Mavs-Hawks game thread

Greetings, all-

Hope you’re well. This is going to be brief, as I gotta crank out some notes before game time. Some notes…

1) Hawks going with regular lineup, with Mo Evans in for Marvin Williams, serving a two-game suspension.

2) Larry Drew said the key defensively is slowing down Dallas’ transition game, saying the team has to “build a wall” to prevent the Mavericks, specifically Jason Kidd, from attacking the rim on the break. Al Horford mentioned defending the pick-and-roll.

3) Drew said that Williams was in a great state of mind this morning. He’s watching the game at the team hotel.

4) Horford had some words in response to Amare Stoudemire’s post-game caution to Horford to calm down after he got the crowd going as Stoudemire shot free throws, that “he’s not that type of player.” Basically, he said that he’ll do whatever it takes to win, so, yes, he is that type of player.

5) I asked Drew about Marvin pushing him during the fracas. Drew: “I’ve been in the weight room. I didn’t feel anything.”

6) On the Mavs’ bench assisting Rick Carlisle: Terry Stotts.

7) I asked Mark Cuban a few questions about Hawks ownership. Interesting, but not headline-grabbing. I’ll post afterwards.

I probably won’t be able to comment much, given the late start, but will try to jump on occasionally. Enjoy the game.

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O'Brien

January 29th, 2011
8:01 pm

I lok for the Mavs PGs to have big numbers against Bibby. Will Teague see the court?

LD needs to keep an eye on Jamal.

That being said, I think Hawks hang around, with a chance to win in the fourth.

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January 29th, 2011
8:16 pm

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SteveW

January 29th, 2011
8:17 pm

Some guy on ESPN just said Carlos Boozer should be in the All Star game over JJ, even though JJ has missed 9 games compared to Boozers 18. He said he didn’t care if Boozer doesn’t make it, JJ still shouldnt’ get in, but Felton should over JJ.

But he did say that that Al should be in, and even if Noah was healthy, he thinks Al may have made the team.

I think Al and JJ should make the team. He has 4 Celtics including Ray Allen on the squad. I think 3 Heat, 3 Celts, and then 2 Hawks.

He did have Josh as a runner up also.

O’Brien – Yea – Bibby’s PER is worse than last year, his assists are down. I dread seeing what he looks like around March 18th, if he makes it that long. Wish LD wasn’t such a hater of developing, young players.

Wonder if Marvin is in trouble, not for pushing LD, but for ripping his jersey off like Powell. LD may have some problems on this squad between Powell, Marvin, and Teague, IDK.

cp

January 29th, 2011
8:18 pm

I was just watching NBA TV and Cheryl Miller asked Jerome (hawks sideline reporter) why Teague isn’t where the staff wants him and replied lack of hard work from Teague. He also said Teague isn’t showing anything to the staff in practice. Jerome also stated he doubts the Hawks make a move because they don’t have the flexibility nor want to spend the money so the Damien move might be the only thing they do… I’m very disappointed with Teague. I guess dude just does not want it. I guess thats what Jamal was hinting at the other day when he said Teague has to show something in practice or when he has a chance

hawks_4_life

January 29th, 2011
8:20 pm

SteveW,

I wish Teague wasnt such a laid back kind of guy.

SteveW

January 29th, 2011
8:27 pm

And after tonight, does anybody else see 5 consecutive very winnable games? Toronto and the Clips at home, @ Washington, then Philly and the Bobcats at home. I think we can win, and should win all 5. 4 of 5 of the games are at home.

SteveW

January 29th, 2011
8:31 pm

I hear you guys about Teague. But somehow I think if Teague and Jordan were on the Spurs we would be saying, “Why can’t we ever draft guys like this?” Popovich would develop them.

And Teague is a worker, unless he’s having issues we don’t know about. And Jordan is playing way less than Teague was last year. LD just doesn’t like to develop young players that aren’t extremely good. He’s more comfortable with vets. It’s the Larry Brown way.

Najeh Davenpoop

January 29th, 2011
8:37 pm

Get the ball in the post and make Dirk work on D, and this will be a winnable game. Stay shooting perimeter jumpers, and this will be a blowout.

