Atlanta Hawks: Spurs 97, Hawks 90

  • The Hawks lost to San Antonio and then watched the Celtics close out their W against the Sixers on the locker room TVs. Atlanta will be the No. 5 seed and face Orlando in the first round.
  • Now the question is how L.D. will manage these last four games. “I think if guys were to take games off, then I don’t think it should be the last two,” J.J. said. “If anything, a game in between. Those last two we have to be in tune and be in rhythm.”
  • After losing 14 of 21, the Hawks won four in a row, and now have lost two straight. Since the blowout L to Chicago the Hawks have managed seven competitive efforts in a row with grinding Ws against Orlando and Boston and defenseless Ls to Houston and San Antonio.
  • “I feel like it’s been good,” Al said. “I’m happy we are coming out and competing and playing hard, and it can go either way. Boston went our way; tonight it didn’t. We missed some shots. We had some opportunities.”
  • Parker and Ginobili are quick and crafty. They are tough to contain off the dribble and Hill is no slouch, either. All three were sticking jump shots, too, so that made them even harder to check.
  • “The pick-and-roll hurt us,” Joe said. “We tried a lot of different things to slow it down but those guys were making shots and they made it tough on us.”
  • “I thought the penetration was just too much and were constantly put in rotation situations,” L.D. said. “Both Ginobili and Parker are as good as there is at that.”
  • That’s true but Hinrich made things simpler for them by committing early to going under screens. Then again when he tried to chase Parker and force him to the weak side there wasn’t much help out there with Josh on the bench in a suit.
  • “We ran [coverages] the same way,” Al said. “Obviously Josh is a very important part of our team. We definitely could have used him tonight.”
  • Teague had another solid game highlighted by four free-throw attempts in 15 minutes. Parker got him a few times, too, but Teague was more persistent than Hinrich about staying above screens.
  • “I thought Jeff did a good job the minutes he did play but it’s not a man-on-man type thing,” Drew said. “It’s a pick-and-roll situation to where you’ve got guys that have that extra burst that just run pick-and-roll with precision. When you have those type guards coming off screens with that type speed it creates all types of problems. I don’t care who you put in there to guard the ball it’s a matter of defending the action.”
  • The troubles containing the ball lately could be the result of a bad stretch, a fundamental weakness or bad match ups. Jameer figures to settle the matter.
  • “We have faced some speed merchants these past couple weeks,” Drew said. “From Jameer Nelson to Rondo to Lowry and tonight Parker. You’ve got four guys that are just as fast as anybody in the league. We did have problems. This was a tough week but we will bounce back.”
  • This was another night where the shot distribution seemed out of whack. Kirk, Marvin and Jamal were most efficient but combined for 27 attempts (for 42 points) while Joe needed 23 shots to score 21 points.
  • There were times in the second half when it looked like Joe was in the preseason working on his game. He did have some quick, strong, aggressive moves to the basket against swarming D.
  • In addition to a lack of hep D at the rim, the Hawks had no post presence without Josh, who might take too many jump shots but still is the best option on the block. His rebounding slack wasn’t picked up, either–Zaza, Armstrong, Etan and Twin combined for nine in 46 minutes.
  • Lately Al is holding the ball, setting up his man and then finishing up with lots of fadeaways along the baseline or challenged jump hooks in the lane. With his mid range game shaky tonight and just one offensive rebound and no free throws, Al couldn’t find an efficient way to score.
  • “I missed some shots that I normally make from the elbow area,” he said. “That happens during a long season. We did miss some open looks but you have got to give them credit. They contested everything.”
  • Jamal had another second-quarter burst, which is a good sign for the playoffs. He got just three shots in the fourth quarter. “[Hill] is a really good defender and I thought he did one heck of a job on a really tough scorer in Jamal,” Gregg Popovich said.
  • The Hawks made 9 of 18 shots in the third quarter but managed just 19 points because they had four turnovers and no free-throw attempts.
  • Damien took a turn on Ginobili in the fourth and picked up three fouls in a little over two minutes. The last one put the Spurs in the bonus. They ended up making 15 of 18 free throws in the period, with Ginobili making 6 of 6.
  • “They picked up the tempo a little bit and took us out of our tempo and some of the things we wanted to do,” Al said. “They are just a great defensive team and they have a lot of guards who keep attacking you in different ways.”
  • Twin left the game with a left ankle injury. L.D. said it’s a “mild sprain.”
  • Back in the day I had my power back on 24 hours after a Cat 5 hurricane rolled through Miami Beach. Just got word the power is still out in my ‘hood here here 24 hours after a brief T-storm . Just sayin’.

