Atlanta Hawks at Hornets: Back in action

New OrleansIt’s been a long time . . . I shouldn’t have left you . . . without a strong blog to step to. . . .

Season’s Greetings, blog people. Hope you are having a good Christmas weekend. I had some of my people come down from The Ville to stay with me for a few days. In case they read this, let me just say it was a delightful time and at no point did I contemplate the advantages of living alone. Ain’t family great?

The Hawks are back in action (and Jamal is back in the lineup) but not before taking some time for inaction. L.D. let them loose after the W against Cleveland Wednesday, canceling an early Thursday practice because “it would have been beating a dead horse to death,” or at the very least beating down a tired team.

So the players were free from postgame Wednesday to shootaround today. Everyone showed up and they seemed to have a bit more pep.

“I noticed at shootaround today they seemed really rejuvenated,” L.D. said. “I hope it carries over to the game tonight. They seemed to be a lot spunkier. They looked to be a little fresher, there was a little vibe there. I know that was really needed because the way the schedule was the first 31. Hopefully the little break did them some good and they can come back rejuevenated.”

(The Hornets also haven’t played since Wednesday but coach Monty Williams had them practice twice since then: “I didn’t want to go into the game [after] taking two days off. It’s a long season and you have to take advantage of the breaks but at the same time you’ve got to work.”)

Jamal, Marvin, Joe, Al and Bibby all got some time to rest their nagging nicks and pains.

Jamal said he would have no physical limitations after missing five games with a sore back.

“Now it’s just going to be about getting my timing and getting my game shape back,” he said. “I am just happy to get back out there.”

Al said the swelling has gone down in his shooting hand. It’s “better” but not quite back to feeling normal.

L.D. is starting his regular lineup: Bibby, J.J., Marvin, Smoove and Al.

“We’ll start that way but we will play a lot of big lineup tonight,” L.D. said. “I want to play Al a lot at the four and just go big with Okafor at the five.”

See Pape in Utah

Pape Sy will soon join the D-League’s Utah Flash. They don’t play a game until the end of the week so it’s possible Sy will continue to practice with the Hawks until then . . .

Monty Williams on J.J.: “He plays the point from the post. He’s one of my favorite players, always has been, because he does a number of things. He draws so many double teams and he can kick it around to the open guy.”

MC

281 comments Add your comment

Sautee

December 26th, 2010
6:57 pm

where’s bigdave?

ATL FAN

December 26th, 2010
7:00 pm

LETS GO *cricket* *cricket* hawks…

bigdave

December 26th, 2010
7:00 pm

in the building sir..

Lets get it..

Rev in Tampa

December 26th, 2010
7:03 pm

all the back to backs kinda spoiled me. I’m ready for some Hawks basketball.

Melvin

December 26th, 2010
7:13 pm

I see bigdave….

bigdave

December 26th, 2010
7:13 pm

lol @ Josh haircut..

Melvin

December 26th, 2010
7:14 pm

Josh sporting a new haircut without his headband….LOL

LionHearted

December 26th, 2010
7:16 pm

{MAC-Town Georgia 478}

December 26th, 2010
7:16 pm

LMFAO…what kinda haircut your boy josh smith got

Rev in Tampa

December 26th, 2010
7:16 pm

Hawks key to the game – Marvin hits his first shot, therefore he plays with confidence and does not disappear

LionHearted

December 26th, 2010
7:16 pm

Damn can the Hawks Rebound please

Sleepy

December 26th, 2010
7:16 pm

Lets stay healthy and start building some momentum heading into the all star break .

Do these guys realize the opportunity that is being presented to them ?

LionHearted

December 26th, 2010
7:17 pm

Uh Oh Marvin might be super DUCK this game

LionHearted

December 26th, 2010
7:17 pm

Hey we need to beat New Orleans 2 times.

Today and tommorrow against the Saints.

Melvin

December 26th, 2010
7:18 pm

I like how Marvin is playing to start this game. Although Ariza gave him a facial….

Rod from College Park

December 26th, 2010
7:18 pm

This is my point about Marvin. Teams leave him wide open. If he continue to knock down wide open shots, we become a very dangerous team.

