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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Dept. Of Unintended Irony

December 28th, 2011
9:24 pm

“Zsa zsa…

“I like the guy but he is indeed brick stupid.”

Unlike the one who can’t spell Pachulia’s first name.

ROFLMFAO

Big Ray

December 28th, 2011
9:24 pm

Wall is quick off his feet. Teague needs to be a little tricker with that move on him.

Zaza with a good set of moves.

phil

December 28th, 2011
9:24 pm

CLOS_ATL
December 28th, 2011
9:23 pm

Will ya’ll leave Josh Alone ….. DAMN!! THE MAN PLAYS FEARLESS!! THAT WHAT ALL TEAMS NEED SOMEONE WHO AINT SCARED TO TRY TO MAKE A PLAY!!!!!

No. Josh is an idiot. When he plays within himself and plays hard, he’s a force. Regrettably, he’s often absent mentally.

Runner-

December 28th, 2011
9:24 pm

wow nice pass, fooled me

Big Ray

December 28th, 2011
9:25 pm

ROFL @ Dept. of Unintended Irony….

Hawks4Eva

December 28th, 2011
9:25 pm

Big Ray –

With all due respect….what Zsa Zsa gives us, we can just as well get it from Jason Collins if Collins got the same amount of playing time.

Tracy giving a no-look pass to Zsa Zsa might as well have thrown it to Ryan Cameron. No way Zsa can handle anything fancy.

Melvin

December 28th, 2011
9:25 pm

Man, we should have signed TMac to a 2yr contract…LOL

phil

December 28th, 2011
9:25 pm

I’m not from russia or wherever the dude is from….

BoneKollector

December 28th, 2011
9:26 pm

Damnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn

J.J.M.

December 28th, 2011
9:26 pm

I like nick young…

Big Ray

December 28th, 2011
9:26 pm

Wow. Nick Young…

KevinM

December 28th, 2011
9:26 pm

Nick Young just has a scorer’s mentality. Not sure what else he does, but he is ready to go.

JSS

December 28th, 2011
9:26 pm

The playground shot

phil

December 28th, 2011
9:27 pm

The other commie with a bucket!

RethinkPossible

December 28th, 2011
9:27 pm

KevinM

December 28th, 2011
9:27 pm

T-Mac can pass that rock!

Runner-

December 28th, 2011
9:27 pm

just wondering you all think Ivan Johnson and Stack will only get playing time in blowouts like this or will they get more time as the season advances? obviously no need for them now, as this unit is getting it done, but with the grueling schedule some players will need some days off

phil

December 28th, 2011
9:27 pm

More stupidity from Zsa Zsa…

Big Ray

December 28th, 2011
9:28 pm

Hawks4Eva,

Maybe about 5 years ago. Otherwise, no evidence to support that idea.

J.J.M.

December 28th, 2011
9:28 pm

another and 1

Dream

December 28th, 2011
9:28 pm

2 nice passes from TMac.

northcyde

December 28th, 2011
9:28 pm

Miami wins on a D-Wade jumper . . oh well

Big Ray

December 28th, 2011
9:28 pm

Rev in Tampa

December 28th, 2011
9:28 pm

zaza hasn’t had his head in the game tonight. I’m surprised he didn’t fumble the no-look pass from T-mac

phil

December 28th, 2011
9:28 pm

The commie can play!

Not Zsa zsa…the other one.

Ryder

December 28th, 2011
9:28 pm

I think all these trade rumors are starting to get to Al, Hes not being his self. What, he usually has about 20pts and 10-12 boards. I think this trade with him going to Orlando do is eating him up. There’s also talk now about him going to Jersey.

Melvin

December 28th, 2011
9:29 pm

With these back to back blow outs. The starters may have to give the bench players a rest.

KevinM

December 28th, 2011
9:29 pm

Runner, Ivan and Stack aren’t in the 10 man rotation, so don’t expect to see them next week unless more blowouts are on the menu.

stizz

December 28th, 2011
9:29 pm

Tmac is a beast. I hope he sticks around for more years.

phil

December 28th, 2011
9:29 pm

Stack is done.

