Atlanta Hawks at Bucks: Jordan Crawford could be next for D-League

MilwaukeePape Sy is off to Utah to play in the D-League. It’s possible Jordan Crawford will join him at some point.

“There has been some talk about it,” L.D. said. “We are certainly going to keep our options open with our young guys, putting them in situations where they can get some playing time instead of practicing every day and just being with the team. I would rather them be somewhere playing, where they are learning, where they can get some experience.”

  • L.D had one of his ongoing shot-selection chats with Smoove today. Josh lately has failed to make long jump shots at a respectable rate and it was particularly glaring with Atlanta’s relative lack of a post presence at New Orleans last night. Said L.D.:

    “I am definitely going to stay with it. As I told him this morning through our breakfast and walkthrough, we have got to get established early inside. We don’t want to come out jacking shots up and he has done that the last couple of games. I have brought it to his attention we have got to be more mindful that we do have to get established early in the paint. I don’t mind jump shots but we’ve got to establish inside, then out. Especially him, he is a guy we rely on to be effective in the post. I am going to go to him and I expect him to deliver down there, not to settle for being on the perimeter, people playing five feet off of him, and then he’s jacking it up.”

  • No Drew Gooden (foot) for the Bucks. Brandon Jennings is out after foot surgery but Earl Boykins and Keyon Dooling are capable of dancing through Atlanta’s pick-and-roll D. You know, sort of like they did last time, when Milwaukee’s bench beat down the Hawks. “They still have capable guards,” L.D. said. “Both Dooling and Boykins have really done well for them since Jennings has been out. Our game up there when they beat us it was Boykins and Dooling, to me, who changed the game.”
  • L.D. is using the Twin lineup tonight. Marvin heads to the bench. “We recognize the fact that Al at the five, going against Bogut he gives up too much sizewise and strengthwise,” Drew said.
  • Frank Madden at Brew Hoop offers an Al/Bogut comparison:

    Horford and Andrew Bogut are both making pretty compelling cases to back up Dwight Howard on the Eastern Conference all-star squad, but I’m not sure there will be room for both of them–especially with Amare Stoudemire seeing lots of small-ball center action in New York. Bogut has a clear edge on the defensive end, blocking three times as many shots (2.90 bpg vs. 0.91) and rebounding at a higher rate as well (11.4 rpg vs. 9.6), while Horford wins going away on the offensive end. The former Florida man is averaging 19.8 pts/40 on 60.7% true shooting and turns it over on just 8.0% of possessions, while Bogut is putting up 16.1 pts/40 on just 52.1% with an 11.4% turnover rate.

  • What’s perhaps most impressive about Horford’s game is how much damage he does on the perimeter. He’s doubled the number of long jumpers he takes (from 2.2 to 4.5/game) while converting at an incredible 59% clip (85/145), best in the league among players with more than 35 attempts from that range. He’s especially dangerous in pick & roll situations, ranking 6th in the league with 1.23 points per possession and making 63% of his shots–much of it on pick/pop action. In contrast, Bogut takes twice as many shots/game at the rim but has only taken eight shots outside of 10 feet all season (including three end-of-quarter Hail Marys), missing each and every one of them.

Michael Cunningham

133 comments Add your comment

northcyde

December 27th, 2010
8:08 pm

That’s where Jordan needs to be, so that he can learn how to play the 2 ( both offensively and defensively ). Utilize the D-League, Sund

O'Brien

December 27th, 2010
8:14 pm

Why does it take the Hawks so long to make these decisions?

Us bloggers have been saying for weeks that Sy and JC2 should be sent to the D-League for PT. And this is when LD and Rick are discussing it?

Hawks need a win tonight.

O'Brien

December 27th, 2010
8:16 pm

Over the off-season, AJ suggested the Hawks go after Dooling. And I think he would have been a good addition.

Although LD probably thought Teague would have earned consistent minutes, and that has not happened.

Najeh Davenpoop

December 27th, 2010
8:19 pm

Nice start for the Hawks. It’s clear the Bucks are not the same team without Brandon Jennings.

O'Brien

December 27th, 2010
8:20 pm

Najeh,

We have seen these fast starts from the Hawks before (including last night).