Michael Cunningham, Hawks beat.

139 comments Add your comment

Najeh Davenpoop

April 5th, 2011
11:34 pm

Things getting chippy at the end of this OKC-DEN game. That series is going to be classic.

Najeh Davenpoop

April 5th, 2011
11:36 pm

Since the Bibby trade, the Hawks are:

4-3 when Teague plays 20+ minutes, 6-9 when he doesn’t
4-3 when Teague starts, 6-9 when he doesn’t
2-1 with the Teague/Kirk starting back court, 8-11 with all other lineup configurations

In this game, Kirk was -14 and Teague was +5.

Free Jeff Teague

Slimjr

April 5th, 2011
11:40 pm

Al has no post up game what so ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Has no handle!!!!!!!!!!!!Has two left feet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Al for Noah yesterday…………………………..

superiorblogman

April 5th, 2011
11:41 pm

Kirk Hinrich worse +- on the team vs Spurs -14. Teague best +- on team vs Spurs +5. I do not even like that way of measuring players but after watching that game it was a stat that actually meant something this game. When Kirk was in the game the team was losing leads or having leads built on them. When Teague was in the game the team was either building leads or cutting into leads. Kirk Hinrich is a bust of a trade. Kirk Hinrich is a horrible basketball player for the Hawks. I seriously hope that the new GM trades his expiring as one of his first good moves.

By the way, the few times that Parker supposedly got Teague according to MC’s weak arse who can’t call things exactly like they are for anything are times I truly don’t remember and Teague got them a few times also. Kirk Hinrich is not good defensively and he also does not get to the rim to cause havoc or create for others.

Slimjr

April 5th, 2011
11:43 pm

Den and OKC would smoke the Hawks all day anytime if they met in the playoffs.. In fact the Hawks would probably get swept by both team……………………………………Yawn………………..
^^^^^^^
that will be a great 1st round, series…….Hawks/Orlando………………..Yawn…………

Slimjr

April 5th, 2011
11:46 pm

JC2 stat line tomorrow night:25 pts,8 rebound,5 assist,2 steals…..Nice…
That give away is looking worse by the freaking day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sund retire already would ya??????????????????????????????????????

Slimjr

April 5th, 2011
11:47 pm

Al for NENE…………………….

Jae Evolution

April 5th, 2011
11:49 pm

It’s unfortunate that two teams I think could upset some of the higher seeded ones have to face off in the first round. Denver vs. OKC could easily be a 7 game series.

Here’s to hoping Denver falls to the sixth spot and Dallas stays put so I can see Kenyon Martin flip on Mark Cuban 09′ style.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jgxlPfSr-0

Slimjr

April 5th, 2011
11:49 pm

Hey Sund hows the Heimlich Maneuver working out for ya?????????????????????/

Najeh Davenpoop

April 5th, 2011
11:51 pm

There’s no such thing as a “shutdown defender” in the NBA any more than there is a “shutdown corner” in the NFL. Great players executing offense perfectly can’t be stopped. Of course Parker is going to get Teague a few times. But Teague is without question the best perimeter defender this team has, and there is a noticeable difference between what he provides on D and what Kirk provides on D. And at this point, he doesn’t hurt the offensive execution either — in fact, in many ways the offense seems to function better with him — so there’s really no point to his minutes continuing to be limited.

It was not a bad pick

April 5th, 2011
11:52 pm

@Slimjr
you are the most negative “fan” i have ever seen…Al is great, you should try being 6ft8 playing center in the NBA…Put him at pf and he would be a real force! i bet you never ever put on a pair of basketball shorts in your life!.Al is 20x better than Noah…and 100000x better than you sucker…

superiorblogman

April 5th, 2011
11:56 pm

Najeh Davenpoop

April 5th, 2011
11:51 pm

There’s no such thing as a “shutdown defender” in the NBA any more than there is a “shutdown corner” in the NFL. Great players executing offense perfectly can’t be stopped. Of course Parker is going to get Teague a few times. But Teague is without question the best perimeter defender this team has, and there is a noticeable difference between what he provides on D and what Kirk provides on D. And at this point, he doesn’t hurt the offensive execution either — in fact, in many ways the offense seems to function better with him — so there’s really no point to his minutes continuing to be limited.

