Atlanta Hawks: Pacers 114, Hawks 102

  • Indianapolis–The tone was set when the Pacers scored on their opening seven possessions and then rebounded their first two missed shots. “That was a clear indicator,” L.D. said. “We had no presence early. That was very glaring.”
  • This game reminded me of Stan Van Gundy’s warning to the Magic that they can’t go through the motions heading into the playoffs because they don’t have the same credibility as the Celtics, Lakers or Spurs. The Hawks don’t, either, and winning three out of four against the Magic didn’t do anything to change that.
  • The Hawks did come back and made it a competitive game but it never felt like they intended to win it. “I am hoping these guys are not looking at these games as games to take off and finish the season out,” Drew said. “These last four games are about fine tuning. That means we have to do things with a sense of urgency, with a passion, and like everything is on the line.”
  • None of the starters played more than 30 minutes. The bench players other than Teague weren’t that impressive (Atlanta’s depth looks weak even against the East’s No. 8 team) but it’s not like the reserves gave up the ghost.
  • The Hawks were down 24-20 when Teague and Damien joined Jamal and Al on the court. They trailed 31-23 when Etan replaced Al. When the starters returned in the second quarter, the Pacers were up 47-38.
  • The Hawks were down 12 by the time the reserves took over again late in the third quarter. They got within eight four times in the fourth but the likes of McRoberts, Dunleavy and Foster held them off as Indy scored 32 points in the fourth.
  • “We are trying to get our momentum for the playoffs so we wanted to win this game,” Teague said. “But we came out a little flat. The second unit wanted to get in there and try to win the game and play hard and speed up the tempo of the game. Tonight in the first half we came in and we didn’t do that and it kind of dragged on during the game.”
  • The Hawks never had any kind of offensive flow among the starters or reserves. They tied a season low with 11 assists and had 11 turnovers through thee quarters.
  • Hansbrough made Al work and it didn’t seem like he wanted to until Hansbrough got him a few times.
  • Joe’s nemesis, Granger, pretty much got whatever he wanted.
  • Zaza (11 of the team’s 36 rebounds, six free-throw attempts in 28 minutes) keeps showing why he deserved consistent minutes all along. Not so much the other three reserve bigs, who combined for five rebounds in 35 minutes.
  • Pape Sy made his NBA debut with 3:08 to play. He said his mother and sister were watching the game back in France. “It feels good to get on the court,” he said. “It feels like I want to play more now.”
  • Sy looks like an NBA player at least: long, athletic and pretty quick. He’s already providing NBA-ready quotes, too: “It’s bad to lose but I think we are trying to find our rhythm for the playoffs. We have to use these three more games to get ready.”
  • Sy made a couple good plays. He stripped Danny Granger of the ball and exploded down the court. He missed the layup under pressure, though, much to the disappointment of his teammates on the bench.
  • Later Sy got into the paint and kicked out to Teague at the 3-point line. Teague blew by the closeout and scored on a floater.
  • An improved floater is one reason Teague is looking more and more confident. He’s always looking to get to the basket lately and he’s starting to get more calls because of that (7 for 9 on free throws tonight).
  • Lester Conner has been telling me since we played the Spurs that they wanted me to be like Tony Parker and try to get into the lane,” Teague said. “He said ‘That’s what we expect from you’ so I just try to do that from now on.”
  • Teague was definitely more in scoring than set-up mode. “He is shooting every damn time he touches the ball,” Jamal joked. “He’s playing with a lot of confidence. He understands his quickness can help us on both ends of the floor. We just have to let him continue to be aggressive, be confident and make plays.”
  • For the second game in a row Joe looked like he was working on his one-on-one moves more than playing within any kind of team concept. He had 17 points on 14 shots.
  • Just before halftime Joe had the ball on the right side as his teammates instinctively cleared out for him. Hinrich is new, though, and doesn’t know the routine. He started to run the baseline to the ball side but Joe snapped at him to go back. Hinrich threw up his arms in exasperation and laughed as he complied, and then J.J. scored on a knifing move in the lane.
  • Why do I get the feeling we’ll see that scenario again during the playoffs? And it won’t be so simple for J.J. to score with Dwight stalking the paint.
  • It was obvious once again how much of a void there is when Smoove isn’t on the court. The Pacers scored 54 points in the paint and collected 15 offensive rebounds.
  • Josh’s shot selection might drive you crazy but he’s Atlanta’s only defensive presence helping at the rim and is tied for ninth in defensive rebounding rate among starting forwards.
  • Now it’s on to Washington, where JC2 no doubt is eager to get his against the Hawks.
  • “I’m happy for him,” Al said. “I think he caught a lot of people by surprise. I’m just happy he’s getting an opportunity to play. A kid like that deserved a chance to play. Here it is tough because we have so many weapons, especially at his position. But I am just happy to see him succeed.”

