Atlanta Hawks: Bulls 94, Hawks 76

D-Rose did a lot of this to the Hawks. (Chris Sweda, McClatchy-Tribune)

D-Rose did a lot of this to the Hawks. (Chris Sweda, McClatchy-Tribune)

ChicagoKirk Hinrich is new to these Hawks. He sounds like he can’t quite understand why the Hawks recognize what works for them but can’t stick with their plans now that the competition has toughened.

  • “In the second half it was like we forgot everything we did in the first half,” Hinrich said.
  • I doubt this will be the last time he expresses such a sentiment.
  • The Hawks scored 30 points in the second quarter. They made 13 of 21 shots, were 5 of 8 in the paint and had two turnovers. Jamal and Al had the two-man game going and J.J.made a couple jumpers.
  • In the third quarter, the Hawks scored 10 points. They missed 11 of 15 shots, were 1 for 2 in the paint and had five turnovers.
  • “I don’t think we did what we did in the first half to stick around which is move the basketball and get good looks,” J.J. said. “We started playing a lot of one-on-one and our shot selection wasn’t the greatest.”
  • “We definitely didn’t have the movement we had in the first half,” Jamal said.
  • To be sure, the game changed because D-Rose decided he was going to change it. But L.D. and the Hawks hardly did all they could to prevent it.
  • The coach stuck with a Jamal-J.J. backcourt when Hinrich was in foul trouble. The players did little to discourage Rose from dancing into the lane.
  • “Rose got to the basket at will against us,” Drew said. “He attacked the paint and we couldn’t keep him in front of us. We tried a few zone possessions but he still got there.”
  • Did L.D. consider sending in Teague for a crack at slowing Rose’s slices to the rim?
  • “Thought about it but that to me that wasn’t the real issue at that point, him getting into the lane,” Drew said. “We did nothing with a physicality as far as taking any hard fouls. That was my thought process. Even when he was getting to the line, we did nothing about giving hard fouls. I don’t care who you are playing against, if you play that soft, you are going to have problems in the paint.”
  • The problems extended to the glass, where the Bulls hammered the Hawks 50-28. The Bulls are the league’s best rebounding team, so this was a game where the Hawks desperately needed someone other than Al (seven rebounds) and Josh (six) to hit the boards.
  • They got four rebounds in 17 minutes from Zaza and not much else. Marvin had one in 18 minutes. L.D. went with Wilkins and he had three in 21 minutes.
  • Even with Boozer (ankle) sidelined, Chicago’s front line of Noah, Hawks nemesis Kurt Thomas , Taj Gibson and Omer Asik combined for 31 rebounds. Denghad more rebounds than Marvin and Damien combined in his 40 minutes.
  • “They are a good rebounding team,” L.D. said. “They did a great job, which we expected. They did a tremendous job in attacking the glass. Both Noah and Kurt, he still has a little in his tank. He gets to the glass as well. I thought Gibson got to the glass. It’s nothing we didn’t expect. We are a team that’s had problems with the glass, and going into this game we wanted to pay particular attention to that, keep them off the glass and limit them.”
  • The Hawks trailed 22-20 after the first quarter, when the Bulls missed some open 3s and Rose got into foul trouble. Joe made an effort to get into the lane early but, in contrast to Rose, was met by a sea of hands and bodies and kept losing his handle on the ball.
  • “It was tough,” Joe said. “A lot of that could have gone either way. It happens. I have been and we have been going through a rut these last few games. We will get out of it tomorrow.”
  • Josh had success spinning into the lane even if it was tough to finish down there. Things didn’t go so well when he had to dribble before making his move. He also missed both of his 3-point attempts as part of a 1 for 5 effort from beyond 15 feet.
  • But at least Josh was willing to go hard to the basket and earned nine free-throw attempts. Horford, Marvin, Jamal, Zaza and Damien had none.
  • “It was physical,” L.D. said. “We got the ball down low. I didn’t think we went away from it. We still went down to it we just came away empty-handed. A team like Chicago they have size, they have length. We were pretty much prepared for their double teams.”
  • After he started 5 for 5 from the field and seemed to be in a flow, Jamal had just three shot attempts after halftime. The Hawks lately don’t seem able to go to whichever guy has it going.
  • Al had five assists. He seemed reluctant to go around or shoot over Thomas.
  • The Hawks have been better defensively since Hinrich arrived but the offense has stalled.
  • “It’s a little bit of an adjustment,” Hinrich said. “The Hawks play a little different than any team I’ve ever been on. We have a lot of guys who post up and most of the teams I’ve been on haven’t had much of a post-up presence. A lot of isos. We have a lot of versatility. A lot of guys who can handle the ball. I think it’s a good fit. We just have to find a way to help each other on both ends.”
  • The Hawks have lost four in a row for the first time since November.
  • “We still have a lot more basketball left,” Joe said. “We have just got to stay positive and get out of this little rut we are in. I’m pretty sure I know tomorrow with us going back home knowing we have to get off this skid we have got to come out on all cylinders and try to get us one.”
  • “We have got to get up,” L.D. said. “This is the NBA. All teams go through trials and tribulations. We are one of the teams at that time. It’s not a time to hang your head. It’s a time to look in the mirror and come out and bounce back. This is no different than what a lot of the other teams have gone through. This is a time to see what we are made of.”

