Nets at Atlanta Hawks: Josh Smith’s knee still ailing

Smoove says he has a new plan for his knee pain and his game.

The right knee is still sore. He sprained it against the Nuggets on Feb. 28 after he’d tweaked it earlier in the season.

“It gets sore as I play on it,” Smith said. “That day off after that back-to-back was big for me. I needed the rest. It’s probably not going to be 100 percent at this point. I will just get it treated as much as I can and rest it when I can.”

Smith said his father, Pete, told him a few games back to try running on his toes. He resisted at first because he’s more comfortable running heel-toe but finally relented at Philly and said it helped alleviate some of the pain.

Even with the bum knee, Smoove said he plans to continue to play closer to the basket like he did at Philly.

“I’m trying to drive the ball a little bit more,” he said. “I think it’s a positive for the team and a positive for my game. I can’t think about [the knee]. It makes me play worse. I’ve got to go out there and try to play the way I’m capable.”

Notes

  • “Regular” lineup tonight: Hinrich, J.J., Marvin, Josh and Al.
  • Deron Williams (wrist) shot baskets before the game but is out for the Nets.
  • L.D. said the seven-man rotation he used at Philly won’t be the norm: “I was looking at matchups, looking at the rhythm of the game. As we wind down these last 10 a lot of it will depend on the matchups and how the game is going. If I feel we need to kind of speed the game up, I’ll be playing Jeff Teague more. I am definitely going to get him in tonight playing against Farmar and [Uzoh]. But a lot depends on matchups.”
  • Al on the increased minutes for the starters: “We have to do it as a team. We can’t do it with five, six guys. We have to rely on our other guys. They have to be ready to come in and play.”
  • Hawks players were a very loose group in the locker room before the game tonight. Same thing at practice yesterday. “You have got to give a lot of credit to coach,” Marvin said. “Coach is not a big downer. I think when you are a head coach that comes in with an upbeat, positive attitude and things are kind of shaky it really does help your confidence as a player. He has come in with a great attitude and it is really rubbing off on us players.”
  • Marvin on his increased production lately: “My shot has been so up-and-down all year. I guess I am going through a stretch where I am making shots, thankfully. I have just got to continue to stay aggressive, get to the free-throw line and I guess that has helped me stay in a little rhythm lately. “
  • The Nets are awful on offense but not half bad on defense. They are an average offensive rebounding team which is good enough to give the Hawks problems.
  • “New Jersey is going to be a brutal game,” L.D. said. “That team has not thrown the towel in. They are playing hard. They’ve got big guys who play physical, they have got guys who can shoot it. It’s going to be a war. We have to bring our hardhat and our tool box. We have to roll our sleeves up. That’s just the kind of game it’s going to be.”

Michael Cunningham, Hawks beat

133 comments Add your comment

initial J

March 26th, 2011
6:50 pm

A pro athlete running heel-toe? Is this common?

Was there a “bad” matchup for teague against the sixers?

Please show up Marvin

tremaine

March 26th, 2011
6:52 pm

Jae Evolution

March 26th, 2011
6:52 pm

So a guranteed Teague sighting tonight, good.

No more excuses LD.

tremaine

March 26th, 2011
6:54 pm

“GIVE TEAGUE A CHANCE!”

Nunna!!

March 26th, 2011
6:58 pm

If I feel we need to kind of speed the game up, I’ll be playing Jeff Teague more. I am definitely going to get him in tonight playing against Farmar and [Uzoh]. But a lot depends on matchups.”

Punk!! U play him as your change of pace guy and u make them defend your players,its not about u trying to match up with them all the time.
Make them play yo game Larry!!

kaminari

March 26th, 2011
7:00 pm

More hot air from this group. Put your money where you’re mouth is, and come out and play hard. I’m sure they will, cause the Hawks match up well with mediocrity.