Najeh Davenpoop

December 27th, 2010
8:21 pm

Yeah, I know…. There was a time when I would have said something like “if they can keep this up they will win this game easily”, but we all know how that works.

Najeh Davenpoop

December 27th, 2010
8:23 pm

For those of you who are going to watch Falcons-Saints on TV and stream this game (like me), here’s the link.

Melvin

December 27th, 2010
8:27 pm

Yeah, Teague is in the game…

Barry

December 27th, 2010
8:29 pm

Even the Bucks commentators are talking about Horford being unappreciated and underutilized. L.D. is such an idiot.

Sleepy

December 27th, 2010
8:31 pm

What did people think was gonna happen ? Did they think JJ and Josh would jut step aside and let Horford be the man ? They gotta get ther numba’s

Sleepy

December 27th, 2010
8:32 pm

WTH is going on with our free throw shooting this season we are leaving way to many free points off the board

rusty

December 27th, 2010
8:35 pm

Why don’t the dopes send jt their also. I guess the dope wants to make sure he gets mo playing time

Melvin

December 27th, 2010
8:36 pm

SMH and wondering why LD dont play Teague more often. I love the way he attack the paint…

pinoy hawk

December 27th, 2010
8:36 pm

teague should do good against the diminutive boykins..

Sleepy

December 27th, 2010
8:37 pm

Well the only pg LD feels Teague can match up with is Boykins

Sleepy

December 27th, 2010
8:41 pm

screw u Zaza made me spill my beer with that weak post move …You were wide open its time to get rid of these clowns and stop kidding ourselves

northcyde

December 27th, 2010
8:42 pm

Zaza is just horrible around the rim, with that 3 inch vertical. But he does have a knack for drawing fouls at times.

{MAC-Town Georgia 478}

December 27th, 2010
8:42 pm

We need a guy like Maggette that doesnt mind puttin his head down and drivin to the basket (successfully) during those late game situations when all our players are bricking jump shots and are either too finesse, frail, or clumsy on drive attempts.

pinoy hawk

December 27th, 2010
8:44 pm

wow marvin the mighty duck! lol

Ron

December 27th, 2010
8:46 pm

Marvin has a little bit of swag in his limp, I mean…his step, tonight.

northcyde

December 27th, 2010
8:48 pm

Who’s the best #24 in the NBA?

MARVIN!!

pinoy hawk

December 27th, 2010
8:50 pm

zaza… ayayay! smh..

Ron

December 27th, 2010
8:52 pm

I think that’s enough of the bench for this quarter. They did a nice job, but it’s about time to get Joe, Josh, and Al back in the game.

kwooden1

December 27th, 2010
8:54 pm

Nice offensive by the HAWKS. Everyone is making their shots. Teague is playing pretty well against Boykins. The defensive is OK, but the rebound is definitely where it needs to be. Good game by the bench also.

pinoy hawk

December 27th, 2010
8:56 pm

teague should have passed the ball.. anyway nice 3.. improved range.. goodjob teague

Melvin

December 27th, 2010
8:56 pm

LOL at Teague, he saw Bibby at the scores table and no way he was going to give the ball up on that fast break…

Ron

December 27th, 2010
8:56 pm

It seems like Josh and Al have been on the bench for an eternity.

kwooden1

December 27th, 2010
8:58 pm

Now, I’m worried Bibby is in for Teague!

pinoy hawk

December 27th, 2010
9:00 pm

bad foul mike! bring back teague since he’s doing great vs boykins!

Bailey

December 27th, 2010
9:03 pm

Another half of basketball where Horford is essentially ignored on the offensive end. I guess some things may never change. At least the team is hitting shots tonight.

kwooden1

December 27th, 2010
9:05 pm

Nice 3 by Bibby, it looks like he’s doing the best job he can on defensive.

JJ just rushed a jumpshot on the break. Got to wait until the rebounders are in the paint.

Mantis

December 27th, 2010
9:05 pm

If I were Jordan Crawford, I would demand to be traded. He can do better than the D-league, and the Hawks have seriously shortchanged him, as they have done many of their draft picks. I hate that this city treats their rookies with such little respect.

Melvin

December 27th, 2010
9:08 pm

Whenever Bibby is in the game, the Hawks do a lot scrambling on the defense to cover the shooters…

kwooden1

December 27th, 2010
9:08 pm

Two bad turnovers in a row by ATL.