Remind me of the few times he got Teague. I don’t doubt it happened but I can’t remember them, but I remember him abusing Hinrich the entire 3rd quarter and the end of the 1st half when they cut a double digit lead that Teague helped build down to 3 quickly after Teague, Damien, and Zaza went out. The point is people like MC and all the people that claim Hinrich is some great player with a high IQ and that it was a good trade, never let Hinrich stand up like a man. They always have to put someone else into it. Hinrich was the one getting torched when they were coming back and building leads. Teague was the one playing well when they were building leads and trying to cut into leads. Why not state that? Instead of trying to say it was on Teague to when that is not the truth at all.

Slimjr

April 5th, 2011
11:57 pm

Bottom line SA get their shots in their comfort zones, the Hawks everything is contested, forced, rushed with clock running dows, off balance, shots taken out their comfort zone all the time!! Its a freaking mess.. Lucky you guys play in the EAST. Because out West your just a10th seed…………Terrible……….13-17 against the West…Your a just a lottery team, Hawks..
Hang in there this ish will be over soon…………………..Thankfully……………….

Rusty

April 5th, 2011
11:59 pm

People are talking how jc2 has to take a lot of shots to make a lot of points,what about jj who gets 21 points from 23 shots & this is what he does a lot. JJ starts going into his iso game & this team falls apart. No team will be great with the style of ball jj plays.

Slimjr

April 6th, 2011
12:03 am

I see you stop sniff-in Marvin draws,now you sniff-in Al’s????????????????
The truth hurts?????????????????
Start over…………….Next………….

Rusty

April 6th, 2011
12:05 am

LdumbassDrew is sounding more stupid now every time he opens his mouth.jt played good but it is not a one on one thing. He goes on to say how good the spurs are. The truth is how well pop coaches them to play ball right & how poor we look because of & his complete lack of coaching.

It was not a bad pick

April 6th, 2011
12:06 am

@Slimjr

The hawks are a playoff team, that only needs a center, you need a women, money, a life, and insurance sucker..damn, go to bed

@Najeh Davenpoop
you are100% correct, thats why i didn’t understand trading for Hinrich..all good point guards in the NBA get into the lane regardless of who is guarding them..The hawks lack a true center to defend the rim..

Slimjr

April 6th, 2011
12:08 am

you need a reboot………………….

Slimjr

April 6th, 2011
12:08 am

The Hawks need a miracle!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL

superiorblogman

April 6th, 2011
12:09 am

Samuel Dalembert 21 pts 15 rebs as the Kings beat the same Rockets team that beat us a couple of days ago. He is a true C who blocks shots and rebounds. He is a guy that I would rather have over Jamal Crawford if we can only afford one quality Free Agent this summer. If you are a true Hawks fan it is okay to state your opinion and complain but these are the type of things you should be looking at as this season comes to a end. Marcus Thorton also added 21 pts, he is also a Free Agent and will come a lot cheaper than Jamal. Why did the Kings win, simple Cousins had 15 rebs and so did Dalembert. 2 big men that played that way not like Al getting pushed around by Chuck freaking Hayes.

Dalembert would be a great pickup for the Hawks

Thorton would be a really good one and cheaper than Jamal.

Let’s start thinking ahead people.

MistaGamer

April 6th, 2011
12:18 am

This guy LD is insane. I mean, this whole Teague thing has got to be one of the most perplexing situations I’ve ever seen from a coach. It is just becoming pure lunacy.

I’ve witnessed some stubborn coaching before, and most of it came from watching Woody’s defensive game plan. But this guy LD is really making Woody (I really can’t even believe I’m about to say this) look rational in comparison. At least with Woody I’ll give him that he didn’t have (although Teague would have something to say about that) the tools at point guard to play a better brand of defense.

But this LD is a whole new beast.

