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

772 comments Add your comment

Wabe

May 12th, 2011
9:42 pm

Bingo bigdave.

Points without the clock moving sounds good when you’re down double digits.

bigdave

May 12th, 2011
9:43 pm

Deng is that deal

Wabe

May 12th, 2011
9:43 pm

there you go teaguer

lets go

go to the hoop

T-Mike

May 12th, 2011
9:43 pm

Slimjr

May 12th, 2011
9:43 pm

If Alice played in the West he would get no pub..I mean none…Totally overrated.

This buster cant post up his Shadow much left Deng..No cross over, weak left hand , two left feet, slow foot work,slow reaction time, the matrix, slow motion..Allstar his azz!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wabe

May 12th, 2011
9:43 pm

they’re raining jumpers man

I MUS WRITE

May 12th, 2011
9:43 pm

Yeah Teague -Willis reed is proud of u lol…..dam bogans for 3

Sautee

May 12th, 2011
9:44 pm

Boozer having a Jack Givens game.

cp

May 12th, 2011
9:44 pm

keith bogans? really?

Buddy Grizzard

May 12th, 2011
9:44 pm

Teague poor body language.

Wabe

May 12th, 2011
9:44 pm

were you wiping sweat off your face Al?

you gonna keep giving dude that cushion

Luke Cage

May 12th, 2011
9:45 pm

Man at some point we have to admit the bulls are playing way better and are just making shots.

Little Fawkers

May 12th, 2011
9:45 pm

Can we break this team up finally? They are a second round team. End of story.

Make some changes this off season and not signing someones third string center. Get real players in here to shake things up,

O'Brien

May 12th, 2011
9:45 pm

Why is Al not playing Boozer tighter?

I MUS WRITE

May 12th, 2011
9:45 pm

Who the funk is gaurding Boozer

T-Mike

May 12th, 2011
9:46 pm

Wabe

May 12th, 2011
9:46 pm

true luke.

the bulls said this is the biggest game of their lives, and they’re playing like it.

the hawks aren’t.

Luke Cage

May 12th, 2011
9:46 pm

Gotta get this down to 7-8 pts by the end of the qtr

cp

May 12th, 2011
9:46 pm

Teague cant get any calls. Al isnt playing defense now Jamal at point. whatever man

Ole Hawks Fan

May 12th, 2011
9:46 pm

Double ISOs in the game……………….Turn out the LIGHTS!

bigdave

May 12th, 2011
9:47 pm

MistaGamer

May 12th, 2011
9:47 pm

Why does Al refuse to get up in a guys face that has turf toe???? He just simply, REFUSES!!!

Ole Hawks Fan

May 12th, 2011
9:48 pm

Hawks can’t shoot FTs…………………AL is terrible in this series!

bigdave

May 12th, 2011
9:48 pm

bussin Al as

Little Fawkers

May 12th, 2011
9:48 pm

Where is the fire this team should have in a do or die game?

Wabe

May 12th, 2011
9:48 pm

lmao

hilarious man.

JeJe

May 12th, 2011
9:48 pm

BOOZER OPEN EVERY TIME

GREAT ADJUSTMENTS, LD

FIRE LD

Luke Cage

May 12th, 2011
9:48 pm

How many times we let them run that play

Luke Cage

May 12th, 2011
9:48 pm

Bulls are hitting shots, not much we can do

cp

May 12th, 2011
9:48 pm

the bad Hawks showed up

Slimjr

May 12th, 2011
9:49 pm

“Al isnt playing defense”

what else is news about this fake power forward????

Buddy Grizzard

May 12th, 2011
9:49 pm

Collins -13 in 15 mins.

Wabe

May 12th, 2011
9:49 pm

the bulls are just pickin and poppin.

Luke Cage

May 12th, 2011
9:49 pm

Crucial last 3min here

T-Mike

May 12th, 2011
9:49 pm

Get fiesty ZaZa!

Below average Joe

May 12th, 2011
9:49 pm

great 3 josh…F U

Ole Hawks Fan

May 12th, 2011
9:49 pm

FLOP………………………….David Stern Goons!

T-Mike

May 12th, 2011
9:49 pm

bigdave

May 12th, 2011
9:49 pm

Joe didnt accept the challenge.. gave Rose off to Josh

hawks_4_life

May 12th, 2011
9:49 pm

making me sick

Buddy Grizzard

May 12th, 2011
9:50 pm

Great D on Rose.

Slimjr

May 12th, 2011
9:50 pm

“Why does Al refuse to get up in a guys face that has turf toe???? He just simply, REFUSES!!!”

Al is Alice tonight!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

bigdave

May 12th, 2011
9:50 pm

Al couldnt handle the pretty pass from Joe.

Ole Hawks Fan

May 12th, 2011
9:50 pm

Jumper For Josh…………………OMG!

Wabe

May 12th, 2011
9:51 pm

i have no confidence they’re doin ish tonight.

even when it seems they get the opportunity, they don’t grab the board, or as zaza just did, they do some stupid ish to give it right back to the bulls who capitalize.

T-Mike

May 12th, 2011
9:51 pm

Way to go ZaZa! Battle it out for some rbds.

Brandon

May 12th, 2011
9:51 pm

Joe is so damn slow, it’s annoying. He shed his man and had an open shot on that last possession, but he’s so slow that he just passed up that opportunity to drive into traffic and throw a bad bailout pass to Horford.

Wabe

May 12th, 2011
9:51 pm

they were at 10 to start the half.

the plan was to get it down to 4-6 by the end of the 3rd.

the leads at 16.

drmaryb (*_-)

May 12th, 2011
9:51 pm

Al Horford!

Your defense looks like Dunta Robinson of the Falcons.
You are playing too far off your man. You are playing terrible,
gawd-awful!

Below average Joe

May 12th, 2011
9:51 pm

Hope that was Josh’s last brick attempt as a Hawk.