Atlanta Hawks at Orlando Magic: Collins starts so Al doesn’t have to ‘wrestle’ Dwight

OrlandoTwin is starting at center.

Say what you want about his effectiveness but L.D. has stuck to his pledge of using Collins so Al can play more at power forward. Assuming he doesn’t hack Dwight every other play and foul out in five minutes, after this game Twin probably will have played more minutes this season than he did all of last year.

Basically Collins gets the call tonight so Al doesn’t have to tangle with Dwight.

“What has been good to us thus far when we play the Magic is using him at the four,” L.D. said. “That frees him up to not have to wrestle with a center that is bigger than him and much stronger than him.”

Al will get to work against Rashard Lewis. Advantage: Al. Of course, Stan Van Gundy won’t let Rashard get abused for too long before he loads up against Al.

Atlanta’s offense stagnated when the Heat did that after Al took it to Ilgauskas and Joel Anthony in the fourth quarter the other night.

“We have to be mentally strong so if that first option is not there, explore the second,” Drew said. “If the second is not there, explore the third. You have to do it at a pace just as hard as you seek the first option.

“I thought we wore down. Once the ball swung to the other side there was no real pace or rhythm. It turned into more one-on-one than anything. Which that has always kind of been one thing that has gotten us in trouble because now people stand around and watch the guy try to get his own shot.”

No Joe, still good
Van Gundy on the Joe-less Hawks winning twice and competing against the Heat:

“They’ve got good players. Al Horford is an All-Star. Josh Smith is either an All-Star or very, very close. Crawford is probably the probably best offensive sixth man. They play a little different without Joe Johnson. They miss his scoring but the ball moves a little more. They are not as much an isolation team without him. They are still very formidable. We have been able to play pretty well with people down. I think a lot of the better teams have been able to play well with people down.”

MC

306 comments Add your comment

Clint Newhouse

December 6th, 2010
7:07 pm

bigdave

December 6th, 2010
7:09 pm

im interested in seeing Damien against Carter.. someone we’ve struggled to defend..

bigdave

December 6th, 2010
7:11 pm

oh.. and just like last game against them.. GET THOSE HANDS UP!!!!

many argued it was poor shooting vs. good d.. we’ll see

Melvin

December 6th, 2010
7:13 pm

Big starting lineup. Nice adjustment (or try) by LD….

DAChef

December 6th, 2010
7:14 pm

i second that…

bigdave

December 6th, 2010
7:16 pm

why doesnt Marvin sorry a$$ ever cut to the basket when he’s man plain leaves him to double.. james did it against Miami.. he just doesnt get it.. my goodness. when ur man straight leaves you.. CUT hard.

lewis

December 6th, 2010
7:20 pm

standing by my statement that jason collins, tho unathletic, is almost always standing in the right place, exactly what we need him to do

bigdave

December 6th, 2010
7:21 pm

please put Damien in!!!!!!!

6′9 250+ pulling up.. smh.

Melvin

December 6th, 2010
7:22 pm

Marvin should not be playing SG. I give LD credit for trying to be creative…

bigdave

December 6th, 2010
7:23 pm

COLLINS!!!!!

more mins!!! asap

Melvin

December 6th, 2010
7:23 pm

Amen, Bigdave on your 7:21 post…

bigdave

December 6th, 2010
7:24 pm

Melvin..

way back when before he panned out to be a scrub, i actually thought Marvin would eventually be a 2 guard in the NBA..

ha. little do i know.

Wabe

December 6th, 2010
7:26 pm

Alright so…

I understand why they started Collins tonight.

What I don’t get though is, why is Zaza usually the first big off the bench when Collins is sitting on the bench.

I get Collins is bigger and can play Dwight better.

But, I also believe Collins is just plain better than Zaza.

But whatever. Hope they can keep up this effort on defense.

Melvin

December 6th, 2010
7:26 pm

Take Marvin out…

Wabe

December 6th, 2010
7:27 pm

Josh feeling it tonight.

bigdave

December 6th, 2010
7:27 pm

sorry as hell..

look @ Collins w/ the tap out.. dude knows how to use his frame.. ZaZa.. ha, offensive reb. dunk.