Terry Stotts is a douchebag.

cp

January 29th, 2011
8:37 pm

SteveW I understand you have high hopes for Teague but it was just reported by a guy how is around the Hawks everyday that Teague isn’t where he needs to be because of lack of hard work…..He also said the staff is frustrated with Teague because he doesn’t use his speed when he comes into games. He also said Teague isn’t showing anything to the staff in practice. Its time to put the blame on the player instead of the coaches.

Najeh Davenpoop

January 29th, 2011
8:38 pm

“And after tonight, does anybody else see 5 consecutive very winnable games? Toronto”

I’m worried about the Toronto game. Hawks are 4-7 with 2 or more days of rest, and they will be chillin’ for a while after this one.

jmarable

January 29th, 2011
8:38 pm

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Najeh Davenpoop

January 29th, 2011
8:39 pm

Marc J. Spears’ column on Yahoo Sports today mentioned a source that said the Hawks are not planning to trade Jamal this year.

jmarable

January 29th, 2011
8:44 pm

let’s see how many times bibby tries to break down the defense and drive. = 0. How many times his man takes him to the hole = ALNIGHT. Watch bibby the point guard bring the ball up, give it up right away and run to a corner and wait and wait 4 a three. WE NEED A PLAYMAKER POINT WHO CAN BREAK DOWN D AND PLAY SOME D.THAT’S ALL. BIBBY DOES NONE OF THE ABOVE. hawks will b broke down tonite because we settle 4 3’s and jumpers,and can’t get a stop when we have 2. to many jumpers no point guard.

O'Brien

January 29th, 2011
8:44 pm

Mavs are going at Bibby early…

O'Brien

January 29th, 2011
8:45 pm

So much for Josh establishing himself inside first…

While Kidd gets by Bibby

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slimjr

January 29th, 2011
8:46 pm

No Josh no……Just brick a 3???? Stop it.. Attack the rim…

Nique's Revenge

January 29th, 2011
8:47 pm

it’s official, drew sucks.

why oh why let josh keep standing behind the 3 point line to jack up a brick the instant he touches it

Najeh Davenpoop

January 29th, 2011
8:47 pm

Mavs are trying to post Bibby. I actually think that works to Bibby’s advantage.

O'Brien

January 29th, 2011
8:47 pm

Its hard to expect our bigs to consistently give the ball up to our PG, when they want to run, but they usually beat him downcourt.

Najeh Davenpoop

January 29th, 2011
8:48 pm

In other words, I’d rather see Bibby getting posted up by someone than having to guard someone on the perimeter.

J.J.M

January 29th, 2011
8:48 pm

horford has not attempted a shot yet

J.J.M

January 29th, 2011
8:48 pm

bibby is useless

cp

January 29th, 2011
8:48 pm

smh Bibby cant even stay in front of Stevenson. We need a pg asap

O'Brien

January 29th, 2011
8:49 pm

And what is Bibby complaining about?

LD better hope Jamal is on, because if Bibby has 2 fouls, and Jamal is struggling with his shot, then the Hawks will be in trouble…

Najeh Davenpoop

January 29th, 2011
8:50 pm

Nice drive by Smoove, showing some surprisingly good handles.

Nique's Revenge

January 29th, 2011
8:50 pm

wow they never call palming or carrying anymore

Melvin

January 29th, 2011
8:51 pm

It may be a long night for Bibby. Hawks are having trouble hiding him on defense…

slimjr

January 29th, 2011
8:51 pm

Josh will u please let the guards run the break??? Dirk just knocked away his dribble(turnover) your not
Magic Johnson………………………….sigh….

cp

January 29th, 2011
8:53 pm

Listening to Jerome on NBA TV, he said he doubts the Hawks will make a trade by the deadline so we might be stuck with what we have. The Hawks will do nothing in the playoffs with Bibby at the point. His defense is looking worse than usual

Sautee

January 29th, 2011
8:53 pm

O’B,

Unfortunately ANYBODY Bibby guards gets by him. Dallas is doing what I’m surprised more teams don’t: Targeting Bibby every time until he’s out of the game.

