Timberwolves at Atlanta Hawks: Game thread

  • I’m not at the game tonight. The AJC’s Chris Viviamore is on the scene.
  • At shootaround today Marvin Williams (ankle) told C-Viv he plans to play tonight. Tracy McGrady (back) is out and is shooting for a Monday return.
  • Larry Drew said the Hawks are in no hurry to make a roster move in the wake of Al Horford’s injury.

Michael Cunningham, Hawks beat

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Heat Fan

January 14th, 2012
6:39 pm

Can’t wait to see Teague and Rubio go at it.

Macaroni Tony

January 14th, 2012
6:42 pm

this is going to be a good game. I hope that JS stay on the war path

Just Joe

January 14th, 2012
6:43 pm

T’wolves don’t shoot well and they commit a ton of turnovers. Stay between them and the rim and take your chances.

Heat Fan….Teague should blow by Rubio and this team doesn’t block a lot of shots (only 3.9 per game, 27th in the league). Big night for Teague!!! 25 & 8 is my prediction.

Sautee

January 14th, 2012
6:44 pm

From the previous blog:

So, TS, what exactly IS the significance of D12 having 500 more TO’s than blocks?

Is that OK, or is it mediocrity, as you suggest about Horford?

Admiral Ackbar

January 14th, 2012
6:45 pm

ITS A TRAP!!!!

Prison Mike

January 14th, 2012
6:47 pm

I’m mad at Minnesota for selecting Lawson right before we could. The sad thing is he was better than Rubio and Flynn, the 5th and 6th overall picks in 2009.

Bigman needed

January 14th, 2012
6:47 pm

Marvin in the starting lineup

MattP

January 14th, 2012
6:48 pm

JT should have a big night tonight.

Smith.Leuer.Bogut (two 7 footers for 1 tweener)

January 14th, 2012
6:49 pm

MC, What are your thoughts on Marvin to the 2nd unit and Rad in the 1st? Would it be positive or negative in your opinion.

charles

January 14th, 2012
6:49 pm

Anyone know if Tracy McGrady will play?

Bigman needed

January 14th, 2012
6:51 pm

Rev in Tampa

January 14th, 2012
6:51 pm

I really enjoyed reading Ken Strickland contend against the many personalities of T-S this afternoon and vanquish the inanity and insanity one post at a time.

Al Horford plays ever effectively within the active tempo of the Hawks team. There are not many centers that can be that active or athletic for 30 minutes per game. This is one of the many intangibles that are often overlooked by the All-Star voting population, but is very noticible to the coaches around the league.

Al is a very SOLID center (per Sautee on the previous blog) but his ability to be active away from the rim and his pure athleticism make his ROLE on this particualar TEAM to be INVALUABLE.

I think the Hawks will be ok without Al, but are much better with him.

Rev in Tampa

January 14th, 2012
6:52 pm

^^^ ever = very

Dept. Of Unintended Irony

January 14th, 2012
6:53 pm

“MC, What are your thoughts on Marvin to the 2nd unit and Rad in the 1st? Would it be positive or negative in your opinion.”

MC’s very first sentence: I’m not at the game tonight. The AJC’s Chris Viviamore is on the scene.

Reading Is fundamental. LMFAO

Bigman needed

January 14th, 2012
6:53 pm

Smoove is avg 24 ppg in last 5, playing at superstar level

Sautee

January 14th, 2012
6:55 pm

Rev, did I hear that you accused your alma mater of “bearing false witness” to your listed height? ;-)

Where is DOUI for that one, LOL?

drmaryb.[*_*].

January 14th, 2012
6:58 pm

And let me add I love DWade’s style of play” -SteveW-
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However, this style of play does NOT lead to longevity.

Just Joe

January 14th, 2012
7:01 pm

Bigman needed….Let’s take it a bit farther. Josh Smith in last 5 games, 24 pts, 8.8 rebs, 3.4 assists, 2.4 steals, & 1.8 blocks against 2.2 turnovers (for TS). 63% from the field. 50% from 3. Only negative is 46% from the free throw line while taking nearly 6 attempts per game.

