Bucks at Atlanta Hawks: Hawks staying ’small’ against ‘big’

L.D. is using the same lineup as Saturday vs. the Blazers except Al (who still says he’s good to go) subs for Zaza. Remember that Drew sent out the Twin lineup against the Bucks in the previous three meetings, so I have to think that going with this new alignment mean he’s considering making it permanent (though you never can tell).

Drew said he could always go big if Bogut gives the Hawks problems. The hope is that the Hawks can give opponents problems by running.

“I like the speed, I like the quickness of it,” Drew said. “We have been struggling scoring points and we have not been a team that has played out in the open court. We have mostly been playing in the half court. By going with this lineup it gives us speed. What I really like is we have two guys who can get the ball off the glass and initiate the break. It puts such pressure on the defense.

“We have both Kirk and Jeff who can handle the ball, and Joe. Having all five guys running and racing the lanes, it makes us more effective. We’ve always put emphasis on it but I think we have kind of gotten away from it. I am just trying to get back to really putting an emphasis on all five guys running.”

Drew said not much changes for J.J. when he shifts to small forward.

“Usually at the two and the three it’s going to be very similar,” Drew said. “He will be defending the same type of actions. At the one it’s just totally different. One thing is that at the two and the three he will probably be in more switchable situations, which should help in defending some of the stagger screens and misdirection stuff. He is pretty much used to that. When you have the same size guys–Joe, Marvin, Damien, and depending on the matchup Josh Smith–usually those are switchable situations and he doesn’t have to do a lot of chasing.”

L.D. said the Hawks have been switching more on D lately but only in such “switchable situations.” The goal is to avoid ending up big vs. small.

Head wound

J.J. wore a large bandage around his head during shootaround. There was a spot of blood bleeding through an area on the right side over his ear. The Hawks said J.J. has an infected wound that was cleaned out.

“Just a little mishap. Nothing major,” J.J. said. “I will be all right.”

He said the wound didn’t happen on the court but wouldn’t elaborate.

Does it hurt?

“A little bit,” he said. “I will be all right.”

Joe said he probably would wear a headband tonight to protect the wound.

Just play

L.D. has a theory on Jamal’s recent shooting struggles:

“One thing I am trying to get him away from is trying to bait officials into calls and trying to be yourself. He has a tendency to try to draw fouls, especially at the three-point line, and it throws his shot off. He’s leaning one way and the ball is going another way. He’s got to just step up and shoot the ball and just be aggressive, be Jamal.”

After at first expressing skepticism about that take, Jamal said there might be something to it.

“All it takes is a second or a hitch or anything and it changes the way the shot is supposed to go,” he said. “I’ve shot 50 percent the last two games, though.”

Michael Cunningham, Hawks beat

354 comments Add your comment

AG

March 15th, 2011
2:23 pm

first again!

niremetal

March 15th, 2011
2:27 pm

I’m sure there’s a Josh Powell joke to be made with regard to JJ’s injury…but I’m just not feeling it.

Jae Evolution

March 15th, 2011
2:27 pm

Good move, LD. Against a good defensive Bucks team it’s key we try to get easy baskets with our speed, and hopefully Zaza can put in work on the boards against Bogut.

ag

March 15th, 2011
2:32 pm

Wow, I was first twice this year, I may need to buy some lottery tickets! – anyway guess I will read the article now. I wonder if this was the lineup LD was alluding two prior to the break. I truly was very disappointed in LD when he did not make changes. Part of coaching is making tough decisions to help the team and when he made the change that Portland game, he showed he had a pair. As poorly as Marvin has played,if he didn’t do something,… The next part of coaching is getting the guys to do what he wants them to. If he doesn’t want Josh shooting 3’s and if he continues, then Marvin can earn his job back. Actually, as big as he is now, I think Marvin will be more of a power forward. In that Portland game, Teague tried to throw him an alley and Marvin could only catch and lay the ball up – not even dunk

ag

March 15th, 2011
2:33 pm

Teague vs. Jennings … GREAT MATCHUP!

doc

March 15th, 2011
2:42 pm

maybe jamal is back, now if jj is back to his complete player we are able to be competitive. i look forward to seeing how this line up turns out as it has been my notion of jj as a three for a while, as long as teague holds up his part of the match ups.

Trojan

March 15th, 2011
2:50 pm

Teague, Hinrich, JJ, Josh, and Al

First subs, JC, MW and ZaZa

I like the speed. Let’s make teams adjust to us.

The Truth

March 15th, 2011
2:51 pm

Hawks starters vs. #Bucks: Teague, Hinrich, Johnson, Smith,and Al_Horford.

With this small starting lineup, Bogut should have a field day. Didn’t LD get the memo, size does matter. With LD slow to respond on most night, let’s hope the Bucks lead doesn’t swell too large before he makes a change. Rebounding may be the biggest problem especially when we are struggling on offense. Consequently, against a good defensive team, I’m not exactly sure about this win.