Robbie

January 29th, 2011
8:53 pm

The Hawks are playing streaky again. They are using a risky approach on both ends and I don’t like it. Even though the game is close, i don’t like it. Can we please run something for Al? He doesn’t have a single shot attempt yet. That shouldn’t happen.

Najeh Davenpoop

January 29th, 2011
8:54 pm

Hawks need to start denying Dirk the ball. He’s a little too comfortable getting the ball where he wants it right now.

Najeh Davenpoop

January 29th, 2011
8:55 pm

Joe has been really good so far. I really don’t understand why they don’t post him up more.

Nique's Revenge

January 29th, 2011
8:55 pm

did jj bring his $250,000 lunch pail tonight? let’s watch.

slimjr

January 29th, 2011
8:56 pm

“Listening to Jerome on NBA TV, he said he doubts the Hawks will make a trade by the deadline so we might be stuck with what we have. The Hawks will do nothing in the playoffs with Bibby at the point. His defense is looking worse than usual”

I kind of figured that since he came on local radio and said he like his “core” players…Just sad…..This team is not built to go deep in the playoffs unfortunately….

Najeh Davenpoop

January 29th, 2011
8:57 pm

Hawks have guarded the rim really well in this quarter.

Melvin

January 29th, 2011
8:57 pm

Joe is balling…

Najeh Davenpoop

January 29th, 2011
8:57 pm

And just as I say that, the Mavs get an alley oop.

slimjr

January 29th, 2011
8:58 pm

ISO JOE ISO JOE!! Get em JOE!!!!

cp

January 29th, 2011
8:58 pm

Joe is on fire…. The Mavs guards are beating guys off the dribble at will smh

Najeh Davenpoop

January 29th, 2011
8:59 pm

As far as I can see, the Hawks’ offense hasn’t gotten any worse without Bibby on the floor.

Seriously, he doesn’t do anything for this team other than hitting open 3’s. Anyone can get the ball to Joe or Smoove on the block and get out of the way, and that’s when the Hawks’ team offense is at its best anyway.

Melvin

January 29th, 2011
8:59 pm

I don’t like to see Mo trying to guard smaller, quick guards. He doesn’t have enough lateral speed to keep up with them…

Najeh Davenpoop

January 29th, 2011
9:00 pm

“ISO JOE ISO JOE!! Get em JOE!!!!”

This is not Iso-Joe. The Hawks are moving the ball and getting it to Joe in the post and coming off screens. Nobody is against the idea of Joe scoring, but common sense says that if you don’t make him work as hard for those shots, he will convert more of them. Hawks are running the offense really well right now.

O'Brien

January 29th, 2011
9:00 pm

Sautee, Najeh,

The Mavericks did to Bibby what the Hawks should be doing.

When you have a mismatch, you should go to it every single time down until the other team adjusts.

JJ has been on, we should go to him everytime down, and let him make a play

Jae Evolution

January 29th, 2011
9:01 pm

Looks like this team finally is relaxing off the three ball, at this point in previous games we’d have at least 5 3pt attempts already. I’m glad we decided to post Joe up more he has either got an easy floated or found his teammates for the easy two, keep this up until they change their D!

slimjr

January 29th, 2011
9:01 pm

10-4 on Joe…

slimjr

January 29th, 2011
9:02 pm

Joe on fire!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Melvin

January 29th, 2011
9:03 pm

Why arent we going to Horford. He has Marion guarding him…

drmaryb (*_*)

January 29th, 2011
9:03 pm

Fire and Desire!

SteveW, you can’t develop exposed film. How would YOU develop a man’s heart? Heart is a gift, not a skill!
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“Terry Stotts is a douchebag.”

You ain’t never lied. Ironic he and Jet Terry are together again, do you remember when Stotts said, “I wasn’t impressed with Jason’s game tonight.”. And, Jason retorted, “I wasn’t impressed with his coaching either.”

The following year, The Hawks hire: Lon Kreuger! OMG! Those are the years we would all like to remember to forget! Stotts won 4 irrelevant games that cost us the extra ping-pong ball, that would have landed Dwight Howard here! I think we won 22? Games that miserable year!
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Yeah, Stotts is a douche bag!