Michael Cunningham, Hawks beat

233 comments Add your comment

Nique's Revenge

March 12th, 2011
12:09 am

Najeh Davenpoop

March 12th, 2011
12:10 am

““Thought about it but that to me that wasn’t the real issue at that point, him getting into the lane,” Drew said. “We did nothing with a physicality as far as taking any hard fouls. That was my thought process. Even when he was getting to the line, we did nothing about giving hard fouls. I don’t care who you are playing against, if you play that soft, you are going to have problems in the paint.””

Wow.

I don’t even know how to respond to that.

Nique's Revenge

March 12th, 2011
12:12 am

blah blah blah blah blah blah, stfu and gtfo joKe, larry-drew-up-another-bad-play, and j-smoove-somewhere-else

# “We still have a lot more basketball left,” Joe said. “We have just got to stay positive and get out of this little rut we are in. I’m pretty sure I know tomorrow with us going back home knowing we have to get off this skid we have got to come out on all cylinders and try to get us one.”
# “We have got to get up,” L.D. said. “This is the NBA. All teams go through trials and tribulations. We are one of the teams at that time. It’s not a time to hang your head. It’s a time to look in the mirror and come out and bounce back. This is no different than what a lot of the other teams have gone through. This is a time to see what we are made of.”

Nique's Revenge

March 12th, 2011
12:13 am

I know how. “Drew, you’re fired.”

Nique's Revenge

March 12th, 2011
12:16 am

I’d rather the players and coach not talk to the media at all and take the fine than insult us more with tired repeated soundbites.

rusty

March 12th, 2011
12:20 am

Drew I hate to be this nasty but your the worst excuse for an NBA coach I have ever seen

Booo!

March 12th, 2011
12:20 am

rusty

March 12th, 2011
12:21 am

This team is as stupid as the coach is

mykhalc

March 12th, 2011
12:21 am

Joe usin’ the words ‘probably unstoppable’….LMAO and SMDH

Booo!

March 12th, 2011
12:21 am

Seriously though, LD is Full of it!

Hawks Str8Talk

March 12th, 2011
12:21 am

Najeh, took the words out of my mouth. ‘That wasn’t the real issue at that point’. If you don’t know what the real issue is, then of course – there’s no way to solve said issue. And so it goes that almost everything I’ve said about this team since the day we decided not to hire Thibs (or even INTERVIEW Thibs) and not start Teague at PG to start the year (and yes, he wasn’t a better PG than Bibby at the time) has come to pass.

mykhalc

March 12th, 2011
12:22 am

i think he meant ‘definitely stoppable’!! KA BOOM!!!!

mykhalc

March 12th, 2011
12:23 am

i posted in another blog…Kirk is gonna find soon just how selfish and clueless these cats are…well it’s started!!!

rusty

March 12th, 2011
12:23 am

The issue is that your an idiot

Booo!

