Bobcats at Atlanta Hawks: Game thread

The Hawks signed guard Willie Green.

“You are talking about a guy who is a combo guard that’s a scorer, tough defender,”Larry Drew said. “He’s a guy that plays hard when he’s on the floor. He’s kind of had to do it the hard way therefore he has an appreciation for what he’s earned. I think he’s kind of a throwback. Kind of an old-school style player.”

Like Jannero Pargo, Green is more of a scorer than a playmaker. Green is the better shooter but, also like Pargo, most of his attempts are long 2s and he doesn’t draw many fouls or make many 3-pointers.

However, both players are quick, high-energy guys and Drew thinks they will help the Hawks play the new, aggressive defensive style he wants.

“You can’t play a high-energy defensive scheme if you don’t have the personnel to do it,” he said. “Both guys have played that way pretty much their whole careers. Jannero, when he was down in New Orleans and had his best years, he was very effective playing that way. Willie’s style is very similar. We’ve been putting a lot of emphasis in training camp on defense and certainly helps if you have guys who are already programmed to play that way.”

Green’s Synergy defensive numbers are lackluster, especially in isolation. He had slightly positive on-court, off-court defensive numbers for New Orleans last season, according to basketballvalue.com. His opponent PER at last season was about average, according to 82games.com.

Basically it looks as if the Hawks, after watching Jamal Crawford bolt for Portland, will have to try to win another way with their second unit.

“We’ve had to replace Jamal’s minutes and we’ve got to look in some type of way getting some real productivity from that position, whether it be scoring or defensively,” Drew said. “Me personally, I welcome a trade-off a guy who maybe won’t score as much as Jamal but a guy that can score and brings some defense and some toughness to that position.”

Notes

  • Jeff Teague (ankle) is out. “It’s a mild ankle sprain,” Drew said. “For precautionary reasons we won’t have him playing today.” Donald Sloan starts in Teague’s place.
  • Drew said there’s “still a chance” for Sloan, Brad Wanamaker and Pape Sy to make the roster even after Pargo and Green were added. “Hopefully they will take full advantage of the opportunity,” Drew said. “A good showing tonight would be beneficial for them.”

331 comments Add your comment

David

December 22nd, 2011
7:30 pm

If I were Drew, I’d play the starters significant minutes tonight. Not necessarily their regular minutes, but we need to make sure that these guys have their game legs in time for the opener.

J.J.M.

December 22nd, 2011
7:40 pm

northcyde

December 22nd, 2011
7:40 pm

Can’t see the Hawks broadcast, so I have to watch it on the internet and listen to the Bobcats broadcast.

I don’t mind though . . because that means more STEPHANIE READY !!!!

Boom Dizzle

December 22nd, 2011
7:41 pm

Looking forward to see the starters more minutes, see some of the bench guys (TMac) among others be more aggressive. Get ready for this opening….

Only good thing about watch the Bobcats broadcast is Stephanie Ready…….yesssssssssssssssirrrrrrrrrrr

J.J.M.

December 22nd, 2011
7:42 pm

smoooveeeeeeee

Boom Dizzle

December 22nd, 2011
7:42 pm

@Northcyde And she damn sho Ready……..

northcyde

December 22nd, 2011
7:43 pm

Looks like the rain/storms killed the crowd at Philips.

Sloan starts at PG . . . JJ with the immediate alley oop to Smith

JJ is our PG folks, no matter who “officially” mans the PG spot.

BoneKollector

December 22nd, 2011
7:43 pm

BoneKollector

December 22nd, 2011
7:43 pm

yea that tornado warning scared folks away

J.J.M.

December 22nd, 2011
7:44 pm

horford doesnt even try to block a shot

Melvin

December 22nd, 2011
7:44 pm

I actually Josh flash to the goal on Horford post up….

BoneKollector

December 22nd, 2011
7:44 pm

Marvin!!!!!!!!!

Boom Dizzle

December 22nd, 2011
7:46 pm

The defensive pressure looks a lot better from the starters….

Hawks have no TV game?

December 22nd, 2011
7:47 pm

so theres no tv game..

