Atlanta Hawks: Hawks 105, Nets 98

  • The Hawks didn’t play very well. The Nets made a lot of shots. Jeff Teague kept the Hawks above water and then they made more good plays than bad to get the W and improve to 3-0.
  • That about sums it up. “It was hard, but a win is a win,” Zaza Pachulia said. “It fees good. We expected them to come out and be aggressive but obviously we didn’t have as much energy as last game.”
  • The Hawks struggled to beat the Nets after waylaying them in New Jersey.
  • “One of the toughest things to do, and I’ve been associated it for a while as a coach and a player, when you have a game like you had against them the first time you have a tendency to let your guard down,” Larry Drew said. “That’s kind of a human characteristic. I talked to the guys and told them the team we saw in New Jersey was going to be a totally different team tonight. We didn’t respond as well as I was hoping but I give my guys credit, too, because they hung in there and kept fighting.”
  • Teague (22 points, 9/11 FG, six assists, two steals, two turnovers) provided most of Atlanta’s zip. He’s still not looking to pass on those drives but as long as he finishes like he did tonight it’s not a problem.
  • “I think when I’m playing aggressive, I’m at my best,” Teague said. “Sometimes I miss guys on a couple passes and they talk to me but I think that’s just the way I have to play. When I am sitting out there being casual I think that’s when I’m not ay my best and I think that hurts the team. ‘Quick’ [Nick Van Exel] always tells me in my ear to be aggressive, so that’s what I do.”
  • Teague also handled Deron Williams about as well as can be expected when Williams has it going like that.
  • Teague’s drives to the basket and Zaza’s pick-and-pop Js and free throws were the only reliable offensive options for long stretches. Zaza (11 points on six shots, eight rebounds in 23 minutes) probably has been the most consistent bench player so far for the Hawks.
  • The Hawks earned 38 free-throw attempts. They only made 27 but 14 of those were in the fourth quarter. Kudos to Joe Johnson for earning four attempts in the final period (not including the technical free throw and two after New Jersey fouled intentionally). His shot wasn’t falling so he started going to the basket, including that nifty move around MarShon Brooks for the basket that essentially sealed it.
  • Speaking of Brooks, he looks really smooth for a brand new rookie. Johnson was all over him when he turned a broken play into a turnaround J late in the game. “He looks like he’s been in the league for quite some time,” Josh Smith said. “I guess that’s the Atlanta in him. That’s how we do. He knew he was at home and he definitely wanted to give his folks a good showing and he did it.”
  • Josh didn’t get a call (he wasn’t fouled) while trying to take on three Nets defenders early in the game and then seemed to go in a funk. He later earned a technical foul for shoving Kris Humphries out of bounds on a loose ball.
  • Still, Josh again combined with Al Horford to make it tough for New Jersey to score at the basket. The Hawks have the potential to be a significantly improved defense with those two now playing behind guards that are solid defensively as a group (and that’s before Kirk Hinrich, a good defender at the 2, returns).
  • The Nets were hastily assembled before their opener. They looked much more cohesiveness this time. Al said they had a better plan: “We guarded them very well [in the first meeting]. They’ve seen so much stuff we have shown as far as doubling Deron. Tonight they stayed away from that and spaced the floor a little more, which made it harder for us to do what we wanted.”
  • Brooks, Anthony Morrow, Sundiata Gaines and even Shelden Williams were making shots. “They shot the mess out of the ball, bottom line,” Josh said.
  • New Jersey scored just 10 of its 35 third-quarter points in the paint but the Hawks were scrambling and slow to react to shooters. “We did not make a defensive stand whatsoever in the third quarter,” Drew said. “I thought we were back to old habits, looking for officials for help and not taking the onus on ourselves to be a gutty team, a blue-collar team.”
  • T-Mac (6 points, two rebounds in 23 minutes) wasn’t as active offensively but he was part of the bench group that held the lead in the first half. Vladmir Radmanovic had a few weird plays that got me to thinking about how Phil Jackson used to say he’s a bit flaky.
  • Jannero Pargo still can’t find his shot and had a quicker trigger tonight, though he was in good position most times on D. Willie Green also was quick to shoot at times.
  • Marvin Williams was solid but it seemed he was getting subbed game each time it looked like he was heating up. Drew sat Williams for most of the fourth quarter before sending him in with 2:52 to go. Williams helped force Deron Williams to miss on a reverse layup and collected the rebound, then pressured Brooks before the rookie called the timeout the Nets didn’t have.
  • The Hawks got out of town with the W and now face tough tests at Houston, Miami and Chicago. “I think it’s a good measuring stick for us,” Josh said. “Even though the schedule is not the way want it to be, playing those teams back-to-back and then come home and play Miami. I think it’s good for this team to see how we play when we hit adversity.”

