Atlanta Hawks: Zaza is out sick; Hawks to stay big

News and notes . . .

Zaza is sick and won’t make the trip to San Antonio. I refuse to be blamed for this. My theory is he caught something from the Magic players because they banged with Zaza in the post, not me.

Anyway, L.D. said he plans to stick with the Bibby, Marvin, Smoove, Al, Twin lineup. So far the results of the big lineup have been good, particularly on defense.

Not sure how the look would do long term but right now L.D. is deploying Collins in situations where his bulk is a plus and his relative lack of mobility and rebounding are masked. The Hawks benefit because they don’t have to scramble all the time.

“We are able to play straight up and not have to run around trying to get to shooters,” Drew said.

But now the Hawks run into the Parker-Ginobili-Duncan pick-and-roll-a-rama. They caught a break when Jameer was out for the Magic and defending the screen-rolls wasn’t much of an issue against the Nets since the Hawks were scoring whenever they felt like it.

So this is the first big test for the big lineup against an opponent that can carve the Hawks up.

“If one of my big guys get into trouble I will look to the bench,” L.D. said.

– Collins has already played more minutes this season than he did all of last year. The possibility of more playing time was motivation for him to get in shape over the summer.

“Either way, I’m ready,” Collins said. “I’m a professional. Whenever my name and number is called, I am ready to go out there and help my team win. It doesn’t make a difference to me. As a professional, you have to always be ready.

“I really worked hard this offseason to put myself in a position to help my team. Whenever my name and number is called, I am ready to go out there and play.”

That’s a true vet answer. There’s a reason he’s stuck around this long.

– The theme for the Hawks before they left for San Antonio was transition D. That’s always a point of emphasis for L.D., especially on the road, but Parker is a menace in the open court and the Spurs rank 10th in pace factor and fourth in fastbreak points per game.

They are also seventh in defensive efficiency and second in offensive efficiency. That’s why they are 18-3 with Ws against OKC, Utah, Chicago, Orlando, and New Orleans (twice).

“A typical Spurs team,” L.D. said. “Just solid in every aspect of the game.”

That’s how it figures to be as long as Duncan and Gregg Popovich are around. Pop was a coach for the the 2003 U.S. National Team, which Bibby helped to a 10-0 finish at the FIBA Americas Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Puerto Rico.

Bibby said his experience with Pop is why he’s not surprised by San Antonio’s amazing consistency

“Good guy, but he makes you work,” Bibby said. “I can see it. Ever since I’ve been playing they’ve had the best defensive teams in the league. I remember first coming in they were the hardest team for me to play against because of their help defense. They are just great defensively.”

– After slumping a bit amid his very public marital problems Parker has found his groove again. From Mike Monroe of the San Antonio Express-News:

Parker has endured the public scrutiny associated with the breakup of his marriage to actress Eva Longoria. Both have filed divorce petitions, with the accompanying tabloid publicity.

The effect on Parker’s game was most pronounced in Los Angeles, where he scored only two points in a loss to the Clippers after reportedly meeting with Longoria at the team hotel before the game.

After scoring 19 points and handing out six assists in just 26 minutes and 46 seconds of the Spurs’ 109-84 victory over the New Orleans Hornets at the AT&T Center on Sunday, Parker said he believes he has returned to the productive level of play that characterized the first weeks of the season.

MC

133 comments Add your comment

HawkKingBibby

December 9th, 2010
4:06 pm

Geemack

December 9th, 2010
4:19 pm

MC

If the Hawks could become a consistenly good defensive team. The sky is the limit, however they have been playing good ball lately.

Tee

December 9th, 2010
4:20 pm

Great work MC, Twin will have to channel Zaza’s hustle. Hopefully we get to see Jeff Teague play more minutes defending Parker.

bob short

December 9th, 2010
4:21 pm

The team seems to play better as a team without JJ. If he could be traded for a top level big man and throw in Marvin, I believe the team is much better

dap01

December 9th, 2010
4:23 pm

Zaza being out will not hurt. I have never seen a big man rush a short shot like he does. It is comical to see him shoot a put back and he rushes it so much that it ends up being a horrible shot. I am also disappointed that he looks to be in less than physical peak. No muscle development at all.

yodaddy

December 9th, 2010
4:24 pm

1st is the worst second is the best

yodaddy

December 9th, 2010
4:25 pm

Zaza has short arms

mike

December 9th, 2010
4:32 pm

Is JC2 still inactive? I noticed he was nowhere to be found the other day vs NJ.. he wasn’t even in a suit on the bench..

drmaryb (*_*)

December 9th, 2010
4:45 pm

Short Arms but Long Money!

