Game thread, Bucks-Hawks

Greetings, all-

This is Ken sitting in for MC, who’s getting some needed down time. I know it was hard for him to pass up a trip to beautiful Milwaukee (just ask Josh Smith), but discretion is the better part of valor, as they say.

I was going to post a little earlier, but wanted to let the Carmelo thread get more of a run. Interesting, I thought, though, as Mike pointed out, I don’t know what the Hawks have that they’d be willing to give up that the Nuggets would really want. Maybe the Hawks could arrange a three-way trade and be able to use Carmelo like a timeshare.

Anyway, some tidbits from the shootaround.

- Al Horford and Marvin Williams both shot and will be ready. Larry Drew sounded like he was planning on giving Wiliams about 20 minutes of playing time.

- Drew is going with the big lineup to tangle with Andrew Bogut.

- Drew said the team is playing better on the road in part because it’s understanding that you have to play differently on the road than you do at the super-energized Philips Arena.

Drew: “When you look at our team in the past, and when I say past I’m saying years back, we’ve tried to play the same way on the road as we do at home, and the one thing I tried to instill in these guys is the fact that the mindset has to be a little different on the road because you can’t play with the pace on the road like you do at home.”

- Hawks wearing the red uni’s again. They’re 4-0 thus far in them this season.

- Got any questions for Jamal Crawford? Get them to me by the time I get to the arena for open locker room (6:30 EST) and I’ll ask what I can. (Presuming he’s willing and available, which he generally is.)

- Question – as best I can tell, there’s five arenas in the NBA that aren’t named by a corporation. The Bradley Center (named after a local philanthropist) is one of them. Can you name the others? No googling, please.

502 comments Add your comment

ClassicHawks

January 26th, 2011
5:08 pm

Hawks Let’s Rock And Roll Tonite! Brandon Jennings Might Play! Lets Get A W BABY! I’m FIRST Unlike The Hawks! All G Though!

ClassicHawks

January 26th, 2011
5:13 pm

New Orleans Arena, Detroit’s Palace, New York’s Madison Square Garden and Portland’s Rose Garden Are The Five Ken! NOW SEND ME MY FREE TICKETS!! LOL! J/K Lets Get It HAWKS!

MsDee

January 26th, 2011
5:52 pm

Hey Ken,

Ask Jamal how often is he truly on this blog? I know it has nothing to do with ‘basketball’, im just curious..thx!

Paradise Lost

January 26th, 2011
6:01 pm

“super energized Philips Arena?” Exactly where does LD show up to coach? I have a list of adjectives for Philips, but “super energized” isn’t in the top 25! As a former long-time resident of the ATL, I found JJ’s comment about not caring if the fans show up highly amusing. I can’t help but wonder if he doesn’t care because they don’t show up whether he cares or not. Now don’t get up in arms folks because I lived there for 18 years and saw the same “fickle-fan syndrome” affect the Falcons and the Braves. Perhaps we might see players going about it with some heart and passion instead of a punch the clock, cash the check mindset if their fans gave them a reason to care about every game and not just the ones where LeBron and Kobe play. Just a thought from a far away fan.

lewis

January 26th, 2011
6:09 pm

Philips arena aka “the library”

Atlantans don’t like loud noises or something.

fanATicaL

January 26th, 2011
6:13 pm

Ask Jamal is he mentoring Teague and if he is doing so.Does he feel a small sense of failure.As he is still struggling for playing time ?

Renaldo

January 26th, 2011
6:14 pm

Paradise Lost,

Those are some great points. To be honest, I feel like our fan base is a joke. There’s no other team in the league with a record like ours that has a worse track record for fan attendance. Some people will come on here with their negative comments and mention how they are not going to spend their “hard-earned” cash on “garbage” because they don’t think that the team is going anywhere. Others will make claims that the team doesn’t have a media-deemed “superstar” to watch each night they play. Both of these excuses are very poor in my opinion, when you consider the fact that teams like Golden State, who have far inferior team records, and no legit superstars have no trouble selling out their arenas for games. The difference is partially related to the locations of the arenas (i.e. larger cities with more entertainment venues will likely see decreased attendance at NBA games due to a wider range of entertainment options), however, a large factor really just comes down to how dedicated fans are and passion for the game. It may sound cliche, but we don’t really have many die hard fans in Atlanta, and it’s a bit disappointing.

