Hornets at Atlanta Hawks: ‘Good to have options’

L.D. wanted to go big against the Hornets so Twin can deal with Okafor. But now Al’s not playing and L.D. is . . . going with Twin to deal with Okafor.

(Drew said the Hawks would decide after the game whether Al or Marvin will travel to Charlotte but it’s likely both guys will stay in Atlanta.)

Mo is at shooting guard, Josh, Joe is at small forward and Josh is at power forward–except for when Josh plays the three and Mo or Joe checks Chris Paul

The point is, with Twin now a regular contributor and so many guys who can play multiple positions, L.D. has multiple combinations he can use.

“It’s good to have options,” Drew said, smiling.

Trevor Ariza is out for the New Orleans after suffering an ankle injury at shooataround. Rookie Quincy Pondexter starts and J.J. will start off on him while Mo gets Paul.

“The first couple of trips up and down the floor may end up seeing Joe on Chris Paul,” L.D. said. “They will flip-flop all night long.”

Powell, Damien, and Zaza all figure to play more minutes.

“It really depends,” Drew said. “We will use different lineups and what’s working we will stay with. I am sure we will be in situations where we have to adjust to them, and they will adjust to us.”

Speaking of options . . .

Paul is decent on pick-and-rolls. The Hawks are bad at defending them. L.D. has mostly stuck with his “accountability” approach and stayed away from the switches. Is he ever tempted to switch more or is he adamant on playing straight up?

“I’m not that adamant,” he said, laughing. “If it starts hurting us and we find ourselves in a switchable situation, we go ahead [and do it]. As much as you don’t want to do it, some teams put you in that situation by the pace of how they run things.”

He cited that play at the end of the Miami game when Bibby ended up guarding LeBron on a switch. L.D. saw the ESPN segment where analysts pointed out that LeBron should have went baseline on Bibby.

“But actually Mike was up on him far enough, [LeBron] had the ball in his left hand and he could not crossover in front of Mike,” L.D. said. “He played that switch the right way and funneled it right to the help [Smoove] was.”

Michael Cunningham, Hawks beat

269 comments Add your comment

Fundamentals

January 21st, 2011
7:35 pm

Lets see a great win tonight!

J.J.M

January 21st, 2011
7:38 pm

this will be interesting

Fundamentals

January 21st, 2011
7:42 pm

I’m hoping Powell comes to play like he did early in the season. This is his chance to get out of the dog house. We’ll need solid minutes from ZaZa as well.

Najeh Davenpoop

January 21st, 2011
7:45 pm

Good point about Bibby shading LeBron on that play to force him to his left. That’s something nobody pointed out during the game recaps on TV.

Najeh Davenpoop

January 21st, 2011
7:46 pm

Collins is looking good early.

Fundamentals

January 21st, 2011
7:49 pm

Did you really think they’d say anything about one of our players shutting Lebron down? Anything to hype a team that’ll most likely be out in the first round. One injury to the Heat and they’re done. At least we’re proving we can use our role players to win under significant pressure from injuries.

just stopping by

January 21st, 2011
7:52 pm

Najeh Davenpoop

January 21st, 2011
7:56 pm

Hawks can’t buy a bucket.

Rev in Tampa

January 21st, 2011
7:57 pm

Dang, Paul hit that impossible shot after all the Hawks shots would not fall.

Sautee

January 21st, 2011
7:59 pm

N.O doesn’t have to play D. We’ll shoot jumpshots every time down.

UGH!

Blast

January 21st, 2011
7:59 pm

And they say Mike Bibby plays no defense…Ha…Ha…Ha!

Rev in Tampa

January 21st, 2011
8:07 pm

The Hawks could be playing a lot better, but the Hornets are playing poorly as well.

Sautee

January 21st, 2011
8:09 pm

LOL @ Bob:

“M is silent like the p in swimming”

A full 30 seconds later:

‘Nique: That’s a good one. I’ll have to use that.

Najeh Davenpoop

January 21st, 2011
8:11 pm

Teague needs to learn how to get around screens.

Rev in Tampa

January 21st, 2011
8:11 pm

Thankfully the Hornets are keeping the Hawks in this game

Rev in Tampa

January 21st, 2011
8:16 pm

Did yall see that forearm?

pinoy hawk

January 21st, 2011
8:16 pm

no offensive foul?! wtf..

Rev in Tampa

January 21st, 2011
8:16 pm

Reminded me of myself when I used to set screens on those pesky point guards

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drmaryb (*_*)

January 21st, 2011
8:20 pm

Brick House!

Bibby building a brick house tonight.

