Atlanta Hawks: Practice report

Pausing during a ‘Nique-heavy day for some late afternoon notes . . .

  • The Hawks had a light practice session today.
  • J.J. on the thumb: “A little sore but for the most part it feels OK. I shot well [today], actually. It’s going to be one of those things that pretty much lingers. I am never going to have enough time to rest it for it to heal up.”
  • Smoove on the knee: “It feels good. I just need to rest it whenever I can and try to keep taking care of it.”
  • Al says the hamstring isn’t an issue. He said he gets “maintenance” treatment for the ankle: “The ankle is the one that is still real sore, especially last night [after] I played a lot of minutes. Besides the ankle, I feel fine.”
  • L.D. said Twin got treatment for some swelling in his knee.
  • After three consecutive solid outings, do the Hawks think they’ve turned the corner and can keep this roll going?
  • Drew: “I still want some more. I’m not ready to say that yet. I see signs but I am waiting on us to put together a series of wins against teams like the Orlandos, the Bostons, and the San Antonios. See if we can play with that consistency.”
  • Smoove: “I think so. There’s really no turning back now for this ball club. We’ve been playing hard for the past three games and there is no excuse as to why we can’t do that for every game here on out and through the postseason.”
  • Al: “I think we are getting there. I don’t think we are there yet. I feel like we have had better outings. We are starting to stick together more out there. It is encouraging to see.”
  • J.J.: “Our defense has been the difference. That’s been it. Defensively we have been hitting on all cylinders regardless of what our offense is doing. We’ve brought it defensively and we need to continue to get better and carry that over to the playoffs.”
  • Much of the chatter about the Nique incident among players centered on the police mugshot of the accused assailant posted at ajc.com. “The results wasn’t pretty,” J.J. said.
  • Al: “It’s unfortunate that something would go down here [at the arena]. We just have to be aware of things like that, I guess. It’s a good thing we have team security, I know that much.”
  • TMZ.com posted a (shaky, low-quality) video of the incident.
  • The Hawks have told ‘Nique not to comment.
  • Josh on lobbying L.D. to send Twin back in vs. Dwight in the fourth quarter: “Al does a pretty good job on bigs in this league but we really wasn’t double teaming because we didn’t want to give up the open jump shot. The way [Dwight] was scoring down and the play [Twin] was giving us the whole game we needed him in the lineup to give us a little bit more resistance”
  • Dwight thought Twin should have been called for a flagrant when he wrapped him around the shoulders.
  • Twin disagreed: “I’ve committed plenty of flagrant fouls in my career but I don’t think any of those were flagrant. I think a couple of them definitely were hard fouls. The one where I wrapped his shoulders, he’s so strong you just don’t want to give up an and-1. On that one, he hadn’t even jumped yet so it’s not like I snatched him out of the air.”
  • SI.com’s Rob Mahoney, filling in for Zach Lowe, warns against getting too carried away by Hawks’ success vs. Magic with big lineup.
  • But John Hollinger, writing for ESPN.com’s Daily Dime, calls Twin the “Superman Stopper” and thinks his work against Dwight means “we’re looking at a genuinely competitive series” between the Hawks and Magic.
  • Shaq won’t play tomorrow and may not be back until the playoffs.
  • L.D. said he most likely would go back to the “regular” lineup vs. the C’s: “At the five spot, Krstic is good but I think we can match up pretty good with him with our regular lineup. I haven’t made a decision yet but I’m leaning that way.”

Michael Cunningham, Hawks beat

132 comments Add your comment

Rufus1

March 31st, 2011
3:58 pm

Rufus1

March 31st, 2011
4:04 pm

LD Defense win championships…

The Game Has Changed

March 31st, 2011
4:17 pm

First of all Nique I hope all is well with you man. I see that dude didnt know who he was messing with. Now back to the Hawks. TO ALL MY BLOGERS- I have never seen a coach that received so much hatred as I have seen yall give Drew. You grade papers at the end of the test. Therefore lets grade him after the season is over. This is his first year and yall are treating him as though he has been the head coach for ten years. Yall want the man fired, people have been talking about his family. MC-give the man a lil love. I have one question for all the BLOGGERS. If we beat Orlando and advance to the second round and then get swept in the second round, will yall still be asking for his termination?

