Atlanta Hawks: Hawks 90, Blazers 83

Hawks have gotten defensive since adding Hinrich. (Bruce Ely/The Oregonian)

Hawks have gotten defensive since adding Hinrich. (Bruce Ely/The Oregonian)

Portland–Watching the Hawks these last two games, I kept thinking back to what some All-Stars on good defensive teams said in L.A: It’s difficult to stop NBA players one-on-one but you can do it as a team if there is a real commitment to the system.

  • I don’t know if the Hawks can become that kind of team. I do think it’s more realistic for them to do so now that Hinrich and Teague are playing most of the minutes at point guard. It made an obvious difference at Golden State and again tonight.
  • There no longer is an easy swinging gate open to ball-handlers. That had led to breakdowns and obvious frustration as the Hawks were forced to scramble and cover for the guards. They don’t have to do it so much now and it seems to have had the effect of lifting everyone’s defensive level.
  • “Obviously during a game you are going to have to help but when it’s limited to a minimum that makes it that much better,” Smoove said. “I think this team can be known as being scrappy and a team that gets after it defensively. That’s what we’ve been the last two games. I think we are finding an identity.”
  • “We don’t have to help as much,” Al said. “It takes a lot of pressure from Josh and myself. The guys are really doing a good job getting over screens and staying aggressive. Now we have to keep it going because we look good when we play like that.”
  • And the Hawks don’t look so good when they lose focus and nearly squander big leads. They were in total control from the second quarter until they got sloppy with six turnovers in the final four minutes (a couple of them courtesy of flops by Batum, but still).
  • “That was really rough,” L.D. said. “We took a lot of ill-advised shots, and then their pressure sped us up and we turned the basketball over. You just can’t do that but hopefully we’ll learn from it.”
  • “We’ve been getting big leads but we still have some room for improvement in closing out games,” J.J. said. “But for the most part a win is a win. We’ll take it.”
  • It would have been a shame if the Hawks blew this one because they looked like an inspired ball club in stretches. None more so than that 14-1 run in the third quarter when they challenged shots, rebounded, made the right plays in the open court and got easy chances to score.
  • “When you do those things, get a lead and make a run, everybody feeling good about themselves on the fast break, a lot of guys who can finish with dunks and layups,” Zaza said. “It’s just fun to play like that. It’s fun to be part of a basketball team when you do those things.”
  • Jamal and J.J. each scored at least 20 points for the first time since Jan. 12 at Toronto. They combined for 45 points on 29 shots.
  • It turns out that Jamal’s recent struggles may have been related to grief over the death of his friend and mentor Paul Lawrence.
  • Teague held up relatively well in his assignment against Andre Miller, who never consistently backed him down. Whenever Miller started to post Teague, help was quick to arrive and then quick to recover once Miller gave it up.
  • The same thing goes for Atlanta’s work against LaMarcus Aldridge. He was doubled when he caught in his sweet spots, was never allowed to get comfortable and was challenged constantly at the rim by Smoove.
  • It’s easier to help in those predictable, planned situations as opposed to scrambling because of breakdowns.
  • “From a bigs standpoint, it was like me and Al had to pick and choose because we didn’t want to get in foul trouble helping every night,” Josh said. “Kirk is a hard-nosed defender. And you have definitely got to tip your hat off to Teague, who was definitely thrown in the fire after really not playing a whole lot. He’s really been handling it well. Whenever you can limit the help on the perimeter it makes the team that much better.”
  • Aldridge had 12 points on 12 shots through three quarters.
  • “They tried to take away LA and made the other guys shoot the ball,” Blazers coach Nate McMillan said. “We’ve seen that [before] with some of our guys on the floor, they’re not going to let LaMarcus play and they’re going to clog and they’re going to force you to make perimeter shots.”
  • The Blazers couldn’t do it. A fair amount of their 17 missed 3-point shots were open but credit the Hawks for not making anything easy for long stretches.
  • The Rose Garden was hyped for the return of Marcus Camby and the debut of Gerald Wallace. They were peeved by all the foul calls against the Blazers in the fist half, then turned on their team when the Hawks took control in the third quarter.
  • Hinrich now has more road Ws in the last three days than he did in 48 games at Washington. “I can laugh about it now, I guess,” he said.
  • Hinrich said he felt more comfortable on defense than offense.
  • “Since I’ve been here we’ve talked about defending and bringing the energy,” Hinrich said. :And when we do that we can be a tough team because of the talent we have and athletes and the shooters. If we can lock down on the defensive end, it will make the game a lot easier for us.”
  • Zaza, fresh off his benching at Golden State, came into the game and immediately started thrashing the Blazers on the boards. That was a big reason Atlanta forged a 48-36 halftime lead despite Al playing just 10 minutes.
  • “The last two games I couldn’t waste my energy, anyway,” Zaza joked. “I just did the things I was supposed to do and rebound was my No. 1 goal. Bottom line that’s what the coaches want. After the last two games I want to do the things that coaches expect from me.”