LOL!

In fairness to Zsa? He is the most Nasty player on this team. Zsa fouls hard in the paint and then steps on the down man’s neck!
He don’t help nobody get up!

No other Hawk does that! He’s our Lambieer, Mahorn, Barkley, anthony Mason and Oakley! Say what you will.

drmaryb (*_*)

December 9th, 2010
4:51 pm

Mike

Without Joe, Drew had to dress a Big! Etan Thomas to battle Dwight and Lopez.
We are already stacked at Guards and you can only dress 12 players.

Our offensive efficiency is in the league’s lead. We don’t need offense, we need defense, which Jordan does not defend well and has poor shot selection.
He will shoot a natural jumper from the Logo or anywhere else he feels like it.

He must wait his turn. He was drafted in case Joe walked, or Jamal was traded.
Not his time yet.

terrell

December 9th, 2010
5:02 pm

Zaza is out? He’s been out all year. lol! I just hope it doesnt spread to the GOOD players we have. However, we could use those 6 fouls going up against Duncan, Blair, etc… Wont miss the moving screens, and bobbled passes though.

terrell

December 9th, 2010
5:04 pm

“Collins has already played more minutes this season than he did all of last year”. Unfreakinbelievable!

drmaryb (*_*)

December 9th, 2010
5:10 pm

Terrell

Josh Powell has too! LOL!

Grambling

December 9th, 2010
5:21 pm

drmaryb = reason women shouldnt be allowed to talk about sports

Senator Blutarski

December 9th, 2010
5:26 pm

Joe was shooting a high volume of shots with low percentage–hoping it was because of the elbow and when he comes back, the team will be better than ever.

drmaryb (*_*)

December 9th, 2010
5:26 pm

Then don’t read my ISH! LOL! ROF!

sam'l

December 9th, 2010
5:28 pm

Yes, Zsa Zsa is tough. Might as well be. He can’t catch a pass and score, catch a rebound and score, play intelligent defsnse, move or think as fast as 80% of the other players on the floor. I think an intelligent comment would be……Trade him immediately, not praise him for turning a finesse game into football……

Unless you just like mindless violence.

Westurd

December 9th, 2010
5:31 pm

Grambling……you’re a bum dude and obviously new to the blog…..
She’s a doctor of bball above anything else…….bball knowledge is he what she got her phd in fool!

drmaryb (*_*)

December 9th, 2010
5:34 pm

Sam’l

My point is this team has no toughness in the paint. I have no problems with Zsa being traded for value though! IDK why his game has regressed.

He does lead this team in offensive boards and bangs in the post. No one else does that. Just stating the positives. We would need another BIG to replace him though. BTW, Dwight plays football in the post, but he get’s away with it!

Rev in Tampa

December 9th, 2010
5:38 pm

Jason Collins said, “As a professional, you have to always be ready. I really worked hard this offseason to put myself in a position to help my team. Whenever my name and number is called, I am ready to go out there and play.”

Do you hear that Marvin? Do you believe that Marvin? Are you ready to go out there and play, Marvin?

JeJe

December 9th, 2010
5:40 pm

It is ZAZA not Zsa Zsa

idiot

terrell

December 9th, 2010
5:48 pm

But Powell played behind Odom, Gasol, and Bynum. Collins played behind Zaza(moving screen Pachulia. I’ll admit, Collins was a little out of shape last year, but still.

terrell

December 9th, 2010
5:49 pm

Zsa Zsa. Now that’s funny! lol

jamillion

December 9th, 2010
5:59 pm

it may be a blessing in disguise we don’t have to play this dude.
can we please get rid of all the dead weight?
marvin,zaz,mo evans immediately for one nice player?
i know there is a trade out there somewhere even if it is gilbert arenas contract, i wanna player
matter of fact washington a do that deal, and lets pick up another big off waivers and we coll, they wanna shed gilbert contract anyway, might as well get it for something

drmaryb (*_*)

December 9th, 2010
6:01 pm

If you want to nit-pick? You are wrong as well!
If you live in a glass house? Don’t throw stones!

