Atlanta Hawks: Pick-and-roll . . . and ‘Pop’

San Antonio–I’m trying to remember off the top of my head all the times this season L.D. has said the team’s pick-and-roll coverages broke down late in games.

The last time was at Miami, when LeBron turned the corner and found that no Hawks player seemed to be responsible for cutting him off as he went barreling down the lane. It happened against the Knicks, too, once Smoove wasn’t in the back to discourage such excursions. Of course Phoenix and Utah gave the Hawks trouble with screen-rolls.

So now here comes the Spurs, with the Tony Parker and Tim Duncan capable of scrambling Atlanta’s defense.

“They are one of the better pick-and-roll teams in our league,” Drew said. “Parker, he is just really good at it. He is one of the best in the league because of the speed, the quickness. He reads the defenses really well coming off the pick-and-roll. That is one of the primary focuses tonight going into this game. We know there is a chance we will probably have to make some adjustments with out coverages. We may start one way and two or three minutes into it may have to make a change.”

The Parker/Duncan vs. Bibby/Twin pick-and-roll showdown looks like a mismatch on paper.

“It will be a big test for [Collins],” Drew said. “But I don’t care who is involved in the pick-and-roll, whether it is Twin or whether it is Josh or whether it is Al–you are talking about three guys that are all a little bit different from a footspeed standpoint but Parker has the ability to still get in the paint off of it. We are going to have to do a good job on it with not just the guys involved in it but the guys off the ball as well.”

Pop gets with it

Here are San Antonio’s league ranking in pace factor starting from the 2002-03 season until last year: 19th, 19th, 24th, 27th, 28th, 27th, 20th.

So far this season the Spurs rank 10th in pace. It’s a change in approach for their old-school coach, Gregg Popovich, but L.D. said he’s not surprised.

“He recognizes that he has a guy, Tony Parker, who has been in the league a long time who still has the wheels,” Drew said. “If I have a guy that has that ability that can put that kind of pressure, I have got to utilize it. Certainly it looks like everybody has made the commitment to get involved in the break It is nice when you have a guy like that who can get into the interior of the defense before the defense is set.”

Pain but no pads

It seems the severity of Marvin’s limp depends on which day you check in on him. I’d put it at about a five on the scale before the game tonight.

“I am doing all right,” he said. “I get treatment when I need it. It is painful at times, other times it manageable. It is pretty much the same. Just kind of plugging away.”

He said he took a shot to the knee from Brandon Bass at Orlando Monday in about the same place where he originally hurt it. But Marvin said he dislikes wearing kneepads.

“I can’t operate in them,” he said. “It just feels too weird. I tried one time in practice and they kept falling down. I tried another set, and I just didn’t like the way they felt. I will be OK. If it starts to hurt too much Coach Drew has been cool about letting me chill in practice.”

MC

360 comments Add your comment

bigdave

December 10th, 2010
8:32 pm

LETS GET IT..

lewis

December 10th, 2010
8:39 pm

lewis

December 10th, 2010
8:39 pm

Enter your comments here

MsDee

December 10th, 2010
8:41 pm

I believe the HAWKS can pull this game out simply because of NO JJ!! The Hawks arent predicable anymore!

Blast

December 10th, 2010
8:41 pm

Not expecting a win tonite, but won’t be shocked if Hawks pull it out. That can only happen if Hawks play smart and play together.

Sautee

December 10th, 2010
8:43 pm

I hope Etan is ready for lots of minutes. Twin will likely get two fouls quickly with their penetration.

This will be Josh’s biggest test yet for guarding a mobile 3 with a lot of different moves.

Najeh Davenpoop

December 10th, 2010
8:44 pm

Collins channeling his inner Zaza. Great look from Smoove. Gotta convert that.

Najeh Davenpoop

December 10th, 2010
8:45 pm

Love the ball movement and team defense so far.

{MAC-Town Georgia 478}

December 10th, 2010
8:47 pm

Collins cuttin to the hoop lol

ATL FAN

December 10th, 2010
8:47 pm

Great start thus far, watching the game on FoxSportsSouthWest, they know NOTHING about the Hawks, everything they say is wrong.

lukas

December 10th, 2010
8:48 pm

But Marvin said he dislikes wearing kneepads. “I can’t operate in them,” he said…

Sorry dude, you can’t operate without them either.

J.J.M.

December 10th, 2010
8:48 pm

come on hawks drive the ball

{MAC-Town Georgia 478}

December 10th, 2010
8:50 pm

that movement just looks great

ATL FAN

December 10th, 2010
8:50 pm

Marvin missed the layup!!

Blast

December 10th, 2010
8:50 pm

This is gonna be a grind out, low scoring game.

J.J.M.

December 10th, 2010
8:50 pm

I cant tell if marvin is limping or not because he walks as if hes hurt all the time

Jae Evolution

December 10th, 2010
8:51 pm

Marvin grimacing after he fell, dude needs to sit out next game no point re-injuring the knee every game.

Najeh Davenpoop

December 10th, 2010
8:53 pm

Relying on athleticism to play D doesn’t work against a team like the Spurs that knows how to share the ball and play the angles. So far the Hawks are doing a good job playing good fundamental D.