Michael Cunningham, Hawks beat

97 comments Add your comment

superiorblogman

April 8th, 2011
11:03 pm

Well, I guess Teague can never shoot a brick or make a turnover, but Jamal has hit the side of the back board on a corner 3 it seems like 50x’s this season, Jamal also takes bad shots all games. I hate to say it but the benched looked bad with the exception of Teague and the starters with the exception of Kirk look like they would rather be somewhere else.

Lastly, one of the most disturbing stats I have seen all year just went across my eyes. Marvin who is a starter and plays 29 minutes a game has 4 20+ games all year. Teague who is a rarely used reserve that averages 13 minutes per night has 3 20+ games all year.

I’ll be watching Teague and Jordan 2morrow cheering them both on

Slimjr

April 8th, 2011
11:07 pm

JC2 going for 30!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Slimjr

April 8th, 2011
11:08 pm

“13. Atlanta Hawks
Six reasons we need a lockout …

$16,324,500
$18,038,573
$19,752,645
$21,466,718
$23,180,790
$24,894,863

That’s what Atlanta owes Joe Johnson, by year, through 2016. You know, because any time you can totally overpay someone hitting his 30s who isn’t one of the best 15 players in the league, you have to do it. To be fair, at least Johnson played the best basketball of his career once he locked that money do- … oh, wait, that’s not what happened at all. He had his worst season in six years. These things can’t happen anymore. Once the owners blow up the system and pass the “no contracts can last longer than four years” rule, we will never see another contract like that one. Joe Johnson, you made history. Anyway, here’s how the next three months will play out for Hawks fans …

APRIL: The Hawks get crushed by Orlando in Round 1, a sweep highlighted by Zaza Pachulia starting three “someone hold me back, could someone hold me back so I look tough, HOLD ME BACK!” altercations with Dwight Howard, as well as 7,300 Hawks fans showing up for Game 4 and Charles Barkley saying, “The Hawks were turrrrrr-able … . They were turr-able. Number one, Joe Johnson, if you wanna be paid like a franchise player, you gotta play like one. Second of all, Atlanta needs to blow things up, Ernie. And number three, that’s why we havin’ a lockout, because Atlanta had to overpay their best player to keep him, and Ernie, he ain’t that great.”

MAY: With Atlanta desperately needing to cut payroll ($65.7 million guaranteed to eight players next year), the Josh Smith trade rumors kick into 19th gear. NBA reporters are faced with a dilemma: should they tweet every single rumor they hear, or should they just pass along stuff that they know is true? Naturally, they choose to tweet every single rumor they hear. Josh Smith trends for the next six weeks straight, to the point that non-NBA fans wonder, “Who is Josh Smith? Is he trapped in a well or something?”

EARLY-JUNE: Fresh off the success of “The Heat Index,” ESPN.com launches “Just Joshing,” an entire site devoted to totally unsubstantiated Josh Smith trade rumors that will never happen. Yahoo responds by announcing that, every day until Smith gets traded, Adrian Wojnarowski will write a scathing column blaming Atlanta’s increasingly dire situation on Worldwide Wes and LeBron James.

LATE-JUNE: The Hawks finally make their move: a three-teamer that sends Smith and Pachulia to the Clippers, Chris Kaman to Cleveland (absorbed by their trade exception for LeBron James), and Al-Farouq Aminu to Atlanta. The deal saves the Hawks a whopping $30 million over the next two seasons but locks them into 42-45 wins for the rest of eternity. And you wonder why we need a lockout.