Section 303

March 15th, 2011
2:55 pm

ag, I agree….the Teague/Jennings matchup will/should be a good one.

Two winnable games–Bucks and Nuggets. Hawks have to take advantage.

John

March 15th, 2011
2:55 pm

The Truth: when are any of us sure about a win with this club? hahaha. But yea, Bogut could have a field day. However, he does have a habit of getting in foul trouble early from time to time…hopefully tonight is that night. I also, like most posters, like the speed with this lineup. Guess we’ll see how it does down the home stretch!!!

Lionhearted

March 15th, 2011
3:05 pm

Lionhearted

March 15th, 2011
3:05 pm

I guess one of those strippers clawed JJ LMAO

Booo!

March 15th, 2011
3:23 pm

mountain_jim

March 15th, 2011
3:23 pm

Dang MC, your Game Info post got my hopes up for naught…

Hawks are not on NBA TV tonight, according to DirecTV Guide and NBA.com.

No game for me. :(

Rufus1

March 15th, 2011
3:27 pm

AL vs Bogut…

Al has had very good games against Bogut, so I don’t think it is that bad a match-up.

mykhalc

March 15th, 2011
3:27 pm

Joe probably needs to wear a plastic hospital cap under that headband!!!

Grandad

March 15th, 2011
3:32 pm

Trojan

1st three off the bench = Jamal, Zaza & * ` ` D.Wilkins ‘ ‘ * ! [not marv] please.

mykhalc

March 15th, 2011
3:35 pm

@Grandad…co-signed!!!…in whatever order needed!!! Marvin enters ONLY after Damien…PERIOD!!!

Merely a Fleshwound?

March 15th, 2011
3:42 pm

What actually happened to JJ’s head? Kind of odd to have a bloody headwound and not elaborate on what happened

The Game Has Changed

March 15th, 2011
3:47 pm

@The Truth- I wouldnt worry about size. Bogut is trash. Al can check him but he cant run with Al. So we need to just get out and run. Josh has to help on the boars.

Rev in Tampa

March 15th, 2011
4:02 pm

mountain_jim,

I typically watch the Hawks on the web. I don’t have the link right now but Najeh is able to hook you up with the web address. The quaility is not as good as tv, but its better than Gamecasting it on ESPN. I am concerned that with the bad quality I might have a hard time distinguishing JJ and Josh with both wearing the headband. I will assume that the player hitting his 3 point shots will be Josh.

hawkville

March 15th, 2011
4:04 pm

To justify drafting Marvin with the 2nd pick, Marvin continue to start games when it was clearly time for a change. Now you trade players and a draft pick for Kirk, and you justify that by starting him. How long will it take to make a change when it’s time for a change. Seriously,

drmaryb (*_-)

March 15th, 2011
4:13 pm

Nosy!

Yall don’t need to know all that man’s business. He may have gotten a haircut nick at the Barber Shop. Or, may have tried to trim his own hair.

Are, we that hungry for news and irrelevant info? The bleeding came from the doctor digging in there and cleaning it out. Perhaps, Joe will play better under duress.

terrell

March 15th, 2011
4:15 pm

No more Ear Boykins’ of the world having career nights against us please.

welikebaseball2

March 15th, 2011
4:17 pm

I like the lineup change. My only concern is this…does that mean, with Teague as the starting SG, that Jamal will still be the backup PG? Please, say it ain’t so!

mountain_jim

March 15th, 2011
4:27 pm

Thanks Rev in Tampa but I live so remotely in the wnc mountains that my only ‘hi-speed’ interent option is Hughs.net satellite, and video streaming rarely works for long, if at all, over this pipe.

Freshfromatl

March 15th, 2011
4:32 pm

Merely a Fleshwound?,

It isn’t a “wound” sort of speaking. It’s more like a “ringworm” type of infection which can be caused by him not washing his hair properly (not likely), laying on infected pillows (could happen during hotel stays) or something that can be easily passed alone at the barbershop (most likely).

I happened to notice it last game because my brother went through something similar once. It’s an infection that can cause hairloss in the infected area and an small to large abscess can grow. It will leak blood from time to time and can be very tender which can cause minor pain. It can also be cleaned-out by doctors with a needle.

Hope this clears up the confusion because it nothing close to being major like you are making it out to be.

FYI: Sorryin advance for any typos. I’m typing this on my iPhone.

Freshfromatl

March 15th, 2011
4:33 pm

mountain_jim,

On the Hawks website, the game is listed to be broadcast on NBALP, I guess we’ll see.

terrell

March 15th, 2011
4:34 pm

Should be
Teague/JJ/Damien/Josh/Al
Kirk/Jamal/Marvin/Zaza/Hilton

O'Brien

March 15th, 2011
4:38 pm

LD:What I really like is we have two guys who can get the ball off the glass and initiate the break..