Michael Cunningham, Hawks beat

193 comments Add your comment

HawkZ

December 30th, 2011
11:26 pm

Ray

December 30th, 2011
11:29 pm

I thought the hawks needed a game like this so they didn’t get the big head.

Edward Nigma

December 30th, 2011
11:30 pm

Gotta guard those treys and knock down those FTs. Teague is a beast.

GO HAWKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

HawkZ

December 30th, 2011
11:34 pm

Does anyone else think that teague couldve scored 30+ if he kept being aggressive and looked to score more often?

northcyde

December 30th, 2011
11:36 pm

doc

December 30th, 2011
10:54 pm

lol at northcyde re. jc2 stats. yup and flip wont be there long with loose cannons either. irrelevant to anything but fantasy league as they lost by 21. jc2 had a solid -20 to lead the downside along with r lewis also at -20.

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Well . . he is on my fantasy team ( the lone bright spot tonight ) . . and that loss wasn’t his fault. Flip started Nick Young, who was 0 – 8 in that game at one point. He and Wall stunk up the joint, going a combined 2 – 19 FG.

Slimjr

December 30th, 2011
11:36 pm

Atlanta Falcons
“Matt Ryan is becoming an ‘elite’ QB, Smith says”

So is Cam Newton Coach Norv Turner!

GO Hawks..

C’mon Gearon!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Slimjr

December 30th, 2011
11:40 pm

This Clipper Bulls game is like Boxing match! Leads keep changing.. Teams are running every chance they get!

JSS

December 30th, 2011
11:42 pm

Lord save us from an open blog!!! Shelden Williams makings shots is an oxymoronic statement!

Slimjr

December 30th, 2011
11:43 pm

Chicago looks really good on offense..Hawks will have a real tough time beating this team wo D12…

I could see the Hawks getting swept by the Bulls..No joke!

Bull are going to run run run……Track Meet! Hawks are the 2nd oldest team in the league now…..

Josh Kinsey

December 30th, 2011
11:45 pm

Willie Green has ALWAYS had a quick trigger. Hopefully he gets cut once Captain Kirk returns. Go Hawks!

Slimjr

December 30th, 2011
11:46 pm

MVP’s got 10 assist at the freaking half! Wow….

Swingman912

December 30th, 2011
11:47 pm

Teague could easily be our leading scorer every night. His penetration creates foe others…imagine if he would’ve started last year…Smoove can impact the game in so many ways, but it kills me to see him without ANY effective post moves…he could be the the player we expected him to be….but a win is a win…GO Teague!!!!!!! CHUUUUUUUUUUUUCCCCCCHHHH

JSS

December 30th, 2011
11:55 pm

Interesting Stat

December 30th, 2011
11:58 pm

From Elias: One night after winning their opener, 106-70 at New Jersey, the Hawks improved to 2-0 with a 101-83 home win over the Wizards. Atlanta is the third team in the last 20 years to outscore its first two opponents by a combined 50-or-more points, joining the 2002-03 Kings and the 2008-09 Lakers. Sacramento would finish the regular season 59-23 and lose to Dallas in the second round of the playoffs. Los Angeles went 65-17 and went on to win the NBA Championship.

Interesting Stat

December 31st, 2011
12:02 am

More than likely sloan will get cut when Kirk comes back. Pargo can score he probably just not comfortable yet. We need another Big so I cant see ivan getting cut.

KevinM

December 31st, 2011
12:07 am

3-0 is 3-0……a great set of teams to start with.

We sure need a defensive shot blocker in the paint…..Deron Williams was using drive thru the entire 2nd half.

The true identity of this team will be seen this week.

Joe is our closer and he needs to produce there during the playoffs.

Mike is Back

December 31st, 2011
12:09 am

MC, great stuff….LD has been spot on with observation of the games…however, I agree I thought Marvin could have been used more this game.

