Atlanta Hawks at Raptors: No Canada

Long and boring story short: I didn’t make it to Toronto. Neither did Etan, who apparently couldn’t get out of his ‘hood. Marvin’s sore back didn’t allow didn’t make the trip, either.

I plan to watch the game on TV and then post some analysis here. Until then, here is some Hawks-related linkage:

  • (Via TrueHoop.com): Hoopism put together a cool graphical representation of the NBA teams by average age. Rick Sund always says the Hawks are still a young team in relation to the other top teams in the East, and this chart backs him up on that: The Hawks are the fourth-oldest team among the East’s top five, slightly older than the Bulls. Hoopism also weighted age by minutes played and the Hawks rank fourth among the East’s top five by that measure as well.
  • You might recall ESPN’s John Hollinger was among the chief critics of the Hawks(Insider) following their surrender against Boston at Philips. Two months later, he’s got the Hawks No. 6 in his power rankings and includes the Hawks among six “good” teams flying under the radar (Insider).
  • Hollinger cautions: “‘good’ here is relative — none of these teams is going to win the championship, and it’s likely that none will even host a first-round playoff series. Nonetheless, there’s an interesting story brewing with several clubs that have been well off the league’s radar since early in the season, and it’s high time we revisited them” Says Hollinger:

    “Especially noticeable is that there’s far better ball movement than in the “iso-Joe” offense under Mike Woodson. But perhaps more important is that the Hawks’ formerly shambolic transition D has significantly improved now that they’re not sending the entire team to the offensive glass. . . . This team remains flawed — it’s basically four good players and a whole lot of filler — but has coped with injuries surprisingly well. . . . As a result, the Hawks are on the upswing.”

  • Jason Walker at Peachtree Hoops wishes ‘Nique happy b-day. Inspired by Nick Young going off for 45 points, Walker also looks back at the Hawks’ last 40point game and discovers that J.J. has the last six. Writes Walker:
  • “Makes sense since: A) He was the only capable scorer for many of the past 7 seasons. B) One must gobble up possessions to achieve such heights, usually, and Johnson was/is the alpha dog in terms of possession usage, so it would be difficult for another player to sneak in there unless Joe was injured and that player took his possessions.”

  • Bret Lagree at Hoopinion scouted Pape Sy’s games at the D-League Showcase and came up with these ugly numbers: “Unofficial on/off numbers, assuming Utah haven’t played much faster or slower with Sy on the court and that he’s played an equal number of offensive and defensive possessions: Utah are -10 points per 100 possessions with Sy on the floor, -0.6 points per 100 possessions with Sy off the floor over the last six games.”
  • Jonathan Givony of Draft Express has already seen enough of Sy to declare that the Hawks wasted a pick, roster spot and $600 k on him: “If Pape Sy wasn’t drafted by the Hawks and making 500k this year, you’d wonder if he’s good enough to play at the D-League level. . . . . Its moves like this (drafting Pape Sy) that make you wonder about the decisions that get made by certain NBA front offices, like the Hawks.”
  • MC

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    ant banks

    January 12th, 2011
    6:04 pm

    i_am_soulstar

    January 12th, 2011
    6:05 pm

    Ouch on that Pape Sy comment

    Najeh Davenpoop

    January 12th, 2011
    6:05 pm

    So a sub-D-League quality player is why the Hawks can’t sign Damien Wilkins for the rest of the season.

    Fantastic.

    Maybe while they are at it they can cut Jason Collins and sign Cenk Akyol to his roster spot.

    ant banks

    January 12th, 2011
    6:05 pm

    wow!!! my first time bein’ first since the JULY 17, 2010 blog. I would like to thank the CREATOR, who make all things possible. I would like to thank my mother….

    Another GM

    January 12th, 2011
    6:08 pm

    Have we ever had someone in the front office make a decent pick? Last good thing out of the draft was the deal for Nique. Heck I think the guys on Hawksquawk could do a better job, as a matter of fact I know they could.

    Najeh Davenpoop

    January 12th, 2011
    6:09 pm

    lmao @ ant banks

    O'Brien

    January 12th, 2011
    6:12 pm

    So Rick and the ASG finally bring over a second round pick, AND they paid part of his buyout. Only to watch him struggle in D-League. Ouch. I heard he is 6-35 from the field. I think I could go 6-35 in the D-League, and I suck at basketball.

    That being said, its still early, and this season is all about learning for him. We’ll see how he does next off-season in training camp etc.

    Etan has only played 18 minutes all year, so maybe he used the weather as an excuse for not going to Canada. J/K Etan.

    When Marvin came back from his back injury a couple seasons ago, he was slow to get back to 100%. I wont be surprised if he struggles when he comes back.

    Hawks need a win tonight.

    Kari

    January 12th, 2011
    6:14 pm

    RELAX!! SY just came off a 4 month layoff due to injury. What were you expecting? Did you see Joe play after 3 weeks off? It took him over 2 weeks to get his groove back. It should take Sy a while to get his game on…

    MsDee

    January 12th, 2011
    6:21 pm

    Agreeing with Kari!! Was Agent 0 all that when he 1st came in the league from getting drafted in the 2nd round?? Give Sy some time.

    Ray

    January 12th, 2011
    6:22 pm

    Yeah I’m with Kari above

    Pape Sy is going to take a lot of time to develop anyways I hope they weren’t expecting him to come in like some type of Lebron James, or Paul Pierce I mean yeah if you were I’d be disappointed to lol.

    Give the guy some time he might turn out better than we think just needs to do workouts and work on his fundamentals. They saw something in him I don’t know what it was, but it was something.