He uses his bigs on the perimeter to clear out space underneath for his guards and wonders why we are getting out rebounded.

He runs his motion offense to cater more towards creating space for jump shots instead of playing to his strengths of athletic bigs and having them cutting for plays at the rim.

The only time he consciously calls plays for that structure his PF on the block is when ZaZa is in the game. Most other times he has is starting PF structured on the perimeter where he tends to be the open man in the play.

He will take a hot handed Marvin Williams out of the game and give the ball to his off the bench shooting guard to run the point and shoot us out of a game.

He will keep a struggling KH on the floor all game and yank his better point guard if he breaths wrong. Hell, he may not even play him until there’s 2 min left in the game, if he gets in at all.

To top it all off he had the nerve to make a comment after the Houston game about his player not sticking with what’s working.

Boy I tell you, I almost think I’d rather suffer through my issues with Woody than to watch pure insanity at work. Yeah, it’s gotten that bad!

P.S. I think I’m going to have to sign up for the FREE JEFF TEAGUE!! club.

Michael Cunningham

April 6th, 2011
12:28 am

@superiorblogman: “The few times that Parker supposedly got Teague according to MC’s weak arse who can’t call things exactly like they are for anything”

“Remind me of the few times he got Teague. I don’t doubt it happened but I can’t remember them”

why call me a weak arse if you don’t doubt it happened? what exactly is my motivation for not calling things as they are? why can’t people have honest disagreements about topics anymore? why does it always have to be about some hidden agenda or lack of intelligence?

“The point is people like MC and all the people that claim Hinrich is some great player with a high IQ and that it was a good trade, never let Hinrich stand up like a man. They always have to put someone else into it.”

see what i mean? by saying “people like MC” and being caustic you are making something personal that, to me, is not. i never said Hinrich is “some great player with a high IQ,” so that’s a straw man. all i said is the defense has been better with him than with Bibby. i’ve never even made a comparison between Hinrich and Teague so that’s another straw man. that’s not really a controversial statement to make. disagree with it all you want but no need to attribute false statements or characterizations to me to do so.

(in another thread, i noticed you said Nash is a better player than Hinrich. well, hell, with profound insights like that, i see why you call yourself the superiorblogman.)

i never said this was a good trade. i reported what the Hawks were trying to accomplish with the trade and now we will see if it succeeds. i understand the reasons why someone would think it wasn’t a good trade and have said so. i guess it’s that first part that has you fired up but, superior as you may be, there are legit perspectives other than your own.

my point in observing that Parker got Teague wasn’t to downgrade his performance, but to point out that Parker had it rolling. i even said Teague was doing a better job getting over screens than Hinrich. i’m not the one with an agenda here.

Slimjr

April 6th, 2011
12:33 am

Teague will be freed when he is traded away from the Hawks…

superiorblogman

April 6th, 2011
1:30 am

Okay MC, I apologize for the weak arse comment and I see that I took it out of context some but the entire Hinrich for president campaign is just annoying to me. Kirk is no great leader or that young Washington team would not be in the history books for starting 0-20 something on the road. Maybe he is better than Bibby on defense but I am starting to believe that people, including bloggers vastly blew how bad Bibby was out of proportion and are even blowing how bad Jamal is on D out of proportion, because honestly the gap between Jamal and Hinrich on D looks very small on most nights.

Finally, maybe I would be much warmer to Hinrich if I had not heard all offseason how the goal was to take the next step, raise the ceiling. Could you please ask management at whatever level you can get to if they truly felt that they made steps since letting Woody walk, and resigning there on players towards taking the next step or raising the ceiling?

Jae Evolution

April 6th, 2011
1:37 am

Would any lottery team take Kirk Hinrich for their first and second round pick, the only way Jeff Teague starts is if there is an even younger PG that LD can glue to the bench, unless we drafted Kemba Walker then I don’t think Teague would play ever again.

superiorblogman

April 6th, 2011
1:44 am

Jae Evolution

April 6th, 2011
1:37 am

Would any lottery team take Kirk Hinrich for their first and second round pick, the only way Jeff Teague starts is if there is an even younger PG that LD can glue to the bench, unless we drafted Kemba Walker then I don’t think Teague would play ever again.