Paradise Lost

March 31st, 2011
4:18 pm

Dwight Howard = Princess

Lionhearted

March 31st, 2011
4:31 pm

Paradise Lost

March 31st, 2011
4:31 pm

“Van Gundy teams can be trusted to make the right adjustments (not to mention the right preparations, which aren’t possible on a regular-season schedule), but can Larry Drew teams be trusted to respond? If there’s a reason to believe that to be the case, it’s fairly well concealed under Drew’s other missteps this season.”

LD = Inspector Clouseau

ag

March 31st, 2011
4:45 pm

The Hawks are not a rebuilding project so I will expect Drew to get fired unless he shows progress. I do agree when you coach the Wolves or Wizards you give a coach time to develop his players. LD did not get that luxury, coaching a 53 win team you have high expectations. That is not to say he will not be a good coach in the future, but he needs to grow with a team.

In almost every statisical category the Hawks are a worse team. He has made a couple of good coaching decisions (starting Twin against Orlando and finishing with him and giving Teague a start against Portland to give team a spark), but repeatly he has shown he is a first year coach.

FIRE LD

START JEFF TEAGUE!

ag

March 31st, 2011
4:50 pm

Thank you MC – Josh had to urge him to finish with Twin??? As I watched the game, it did appear it was slipping away because Dwight’s eyes got bigger and the basket larger when LD put ZaZa and Al on him! So, Josh urged him to put Twin in the game….
FIRE LD!!!!

ToeKnee

March 31st, 2011
4:50 pm

Dwight Howard < Princess

ILL-Logical

March 31st, 2011
4:54 pm

steve brown

March 31st, 2011
5:03 pm

Anyone notice the Crawford we gave away had 39 points last night. One gets the feeling that we just don’t know how to judge or develop talent.

ag

March 31st, 2011
5:04 pm

Rusty

March 31st, 2011
12:18 am
LD is a liability. Why did he wait so long to put Collins in? Why the hell wasn’t jt in to slowdown Nelson? Why the hell was JC2 playing pg .KH didn’t shoot well or play great defense on Nelson.why didn’t Wilkins play. I am afraid that we will not be able to overcome his bad decisions. God I would love to see Etan play for more than a minute every 30 games. I hope he gives our starters some rest before the playoffs.

ditto
fire ld

Paradise Lost

March 31st, 2011
5:05 pm

Josh Smith = SF
Josh Smith = PG
Josh Smith = HC

ag

March 31st, 2011
5:09 pm

Wow, another reason why LD should be fired! This kid averaging 23.8 over last 5 games. LD holding him back…. LD holding JT back!!!! We could have traded JCI and played JCII!!! If we would have seen him play… would have saved ASG $10million off JCI contract!

FIRE LD

Paradise Lost

March 31st, 2011
5:10 pm

@steve brown – I noticed. I know there’s been much blog debate on whether we traded away our future, but you can’t deny that Crawford really stepped up to the challenge after Wall was ejected.

Najeh Davenpoop

March 31st, 2011
5:14 pm

Drew: “I still want some more. I’m not ready to say that yet. I see signs but I am waiting on us to put together a series of wins against teams like the Orlandos, the Bostons, and the San Antonios. See if we can play with that consistency.”

I agree with LD. Hold your horses Smoove. Let’s see y’all beat Boston and/or San Antonio before we declare y’all out of the woods. Let’s not forget that the early March win against Chicago was followed by four straight losses, and the two impressive wins against Portland and Milwaukee were followed by two blowout losses. They need more than one win over a quality opponent to show that the last month and a half are behind them.

