Atlanta Hawks at Bulls: Game thread

Chicago–Regular lineup for the Hawks. All Hawks except Kirk Hinrich (shoulder) and Donald Sloan (inactive) are available. Ronnie Brewer is starting in place of Rip Hamilton (groin) for the Bulls.

  • Hinrich had his eight-week checkup today. “Good news,” Hinrich said. “They are going to let me start doing all of the non-contact stuff with the team. A couple weeks from now, we will see how it goes from there. It’s one of those deals where I’m excited to do some things. Hopefully I can get my conditioning right and keep strengthening. I have some weakness. I need to get stronger before I get out there.”
  • Larry Drew said he hasn’t decided on Hinrich’s role when he returns: “We will see how that goes with Kirk. We are certainly going to bring him along slowly. But as far as who is going to be the starter, I haven’t made a decision.”
  • Drew doesn’t think a zone defense can be as effective against the Bulls as it was against Miami: “You are talking about two totally different beasts. With having to defend Wade and LeBron I think it’s totally different from having to defend Rose. With Rose I think he may be more explosive. Both LeBron and D-Wade are very explosive but Rose’s explosion is a little bit different. His ability to get into the paint is more of a havoc than LeBron and Wade. LeBron and Wade are more open court. Rose can get into the basket open court and half court.”
  • Jeff Teague is back in the building where he started the best run of his young career. He said he’s not still drawing confidence from those moments against Rose, though: “I’m a confident player, anyway. I don’t really get into the matchup last year. He’s going to come back with something totally different.”
  • Vladimir Radmanovic is 0 for 10 from the field in the last two games, including 0 for 4 on 3-pointers. He passed up a couple open attempts at Miami. Drew wants him to keep shooting. “We brought him here to shoot when he’s open,” Drew said. “He hasn’t had his typical type games but I am not going to instruct him to stop shooting. He’s got to keep putting them up.”
  • Al Horford had a productive game around the basket against Chris Bosh. Joakim Noah is tougher by multiple degrees. “I think you have to try to match his energy as much as you can,” Horford said. “He is going to bring that every night and I think that’s what makes him such a great player.”
  • Josh Smith was 1 for 7 on long 2s against the Heat before settling down. “He got into a jump-shot mode,” Drew said. “When he came out that first time, we spoke to him at that time. Then he just kind got it together and started putting it in the floor and getting to the basket, which is a strength of his because he’s long and he can elevate. He did settle down.”
  • The Hawks are playing their sixth game in eight days. “We are doing OK,” Horford said. “At this point everybody has got something that is wrong with them. That’s just a part of it. Tonight is a big game for us so we are going to come out here and focus on tonight and tomorrow hopefully we will get to rest and recover.”

Michael Cunningham, Hawks beat

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northcyde

January 3rd, 2012
7:58 pm

hawks_4_life

January 3rd, 2012
7:59 pm

LETS GO HAWKS, WE CAN DO IT….WATERBOY VOICE

Tremaine

January 3rd, 2012
7:59 pm

Hawks4Eva

January 3rd, 2012
7:59 pm

Let’s Get It On! !

Bulls coach Thibodeau: “McGrady is a great player,” Thibodeau said. “He has been a great player for a long time. He’s been derailed some by injuries the last couple years. But he’s a complete player. Everyone talks about his scoring. I think the best part of his game is his decision-making. He’s a great pick-and-roll player, great passer, great vision. He’s extremely smart. “They’re a tough team. They’re playing as well as anyone in the league.”

Big Lou

January 3rd, 2012
8:00 pm

Go Hawks! Put Ivan in the game today, Drew!

BoneKollector

January 3rd, 2012
8:00 pm

Now if we can win this 1

Well u already know

Hawks4Eva

January 3rd, 2012
8:01 pm

Why does Larry Drew give so much love to Willie Green? Thus far, Green has not shown anything of value. Why not let Ivan get some of those minutes. Green jacks up shots like there is no tomorrow.

KevinM

January 3rd, 2012
8:01 pm

Wanted to post the latest T-Mac article from Hoopshype, which has updated its format:

http://hoopshype.com/interviews/tomasson/tracy-mcgrady-i-didnt-want-to-go-to-a-team-to-chase-a-championship

Good pub for our guys and T-Mac calls this a ‘great’ core.

Hawks4Eva

January 3rd, 2012
8:01 pm

@ Big Lou –

You beat me to the though about Ivan….

FreshFromATL

January 3rd, 2012
8:01 pm

DAMN, so T-Mac was the first person to get treated over in Germany? He said he’s the one who recommended it to Kobe.

Najeh Davenpoop

January 3rd, 2012
8:02 pm

“Larry Drew said he hasn’t decided on Hinrich’s role when he returns”

Shouldn’t be that hard. Give him all of Green’s minutes and at least half of Pargo’s minutes, and let him take some of T-Mac’s minutes every now and then if T-Mac looks like he might be wearing down.

BoneKollector

January 3rd, 2012
8:02 pm

We need Good Josh to show up to win this

Tremaine

January 3rd, 2012
8:03 pm

Love the comment from Teague.

Hawks4Eva

January 3rd, 2012
8:03 pm

I still can’t get the image and smack talk I endured on my way home from last years playoff loss to the Bulls. The Marta train was Filled with Bulls fans talkin’ big time trash.