I was a good win…with some telling signs. This times…the Hawks lets the Nets have a lot of uncontested shots…I would have like to see them come with a double team to get the ball out of DWil hands…once he started to get it going…Teague did a heck of job…but you gotta make someone else beat you.

Pretty sure I got a chance to see Brooks play in High School…Tucker was our arch rival…Dude is a gamer…that shot against JJ was Prime Time material.

Tmack is definitely going to help this team…he is a great facilitator…Once he get guys to understand…it’s the fundamental play…not the spectacular that wins games…this team can take it to another level.

BTW, WTF has got into Pargo…if he wants to practice his jump shot…dude should come out early before the game.

Mike is Back

December 31st, 2011
12:18 am

O MAN…WHAT A PASS BY CP3…Blake is a MONSTOR. However, once DeAndre Jordon gets in foul trouble…the Clippers are a different team…I think the Bulls deft will catch up with the Clips.

Big Ray

December 31st, 2011
12:18 am

Stat line of the night:

Deron Williams 33+ minutes played, 9-18 on FGs, 23 points, 6 assists, 2 steals, 2 turnovers.

Jeff Teague 33+ minutes played, 9-12 on FGs, 22 points, 6 assists, 2 steals, 2 turnovers.

‘Nuff said.

Ken Strickland

December 31st, 2011
12:19 am

It’s a doggone shame that Teague is playing the way he is only because of 2 injuries to KHinrich. If not for Hinrich getting hurt during the playoffs, Drew would have continued ignoring him. If not for Hinrich getting hurt before the start of this season, Drew would have most likely continued to ignore him. At this stage of his career, even Hinrich couldn’t give us the level of consistent production we’re now getting from Teague.

Teague probably drove to the basket and finished more times in this gm alone than Bibby did during any season in Atlanta. Instead of giving him an honest chance to see what he could do, it looked like both Woodson and Drew were more afraid of actually finding our what he could do. Otherwise, they would have needed to provide additional excuses for insisting on starting Bibby, and playing him major mins.

Isn’t it amazing how Teague is able to run the team, consistently drive the lane, and still have a very low turnover rate? If all he did was crossed half court, gave the ball to JJ and floated around the 3pt line and launched 3s, he’d probably go an entire season with fewer than 10 turnovers. His ability to penetrate, and create his own shot, means we don’t have to depend on the pick and rolls as much as we have in the past.

Big Ray

December 31st, 2011
12:20 am

I guess LD has gone from not realizing that he should have Teague in the game more, to not realizing he should have Marvin in the game more….now that Marvin is truly performing well.

It’s a shame.

A worse shame is letting Minnesota get Rick Adelman. Watch those guys rise over the years, provided the front office makes decent moves via the draft and free agency as time goes on.

Grandmaster JeJe

December 31st, 2011
12:21 am

CAN SOMEONE PLEASE LET DASKG KNOW THE ARENA SUCKS AND SOMEWHERE THEY SHOULD POST NBA SCORES AND GAME/PLAYER STATS?

Big Ray

December 31st, 2011
12:23 am

I don’t get the noise about Horford and a trade. That was reported as something that was tried in the somewhat recent past. I doubt Horford is playing like he is worried about a trade….he was pretty aggressive tonight, even if it didn’t result in the type of statistics that we like to see (except for defense – dude had 3 blocks).

People like to goof on Zaza….who keeps coming through when our starting front line struggles on the boards for whatever reason. Second time in 3 games that he has led us in rebounding. Say what you want…

Grandmaster JeJe

December 31st, 2011
12:31 am

Zaza and TMac have a nice 1-2 punch off bench

Big Ray

December 31st, 2011
12:38 am

Let’s just settle this one right now – any trade involving the Hawks and Dwight Howard means both Joe and Al go to Orlando, and we get Howard.

However, it’s not that simple. We’ll likely get a veteran player with a contract we won’t like. That’s not all.

Howard doesn’t have to re-sign after we’ve rented his services for an already shortened season, and every expert who chooses to opine on the subject thinks that Josh Smith is the lynchpin to keeping Howard around via a signed contract extension. Josh, his BFF, his buddy, his pal, his….

WRONG .

One thing, and one thing only is the key to trading for, and then keeping Dwight Howard. That is the ability of Gearon, Levenson, and the rest of their little gang – to convince Howard that playing in Atlanta will be better than playing in Dallas or Brooklyn. It all hinges on their ability to show themselves to be stable owners for an organization that will work harder and smarter to provide Howard a place where he can not only play close to home….but that he can win a championship. They have to convince him (and his agent) that he would be looking at a brighter future than he ever did at Orlando, where everything crumbled (and quickly).

