Atlanta Hawks: Game thread

  • Tracy McGrady (knee) will play. Rip Hamilton (groin) is doubtful and C.J. Watson (elbow) is out for the Bulls.
  • Larry Drew on Jeff Teague’s lack of defensive energy lately: “Very noticeable. He’s not playing defense with a sense of urgency. He’s playing against guys that, I don’t think he’s taking the defensive challenge the last few games we’ve played. The reason why, I have no idea. I have to bring him in here and talk to him because I know he’s a much better defensive player than that. I don’t see the energy and even when he’s not involved in the play he’s kind of lackadaisical.”
  • Drew on Al Horford shooting less often and less accurately from mid-range: “I don’t think he’s looking for that shot as much as he did last year. I think he’s trying to establish himself more in the low post. He is a really good mid-range shooter and we want to take advantage of that. At the same time, we don’t want to rely on it. We want it to be more of a situation where when he’s open he shoots it, but I want him to establish himself down on the low post and then we will get the perimeter. He’s actually turned down more this year than I’ve seen him turn down where he’s had the shot and didn’t shoot it. I’m sure he will get into a real good rhythm with it so we will be looking to use him more in pick-and-pop situations.”
  • Tom Thibodeau on how the Bulls can avoid falling in a hole against the Hawks again: “Wednesday’s game was Wednesday’s game. We are not thinking about Wednesday, we are thinking about what we have to do tonight. Atlanta is a good team. They are deep, balanced, they put a lot of pressure on you. For us, it starts with defense and rebounding. If you do those things, then you can get out in the open floor.”
  • Derrick Rose says the Bulls too often pass up open shots. Thibodeau: “That’s a good problem to have. But the thing is you can’t pass up open shots because if you do, a lot of times those end up being contested shots. I want guys to shoot if they are open. But I like the ball movement and that we are willing to share the ball.

Michael Cunningham, Hawks beat

628 comments Add your comment

Cliff

January 7th, 2012
6:48 pm

Cliff

January 7th, 2012
6:48 pm

BoneKollector

January 7th, 2012
6:49 pm

LD is always criticizing Teague but never Josh

STFU LD

Cliff

January 7th, 2012
6:50 pm

Did I hear Rose may be nursing an injury?

Cliff

January 7th, 2012
6:51 pm

True or false: Josh will shoot 5+ jump shots tonight?

David Stern

January 7th, 2012
6:51 pm

Refs, you know what to do. ;)

MattP

January 7th, 2012
6:52 pm

Cliff,

That will be true because LD is going to have him matched up against Boozer.

Slimjr

January 7th, 2012
6:52 pm

” I don’t see the energy and even when he’s not involved in the play he’s kind of lackadaisical.” LD

Larry Drew, your COACHING IS “LACKADAISICAL”……lol

Looks like somebody is coming back to take his starting job? Hmmmmmm.

Paradise Lost

January 7th, 2012
6:53 pm

At Philips. Fanwise, Bulls vs. Hawks not looking good…

Traffic not an excuse on Saturdays, people!!

ntrigue

January 7th, 2012
6:54 pm

What about Joe looking lackadasical on offense and defense?

Slimjr

January 7th, 2012
6:54 pm

Is Sir Charles in the House tonight?

Oh that’s right, he’s hosting SNL tonight……lol

Cliff

January 7th, 2012
6:55 pm

I hope Ivan Johnson gets some quality playing time.

MattP

January 7th, 2012
6:55 pm

And he thinks Smith has more energy? Why did he make Teague take that lob and Smith sat at the top of the arc watching.

David Stern

January 7th, 2012
7:01 pm

Paradise Lost,

The Hawks are not a likable team (players and coaches) and they do not play an exciting brand of basketball. Atlanta just have better things to do, I guess.