Smith.Leuer.Bogut

January 14th, 2012
7:02 pm

McDyess AFTER he blew out his knee. In his early years McDyess was a BEAST who attacked the rim. Al can’t begin to match that ferocity or athleticism, though he may have more intangibles (tipped passes, hedging, etc.).

It’s laughable that much of the blog treats him like they are disappointed that he’s not a savior. Who ever thought that he WOULD be? He was the third pick in a fairly weak draft. He is what he is.

Like you said, solid.
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Man everyone knows he’s solid but he’s been said to have more potential. Yet he is who we thought he was.

Marvin is terribly inconsistent and never delivers. So why do people get mad at Smith when he has to step up?

Why is it never a stupid shot when Al or Marvin flash their inability to anchor an offense by attempting and missing an off-balance, awkward shot or deferring/passing to Smith with the clock winding down?

It seems Smith gets penalized for having talent even though we know he would be better fit with a Kevin Love or Dirk instead of Horford or Marvin at the other forward spot.

You put Dirk or a Love or an Anderson or a tall shooter like that and Smith can thrive inside. Why does he get penalized when Marvin fails to step up like a Love or Ry. Anderson or he has to play at SF with Horford who is no perimeter forward like those 2.

Get Smith some tall guy with the skillset of dare I say a tall white shooter with the balls to defend and step up and not shy away from shots.
Seems there are no more Brian Cardinal’s coming along but a prime 6′9 Cardinal shooting 3s would’ve been great where Marvin has failed.

-Ryan Anderson (can defend and trail and balls to hit big shots)
-Dirk (can defend and trail and balls to hit big shots)
-Kevin Love (can defend and trail and balls to hit big shots)
- Jon Leuer, has his role changed and has not shot 3s because that would be perimeter overload and nobody crashing.

No Channing Frye, dude is terrible on defense. Just turrble. :D

No more pairing him with redundant limited iso players. Bench Marvin.

Buddy Grizzard

January 14th, 2012
7:03 pm

Love just got through eating Kaman alive. Those of you wanting to trade two rotation players for Kaman, let’s see how Zaza does for comparison.

drmaryb.[*_*].

January 14th, 2012
7:06 pm

Well Wishers!

MC! On behalf of everyone of your “blog peeps” – Get Well Soon!
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Let’s Go Hawks! Get Well Soon also to Mr. Horford.

Smith.Leuer.Bogut

January 14th, 2012
7:06 pm

“MC, What are your thoughts on Marvin to the 2nd unit and Rad in the 1st? Would it be positive or negative in your opinion.”

MC’s very first sentence: I’m not at the game tonight. The AJC’s Chris Viviamore is on the scene.
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What does being at the game have to do with it? I asked for his opinion. Marvin has pouted in the past. Does Marvin have skill to dominate backups with more touches and inferior competition.

MC can’t have a respectable opinion on benching Marvin after being around the Hawks for years?

And Vivlamore said Marvin will come back cold after missing games and just be granted the start.

That’s why I asked DoUI

Smith.Leuer.Bogut

January 14th, 2012
7:08 pm

Unless you mean Vivlamore is controlling this blog from the game?

drmaryb.[*_*].

January 14th, 2012
7:09 pm

The Best!

Sometimes the best trade is: No trade at all. I love ZaZa and he gives us everything the Trader Joe’s opine for.

Rebounds!
Offense!
Double – Double! Wobble – Wobble!

Just Joe

January 14th, 2012
7:11 pm

“Why is it never a stupid shot when Al or Marvin flash their inability to anchor an offense by attempting and missing an off-balance, awkward shot or deferring/passing to Smith with the clock winding down?”

It can be a stupid shot, but it happens so rarely with Horford, that its not a problem. I mean the guy only takes 9 shots a game. Sometimes, one of them may be a bad shot, and ultimately he does shoot 55%+ from the field. Marvin on the other hand, is awful. A guy his size should not be shooting 38% of his 2-pt attempts. That’s Vlad Rad bad, who is 28%. Pachulia is 41%. Those are the 3 least athletic guys on the roster.

bigdave

January 14th, 2012
7:11 pm

LETS GET IT…!!!