I’m sure your mama didn’t name you JeJe either or any of the other 5 names you hide behind on a blog! Coward.

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PERSONAL INFO: Given name is Zaur Pachulia • Legally changed his first name to Zaza (pronounced Za-Za …

So, his name is NOT: ZAZA either! It’s Zaza.

Idiot? There are plenty of names to go around on this blog,
But drmaryb only uses the REAL: Now, Google that and my address might pop-up too, in case you want to say something else smart to my face.

(*_*)

JeJe

December 9th, 2010
6:02 pm

How the hell is Marvin still starting?

How, after 6 years, has he started EVERY single game he’s been healthy enough for?

Everybody in this country knows he’s a joke besides this Hawks staff apparently

SMGDMFH

Rev in Tampa

December 9th, 2010
6:08 pm

Marvin was drafted 2nd and subsequently paid 7 mil a year. That, and the fact that the ASG hasn’t the foresight to see that he is the only SF on the team. These are the only reasons I can think of why he is still starting.

jamillion

December 9th, 2010
6:08 pm

yeah why is marvin starting
oh only because he is a high draft pick
it’s like that for alot of nba teams
owners don’t know when to cut their losses, it in turn shows they were wrong it is over a hundred colleges in division one alone ,plus international players you’d think that they would get it righht, but thats why there are plenty of undrafted stars

cp

December 9th, 2010
6:09 pm

ZaZa has been absolutely terrible this season. He has had maybe 2 good games this season that I can remember. They might miss his 6 fouls but that’s about it. His defense has been atrocious, he cant catch a pass cleanly without fumbling it out of bounds, has missed numerous shots at the rim, and is good for at least one moving screen a game. I have no idea what has happened to this dude but whenever he feels better he needs to find his game.

drmaryb (*_*)

December 9th, 2010
6:09 pm

Funny stuff! A fake named blogger worrying about somebody’s else real name?

Go Figure? You can’t make this stuff up people – it’s just too silly!
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Anyway, back to the topic. I hope Josh brings his “A” Game tomorrow night and drop another 34 points on the Spurs!

jamillion

December 9th, 2010
6:11 pm

me too maryb
cause if he don’t
here come the trade rumors,and josh is garbage,lol
u know how they do it, i was just mad cause i know what he can be if he applys himself every game

J from the A

December 9th, 2010
6:25 pm

When Joe comes back, do you think Coach Drew will stay with the big lineup? If so, then Marvin not starting = obviousness.

L-QUE

December 9th, 2010
6:31 pm

Has anybody seen a true big man on the coaching staff , then who is teaching the drafted bigs the NBA game, you have to have somebody if you draft players out of high school and with one year of college take a look at other teams benches, hall of famers everywhere, Marvin will be alright he has youth on his side

L-QUE

December 9th, 2010
6:39 pm

J from A COLLINS should start every game he frees AL -JOSH , Joe coming back should help Marvin by taking pressure off him to score ,Marvin losing his playing time but again who is teaching the bigs the NBA game for the Hawks

5manattackmachine

December 9th, 2010
6:48 pm

Marvin looks like his back is hurting him. the way he walks hunched over and all. I hope he’s not hurt too, again.

Rev in Tampa

December 9th, 2010
8:00 pm

@ 5manattackmachine – “Marvin looks like his back is hurting him. the way he walks hunched over and all. I hope he’s not hurt too, again.”

If his back makes him walk like that then his back has been hurt for years. LOL

STRETCH

December 9th, 2010
8:03 pm

• With the Trail Blazers’ obvious struggles and the health challenges (that’s putting it mildly) of Greg Oden and Brandon Roy, two people with knowledge of the team’s strategy told CBSSports.com that Portland management is contemplating trading older players and going young. The obvious targets for such a purge would be Marcus Camby (36), Andre Miller (34), and Joel Przybilla (31). Roy isn’t old, but his knees are — though one of the sources said Portland would find no takers for the five years and $82.3 million remaining on Roy’s contract, given the state of his meniscus-less knees. Przybilla ($7.4 million expiring contract) and Miller (whose $7.8 million salary in 2011-12 is fully non-guaranteed) are eminently moveable. Another candidate to be dealt, though not because of age or health, is Rudy Fernandez, who has wanted out of Portland for some time. Sources caution that the Blazers have engaged in only internal conversations about this strategy, and it is contingent upon the team (10-11) continuing to struggle. But the writing certainly is on the wall for major changes in Portland.

