Atlanta Hawks: Hawks 95, Warriors 79

Joe and the Hawks were ripping and running. Anda Chu / Oakland Tribune

Joe and the Hawks were ripping and running in Oaktown. Anda Chu / Oakland Tribune

Oakland–The Hawks are something to watch when they defend, rebound and run the floor like this. Add in the kind of unselfish offense they played tonight, and they can look dang near unstoppable at times.

  • Of course no one is going to mistake the Warriors for a strong or even competent defensive team. But they are pretty good on offense and the Hawks made them look awful.
  • “I felt we really made an effort to contest and challenge every shot,” Al said. “Its’ a little frustrating for me because I wish we played like this all the time. I hope there is no looking back now. We saw how we can play so we have to be able to keep that up.”
  • Kirk Hinrich, pregame, on playing with little preparation on Hawks’ schemes: “It’s important that I understand what we are trying to do at both ends. But a lot of times our lineups and our athleticism, I think the best way for us to play is to just play. Work hard on the defensive end and try to run.”
  • And then the Hawks went out and played that way.
  • Their aggressive D, spearheaded by Teague, so flummoxed Stephen Curry that fans started screaming at him to shoot when he didn’t have a field-goal attempt in the first quarter. The truth is he couldn’t find much space with Atlanta’s athletic guys challenging, rotating, communicating and hustling.
  • Neither could Monta Ellis, who didn’t get going until the Hawks were in control.
  • “I thought Kirk came in and played some D on Monte and the D I played on him was pretty good,” J.J. said. “But also the help we got on him from other guys. That’s the main key, man. In order for us to be consistent, in order for us to be a good team, we have got to be able to do the small things and help is definitely one of them. Hopefully we can try to get on a nice little streak here.”
  • Hinrich looked pretty good considering he hasn’t yet had a real live practice with the Hawks. He used his size, long arms and positioning to harass Ellis and Curry. Offensively he seemed cognizant of quickly passing the ball ahead to Joe on the wing.
  • “I felt so-so,” Hinrich said. “I’m just trying to get familiar with everybody, the plays and all of that. It wasn’t too rough. The good thing is we did such a good job defensively we weren’t forced to run a lot of sets. We were able to get offense from our defense.”
  • Teague was a pest defensively. His soundness allowed his teammates to stay home more often and he seemed more aware. It’s probably no coincidence that he played 26 minutes and the Hawks weren’t scrambling as much tonight despite facing a pair of dynamic guards.
  • “He picked up the point guard full court and really had a big impact because he was able to get over screens,” Al said. “That’s something we struggled with in the past, our guards getting over screens. Hopefully he will keep that level of play up. I am sure his confidence will keep growing.”
  • Like he did at Phoenix, Teague got to the basket. It’s hard to keep him out of the lane. He was just 2 of 9 from the field because by my count he missed three runners but the attention he drew gave Al and Josh room for put backs.
  • Teague has looked noticeably more confident in the last two games.
  • “In this league, all you need is a chance, an opportunity,” Joe said. “He’s got that. He’s not going to have to worry about getting snatched out after making mistakes. I think we all understand he is a young player and he is going to make mistakes but now he can just play through them and just play freely. Obviously he’s got the talent. We’ve just got to put the ball in his hand and trust him.”
  • Drew, pregame, on Teague: “He has probably gotten down a little but but I really think the trade is going to do him some good. As I told him, I wasn’t giving up on him even after I made the trade. I still look at him as a guy that can help this ball club and under no circumstances have I given up on him.”
  • With Teague, Joe, and Hinrich doing good work on the perimeter, Josh and Al controlled the paint. They combined for 48 points (on 32 shots), 22 rebounds, 11 assists, two steals and three blocks with just three turnovers.
  • “Our scouting report was to force them to shoot jumpers and contest jumpers rather than kill us in the paint,” David Lee said.
  • The Hawks shot a lot of jump shots early but then started playing more inside-out. “I guess against that this team you have to give multiple efforts because you have to give so much help to the post,” Curry said.
  • You can tell Hinrich is happy to join a squad with a chance to go places. He said the Hawks have the making of a team that can be a real threat in the postseason.
  • “I think we could be,” Hinrich said. “If we defend and make that a trademark of ours, with the versatility of our lineups and our length we can be a very tough team to beat.”
  • Hinrich, pregame, on playing behind D-Rose in Chicago and John Wall in D.C.: “The mentoring thing, I wasn’t thrilled about it and I was still playing a lot of minutes. I was just trying to be a pro. They are young guys, good kids, and I appreciated my time with Derrick and John. They have great years ahead of them and I just tried to help them out and be a pro.”