March 12th, 2011
12:24 am

MC, You need to hit LD with a barrage of Teague and lineup/substitution questions general. He completely BS’d that Teague question!

What a bunch of Crap!

K.W.

March 12th, 2011
12:24 am

SMH. THE HAWKS NEED TO GET IT TOGETHER!

slimjr

March 12th, 2011
12:25 am

“In the second half it was like we forgot everything we did in the first half,”
“DuH”

Hey Hinrich, that’s what we been saying on these blogs for months now..The Hawks have a very low Basketball IQ. Just not smart ballers at all.. Josh Smith is unbelievable..This dude will never get it!!!!!!!!Just waive Marvin……………………..
Stick a fork in this bird!!!!!!!!!! The Hawks are toast….4-10 last 14 games with 17 to go…They have technically imploded!!! Sad…. Very sad for Hawks fans to watch and endure this crap!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Gotta feel for Hinrich! Left Washington to come to play with dunces…………………………………….

Najeh Davenpoop

March 12th, 2011
12:26 am

If he really cared that much about hard fouls, he would have presumably put in Etan Thomas like he did the other day. That explanation is so full of sh-t that I think he may have just forgotten that Teague plays for the Hawks and is trying to cover his ass.

Jae Evolution

March 12th, 2011
12:26 am

I wonder if Tom T. could transform the Hawks the way he transformed the Bulls…

From an 8th seed to possibly a 1st seed, now that is what I call progress.

Booo!

March 12th, 2011
12:26 am

Fire Larry Drew!

slimjr

March 12th, 2011
12:30 am

Ld hope you have packed your stuff??? Take Sund with ya!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Kick Rocks…………………………….
ISO JJ= 243k per night!! Give the fans a refund dude………….You bore the heck out of us……………..

rusty

March 12th, 2011
12:30 am

As far as being soft ld your soft in the head

slimjr

March 12th, 2011
12:33 am

8 out of last 10 losses are by double digits. Its either Miami or Chicago in the 1st rd which means ONE AND DONE CLASS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

rusty

March 12th, 2011
12:33 am

Joe you are a complete failure. How can you sleep robbing all that money..?

Najeh Davenpoop

March 12th, 2011
12:33 am

I still can’t get over the complete stupidity of LD’s “explanation” on Teague. So basically, if the Hawks had just kept sending Rose to the free throw line (where he was 14/15) instead of giving up layups, LD would have been totally cool with it.

Nique's Revenge

March 12th, 2011
12:33 am

it’s okay, is there another phat party at joe’s house tonight??? oh yeaaaAaaAAhhh

calihawks

March 12th, 2011
12:34 am

now here come the fire drew’s
the last few years it been fire woody
lol.. are we sure its the coaches guys?

Nique's Revenge

March 12th, 2011
12:34 am

I like Joe. He’s a nice guy. But nice doesn’t win championships. Nice guys polish the trophy for the Champion.

Booo!

March 12th, 2011
12:36 am

Fire his AZZ now!

I just cant beleive the level of BS that iscoming out of this mans mouth!

Nique's Revenge

March 12th, 2011
12:37 am

calihawks, when the coach allows nonsense to continue, like josh hanging around the 3 point line, yes. when he doesn’t play a point guard at the point, yes. when he doesn’t realize the other team’s star can score at will and does nothing to stop it, yes

rusty

March 12th, 2011
12:38 am

No wonder woody was so dumb,he had you sitting next to him giving him advice

Ron J

March 12th, 2011
12:38 am

Even as a die hard Bulls fan, I realize that this Hawks team has way more talent than the Bulls. Why can’t they get it together?

It would take a guy like Doc Rivers to straighten this team out.

Booo!

March 12th, 2011
12:39 am

calihawks, Get rid of everyone not named Joe, Jeff, or Al!