And word on the streets; Denver is ready to part ways with Melo if he doesnt sign by the trade deadlline. ASG and Sund need to get in on some of this!

Grambling

December 9th, 2010
8:13 pm

Wes-turd, you and that drmaryb chick can both go watch soap operas. This is a basketball blog. She hasn’t the slightest clue about this game.

O'Brien

December 9th, 2010
8:14 pm

My take on the Marvin situation.

He is a good defender for his position, and sometimes, he is very good. But there are 2 problems;

1) Although he is capable of playing great defense, he doesnt do it consistently enough

2) His defense is not good enough to offset his inconsistent offense.

When Chills was here, he finished games (not Marvin), I cant remember if Flip finished games sometimes (not Marvin), and now Jamal finishes games (not Marvin).

I will not be surprised to see Marvin’s minutes cut now that Damien is here.

And although Marvin plays very good defense at times, he is not a lockdown defender (like Artest, Bowen or Prince was at times). As a matter of fact, I dont even think Marvin is in the top 8 of SF defensively.

But he has 2 more years at $15 mil after this season, and he has a PLAYER option for a fith year, so he is basically untradeable (imo).

he did have 3 or 4 good games, so hopefully he will get healthy and maybe surprise us.

O'Brien

December 9th, 2010
8:16 pm

* should read “he has a PLAYER option for a fifth year”.

How bad is Rick Sund, that he didnt even make the fifth year a team option?

Rev in Tampa

December 9th, 2010
8:21 pm

Grambling, you have posted twice tonight and only posted about bloggers and not one thing about basketball. I must remind you in your own words, “This is a basketball blog.”

You are a bore.

Grambling

December 9th, 2010
8:31 pm

Actually, I’m a Hornets fan and stumbled upon this blog by way of a link. The Hawks are losers.
They struggle to maintain relevance in the weakest conference in all of professional sports, the NBA East.

Rev in Tampa, you call me a bore and you’re a guy that goes around shoving ancient hand me down fiction down people’s throats. You, sir, are the bore.

Be sure to tell the congregation about the Sumerian accounts that predate your bull and Yahweh the Storm God ;)

RealSquawk

December 9th, 2010
8:42 pm

Thuggish activity in the blog space? SMDH

Go Hawks

Go Marvin

Go Drew

Go Josh

Go AL

Go Teague

Go Crawford

hmmm. Go Joe

Go Crawford

Go Collins

Go Zaza, ZAZA, Zsa Zsa, Zaur Georgia Pachulia

Go Mo

I thought we were here to talk about basketball

Go Hawks

Go Civility

Georgia Stand up

Rev in Tampa

December 9th, 2010
8:42 pm

Grambling, this is your third comment and yet no basketball.

RealSquawk

December 9th, 2010
8:57 pm

Hey Grambling how do you feel about that potential (just a matter of time) move from New Orleans for those Hornets? Are you scouting for a new team? The Hawks have a nice team you should watch a game sometime.

the Seattle Hornets has a nice ring to it. wait my bad the Seattle Super Sonics. not the Charlotte Hornets.

lewis

December 9th, 2010
9:19 pm

barkley “there are 4 elite teams in the east. boston, orlando, miami and chicago, other teams will be out by the end of the first week of the playoffs, sorry”

Rev in Tampa

December 9th, 2010
9:29 pm

Barkley should stick to something he knows something about like golf:

http://www.metacafe.com/watch/784449/funny_charles_barkleys_golf_swing/

Najeh Davenpoop

December 9th, 2010
10:50 pm

Oh no, Zaza is out! The sky is falling!

I hope he gets well, but seriously, on a team full of minimum salary big men he is quite possibly the worst. Even Etan Thomas doesn’t commit turnovers and miss easy shots at the rate he does (partly because he simply doesn’t take shots).

Najeh Davenpoop

December 9th, 2010
10:51 pm

Until the Hawks consistently prove him wrong, Barkley is right. The Magic are still the only team the Hawks have beat this season.

Najeh Davenpoop

December 9th, 2010
10:56 pm

^^only ELITE team