Luke Cage

January 14th, 2012
7:11 pm

SWEET CHRISTMAS!!!

The Spook who sat by the door

January 14th, 2012
7:12 pm

Marvin’s in the lineup?

Bigman needed

January 14th, 2012
7:12 pm

Grizzard, Love did indeed have kaman’s lunch (kaman 0-10 shooting) last night. But kaman is not my first choice and love might be the best bigman in basketball right now. Okafor posted good numbers last night against love, numbers zaza can’t get to consistently.

Luke Cage

January 14th, 2012
7:13 pm

Guards are way to small, we have the size with Joe and the speed with Jeff, I would exploit that all night

Smith.Leuer.Bogut

January 14th, 2012
7:14 pm

Al is a very SOLID center (per Sautee on the previous blog) but his inability to be active close to the rim limits his FTA vs FGA and his inability to hit his outside shot this year and lack of length (Kwame,Joakim level) made him a less than ideal center for this team.

He had other redeeming qualities (ie winning pedigree) but lets not pretend that many other centers have the TALENT to give this team a dominating identity on the defense and in the Painte.

The Spook who sat by the door

January 14th, 2012
7:14 pm

Josh “Magic” Smith with the turnover….smh

Bigman needed

January 14th, 2012
7:15 pm

We just have to get a center in here

Smith.Leuer.Bogut

January 14th, 2012
7:15 pm

we’re live.

Luke Cage

January 14th, 2012
7:15 pm

Hawks being sloppy, call a timeout

Rev in Tampa

January 14th, 2012
7:16 pm

Sautee,

You did read that, but I am sure that the administration knew nothing about it. I was a senior walk-on but ended up being the first guy off the bench. I’m sure the coach just listed a height for me. I was never weighed, measured, or, to my recollection, even asked my height. He just wrote something down. I remember being surprised when I saw it. It was only NAIA. In other words, it was no scandal, but comically untruthful. I remember hearing the players on the Tennessee Tech bench laughing at me when I was guarding the 7′ Babic (but I assure you he felt every elbow I had to give).

My two claims to fame as a player were 1) guarding Showtime Gaffney of the Globetrotters since he was in our conference 2) being the Tennessee-Virginia Athletic Conference Scholar Athlete of the Year.

I only played one year of college ball at a very low level but it was a lot of fun.

drmaryb.[*_*].

January 14th, 2012
7:16 pm

JOSH!!!

You Sir, are NOT a PG.

Blast

January 14th, 2012
7:17 pm

Turnovers, turnovers, turnovers……

Melvin

January 14th, 2012
7:17 pm

I don’t like the start of this game by the Hawks.

The Spook who sat by the door

January 14th, 2012
7:17 pm

The T-wolves may have a losing record but they will play hard…Hawks are sleepin’ on this team.

MattP

January 14th, 2012
7:17 pm

I think Josh is trying to prove to everyone he can be a point forward.

RYan

January 14th, 2012
7:17 pm

anyone tell me the live online feed please?

Smith.Leuer.Bogut

January 14th, 2012
7:20 pm

Wes Johnson outquicking Marvin. f**k

Heat Fan

January 14th, 2012
7:20 pm

Rubio is gonna put on a clinic tonight, i predict 12 dimes

Luke Cage

January 14th, 2012
7:20 pm

Wake up Hawks!!

Smith.Leuer.Bogut

January 14th, 2012
7:21 pm

The Spook who sat by the door

January 14th, 2012
7:21 pm

Good steal Teague.

Luke Cage

January 14th, 2012
7:22 pm

Debo is the 1st off the bench

The Spook who sat by the door

January 14th, 2012
7:22 pm

RYan,

I would try: firstrowsport.tv

Smith.Leuer.Bogut

January 14th, 2012
7:23 pm

Bench this guy Marvin for Vlad. Just watching this guy’s body language is disgusting. Classic underachiever with no grit or confidence or assertiveness,

Poor choice LD

Just watch this guy man! Infuriating