CLOS_ATL

December 28th, 2011
9:29 pm

@ PHIL … HE IS FAR FROM AN IDOT!! JUST LOOK @ STATICS ACROSS THE BOARD!!!! THEY ARE FANTASY TEAM HEAVEN!! AND ALL PLAYERS MAKE BAD PLAYS … BUT HE JUST GET SCRUTINZE THE MOST!!!!

phil

December 28th, 2011
9:31 pm

Who’s uglier?

Hinrich?
Teague?
Big Ray?

Hawks4Eva

December 28th, 2011
9:31 pm

Big Ray –

Have you watch Zsa over the years here? Do you not think this guy is clumsy?

Runner-

December 28th, 2011
9:31 pm

T Mac and Harry the Hawk are wearing the same jersey number, is that even allowed?

Sautee

December 28th, 2011
9:31 pm

While we’ve played a couple of awful teams…

We’re allowing less than 20 per quarter for the last 7 quarters on avg.

I like the defensive activity.

phil

December 28th, 2011
9:32 pm

CLOS_ATL
December 28th, 2011
9:29 pm

@ PHIL … HE IS FAR FROM AN IDOT!! JUST LOOK @ STATICS ACROSS THE BOARD!!!! THEY ARE FANTASY TEAM HEAVEN!! AND ALL PLAYERS MAKE BAD PLAYS … BUT HE JUST GET SCRUTINZE THE MOST!!!!

Guys like you can’t be objective. You’re blinded by your hero worship and deep rooted desire to make him into something he isn’t…

Ryder

December 28th, 2011
9:32 pm

Thats easy. Big Ray ! no brainer!

Runner-

December 28th, 2011
9:33 pm

Zaza is “clumsy”, but he wouldn’t get to half the balls he gets to if it weren’t for his “clumsiness”. Dude hustles hard and doesn’t care how he looks like, he’s a great player to have

RethinkPossible

December 28th, 2011
9:33 pm

@Runner – If there is one thing we learned from last year, it is that L.Drew does not have faith when it comes to regularly playing bench players (other than could-be starters such as Jamal). One of the things I was most excited about with the start of last season was Jeff Teauge, I thought he was going to take us over the top. However – he barely got any playing time, (until of course the bulls series). That being said, I don’t think the same will happen this season, the only reason being the lockout. So to answer your question – yes, but not because of L.Drew.

phil

December 28th, 2011
9:33 pm

Harry generally doesn’t play so….yes.

Big Ray

December 28th, 2011
9:34 pm

Ryder ,

I don’t know. I know that the Magic would be smarter to get Horford out of the deal than Smith, because they’ll need a guy who CAN play PF/C for them with Dwight gone.

Thing is, Hawks have to be smart not only about such a trade, but how they follow it up. I can understand wanting to unload Joe’s contract. But if you trade him and Al to Orlando, that leaves Dwight and “I can’t stop with the jumpers” Josh up here with Marvin and Teague.

It’s a nice frontcourt, but who plays the 2 for us? Need a role player who can shoot from the outside, but doesn’t need the ball as much as Joe does.

Dept. Of Unintended Irony

December 28th, 2011
9:34 pm

“I’m not from russia or wherever the dude is from….”

Yeah, but we use English to say and write his name. LOL!

Ryder

December 28th, 2011
9:34 pm

Yea talk is that the trade will happen by Friday. Too bad. Al just got married….did you guys see that camel toe she was showing on line?

Boondox

December 28th, 2011
9:35 pm

Al’s problem is he just got married lost his mojo

hawks_4_life

December 28th, 2011
9:35 pm

Bench in for extended garbage time, you cant be upset with that.

Luke Cage

December 28th, 2011
9:36 pm

BRING BACK MARIO WEST, BRING BACK MARIO WEST!!!

Blast

December 28th, 2011
9:36 pm

Vlad has to shoot that ball. 2nd travel tonight.

phil

December 28th, 2011
9:36 pm

CLOS_ATL

December 28th, 2011
9:36 pm

@ PHIL YOU SURE IS “BILLY BAD ASS” ON THIS BLOGS…. SMH!!! YOU SEEMED TO BE ALL ABOUT WHAT IS NEGATIVE!!!! INSTEAD OF WHAT BEEN GOOD THUS FAR!!!!

Big Ray

December 28th, 2011
9:36 pm

LOL….I have no problems being called ugly. None at all. Since some are so desperate for my attention, there’s your reply…