Raptors at Atlanta Hawks: Game thread

  • Chris Vivlamore is on the scene again. He’s undefeated. I’m told that some technical issues will be resolved soon that will allow C-Viv to post blogs on the days he covers.
  • Larry Drew is using the “big” lineup with Jason Collins at center. Drew told C-Viv he likes Zaza Pachulia and Vladimir Radmanovic playing together off the bench.
  • “It’s matchup,” Drew said. “It’s also a combination of bring Zaza off the bench with Vladimir. I have been playing those guys together more and I just like that combination of both coming off [the bench] together. They play well together and seem to complement each other. I wanted to go back to that. I also wanted to go back to Jason at the starting spot. He’s a little more familiar as a starter and I wanted to start giving him some more minutes.”
  • Tracy McGrady (back) is active.
  • For the Raptors, Andrea Bargnani (calf), James Johnson (ankle), Jerryd Bayless (ankle) and Arron Gray (personal) are out.

Michael Cunningham, Hawks beat

272 comments Add your comment

FreshmakerGT

January 16th, 2012
3:50 pm

Alright, let’s do this! Go Hawks!

J.J.M.

January 16th, 2012
3:54 pm

we should win this easily…

Najeh Davenpoop

January 16th, 2012
3:57 pm

No Bargnani means this should be an easy win, but I have said that before only to see them disappoint, so we’ll see.

I’m going to the game. I hope they let me use this $50 off card at the gate even though it says I can’t…

Astro Joe

January 16th, 2012
3:58 pm

Keep TMac encased in glass for today’s game. Break in case of emergency.

KevinM

January 16th, 2012
3:59 pm

Happy MLK day to all….go Hawks! This is one the Hawks need to win to keep up with Orlando who beat the Knicks today…..Philly wins again too.

Right now, we’re 5th in the East and we have to keep pace on this part of the schedule.

Slimjr

January 16th, 2012
4:01 pm

Hawks by 18 today! GO HAWKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

W. R. Terrell

January 16th, 2012
4:03 pm

This is a game we should win. Lets hope Josh Smith will play basketball and understand it’s not all about him, lets hope Joe will stop dribbling and go to the hoop quickly, lets hope Zsa Zsa will bang and bang and bang and lets hope they play as a team.

KevinM

January 16th, 2012
4:03 pm

Its never bad to see Chicago lose….Memphis played very well today and Speights has filled in nicely for Randolph.
Did you guys see Lionel Hollins left hand? They guy has 2 dislocated fingers permanently from his playing days and all he has to do is show that hand to his team to motivate them…and if it weren’t for Teague, I would like to have Conley as my PG.

W. R. Terrell

January 16th, 2012
4:04 pm

I hope we can win as a team

SteveW

January 16th, 2012
4:05 pm

Beware of Miami 2, the sequel. Return of the banged up team missing good player(s).

Go for the jugular Hawks!!

yodaddybrother

January 16th, 2012
4:05 pm

I agree that this should be an easy win

Big Lou

January 16th, 2012
4:07 pm

Let’s go Hawks! Take the bad taste of the Falcon’s OC decision out of my mouth.

mountain_jim

January 16th, 2012
4:09 pm

Since it’s on the NBA network I get to see this game.

Astro Joe

January 16th, 2012
4:09 pm

I take back my earlier comments, Sund needs to look to add a FA center in the next 7-10 days. I just looked at the schedule for next month, it is quite possible that the Hawks could go 0-for-February. Bring in someone in the next week so they will have a few games before the ugly February schedule launches.

http://espn.go.com/nba/team/schedule/_/name/atl/atlanta-hawks

Slimjr

January 16th, 2012
4:10 pm

Mr Blank hired a guy with the 32nd OFFENSE?????? WTF????????

32= last my friends in the NFL…….

That is amazing? LMAO!!!!

MattP

January 16th, 2012
4:10 pm

What is the point in LD going with the Big lineup today?