Najeh Davenpoop

March 31st, 2011
5:19 pm

None of Collins’ fouls looked like flagrants to me, but at the same time, Dwight is a lot like Shaq in that a foul that is hard enough to be called a flagrant against anyone else is not going to look like a flagrant when committed against him. If Collins comes down with the same force on, say, Chris Bosh, Bosh probably goes flying and Collins gets called for the flagrant. I can sympathize to an extent with Dwight in that it’s gotta suck to get hammered twice as hard as everyone else and not have a flagrant foul called in your favor all season.

Rufus1

March 31st, 2011
5:24 pm

Making excuses…

All these national writers making excuses for what has happened to the Magic. They are not the same team as last year. They are SMALLER and SOFTER and no one seems to accept these facts.

I know how we have played this year but we have 50 win talent and they are starting to focus.

The Magic are worse 2-4 this year and they are in trouble.

allofus

March 31st, 2011
5:34 pm

We should draft Jon Leuer.

mykhalc

March 31st, 2011
5:40 pm

@Paradise Lost…LD = Inspector Clouseau…LMAO…best one i’ve read yet!!!

Rev in Tampa

March 31st, 2011
5:40 pm

@The Game Has Changed – ” I have one question for all the BLOGGERS. If we beat Orlando and advance to the second round and then get swept in the second round, will yall still be asking for his termination?”

YES! Even if the Hawks reach the ECF Drew should be relieved of his job.

Slimjr

March 31st, 2011
5:46 pm

Bye LD, RUN DONT WALK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! JUST BRUTAL MAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Josh Smith for HC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Slimjr

March 31st, 2011
5:46 pm

Draft Derrick Williams…

Slimjr

March 31st, 2011
5:49 pm

JC2 LIT UP MIAMI………………….SHOOT………………..LD RUN……………….DONT WALK…….

Slimjr

March 31st, 2011
5:51 pm

HAWKS FLAT OUT SUCK ON THE ROAD IN THE PLAYOFF’S, SINCE ORLANDO HAS THE HOME COURT YOU GOT TO GIVE THEM THE EDGE IN A 7 GAME SERIES RIGHT????

Ken Strickland

March 31st, 2011
6:02 pm

You can stop worrying about what Jordan Crawford is doing with the Wizards, because he was never going to do anything close to what he’s doing now under LDrew. Just like Woodson, he’ll play his vets into the ground, no matter what the outcome, before playing a rookie or younger guard.

We’re already seeing him give major mins to Jamal, despite him being in a prolonged slump and playing out of position, while JTeague receives minimal mins, even when his speed, quickness and DEF are desperately needed. After almost 2yrs of receiving the WOODY/DREW TREATMENT, Teague seems to be holding up a lot better than SStaudemire and ALaw managed to do.

I think Teague and Hinrich make a very complimentary backcourt, and I think JJ is better suited to playing SF. He’s not as quick, fast and/or athletic as most starting SG’s, but he has enough of those attributes, along with his size and strength, to have an advantage over most SF’s.

Most SF aren’t included in pick and rolls, so he won’t have to fight over so many picks. Most SF operate on the wing, so he won’t have to defend his man in the open back court. Both Hinrich and Teague are quicker, faster and more athletic than JJ, which makes them better able to defend pick and rolls and provide help DEF.

I can’t say we have enough talent to win the NBA championship, but I can certainly say we have enough to determine who does. All that’s missing to make it all work is a HC that can instill more structure, accountability, confidence and decipline.

drmaryb (*_-)

March 31st, 2011
6:16 pm

Mar 31, 2:00 PM

Allen Iverson’s Lambo in Lock-Up

Allen Iverson ’s sick Lamborghini is sitting in an Atlanta police impound yard … after the former NBA superstar got pulled over last night … TMZ has learned. Atlanta PD confirms Iverson was a passenger in his silver 2009 Lambo when they pulled over the ride because it had expired dealer tags. Police impounded the whip and gave A.I. a ticket. By the way, after Iverson got his belongings out of the Lambo — he slipped into another car … his friends were following in an even sicker Rolls-Royce. That’s just how he Rolls.

prison mike

March 31st, 2011
6:29 pm

Twin will need to work on his cardio because it looks like we will need him to finish off the 4th quarter with orlando.