FUNNY ISH FROM BILL SIMMONS…

Slimjr

April 8th, 2011
11:13 pm

“Josh’s shot selection might drive you crazy but he’s Atlanta’s only defensive presence helping at the rim and is tied for ninth in defensive rebounding rate among starting forwards.”
HAWKS= 24TH IN REBOUNDING……………………..ENOUGH SAID…………………

niremetal

April 8th, 2011
11:16 pm

“I am hoping these guys are not looking at these games as games to take off and finish the season out,” Drew said.

Why?

“These last four games are about fine tuning. That means we have to do things with a sense of urgency, with a passion, and like everything is on the line.”

Except not everything is on the line. In fact, NOTHING is on the line. Ok, I take that back. There is something on the line – whether or not the team is as healthy as it possibly can be going into the playoffs, so we can avoid a repeat of what happened the past two postseasons, where our guys (most notably JJ) went into the postseason banged up and ended up getting trounced in the second round.

MC, does LD not realize that? I’m being serious. Does he not realize that JJ played hurt duing the last couple postseasons, and that he’s playing right now with a sprained thumb that COULD heal with a week off, but that won’t heal as long as he keeps playing on it? Does he not get that he might be writing the team’s death sentence in the first round if his best players are playing Orlando with nagging injuries???

The Truth

April 8th, 2011
11:24 pm

Josh Powell = Garbage (Should be the last big off the bench behind Hilton) He look completely incoherent on defense. His problems: he’s too small to a center, too soft to be a PF, too inconsistent and too slow to be a SF. The only thing he does well is to be the Hawks Mascot and the locker room guy. If LD has any hope of returning as HC, he’ll cut bait with this guy and give those PT to someone more promising, really anybody. Hell even Pape Sy can use some more minutes.

Hinrich gives you all he has but still that is not enough for a starter (His +/- = -6) He doesn’t seem to have that lethal “Big Shot” in his DNA. He seems to be consistently inconsistently. I don’t miss Bibby poor defense but I do miss that game-changing “Big Shot”. Teague was a beast however.

If Al Horford isn’t careful, his lackadaisical defense and MIA rebounding, could transform his AKA from “The Boss” to “Horrible Horford” Four total rebounds, WTF was that?

One Softer (Horford) + One Softer (Zaza) = No Chance in the Paint

LD already is looking like a defeated man. If he sounded in the locker room the same way he sounded during his interview, then the notion that the Hawks will a brief playoff run is not just a theory anymore, it’s a done deal.

Enough pouncing for one night

Wabe

April 8th, 2011
11:35 pm

Free Jeff Teague

mykhalc

April 8th, 2011
11:39 pm

just a stupid ass franchise!!! guess they didn’t have enough cash to buy a Tony Parker hilite reel to give to Teague so he’d know what to bring to the court nite-in, nite-out!!! BLOW this thing up PLEASE!!!!

O'Brien

April 8th, 2011
11:43 pm

I think LD should rest JJ and Al. We need them as healthy as possible for the playoffs. And we dont need them to play bad down the stretch only to see it carry over into the playoffs.

nire,

As a conspiracy theory, LD doesnt mind letting the players play. If they get hurt, then he has a built in excuse if they lose to Orlando. I kid…I kid.

I like the fact that they told Teague to play like Tony Parker. Rondo is another guy he can watch film of and try to learn.

Although starters didnt play more than 30 minutes, “the co-worker” Al Horford had 4 rebs in 30 minutes SMH

Rusty

April 8th, 2011
11:52 pm

JT is in ld hell. I always said that we needed a fast penetrating pg who could play defense. Of course he has been glued to the bench all season by a dumb ass. Would jj let him play that fast tempo game as he always wants the ball in his hands.

Najeh Davenpoop

April 8th, 2011
11:59 pm

“He is shooting every damn time he touches the ball,” Jamal joked.

Pot, meet kettle.

Najeh Davenpoop

April 9th, 2011
12:04 am

“Although starters didnt play more than 30 minutes, “the co-worker” Al Horford had 4 rebs in 30 minutes SMH”

Zaza by comparison had 11 boards in 28 minutes.