In short, the group formerly known as the ASG – has to show Dwight something they’ve never showed us…

THAT is what this hinges on. Beyond that, the numbers and names are simple. We have the best package that Otis Smith and Orlando could possibly hope for in Joe and Al.

Dallas? They might be able to come close, but the problem is that they don’t have high draft picks (which Orlando does not want) and they don’t have the same caliber of veteran players (that Orlando DOES want). Brooklyn? We’ve already seen what the Nets have. Youngsters with issues? Yeah, they have that. Vets with “win now and make playoffs at least” capability? Nah.

Orlando’s best trade on paper is with Atlanta, even though we’re a division rival.

But if the Gearon Group can’t convince Dwight that he should come here AND stay…then our candle will get burned on both ends, and that will be the end of the franchise for another long spell.

“We’ll go over the luxury tax for the right guy”, they say.

Yeah, well if you get Dwight, you’ll have to go over the luxury tax to surround him with the right guys.

Big Ray

December 31st, 2011
12:39 am

“showed” should have been “shown”…

Melvin

December 31st, 2011
12:49 am

One thing I saw that I like about this game. It seem as if each one of the bench players had a stretch in the game where they played well. Can’t remember that happening with last year bench. Better yet, we didn’t play a 10 man rotation last year either.

Mike is Back

December 31st, 2011
12:55 am

Big Ray, what’s up man…agree with ya on Marvin…and Yeah, I thought Al had a good game…he had some timely plays when the game was hanging in the balance…Once the D12 rumors started flowing…U knew there would be pent up hate for Al.lol

Man, the Clips are average at best once they have to go to their bench…I had to check the roster to see if my guy Travis Lester was still on the team…I wouldn’t pass the torch over to the Clippers in LA just yet…not enough Vets on the bench.

The Hawks are on TNT for the Heat games…if we can get a win in Houston…it could be a matchup of two undefeated teams…imagine that Hawks fans.

Blake is a MAN among MENS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

KEEP GOING HAWKS…LET’S GO…LET’S GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Section 303

December 31st, 2011
12:56 am

Teague was great tonight.

T-Mac and Zaza seem to work well together. They combined on back-to-back give and goes. T-Mac can still play.

I never felt like the Hawks were going to lose this game. They shot poorly, especially Joe. Although, he hit free throws, like Michael said. He also hit a sweet 3 as the shot clock was running down in the 4th quarter.

Josh Smith does not like Humphries. He got the T for shoving him, but Josh nailed Humphries several times throughout the first half. Is there a past history between those two? Josh was trying to inflict pain on Humphries.

Humphries took advantage of the Hawks inability to boxout. They simply refuse to do this. Humphries had three put back dunks, simply because Al and Josh did not put a body on him.

Love our second unit. Pargo, Green, Zaza, T-Mac, and Vlad. Good group. They played well tonight.

Section 303

December 31st, 2011
12:59 am

By the way, if you get a chance, watch Ricky Rubio play. He is a top 5 PG right now. I have never seen a PG survey the floor like he does. Rubio is a blast to watch play.

I DVR’ed the T-Wolves/Heat game. Just finished it. T-Wolves got screwed. Wade and James get every call. Literally. They get every f’ing call. The worst one was late in the 4th. James lowers his shoulder and just steam rolled Rondulph. Blocking foul. It is unreal.

Mike is Back

December 31st, 2011
1:04 am

Big Ray, every time I see DeAndre Jordon…I keep thinking about Benson in a couple of years…still think we should have kept that kid.

Better yet, we need to resign that kid.

Najeh Davenpoop

December 31st, 2011
1:05 am

Somehow, a team run by Chris Paul with shooters and athletes all over the roster finishes an awful lot of possessions with Blake Griffin taking a long contested jumper.

I know the Bulls’ defense is good, but either the Clippers need time to get used to playing together or they are not being coached well.

