Blazers at Atlanta Hawks: Horford out; Zaza and Teague in

Teague and Zaza have been in and out of L.D.’s rotation this season. Now they both will start tonight with Hinrich at shooting guard, J.J. at small forward and Josh at power forward.

Zaza gets the nod because Al, according to a Hawks spokesman, hurt his left ankle (not the one he injured before) when he came down on Deng’s foot at Chicago last night. Teague will start and Marvin goes to the bench because Atlanta’s free fall has prompted the lineup tweak that Drew has hinted at since before the All-Star break.

“We’ve lost four in a row,” Drew said. “I’ve got to shake things up. We’ll see if we start with more energy.”

Teague didn’t play at Chicago until garbage time despite Hinrich’s foul trouble and D-Rose’s easy (for him at least) drives into the lane. Now Teague gets Andre Miller, a matchup that Drew had concerned when Teague started at Portland while Hinrich got up to speed.

Zaza had one of his best games of the season at Portland, a couple days after L.D. indicated he favored Josh Powell and Zaza said he was unhappy. Two games later Zaza got just six minutes against the Thunder and then one minute against the Knicks.

After playing 22 minutes against the Lakers, logging 17 at Chicago and now starting tonight, Zaza presumably is back in Drew’s rotation.

“He’s done a good job,” L.D. said. “Looking back at our last game we played them, he played pretty well. Hopefully he will bring that type energy tonight. With Camby and Aldridge, they are pretty long. I was toying with the fact of starting Twin but elected to go with Zaza just [for] more of an offensive presence. It gives me a bit more flexibility.”

As for Al (who was in the training room pregame), L.D. said he thinks he’s still favoring the right ankle after suffering the injury at Miami on Jan. 18.

“I know he’s been a little sore,” Drew said. “I can tell he’s not moving as well as he has in the past. I saw it early in last night’s game. He tried to turn and shoot and had nothing, no lift on it as if he didn’t want to put any kind of pressure on it.”

Michael Cunningham, Hawks beat

380 comments Add your comment

Sautee

March 12th, 2011
6:56 pm

Well now we know why Al was so tentative last night.

Come back soon, Al.

Tremaine

March 12th, 2011
6:56 pm

Sautee

March 12th, 2011
6:56 pm

Oh yeah, frist!

Bill Frist, that is. heh, heh.

Tremaine

March 12th, 2011
6:57 pm

SIKE! Interesting lineup.

Sautee

March 12th, 2011
6:57 pm

Sorry Tremaine. I don’t care about an acceptance speech so you can have mine.

MsDee

March 12th, 2011
6:57 pm

Wow, Teague in and Horford out??? Amazing!!

MsDee

March 12th, 2011
6:59 pm

Why cant Teague & Horford be IN?? Horford, get betta soon cause we are NOTHING w/o ya!!

bigdave

March 12th, 2011
6:59 pm

i like this..

really will like it w/ Al back in @ center..

this lineup could work if Joe commits himself to the boards.. which im sure he will..

Tremaine

March 12th, 2011
7:00 pm

Horford is hurt. I like Joe playing SF instead of Marvin though.

O'Brien

March 12th, 2011
7:02 pm

Maybe JJ at SF will lead to him taking less 3’s.

I wish LD gets more consistent with his rotations though…

Sautee

March 12th, 2011
7:05 pm

Pape Sy is dressing tonight. I’d love to see him get a few minutes, just to see what we have.

Sautee

March 12th, 2011
7:11 pm

LD is strange. Teague wasn’t good enough to play against Rose but he can START tonight?

slimjr

March 12th, 2011
7:12 pm

No Big Al tonight??? OH Shoot, 4-11 last 15 after tonight! Just Brutal.. But we all knew this was coming with this schedule in March!!!

Tremaine

March 12th, 2011
7:14 pm

TEAGUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

O'Brien

March 12th, 2011
7:15 pm

Sautee,

Exactly. Kirk was in foul trouble, and Rose was getting by Jamal at will. But no Teague. I guess if the Hawks had won that game, Teague wouldnt be starting tonight

Tremaine

March 12th, 2011
7:15 pm

They already look a hundred times better.

O'Brien

March 12th, 2011
7:15 pm

Teague with a layup, and a steal. And a good pass into the paint to Josh which leads to FTs

bigdave

March 12th, 2011
7:17 pm

didnt know you could just push someone down .. smh.

bigdave

March 12th, 2011
7:18 pm

Teague gives you that probe element we lacked..

bigdave

March 12th, 2011
7:19 pm

Teague strip. fast break conversion.