And why not sit Josh if he’s injured? Is that the reason for the recent lollygagging half the time when getting back on defense? Is that the reason for the air balls and bricks? Well sit his behind and let someone willing to give 110% play. What’s wrong with these people? They are a professional basketball team and we fans demand 110% or else.

drmaryb (*_-)

March 26th, 2011
7:03 pm

“A pro athlete running heel-toe? Is this common?”
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You are kidding right? How else do you run, or walk for that matter?

kaminari

March 26th, 2011
7:04 pm

Josh stepped it up recently, so maybe I shouldn’t criticize him but LD. Play Teague ya fool!

calihawks

March 26th, 2011
7:04 pm

Will shall see if Jeff Teague gets in the game.. Who knos
with LD… If josh cant play then he should sit and get ready for the playoffs…

ntrigue

March 26th, 2011
7:06 pm

LD has lost his mind he just doesn’t get it! I liked him at first but now I want him gone! Teague should be starting no matter the matchup the entire season.

tremaine

March 26th, 2011
7:07 pm

Why are they talking about the Orlando game when they still have to beat the Nets and Cavs. No automatic W’s the way this team been playing.

drmaryb (*_-)

March 26th, 2011
7:09 pm

Speed the game up? You down 5 in the 4th with 2 mins left, and yall walking the ball up the court and passing it around the perimeter until time expires or it ends up in Josh’s left hand?
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You definitely need to speed the game up! Geez! How many times do I scream at the “telly”?

Run fool Run! You need 3 possessions and less than 2 mins to go!!!!!!!

Puzzled

March 26th, 2011
7:11 pm

Hawks should have an easy go of it tonight, even if Josh doesn’t play: The Nets played last night, the Hakws have had 2 days off, and they’re playing at home tonight.

Booo!

March 26th, 2011
7:11 pm

Hahaha! You Fools! LD’s comments OBVIOUSLY mean that we wont be seeing Jeff Teague tonight! Get a clue smh…. -_-

kaminari

March 26th, 2011
7:14 pm

Joe Johnson is a beast. Like Godzilla. I wish he’d just act like it more often.

drmaryb (*_-)

March 26th, 2011
7:14 pm

Heads Up!

With Joe wearing the white headband, perhaps Al will mistake him for Josh and pass it to Joe for all the perimeter shots?

Josh said he’s gonna’ play inside to help his team! I guess we know what all the locker room fussing was about now.

kaminari

March 26th, 2011
7:15 pm

Josh! #5 didn’t shoot the jumper!!!

calihawks

March 26th, 2011
7:16 pm

nice smoove shot

kaminari

March 26th, 2011
7:17 pm

If only we could play the Nets like 20 times a year. LD, give the keys to Teague, recline your seat and go to sleep.

CONservative Johnson

March 26th, 2011
7:20 pm

That’s right Nique. Go BEFORE the double gets there . . .

kaminari

March 26th, 2011
7:22 pm

This is a good game plan for #5 in the playoffs. Off the glass, all night. Way to go guys. We’re gonna win this game.

calihawks

March 26th, 2011
7:27 pm

josh missed 3 ..made up by a steal and 2 points..lol

Stizz

March 26th, 2011
7:29 pm

I really hate how Nique is quick to talk about another team’s shortcomings, yet says nothing about the awful coaching and decision making on the Hawks side.

drmaryb (*_-)

March 26th, 2011
7:29 pm

Big Trouble!

Nique said, “When you got your big guys shooting jumpers, you know you’re in trouble.” Referring to Johann Petro, 7′ Nets center.
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Now yall know that also applies to The Hawks bigs shooting jumpers too.
That’s the pot calling the kettle – black, if I ever heard one.

tremaine

March 26th, 2011
7:30 pm

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

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

March 26th, 2011
7:34 pm

Even if it’s the Nets, it’s good to see us mopping somebody considering the play as of late.

prison mike

March 26th, 2011
7:35 pm

It takes 2-4 weeks to fully recover from a mild to moderate mcl sprain, JS came back in 5 days…

Let the guy fully heal and be close to 100% for the playoffs.

calihawks

March 26th, 2011
7:35 pm

Where the hell is teague … only sub jamal and zaza … Anyways good 1st quarter hope they can keep it up.. 32 points wow..!