Melvin

December 31st, 2011
1:06 am

Watching the Clippers/Bulls game. CP3 is no match for D.Rose. I think Teague play DRose better than CP3. Clippers has depth issues and no SG. They are exciting to watch but there not elite yet. Bulls are very good but we already knew that.

northcyde

December 31st, 2011
1:09 am

Joe shot poorly in the 1st half

In the 2nd half, he scored 16 points on 4 – 6 FG and 7 – 7 FT.

northcyde

December 31st, 2011
1:13 am

And no one defender is slowing down Derrick Rose. That dude is too quick for everybody. It’ll be interesting to see the Hawks new swarming defense against Rose.

Hawk n the Ham

December 31st, 2011
1:16 am

I wonder if Josh living next to Kim Kar …. this summer in LA had anything to do with the way he was trying to get shots in on Humphries tonight.

Ken Strickland

December 31st, 2011
1:22 am

What is it about these so call knowledgeable basketball fans and reporters that leads them to believe the Celtics and Knicks will be better than the Hawks? The Celtics have no depth, size, athleticism, or stamina(youth). The Knicks have no PG to run their particular type of OFF, and both Amare and Camelo are more one on one ball stoppers who aren’t at their best when playing in the passing OFF DeAntonio wants to run. And I don’t care what anyone thinks of TChandler’s DEF ability, he can’t overcome the DEF liabilities of the majority of the Knicks players, especially Camelo, Amare and Bibby.

Unless they’re really hot and hitting their outside shots, we’ll dominate both teams.

Jay

December 31st, 2011
1:38 am

I’d never thought I’d say this, but here goes…we need to play Marvin Williams more minutes. He was the only starter to finish with a positive +/- and had the second most rebounds on the team tonight. Cunningham is right, Marvin is getting pulled when he does well. I know we want to play T-Mac, but it shouldnt so much as the expense of Marvin’s playing time. He shouldn’t always be the starter to play the least amount of minutes. So far this season,he is LEADING the team in rebounds, points, and his PER is WAY higher than any of his teammates.

Larry Drew, play Marvin more!

Big Daddy

December 31st, 2011
1:39 am

The team did what it had to in order to win. Mad props for Jeff. He is getting more comfortable in his role and the bench is beginning to gel. It will be interestng what LD and Sund choose to do when Kirk gets healthy. I like the way we are headed. GO HAWKS!!!

superiorblogman

December 31st, 2011
1:44 am

Quit complaining about Teague not passing more often when he goes to the rack. His numbers at the end of the year will probably look like Bibby at his best in ATL and he comes much cheaper and is more respected defensively. The worse thing that could happen to this cheap arse organization is that Teague averages 15 pts and 8 or more assists. He would be priced out of our range when he comes up RFA a couple years from now. Be happy with what you have because we all know you don’t want to pay anyone.

drmaryb.[*_*].

December 31st, 2011
1:46 am

She & He!

Candace Parker, She & He, Anthony Parker are even better than Shellhead, (the foreclosure). Ha Ha … too sad for the big man, he’s just moving from team to team and most times twice every year at the trade deadlines.

Good guy though. Great win tonight, we’ll take it. Never apologize for winning. I take back every doubtful word I ever said in defense of Woodson and Drew not playing this kid. My sincere apologies to Mr. Teague – he goode.

Jeff Teague is fine … He’s alright … He’s like Good Times and Kid DYNO-MITE! (in JJ Evans voice)

Rufus1

December 31st, 2011
1:52 am

Last Year we Lose that Game….

And DWill goes for 35pts and 12ast.

That lack of great PG play on the OFFENSIVE and DEFENSIVE ends of the floor, has limited this teams growth. We now have a DIFFERENCE MAKER at the PG, so now we can BLOSSOM.

Rufus1

December 31st, 2011
1:59 am

Lets PRAY for GREEN and PARGO shot…

All we need is a LITTLE consistency and our bench will be SUPER!

drmaryb.[*_*].

December 31st, 2011
2:01 am

Real Talk!

Rufus1! You sound like my man Ken Strickland up there. Great comments re: the PG difference. Good stuff.

Interesting Stat

December 31st, 2011
2:46 am

I’m just happy we finally have adequate defenders at every position for backups and starters….and they can score a lil as well.

Spyro

December 31st, 2011
4:51 am

So far, I feel like coaching is really going to hold this team back. Our depth is great, but our second unit needs to be mixed up sometimes. Pargo and Green should not be on the floor at the same time for an extended period of time; they both rely too much on jump shots. TMac can still drive, but I don’t want an aging and injury prone McGrady to be the only player on the floor who can create his own shot. Having Teague or JJ on the floor with 4 other guys from the 2nd unit should create a lot of drive-and-kick opportunities for the shooters, with Zaza cleaning up any misses. At worst, we wouldn’t have any more 24-second, wasted possessions because no one on the 2nd unit can get open look.