Michael Cunningham, Hawks beat

205 comments Add your comment

GaSouthernSmooth

February 28th, 2011
3:26 am

wow. anyone catch LDs pregame speech… talk about not playing a FULL 48 minutes i almost got sick watching the last 4 minutes. but none the less a W against a solid team. Now lets keep it rolling in Den and get the popcorn out for a showdown at the “Highlight Factory” on wed. CMON ATL lets show the home team some love and PACK OUT Phillips when DROSE and that goon noah comes to town.
p.s. keep playing Teague, looks like letting go bibby was all that was needed to play some decent team D. LD thats on you brotha

tenn-hawk

February 28th, 2011
3:28 am

the officials tonight were absolutely horrible,doesnt take away from the roller coaster ride from the hawks tonight,but give me a break!!!! where is the consistancy refs??????

rusty

February 28th, 2011
3:28 am

Yea jj closeing out well means taking the ball out of your hands. You think in the 4th you need to take over the game & go into your iso mood to show us all how great you are. Your the last guy on the team that I want to monopolizing the ball. Ld it just seems that you keep getting dumber as the season progresses

tckr83

February 28th, 2011
3:33 am

I never thought Bibby was that much of a liability to the team, but it’s evident after just 2 games or so… Hinrich will be a great addition to the team. It’s a great win in the Rose Garden against a team that had won 7 of their last 8! The officiating was horrible, this is true. Crawford was just short of tackled twice in the 4th and no call. Next 5 or 6 games are going to tell us alot… uggh. The toughest 5-6 game stretch I can ever remember as a Hawks fan.

tjhook

February 28th, 2011
4:54 am

I haven’t watched the team play since the trade for Hinrich so Thank You MC for painting such a strong picture of the Hawks’ results through game discussion and player quotes.

Jake

February 28th, 2011
5:49 am

LD is hurting teagues Confidence!!!Teague only played a total of 13 Min and Hinrich played 29!!!!You could tell after teague was”Fouled” on the missed layup and Smith dunked it in.He just looked frustrated the whole game!!!

Ernest

February 28th, 2011
6:26 am

•“We don’t have to help as much,” Al said. “It takes a lot of pressure from Josh and myself. The guys are really doing a good job getting over screens and staying aggressive. Now we have to keep it going because we look good when we play like that.”

I think this was a key statement regarding the benefit of the trade. Offense wins games but defense wins championships. Our perimeter defense has significantly improved and it will be felt throughout the team. Once ‘Captain Kirk’ becomes familiar with the preferences and tendencies of his fellow teammates, I’m sure we will see higher shooting percentages with more assists. There will also be confidence by LD while Teague is playing.

I’m probably in the camp that agrees with Teague starting then bringing Hinrich off the bench (with Crawford). I think those are good combinations.

Ray

February 28th, 2011
6:34 am

@ Jake

Teague didn’t play many minutes this game casue LD already said before today he didn’t want him to go up against Andre Miller he’s more of a Power Point G not a speed type point guard.