Michael Cunningham, Hawks beat

174 comments Add your comment

myrak43

February 26th, 2011
2:31 am

can’t believe I am first

darrell starks

February 26th, 2011
2:35 am

SenorFuerte

February 26th, 2011
2:36 am

Where was Zaza tonight?

darrell starks

February 26th, 2011
2:44 am

Hilton armstrong should starte, now we have a big man in the middle that can move up and down the court with horford and josh this trade i give the hawks and FAT A, and much as i like hinrich trade for and depleted bibby who handicap this team at all walks of life, the hawks can now move horford 2 powerford, HILTON ARMSTRONG whom i like when he was with the hornets and for some strange reason have never had a fair chance can now make the hawks and sleeper in the east.
GO HAWKS!!!!!!!!!

darrell starks

February 26th, 2011
2:53 am

Rashod

February 26th, 2011
2:56 am

I want to see Joe Johnson,play good against A good team !!!

Mac-Town, Georgia (urban-macon.blogspot.com)

February 26th, 2011
3:03 am

What’s a Zaza???

Websters:
Zaza (n): Immobile object attached to a piece of wood.

….but hey…so Teague’s gonna be the starter now??? Whats goin on?

newowner

February 26th, 2011
3:03 am

I loved how the Hawks came out with energy tonight from start to the last five minutes of the game the Hawks did what they needed to do and left with a W.

JerryWest

February 26th, 2011
3:04 am

LOL. Youtube can make Shelden Williams look like a superstar.
I like this one – Hilton vs. LeBron
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ARXKG2x_HY&feature=related

darrell starks

February 26th, 2011
3:05 am

STARTER TEAGUE, JOE, JOSH, HORFORD, ARMSTRONG
BENCH HINRICH, JAMAL, MARVIN, POWELL, ZAZA
RESERVE DAMIEN, ETAN
GO HAWKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

sam'l

February 26th, 2011
3:05 am

Why would Teague suddenly blossom? I’ll take it if it’s real. In 34 minutes, Marvin Williams managed a few points, couple of rebounds, an assist and 6 turnovers…….Again, you can see questionmarks suspended above my head.

newowner

February 26th, 2011
3:07 am

I can easily see them making a run if they play like this every night, excluding the fourth quarter. Nose to the stone, hard defense, fast offence, and playing like the basketball players of their caliber should.

newowner

February 26th, 2011
3:09 am

@darrell starks 3:05 I don’t understand your logic be hide putting Damien on the reserve and not Marvin.

darrell starks

February 26th, 2011
3:09 am

MY BAD I SAID ETAN SHOULD HAVE SAID COLLINS
RESERVE DAMIEN, COLLINS
GO HAWKS!!!!!!!!!!

newowner

February 26th, 2011
3:12 am

The only thing that I can see is Damien working on his shot, but how is that any different then Marvin? Damien play hard defense, rebounds well, and can start getting you the offence if he had more chances.

darrell starks

February 26th, 2011
3:12 am

LOL!!!!!!!! YOUR RIGHT NEWOWNER MARVIN IS HORRIBLE, but since he have been and hawks starte since 2006 is hard 2 put marvin on the reserve team right now LOL!!!!!!!!!
GO HAWKS!!!!!!!!!!

newowner

February 26th, 2011
3:15 am

Makes sense. Go ATL

leo

February 26th, 2011
3:20 am

I say let Teague play 25 minutes a game and watch his confidence grow.

Buddy Grizzard

February 26th, 2011
3:21 am

“Why would Teague suddenly blossom? I’ll take it if it’s real.” – Sam’l

That Larry Drew requested the trade to acquire Hinrich sounds like a cover story to me. You need only look at the fact that Drew refused to play Teague sufficient minutes to work through his mistakes and kept Bibby on the floor despite not being able to guard anybody.

This trade was all Sund and was imposed on Drew. Having made it through the trading deadline, Teague now sees that he was more valuable to the organization than Bibby or Jordan Crawford, and he can now relax and play his game.

newowner

February 26th, 2011
3:29 am

Look I’m not knocking Teague. In the three games I seen him start he has done a decent to good job with room to improve. I just think before handing him the keys to everything lets see if he can do it constant bases and improve while doing so. If not this year then next I can see him running the Hawks if he truly works at it. Also he need to improve that body language of his. It is not showing any confidence or readiness to play.

newowner

February 26th, 2011
3:31 am

I mean potential to improve

Najeh Davenpoop

February 26th, 2011
3:33 am

Trade Smoove for Steph Curry and Andris Biedrins!

Durrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

Najeh Davenpoop

February 26th, 2011
3:36 am

“In this league, all you need is a chance, an opportunity,” Joe said. “He’s got that. He’s not going to have to worry about getting snatched out after making mistakes. I think we all understand he is a young player and he is going to make mistakes but now he can just play through them and just play freely. Obviously he’s got the talent. We’ve just got to put the ball in his hand and trust him.”

I hope he’s right.

