Bulls at Atlanta Hawks Game 6: All-NBA Al

Al was named third-team All-NBA. It’s the 24th time a Hawks player made one of the three teams. J.J. didn’t get a single vote from media after making the third team last season.

“I wasn’t really wasn’t expecting it,” Al said. “It’s really a great feeling. I’m very honored, I really am.”

Al had a great year and got plenty of pub for it, so why wouldn’t he think he had a shot?

“When you are so focused on the playoffs don’t really keep up with things like that,” he said. “And when you think about [All-NBA], it’s an elite group. I’m just really honored to be part of it. It just kind of shows the hard work I put in has been paying off.”

As we’ve seen in the playoffs, there’s more work for Al to do. Based on his history there’s little reason to doubt he will put in the hourse and, given that he’s not yet 25, there’s also reason to believe he will improve.

L.D. said Al’s development has been “truly remarkable” but both he and Al agreed he hasn’t reached his ceiling.

“A guy of his size and his ability, one area of improvement he really needs to make is his footwork,” Drew said. “On the block, he can score. He has skills down there but there is improvement to be made in that box area. He has certainly shown his ability, mid-range, to shoot the basketball. Prior to this year people didn’t see as a real pick-and-pop guy. He has turned into one of the deadliest shooters in the mid range.”

Al said he wants he wants to extend his range this summer.

“I haven’t thought about it that thoroughly, but some of the things I want is to be a better shooter, especially branch out a little more,” he said. “To be able to put the ball on the floor a little more–one dribble, two dribble and take it all the way. Those are things this summer I am really going to put a lot of emphasis on.”

Notes

  • Same lineup tonight.
  • The message on the Hawks’ locker room board at shootaround today: “Plane leaves for MIA 2:30 on Tues.”
  • Teague on running the team: “We’ve got a lot of good shooters on this team. I’ve got to give them the ball where they can continue to play hard.”
  • Josh on Teague’s feel for when to attack and when to facilitate: “That takes time, with minutes. He’s learning as we speak. We’ve got to be patient.”
  • Smoove on being the catalyst: “I understand. It’s not pressure for me. I’ve dealt with it for a while. That’s just the DNA. I have to get off to a good start and be aggressive, especially on the defensive end. “
  • L.D. on fourth-quarter offense: “We just have to move the ball. That’s just the bottom line. We can’t start isolating; we can’t start holding the ball. If you just hold the ball and try to play one-on-one you play right into their hands.”
  • L.D. on Josh not retaliating against Boozer: “I don’t think there will be a carryover effect at all. Josh is professional enough to know he has to do that. All that does is plays right into their hands. It takes him out of his game, which I am sure they want. He has to be professional. It’s in the past.”
  • Chicago media types were asking the Bulls if they are looking ahead to the Heat. D-Rose: “Definitely we want to get it over with but it’s not over with. We still have a game. We are anxious. We can’t look ahead.”
  • It’s worth remembering that the Hawks have already exceeded expectations in the playoffs while the Bulls have underachieved relative to their regular season. That’s why L.D. thinks the Bulls are feeling pressure despite leading the series. “Going into the series, no one thought there would be a Game 6,” he said. “I give credit to my players. I think they have stepped up to the challenge. We have nothing to lose. We are going to lay it our on the line.”

Michael Cunningham, Hawks beat

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Buddy Grizzard

May 12th, 2011
7:47 pm

http://espn.go.com/nba/team/_/name/atl/atlanta-hawks

NBA – JOHNSON BUCKLES UNDER PRESSURE
If Joe Johnson is unable to find his stroke tonight, the Hawks will likely lose. Unfortunately for the Hawks, Johnson doesn’t always perform when his back is against the wall. Johnson has the 2nd worst field goal percentage in Win-or-go-home playoff games among active players.
about 1 hour ago | ESPN Stats and Information

bigdave

May 12th, 2011
7:53 pm

congrats Al.. as predicted 5-6 months ago, he wants to continue to work at becoming another perimeter oriented player on this team.. i dont see how thats a good thing for (this) team going forward.

OrsonWellesEgo

May 12th, 2011
7:53 pm

Bandito Dos….

OrsonWellesEgo

May 12th, 2011
7:54 pm

bigdave

May 12th, 2011
7:55 pm

by the way..

LETS GET IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BE SPECIAL…

Slimjr

May 12th, 2011
7:56 pm

six………………..Hawks by six!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YEAH

Slimjr

May 12th, 2011
7:57 pm

Enjoy the Game in 2 minutes!!!! GO HAWKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Real Mandingo

May 12th, 2011
7:59 pm

Jamal needs a clutch performance in this elimination Game 6 against the Bulls much like last year’s Game 6 performance against the Bucks.

bigdave

May 12th, 2011
8:02 pm

wow.. im really bothered by Al wanting to become Rashard Lewis. when you think he’d try to work on his most glaring weaknesses.

hawks_4_life

May 12th, 2011
8:03 pm

LETS GO HAWKS!!!!WE GOT THIS….

