Toronto–Rick Sund’s style as GM has been to be patient and take the long view, so it should come as little surprise that his outlook on what’s been an up-and-down start leans to the “up” side.
The Hawks haven’t been consistent but Sund noted the season is less than one-fourth complete.
“When we hit on all cylinders, we can really play well,” he said. “We are shooting the ball pretty good, obviously. We’ve either led the league or are second in field-goal percentage the whole season.
“When we pick up our defense, that is probably one of our biggest keys. When we play with energy, it helps our defense. I think Larry has done a really good job of getting them ready. Most importantly, I keep my fingers crossed we stay injury free. That is a big key for teams.”
Teague waits turn
Teague said L.D. hasn’t spoken to him about his reduced role lately. He plans to have that conversation with Drew when the team returns to Atlanta.
“It is part of coaching; it is part of the game,” he said. “I thought he was doing what is best for the team. We are on a winning streak, so I’m happy the team is winning.”
Teague said Lester Conner has helped keep him focused.
“I’ve got to be a professional,” he said. “You’ve always got to be ready.”
Apparently Marvin isn’t out of the woods in regards to his knee. He looked more assertive and explosive vs. the Knicks but L.D. said that was in spite of soreness.
“He played through it,” Drew said. “I think by going to him early it kind of got him into a little bit of a rhythm and I definitely plan on doing the same thing today.”
Reggie Evans (foot) is out for the Raptors. He’s the best rebounder among Toronto’s regulars. His replacement in the lineup, Joey Dorsey, has played just 42 minutes this season.