    Atlgent

    January 12th, 2011
    6:23 pm

    “When Marvin came back from his back injury a couple seasons ago, he was slow to get back to 100%. I wont be surprised if he struggles when he comes back.”

    Hmm..exactly what is “100%” of Marvin Williams worth? I’m just asking?

    RA

    January 12th, 2011
    6:34 pm

    Give Sy a little time. The boy’s been in bubble wrap all season. I respect Sund enough to give him at least the rest of the year in the D-league before I consider him a waste…

    O'Brien

    January 12th, 2011
    6:41 pm

    It is early for Sy, and even if he takes 2 years to develop, he will still be a decent pick, considering he was the 53rd pick, and he was so young.

    As Najeh said though, the issue is the Hawks are wasting a roster spot on him right now, when they could have left him overseas, and signed Damien for the entire season.

    This is a game the Hawks have to win. They’ve been on a high (including a beat down of Utah in Utah), and they have Miami on Monday, so we need to keep the good vibes going.

    Sautee

    January 12th, 2011
    6:51 pm

    MC,

    So are you hanging with us tonight, or will you be too busy writing your game story?

    (Some of us realize that you have an actual JOB to do.)

    Sautee

    January 12th, 2011
    7:22 pm

    O’Brien,

    We kind of let the “Horford banging” thing slide. I guess when we are winning and playing well, it becomes a moot point.

    But, that said, I’m glad to see him active on the boards so far.

    J.J.M

    January 12th, 2011
    7:26 pm

    number 10 is killing us

    J.J.M

    January 12th, 2011
    7:27 pm

    {MAC-Town Georgia 478}

    January 12th, 2011
    7:28 pm

    Smoove said he had that but somebody left a door open

    J.J.M

    January 12th, 2011
    7:29 pm

    he seems to always make them corner 3s though

    {MAC-Town Georgia 478}

    January 12th, 2011
    7:31 pm

    LMAO@Zaza…

    J.J.M

    January 12th, 2011
    7:32 pm

    its official zaza is the worse center in the nba

    Najeh Davenpoop

    January 12th, 2011
    7:33 pm

    Nice to see Teague and Damien in the first quarter.

    {MAC-Town Georgia 478}

    January 12th, 2011
    7:34 pm

    ….Teague may should have took that one hard to the hoop himself

    Sautee

    January 12th, 2011
    7:35 pm

    Is there anybody on this blog that couldn’t block Zaza’s turnaround?

    Anybody? Bueller?

    J.J.M

    January 12th, 2011
    7:37 pm

    man i wonder if I have class tomorrow they need to update us

    Brad

    January 12th, 2011
    7:38 pm

    Nique:”Jamal Crawford has got the 6th man of the year sewn up” lol

    Najeh Davenpoop

    January 12th, 2011
    7:39 pm

    Oh snap, Bob pulling double duty tonight. I guess Jerome Jurenovich couldn’t get out of his driveway either.

    J.J.M

    January 12th, 2011
    7:40 pm

    there you go josh drive the ball

    {MAC-Town Georgia 478}

    January 12th, 2011
    7:41 pm

    Najeh Davenpoop

    January 12th, 2011
    7:41 pm

    Zaza… f-ck.

    terrell

    January 12th, 2011
    7:42 pm

    LMAO @ Zaza trying to take somebody off the dribble.

    J.J.M

    January 12th, 2011
    7:43 pm

    terrell

    January 12th, 2011
    7:44 pm

    And yall wanna trade Jamal. lol!

    Sleepy

    January 12th, 2011
    7:44 pm

    Jamals aggressiveness has been pretty amazing you can tell that guy just smells the money lol

    Im waiting on him to a Rod Tidwell in the playoffs

    J.J.M

    January 12th, 2011
    7:46 pm

    terrell

    January 12th, 2011
    7:47 pm

    Damn Teague.

    Najeh Davenpoop

    January 12th, 2011
    7:47 pm

    Teague was playing pretty well until that dumbass mistake.

    LionHearted

    January 12th, 2011
    7:47 pm

    LionHearted

    January 12th, 2011
    7:47 pm

    Josh dumb meter is pretty high for this game

    bigdave

    January 12th, 2011
    7:48 pm

    i dont think ive ever seen that..

    Sautee

    January 12th, 2011
    7:48 pm

    I guess we’ll see Teague again in February. LOL!

    J.J.M

    January 12th, 2011
    7:50 pm

    Najeh Davenpoop

    January 12th, 2011
    7:50 pm

    The crazies thing is, Jamal is getting fouled on half these shots too.

    J.J.M

    January 12th, 2011
    7:50 pm

    “heat check”

    Sleepy

    January 12th, 2011
    7:51 pm

    jamal with the jj-esque heat check lol wth

    J.J.M

    January 12th, 2011
    7:53 pm

    you got to be kidding me

    terrell

    January 12th, 2011
    7:53 pm

    Where’s Collins? Would someone protect the basket please!

    J.J.M

    January 12th, 2011
    7:54 pm

    yes where is collins

    Sautee

    January 12th, 2011
    7:56 pm

    Collins on Bargnani would be sad. Bargnani spends most of his time outside the paint.

    Sleepy

    January 12th, 2011
    7:56 pm

    looking back to through the game game logs jamal has had 40+ pt game and a 50 pt game against Toronto so I think he likes playing the Raps

    We need to turn up the intensity a bit on the offensive end its like we are expecting them to miss all of there shots . Lets close out this quarter with a nice burst and finish the half strong