Najeh Davenpoop

February 26th, 2011
3:39 am

Drew, pregame, on Teague: “He has probably gotten down a little but but I really think the trade is going to do him some good. As I told him, I wasn’t giving up on him even after I made the trade. I still look at him as a guy that can help this ball club and under no circumstances have I given up on him.”

I was under the impression Sund made trades. I’m sure LD gets some level of input, but isn’t Sund ultimately responsible for making them happen? Maybe it’s just a slip of the tongue.

Najeh Davenpoop

February 26th, 2011
3:42 am

“LOL. Youtube can make Shelden Williams look like a superstar.”

Not necessarily…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKHGJurEWQc

Najeh Davenpoop

February 26th, 2011
3:50 am

I can agree with Hinrich getting the starting job when he picks up the offense. But Teague has emphatically proven over the last two games that he can give the Hawks valuable minutes against other teams’ starters. At the very least, he needs to be an integral part of the rotation going forward. There is absolutely no excuse any longer to bury him on the bench the way he has been buried for the first year and a half of his career. Maybe he’s not ready to run this team, but he’s more than ready enough to provide 20 solid minutes of backup PG duty off the bench.

Najeh Davenpoop

February 26th, 2011
3:57 am

Don’t know if y’all saw Denver-Portland tonight (it was a great game, one of the best I’ve seen this season) but both of those teams are several steps ahead of Golden State, needless to say. Aldridge will be a handful for Smoove and Horford, and Roy looked like his knees were not bothering him. I’d like to see how well the Hawks can carry over tonight’s performance to the next two games. Tonight was promising, but let’s not crown their asses yet.

superiorblogman

February 26th, 2011
4:48 am

Teague should start at this point. The principle is not right to start Hinrich over Teague when he has not even been here a week. I think Hinrich should have to take the job just like Teague was told he would need to do. It makes it look like they will go with anyone other than him if they just throw Hinrich there when he has not earned it on this team. I can care less what he did in the past.

dap01

February 26th, 2011
5:00 am

Drew is trying to act like he knows what he is doing with Teague. Teague would have never gotten a chance with Bibby. Teague had 6 assist and played fast with good defense. That if refreshing.

Teague will soon go back to not playing and Larry will have an excuse.

Larry is the one not ready to “start”.

tjhook

February 26th, 2011
5:44 am

Yeah, LD is trying to sell Hawks fans some swampland. But good showing tonight Atlanta

leedsatlanta

February 26th, 2011
6:05 am

Yesterdays game highlighted a few positive things:

- 48 minutes at PG split between Hinrich and Teague = better D and better penetration
- No need for JC to ever play the point, just play him to his strengths at SG, as a pure shooter
- No need for a back court of Jamal and Teague at any time!
- Hinrich and Jamal off the bench together = stong reserve back court
- The better Jamal is playing at SG the less time Marvin gets as JJ moves to SF!

Lets hope LD can see all this!

Buddy Grizzard

February 26th, 2011
6:07 am

Keep in mind Larry Drew is the man who advised his son to quit on North Carolina, the most storied program in college basketball, in the middle of contending for the ACC championship.

[...] night’s game against a talented Golden State backcourt was a pretty good testament to how bothersome Teague can be to opposing point guards. It’s not like hasn’t shown flashes of this ability before, [...]

kaminari

February 26th, 2011
7:00 am

A group of hustlers and runners stole our Hawks’ jerseys and ran roughshod over the ramblin’ Warriors. If they keep making these appearances, I’m gonna be glued to the game. Tonite was the most fun I’ve had watching a game this year. I told ya Teague was the answer!

Hawks Fan In New Orleans

February 26th, 2011
7:08 am

Drew may have called for trade behind the scenes but he is NOT a good motivator of young talent at all. Sund for forcing LD’s hand.

Booo!

February 26th, 2011
7:25 am

I agree with you guys, I’m not buyin’ whatLD’s selin’ until I see consistant minutes for Teague. I alsoo feel that Rick is forcing LD’s hand. He treated Teague like a Disease before this trade, he wouldn’t touch him!

JeJe

February 26th, 2011
7:44 am

I told you all:

Marvin is much better suited right off the bench with Jamal. He is incredibly awkward when playing next to 4 people better than him. we need to have him coming off the bench. He is FAR better coming off the bench statistically

Booo!

February 26th, 2011
7:45 am

“I’m not concerned about whether he makes or misses shots. . . . The biggest threat [from] him is when he utilizes his speed and his quickness, and when he harasses people defensively. That’s two straight games where I’ve thought he’s done a really good job with his energy.”
– Larry Drew on Teague.

http://www.nba.com/games/20110225/ATLGSW/gameinfo.html?ls=gt2hp0021000870#nbaGIboxscore

JeJe

February 26th, 2011
7:48 am

There’s no way Teague will continue starting.