Kirk Hinrich is not worth a 1st rd pick at all, especially not a lottery pick. I doubt if we could even give Kirk and his expiring back to Washington in a package for Rashard Lewis’s horrible contract.

JSS

April 6th, 2011
1:47 am

Well there is one you don’t see everyday! Well the detractors can’t say they don’t know where you (Michael Cunningham) stand… Can you send that over to D. Orlando?

I was looking forward to this game in a unfortunate way. I knew that they would be Josh-less.
“Hawks forward Josh Smith, the team’s best shot blocker and “help” defender, sat out the game with a sore right knee.

“Josh has a way of erasing some of our defensive mistakes on the back side,” Drew said. “We definitely missed that. When Josh is high energy and flying around it makes us a different ballclub.”

A lot of Hawks followers and those who just plain hate Josh really need to get their heads around that statement. It is part of the trilogy of all Hawks success. 1. No more sub 20 point quarters 2. Defend the perimeter and 3. defend the basket.

No Coach

April 6th, 2011
1:52 am

What happens if Hinrich turns an ankle or something in the playoffs. Drew is a fool… the playoffs are a grind…the teams with deep benches usually prevail. Drew will regret not givving the kid Teague more quality minutes…may not make it out of the first round…. team looks out of sync too late in the season.

jim

April 6th, 2011
3:04 am

go hawks…
seriously, just compete. We did that tonite against the BESt team in the west.
thats not bad. they are better than us.

Worldwide Clyde

April 6th, 2011
3:10 am

Kirk Hinrich

FIRE SUND

vava74

April 6th, 2011
3:16 am

Hinrich is an excellent player. He is a combo guard who always puts a good effort on D.

There will be match ups where he will be over matched by quicker PGs. It’s life. It’s not like the guys who make it difficult to Hinrich don’t make it difficult to ALL OTHER PGs.

Hinrich is leaps and bounds better than Bibby on D and has the ability to be significantly better than Bibby on offense since he can still get his own shots and drive to the lane a few times, which is something Bibby only did once in every full moon.

It’s not Hinrich’s fault that LD is so stupid that he did not kept Teague on Parker for more minutes last night.

When they were paired, Parker HAD REAL TROUBLE getting into the paint.

Hinrich should have been kept fresher, with more fouls to give in the fourth and paired with Ginobli.

Oh, and by the way:

Another game in which Jamal plays the end of the 3rd and the whole of the 4th and does NADA, ZILTCH, NIENTE, RIEN, NOTHING in the 4th quarter.

Since he certainly does not bring any decent D and is not able to bring any decent Offense against the best teams’ starters, what the hell is he doing in the floor when we are being burned on the boards??

Nonetheless, this is not a justification for all other Hawks playing like pussies and getting zero or close to zero boards, including Zaza, JJ, Marvin, Hinrich (which usually gets a couple per game) and even Al who had 5 with 4 minutes to go in the 1st quarter and got his 6th rebound only midway the 3rd.

Heck, we were out-rebounded by 14…

James on Pharr Rd

April 6th, 2011
3:43 am

About Teague: While I think he provides the best option on defense against smaller, quicker guards like Jameer next weekend, here’s why I dont like JT as a viable player on any team for now:
1. Very limited mid range and long range jumper (Teams will play him like they did with the old Rondo)
2. In spite of “his speed” I dont see him breaking any ankles as viscously as a guard of his size should do to overcome the height disadvantage
3. With our hideous team defense (switch whenever possible D), JT will find himself in very many bad places against bigger post up guards on the Magic like Richardson &Turk.
4. By no fault of his own, he hasn’t shown me enough to warrant me trusting him with the game on the line.
5. The Hawks thrive on screen and rolls between both guards, and JT doesn’t look too good holding his dribble ” for a point guard” and that often leads to JC scrambling to take the ball out of his hands or affecting JJ’s bottom line.
6. Did I mention that teams dont even bother putting him on the scouting report?… He’s a nice kid, but I dont even think his team-mates think he’s ready.

But, I’ll ask MC!!!
.

superiorblogman

April 6th, 2011
4:55 am

Kirk Hinrich is for the white people and that is my last word on him because that is the only way someone can continue to try and say he is any good.