I hope that satisfies you :-)

Nique's Revenge

March 12th, 2011
12:39 am

get Sloan in there. clean up that garbage play real quick

slimjr

March 12th, 2011
12:43 am

give Joe a mop……………

Tremaine

March 12th, 2011
12:44 am

Clearly coaching is the biggest issue with this team.

slimjr

March 12th, 2011
12:46 am

no coach can fix this. This is way above the him…….Doc won like 22 games in 07. The fans wanted to run him outta town up there in Boston.. You need real NBA players to win in this league……Horses…………. Its a players league…

JSS

March 12th, 2011
12:46 am

This team is defense adverse… You guys keeps thinking that a coach can give them the desire… They need three guys willing to sacrifice their game like Powe, Artest, and Battier did for the larger good… Marvin could if he had a heart. Teague just has lost all confidence, and Jamal well, it has always been something like the last man in a leper colony! That leaves Wilkins, but has to see extended minutes… Sigh!

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

March 12th, 2011
12:48 am

lmao@drew’s comments and everybody’s on here.

yall boy said he thought about it but it wasnt the issue

slimjr

March 12th, 2011
12:48 am

Marvin had height, nothing else!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! A Total scrub…………………….

maavelous

March 12th, 2011
12:51 am

I, Marv the Maaavelous Magician of Roundball am too good for this team. I should be the fourth pillar in Miami. King James has nothing on Prince Williams.

drmaryb (*_-)

March 12th, 2011
12:58 am

Pollo Loco! (Drive Thru open 24 hrs) (painted area)

Can I get a soft taco, stuffed with chicken? (hawks)
Oh yeah! Can I get some hot-sauce too? (Jamal)
And, please hold the onions – they make me cry.
______________________

Ok! Mam, that’s , “The Dirty Bird” soft taco.
Would you like the combo?
It comes with two sides and a drink for $5.99.
______________________

What are your sides?

____________________

Twice stuffed mashed potatoes (marvin & zaza)
Sweet Peas (collins)
Dirty Rice (etan thomas)
Waffle Fries (joe)
Hot Dog (jamal)
Kami-kaze Smoothie (josh smith)
Minute Maid Lemonade (Teague)
Assorted Shooters (josh powell)
Sticky Bun (damien)
Slim Shady Shake (hinrich)
Mother’s Milk (it was not a bad pick)
Home Team Fries (brandon leak)
________________

And a Pepsi (fake fans)

“it’s not the real thing” – see Coke

_____________________

That’s My Hawks!

Christian

March 12th, 2011
1:04 am

I don’t really want to look ahead of things but during this offseason, the hawks should definetly focus on everything they’re doing wrong, like shot selections (mostly Josh Smith), Joe Johnson improving his shooting percentage, also trying to get more helpful players and lastly being a good defensive team

JSS

March 12th, 2011
1:05 am

“Minute Maid Lemonade (Teague)” Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!

JSS

March 12th, 2011
1:07 am

@ 1:04AM
What is this “Ground Hogs Day?”

slimjr

March 12th, 2011
1:15 am

“Mother’s Milk (it was not a bad pick)” LOL.

JeJe

March 12th, 2011
1:17 am

LD is garbage

Man this is BS

WTF does this team do at halftime?

Trade this entire time sans Horford this offseason. Buy Joe out and sign Flip Murray. At least he’ll show heart.

This is BS. I waste 2.5 hours 35+ times a year to see this team play garbage. Garbage

slimjr

March 12th, 2011
1:18 am

Man that reactor is leaking over in Japan. They believe the meltdown has begun!! WOW………………..2012????? We still have 7.5 months to go……………………..

JeJe

March 12th, 2011
1:19 am

I’m so tired of this damn BS.

Joe has no heart. How are you a MAX player and struggle to score 20 freaking pts vs. Keith Bogans? What garbage. This guy should be called out by every news station in town. he’s swindling money from this franchise

FIRE WOODY

Progeny

March 12th, 2011
1:39 am

We really should have hired Dwayne Casey