So it does make since, but still I expect him to play Teague a lot more.

On the fence fan

February 28th, 2011
6:39 am

getting rid of Bibby’s clownish spirit really helps the Hawks they seem to take it more serious Bibby was just a class clown thank god he is gone

Buddy Grizzard

February 28th, 2011
7:05 am

Agree w/ tjhook… MC does a great job. Hawks need to grind out a win at Denver and they go home with a 4-3 winning road trip despite the three game losing streak. Then it’s Chicago and we really find out alot about this team. The Hawks have better talent at every position except point guard against the Bulls. Hinrich will be up for that game as drose tries to show his former “mentor” that the student has become the master.

How Drew handles Teague the next two games is going to tell us alot as well. First we get Denver and Ty Lawson, a player Denver picked one spot ahead of the Hawks after they traded up to draft him. Pure speed and definitely a Teague assignment. Then it’s drose and nobody can stay in front of him, but Teague has the best chance. If LD yanks him after his first couple mistakes, we’ll know it’s back to same old, same old.

drmaryb (*_*)

February 28th, 2011
7:13 am

Observation Deck!

One the fence fan: This is a very astute and diabolical observation, that I believe is very, very, very true. I noticed this two years ago and quietly wondered how impactful, overt silliness affects the mindset of a team.

An intangible but powerful characteristic of losers.
I prefer the business like professional approach in sports.
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Let’s Go!

Big Daddy

February 28th, 2011
7:18 am

What a difference over the last 2 games. With Bibby no longer there the team has picked up their defense and has been even better offensively. Teague has not been as bad as LD seemed to think he would be. I hope this is sustainable and marks the beginning of a very positive change. Kudos to the team for responding to the change and for Teague stepping up. The win over a pretty much healthy Trailblazers team should be a confidence booster. GO HAWKS!!!!!!

jg

February 28th, 2011
7:41 am

good win–game went on until 1:25am and i had to stay with it to make sure the hawks didn’t blow it late. the officiating was really bad in the 1st half as portland fans and team thought they were getting the raw end of the whistle and then the refs tried to make it up in the 2nd half by giving the blazers every call–horrible job and those guys need to be held accountable for that job.

great defense that led to easy baskets won this game. teague did play well while he was and i was screaming for his return late in the game. we were a turnover machine in the final few minutes. a big three by crawford really saved the day. hinrich has to get more comfortable handling the ball with this group–he had a lot of turns as did the whole team….very sloppy late–very scary too!

a win tonight would really mean a lot for these guys–a 4 and 3 trip when it could have been really bad would be a plus–denver is playing well–keep the defensive pressure up and run, run, run–got a good chance.

phil

February 28th, 2011
7:41 am

2 games does not a season make, but at least they played some defense apparently. I’m sure it won’t be long, however, until Josh and his whining drag em back down…

Section 303

February 28th, 2011
7:49 am

I am paying the price for staying up and watching the game last night. Going to bed after 1:00AM and getting up before 6:00AM is never a good thing. But, worth it when Hawks get a win.

They did allow the lead to shrink, but that’s just the NBA. It happens a lot. Last night was a good win. I think the best defense they’ve played all season. They were everywhere. To me, the biggest problems were the turnovers. Too many of them were just unforced and the result of lazy/stupid passes. Take those away, and the Hawks win by a larger margin.

Denver will be tough tonight.

Mike is back

February 28th, 2011
7:58 am

MC, great commentary on the game…it’s hard for the ole man to catch those late one on work nights…Congratulation to Hawks for back to back wins on the road…keep doing yo thaaaaang New Hawks!

What a difference a couple of days make…if we get anything near from Armstrong…what we are getting from Captain Kirk…we may finally have youthful talent at two positions that was considered eye sores on the team…imagine that…finally a vet that ain’t scared to lead the team…no more excuses LD…What Ya Gonna Do…now tell me… What Ya Gonna Do!!!

