Atlanta Hawks at Pacers: Trying to change their rep

L.D. acknowledges these last four games “have very little meaning” in the big picture. Smoove is out, the starters won’t play their normal minutes and Drew said he would try out some unusual lineups.

Despite those circumstances, Drew said he wants to see the Hawks respond if they get down. The Hawks were pretty good at hanging in recently against Boston, Orlando, Houston and San Antonio but Drew thinks their rep still is that of a team that gives in when things get hard.

“I think that is kind of the word on us around the league, to be perfectly honest,” L.D. said. “It’s an area where we have to grow as a team. Because this game is about runs and withstanding runs by teams. Everybody gets on runs. That’s how the game is. It’s how you respond to it. That is an area where we really need to get better at.

“Our game against Boston, the commentators were making reference to that on the telecast. We were down eight, nine, 10 points. You could clearly see a run by Boston deflated us. And the commentators were saying: ‘Hey, Atlanta, come on get your body language up. You are at home. That’s just the way the game is. They get on a run, you respond.’”

Notes

  • Pape Sy’s debut may finally be near. “There’s a chance you will see him, definitely,” Drew said. “If not tonight, hopefully tomorrow.” The Hawks haven’t practiced much since Sy rejoined the team from Utah but Drew said he made a point of getting him a lot of reps and Sy picked up things well . “I am curious to see how he does in a game-type environment.”
  • The starters are Hinrich, J.J., Marvin, Al and Zaza. Expect to see some of the Hawks at the end of the bench get burn. “I want to get a good feel for some of these guys that haven’t been playing a lot of minutes,” Drew said. “See how they handle this.”
  • Teague is back home but his people are out in Portland to watch little bro’ Marquis play at the Nike Hoop Summit. “They said, ‘You always play on TV, we don’t get to see your brother, and this is a one-time chance,’” Teague said. ” I am fine with it.”

Michael Cunningham, Hawks beat

191 comments Add your comment

RaJaH

April 8th, 2011
7:07 pm

Thought Hawks played at Phillips tonight…

tremaine

April 8th, 2011
7:08 pm

Najeh Davenpoop

April 8th, 2011
7:08 pm

“Pape Sy’s debut may finally be near. “There’s a chance you will see him, definitely,” Drew said. “If not tonight, hopefully tomorrow.””

I expect to see him next season. Thanks Opposite Drew.

Najeh Davenpoop

April 8th, 2011
7:09 pm

“Thought Hawks played at Phillips tonight…”

Good thing they are not. With the Braves home opener tonight there wouldn’t have been more than 5,000 people present.

Jae Evolution

April 8th, 2011
7:11 pm

Yeah show me the Lebron’s prodigy, Pape Sy.

Najeh Davenpoop

April 8th, 2011
7:12 pm

Typical nonexistent defense at the rim with Smoove out.

Najeh Davenpoop

April 8th, 2011
7:13 pm

Smoove is just killing the Hawks with his lack of basketball IQ right now, isn’t he?

Luke Cage

April 8th, 2011
7:15 pm

Lets Go Hawks!!!

Luke Cage

April 8th, 2011
7:16 pm

Way to muscle em’ Al

Sautee

April 8th, 2011
7:19 pm

How long before ‘Nique says “Hibbits”?

Richard

April 8th, 2011
7:20 pm

I hate when I can’t watch the hawks game, it won’t show it on sportsouth!

Luke Cage

April 8th, 2011
7:21 pm

@Richard

log on to FirstRowSports.com or try NBA League Pass on Broadband

Richard

April 8th, 2011
7:25 pm

Thanks Luke Cage! :D
It works!

Jae Evolution

April 8th, 2011
7:27 pm

Joe catches it wide open, jabs waits for his man shoots with a hand in his face…

uh

April 8th, 2011
7:27 pm

searching for a working link to watch the ball game.

sincerely,

uh

Luke Cage

April 8th, 2011
7:28 pm

UH

log on to FirstRowSports.com or try NBA League Pass on Broadband

Reaing is Fundamental

April 8th, 2011
7:29 pm

uh

April 8th, 2011
7:29 pm

Luke possesses the force.

Sincerely,

uh

Luke Cage

April 8th, 2011
7:30 pm

Guess I have to start it, PLAY JEFF TEAGUE!!!

Sautee

April 8th, 2011
7:31 pm

Al doesn’t have the force, that’s for sure.

bigdave, where you at?

And where the F is Ramon?

Jae Evolution

April 8th, 2011
7:32 pm

So are Kirk, Joe, and Al all going to play the whole first quarter? So much for seeing unusual lineups, and so much for resting starters.

Luke Cage

April 8th, 2011
7:34 pm

totally being out hustled

Mark

April 8th, 2011
7:38 pm

Our rebounding so far in this game has been embarrassing. It’s almost unbelievable. We have 4 total rebounds right now, and Al and Zaza have combined for just 2 rebounds. That’s just unacceptable. Our defense has been horrid so far, so there haven’t been a ton of defensive rebounding opportunities, but that’s still not an excuse for rebounding the ball so badly, overall. This is really a poor performance on the glass right now. Come on, guys.

