OK, blog people, I’m back in action. I can put together some halfway coherent thoughts and just had my first solid food in two days (mmm, chicken). Thanks for the well wishes.
Lots of chatter about whether the Hawks will be better off without J.J.. I understand the sentiment. He hadn’t been himself and so basically the Hawks have shed their highest-volume, lowest-percentage shooter and now those shots will be spread around elsewhere.
Yet J.J. also is second on the team in assist percentage. He has an even lower turnover rate than Bibby, who never turns it over. Joe draws lots of attention from defenders. And he can defend three positions (with varying degrees of success, but even halfway competent perimeter defenders are cherished on this roster).
The Hawks are going to miss some of that just a little bit, right?
Anyway, the debate soon will be moot as we can see how all the hypothetical arguments regarding J.J. play out over the next few weeks. It will be interesting, at least.
Same starters (for now)
L.D. is sticking with the same starting lineup tonight: Mo in place of Joe. He said he wouldn’t necessarily always go that way, though:
“There could be some games where I change that and go bigger with Al at the four. That lineup is not set in stone until Joe get back. But looking at different matchups with different teams we are going to be playing, I will make a decision of what will be the best matchup for us at the very beginning of the game. Chances are we will be shifting lineups.”
JC2 didn’t play against Memphis but he will get more time soon enough.
“I wish I could play [Jordan], Jeff and Jamal together some but that just makes me too small at the two and the three,” L.D. said.
But L.D. said that before the Hawks signed Damien Wilkins (who won’t dress tonight), so maybe eventually Jordan will get his minutes alongside Jamal/Teague with Wilkins.
By the way, Pape Sy is no longer on the injured list but he’s still in his suit.