Booo!

March 26th, 2011
7:36 pm

Jamal and Joe Ignoring Teague on the offensive end early. Put the Ball in his hands and let him go to work!

kaminari

March 26th, 2011
7:36 pm

I want to think Nique is smarter than he might come across. The reason he said “when you got your bigs shooting jumpers – you know you’re in trouble” must be aimed at LD even though he was talking about the other coach.

Dezz Nuttz

March 26th, 2011
7:41 pm

Congrats To Clayton State University and the Girls Basketball Team’s Division II National Championship. Way to Go Lakers!

Booo!

March 26th, 2011
7:42 pm

LOL @ Jamal with his Krafty Dribblez :-)

drmaryb (*_-)

March 26th, 2011
7:44 pm

Knee Brace!

I see Josh has finally taken that right knee brace (with metal supports) off tonight. I guess the MCL is feeling stronger.

If he still has pain in there, its still mildly sprained. Yikes! I hope he doesn’t twist it or get it collapsed on in that paint. Be careful, Josh.

drmaryb (*_-)

March 26th, 2011
7:49 pm

Did anyone see Jeff push the ball or speed the game up any?
I didn’t notice any impact, on offense. His defense looked good though. Where is Damien lately? Defense is always appreciated.

This Nets team is a gift for the winless ones. We’ll take it, heck, we’ll t ake a forfeiture at this point. A good practice game for the Hawks, I guess.

Booo!

March 26th, 2011
7:58 pm

Johan Perto is trying to show off in fron of his girlfriend Rick Sund…

Booo!

March 26th, 2011
8:01 pm

Yeah, everytime Jeff touched the ball after a rebound on the defensive end, I heard LD’s whistle and teague would look up, comply and either hand the ball of to Jamal or Joe.

Woody-Lite has the teaguer on the shortest leash ever!

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

March 26th, 2011
8:03 pm

“Who Got Snaps on The Petro?”

- MC Eight
Menance II Society

calihawks

March 26th, 2011
8:03 pm

great 1st half guys. even if it was the new jersey nets..

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

March 26th, 2011
8:04 pm

who is this cat

mykhalc

March 26th, 2011
8:05 pm

LD is still stooopid!!!

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

March 26th, 2011
8:05 pm

lmao@showing the halftime show on TV for a Hawks/Nets game.

scrub teague

March 26th, 2011
8:09 pm

Hey just give me 4 more years and Ill make it…

Larry Drew

March 26th, 2011
8:10 pm

you guys stop talking bout me. Sund Hired me and he fired Woodson because Im better. Besides Mike Cunningham endorsed me. So SHUT UP!

drmaryb (*_-)

March 26th, 2011
8:11 pm

Well then Teague should ignore that little whistle and run his team.
Be the PG! What’s he go to lose? Playing time?

Jae Evolution

March 26th, 2011
8:15 pm

Well, here’s to hoping the Pacers fallout of the playoffs and the Bucks get the 8th seed. With them getting Redd and Gooden back, they have more offense and a pretty deep squad now, they might push the Bulls/Celtics to a good series.

drmaryb (*_-)

March 26th, 2011
8:17 pm

“great 1st half guys. even if it was the new jersey nets..”
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Well haven’t the Nets kicked our butts pretty good all last year and two times this year already? They way we’ve been playing, we can’t take any professional team for granted.

Travis Outlaw is horrible! Doesn’t he have a Marvin Williams sized contract? Farmar and Vuiajic are awful Laker rejects. For that matter, so is Josh Powell.

Najeh Davenpoop

March 26th, 2011
8:19 pm

I just turned the game on. A few questions:

1) Joe in a white headband? WTF?
2) Multi-genre halftime show? WTF?
3) Hawks up by 25? WTF?

bigdave

March 26th, 2011
8:21 pm

Arthur the PR guy got a bad chic..

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

March 26th, 2011
8:23 pm

lmao@box fade nique…”swag”

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

March 26th, 2011
8:25 pm

nice to see marvin on the glass