Air Zaza

January 26th, 2011
6:19 pm

Smoove/Jamal/Marvin for Melo/Nene/Harrington

[...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Atlanta Hawks Buzz and Laura Ross, Michael Cunningham. Michael Cunningham said: Game thread, Bucks-Hawks http://bit.ly/fujuw5 [...]

Trig

January 26th, 2011
6:56 pm

I would love to see what JSmoove could do with the right coach and the Smoove/JR Smith connection would be intriguing too. Plus I think the trade would stabilize the Hawks as well. JJ being able to be Robin to Carmelo’s Batman would be oh so dangerous, with solid Al Horford being able to move to his nat position.

Man, Smoove used to be my fav player too but he seems to have plateaued here. I mean, he does fill out the box score, but I think he is capable of much more and maybe its just a situation where both parties would benefit if he were traded

drmaryb (*_*)

January 26th, 2011
7:03 pm

Jason Williams just released from The Magic. Issues with PT and some personal issues as well.

Jeff

January 26th, 2011
7:07 pm

My family has a ton of Hawks memorabilia…we wear their jerseys, our house deity is Joe Johnson. We have his bobblehead on our mantle although my wife is a bigger Al Horford fan…we watch all of their games IN THE COMFORT OF OUR HOME! Come on, people, it’s 2011. All of the games are broadcast in beautiful hi-def with fantastic sound quality. Who wants to fight traffic, pay for the gasoline and parking, buy over-priced tickets far from the floor…it’s just not worth doing very often unless you live across the street from Philips.

ATL FAN

January 26th, 2011
7:17 pm

first called it

J from the A

January 26th, 2011
7:34 pm

Just noticed that Jason Williams was released by the Magic. (Yeah, I know drmaryb beat me to the announcement.) J-Will used to be a really solid defender and a good shooter. Does anyone know if he still has any gas left in the tank? Would he be a better back up than Teague? Does he still have enough defensive gumption left to be a defensive improvement over Bibby?

Ken Sugiura

January 26th, 2011
7:46 pm

I was being facetious about Philips being “super-energized.” And congrats, ClassicHawks. Sorry I don’t have free tickets for you.
I’m sorry I didn’t get a chance to talk to Jamal. I was behind and then some computer-related mayhem that you don’t care about ensued. So it’ll wait. But I will ask when I get the chance.
And I’ll apologize in advance for probably not being on the thread too much tonight. Late game, so I’m a little under the gun on deadline.
Enjoy the game, all.
By the way, Keith Jennings is not playing. John Salmons isn’t, either.

Keith Jennings

January 26th, 2011
7:50 pm

cp

January 26th, 2011
7:53 pm

I was reading and saw some video of Sy. He looks like he is getting comfortable and is playing well. Its good to see that the D League has helped him. Dude might turn out to be a solid player afterall

Ramon

January 26th, 2011
8:08 pm

If for nothing else, signing J. Williams would free up the ability to include J. Teague in a trade if Sund chooses to.

terrell

January 26th, 2011
8:13 pm

Those uni’s dont look red to me. lol!

ClassicHawks

January 26th, 2011
8:13 pm

No Brandon Jennings, This Should Be An Essy W, If we play with EFFORT. Hawks May Trade Marvin and Teague, and maybe even j. crawford, but they have to get something great in return.

J.J.M

January 26th, 2011
8:13 pm

dribble dribble…miss

J.J.M

January 26th, 2011
8:15 pm

lol fans still booing josh

J.J.M

January 26th, 2011
8:16 pm

12th in blocks??? josh should be top 5 in my opinion

bigdave

January 26th, 2011
8:17 pm

they were calling him a coon..

ClassicHawks

January 26th, 2011
8:18 pm

Smoove is better at 3 and could be a perrinial all star at that position. HOPE WE STAY WITH THE BIG LINEUP!

J.J.M

January 26th, 2011
8:19 pm

lmao thats what they were saying “coon” wow

bigdave

January 26th, 2011
8:20 pm

yep.. chanting it when he stepped to the line.. i guess some fans made them stop b/c they didnt continue w/ it..