{MAC-Town Georgia 478}

December 10th, 2010
8:53 pm

Marvin = The Humpback of North Georgia

Blast

December 10th, 2010
8:55 pm

Grind out, low scoring game, but Hawls have a chance.

Najeh Davenpoop

December 10th, 2010
8:55 pm

Smoove should have like 4 assists by now. The rest of the Hawks need to convert. Collins has got blocked twice Zaza style.

J.J.M.

December 10th, 2010
8:55 pm

collins is too slow he has 3 of his shots block already

ATL FAN

December 10th, 2010
8:56 pm

Smith back to bricking the shots…

Najeh Davenpoop

December 10th, 2010
8:57 pm

Parker is becoming a problem. For all the advantages of this big lineup, drawing Smoove away from the hoop is a major disadvantage when it comes to defending the lane. Collins and Horford don’t intimidate anyone like Smoove.

RethinkPossible

December 10th, 2010
8:58 pm

We need some JT0 right about now, Bibby is not keeping up.

Blast

December 10th, 2010
9:01 pm

Hawks have a chance because the Spurs have been feeding on the bottom dwellers in the West. Hence their record. Hawks just have to keep their composture.

O'Brien

December 10th, 2010
9:01 pm

What kind of shot was the by Mo? He hit the side of the backboard…

Meanwhile, I’m glad Bibby is out the game. He wasnt doing much. Will teague get any minutes tonight?

Najeh Davenpoop

December 10th, 2010
9:03 pm

Jamal is keeping the Hawks in this game. You really gotta respect the Spurs’ coaching staff. The way they call plays and make adjustments is just on point game in and game out.

J.J.M.

December 10th, 2010
9:04 pm

why do people want to see teague hes clearly a bust and cant scre

Rev in Tampa

December 10th, 2010
9:05 pm

Enter your comments here

Sautee

December 10th, 2010
9:05 pm

Najeh,

co-sign.

Best coached team in the league, IMHO.

Ramon

December 10th, 2010
9:05 pm

Does any one prefer Mo over Wilkins? I know someone said if Wilkins is so good why was he unemployed. However, if Mo didn’t pick up his option, I think he may would have been unemployed also. With Mo and Marvin in the game at the same time, you’re so limited offensively, especially against a team as good as SAS. And their defense really isn’t that much better either.

Ree Roe

December 10th, 2010
9:06 pm

Hawks need to push the pace. If they get in a half court grinder with SA they will lose. Second unit needs to be big in this 2nd Quarter.

-REEspect Roe!!

Sautee

December 10th, 2010
9:06 pm

J.J.M.,

Because Teague is our only guard with the quicks to keep up with Parker.

Ramon

December 10th, 2010
9:06 pm

Yeah, Pop is a great coach! Phil is the king of superstar play. And Pop is the king of team play. Pop gets the most out of over the hill veterans than any other coach I ever seen.

RethinkPossible

December 10th, 2010
9:07 pm

WOAH Marvin!

ATL FAN

December 10th, 2010
9:07 pm

ATTA BOY WILLIAMS LMAO!!!

Jae Evolution

December 10th, 2010
9:07 pm

WHY DOES HE DO THAT, WHY I DONT GET IT WHY!!!!!

Rev in Tampa

December 10th, 2010
9:08 pm

Wow! Marvin!

{MAC-Town Georgia 478}

December 10th, 2010
9:08 pm

LMFAO….Marvin tried to YOST that H_

Ramon

December 10th, 2010
9:08 pm

Wow, Marvin tried it. If that fell, it would’ve been the dunk of the year so far. lol. Why he can’t attack the basket more like that?

{MAC-Town Georgia 478}

December 10th, 2010
9:08 pm

Man I wish that went in…

J.J.M.

December 10th, 2010
9:08 pm

this game will be back and forward hawks will need to score as many points as they can…yes teague is quick but im not sure if he will help us win…his minutes has been down and I wonder if the hawks are giving up on him

Najeh Davenpoop

December 10th, 2010
9:09 pm

“I know someone said if Wilkins is so good why was he unemployed.”

I hate this argument (and I know it’s not your argument, so I’m not trying to pick on you…) By that logic, every undrafted free agent was “unemployed”.

{MAC-Town Georgia 478}

December 10th, 2010
9:09 pm

Marvin….gettin confident???????

ATL FAN

December 10th, 2010
9:09 pm

Marvin is playing great so far, good agressive play

RethinkPossible

December 10th, 2010
9:09 pm

Bob Rathbun FTW

Fresh

December 10th, 2010
9:10 pm

MARVIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Najeh Davenpoop

December 10th, 2010
9:10 pm

The difference between the mentality of Joe and Josh is illustrated right there on that last play. Josh is isolated on Bonner, waits for the double team to come, and decisively rifles a pass to a cutting Marvin. Joe waits for double teams to come and then shoots contested shots over them.

Rev in Tampa

December 10th, 2010
9:10 pm

Hawks have shown up tonight. Good to see good defense. Good to see marvin working on the cut