I hope we get them again in the playoffs!

buddy

January 3rd, 2012
8:04 pm

Reminds me of Ginobili…

O lawd

Hawks4Eva

January 3rd, 2012
8:05 pm

@ Najeh Davenpoop

January 3rd, 2012
8:02 pm
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That would make since. Would be nice.

northcyde

January 3rd, 2012
8:05 pm

I agree Najeh. Matter of fact, cut Green or Pargo altogether. Once Kurt comes back, keeping both of them becomes redundant.

Just as long as he doesn’t insert Hinrich into the starting lineup, establishing Kurt’s role should be easy.

The question will be, who does Drew choose as his PG to close games?

Teague or Hinrich?

buddy

January 3rd, 2012
8:05 pm

Ivan Johnson makes shots… Willie Green has a job why again?

Big Lou

January 3rd, 2012
8:06 pm

Hawks4Eva

Great mind think alike! I’m just sayin… it could help us get some boards from those hard-nosed Bulls.

Ignition

January 3rd, 2012
8:06 pm

Willie Green is Horrendous ….. Should never be allowed to shoot..

Hawks4Eva

January 3rd, 2012
8:07 pm

Can’t stand ESPN – Everything I saw on TV today wasn’t about how well the Hawks played, but rather how the “ZONE” affects Miami.

Hell, even the highlights had 7 highlights of the Heat and only 4 highlights of the Hawks. Had the Heat one, it would have have been 12 highlights of the Heat and ZERO of the Hawks.

Rev in Tampa

January 3rd, 2012
8:08 pm

“But as far as who is going to be the starter, I haven’t made a decision.”

I can’t believe that Drew is considering taking the keys away from Teague. I am speechless.

n-trigue

January 3rd, 2012
8:08 pm

Id rather let Ivan or Donald play over Willie too.

northcyde

January 3rd, 2012
8:08 pm

I like the Webber – Payton duo on NBA TV

Big Lou

January 3rd, 2012
8:09 pm

We beat the Bulls tonight, and we’ll get more coverage. You know how the Hawks can be inconsistent…

northcyde

January 3rd, 2012
8:11 pm

Jeff Teague needs to play alongside Joe Johnson . . period. Both guys benefit from playing with each other. Hinrich is in the final year of his contract, and will most likely NOT be re-signed, unless he takes a significant pay cut.

Hinrich may not like it, but this has to be Teague’s time now. Bring Kurt off the bench and give him 20 – 25 minutes a night at the PG and SG spots.

Najeh Davenpoop

January 3rd, 2012
8:11 pm

“I can’t believe that Drew is considering taking the keys away from Teague. I am speechless.”

If I was Sund, LD’s job status would be tied to him continuing to start Teague. It’s that simple. Only an idiot would bench Teague at this point.

Hawks4Eva

January 3rd, 2012
8:11 pm

When did Joe hurt his wrist this season? I thought that was a last year injury. Something to be concerned about the rest of the year.

Big Lou

January 3rd, 2012
8:11 pm

Teague looks amped!

Luke Cage

January 3rd, 2012
8:11 pm

SWEET CHRISTMAS!!!

northcyde

January 3rd, 2012
8:12 pm

JJ ain;t playing with that 3 ball this year. I love seeing that

Slimjr

January 3rd, 2012
8:12 pm

C’mon All NBA dont let em punk you tonight!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Najeh Davenpoop

January 3rd, 2012
8:12 pm

Nice drive Josh. Good sign early.

BoneKollector

January 3rd, 2012
8:12 pm

thats right josh do that

northcyde

January 3rd, 2012
8:12 pm

See Josh . . . do that EVERY TIME

Melvin

January 3rd, 2012
8:12 pm

“”Larry Drew said he hasn’t decided on Hinrich’s role when he returns: “We will see how that goes with Kirk. We are certainly going to bring him along slowly. But as far as who is going to be the starter, I haven’t made a decision.”

Does LD flat out dislike Teague like Astro Joe (just kidding Astro)?

Luke Cage

January 3rd, 2012
8:13 pm

It shouldn’t be a second thought bout starting Teague???

northcyde

January 3rd, 2012
8:13 pm

smh @ me . . . I said Gary Payton . . meant Greg Anthony

BoneKollector

January 3rd, 2012
8:13 pm

Najeh Davenpoop

January 3rd, 2012
8:13 pm

On another note does it seem to anyone else like the lighting is really bad at the United Center? Seems like every game there looks really dark on my TV.

Melvin

January 3rd, 2012
8:13 pm

Nice start by the Hawks…

Tremaine

January 3rd, 2012
8:14 pm

Luke Cage

January 3rd, 2012
8:14 pm

not going to even listen to LD anymore

Najeh Davenpoop

January 3rd, 2012
8:14 pm

Go stronger next time Jef.

BoneKollector

January 3rd, 2012
8:15 pm

Now we got Josh back to being dumb

northcyde

January 3rd, 2012
8:15 pm

Astro Joe

January 3rd, 2012
8:15 pm

I think LD is making sure that Teague stays focused and doesn’t take his current role for granted. I wish that there was more competition for Marvin, Josh and Al when they were “coming up”. If Teague is up to the competition, I’m sure that his status will remain the same. If not…

Slimjr

January 3rd, 2012
8:15 pm

Jumpshooter Josh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NOT NOT NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Joe for 3

January 3rd, 2012
8:15 pm

Why Josh, Why

northcyde

January 3rd, 2012
8:15 pm

Way to make up for it . . on defense.