Wizards at Atlanta Hawks: Game thread

  • Zaza Pachulia said he woke up today with soreness in his left shoulder. He tested it before the game and said he’s good to go. Pachulia doesn’t remember suffering an injury. He went to the doctor this afternoon and was told it’s tendinitis.
  • Jeff Teague (ankle) is in the lineup. “He didn’t complain about any problems,” Larry Drew said. Kirk Hinrich (shoulder) and Donald Sloan are inactive. Mo Evans (knee) is out and Jan Vesley (hip) is not on the trip for Washington.
  • Jordan Crawford is back at Philips Arena for the first time since the Hawks traded him to the Wizards. He said there’s no extra motivation against his old team: “I’m always extra.” He did allow that there could be some spirited conversations with good friend Teague. “If it calls for it, I will definitely trash talk.”
  • Drew said his main concern vs. the Wizards is controlling John Wall in transition. “He’s one of the fastest guys in the league,” Drew said. “We have to get him corralled. We’ve had problems with him in the past. He’s kind of the head of the snake for them.”
  • Drew on the thing he liked the most about last night’s W at New Jersey: “Their energy and defensive activity. We’ve been preaching for the longest about being a better defensive team.”
  • The Hawks said last night’s telecast on SportSouth earned a 2.82 rating. The highest-rated game last season earned a 2.68 rating.

Michael Cunningham, Hawks beat

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Runner-

December 28th, 2011
7:22 pm

Good think Zaza’s in, the fans came to see him!!

northcyde

December 28th, 2011
7:22 pm

LOL @ Jordan . . . “I’m Always Extra”.

Hopefully JJ will show no mercy on the kid tonight ( although I do need him to ball a little, seeing that he’s on my fantasy squad. )

Supreme Grand Poobah

December 28th, 2011
7:22 pm

first? just wanted to see what it was like.

hawks_4_life

December 28th, 2011
7:23 pm

FIRST,

MC The hawks looked awesome last night, I was at the game. Im excited about the rest of the season.

GT Alum

December 28th, 2011
7:23 pm

“I’m always extra”

Man, the more I hear from and about that kid, the more I wish the Hawks hadn’t traded him. He’s got a great attitude and a lot of talent. Hawks had to pay a pretty high price to get rid of Bibby.

Supreme Grand Poobah

December 28th, 2011
7:23 pm

rats. third.

Supreme Grand Poobah

December 28th, 2011
7:25 pm

“I’m always extra”

I assume he is referring to the extra shots he has to toss up in order to score.

Sautee

December 28th, 2011
7:27 pm

cp

December 28th, 2011
7:28 pm

Lets hope the Hawks come out with the same type of energy and intensity tonight as they did last night.

cp

December 28th, 2011
7:30 pm

Those are some good ratings considering that they played a terrible Nets team.

Grand Poobah Slayer

December 28th, 2011
7:32 pm

Well Its going to be ugly. Why is no one in the NBA saying , “hey, I want to play with Al horford something about 12 pts and 9 rebounds that smells like an NBA championship to me”

Why is All NBA All STAR Al not on nobody’s short list? Cant they see that Although Al only scored 2 pts in the last coach’s mercy pick addition to theAllstar team that All is destine to win a World championship? Cant any body see that ? Makes no sense. What about 12pts and 9 rebound dont you understand people?

BoneKollector

December 28th, 2011
7:33 pm

i_am_soulstar

December 28th, 2011
7:33 pm

Great to hear about that rating. I wonder if the lockout’s to blame?

Truth B Known

December 28th, 2011
7:33 pm

Tremaine

December 28th, 2011
7:35 pm

Blast

December 28th, 2011
7:35 pm

1st! Lets get it!!!!

hawkfan

December 28th, 2011
7:35 pm

did anyone just hear ryan cameron’s voice doing the atlanta hawks chant, very annoying i think something is up with that recording for real

kevkat

December 28th, 2011
7:35 pm

hey northcyde..do you have streaming site again if possible

Runner-

December 28th, 2011
7:35 pm

Can anyone give me a rough estimate at the number of fans at the stadium tonight?

