Rockets at Atlanta Hawks: Few fans focused on Falcons?

It will be interesting to see how the Hawks come out for this one . They are facing a sub-.500 opponent but one that can score and has penetrating guards. The sparse crowd figures to be distracted by the happenings across the street. And it’s the end of a weird, weather-afflicted week for the Hawks.

This probably wouldn’t be a good time for the Hawks to fall back on their make-some-shots, play-a-little-D and pull-out-a-W approach.

“It may be a case tonight where especially at the start that we are going to have to generate our own energy,” L.D. said. “That’s just the way it is. We can hope that we get a crowd out there at the start of every game that will get our players pumped up and jacked up and motivated to play but the [reality] is that’s not always going to be the case. So we have to learn our own energy, particularly at the start of the game.

“We can’t wait for crowds to try to do it for us. I want our guys to eventually be self-driven, and driven to point they can start a game, don’t care if all the seats are empty, they can generate the energy right at the get-go.

Working in Atlanta’s favor: The Rockets aren’t exactly feeling chipper, either, after blowing one against the Hornets last night.

Etc.

Marvin is still out. L.D. says he’s progressed to shooting jump shots but there’s still no timetable for his return.

The starters tonight: Bibby, Mo, J.J., Smoove and Al. J.J. draws Battier and Mo gets Kevin Martin.

MC

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Show me state

January 15th, 2011
6:58 pm

I’ll start off by watching da hawks at 6pm CT but will turn my attention to da falcons at 7pm CT….regardless i hope both da hawks and falcons will tonight…do it big for ATL….Go Hawks!!! and Falcons!!!

Show me state

January 15th, 2011
6:59 pm

*Hopefully da hawks and falcons win tonight is wat i meant…I like both of their chances tonight…Go Hawks and Falcons!!!!

Blast

January 15th, 2011
7:02 pm

Houston plays scrappy. Not gonna be a cakewalk. Hawks need to bring it!

Let’s Go Hawks!!!!!!!

Melvin

January 15th, 2011
7:05 pm

From Hoopshype…

Atlanta Hawks (26-14)

Quiet as kept, the Hawks are once again on pace for a 50-win season and their fourth consecutive playoff appearance. The difference is how the club has managed to maintain their winning ways. Atlanta is under the leadership of a rookie head coach and has successfully implemented a brand new offensive scheme. The Hawks have also survived the early season injury bug. Last season the Hawks’ top six players missed a total of 14 games. Through 39 games this season those same players have combined to miss 24 contests as Joe Johnson, Marvin Williams and Jamal Crawford have all battled through an assortment of ailments.

The most notable trade asset for the Hawks is Crawford, the reigning Sixth Man of the Year. It is a widely known fact that Crawford wants to remain in Atlanta as his career winds down but the franchise recently invested over $180 million to Johnson and Al Horford, putting his future with the squad in limbo.

The team has attempted to find a taker for Williams’ contract in the past to no avail, but losing him without receiving a serviceable small forward in return would weaken the team since there is currently no depth at the position. Veteran guard Mike Bibby is enjoying a career resurgence shooting 49 percent from three-point range this season, but is clearly past his prime so this may be the ideal time to receive some value in return.

Notable Trade Chips: Jamal Crawford (1 year, $10.1 million), Mike Bibby (2 years, $11.8 million), Marvin Williams (4 years, $30 million), Maurice Evans (1 year, $2.5 million).

Salary Cap situation: $12 million over the salary cap and $1.1 million under the luxury tax

Trade Exceptions: $3.6 million (J. Childress)

Read more NBA news and insight: http://www.hoopsworld.com/Story.asp?story_id=18456#ixzz1B9NFTXVF

ATL FAN

January 15th, 2011
7:07 pm

LETS GO FALCONS!!!! and hawks

northcyde

January 15th, 2011
7:10 pm

Smoove shooting under 40% FG in the 5 games we’ve played so far this month. Hopefully he’ll take the ball to the rim tonight, and not shoot everytime he’s open.

Both JJ and Jamal are averaging 27 ppg – shooting over 50% – and shooting over 40% from 3 point range, in games this month.

Mo on Kevin Martin huh? LOL . . that’ not gonna work. Look for Damien to log at least 15 minutes tonight.

Najeh Davenpoop

January 15th, 2011
7:13 pm

As always, if you want to stream one game and watch the other one on TV (like I’m doing tonight), go to atdhe.net or channelsurfing.net.

Najeh Davenpoop

January 15th, 2011
7:20 pm

Scola’s hook is hard to stop. They need to stop allowing him to get position that close to the basket.

J.J.M

January 15th, 2011
7:21 pm

scola post game is 10 times better than josh

Val

January 15th, 2011
7:22 pm

Scola owns Josh, L.D. should have Al guarding Scola. This team is very annoying to watch. The offense looks awful tonight in the half-court. No involvement for Al, and nothing but long jumpers for everyone else.

Najeh Davenpoop

January 15th, 2011
7:24 pm

Mo is so much more effective defensively when he gets to play his natural SG spot.

J.J.M

January 15th, 2011
7:24 pm

how tall is scola?

Najeh Davenpoop

January 15th, 2011
7:26 pm

Just saw the shot of the crowd. That looks like the crowd at the draft party a couple of years ago.

Najeh Davenpoop

January 15th, 2011
7:27 pm

Halfcourt offense is heating up for the Hawks. Good ball movement and good decisions on the last few possessions.

J.J.M

January 15th, 2011
7:29 pm

lol joe thats clearly a foul

drmaryb (*_*)

January 15th, 2011
7:35 pm

Neither team playing defense tonight.

