Atlanta Hawks at Nuggets: Pregame notes

Denver–Some quick pregame notes . . .

  • GM Rick Sund said the team is unlikely to add any of the waived vets. Doing so would push the team’s payroll over or near the luxury-tax line even when accounting for the prorating of minimum salaries. Under the CBA, the prorating also is affected by a myriad of factors including the record of the team that signs the player.
  • If the Hawks do decide to add a vet they would likely be looking for a shooter.
  • Sund also said that after not trading Jamal Crawford’s expiring contract the Hawks would attempt to re-sign him: “I’ve said from Day One I’m a big fan of Jamal. Once we figure out what the new [CBA] rules are we will do everything in our power to re-sign him.”
  • Kirk Hinrich (calf) is a game-time decision. (UPDATE: Hinrich is out.) He shot baskets before the game but hit the trainer’s table before I could catch up with him. L.D. is starting Jeff Teague alongside J.J., Marvin, Josh and Al.
  • Mike Bibby’s buyout was the buzz in Atlanta’s locker room before the game. Guys are surprised he gave up $6.2 million but glad for him if joining a winning situation is what he wants.
  • L.D.said that after playing last night and arriving in Denver early this morning he wants the Hawks to slow the tempo tonight.

Michael Cunningham, Hawks beat

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Najeh Davenpoop

February 28th, 2011
8:40 pm

Hinrich is out, so big minutes for Teague (and unfortunately, probably big minutes for Jamal at point guard) are about to ensue.

Ryan

February 28th, 2011
8:42 pm

We play well fast though, why slow it down? Go Teague!!

CONservative Johnson

February 28th, 2011
8:45 pm

Teague is definitely getting an opportunity to take the job . . .

Najeh Davenpoop

February 28th, 2011
8:45 pm

Also, I hope “slowing the tempo” doesn’t result in Teague being passive or Joe/Jamal hogging the ball, as has been the Hawks’ M.O. in the past when the tempo slows down.

Najeh Davenpoop

February 28th, 2011
8:49 pm

Whether or not the Hawks can win this game probably hinges a lot on Teague’s ability to play quality minutes without getting into foul trouble. That’s not going to be easy against one of the quicker point guard tandems in the league. The Hawks need Teague to step up big time if they want to win this one.

terrell

February 28th, 2011
8:49 pm

Damn! More Jamal at pg.

tjhook

February 28th, 2011
8:49 pm

Well, we will see if Teague can reclaim his JTO nickname with the loss of Hinrich tonight

terrell

February 28th, 2011
8:50 pm

Earth calling Joe Johnson. You copy?

O'Brien

February 28th, 2011
8:50 pm

Sund also said that after not trading Jamal Crawford’s expiring contract the Hawks would attempt to re-sign him: “I’ve said from Day One I’m a big fan of Jamal. Once we figure out what the new [CBA] rules are we will do everything in our power to re-sign him.”.

Regardless of the new CBA, can the Hawks afford to resign Jamal?

Najeh,

I was thinking the same thing. More minutes at PG for Jamal. And I wouldnt be surprised to see a lot of jumpers.

Sautee

February 28th, 2011
8:51 pm

“If the Hawks do decide to add a vet they would likely be looking for a shooter.”

Well that certainly means that Brewer is out.

terrell

February 28th, 2011
8:52 pm

I think Teague took Lawson’s lunchmoney when they matched up in College. Not positive though.

Tremaine

February 28th, 2011
8:52 pm

Your my boy Teague!

O'Brien

February 28th, 2011
8:52 pm

And props to Bibby for taking the buyout and sacrificing next year’s salary. His career is almost over, and he wants to win a ring.

Plus he has made a lot of money over his career.

ATL FAN

February 28th, 2011
8:55 pm

Sautee

February 28th, 2011
8:56 pm

terrell,

He’s hiding at the free throw line.

The last place anyone would expect to find him. ;-)

slimjr

February 28th, 2011
8:57 pm

I hope you get a ring Bibby cause Lebron needs a lot of help if he doesn’t want to end up like Barkley and Ewing…No rings…………….Great players!!

terrell

February 28th, 2011
8:57 pm

Taylor

February 28th, 2011
9:02 pm

Anyone got a livestream link?

Najeh Davenpoop

February 28th, 2011
9:05 pm

I would normally say I want Bibby to win a ring before he retires, but I’d rather walk down the streets of Libya yelling Long Live Gaddafi than see LeBron James win a title.

yessir

February 28th, 2011
9:06 pm

Najeh Davenpoop

February 28th, 2011
9:06 pm

lewis

February 28th, 2011
9:07 pm

Booo!