Jim

April 6th, 2011
6:08 am

How many point guards in the league can you think of that are faster than Teague? Now, tell me why we don’t use that to our advantage.

Buddy Grizzard

April 6th, 2011
6:33 am

“People are talking how jc2 has to take a lot of shots to make a lot of points,what about jj who gets 21 points from 23 shots & this is what he does a lot.” – Rusty

It was evident in the playoffs last year that JJ had hit his ceiling. Giving a max contract to a volume shooter was a stupid idea, which I maintained the entire offseason. I’ve proposed multiple trade scenarios to get rid of this albatross contract, focusing on New Jersey, who are on a deadline to surround Deron Williams with talent to convince him to re-sign.

The difference between Joe and JC2, however, is that JJ is a legitimate NBA defender, something JC2 will never be.

“LdumbassDrew is sounding more stupid now every time he opens his mouth.jt played good but it is not a one on one thing.”

Seriously… that might be the stupidest comment by an NBA coach so far this season.

(in another thread, i noticed you said Nash is a better player than Hinrich. well, hell, with profound insights like that, i see why you call yourself the superiorblogman.)

lol?

“What happens if Hinrich turns an ankle or something in the playoffs?” – No Coach

JC1 at point 30+ minutes per game.

Buddy Grizzard

April 6th, 2011
6:35 am

“Kirk Hinrich is for the white people…”

LOL your posts get more funny by the second. Yes, I’m glad we got KH in exchange for the next Deron Williams (JC2) because even if we get bounced in the first round, at least a white boy got to play!

lewis

April 6th, 2011
6:37 am

if Kirk Hinirch is for white people than Nique is for black people

lewis

April 6th, 2011
6:39 am

cause that dude is a horrific commentator and doesn’t pay for his clothing

terrell

April 6th, 2011
6:50 am

LD refuses to give Teague credit for any damn thing. He’s your best pg clown.

Rome

April 6th, 2011
7:04 am

I almost can’t watch the team’s games anymore because I’m so tired of seeing Larry Drew on the sidelines. I’m so tired of watching him ruin any chance of winning games with poor strategies that take away the strengths of our team. People can call out the players all they want, but no one hurts this team more than Drew. I can’t stand the thought of him possibly being here as the head coach next season. With him as the head coach, I have absolutely no confidence in this team going anywhere in the playoffs. As far as I’m concerned, we are sub-.500 team on the decline with him as our head coach.

So many of the problems that people complain about on here on a daily basis are due to this team’s poor excuse for a head coach. Think about it. Josh thinking he is a point guard and an elite shooter, Al playing more outside than inside, Joe over-handling the ball, Teague not playing enough minutes, Jamal being less and less productive, etc. etc. Just think about it for a minute.

Josh Smith, last season, had the best and most efficient statistical season of his career due to the fact that he was playing more inside and staying away from the 3 point shot, as instructed by his coach. Josh was focusing on defense and attacking the basket, and it resulted in him being a runner up for defensive player of the year, and also made him an efficient scorer and a force at the PF position. Now, Josh is taking jump shots at a higher and higher rate, and he has been much less efficient scoring the ball this season, as opposed to last season, as a direct result of that. Also, Josh has been criticized time and time again for bad shot selection, partially because he doesn’t know what to do, and the coach is preaching to him to shoot the ball with confidence. Drew has, on numerous occasions, seemingly encouraged Smith to continue to shoot the jump shot since he works on it in practice. Also, since Drew doesn’t have the courage to discipline smith for making silly mistakes on the offense end, he continues to make the same mistakes over and over again. What does this say about the coach?

To be continued…

Willie Coyote

April 6th, 2011
7:15 am

Unfortunately, the talk of Jordan is just spilled milk at this point. Yes he would have been able to fill the 6th man role, making Jamal expendable but that assumes we have a competent coaching staff and front office that can assess player ability/value (see Jeff Teague). The kid wasn’t going to play in front of JJ or Jamal and our front office saw fit not to trade Jamal at the deadline to free up space for the kid. It was a bad move to trade him, the next first round pick, & a decent expiring contract for Kirk. But, sadly, that is what the Hawks do because they are a poorly run organization that is not committed to winning. The Jordan is just the latest bit of justification for the national disrespect this team gets. Washington’s GM has got to be laughing his butt off still about this trade.