I spent a big part of the last couple of seasons picking on Zaza, but ever since that game during the West Coast trip when he got DNP-CD’d he’s been playing some of his best ball. He still offers no resistance at the rim, but he has done a good job playing within himself and excelling at the things he’s good at doing.

21 Sucker Punch

April 9th, 2011
12:05 am

How many times has Drew given this scripted excuse? You suck as a coach and this group of guys suck as a team. Time to move on.

“Regardless of what our situation is, whether we’ve got guys here or whether we have guys out, you still have to come out and you still have to compete,” he said. “You have to be a presence very early, you have to play with a sense of urgency very early, and we didn’t do that. It’s something that we talked about this morning in our shootaround, we talked about it before going out onto the floor.”

Rusty

April 9th, 2011
12:09 am

Who the hell would listen to Larry Drew?

Buddy Grizzard

April 9th, 2011
12:20 am

BENCH JEFF TEAGUE!

IF HE GOES OFF IN THE ORL SERIES HE WILL SAVE LD’S JOB!!!

BENCH JEFF TEAGUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

cp

April 9th, 2011
12:21 am

Might as well sit JJ and Al until the playoffs start. I don’t like how soft Al has been playing lately. We need guys to rebound the ball better because they have been allergic to rebounding recently. A Teague and Sy starting backcourt for the game against the Wizards.

Buddy Grizzard

April 9th, 2011
12:26 am

EARLY-JUNE: Fresh off the success of “The Heat Index,” ESPN.com launches “Just Joshing,” an entire site devoted to totally unsubstantiated Josh Smith trade rumors that will never happen. – Slimjr

LMAO

jgsbrids

April 9th, 2011
12:33 am

hawks stupid mentality rubbing off on hinrich:

tonight hinrich gets a steal pushes the ball to the rim while being contested and has al horford trailing for a dunk. “our” hinrich takes it up and gets fouled and then proceeds to miss one of the two ft’s. and you could tell horford was very upset about the non-pass, especially after kirk missed the second ft.

stupid play–this team never ceases to amaze me with stupid crap like this situation. they continue to refuse to box out, shoot stupid shots, make dumb passes and shoot an incredible amount of jumpers with no one going to the offensive glass. tonight the pacers fought for and got a ton of offensive rebounds from just hustling a little bit. what do our guys do when we shoot–just head back on defense, unless it’s zsa zsa.

i would love to think we had a chance in the playoffs but elementary mistakes made by this team on a nightly basis make me chuckle at the the thought of them winning a game. i hate to say this about my favorite team in the nba-but we really do suck as a basketball team!

tjhook

April 9th, 2011
12:35 am

Is Horford hurt? Just wondering. And can we get a grass roots campaign to bring Josh Childress back to Atlanta. We need aggressive types-send Marvin to the Suns. I honestly believe Drew pushed for Marvin to stay over Childress.

mykhalc

April 9th, 2011
12:40 am

Chils is a Stanford guy….waaaayyyyy too smart for this franchise!!! he got paid in Greece and didn’t have to play another game for this franchise. wishes DO come true!!!! tick…tick…tick…

MJC

April 9th, 2011
12:47 am

Why do y’all want Childress? He can’t even crack Phoenix’s rotation.

ag

April 9th, 2011
2:09 am

JCII is going HAM tomorrow. He is going for 40! If Teague starts, he will go for 30! Jamal was cold as ice water in the 4th killing our opportunity to win. Again, Teague playing with the starters makes the team better and bringing KH off the bench. Marvin back to being Marvin,.

Big Ray

April 9th, 2011
2:22 am

Just before halftime Joe had the ball on the right side as his teammates instinctively cleared out for him. Hinrich is new, though, and doesn’t know the routine. He started to run the baseline to the ball side but Joe snapped at him to go back. Hinrich threw up his arms in exasperation and laughed as he complied, and then J.J. scored on a knifing move in the lane.
Why do I get the feeling we’ll see that scenario again during the playoffs? And it won’t be so simple for J.J. to score with Dwight stalking the paint.