Melvin

December 6th, 2010
7:29 pm

bigdave,

Marvin is way too clumsy. Dude should takeup yoga during the summer to improve his balance.

bigdave

December 6th, 2010
7:29 pm

i guess Dwight gone have to punch Jason in the face.. and lay him out for a hot 4-6 minutes for refs to call him for those antics..

evettec

December 6th, 2010
7:29 pm

There is absolutely nothing strong about Marvin’s game, except that dunk at the Garden. Waste of a frame.

lewis

December 6th, 2010
7:29 pm

Yeah collins honestly deserves more PT than Zaza no one on here will even try to deny that, which is kind of sad

bigdave

December 6th, 2010
7:31 pm

while i agree Melvin, anything that doesnt involve Marvin w/ a basketball in his hands AAAALLLLLLL summer, im against.

he sucks. (Barkley’s voice)

evettec

December 6th, 2010
7:31 pm

Falcons play60 commercial!! Love it! 10-2

lewis

December 6th, 2010
7:32 pm

damn josh just took a vicious charge

Melvin

December 6th, 2010
7:34 pm

too many jumpshots…

{MAC-Town Georgia 478}

December 6th, 2010
7:34 pm

wdh is the Magic’s Mascot that I keep seeing.

bigdave

December 6th, 2010
7:35 pm

other than playing volleyball every once in a while on the offensive glass what is Za Za good for?

Melvin

December 6th, 2010
7:35 pm

ZaZa is flat out terrible…

bigdave

December 6th, 2010
7:35 pm

Mac

he’s a Dragon.. like Magical Dragon or something

bigdave

December 6th, 2010
7:36 pm

Jamal just isnt who we thought he was..

{MAC-Town Georgia 478}

December 6th, 2010
7:36 pm

{MAC-Town Georgia 478}

December 6th, 2010
7:37 pm

Yeah everybody saw that last possession comin

Melvin

December 6th, 2010
7:38 pm

Can we send Marvin and ZaZa to Philly for Iggy…. My goodness those guys are terrible…

lewis

December 6th, 2010
7:38 pm

jamal is solid we just don’t really need that 1-1 on bs of his anymore for $10m i mean jordan is more explosive to the rim, pretty much as good of a shooter and defender, and joe is our true and only 1-1 guy.

mountain_jim

December 6th, 2010
7:40 pm

Ticks me off that ESPN said this game is on NBA TV – it’s not, and in NC the sports channel is blacked out.

bigdave

December 6th, 2010
7:41 pm

against Magic last time Dwight was Nasty Nash from the free throw line early..

bigdave

December 6th, 2010
7:41 pm

lol, they just dont respect ZaZa defense..

Melvin

December 6th, 2010
7:42 pm

Nice play by ZaZa. His body got in the way of Bash elbow…

Melvin

December 6th, 2010
7:43 pm

Put Teague in the game LD.

Sautee

December 6th, 2010
7:44 pm

Rebounding better tonight, so far.

{MAC-Town Georgia 478}

December 6th, 2010
7:45 pm

team leader BAWSE tryin to make sure ZaZa didnt get a Tech

Ron

December 6th, 2010
7:46 pm

I really hate it when our bench comes in….

bigdave

December 6th, 2010
7:46 pm

Sautee..

credit that to having Collins in early..

lewis

December 6th, 2010
7:46 pm

trade zaza he fkin blows the dude cannot get a shot up with his 76 second windup and jump deal

lewis

December 6th, 2010
7:47 pm

yeah seriously teague gets big slow dudes easy baskets

Sautee

December 6th, 2010
7:48 pm

bigdave,

Yes, but Al and even Josh have been blocking out.

bigdave

December 6th, 2010
7:48 pm

Skateboard P w/ the knock downs.. get em’ P

bigdave

December 6th, 2010
7:49 pm

Collins been blocking out.. Josh and Al out jumping..

bigdave

December 6th, 2010
7:50 pm

though he’s worked..

u know u cant defend when JJ taking u clean off the dribble..

Melvin

December 6th, 2010
7:51 pm

Now that’s the Josh I like to see….

bigdave

December 6th, 2010
7:51 pm

kinda shot was that from Jamal.. luckily Josh got the long board..

then w/ the YOLK!