Atlanta Hawks: Notes, quotes and links
Chicago– Checking in from the Chi, where it is chilly and windy in frickin May . . .
- D-Rose practiced today. David Kaplan of CSNChicago.com reported Rose had an MRI that revealed a Grade 2 ankle sprain but says Rose is “expected to start” Game 2.
- Rose also is the MVP.
- Teague knows the playoffs will have some bearing on his future with the Hawks.
- Teague on if he had any pregame shookness: “At the jump ball, you are a little nervous. I get nervous before every game. After the jump ball went off, I just started playing basketball and forget about everything else.”
- J.J. on Teague: “He knows that we need him. I think he’s going to be focused from here on out. You could see it the previous days leading up to the game. It doesn’t surprise me that he came out and played the way he did. I just look forward to him getting better.”
- Al on Teague: “I think everyone has always seen the potential with Jeff. I think time and time again he’s been given the opportunity and he’s delivering. I’m proud of him to come out and handle things the way he did.”
- L.D. on if he ever struggled to find a balance between letting Teague play and develop and the team’s overall goals:” I’ve never struggled with that. I’ve always said with Jeff, the main thing is to try to find the consistence with him. I’ve always believed in him.”
- J.J. on if Teague ever got down about not playing much: “That’s understandable when you are in your first and second year. You want to play so bad. You go stretches where you may not play games. Then you go stretches where you do play, and you play good and you feel like you should be playing. I understand his frustration. He had to wait his turn and he’s done that. He’s just got to seize the moment right now.”
- J.J. on if the Hawks are motivated by a lack of respect: “Last night was a perfect example of this young Atlanta Hawks team [that is] very hungry and very underrated, and not appreciated. We just come out and try to have fun.”
- L.D. on if he’s used the perceived slights to motivate his team: “To be perfectly honest, I haven’t used it all. I haven’t mentioned one thing about rallying behind that. I know some coaches would do it but I don’t see a need.”
- SI.com’s Zach Lowe breaks down Atlanta’s screen-roll coverages against D-Rose.
- Al on those coverages: “We were showing a lot of different looks. Rose is so fast and explosive. You can’t show [on screens] too much.”
- A lot of the burden for guarding pick-and-rolls fell on the guards vs. Orlando. Now it’s on the bigs. “This time with a guy like Derrick Rose that is so good with the ball, we have to give more help,” Al said.
- Teague on Smoove and Al’s help on Rose: “They were huge. Josh did a really good job of meeting him at the rim. Al did a great job of corralling him in transition and things like that. That is what it is going to take to stop him, a total team effort.”
- Sebastian Pruiti of nbaplaybook.com breaks down the play that got Al that wide-open dunk.
- SB Nation’s Mike Prada, who was among those to dismiss the Hawks as lucky jump-shooters in Round 1, might be reconsidering.
- Smoove on helping limit Noah to one offensive rebound in Game 1: “I just tried to match his physicality. Anticipating the shot going up and trying to get a body on him early. As long as I face guard him and do my part and he doesn’t even touch the ball, I’ve done my part. You have to be real disciplined. What is so hard, the reason they get a lot of offensive rebounds, guys tend to ball-watch Derrick Rose because he is so aggressive and draws so much attention. That’s probably how [Noah] and Boozer probably gets a lot of tip-ins.
- J.J. on his no excuses pledge during the All-Star break: “There is no pressure on this team, man. In every series we are going to be the underdog, regardless, so all we have to do is come out and play our game.”
- L.D. on being up 1-0: “Looking back at the Orlando series, being in a similar situation, I thought we let our guard down a little bit. I thought we were a little complacent and a little soft. That’s something I can’t allow to happen at this time. We are in familiar waters again. We can’t come out passive with our guard down. We can’t be satisfied.”
- J.J. on taking home-court advantage from the Bulls: “We are not satisfied. We know the series isn’t over. But yet still we know we are in the drivers’ seat. It wouldn’t hurt to get another one.”
- L.D. on snapping the second-round losing streak: “A lot of people had written us off in the series before it even began. And we’ve been here before. Now that we have been in these situations a few times, we respond differently. We don’t listen to what’s being said. We listen and pay attention to detail a little bit more than we have in the past. And I do believe this team is a little more hungry.”
- L.D. on what he didn’t like from Game 1: “Offensively we didn’t do as good of a job particularly when the game got physical. That’s something I’ve been preaching since the Orlando series. Playoff basketball means energy, it means intensity, it means physicality. We have to be prepared for it, we have to expect it and we have to respond.”
- L.D. on the adjustments he anticipates from Bulls: “I am sure their aggression will be more. It is a game where their backs will be against the wall and they feel it’s a must-win for them. It’s hard to say what they will do differently [strategically]. We have to look at things more in a general [way]. With Rose we know we will see a high volume of pick-and-rolls. We could see Boozer posting more, more touches for Deng, more touches for Korver. It’s hard to say.”
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