Atlanta Hawks at Kings: Good team, bad team

SacramentoLester Conner’s pregame board has a different look tonight. The offensive and defensive keys are each labeled with “good teams.” As in . . .

Defensively, good teams: box out, defend one-on-one, defend in transition and play hard. Offensively, good teams: take good shots, make the extra pass, execute the offense, put away bad teams.

At the bottom of the keys: “REALIZE We are a good team.”

The Kings, who own the worst record in the league, qualify as a bad team. Sacto has won two of its last three, though, and the Hawks haven’t truly crushed a “bad” team on the road since Nov. 28 at Toronto.

“We don’t even look at the record,” L.D. said. “You have got to respect all opponents. Anybody can be beaten on any given night. They are a team that’s capable. I watched their game against Phoenix, and if you would have stopped the tape at the five-minute mark you would have thought that Phoenix was going to come away easily with a win. Sac kept playing, they made some shots and they ended up winning the game.

“In this league, anything can happen. We have got to play with that consistent effort that we have been searching for for a few games now.”

Going big

L.D., influenced by Kings rookie DeMarcus Cousins, is using the big lineup again.

“He is a load,” Drew said. “I didn’t want to put Al on him at the very beginning. At some point Al will be at the five but I didn’t want to start with Al banging with him because he is a presence in the low post. He’s a big body. He’s been playing pretty well.”

Cousins is averaging 21.7 points in his last three games. . . .

It doesn’t appear JC2 is joining Pape Sy in the D-League anytime soon.

“His name came up even before Pape went,” L.D. said. “That hasn’t been anything solid as far as that is concerned. We brought his name up weeks and weeks ago. We are just going to leave our options open with that.”

MC

220 comments Add your comment

Rev in Tampa

January 4th, 2011
9:40 pm

First? Its Sacramento. Give Teague some burn.

darrell starks

January 4th, 2011
9:41 pm

WOW ME FIRST UNBELIEVABLE.
GO HAWKS!!!!!!!!!!

darrell starks

January 4th, 2011
9:41 pm

SteveW

January 4th, 2011
9:49 pm

With Marvin, JJ, and Jamal all injured to varying degrees, I would keep JC2 here as well. Wish we could blow a team out and get him some burn though. I don’t think tonight will be that night however, hope i’m wrong.

Gavin Maloof

January 4th, 2011
9:49 pm

Whoever is watching this game, please re-examine your priorities in life.

Thank you.

SteveW

January 4th, 2011
9:50 pm

Rev – Cosign. I Can’t imagine Bibby going all night against Tyreke and Udrih.

SteveW

January 4th, 2011
9:52 pm

Glad we didn’t trade for Caron Butler. Out for the season. Also Udonis is healing sooner than excpected for the Heat, so they’ll have him and Dampier for the playoffs. Not good.

JeJe

January 4th, 2011
9:54 pm

LOL @ Al saying he’s a 5, but LD saying he doesn’t want Al going against a physical body

Which isit?

SMDH

SteveW

January 4th, 2011
9:56 pm

Wow, the Bucks are giving the Heat a run, the Knicks are taking it too San Antonio, and Memphis is beating OKC in the 4th qtr. Night for the unusual it seems.

SteveW

January 4th, 2011
9:58 pm

Conner said on the blackboard, “Offensively, good teams: take good shots, make the extra pass, execute the offense, put away bad teams.” Think he’s talking to Smoove?

Oldtimer

January 4th, 2011
10:03 pm

Lets see if Hawks can win two games in a row on the road. Teague will get some minutes in this game

SteveW

January 4th, 2011
10:04 pm

Dampier had 9 rebounds in 15 minutes against Bogut and the Bucks.

SteveW

January 4th, 2011
10:05 pm

Damps +/= was +19, highest on the team. In 20 minutes not 15, excuse the error.

yodaddy

January 4th, 2011
10:06 pm

We will have to sweat this one out…no doubt about it

Najeh Davenpoop

January 4th, 2011
10:11 pm

It’s the little things like knowing what’s written on the white board in the Hawks’ locker room that makes this blog a must read. Great stuff MC, real talk.

Rev in Tampa

January 4th, 2011
10:11 pm

HELP!!! Channelsurfing.net is not working for me tonight. Where can I find the game online???