Reality Check

December 28th, 2011
7:35 pm

About the ratings boost, maybe it’s the Teague intrigue?

Sautee

December 28th, 2011
7:36 pm

northcyde

December 28th, 2011
7:37 pm

Miami down 12 to the Bobcats at the end of the 1st quarter . . . for what its worth.

Runner-

December 28th, 2011
7:37 pm

possibly reality check, a much more fast paced offense than last year…

FreshFromATL

December 28th, 2011
7:38 pm

Why are all the letter in bold? Or is it just my phone?

ijonathan

December 28th, 2011
7:39 pm

Metallica???

Not exactly the most exciting opening night production by the ASG…

BoneKollector

December 28th, 2011
7:39 pm

yea all the letters are in bold

Supreme Grand Poobah

December 28th, 2011
7:39 pm

Northside – even the big three tremble in the presence of Boris Diaw.

J.J.M.

December 28th, 2011
7:40 pm

jason collins look different

BoneKollector

December 28th, 2011
7:40 pm

lol @ the way Ryan Cameron said Paaachuuuuuliaaaaa

Luke Cage

December 28th, 2011
7:41 pm

SWEET CHRISTMAS!!

J.J.M.

December 28th, 2011
7:41 pm

why is everything in bold…

YO YO YO

December 28th, 2011
7:41 pm

Ryan with the Rick Ross grunt lol

northcyde

December 28th, 2011
7:41 pm

They still doing this coming down from the crowd to introduce the starters?

Runner-

December 28th, 2011
7:41 pm

lmao @ joe johnsons’ intro

BoneKollector

December 28th, 2011
7:42 pm

Ryan Cameron just had a seizure when he said Joe Johnson LMAO

J.J.M.

December 28th, 2011
7:42 pm

lmfaoooo j-j-j-j-j-j-j-j-joeeeeee

terrell

December 28th, 2011
7:42 pm

Marvin’s about to fall down the steps. lol.

Luke Cage

December 28th, 2011
7:42 pm

Time to shut down JC2 tonite

FreshFromATL

December 28th, 2011
7:42 pm

WHOA! Big news on the TV ratings, I wonder if it is the T-Mac effect?

northcyde

December 28th, 2011
7:44 pm

kevkat . . ALWAYS go to firstrowsports ( dot ) tv

ALWAYS

Tremaine

December 28th, 2011
7:44 pm

Joe Johnson going to work tonight.

BoneKollector

December 28th, 2011
7:44 pm

Yo if Marvin fell down those stairs i woulda died laughing

Supreme Grand Poobah

December 28th, 2011
7:44 pm

FreshFromATL – nah, it’s the Stackhouse effect.

J.J.M.

December 28th, 2011
7:44 pm

I wonder how many people will be at the game

bigdave

December 28th, 2011
7:45 pm

LETS GET IT!!!

bigdave

December 28th, 2011
7:45 pm

those ratings courtesy of Matt Ryans bunch..

Runner-

December 28th, 2011
7:46 pm

oh man here we go!!

Tremaine

December 28th, 2011
7:46 pm

Marvinnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn!

BoneKollector

December 28th, 2011
7:46 pm

drmaryb.[*_*].

December 28th, 2011
7:47 pm

FTPB: I said this @
December 28th, 2011
7:16 pm
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Warrior!

Zaza playing? That guy is tuff warrior. Hopefully, we see some Ivan Johnson too. The main thing I look for is defensive tenacity and energy from the starters and bench.
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Coach Drew and (all of you have said this as well), …

“Drew on the thing he liked the most about last night’s W at New Jersey: “Their energy and defensive activity. We’ve been preaching for the longest about being a better defensive team.” -MC-

This is the level where you’re coaching a team’s identity, traits and habits. Not so much fundamental NBA skills to developmental levels of “project” talent. We’re not the Spurs where we can develop people. Dund and Drew are on a very short leash – right – SlimJr?

That collar is on “choke hold” levels – right – SlimJr? LOL

Here’s my point: this team’s bench look like seasoned collard greens and pig’s tails sittin’ on white rice And sprinkled with some hot sauce. We don’t need no kids – we need some winners – man. I never seen a young team win A trophy.