Well, ol’ Kirk doesn’t know about the legend known as ISO Joe. Kirk still thinks it’s a five man game….heh…

Buddy Grizzard

April 9th, 2011
2:44 am

Why do y’all want Childress? He can’t even crack Phoenix’s rotation. – MJC

Co-sign. I admit, I was wrong for giving Sund ish for trading Chills for a future conditional second rounder. Turns out that was his exact trade value.

superiorblogman

April 9th, 2011
2:46 am

jgsbrids

April 9th, 2011
12:33 am

hawks stupid mentality rubbing off on hinrich:

Add that Mr. High IQ pulled up on a 3 man fastbreak and took a contested jumpshot. The only jumpshot you should be taking on a break is a uncontested one. Mr. High IQ Hinrich pulls up on a 3 man break with Al running the middle and takes a contested jumpshot. Honestly, unless its Teague running a one man fast break I don’t even trust this team running a fastbreak anymore. I am so ready for this season to be over.

Fire LD
Let Sund Walk
Get New Owners
Get a Real starting C

superiorblogman

April 9th, 2011
3:07 am

Clippers and Hawks should make this trade on draft night.

Clippers get Marvin, Zaza, and Kirk

Hawks get Kaman, Mo Williams, and pick #37

mykhalc

April 9th, 2011
3:12 am

do i want Chils?…nope. would i take Chils over Marvin??? HELL YEAH!!!

mykhalc

April 9th, 2011
3:15 am

yo Ray…like i said before Kirk is findin’ out just how selfishly this team plays!!! looks like it’s rubbin’ off on him too!!! LOL tick…tick…tick..KA BOOM!!!

Najeh Davenpoop

April 9th, 2011
3:56 am

Jeff Teague can’t crack the Hawks’ rotation, and he can play. Sometimes a player’s role doesn’t correlate so perfectly with his ability. Chills was a good player as a Hawk.

Big Daddy

April 9th, 2011
4:01 am

Teague showed why he is better than Salim, AC or even Speedy combined. We have all talked about why he deserves PT but LD has been so slow in giving him the developmental time to improve in game situations. JC2 is a scorer who doesn’t play defense. JT is the whole package in a diamond in the rough kind of way. Teague made a great block during the game. I can’t ever remember any of the others I mentioned doing that or making 5 or more 20 point games in their entire career with the Hawks.

Hopefully, Teague, Zaza and Twin can be a significant help in the post season. Pape Sy is trade bait.

vava74

April 9th, 2011
4:57 am

Childress doesn’t crack PHO rotation because they already have a player in the same mold in Dudley.

“Lester Conner has been telling me since we played the Spurs that they wanted me to be like Tony Parker and try to get into the lane,” Teague said. “He said ‘That’s what we expect from you’ so I just try to do that from now on.””

Really? Is this the best our coaching staff can do? Give live examples? What about actually coaching in practices and showing tape?

superiorblogman

April 9th, 2011
6:15 am

There were 5 billionares in Georgia in late 2009.

1.Anne Cox Chambers $9 billion 89 years old

2. James Kennedy $ 4.5 billion 61 years old

3. S. Truett Cathy $1.5 billion 88 years old

4. Bernie Marcus $1.5 billion 80 years old

5. Arthur Blank $1.3 billion 67 years old

I hope the next owner of the Hawks comes from this list.

Hawks Fan In New Orleans

April 9th, 2011
6:25 am

Very stupid not to start Teague. Marvin Gay the Duck is back in full effect. Kirk has not been as good as advertised – Lame Duck needs to turn over the reins to JT0.

JoJo the Godfather

April 9th, 2011
6:28 am

Pape Sy’s not trade bait, he’s cheap roster filler. We’ll need him next year as the 13th man. No money to spend this offseason.

RMikel58

April 9th, 2011
7:18 am

Joe Johnson now thats a joke! The Hawks made such a stupid deal with a guy that cant produce hardly any points in the playoffs and has no leadership qualities. I thought he was pretty much gone last season and the Hawks were gonna spend that 20 Million on an elite player.
They fire the Head Coach and resign Johnson. If you ask me Joe is just another thug that just cares about his money and stats.
Hawks are worst this year than last mostly because of Joe Johnson and Larry Drew. In a couple years ya’ll be fed up with Larry Drew and ask that he be fired. Joe is a problem child that will never develope and direct any team toward the playoffs and he certainly isnt a Kobe Bryant that puts passion into his play. Now that guy wants to win.
Theres no urgency with this lame team at all. Show up and play for 3 Quarters then go back to the hotel. Get rid of those people thats responsible for getting players because they have no idea what in the hell theyre doing up there.