MC, you know it and the blog crew know it…it ain’t no secret…So how some way…we got to find out what got with Armstrong…that’s all I’m saying…preferably before playoff.

jim

February 28th, 2011
8:11 am

that last 4 minutes was hard to watch but the first 44 was awesome. We made some big shots and held on after taking some punches. WE HAVE HAD LOTS OF GAMES WHERE WE ENTER THE FINAL 5-10 MINUTES WAY UP AND LOST BUT OUR DEFENSE HELD UP TONITE. Kirk struggled at the end but taking that charge ended things. Thats what you do!!!!! When things arent going your way, shots aren’t falling, ref’s are calling horrible calls, you don’t watch and scream at ref’s (smooth)…. you play defense.

Good win boys

terrell

February 28th, 2011
8:14 am

Cant believe some people actually act suprised that Bibby’s defense was killin us. Been hollering that shizz for 2 years. lol!

Booo!

February 28th, 2011
8:14 am

“I’m probably in the camp that agrees with Teague starting then bringing Hinrich off the bench (with Crawford). I think those are good combinations.”

Co-Sign

Abe

February 28th, 2011
8:15 am

Can somebody please tell me why Josh is standing at the top of the key throwing passes inside to Joe instead of the opposite!?!

Booo!

February 28th, 2011
8:16 am

“How Drew handles Teague the next two games is going to tell us alot as well. First we get Denver and Ty Lawson, a player Denver picked one spot ahead of the Hawks after they traded up to draft him. Pure speed and definitely a Teague assignment. Then it’s drose and nobody can stay in front of him, but Teague has the best chance. If LD yanks him after his first couple mistakes, we’ll know it’s back to same old, same old.”

Very True.

terrell

February 28th, 2011
8:18 am

Mike, I doubt we see much of Armstrong if Zaza is serious about focusing on rebounds and defense. However, we need to keep the ball out of his hands on the offensive end. lol!

sam'l

February 28th, 2011
8:32 am

I’m all for Teague and Hinrich playing great defense. I think I’ll let LD decide how to divvy up their time.

I’m also up for learning new tricks. Announcers say Portland has been making four quarter comebacks. Watching how they put pressure on the Hawks, I would say, take the tape, get other tapes….break it down, and do it ourselves.

If the Hawks beat Denver and Chicago, are we going to start praising Sund? Didn’t think so.

Denver…milehigh backtoback….Please don’t schedule this again…

lewis

February 28th, 2011
8:37 am

I was blown away by Teague’s ball pressure yesterday. It sets the defensive tone of the game, i’d like to see him start and get 10 minutes per half, 6 with starters 4 with scrubs.

drmaryb (*_*)

February 28th, 2011
8:40 am

“Can somebody please tell me why Josh is standing at the top of the key throwing passes inside to Joe instead of the opposite!?!”
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Perhaps Josh is a better passer and joe a better paint finisher.
Why not use Josh skills as a deft passer at times in game situations.
It’s just basketball and not always X’s and O’s.

Chris Webber and Shaq were always lauded for their great passing skills.
Why nit-pick our strengths to death!
Would you rather Josh shoot and not pass, in those plays last night?
_____________________________

“You can Please some of the people some of the time, but never ALL of the people all of the time.”

drmaryb (*_*)

February 28th, 2011
8:54 am

Abe

Also, it may as simple as, joe was positioned inside and josh had the ball standing on the outside? Ever heard of playing inside-out?
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Peanut Butter inside – Outside Jelly!

kaminari

February 28th, 2011
8:55 am

Again it was fun to watch. I had to stop watching the game at the top of the 4th to go to work (I’m on the other side of the world) but followed the final minutes on the phone. Almost crapped my pants when the lead was down to 6 but we didn’t let this get away.

Without all the turnovers we would’ve blown them away. As it was, this win was over a very good team and we were kind of lucky that they couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn with their shooting. But good teams create their own luck & I think starting Teague and having Capt. Kirk off the bench is good. But I’d also like to see what happens when the Captain starts & the Kid comes in.

This team is exciting. Let’s hope they keep it up. Great blog btw MC.