Najeh Davenpoop

January 4th, 2011
10:12 pm

Bibby rockin’ the purple headband… shout out to his old team I guess?

Najeh Davenpoop

January 4th, 2011
10:12 pm

Try atdhe.net or myp2p.eu

SteveW

January 4th, 2011
10:13 pm

Taj Gibson 16 pts and 14 boards off the bench for the Bulls.. I dread to see what they will look like when Noah gets back.

I think Deng has benefited more than anybody having TT as coach. His defense first style has got to remind Deng of Coach K.

Najeh Davenpoop

January 4th, 2011
10:13 pm

J.J.M

January 4th, 2011
10:15 pm

lmao wtf was josh thinking

bigdave

January 4th, 2011
10:16 pm

blue headband for the NBA ‘FIT’ campaign..

Najeh Davenpoop

January 4th, 2011
10:16 pm

Smoove gets burned on the perimeter by Garcia on one end and travels trying to drive inside on the other end. Then he posts up and finds Collins for an easy dime.

The big lineup is good for a lot of people, but it is not good for Smoove. He belongs in the post, and PF is the easiest way to keep him there.

bigdave

January 4th, 2011
10:18 pm

damn.. thats a FOUL!

J.J.M

January 4th, 2011
10:18 pm

wow how did joe not get fouled

Najeh Davenpoop

January 4th, 2011
10:18 pm

Refs not off to their greatest start.

Najeh Davenpoop

January 4th, 2011
10:19 pm

Nice post move by Smoove, and there’s his explosiveness.

J.J.M

January 4th, 2011
10:20 pm

josh got that T.I. fade

bigdave

January 4th, 2011
10:20 pm

Josh poked that one..

Rev in Tampa

January 4th, 2011
10:20 pm

THanks Najeh!

Najeh Davenpoop

January 4th, 2011
10:23 pm

6:08 into the game and we have our first “nimbers”.

bigdave

January 4th, 2011
10:23 pm

oh this Slick crew tonight… no wonder the refs on that foolery..

J.J.M

January 4th, 2011
10:25 pm

bigdave

January 4th, 2011
10:25 pm

Evans got a way w/ hook..

bigdave

January 4th, 2011
10:26 pm

Najeh Davenpoop

January 4th, 2011
10:26 pm

It’s still early, but so far, Jason Thompson doesn’t look like a guy worth trading Jeff Teague for.

Jae Evolution

January 4th, 2011
10:27 pm

JOSH RUN FASTER WTF WAS THAT YOU HAD UDRIH SPRINT YOUR ASS DOWN THERE!!!!!

bigdave

January 4th, 2011
10:28 pm

Collins unmovable force..

Najeh Davenpoop

January 4th, 2011
10:28 pm

I think it’s safe to say Mo Evans is not the best Evans on the floor in this game.

J.J.M

January 4th, 2011
10:28 pm

J.J.M

January 4th, 2011
10:28 pm

wtf are the kings doing?

Najeh Davenpoop

January 4th, 2011
10:29 pm

Tyreke, on the other hand, continues to murder my fantasy team’s field goal percentage.

Melvin

January 4th, 2011
10:29 pm

Najeh,

I got to disagree with you. Mo can’t hold Tyreke jock strap and Tyreke is playing with a (foot) injury (i believe)….

J.J.M

January 4th, 2011
10:33 pm

joe needs to learn how to pass the ball

SteveW

January 4th, 2011
10:33 pm

Man, just when I start talking smack about Bibby, he comes out with a good game. 5 boards in the 1st quarter?

Jorge

January 4th, 2011
10:34 pm

Strange substitutions by L.D. early on tonight.

Najeh Davenpoop

January 4th, 2011
10:34 pm

“Mo can’t hold Tyreke jock strap”

That’s what I said.

SteveW

January 4th, 2011
10:35 pm

Najeh – Agreed about Smoove in the post

Samuel

January 4th, 2011
10:36 pm

The next person who mentions the “motion offense” would somebody please slap em. Same ole, same ole.

SteveW

January 4th, 2011
10:37 pm

Jamal is on fire!!!

And Al and Smoove with 3 assists each in the 1st quarter. At this rate, Bibby will be our rebounding leader, and Al and Smoove our assists leaders. And somebody was talking of making Al and Smoove G’s….