February 28th, 2011
9:09 pm

Sad to hear about hinrich, but this is just God solidifying Teague as this teams Lead PG going forward. Drew can’t stop it. I’m just Sayin’

Go Hawks!

Grandad

February 28th, 2011
9:13 pm

Ra’mon

Troy Murphy / career stats per 36 min [adjusted]:
14.7 points, 10.5 rebs, 39.1 % from “3″ pt range.
* shooter = check
* rebounder = check
* a Big, plays both [4 & 5] = check

ahem…..Sund

Najeh Davenpoop

February 28th, 2011
9:14 pm

Good block by Teague.

ATL FAN

February 28th, 2011
9:15 pm

Smoove is really starting to make these long jumpers

Grandad

February 28th, 2011
9:15 pm

Pardon me gang…that last post was for EmirS !

Sorry ’bout that Emir.

Najeh Davenpoop

February 28th, 2011
9:16 pm

Jumpshot festival early for both teams.

O'Brien

February 28th, 2011
9:16 pm

Oh Oh. Hawks are jumper happy early.

ATL FAN

February 28th, 2011
9:17 pm

J j j joeeeeeeeeeee Johnsonnnn

The Truth

February 28th, 2011
9:18 pm

“UPDATE: Hinrich is out”

The Hawks may want to consider acquiring another backup PG as an insurance policy. Kirk could be injury prone which could be problematic approaching the playoff. What if Teague also gets injured in a game? That would be a serious blow. Would put us in a reactionary “old sh!t mode of operation. I know Sund said the finances discourage such a deal but since the Hawks are already in a short-sighted “win-now” mode, why stop now? We have chosen this path. We are now in too deep to be thinking frugally.

EmirS.

February 28th, 2011
9:19 pm

Lol tell me I’m not the only one who thought Smith was gonna launch that one?

Najeh Davenpoop

February 28th, 2011
9:19 pm

Good decisions by Joe on the last two possessions to take it inside for an easy hoop, after passing out to Smoove for 3 on the previous possession.

Najeh Davenpoop

February 28th, 2011
9:19 pm

Teague is playing fantastic defense, but he has to be careful after picking up that touch foul 11 seconds into the game.

Booo!

February 28th, 2011
9:20 pm

Teague > Lawson

EmirS.

February 28th, 2011
9:21 pm

Teague shoulda took it on the first fake out.

terrell

February 28th, 2011
9:21 pm

Lawson cant do anything. Teague all over him.

Najeh Davenpoop

February 28th, 2011
9:21 pm

Al declined to pass to an open Smoove on the 3 point line that last possession, before he eventually kicked it to Marvin who drove unsuccessfully to the hoop. Maybe that spurs Smoove to take it inside. Tough matchup for him tonight against Kenyon Martin though.

Jae Evolution

February 28th, 2011
9:21 pm

Good job Teague stay aggressive man, always attack and you will get the results you want.

emire

February 28th, 2011
9:23 pm

molimte suti u picku materinu

drmaryb (*_*)

February 28th, 2011
9:23 pm

Two times Teague give the ball to Marvin, just outside the box with Marvin single covered, he passes it back to Teague like a hot potato!

Killing the clock, Marvin. Everyone on offense, standing still and watching Jeff? Jeff makes a drive, double effort and draws the foul.
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Sit Marvin’s lazy azz down NOW! That dude don’t wanna’ play no Basketball. He is stealing money, if anyone ever was!

terrell

February 28th, 2011
9:24 pm

All it took was a little playing time to see “Teague > Lawson.” lol!

Najeh Davenpoop

February 28th, 2011
9:24 pm

Don’t know why LD switched to a zone out of that timeout when the Hawks’ man to man defense was doing so well.

ATL FAN

February 28th, 2011
9:24 pm

wow Smith keep shooting those

Jae Evolution

February 28th, 2011
9:25 pm

Damn the Hawks are playing good D right now.

O'Brien

February 28th, 2011
9:25 pm

Josh with 8 and 4 already.

Hopefully, if his jumper stops falling. he will know to go inside.

drmaryb (*_*)

February 28th, 2011
9:25 pm

It was not a bad pick. It was a helluva’ damned pick!

O'Brien

February 28th, 2011
9:25 pm

Come on ZaZa. Why force that pass?

Najeh Davenpoop

February 28th, 2011
9:26 pm

Teague and Horford replaced by Jamal and Zaza. This mean Smoove at SF and Jamal guarding Felton.

terrell

February 28th, 2011
9:26 pm

Zaza and Jamal in. There goes the lead.