Raptors at Atlanta Hawks: Picking-and-rolling them (again)

The Hawks are facing a team that L.D. expects to run a lot of pick-and-rolls. The Hawks won last time against the Raps but he didn’t think they did a good job defending pick-and-rolls.

This is going to be a continuing theme for the Hawks, who rank 27th in the league against the pick-and-roll ballhandler according to Synergy Sports Technology. That’s obviously troublesome because pick-and-rolls are a league staple, and the Hawks have shown no indication that the guards who are playing the most minutes can contain the ball with any consistency.

“Let’s face it: That’s the NBA,” Drew said of screen-rolls. “Some nights it is going to be good for you; some nights you may not do as good of a job. You are not going to be able to take everything away in defending the pick-and-roll. Hopefully your coverages and your techniques are good enough to where you can at least affect it a little bit. Against New York, I thought we were pretty good.”

According to Synergy, the Hawks were indeed pretty good controlling New York’s screen-roll ballhandlers: just .71 points per possession on 17 plays. However, the Knicks hurt them with spot-ups (1.29 points per play on 28 plays) and I’m guessing a good number of those came off dribble penetration.

Snow days

The Raptors had a heck of a time getting from Naptown to ATL. It’s never good when your airplane is covered in ice.

The Raps finally made it to town late this morning.

“We tried to make today as normal as possible,” coach Jay Triano said. “We were here for an 11 o’clock shootaround, we had our meal at noon, and they like to sleep in the afternoon. We got that taken care of. We can’t worry about anything like that. We have got to be ready to play the basketball game.”

The Raps have lost 12 in a row, a streak that started with the Hawks.

“See if we can contain the basketball better and challenge people off the 3-point line,” Triano said. “If we do those things we give ourselves a chance. It is a tough matchup at a lot of positions. They’ve got veteran guys who are very athletic and they’ve caused us problems in the past.”

Silver lining

Toronto’s offense has lately ground to a halt but Triano is trying to build on a couple solid defensive efforts against the T-Wolves and Pacers. Those are two poor offensive teams but it’s something.

“We think over the last couple games we’ve been playing much better at the defensive end of the floor,” Triano said. “Our stats show that out. The unfortunate thing is we have had a hard time scoring. We’ve got less options available to us [Barbosa and Kleiza are out; so is Evans, who was no threat] but we still have to find a way.”

Michael Cunningham, Hawks beat

194 comments Add your comment

J from the A

February 2nd, 2011
7:00 pm

Najeh Davenpoop

February 2nd, 2011
7:05 pm

No Barbosa is a blessing for the Hawks. He was unguardable in their first meeting.

Does Synergy break down individual players’ performances against the pick and roll? How does Teague do compared to Bibby and Jamal?

Leo

February 2nd, 2011
7:07 pm

Please let Teague play meaningful minutes tonights

Najeh Davenpoop

February 2nd, 2011
7:13 pm

Joe gets it in the post; Al gets an easy bucket.

Najeh Davenpoop

February 2nd, 2011
7:14 pm

Another wide open 3 bricked by Bibby.

Sautee

February 2nd, 2011
7:15 pm

I tell you what…. ‘Nique sure says “I tell you what a lot”

Jae Evolution

February 2nd, 2011
7:16 pm

What a crowd…

Sautee

February 2nd, 2011
7:17 pm

Josh right in rhythm.

Man Man

February 2nd, 2011
7:20 pm

Josh need to stop shooting get out of here.he wide damn open y drive when he can knock it down?

Najeh Davenpoop

February 2nd, 2011
7:21 pm

They have been making more of an effort to get Horford touches early in this one.

coolio

February 2nd, 2011
7:22 pm

Najeh Davenpoop

February 2nd, 2011
7:24 pm

A lot of bad passes so far. Two overthrows by Smoove on back cuts, two bad passes by Joe to Al in traffic, and a bad entry pass by Bibby intended for Smoove.

Sautee

February 2nd, 2011
7:24 pm

Lazy cut by Joe.

Najeh Davenpoop

February 2nd, 2011
7:25 pm

Al needs to face up and drive on Bargnani instead of trying to back him down. Bargnani doesn’t have the lateral quickness to guard him.