Slimjr

January 7th, 2012
7:02 pm

“I don’t think he’s looking for that shot as much as he did last year. I think he’s trying to establish himself more in the low post. He is a really good mid-range shooter and we want to take advantage of that. At the same time, we don’t want to rely on it. We want it to be more of a situation where when he’s open he shoots it, but I want him to establish himself down on the low post and then we will get the perimeter. He’s actually turned down more this year than I’ve seen him turn down where he’s had the shot and didn’t shoot it. I’m sure he will get into a real good rhythm with it so we will be looking to use him more in pick-and-pop situations.” Ld

Yo coach, your Allstar “C” has been working a new set shot.. Its a fade away type shot.. It fell about 10 feet short last night.. He’s got to work out the bugs……..

Najeh Davenpoop

January 7th, 2012
7:05 pm

LMAO @ this

https://twitter.com/#!/nwilborn19/status/155802168098693120/photo/1

Luke Cage

January 7th, 2012
7:07 pm

SWEET CHRISTMAS!!!

bigdave

January 7th, 2012
7:11 pm

LETS GET IT..!!!!

justahawkfan

January 7th, 2012
7:12 pm

What if charles criticize Teague, would that br alright?

Luke Cage

January 7th, 2012
7:12 pm

We are the better team, play team D on Rose and the rest will fall

Melvin

January 7th, 2012
7:13 pm

Good play by Al to start the game….

Luke Cage

January 7th, 2012
7:14 pm

Rose fouled Al, but Rose is a star so we know whats up

BoneKollector

January 7th, 2012
7:15 pm

Jumper Josh never learns

BoneKollector

January 7th, 2012
7:15 pm

Josh is so dumb

give it to teague

Melvin

January 7th, 2012
7:16 pm

Rose clearly push Teague out of bounds

Josh21

January 7th, 2012
7:16 pm

Josh needs to stop complaining to the refs and make a point-blank layup.

Najeh Davenpoop

January 7th, 2012
7:16 pm

Hawks gotta finish better. 2 layups blown already.

BoneKollector

January 7th, 2012
7:16 pm

can’t make layups 4 sh it

Melvin

January 7th, 2012
7:16 pm

Nice move by Josh

Josh21

January 7th, 2012
7:16 pm

like he just did lol

bigdave

January 7th, 2012
7:16 pm

at least the energy is there..

Luke Cage

January 7th, 2012
7:17 pm

Melvin

January 7th, 2012
7:18 pm

Good start by the Hawks….

Najeh Davenpoop

January 7th, 2012
7:18 pm

Sloppy start for both teams, but at least the Hawks are bringing energy early.

GT Alum

January 7th, 2012
7:20 pm

I’m impressed the Hawks are bringing the energy early, but they’ve got to finish stronger at the basket.

Melvin

January 7th, 2012
7:20 pm

Nice pass by Teague

Najeh Davenpoop

January 7th, 2012
7:20 pm

Teague getting around screens better so far today than he has in recent games.

I gotta say I did not expect the Texans to blow out the Bengals.

GT Alum

January 7th, 2012
7:20 pm

Horford using the window!

Melvin

January 7th, 2012
7:20 pm

Yeah Josh….

STRETCH

January 7th, 2012
7:21 pm

THEY WILL FIND A WAY TO LOSE!

Luke Cage

January 7th, 2012
7:22 pm

Like when Joe is in the paint, actually like when all these guys get to the paint lol

Luke Cage

January 7th, 2012
7:22 pm

Boozer Sucks LOL

GT Alum

January 7th, 2012
7:22 pm

These Smoove Js could haunt us later in the game.

BoneKollector

January 7th, 2012
7:23 pm

Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

Najeh Davenpoop

January 7th, 2012
7:23 pm

Al playing really well so far.

Marvin has crashed back to Earth after his strong start. The duck walk is back and in full effect.

Melvin

January 7th, 2012
7:23 pm

WTF was that Marvin

Rev in Tampa

January 7th, 2012
7:23 pm

Marvin took out Josh too

Slimjr

January 7th, 2012
7:23 pm

Expect the Giants to blow out the Falcons… Blah….

GT Alum

January 7th, 2012
7:24 pm

If TMac’s healthy, this could be an upgrade anyway.

bigdave

January 7th, 2012
7:24 pm

Joe needs to incorporate a jump stop when he drives.. hit em w/ a pump and finish..

otherwise, he will continue to get blocked.. simply no lift..