Hinrich’s comments say he did not enjoy being the mentor (playing behind guys).

Hinrich should start soon and Teague should get all other minutes Hinrich doesn’t play (not Jamal)

JeJe

February 26th, 2011
7:52 am

LD’s comments about Teague pretty much imply Teague will never be our starting/franchise PG

Big Al

February 26th, 2011
7:54 am

Perhaps, the trade was a bit of addition by subtraction. The team seemed to play prettty focused in the early part of the season whenever they were missing key players due to injury. Now they must play without a few key players for the rest of the year. It’s no doubt that the team was sharp on the defensive end last night. Their stingy on the ball defense really set the table for a solid team defensive effort. It sure was pretty to watch. But only time will tell if they can keep this up over the longhaul.

Just from Hinrich’s first 4 minute stint on the court, I think he will be able to run the offense pretty soon. He played with hustle and spear headed some great stretches of ball movement. I think once he gets some practice time with the team, he will separate himself from Teague on the offensive end. But on the flip side, we will have to see how far Teague can take this opportunity and grow with more playing time. Not just that, I imagine Teague a lot just from having to play against Hinrich’s defense in practivce.

Big Al

February 26th, 2011
7:58 am

*learning a lot*

Booo!

February 26th, 2011
7:58 am

-Q: They were over-playing the passing lanes. Were there easy counters to that? Or were they just swarming?

-CURRY: Their defensive effort were pretty flawless tonight. They were in-sync with all their coverages. So it’s hard to find a spot to attack. We didn’t… I don’t think we adjusted to their switching until kind of late in the second quarter and by that time they were already in control of the game.

We’ll look at the film and kind of figure out if a team does that down the road how to adjust to that. But we didn’t see that in time to kind of stay in the game.

http://blogs.mercurynews.com/kawakami/2011/02/25/curry-on-the-warriors-low-energy-crumbling-vs-atlanta-our-coverages-kind-of-failed-us/

Booo!

February 26th, 2011
8:02 am

“The minute we get the basketball, we have to race the lanes and get down the floor,” Drew said. “We’ve got enough offence in the half-court but what we’ve been lacking is stops so that we can run. Tonight we did that.”

-Canadian Press

Trojan

February 26th, 2011
8:14 am

Right now Teague should be on the floor on a more consistant basis than Jamal. Jamal should come in to bail out the offense or to play only SG. Teague should get ALL of the minutes not played by Hinrich at PG.

I would also rather see JJ at SF more, if that would mean less of Josh at SF.

rusty

February 26th, 2011
8:15 am

Hey nortcyde, I hope we don’t hear any more nonsense from you about jt,ld never gave him a chance this season,oh how’s your boy jj doing

tony

February 26th, 2011
8:40 am

Is Hinrich having trouble with his vision? Did they give him a physical? Giving up our #1 pick was bad enough but to trade for a guy who’s vision is going bad is atrocious! Did ASG purchased this fanchise to irritate the fans?

I guess to them having a player with poor sight eyesight is better than keeping Mike Bibby around.

joe minneci

February 26th, 2011
9:28 am

How about Marvin’s stat line last night. 32 minutes 4 points 2 rebounds and 6 turnovers for the #2 pick in the draft. We know that he was drafted because BKnight was a moron, but why was he resigned for such a large number. JJ’s in the first year of a long max deal appears to have deminished skills. This team went from a promising young team with a lot of options to one that will be stuck in mediocracy for the next 6 years.

I MUS WRITE

February 26th, 2011
9:46 am

Now that teague is getting minutes,hopefully his game will come around. He still needs to develope a jumper but he is really sticky on defense. Heinrich looked good last night considering he hasnt practiced with the team.. its amazing how the pace quickens when you have a PG that can get in the lane and push the ball- good trade for us.
I would have liked to keep Crawford but like Grandpa said if he was that much of a talent he would hv forced his way on the court like AL did in 07-08…
Addition by subtraction….My god I couldnt watch Mo Evans or Bibby anymore,
Hilton Armstrong is a better player than ZAZA Flopski and Twin when he learns the Offense he should be starting.
Next order of bussiness get rid of Marvin Gaye Williams -for the love of god do it now -he is not helping us at all. he cant post up or score when we run plays for him -I saw him miss plenty makeable shots last night against a team allergic to defense. Wish we could shipped his azz for Moon-filler,Prince,b Rush…… hopefully we will find a taker this summer.

D Will in an ATL jersey would hv been sweet.

DWill/ Ak47/Fresenko for Bibby /Josh/Marvin/ZAZA

JeJe

February 26th, 2011
9:53 am

Give Teague regular rotational minutes and get Hinrich acclimated and we will finally have a real defensive basketball team.

Interior defense + rebounding still sucks though

Sometimes I feel Teague just spaces out out there