Antawn

January 26th, 2011
8:21 pm

I don’t like the start by the Hawks tonight. Not much ball movement, and it’s been basically all jump shots so far. Josh has started the night off with some of his vintage brick laying. Joe was isolating a bit too much at the start, but is getting away from that now. Also, Al doesn’t even have a single field goal attempt yet. That’s never a good sign. You can’t count on long jump shots all night to beat a good defensive team like the Bucks. The Hawks need to get the ball moving and attack the paint. Al needs more involvement, as well.

ATL FAN

January 26th, 2011
8:23 pm

lmao smoove trying to make something happen to shut up the crowd

J.J.M

January 26th, 2011
8:23 pm

josh and that fade away shot

J.J.M

January 26th, 2011
8:24 pm

if he just drive and dunk on somebody that will shut the crowd up

ClassicHawks

January 26th, 2011
8:26 pm

Hawks Fans Are Funny. The Hawks Are One Of The Best Teams In The League On The Road, Have Three Potential Young All Star Players and the Team Continues To Grow and We Still Don’t Get It! This Team Is VERY GOOD. It Has A Shot, Until We Play BOSTON And Which Regards The Only Team That Can BEat Them Is The Champs, The LAKERS. Man Be Glad TO Be In The Conversation and Root For Your Team. LD IS DOING A GREAT JOB!!

bigdave

January 26th, 2011
8:26 pm

get a move Al.

pinoy hawk

January 26th, 2011
8:26 pm

is bibby injured?

J.J.M

January 26th, 2011
8:26 pm

horford is forcing it..dribbling to much

bigdave

January 26th, 2011
8:27 pm

Marvin hasnt seen his barber since he was injured..

keep the look Marv.. and play like.. gritty effort.

ATL FAN

January 26th, 2011
8:28 pm

oh no not Marvin

niremetal

January 26th, 2011
8:29 pm

Ken,

Madison Square Garden, Rose Garden, The Palace at Auburn Hills, and New Orleans Arena. I’m missing one. What is it?

J.J.M

January 26th, 2011
8:29 pm

yea marvin hasnt had a clean cut since

niremetal

January 26th, 2011
8:30 pm

Oh, it’s five including the Bradley Center…in that case, did I get it?

Ramon

January 26th, 2011
8:31 pm

JJM, hard to drive and dunk on someone when there’s a 7 foot shot blocker who’s hugging the rim, and you’ve reportedly been suffering from knee pains.

Dept. of Unintended Irony

January 26th, 2011
8:31 pm

“12th in blocks??? josh should be top 5 in my opinion”

Then maybe he should block more shots?

ClassicHawks

January 26th, 2011
8:32 pm

@ Niremetal, question has already been answered, look up top, and Bradley Center.

terrell

January 26th, 2011
8:33 pm

2nd team is so much deeper with Marvin coming off the bench. Jamal/Marvin/Zaza/Mo. Not too shabby for a 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th man.

ClassicHawks

January 26th, 2011
8:33 pm

Our team is so much deeper and better with Marvin coming off the bench.

bigdave

January 26th, 2011
8:34 pm

lol @ LD putting Jeff in.. after all the ruckus..

Randolph

January 26th, 2011
8:34 pm

The Hawks really do an absolutely horrible job of utilizing Al Horford. I don’t think they could do a worse job unless he was coming off of the bench or not active for the game. It just amazes me to watch how ignorant this team is in regards to it’s resources. Josh Smith is, once again, leading the team in bricks (1-5 from the field) with more attempts than anyone on the floor, and Joe and Bibby have been the only players to play smart when given opportunities on the offensive end. The Hawks are not even attacking the mismatches that they have at all. With Maggette and Ilyasova guarding Smith and Horford, we should be going to them inside over and over until the Bucks make adjustments. Instead, Josh is trying to be Ray Allen again, meanwhile, Al’s only opportunity to shoot the ball is coming after a deal ball or during pre-game warm-ups. Very annoying to watch.

ClassicHawks

January 26th, 2011
8:34 pm

@ terrell lol! We seeing EYE To EYE!

Jae Evolution

January 26th, 2011
8:34 pm

Yeah, Jeff Teague SHOW US SOMETHING NOW BOI!!!

Melvin

January 26th, 2011
8:35 pm

Way to go Teague