Jeremy

January 15th, 2011
7:35 pm

LOL. The ice cream man has turned Josh into his b!tch for the night. L.D. needs to make some adjustments on that matchup. If it weren’t for that mistmatch, the Hawks would probably be up by double-figures.

Rev in Tampa

January 15th, 2011
7:35 pm

How about that? Zaza can actually leave his feet.

Jeremy

January 15th, 2011
7:37 pm

I wonder if Joe is going to be a victim of the 2-foul rule tonight, or if that only applies to our starting bigs.

northcyde

January 15th, 2011
7:38 pm

Damn . . I thought for a minute there that we would pull away. Oh well. I guess Scola is going to score 34 on us.

Steven

January 15th, 2011
7:40 pm

Najeh Davenpoop

January 15th, 2011
7:40 pm

Good to see Aggressive Teague show up.

northcyde

January 15th, 2011
7:42 pm

The only way JJ doesn’t come back into this game before halftime, is if the team extends the lead without him. Otherwise, look for JJ around the 5 minute mark.

Najeh Davenpoop

January 15th, 2011
7:43 pm

Steelers-Ravens coming down to the wire.

Jeremy

January 15th, 2011
7:44 pm

Patterson has a nice midrange shot for a rookie big man. I guess it makes sense considering he is basically an undersized 4 without a post-game. He plays pretty smart and under control for a rookie though.

northcyde

January 15th, 2011
7:45 pm

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Najeh Davenpoop

January 15th, 2011
7:47 pm

Teague does a generally good job staying in front of his man, but one area he needs to work on is going through screens.

J.J.M

January 15th, 2011
7:49 pm

I guess the rockets are that good

northcyde

January 15th, 2011
7:49 pm

What ever happened to the “great” David Andersen? He was supposed to be our backup C/PF. Is he even on the roster anymore?

Jeremy

January 15th, 2011
7:50 pm

I like the aggressiveness by Al tonight. He’s looking to score and drive more tonight. If only the Hawks could pick up the defense…and find a way to stop Scola.

JeJe

January 15th, 2011
7:51 pm

Well, looks like the team is taking the night off defensively.

This team is no different from any GSW team over the years.

Letting Jordan Hill look like Kevin Garnett vs us LOL

Jeremy

January 15th, 2011
7:51 pm

northcyde,

Andersen has been gone for quite a while. I believe he is a backup big man for the Raptors at this point. I’ll have to double-check on that. Last season, he was the backup C/PF for the Rockets.

JeJe

January 15th, 2011
7:52 pm

WE NEED STOPS

PLAY SOME D

STOP LETTING THEM POUND IT INSIDE TO JORDAN F’ING HILL

J.J.M

January 15th, 2011
7:52 pm

look at josh just standing…so much for motion offense

Najeh Davenpoop

January 15th, 2011
7:54 pm

northcyde

January 15th, 2011
7:55 pm

Welcome back JJ.

No 2 foul rule for you sir.

northcyde

January 15th, 2011
7:59 pm

Who says that JJ doesn’t pass to Smith on the break?

Najeh Davenpoop

January 15th, 2011
8:03 pm

Hawks lost about 8 points in that half from unlucky rolls and missed point blank layups. Good offensive half, not so great defensively.

Houston is a scrappy team. They get the most out of their talent.

Jeremy

January 15th, 2011
8:05 pm

L.D. desperately needs to make adjustments on that Scola matchup because Scola is having a field day out there. I don’t think Josh has stopped him once. I wouldn’t recommend doubling him, but L.D. should at least try putting someone else on him, like Al. It’s not like it would hurt putting Smoove on the undersized Chuck Hayes. On a rare night where the opposing PGs are not killing us, the bigs are. Both Jordan Hill and Scola abused Josh in that first half. I really hope that L.D. took notice of that has a plan to make adjustments in the second half. It’s almost inevitable that the perimeter players for the Rockets will eventually get it going, and we can’t compact that problem by allowing Scola to dominate inside.

RaJaH

January 15th, 2011
8:11 pm

The Raptors traded Andersen to the Hornets earlier this season.

Melvin

January 15th, 2011
8:14 pm

Bo, Luke, Uncle Jessie & Cuda sung the National Anthem for the Falcons game….lol

Najeh Davenpoop

January 15th, 2011
8:25 pm

Defensive energy has picked up in this 3rd quarter.

Rev in Tampa

January 15th, 2011
8:26 pm

I was disappointed at all the offensive rebounds & tips that the Rockets were getting the first couple of possessions of the half, but the Hawks have picked up the intensity. Nice block by Josh.

Rev in Tampa

January 15th, 2011
8:27 pm

Big play Falcons!

Rev in Tampa

January 15th, 2011
8:29 pm

That was the worst NBA shot I’ve ever seen… even if he was trying to draw the foul

Jeremy

January 15th, 2011
8:35 pm

Excellent adjustment by L.D. to put Horford on Scola in the second half. Scola was on fire scoring 18 points. In the second half, with Al on him, he’s scoreless so far. That’s been the story of the game in my opinion.

Rev in Tampa

January 15th, 2011
8:35 pm

Touchdown Clabo! He pushed Turner into the endzone

bjrufino

January 15th, 2011
8:36 pm

please use josh powell

Rev in Tampa

January 15th, 2011
8:39 pm

The Hawks have had many opportunities to open up a double digit lead, but they slack off when they get up by seven or eight.

Najeh Davenpoop

January 15th, 2011
8:40 pm

No excuse for the Hawks blowing what was a 9 point lead halfway through that quarter.