Let’s move on though. If the Spirit really want to win (or better yet, sell the team to someone else who cares) then they need to go on a GM search (hire professionals to consult in the process) and install the bets person they can and let them do their job.

O'Brien

April 6th, 2011
7:23 am

Team loss tonight.

Al didnt shoot the ball well, and nobody rebounded. I am a fan of Kirk, but I was not impressed by his game (offense or defense) tonight. JJ needs to cut down on his 3’s, and down the stretch, the ISOs have not been effective. LD takes some of the blame for that.

Now that we have clinched the 5th seed, I think LD should reduce the PT for the main guys, and give guys like Pape, Teague and Hilton more PT.

tony

April 6th, 2011
7:25 am

Kirk Hinrich is for the white people and that is my last word on him because that is the only way someone can continue to try and say he is any good.

I believe this is the reason why there is a bad spirit(racism) hovering around this state. Don’t you know you are making a footstool for the devil? UGA fans do this kind of stuff. This is why we get bad owners, coaches and bad teams. If you resist the devil he will flee.

Rome

April 6th, 2011
7:27 am

The blog monster continues to eat my posts that I wanted to “continue” above. If you are interested in reading my full post, you can check it out here:

http://www.peachtreehoops.com/2011/4/5/2093501/initial-reaction-spurs-97-hawks-90

Look for the forum handle “Jermaine W”. Yes, Rome is a nickname.

Braves fan

April 6th, 2011
7:35 am

Seriously who cares, its baseball season. NBA basketball is terrible

El Bravo

April 6th, 2011
7:35 am

Larry Drew should have been fired mid-season. This will be looked at as a wasted year when the whole team regressed due to his inability to manage the team. The sad part is that with a better coach this team has such a much higher ceiling…

Buddy Grizzard

April 6th, 2011
7:46 am

“Here’s why I dont like JT as a viable player on any team for now” – James on Pharr Rd

Wow, you mean to tell me after he dismantled Portland, a quality team, Jeff Teague doesn’t qualify as a viable player on any NBA team? Just wow.

1. I keep comparing him to Rondo… not that good, but can be effective in a similar way without a reliable outside shot.

2. I’ve seen him break ankles and dunk on people. He’s got to improve his handle and make fewer mistakes. You’ve only seen him scratch the surface of his potential.

3. Why would we have Teague guarding Turk, a combo forward? He would be guarding Jameer or Arenas (if LD plays him, which I doubt he will more than 15 mpg for the series). Arenas would get destroyed by Teague. He was the worst on ball defender in the NBA years ago when people still thought he was good. Now he’s a worse defender than Bibby.

4. By process of elimination, he’s the only fast guard we have. He will have to play through his mistakes.

5. I agree JT’s handle and decision making are shaky. Lack of player development on the part of the Hawks organization is not improving the situation.

6. Portland will have him on their scouting report next time.

LawdHamercy

April 6th, 2011
7:51 am

“I thought Jeff did a good job the minutes he did play but it’s not a man-on-man type thing,” Drew said.

LD obviously has a personal problem with Teague.

Fire LD immediately!!!! A coach that continues to throw his players under the bus needs to go. Coach the kid if he’s that bad. Pull him if he’s not performing.

It appears that LD doesn’t want Teague to be successful.

JSS

April 6th, 2011
8:01 am

Well, it has been a “l-o-n-g time” since we’ve had to bear witness to a full frontal barrage of straight bigotry. Look up what that word means before coming back here trying to flame me. You folks need to be called out.

You can not like Bibby, Jamal, or Hinrich, that’s your choice. Still, this is not about race, why would you go there? A poorly run franchise may make choices which have a cascade effect. Leave the blame where it truly rests.

Peter

April 6th, 2011
8:11 am

Watching in person last night, I can’t help wondering why the “Jump Shooting ” Hawks can’t hit the rim…..4 air balls last night with our “Leader” JJ trowing up 2.

The team has the same weaknesses as 3-4 years ago….no valid point, no big in the middle, zero post up game, and no defense.

Mean while……… Jordan Crawford continues to ball in Washington……..

Please tell me the Hawks have a clue ?