Atlanta Hawks: Practice report
The Hawks practiced today at Philips. I was there. I talked to them and wrote down the things they said. Here are some examples:
- Al sat out because of the sprained right ankle. He said it’s possible he could play tomorrow against the Hornets. “It is still kind of up in the air,” he said. “I’m just going to get a lot of treatment and see how it feels tomorrow at shootaround. Kind of taking it day-by-day.”
- Marvin participated in the (non-contact) practice. “That is the first time I’ve ran around with the team in a while,” he said. “It felt pretty good.”
- Marvin plans to test the back again tomorrow. L.D. sounded as if the Hawks still want to give him more time. “With the back, it may still be a little weak,” Drew said. “I don’t think there is any pain or discomfort, but it’s something we want to take our time with. We want to make sure he is as close to 100 percent as possible. We will see how he is tomorrow.”
- Hawks PR Guy Arthur Triche later tweeted that Al and Marvin would probably miss at least the next two games.
- Bibby didn’t get an assist for his sweet, sweet pass to Smoove on the game-changing dunk at Miami. “Can you believe that?” Bibby said.
- Triche said the Hawks inquired with the league about crediting Bibby for what clearly was an assist but were told errors of omission can’t be retroactively fixed. In other words, the powers-that-be will take away an assist that shouldn’t be, for example, but won’t credit an assist that should be. OK, then. . . .
- L.D., Jamal and J.J. all said it’s still too early to pay the East standings much mind.
“Everybody is bunched up,” Jamal said. “That can change daily. You can drive yourself crazy.” He added that the real jockeying doesn’t start until after the All-Star game, when the serious teams lock in and the also-rans fade out.
Drew said he doesn’t even look at the standings: “Just tell me when our next game is and we get prepared for it.” But at some point the Hawks will have to start thinking about positioning.
“When do I look at it? I don’t know,” L.D. said. “This is my first time being in this position. After the All-Star break and after that long trip, I know we have a favorable home schedule in March. I am sure at some point I will start looking at it.”
Joe said the Hawks “just have to try to maintain and stay up there near the top.” As long as the Hawks finish in the top four and get homecourt advantage in the first round, the exact order may not matter so much.
“If we are trying to do anything, we have to deal with Miami and Boston and Chicago and Orlando,” J.J. said. “Those are the teams that are right there at the top. You are going to have to go through those guys one way or the other.”
Michael Cunningham, Hawks blog