BoneKollector

December 22nd, 2011
7:47 pm

good drive 2 the basket

Melvin

December 22nd, 2011
7:48 pm

Nice dunk by Sloan

BoneKollector

December 22nd, 2011
7:48 pm

sloan wants a job

northcyde

December 22nd, 2011
7:49 pm

Amazing how much better players look when they play with “the core”, than with “the scrubs”. Sloan actually looks legit with “the core”.

northcyde

December 22nd, 2011
7:50 pm

Smith 4 – 4 FG . . . 3 dunks – 1 driving lay-up . . looking super quick tonight.

See Josh? . . . JUST LIVE IN THE PAINT.

Katie

December 22nd, 2011
7:50 pm

Anybody have a link to where I can watch the game online?

northcyde

December 22nd, 2011
7:51 pm

LOL .. and just as I say that . . . he fires up a 21 footer . . . (( clank ))

Boom Dizzle

December 22nd, 2011
7:51 pm

Sloan playing like he want that spot…..

Anna

December 22nd, 2011
7:52 pm

Where on the Internet can you watch the game? Please post a website link. Thanks. Go Hawks!

BoneKollector

December 22nd, 2011
7:52 pm

Exactly northcyde Josh needs to be like Blake Griffin just live in the paint

BoneKollector

December 22nd, 2011
7:52 pm

Runner-

December 22nd, 2011
7:53 pm

T Mac gonna be a huge liability on defense when he’s in… Maggette hits the open 3 as T-Mac is nowhere to be found…

BoneKollector

December 22nd, 2011
7:53 pm

Katie & Anna I mean lol

J.J.M.

December 22nd, 2011
7:53 pm

josh is a beast when hes in that paint!

FreshFromAtl

December 22nd, 2011
7:53 pm

Sloan looked good with the starters…

northcyde

December 22nd, 2011
7:53 pm

@ anna

firstrowsports ( dot ) tv

Once on that site, click on the am. basketball tab

J.J.M.

December 22nd, 2011
7:55 pm

horofod=useless

Katie

December 22nd, 2011
7:55 pm

Thanks Bone Kollector!

Anna

December 22nd, 2011
7:55 pm

Thanks for the link. Awesome!

northcyde

December 22nd, 2011
7:58 pm

lol @ zaza . . . stop being such a thug.

Melvin

December 22nd, 2011
7:58 pm

Corey Maggette is an cold blooded assassin

FreshFromAtl

December 22nd, 2011
8:02 pm

No chemistry at all with the second unit. Maggette is having his way on offense with T-Mac…

BoneKollector

December 22nd, 2011
8:03 pm

If only we had a wizard that turned TMac into a prime Tmac

Slimjr

December 22nd, 2011
8:04 pm

Hey Stephanie! Lawd……………………………….

northcyde

December 22nd, 2011
8:04 pm

T-Mac with the step back air ball . . . not good.

Give us something T-Mac . . anything

BoneKollector

December 22nd, 2011
8:04 pm

Damn Damn Damn

David

December 22nd, 2011
8:04 pm

The bench lineup isn’t looking very good tonight.

Boom Dizzle

December 22nd, 2011
8:05 pm

Boy this second unit is rough to watch……geez…….

stizz

December 22nd, 2011
8:05 pm

This second unit is ugly.

BoneKollector

December 22nd, 2011
8:05 pm

At least Tmac got the rebound

Slimjr

December 22nd, 2011
8:06 pm

ZaZa amd All NBA offensive games!@#$%^&*

northcyde

December 22nd, 2011
8:06 pm

OK. . at least T-Mac has drawn 2 fouls and gotten to the line.

The Charlotte broadcast isn’t foolish. They’re either showing Stephanie on camera, or letting her comment throughout the game.

Stephanie = ratings

Melvin

December 22nd, 2011
8:07 pm

Air ZaZa…..LOL

FreshFromAtl

December 22nd, 2011
8:07 pm

Second unit starting to pick it up a bit….

BoneKollector

December 22nd, 2011
8:08 pm

Wat da fuuuuuu

Slimjr

December 22nd, 2011
8:08 pm

Elle Ducan has been benched for Stephanie Ready!!!! LOL