Just a couple notes and I’ll direct you over to Jeff Schultz’s live blog. He’s here to take in the game and will be blogging during the game, so I’ll be quiet on this end, though I’ll try to chime in on Jeff’s blog.
1) Larry Drew’s going with the “regular” lineup, meaning Al Horford (6-10, 246) is going to have to tangle with Andrew Bynum (7-0, 285).
2) Drew emphasized again the need to run, both against the Lakers and in general. Phil Jackson was asked about this, and said he wants the Lakers, naturally, to control tempo. How much the Hawks run/don’t run could tell the story.
3) Drew said he wants to get Damien Wilkins more minutes. “I definitely want to try to find more minutes for him, because he has that ability to give you that intensity,” he said. “Jeff (Teague) is the same way with with his speed and his quickness.”
4) Drew said, to aid the running game, he may call fewer sets, just to let the team play and let “their natural basketball instincts to take over.” (Hmm, don’t see any snarky comments coming from that statement…)
Jeff’s column. (To repeat, I won’t be blogging here.)
Enjoy the game.