Mark

April 8th, 2011
7:39 pm

Correction: We have 5 total rebounds. My last post had a typo in it.

Luke Cage

April 8th, 2011
7:41 pm

Man where’s the Defense

Orlando

April 8th, 2011
7:42 pm

It’s tough for me to even watch this team anymore. I really hate the way we play. I hate what Drew has done to this team. He should be ashamed of himself.

Mark

April 8th, 2011
7:45 pm

We’re getting run out the gym against a team that that loses more games than they win. Wow. Our team must have already decided that the season is over.

Sautee

April 8th, 2011
7:45 pm

Mark,

When your bigs are shooting and missing jumpers (Al) you have less rebounding coverage. Yes, it’s embarrassing, pitiful, and whatever negative adjective one would wish to say.

Mark

April 8th, 2011
7:47 pm

“When your bigs are shooting and missing jumpers (Al) you have less rebounding coverage. ”

This is very true. That’s one of the reasons why I hate a lot of things about Drew’s offensive system.

tremaine

April 8th, 2011
7:48 pm

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

Orlando

April 8th, 2011
7:49 pm

LOL. If Dwight Howard played for the Hawks (even though he doesn’t have much of a shooting touch at all), Drew would probably even have him spotting up and shooting jumpers most the time. Drew’s philosophy is really a mystery. He’s a very confused, lost man.

Luke Cage

April 8th, 2011
7:49 pm

Getting sleepy watching this game, Cmon Hawks!!

niremetal

April 8th, 2011
7:50 pm

I’m truly furious at LD for not shutting down JJ and Al today. No excuse for not giving them mandatory rest so that their nagging injuries can heal a bit before the playoffs.

Harpie

April 8th, 2011
7:50 pm

Drew sucks!!!

Orlando

April 8th, 2011
7:51 pm

You know, Teague really is a below-average point guard in this league (today), but I still think the starting unit looks better out there with him in it, rather than Hinrich.

timmy

April 8th, 2011
7:52 pm

larry drew is pretty stupid

Najeh Davenpoop

April 8th, 2011
7:53 pm

Look at all those offensive rebounds Smoove is giving up. Box out you low basketball IQ having lazy ass.

Sautee

April 8th, 2011
7:54 pm

Horford with cement shoes while Foster grabs the offensive rebound and puts it back.

Jae Evolution

April 8th, 2011
7:54 pm

Worldwide Clyde

April 8th, 2011
7:54 pm

Drew comes back with Hinrich, Joe and Marvin 7 min till halftime in a game that doesn’t matter.

FIRE LD

Orlando

April 8th, 2011
7:55 pm

Man, this is just disgusting to watch. If Drew is still head coach next season, I wouldn’t be surprised if we’d be a lottery team next year. The offense just looks horrible. Also, the defense is just mediocre, but that was never Drew’s sales pitch for the job, so I didn’t expect much out of him in that area.

Sautee

April 8th, 2011
7:56 pm

nire,

You act like it was his decision. I think the inmates run the asylum at this point. I can’t imagine that if Joe or Al said they wanted a day off, that he would say “Hell no, you’re playing”. I ‘m guessing that Al and Joe told LD they were playing.

Orlando

April 8th, 2011
7:57 pm

“Look at all those offensive rebounds Smoove is giving up. Box out you low basketball IQ having lazy ass.”

Bibby is really getting burned tonight too. His lack of defense is killing us out there. Look at all those dribble drives he’s giving up. Get that bum over to the bench. LOL.

Luke Cage

April 8th, 2011
7:59 pm

Hawks just going the motions, have no fire in this game at all

niremetal

April 8th, 2011
7:59 pm

Sautee,

I don’t give two sh!ts what the players said. Players at this level ALWAYS say they can play. You simply don’t see NBA players, especially All-Star level players, voluntarily hold themselves out of games where they could play.

If he can’t even bring himself to DNP them tonight, he needs to have the crap kicked right out of him. And fired. Not necessarily in that order.

Worldwide Clyde

April 8th, 2011
8:00 pm

Hasn’t Drew learned from last year? Woody played his starters heavy minutes during the regular season. Then they go 7 with the Bucks still playing his starters heavy minutes. The Orlando series comes around and the starters are worn out and we get blown 4 straight games.

Some people are just hardheaded.

FIRE DREW

lukas

April 8th, 2011
8:00 pm

Relax guys. The only way LD wouldn’t be fired this summer is if the Hawks reach conference finals. Don’t see that happening!!

Luke Cage

April 8th, 2011
8:02 pm

(Yawns), wonder if there is a Law & Order SVU marathon on, this is a joke, what a way to play going into the playoffs…..

niremetal

April 8th, 2011
8:03 pm

I’m seriously tempted to take the money I set aside for buying my lady an engagement ring just to hop a plane to Indy and beat the sh!t out of Drew. No, really.

MC, if you talk to him tonight, ask LD what the f*ck he is smoking.

lukas

April 8th, 2011
8:04 pm

Al and JJ: 16 minutes each.