Sautee

February 2nd, 2011
7:25 pm

‘Nique: he postes up. LOL

MAN MAN

February 2nd, 2011
7:26 pm

Good ball movement

Jae Evolution

February 2nd, 2011
7:26 pm

Bring in Teague…take out Mo.

bigdave

February 2nd, 2011
7:26 pm

Al simply doesnt like rebounding. ive watched him get killed poor position.. no attempt to box out.. except after conceding a board but the kick out and shot was made.

Sautee

February 2nd, 2011
7:27 pm

Odd that as soon as Jamal comes in, his man starts scoring.

hmmmmm.

coolio

February 2nd, 2011
7:27 pm

Thats like a DIII School crowd!!!

Sautee

February 2nd, 2011
7:28 pm

bigdave,

Don’t you HAVE to wonder if the two foul rule is making him less aggressive?

Melvin

February 2nd, 2011
7:30 pm

I like the way the Hawks are sharing the Ball to start this game….

man man

February 2nd, 2011
7:31 pm

why is damien in the game man?move joe to the 3 put jamal at the 2 and bring teague in damn man damien can’t score

Melvin

February 2nd, 2011
7:31 pm

Leave to ZaZa to award the Raptors their (first non technical) free throws….

coolio

February 2nd, 2011
7:33 pm

jamal can do dat all day

Nique's Revenge

February 2nd, 2011
7:33 pm

Is anyone at the game? Can someone smash whatever is making that annoying rattling sound???? PLEASE

turned the game off

Melvin

February 2nd, 2011
7:33 pm

Is DeRozan old enough to play in the NBA. My gosh, he look like a baby…

Najeh Davenpoop

February 2nd, 2011
7:33 pm

Zaza is actually making positive contributions in this game for a chance. Nice to play against a soft team that has no interest in rebounding.

man man

February 2nd, 2011
7:35 pm

zaza just got away with a walk

Najeh Davenpoop

February 2nd, 2011
7:35 pm

Yeah, DeRozan and Teague both look like they are about 10 years old.

Melvin

February 2nd, 2011
7:36 pm

Hawks had 11ast in the 1st qtr. Nice…

bigdave

February 2nd, 2011
7:36 pm

Sautee..

possibly .. or his gradual transition to a traditional finesse big..

O'Brien

February 2nd, 2011
7:37 pm

Teague played well against Dallas last game, so LD should find PT for Teague.

Sautee

February 2nd, 2011
7:38 pm

bigdave,

let’s hope it’s the former.

bigdave

February 2nd, 2011
7:38 pm

bigdave

February 2nd, 2011
7:41 pm

Sautee..

aye.. unless he comes back next year w/ the ability to hit the 3 ball.. lol

O'Brien

February 2nd, 2011
7:41 pm

ZaZa has 2 fouls in 4 minutes. Not much from Teague so far…Come on Jeff

Najeh Davenpoop

February 2nd, 2011
7:41 pm

Two straight bad possessions by Teague.

O'Brien

February 2nd, 2011
7:42 pm

Wow. the Arena is empty.

bigdave

February 2nd, 2011
7:42 pm

foul on Damien.. but ignored the hip check delivered to ZaZa..

Najeh Davenpoop

February 2nd, 2011
7:43 pm

Big block by Smoove. Nice little cat and mouse game between him and Bargnani. Bargnani is big enough to back him down when he gets post position, but Smoove has done a good job deflecting and blocking him despite his size disadvantage.

Melvin

February 2nd, 2011
7:43 pm

Bargnani did the Euro 3 step…

Najeh Davenpoop

February 2nd, 2011
7:43 pm

Teague comes back with a good pick and roll on the offensive and good on the ball defense against Calderon on the defensive end.

bigdave

February 2nd, 2011
7:44 pm

good set up..

followed by good strip, ball of knee.. to Hawks..

Najeh Davenpoop

February 2nd, 2011
7:46 pm

3rd or 4th made jumper for Smoove in this game. So much for him losing his early season shooting touch.

spuddy

February 2nd, 2011
7:48 pm

to all josh smith haters,u c dat block.thats y he deserves to take a few jump shots a game because he does so many other thangs for us give him so offensive love sometimes

bigdave

February 2nd, 2011
7:49 pm

Jeff w/ solid play..

Melvin

February 2nd, 2011
7:49 pm

Good mins by Teague….

Najeh Davenpoop

February 2nd, 2011
7:49 pm

Teague is having a pretty solid game on both ends. Pretty decent defensive game for him, and he’s also made several good plays on offense.

Jae Evolution

February 2nd, 2011
7:51 pm

Why did Jamal shoot two FT’s just now?