I am guessing he means Josh and Al, which goes back to them leading the fast break instead of giving it up to the PG. I know LD wants them to run, but I hope Al and Josh will be more selective because we will need them to fill the lane on the breaks as well…

The Game Has Changed

March 15th, 2011
4:46 pm

@RevinTampa-Ha Ha Ha. You could be right about the threes but Joe is still recovering. But if you cant make out the player that will be turning the ball over, that will be Josh.

The Game Has Changed

March 15th, 2011
4:48 pm

@Terrell-Shouldnt Jason be coming off the bench before Marvin or Armstrong? Someone besided Al needs to check Bogut and Za Za is not the answer

Najeh Davenpoop

March 15th, 2011
4:49 pm

After a lot of painstaking research, I was able to uncover this re-enactment of the circumstances surrounding Joe Johnson’s “injury”.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xp7h6JmnIQ

Najeh Davenpoop

March 15th, 2011
4:57 pm

Al has certainly held his own against Milwaukee this year playing at center, so I’m not sweating the small lineup too much. I do hope, though, that this desire to run more doesn’t cloud LD’s judgment to the extent that he starts using the small lineup in games where the big lineup would clearly be better, like the game against the Lakers or the game at the end of the month against Orlando. Collins is a plodder, sure, but I think they can do plenty of running with Teague/Joe/Smoove/Al/Collins against big teams. Teague can be a one man fast break in his own right.

Najeh Davenpoop

March 15th, 2011
4:58 pm

“I don’t have the link right now but Najeh is able to hook you up with the web address. ”

http://www.atdhenet.tv is where the links always are.

ICECOLD

March 15th, 2011
5:00 pm

I wish we had dekimbe mutombo … that’s the type if center we need

big o

March 15th, 2011
5:01 pm

Ok I just heard on Jim Rhome is Burning ESPN that Dewight Howard is out there and the Lakers are considering getting him. Yall know I’m not a regular on here and I looked at this blog for the first time this year after the Hawks/Blazers game and commented that Dewight needs to come home. So all of you die hards of which I am not make some noise and get this kid home. With him we are a legit Championship contender every year. Good luck Hawks !!! and Spirit get off your ass and bring this kid home

Najeh Davenpoop

March 15th, 2011
5:03 pm

“To justify drafting Marvin with the 2nd pick, Marvin continue to start games when it was clearly time for a change. ”

It’s not about the 2nd pick anymore as much as it’s about the insane contract extension he got in 2009, which only compounded the original mistake.

The thing is, Marvin has actually been pretty effective as a bench player. He was really good on the boards in the Portland game. He may not like it, but he’s best used in that way. I hope we don’t see him in the starting lineup anymore, but that doesn’t mean he shouldn’t get minutes at all.

ICECOLD

March 15th, 2011
5:04 pm

Josh smith will have 28 points 8 rebounds and 7 assist today. Jeff teague will try to do to much in the first quarter. Then get his head on straight.15 points 9 assist.4 steals If he gets 40 minutes.

Najeh Davenpoop

March 15th, 2011
5:04 pm

Jim Rome is full of sh-t just like everyone else on BSPN, but if the Hawks want to get Dwight, they have to find a way to unload Joe and Marvin in the next couple of years. Without doing so, getting him is pretty much impossible.

ATL FAN

March 15th, 2011
5:05 pm

Let Kirk and Damien start. Teague will be invisible yet again

worse2first

March 15th, 2011
5:08 pm

Terrell you may be on to something. Give Damien a start at the 3. He is solid on defense and more capable on offense than the recent version of Marvin. MW can come off the bench with Teague and Hinrich sharing the point and JJ and JC playing shooting guard. Neither of shooting guards should play point unless pressed.

LOL

March 15th, 2011
5:17 pm

LMAO jjm u no what an std is??? LMFAO!!!!!!!!

The Truth

March 15th, 2011
5:18 pm

AL Horford + Marvin = Bringing Dwight Howard Home

moreover

March 15th, 2011
5:27 pm

Like that bringing Dwight home with the Al Horford + Marvin Trade.

[...] ============================================================================== Injuries: Milwaukee: Drew Gooden (foot), Ersan Ilyasova (concussion), & Michael Redd (ACL/MCL) are out. Atlanta: Al Horford is likely to play. [...]

Najeh Davenpoop

March 15th, 2011
5:50 pm

Fun fact: Marvin is shooting 33% from the field since the All Star break.

Michael Cunningham

March 15th, 2011
5:52 pm

@mountain_jim: “Dang MC, your Game Info post got my hopes up for naught…Hawks are not on NBA TV tonight, according to DirecTV Guide and NBA.com.”

sorry Jim

SWAT Native

March 15th, 2011
5:58 pm

On Dwight Howard, about once a generation or so a premier center moves to the Lakers and reestablishes them for their next championship run. It happened wtih Kareem, Shaq, and now Pau Gasol. Although it makes a lot of sense for sentimental reasons for D Howard to come to Atlanta, he’s probably next.

J.J.M

March 15th, 2011
6:10 pm

lol I wonder if joe still dating her