Nique's Revenge

March 12th, 2011
7:21 pm

LOLOLOL!!!! HINRICH was waiting for dumb josh to pass it to him to set up a play, JOSH IGNORES HIM and TURNS IT OVER!!! Hinrich says WTF??? HAAHAHAHAH GET RID OF DUMB JOSH

bigdave

March 12th, 2011
7:21 pm

not a good look from Josh. clearly Kirk asking for the ball. looked @ Josh like what are you doing.

bigdave

March 12th, 2011
7:22 pm

Josh being Josh.. both ends.

Nique's Revenge

March 12th, 2011
7:23 pm

HAHAHAAHAH josh think he can ball when he gets a block because the opponent takes it up weak. THEN HE TRIES TO RUN THE FLOOR!! HAHAHAA another TO!

GET RID OF DUMB JOSH!

Tremaine

March 12th, 2011
7:23 pm

Josh Smith give the ball to TEAGUE.

PHILLY FAN IN TEMECULA CA

March 12th, 2011
7:23 pm

LETS GO BLAZERS HERE COME THE 76ERS ON TO THE 5TH SPOT BY END OF SEASON

MsDee

March 12th, 2011
7:23 pm

Josh is such a bone head sometimes..well, all the time!!

Sautee

March 12th, 2011
7:23 pm

Josh is trying way too hard to make something happen.

All that’s happening is TOs.

O'Brien

March 12th, 2011
7:24 pm

Once Teague starts making his jumpers, watch out.

Why didnt Josh give the ball to Hinrich right next to him? And Kirk was asking for it! Come on Josh. That play led to a foul on Kirk on the other end, so now Kirk has 2 fouls.

2 turnovers already for Josh. And then a tip-in, and then a block. And now another turnover. 3 turnovers already for Josh.

I wish Josh would just focus on defense and rebounding, and let the offense come to him.

PHILLY FAN IN TEMECULA CA

March 12th, 2011
7:25 pm

HAWKS ARE JUST LIKE BRAVES STRONG FIRST MONTH OF SEASON AND A SUCKING BY PLAYOFF TIME SAME OLE SAME OLE

jwdog8

March 12th, 2011
7:25 pm

Can LD finally get Smith to give the ball to the guards?

prison mike

March 12th, 2011
7:26 pm

yeah js needs to slow down a tad. I can see where he is coming from when hinrich is brand new and has played more minutes than teague already, or atleast close to it. Trust your teammates.

Sautee

March 12th, 2011
7:26 pm

I HATE seeing Jamal at PG.

Nique's Revenge

March 12th, 2011
7:26 pm

joe aint a leader, marvin is scrubtastic, zaza just wants to cook u a meal, LD can’t coach, josh does whatever he wants, BLOW UP THIS TEAM

PHILLY FAN IN TEMECULA CA

March 12th, 2011
7:26 pm

ATLANTA IS SUCH A LOSER TOWN I CHAMPIONSHIP IN THEIR ENTIRE SPORTS HISTORY 1, BRUTAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nique's Revenge

March 12th, 2011
7:27 pm

Nique's Revenge

March 12th, 2011
7:28 pm

Paradise Lost

March 12th, 2011
7:28 pm

Oh, Slim Shady, if you could just stay away from the fouls. I, too, am in favor of JJ at SF. His instincts seem to serve him better when he plays SF (rebounding/assists).

Booger

March 12th, 2011
7:29 pm

How many championships have you had in Temecula CA? Losers !!

Tremaine

March 12th, 2011
7:29 pm

Are you kidding me. Get Teague back in the game.

prison mike

March 12th, 2011
7:29 pm

lineup is exceptionally horrific.

Nique's Revenge

March 12th, 2011
7:29 pm

what luck on that play

jwdog8

March 12th, 2011
7:30 pm

I agree with NR, Marvin should have been traded

MsDee

March 12th, 2011
7:30 pm

Nice pass from ‘butterfinger’ Marvin

PHILLY FAN IN TEMECULA CA

March 12th, 2011
7:31 pm

I ONLY LIVE IN TEMECULA BUT AM A PROUD PHILLY FAN WHATEVER CITY I LIVE IN

Sautee

March 12th, 2011
7:31 pm

Don’t feed the troll, y’all.

Paradise Lost

March 12th, 2011
7:32 pm

“Wallace can’t go post to post with no cut-off…” I feel ya, Nique.

RomeDawg

March 12th, 2011
7:32 pm

Josh Smith is who needs to be sitting! Drew has to get his attention. He consistently settles for jumpers and complains if he misses a shot and a foul isn’t called. He had the worst two minutes of any Atlanta athlete last night when he took 2 horrible shots and turned the ball over twice in four positions giving the Bulls 8 easy points. Didn’t Drew just say the issue with these guys is “shot selection”? Trade him for someone who can actually hit those jumpers and doesn’t pout!

jwdog8

March 12th, 2011
7:32 pm

Hey Philly, why you shouting? Can’t hear yourself type?

MsDee

March 12th, 2011
7:32 pm

Need Teague back in the game