We also need to get teague more ready because kirk and jamal can’t see nelson. Nelson is the wildcard going into the series. Actually kirk would be a good fit guarding redick.

Ken Strickland

March 31st, 2011
6:57 pm

Now i know a lot of you are thinking, hey, Ken strickland is so stupid. He was singing Drews praises and bragging about the princeton offense and how this would take the hawks to another level. You guys are probably thinking, hey Ken is blind and has a low basketball IQ and now that his belove Princeton maestro Drew is a clear and obvious burst he want to jump ship rather that admit hes an Idiot.

We You are right. I am an idiot. But you my friend are a bigger idiot because you read me.

Yes, I admit Woodson did a great job considering the talent level. Remarkable as a matter of fact. But thats not why Im here.

Im here because I like chitting out my mouth. My conversation goes no where because Im clueless. Which brings me to my main point…

WTF you looking @

Ken Strickland

March 31st, 2011
6:59 pm

That right my mine point is the hawks participate in the nba and therefore deserve to have a trademark or logo.

Ken Strickland

March 31st, 2011
7:00 pm

Ok balls in your court. How do you feel about that?

Booo!

March 31st, 2011
7:03 pm

Free The Teague!

It was a good game, but at the 4:00 min mark of the 4th quater, it was evident that Collins needed to be in there and Jamal needed to be TAKEN OUT in order to protect the league. At least LD isn’t as slow as Woody but he’s dangerously close.

Woody-lite makes my stomach turn sometimes Smh….

Booo!

March 31st, 2011
7:06 pm

LMBO…..*lead

Booo!

March 31st, 2011
7:07 pm

‘Nique handled his business Hahahaha!

jeremiah

March 31st, 2011
7:15 pm

get jordn crawrod back

Mike W

March 31st, 2011
7:22 pm

To me hawks play way better on road this year,than all other previous years going into the playoffs with several good road wins over teams.I think hawks can do well on the road in playoffs and steal one or two from orlando.Hawks confidence is higher on road than at home.

jeremiah

March 31st, 2011
7:33 pm

How can the hawks get Jordan crawford back he had 39 points againt heat what was the hawks was thinking

The Game Has Changed

March 31st, 2011
7:33 pm

@Rev In Tampa-You have got to be kidding. Are you saying if LD doesnt win the Championship he should be fired? Maybe you just hate him because he is a black man. Do you realize that 6 coaches have won 28 out of the last 30 championships.

ag

March 31st, 2011
7:45 pm

The Game Has Changed no he sucks! We have cited SEVERAL EXAMPLES.. NONE OF WHICH IS BECAUSE HE IS BLACK. IT IS BECAUSE HE IS AN IDIOT!!! For the record, there have been MANY black men who were IDIOTS!!!!!!.. and clueless and a poor coach.. and he is certainly one! The Hawks win only because of them being a good team.

Rusty

March 31st, 2011
7:45 pm

We hate him because he don’t have a clue & is stubborn as a junkyard dog. He caused us jc2 & next years first round draft pick & is screwing jt. I hope to hell he don’t run our starters into the ground before the playoffs

Rev in Tampa

March 31st, 2011
8:04 pm

The Game Has Changed,

For your information I was one of Larry Drew’s biggest supporters on this blog. Many can attest to this. In fact, my reversal has been so great that doc is calling me “dev in tampa” to illustrate how completely I have become my polar opposite in regards to Drew.

My question for you is, “Are you Larry Drew’s Grandmother???”