Najeh Davenpoop

December 27th, 2010
9:09 pm

Good half for the Hawks. Solid minutes for Teague.

Najeh Davenpoop

December 27th, 2010
9:10 pm

And another game where Marvin comes off the bench looking confident and assertive.

JeJe

December 27th, 2010
9:10 pm

Good first half but we really should be up much more.

This Bucks team sucks. Got too fancy at end of first half.

I firmly believe that our depth is millions better when Marvin is coming off the bench. When that happens, our big rotation is better and Marvin plays ANGRY

We need Marvin playing ANGRY every night. Dude was ATTACKIng there

pinoy hawk

December 27th, 2010
9:13 pm

9 shot attempts for bogut vs 3 shot attempts for horford… the boss deserves more touches LD!

drmaryb (*_*)

December 27th, 2010
9:14 pm

Looks like Damien will stick around if Pape & Jordan go to Utah.

drmaryb (*_*)

December 27th, 2010
9:17 pm

DEFENSE!

Falcons paying some NASTY defense! Dang! I see a very low scoring game!
We gotta’ get that run game going now.

Saints up: 3-0

doc

December 27th, 2010
9:20 pm

i think orlando is well again. good aggressive move. got to admire their nads on this one, taking arenas as added topping to the cake.

Allen

December 27th, 2010
9:21 pm

It’s amazing how much the Bucks value Andrew Bogut. He’s clearly their primary offensive option, even with Jennings in, they often go to Bogut down the stretch. Look at his number of field goal attempts in the first half tonight (12). That’s more than Al and Josh combined, and 4x as many attempts as Horford has. It just goes to show you how poorly the Hawks utilize their bigs. Now, I know that Pachulia, Powell, and Zaza should not really be used much on the offensive end, but Josh is a pretty decent player in the paint, and Al is very effective offensive player. This team has so many problems that it’s not even funny (it’s actually the opposite of funny). The only reason why the Hawks are up by so much tonight is due to the fact that the jump shots have been falling. If we were playing a strong defensive team and the jump shots weren’t dropping, we’d probably be down by double figures by now, and L.D. would have Bibby, Jamal, Mo, and Joe in the game at the same time. We aren’t playing in the post at all tonight. Don’t let the fact that we are ahead fool you. We are still playing a soft jump shooting game, and ignoring our bigs in the post, as we usually do. Our coach is so damn pathetic.

doc

December 27th, 2010
9:21 pm

who knows, having teague with marvin might be a boost, too.

kwooden1

December 27th, 2010
9:24 pm

Now lets see if the HAWKS come out in the 2nd half and tank again. If I see them not going to the basket or getting to the free throw-line I might go crazy.

Allen

December 27th, 2010
9:28 pm

What did I tell you in my last post? As soon as the Hawks start missing jump shots, the Bucks will start to close the gap. That’s exactly what is happening, and Al has yet to take a shot yet, or even get a post-up opportunity.

drmaryb (*_*)

December 27th, 2010
9:30 pm

If Bogut has 12 attempts and they’re down by 17 pts?
Why do you envy that? Apparently Bogut Sux on offense – right?

And, what is the Buks record? Are they above .500?
Show me the adoration here.

SteveW

December 27th, 2010
9:33 pm

Marvin is clearly improving – hope he doesn’t disappear again.

And judging by the article – “young guys”, I would not be surprised to see JT end up in D league as well. I hope not, guys a player.

kwooden1

December 27th, 2010
9:37 pm

Just the start that I thought jumpshots and poor defensive.

Allen

December 27th, 2010
9:37 pm

drmaryb,

The point is that the Bucks have a much more effective offensive strategy. They are down because they are missing shots, but their inside out style is smart and gets them higher percentage shots than we get. We are up only because our jump shots are falling. Attacking the paint and playing inside out is better than basing the majority of your offensive attack on jump shots. Jump shots will eventually stop falling. If you play inside, not only do you have a better chance at hitting a higher percentage shot, but you also have a much better chance of getting to the free throw line for easy points and getting your opponents in foul trouble. If the Bucks and Hawks had equal talent, their strategy would win 9 out of 10 times against us.

kwooden1

December 27th, 2010
9:37 pm

Bucks run their offensive a lot better than we do.