O'Brien

February 28th, 2011
8:59 am

Happy for the win and a chance to finish the road trip at 4-3 if we can win tonight.

Good game by ZaZa. Maybe LD should bench him ever so often just to get him riled up.

Good defense by Teague, but he has to learn to make some of those shots.

I didnt know Bibby’s (lack of) defense and guys having to scramble to help was affecting the guys that much. They seem to have a new found energy on defense. When Kirk was interviewed on ESPN, he said this team has the (interchangeable) pieces to hang their hats on defense. With Bibby here, that would have never been the case.

That being said, too many turnovers. Jamal had 6, Kirk had 4, Josh had 4, and JJ had 3. We need to take better care of the ball in Denver tonight. And I think it starts with giving the ball to Teague and Hinrich more often. And with Jamal in the game, why is he playing PG while Kirk plays SG?

I think Bibby was a bad crutch fo LD, and I;m glad Rick made a trade. I think Jamal is a bad crutch too, because LD doesnt know the best way to use him, so it will be interesting to see what LD does if Jamal is not resigned.

Looking forward to a win tonight.

ClassicHawks

February 28th, 2011
9:06 am

Can’t believe I’m about to say this, but Rick Sund made an outstanding trade, again. First Jamal, Now Kirk. Kirk makes us a solid defensive team. All I’m going to say, if Jamal and Joe Bring There A Games In The Playoffs, We Could Really make it to the Eastern Conference Finals. And Who Knows What The Celtics Will look like without KP In the Middle. We Defense like we played last nigh, we are going to be very hard to beat in April/May. Goooo Hawks!

Buck

February 28th, 2011
9:10 am

Impressed with ZZP. (never said that before). Hope he can keep it up. He needs to seriously bang Noah. That will take him out of the game.

But please, please, please do not throw any pass to ZZ unless it is chest high and soft and make sure he is looking at you and standing still.

drmaryb (*_*)

February 28th, 2011
9:10 am

Nobody!

There once was a man who had a stubborn ole’ mule whom he called “Nobody”! Sometimes, to make the mule GO? The old man would wind up his fist and clock the ole’ mule on the tip of his nose.

One day, the old man wagoned up the ole’ mule and went to town for supplies. A little boy, approached the old man and asked, “What is the ole’ mule’s name?” The old man replied, “I call her Nobody! She’s just a stubborn ole’ mule.”

After loading the supplies, the ole’ mule refused to GO! The old man wound up his “right upper cut” and the ole’ mule did a 360 and kicked the old man “out cold!”

The little boy, seeing this, ran and got the Sheriff! Upon coming around, the Sheriff asked the old man, “Who did this to you?”
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The old man replied, “Nobody!”
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The moral of this story is: be careful who you call “Nobody!”
Everybody IS Somebody.
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Mike Bibby? Was Somebody.

Najeh Davenpoopm

February 28th, 2011
9:19 am

“I don’t know if the Hawks can become that kind of team. I do think it’s more realistic for them to do so now that Hinrich and Teague are playing most of the minutes at point guard. It made an obvious difference at Golden State and again tonight. ”

Well, more importantly, it results from simply subtracting Bibby. Not to take away from Hinrich and Teague, who have both been solid defensively, but really you could have stuck a league average point guard in there and seen a noticeable improvement over Bibby.

I think what’s more remarkable is how much better the offense has looked, for the most part, without Bibby. For a team that (supposedly) runs a motion offense, it’s amazing what a difference it makes to have point guards who can, you know, move. Granted, he’s been playing off the ball a lot, but Hinrich moves without the ball as well as any point guard I can remember seeing. And Teague, despite being up and down offensively, has done a good job of getting the ball out of his hands and into the post when he doesn’t have any driving lanes available. The bottom line is that the ball doesn’t stagnate on the perimeter nearly as often now as it used to, and that is a welcome improvement to the Hawks’ offense. It gives me hope that as Hinrich gets more acclimated and takes over any remaining point guard duties from Jamal Crawford, the Hawks’ offense won’t stagnate in the 4th like how it has for most of the season and like how it did for the final 5 minutes of yesterday’s game.