Katie

March 31st, 2011
8:07 pm

Can people please stop with all the Crawford updates? Yah, it’s great that he’s doing so well on a lottery team, but come on people. We only drafted him because we didn’t know if Joe would be back. [insert insane contract here] But because Joe did come back we were NEVER going to play him, especially with Jamal still on the roster. Would you all have preferred if we didn’t trade him so he could sit and twiddle his thumbs on the bench?

I’ll take Teague over Crawford any day of the week. He shows way to much potential in his entire game, whereas Crawford seems to be stuck on his jump shot. Which brings me to my next point, do we really want another extreme jump shooter?!

And i’m sure Jordan is happy with the trade too.

Blast

March 31st, 2011
8:14 pm

Y’all get over it. Jordan Crawford is gone. Stop crying about old news.

I swear, Hawks ‘fans’ are incredible. Hawks had a great win, and they still find something to complain about. Teague’s playing time. Trading Crawford. Fire Larry Drew. Josh has been playing high level bball and they still dog him out. Insane! Y’all incredible!

Dwight takes some hard shots and he’s whinning? Get over it sissy. You must be able to take it if you dish it out too. No more easy dunks, dude. Twin Terminator is in the house.

Great win, man. Hawks controlled the tempo throughout. Surreal win. And fans still complain.

ag

March 31st, 2011
8:15 pm

All we are saying is he is JCI replacement. We can save money and have instant offense off the bench. Maybe we can use the extra cash so we don’t have to sign Josh Powell this summer.

Blast

March 31st, 2011
8:18 pm

The moment Dwight came back into the game, I was screaming for Twin to return as well. Drew blew that and thanks to ‘low basketball IQ’ Josh, coach pulled his head out of his butt.

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March 31st, 2011
8:22 pm

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James on Pharr Rd

March 31st, 2011
8:22 pm

Throw it down big man, Dominique (as Bill Walton would say)

Those of us that are quickly turning the corner as if to believe the Hawks have the necessary stuff to beat the Magic-please take a minute to look at some troubling obstacles. In all the games we have beat the Magic, they haven’t played well, and they haven’t suited all their players, and were still within 1 or 2 plays from winning the game.
The Magic beat us on 3 fundamental issues-3 point shooting, pick and roll defense and dribble penetration. We played a good game last night, I somewhat hesitant to call it a perfect game, but make no mistake four of those type games will be hard to find next month against the Magic. In addition, the Magic are almost where Boston was last year-they haven’t really put together a formidable run yet they have found ways to win games against big teams, and they are going to win about the same games in the regular season as Boston did last year with their core players playing with something to prove especial JN and DH. ( Almost like the old team we called the Celtics last year). Make no mistake, they are not the Celtics, just expressing some similarity.

To beat the Magic we would have to stick to a strict strategy with in game adjustments where necessary and one on one Dwight D to stop the 3’s. LD would have to coach up in this series in my opinion, not to say the Stan has done great in the playoffs. To illustrate game strategy and coaching: Last night while we are doing well with Twin on Dwight and then LD decides to go to his “training camp strategy” of AL going one on one with Dwight just because on paper it has worked out before on other big men. I think Najeh talked about Josh running down yelling he’s too big before LD finally succumbed to making the change.

Also, our old switch on pick and roll defense will not fair well when the game slows down in April. I am sorry, but this is going to be a 6 game series at best.

Nathan

March 31st, 2011
8:24 pm

Lets not get to head of ourselves im with LD we need more wins to say were good. The next is for Marvin to play great that is our chance for a good playoff run now.

James on Pharr Rd

March 31st, 2011
8:30 pm

LD’s coaching style has absolutely nothing to do with race guys, lets get that out of here period.

J from the A

March 31st, 2011
8:39 pm

Rajon Rondo must suck defensively because Tony Parker is getting into the lane against him at will. lol

But seriously, Parker is absolutely killing Rondo right now. Rondo is providing absolutely no resistance.