Buddy Grizzard

April 9th, 2011
8:04 am

“Has anyone here ever disliked a Hawks coach more than Larry Drew? Woodson annoyed the hell out of me sometimes, but never to the extent that Drew does.” – Aaron

It’s not even close. I’d take Woody back in a heartbeat. He was a horrible coach who may never get a head coaching position in the NBA again, but he was honest. He wouldn’t smile and lie straight to your face like LD does.

JoJo the Godfather

April 9th, 2011
8:09 am

Joe Johnson offseason destinations:

to Dallas for Jason Terry (expiring contract), Brendan Haywood & Dominique Jones.

to New Jersey for Travis Outlaw, Anthony Morrow & Jordan Farmar.

to Cleveland with ZaZa for Antawn Jamison (expiring contract), Anderson Verejao & Manny Harris.

to New Orleans for Emeka Okafor & Trevor Ariza.

to New York for Chauncey Billups (team option) & Ronny Turiaf (player option).

The New York deal is my favorite option because with a new CBA, having $28m in expiring contracts (Hinrich, Billups & Turiaf) would be nice. Those are some valuable trade chips. New York has to believe that they have no shot at Chris Paul or Dwight Howard to go for it though.

Slimjr

April 9th, 2011
8:10 am

“If you ask me Joe is just another thug that just cares about his money and stats.”
Joe is a business man just like the NBA owners!!!

Thugs=Politicians-all of em,Wall Street Banksters,Federal Reserve, who I might add have never been audited in 97.5 yrs dude!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! now that some thugging………………..LOL

No Woody for Me

April 9th, 2011
8:28 am

If no other team outbid the Hawks to sign Joe Johnson, why does anyone think they would trade for the right to pay him those salaries now? Especially given that his skills/motivation seem to have deteriorated since he signed.

newkid

April 9th, 2011
9:06 am

Recently read an article about the difficulty small market teams have attracting ’stars’. The paucity of marketing opportunities and relatively austere lifestyle choices appear to be among the major detractions. The draft and trades are the vehicles these small market teams are left to rely upon. There are at least 6 teams with salary committments of $40M or less for the 11/12 season; 4 of the 6 would surely be considered something less than major markets. A number of others have 11/12 salary committments less than $45M. They all must continue to try and put a marketable product on the court if they’re to remain at least minimally financially viable. I would not discount the possibility of several of these teams reaching out to the Hawks for someone like JJ; someone who – even at an irrationally high salary – won’t drive the team over the cap; someone who isn’t likely to ever be that true lead dog, but might help to attract fan attention and sufficient annual attendance to remain marginally financially viable while franchise values creep up. These cats know very well that they’re not really on a path to hoisting the trophy.

For sure one can’t expect the JJ albatross to be ‘easy’ to remove (by the next GM), but there’ll be suitors. Those suitors won’t come harboring the illusion that JJ is the final piece to their puzzle in a quest to win the O’Brien; they’ll know from his track record that he isn’t. Instead, their mission will be one of financial viability, and he’ll be but a bit part – albeit expensive – in accomplishing that mission. And at $120+M, he’ll be fine with that role.

JoJo the Godfather

April 9th, 2011
9:10 am

No Woody for Me…Because under the current cba, no other team could outbid the Hawks for Joe. The Hawks could, and did, offer roughly $30m more than any other team. New York was supposedly offering a max or near-max deal. If New York can’t get Howard or Paul lined up for next offseason, then they will be looking for a 3rd member for their version of the big 3, and Joe would be outstanding as athe 3rd option. He would have no problem deferring to Melo & Amare, while collecting his checks.

Trojan

April 9th, 2011
9:27 am

That contract of JJ is sickening to even look at. The Hawks are doomed with that contract for a 17 ppg player.

