, 2010
5:39 pm

even Rathbun called out the “boo birds”

i_am_soulstar

November 7th, 2010
5:41 pm

They should play inside out, Suns don’t have a much of a low post presence

J.J.M.

November 7th, 2010
5:41 pm

man hawks cant rebound for nothing

i_am_soulstar

November 7th, 2010
5:41 pm

Childress got booed

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

November 7th, 2010
5:43 pm

careless passing and allowing the coast to coast lay up

jtshoopsblog

November 7th, 2010
5:43 pm

Atlanta will win this one.

i_am_soulstar

November 7th, 2010
5:44 pm

Can we please put Horford back in? Ride your hot hand L.D.

Melvin

November 7th, 2010
5:44 pm

Hawks look as if they are trying to pace themselves to the 2nd half…

J.J.M.

November 7th, 2010
5:47 pm

every game I have seen hawks are now a jump shooting team

J.J.M.

November 7th, 2010
5:48 pm

and this is not no motion offense players are just standing around

bigdave

November 7th, 2010
5:49 pm

you know the phrase, “take my/his talents to..” needs to be retired when Nique uses it..

Melvin

November 7th, 2010
5:50 pm

Surprise to see LD took Teague out the game so early in 2nd after playing well…

J.J.M.

November 7th, 2010
5:52 pm

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

November 7th, 2010
5:52 pm

like Jo. Crawford’s game

truthspitter

November 7th, 2010
5:55 pm

The bench is useless with the exception of Teague tonight. We are not rebounding for like the 3rd or 4th game in a row and noone other than Horford can make a shot. The first choke job of the year right before your eyes people

Zike

November 7th, 2010
5:55 pm

What’s up with the comments running so short per page?

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

November 7th, 2010
5:58 pm

This is just too easy for PHX …wtf

hawks_4_life

November 7th, 2010
5:58 pm

NO DEFENSE AT ALL

bigdave

November 7th, 2010
5:59 pm

Teague with a nice dish there.. wow..

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

November 7th, 2010
5:59 pm

where was the motion

truthspitter

November 7th, 2010
6:01 pm

The Hawks are straight garbage. This is the 1st time they have been really tested this year outside of giving up the lead to the Cavs and they are folding. This so-called motion offense is motionless. What a joke of a team. No defense at all. Hedo is open every play just like Rashad Lewis, Vince Carter, and every Magic player seems to be. Preview guys. What a joke

lewis

November 7th, 2010
6:09 pm

offense looked fine jordan and jamal crawford are just weak right now

they’re hitting all their 3’s and we’re missing all ours

teague looks good