AL TIME TO GET AN ALL NBA PERFORMANCE OUT OF YOU.

Najeh Davenpoop

May 12th, 2011
8:05 pm

I just ran into Ted Turner in the Philips Arena concourse. Hopefully that’s a good sign.

GO HAWKS LETS GET IT

hawks_4_life

May 12th, 2011
8:05 pm

Enter your comments here

Sautee

May 12th, 2011
8:08 pm

bigdave,

At least he DID mention driving to the rim better.

You’ll enjoy this: On Big Ray’s blog, niremetal said that Tito had sent a letter of protest when Al was named All-NBA at center. ;-)

truthspitter

May 12th, 2011
8:09 pm

Al is garbage. He never rolls on the pick and roll, just a soft popper.

My prediction by 8:30 you will all realize the truth and that is the season is over for our beloved Hawks.

Luke Cage

May 12th, 2011
8:09 pm

The beginning of our run to SHOCKING THE WORLD!!!!!!!

Buddy Grizzard

May 12th, 2011
8:10 pm

Immediately exploiting Collins’ lack of foot speed.

El Bravo

May 12th, 2011
8:11 pm

I’m ok with Al extending his range. He is capable of hitting 15 footers and I’m sure he can move out to the 3 line with practice.

Buddy Grizzard

May 12th, 2011
8:11 pm

They go right at Jason Collins.

Rev in Tampa

May 12th, 2011
8:11 pm

BOOZER SHOULD BE SUSPENDED FOR THIS GAME!

J.J.M.

May 12th, 2011
8:11 pm

does joe always have to take the first shot

cp

May 12th, 2011
8:12 pm

there you go Josh

Rev in Tampa

May 12th, 2011
8:12 pm

Smith making it look easy

cp

May 12th, 2011
8:12 pm

yes sir Josh

Rev in Tampa

May 12th, 2011
8:13 pm

J.J.M.

May 12th, 2011
8:13 pm

J.J.M.

May 12th, 2011
8:14 pm

horford sucks man

vava74

May 12th, 2011
8:14 pm

Let’s hope that All-NBA Al that everyone is talking about shows up.

The only Al I have seen these playoffs is Diaper-Al.

Buddy Grizzard

May 12th, 2011
8:14 pm

Collins is useful against Dwight Howard who can only score close to the basket. He can’t guard a player like Boozer who can play inside and out.

Rev in Tampa

May 12th, 2011
8:14 pm

Teague needs to get his head in the game

J.J.M.

May 12th, 2011
8:15 pm

not looking good

Luke Cage

May 12th, 2011
8:15 pm

Luke Cage

May 12th, 2011
8:16 pm

look what happens when you move the ball

Buddy Grizzard

May 12th, 2011
8:16 pm

They switch Horford onto Boozer.

cp

May 12th, 2011
8:16 pm

good to see Al knock it down. wtf Josh

Rev in Tampa

May 12th, 2011
8:16 pm

Hawks are going to have to step up because bulls are playing good D

El Bravo

May 12th, 2011
8:17 pm

Teague has a bit of a deer on headlights look to him tonight… I hope he shakes it off…

J.J.M.

May 12th, 2011
8:18 pm

horford should have drove that

Buddy Grizzard

May 12th, 2011
8:18 pm

Now they attack Collins with Noah.

Luke Cage

May 12th, 2011
8:18 pm

CMON HAWKS!!!!

El Bravo

May 12th, 2011
8:18 pm

Bulls shooting lights out. Some D would be nice…

Buddy Grizzard

May 12th, 2011
8:18 pm

8 points in this quarter have been scored by going straight at Collins.

cp

May 12th, 2011
8:19 pm

Josh just cant resist those jumpers

Luke Cage

May 12th, 2011
8:19 pm

Man, Rose hasn’t done anything and we’re behind!!

J.J.M.

May 12th, 2011
8:19 pm

smh what is joe doing. stop all that dribbling and lower yo head and drive the ball

Rev in Tampa

May 12th, 2011
8:20 pm

Hawks need to keep feeding Josh

Brandon

May 12th, 2011
8:20 pm

Has anyone seen Joe Johnson? Kevin McHale would probably say that he saw Joe on the back of a milk carton in his refrigerator right now.

truthspitter

May 12th, 2011
8:20 pm

Teague made a bad play not checking behind him he should be benched for that. Al Horford needed to roll on that pick he needs to be benched also

Rev in Tampa

May 12th, 2011
8:21 pm

zaza time because collins & noah is not a good match up

Buddy Grizzard

May 12th, 2011
8:21 pm

Do you think Chicago didn’t formulate a game plan to attack Collins to start the game? Las Vegas Larry’s predictable rotations losing this game for the Hawks.

LionHearted

May 12th, 2011
8:23 pm

Sorry the hawks are gonna lose