Najeh Davenpoop

February 28th, 2011
9:24 am

“If the Hawks beat Denver and Chicago, are we going to start praising Sund? Didn’t think so.”

If the Hawks advance further in the playoffs, Sund will deserve his props. As will LD. Until then, the jury is out. These last two games have been really promising, but it has still only been two games.

Najeh Davenpoop

February 28th, 2011
9:26 am

Also, I hope the inspired play of Zaza continues. The quote at the end of MC’s (really great) writeup gives me hope. Dude is understanding his role and going into the game with a purpose. Lord knows the Hawks need a capable backup big man who can bring it every night and impact the game.

drmaryb (*_*)

February 28th, 2011
9:34 am

Najeh!

CoSign that comment re: understanding a role.
Geez, how basic is that?

Hoops

February 28th, 2011
9:51 am

The Hawks are better! We’ll see how much during the next 6-8 games.

K.W.

February 28th, 2011
10:08 am

Nice win for the Hawks, even though they let Portland back into the game. Nice to see when Al was in foul trouble Zaza stepped his game up.

Ken Strickland

February 28th, 2011
10:25 am

How many times have you heard me repeat over and over and over again that Bibby was holding us back with his MATADOR DEF. However, the blame falls at the feet of HC LDrew, who not only insisted on playing Bibby 30+mins, but played him with Jamal. And then, after we’d get our butts whipped, he’d make the same lame post gm excuses that Woodson made.

Can any of you Bibby apologist, who insisted on claiming we’d lose gms if we started Teague or played him more mins, tell me if we’d be better off or worse off if we had benched Bibby much earlier? Let’s face it, LDrew shares the same bias for vet PG’s and against rookie and/or less experienced PG’s. He also demonstrates a shared Woodson approach when he makes these lame excuses in an attempt to coverup his bias’.

There were numerous fans who totally bought into his BS excuses. Not once did LDrew, or any of Bibby’s apologists, make any comments about: 1-Bibby’s lack of aggressiveness,
2-his awful DEF,
3-him deferring to JJ and Jamal more and more,
4-his poor and inconsistent OFF production,
5-his inability to penetrate or create easy scoring opportunities for others,
6-the problems he caused for his teammates both on OFF and DEF.

Yet, there were no shortages of excuses coming forth from both LDrew and our Bibby apologist. In just 2 gms, we’ve all seen what I saw all along when it came to Teague and Bibby. Just like Bibby’s poor DEF was having a negative effect on everyone else’s DEF, the solid DEF of Teague and Hinrich is having a positive effect on everyone else’s DEF.
It does appear as if LDrew intends on using the same approach with Teague that Woodson used with Royal Ivey.

J from the A

February 28th, 2011
10:29 am

I have been critical of Teague this year — well, at least more so than just everybody on this blog with the exception of northcyde — but I have to admit that Teague has looked very decent in the last couple of games. If Teague can keep it up, I think he may be ready for good rotational minutes.

Freshfromatl

February 28th, 2011
10:54 am

Ken Strickland,

I will be the FIRST person to give you your props on what you’ve been preaching about the Hawks all season long.

*Salutes*

Najeh Davenpoop

February 28th, 2011
10:59 am

Haha word. Big time vindication for you, Ken Strickland.

Trojan

February 28th, 2011
11:03 am

Is there a vet that the Hawks might sign for the remainder of the season. Jarvis Hayes, other?

We have a spot open.

Ken Strickland, I hope that Teague continues to get consistant minutes in order to develop.

Good article, MC.

Rufus1

February 28th, 2011
11:05 am

We are Better….

We have beaten the Magic Twice…We are better than the Magic
We have beaten The Heat….Miami can’t beat good teams, we are a good.
We haven’t played the Bulls…Our defense is now Elite, and our perimeter defense maybe the best in the League.
We have lost to the Celtics Twice but with Perkins gone, they have lost their advantage. …The next time we play, we will prove we are better than them.