Rev in Tampa

January 21st, 2011
8:20 pm

Josh got the clearpath call because Josh got his crotch grabbed by the Hornets player

Najeh Davenpoop

January 21st, 2011
8:22 pm

If the Hawks’ guards could shoot half as well as Smoove in this game, the Hawks would have a 10 point lead.

terrell

January 21st, 2011
8:24 pm

Wish JC2 could get some burn. A crying shame.

Najeh Davenpoop

January 21st, 2011
8:24 pm

The keyboard guy picked a good time to play “400 Degreez” by Juvenile, when the guards are all ice cold.

pinoy hawk

January 21st, 2011
8:25 pm

nice pick and nice pass!

drmaryb (*_*)

January 21st, 2011
8:26 pm

Yeah! Jason Smith set that moving screen and fore armed Bibby in the ribs, hard! Bad call, then Jason gets a foul called on us from that pick n’ roll.

Very slow pace favors the Hornets! BTW my High School mascot was The Hornets! Ha Ha! I graduated with “The Fridge” William Perry! ‘86 Bears Super Bowl Champ as a Rookie, my man, ran with Walter Payton! FYI.

Let’s Go Hawks!

Rev in Tampa

January 21st, 2011
8:26 pm

Glad to see Collins did not back down

bigdave

January 21st, 2011
8:26 pm

so.. why did Josh pass out of the take to the cup? just go up..

Blast

January 21st, 2011
8:27 pm

Weird game. Even more weird is not seeing Horford out there.

Getting testy out there…..

Najeh Davenpoop

January 21st, 2011
8:27 pm

When is the last time Jason Collins jumped?

Najeh Davenpoop

January 21st, 2011
8:28 pm

“why did Josh pass out of the take to the cup? just go up..”

I was thinking the same thing. He’s passed up chances to get fouled inside to pass it out to perimeter shooters three or four times in this game, and the perimeter shooters are all ice cold.

terrell

January 21st, 2011
8:29 pm

When was the last time Bibby made an open shot?

Rev in Tampa

January 21st, 2011
8:29 pm

drmary,

Had we stayed in Aiken my daughter was wanting to be a hornet, but we were zoned for South Aiken. I played pick-up ball with Perry’s cousins

pinoy hawk

January 21st, 2011
8:29 pm

Ramon

January 21st, 2011
8:30 pm

Mo sucks. He’s close to Mario West level on offense.

pinoy hawk

January 21st, 2011
8:31 pm

@terrel – at the heat game! lol! well he’s a shooter so he gotta keep on shooting to get his rhythm..

Sautee

January 21st, 2011
8:32 pm

‘Nique: “Bibby is just a little off on his shot tonight”

Bibby: 0-6

Just a little off.

drmaryb (*_*)

January 21st, 2011
8:32 pm

Rebound Anyone?

Bibby is not tracking that shot tonight. No rebounds – No Fast Breaks! Somebody call building maintenance and turn the HEAT on, cold shooting in Phillips tonight.

Very boring game! Put Jordan in there now. Let Teague play now.

J.J.M

January 21st, 2011
8:34 pm

Najeh Davenpoop

January 21st, 2011
8:34 pm

Nique is calling this game a “slow grind”. The Heat game was a “slow grind”. To me a “slow grind” is a game dominated by defense. This is just a bad game, dominated by sloppy play by both teams.

bigdave

January 21st, 2011
8:35 pm

great d from Josh.

Za Za didnt even bother to contest. @ least Jason would have stepped up to take a charge.

Sautee

January 21st, 2011
8:35 pm

Get Mo out. Where’s Damien?

Blast

January 21st, 2011
8:35 pm

Dumb Mo. That’s a shooting foul!

Sautee

January 21st, 2011
8:36 pm

Najeh,

Yeah, but we are playing into their hands by walking it down so much.

bigdave

January 21st, 2011
8:36 pm

what makes dumb Mo think he’s going to rip Chris F-in Paul?

JamALIEN

January 21st, 2011
8:36 pm

zaza is the worst player ever

Najeh Davenpoop

January 21st, 2011
8:38 pm

The lid has slammed shut on the hoop for the Hawks.

Ramon

January 21st, 2011
8:38 pm

The Hawks are down by a lot. But you can clearly see Paul doesn’t have that extra gear like he used to have.

Blast

January 21st, 2011
8:39 pm

Hawks playing really stupid right now, fouling on every play and sending guys to the line.

Ron

January 21st, 2011
8:39 pm

The Hawks are really missing Al on both ends of the floor. This team really isn’t very good at rebounding the ball, overall. Outside of Al and Josh, we don’t really have any highly effective rebounders (Zaza is effective occasionally). Right now the Hornets have a 26-17 rebounding advantage. This game is starting to worry me, especially with Joe and Mike both being cold.