In this game, Marvin played 25 minutes and TMac played 23. For a game this close, Marvin should’ve had starters minutes. (30+) I think TMac can still ball, but Marvin has been playing with a fire that necessitates more playing time. If Drew keep pulling him at the most inopportune times, it is just going to mess with Marvin’s confidence, which would really be a shame since it looks like he might be becoming a solid player again.

Horford looked good when he wasn’t in foul trouble, and Josh looked good when he wasn’t pissed off or shooting bad Js. (He made some really good passes that people tend to forget about) Teague was fantastic and Joe really picked it up in the 2nd half. If this team plays smart and coaches smart, then I believe that they have a real shot of doing something.

ICECOLD

December 31st, 2011
6:13 am

well… 3 and 0…. 63 more games to go.. how many undefeated teams are their? only 5… and even though a couple of teams had harder games on paper… The Hawks are winning how they suppose to win.. 2 blow outs against sorry teams, and then a close game where I think they lost focus and just had to regain it. because they beat this team by 36

Our winning Margin is at +20 . . Thats impressive no matter who you play.. Because both teams the Hawks played has a great point guard, and a decent center.. and we beat them and our point guard is a 1st year starter…

Last year, we lost to both of these teams.. So at least this year, we can say that we are a better team.

I hate when people say, they haven’t played nobody yet, but these are still NBA teams, even though both of these teams suck, at least we blew them out.. Its not like the first two games was even a contest .. they blew them out .. Like good teams should…

Other teams that suppose to be better then us
Knicks- blown out by Golden state ( but i bet they still contenders )
Boston – (1-3 , lost to the Hornets )
Chicago ( lost to Golden state )
Miami ( barely beat Timber-wolves and Bobcats )

Im not sayin the Hawks are better then these teams.. Im saying that at least they are on the same level of these teams and I know that they are better then Boston..

So let the Hawks keep rolling.. we will see how good they are when they play these other teams, but I am happy of the results, the Hawks didnt pick their schedule.. Didnt nobody ask to play sorry teams first. but hey, we undefeated so far.. just keep winning and the rest will take care of it self..

PEDRO EL GITANO

December 31st, 2011
7:01 am

Somos la mejor defensa y el cuarto mejor ataque de la liga.Contra los Nets ganamos por oficio,Joe fue el ejecutor y salio bien,pero me molesta que sea el quien juegue las posesiones mas importantes,los balones calientes deberian ir para un jugador que saque ventajas,y ese hombre es Jeff Teague.Este chico dio la impresion durante un tramo del partido que hacia lo que queria.Cuando aprenda a manejar la mano izquierda sera terrible para los bases rivales.
En otro orden de cosas,y hablando con el respeto que merece(se que es buen tirador)yo cortaria a Jannero Pargo.

Just Joe

December 31st, 2011
7:37 am

I’m not worried about Marvin’s minutes. Dude had back surgery this year. He can rest as much as the coach wants as long as we win. TMac needs time on the floor to learn the scheme (do we have one?), and Marvin does not need to get hurt. Marvin, Al & Josh are all averaging 25-28 minutes a game. I think if Kirk were healthy, Joe & Jeff would be too. They are just over 30 per game.

I hate Pargo’s turnovers. Its not like they are happening at the rim. They’re happening as he’s bringing the ball up the court, or trying to set up the play. I don’t care if the guy can’t shoot. Just don’t turn over the ball in that position where it makes for an easy transition opportunity for the other team, and our guys that just got down the court have to try to run back down to the other end to defend.

Willie Green is playing his role (shooter off the bench). He’s just not good enough. I think this is the one role we’ll still need to upgrade even when Kirk gets back. Any more 40% 3-pt shooters available?

Just Joe

December 31st, 2011
7:53 am

Green is averaging the least minutes off the bench (16) other than Stack & Ivan, but he’s 2nd in shot attempts per game (6.0 to TMac’s 6.7 in 20 minutes per). Willie is 28% for the year (25% from 3), vs his last 3 years, he’s been 44% (33% from 3).

Is Green on a guaranteed contract?

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