KevinM

April 9th, 2011
10:00 am

Someone tell LD this is a perfect week to work on your playoff rotations. Forget JC2 as he will home watching the playoffs on TNT like the rest of us. He had no slot here.
It’s time to get Smoove ready, and put Teague in the starting lineup with Joe, Al, & Collins. Marvin is fine off the bench.
Don’t let the success vs the Magic in the regular season mislead you into thinking we know how to beat them……you don’t!

Cwebb

April 9th, 2011
10:02 am

Supporting a team is not about bashing every single players every single nights…

NUNNA!!

April 9th, 2011
10:08 am

superiorblogman said of Kirk,
**Add that Mr. High IQ pulled up on a 3 man fastbreak and took a contested jumpshot. The only jumpshot you should be taking on a break is a uncontested one.**

Will you tell that to Nique who got on Teague who started a fast break by himself and who did a drive and kick out to a wide open Jamaal Crawford who missed an open 3 pointer..Nique saying Teague should not have settled for the jump shot..Not even from one who is a scorer and can light it up on some nights as a scoring machine.

My point is that if had been Damien on the drive and kick out to a wide open Jamaal,then Nique would have changed his tune and noted to everyone how “Jamaal has to knock down those open shots” and how it was a “great find by Damien”..

Am i the only one who notices that??

NUNNA!!

April 9th, 2011
10:15 am

KevinM.-
Someone tell LD this is a perfect week to work on your playoff rotations. Forget JC2 as he will home watching the playoffs on TNT like the rest of us. He had no slot here.
It’s time to get Smoove ready, and put Teague in the starting lineup with Joe, Al, & Collins. Marvin is fine off the bench.
Don’t let the success vs the Magic in the regular season mislead you into thinking we know how to beat them……you don’t!

————————————————————————————————————————–
Yo Kev,
I was thinking the same thing when Etan entered the game last night and Bob Rathbun started getting chills as he talked about how we will need Thomas and the other bigs against Dwight Howard,knowing good and tee well that drew will only play them if Collins is in foul trouble and he will resort to a 7 man rotation against the magic..

Don’t look for Teague to get anything but junk minutes and spell kirk for just 5 minutes per half..Or less..

I hear what LD says..And i read what is printed as his comments..But i believe NONE OF IT!!

julius

April 9th, 2011
10:21 am

LD SUCKS AS A COACH WATCHING THE HAWKS LAST NITE IT WAS LIKE HURTING MY EYES JOE GARBAGE SHOOTING NO BALL MOVEMENT AND NO DEFENSE WATSOEVER AND THEY GOT WHOOPED BY INDIANA COME ON. ASG FIRE THE COACH ASAP U KNOW ATLANTA AIN’T GOING TO BEAT ORLANDO SO U MIGHT AS WELL CALL IT A DAY. AND NEXT TIME HIRE A REAL NBA COACH.

KevinM

April 9th, 2011
10:21 am

How anyone here can mention the NBA trophy in the same discussion with the Hawks is amazing to me. Their odds get worse every day.

LD hired as HC doomed this team. There has been a drop off in all categories and you can’t tell me the defense is vastly improved. Orlando does not get bumped in Round 1. We can only hope for a competitive series.

KevinM

April 9th, 2011
10:28 am

NUNNA, when our head coach speaks, do like the players do and hit the mute button….like being in class and all you hear “blah blah blah” coming out of LD’s mouth.

Like I said when the 1st rumor hit the AJC, the only way towards getting this org headed in the right direction is to rid ourselves of the disaster that calls themselves ‘ASG’. Quotes from Gearon and Sund are as inviting as a root canal.

O'Brien

April 9th, 2011
10:32 am

For his career, Chills averages 10 pts and 5 rebs in 29 mpg, making $6.5 mil per.

For his career, marvin averages 12 pts and 5 rebs in 28 mpg making $7.5 mil per.

So although he is not cracking Phoenix’ rotation, he still has similar career averages as Marvin, while Marvin makes more money. Like so many other players, Chills needs the right team and the right role. And I think he would be a very good fit for the motion offense. he moves well off the ball, cuts to the basket, used to get some big rebounds and put backs, and could even handle the ball a little bit (Woody had him bring it up sometimes).