Perimeter Defense keep the Hawks from being Elite, NOW WE HAVE IT!!!!!

Najeh Davenpoop

February 28th, 2011
11:05 am

Tonight’s game is really going to be tough, though. Not just the altitude, but also the fact that the Hawks get less than 24 hours between the end of last night’s game and the start of tonight’s game, and they probably didn’t go to sleep until 3 or 4 in the morning mountain time. Add in that Denver has looked really good since the Carmelo trade, and it’s probably going to be tough for the Hawks to match the Nuggets’ usual level of intensity. It’s a valid excuse, but I hope the Hawks don’t have to use it.

drmaryb (*_*)

February 28th, 2011
11:11 am

And … Mike Woodson was Somebody.

Mr Mojo

February 28th, 2011
11:11 am

Lets finish it tonight in Denver and comlpete this trip 4-3 would be a big boost.

KevinM

February 28th, 2011
11:12 am

Ken Strickland is the first who said this team would be better served with Bibby coming off the bench, at least what I recall.
What I don’t like is how long Larry stood by him and shoved Bibster down our throat? It tells me that Larry is letting the players tell him who they are most comfortable with on the court…how many times was there some sort of reference from other players that they preferred Bibster out there? This tells me that Larry is not fully in charge of the troops. Why else would Josh continue to jack up those long bombs?
0-3 early on, and my gut tells me that doesn’t hurt his confidence at all.
Anyone else keeping up with the Wizard’s Bibster? 1.0 ppg in 14.5 mpg.
So if Bibster can’t provide set shot 3 pointers, what can he provide?
That hoopshype rumor about Bibster to Portland is laughable….amazing what some people consider as a good opportunity. Portland will drop hard if they hand the ball to him.

And crediting Sund going forward? Hardly…he made a move because he was forced to make a move……there are way too many intelligent fans out there who can see a bad thing, yet the GM thinks we have no clue as to the inner workings of the organization….its basketball, not corporate money swindling. Take your medicine Sund, you and Larry don’t deserve the credit at this point. You almost put this year into the ruin bucket before the playoffs even began.
I am more optimistic than I have been about this team since the Boston playoff series in ‘07. Talk about sad to watch a team stand pat when you know there were numerous changes needed to progress forward.
Instead, we worried how cheap of a bench we could put together and coddled the incumbents.
Nothing better in my mind, than taking a ‘PRIME’ piece out of the core and start holding players accountable.
And please fill that roster slot 15 before Larry suggests to bring Bibster back as a seasoned vet.

Rufus1

February 28th, 2011
11:12 am

Don’t worry about ESPN….

The east has taken notice. The teams in the east have always feared we would find a PG and a defensive identity……THE SEARCH IS OVER!!

Rod from College Park

February 28th, 2011
11:13 am

I am really impressed with the defense being played by the Hawks. The defense has really improved with the removal of Bibby. That is something I think we all knew. LD should be blamed for playing Bibby so many minutes.

The guy that is really starting to concern me is Joe Johnson. He actually has started missing point blank layups and making some awful turnovers. He misses these layups because he totally tries to avoid contact, unstead of going up strong and drawing the foul, like all superstars do. I can’t tell if he is injured or not, but he needs to start going to the hole like a man, and not like a little boy. I also can not figure out for the life of me why LD allows Joe to go into ISO mode in the 4th quarter, when the motion offense has been working all game. It makes no common sense to stop doing what works. Our lead diminishing was directly related to Joe holding the ball, dribbling down the shot clock, and missing shots in the 4th quarter. Jamal does the same thing, but he is quick enough and decisive enough to make his move without totally draining the shot clock.

KevinM

February 28th, 2011
11:15 am

Mojo, after that shellacking by the Lakers, we are so lucky to be at 3-3 heading to Denver. Its amazing how long it takes Larry and Sund to see something isn’t working. This falls right in line with Sund’s approach to making roster changes.