{MAC-Town Georgia 478}

December 26th, 2010
7:19 pm

Josh Smith went and got that 1990s R&B Boy Band cut for the Holiday Season.

I thought that was Marques Houston from the “Immature” days for a min.

Melvin

December 26th, 2010
7:19 pm

Josh look like he has one of those old crew (military) cuts

Rev in Tampa

December 26th, 2010
7:19 pm

I wasn’t listening too closely, but I thought that I heard one of the Hornet’s announcers that Kenny Gattison (Hawks assistant) is Marvin Williams uncle. Is that right?

{MAC-Town Georgia 478}

December 26th, 2010
7:20 pm

Steve Urkel fade

LionHearted

December 26th, 2010
7:20 pm

Josh look like a member of FULL FORCE lol

{MAC-Town Georgia 478}

December 26th, 2010
7:21 pm

I hope we can win this goin away…would be nice..

bigdave

December 26th, 2010
7:22 pm

Josh rocking the lil boosie..

he feeling right at home with that Louisiana cut..

{MAC-Town Georgia 478}

December 26th, 2010
7:22 pm

LMFAO…BOOSIE

bigdave

December 26th, 2010
7:23 pm

aye i can stop laughing at that cut.. the front look straight though.. but the back.. he brought the fade up too high didnt he?

Sleepy

December 26th, 2010
7:25 pm

How do you fall for Ariza’s pump fakes when he cant shoot ?

{MAC-Town Georgia 478}

December 26th, 2010
7:25 pm

Smoove think it’s so cool he didnt even rock the headband…tryin to show it off lmfao.

bigdave

December 26th, 2010
7:26 pm

bad shot from smoove..

Rev in Tampa

December 26th, 2010
7:26 pm

If the Hawks were boxing out tonight they’d be up by fifteen

i_am_soulstar

December 26th, 2010
7:26 pm

Is Josh trying to shoot us out of the game? It’s gotta be that haircut.

bigdave

December 26th, 2010
7:26 pm

mac..

yea.. he swear its fresh..

i_am_soulstar

December 26th, 2010
7:28 pm

Maybe he’s cutting his own hair now *Soulstar shrug*

{MAC-Town Georgia 478}

December 26th, 2010
7:28 pm

welcome back….IsoCrawford

{MAC-Town Georgia 478}

December 26th, 2010
7:29 pm

Joe’s lookin reformed

bigdave

December 26th, 2010
7:29 pm

hmm.. they going @ Al..

{MAC-Town Georgia 478}

December 26th, 2010
7:31 pm

marvin fumble

bigdave

December 26th, 2010
7:31 pm

an excellent job @ almost not dribbling the ball out of bounds..

ok.

{MAC-Town Georgia 478}

December 26th, 2010
7:31 pm

ATL FAN

December 26th, 2010
7:31 pm

lmfao pachulia travel

LionHearted

December 26th, 2010
7:32 pm

Damn Marvin LOL

U look so awkward when u get hit lmao

{MAC-Town Georgia 478}

December 26th, 2010
7:32 pm

“Well, He’s tall….and he makes free throws”

-Mike Bibby

ATL FAN

December 26th, 2010
7:33 pm

welcome back Joe

bigdave

December 26th, 2010
7:34 pm

hmm,, “Mo Williams”.

ok.

LionHearted

December 26th, 2010
7:35 pm

Put in Teague LD. GOT DAMN wat is worng with you.

LionHearted

December 26th, 2010
7:36 pm

JAMAL CRAWFORD IS NOT A PG

bigdave

December 26th, 2010
7:37 pm

lazy effort at fighting over screen to contest from Jamal.

Bailey

December 26th, 2010
7:38 pm

I hope that L.D. plays Horford in the second quarter with those 2 fouls because this game is getting dangerously close, and on the road, the Hawks need to make sure that they maintain control and dictate tempo, which is much easier to do when you have the lead.

Melvin

December 26th, 2010
7:41 pm

SMH at LD. Teague has been playing well but we prefer to play Crawford and Crawford at PG. No defense from either of those guys….

LionHearted

December 26th, 2010
7:41 pm

Here we go with this bull-ISH

ATL FAN

December 26th, 2010
7:41 pm

and pachulia calls himself a center…