SteveW

January 16th, 2012
4:11 pm

Sautee – Now about Lopez. We would have to cut Sloan, Stack, and Pargo (when Hinrich get’s back). We would then be about 400,000 to 500,000 over where we are now. So yes, we would be in the tax, but not by much.

But no, I do not expect us to go into the tax for Lopez. This is not Mickey Arinson we’re dealing with here.

So it looks like Dampier, Pryzbilla, Chris Daniels, Randolph Morris (AAAaagh!!), Magnum Rolle, Benson, or somebody, if we get anyone. And then cut Stack? to pay for it and make room on the roster.

And maybe Pargo? when Hinrich gets back. Wish I could see more of Sloan to know if he’s viable or not. Certainly cheaper than Pargo.

BoneKollector

January 16th, 2012
4:11 pm

Damn that whole row is empty lol

Slimjr

January 16th, 2012
4:12 pm

LD that was an impressive speech dude!

SteveW

January 16th, 2012
4:12 pm

Solo Jones is still available to my knowledge…

BoneKollector

January 16th, 2012
4:15 pm

Well it is the raptors lol

People aren’t interested

Big Lou

January 16th, 2012
4:16 pm

Well, they are playing the Raptors… empty seats are probable.

SteveW

January 16th, 2012
4:16 pm

Philly looks good, but Hawes is fading (don’t know about today) a little bit, and they have played an incredibly soft schedule according to ESPN/Hollinger. Hawes has been hurt a little also. They may have picked up some D League C or something that’s doing pretty good, and that’s why they were able to trade Speights.

Slimjr

January 16th, 2012
4:16 pm

Defense! Defense! Defense!

Marvin starting today..C’mon Marvin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Slimjr

January 16th, 2012
4:17 pm

Air ball Marvin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Ouch……………

Big Lou

January 16th, 2012
4:19 pm

Sigh. Drive to the dang basket!!!

J.J.M.

January 16th, 2012
4:19 pm

teague needs to take a seat

Big Lou

January 16th, 2012
4:21 pm

Stupid mistakes. Playing down to their competition. Same ole Hawks…

Slimjr

January 16th, 2012
4:21 pm

Not a good start..Marvin should not start.. They always start slow with Marvin in the starting lineup….

Melvin

January 16th, 2012
4:21 pm

So if Vlad and ZaZa will play together off the bench, then who is the odd man out if TMac & Pargo play at the guards spot? It has to be Ivan or Green?

ANDRE IGLUODALA

January 16th, 2012
4:21 pm

WELCOME TO THE PARTY HAWKS FANS UPDATE 76ERS PLAYRD A MATINEE GAME TODAY AND BEAT THE BUCKS 94-82 TODAY, EVAN TURNER DID NOT PLAY THIGH CONTUSION , SHOULD BE READY 2 GO NEXT GAME, KNICKS LOSE SO 76ERS PICK UP A FULL GAME THERE LEAD IN THE DIVISION IS NOW UP TO 4 GAMES AS 76ERS IMPROVE TO 10-3 AND 6-0 AT HOME, 76ERS ARE NOW THE 2ND SEED IN THE EAST, SHOULD BE A SPECIAL YEAR FOR THIS EXCITING TEAM 2 WATCH, STAY TUNED, GO 76ERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ANDRE IGLUODALA

January 16th, 2012
4:22 pm

1 LAST THING HAWES A DOUBLE /DOUBLE AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Slimjr

January 16th, 2012
4:22 pm

Doug Collins for coach of the year!

Melvin

January 16th, 2012
4:23 pm

Josh first 4 baskets were in the paint…I like it…

Big Lou

January 16th, 2012
4:24 pm

I love this 76ers troll. At least he/she is consistent.

Hawks2012

January 16th, 2012
4:25 pm

these mlk games normally draw a lot of people. same with saturday night games… and the other night was like 13k. maybe people are as sick with ASG as I am. we need new ownership and it’s showing…

BoneKollector

January 16th, 2012
4:26 pm

marvin is hurt again

doin the duck waddle

J.J.M.

January 16th, 2012
4:26 pm

come on teague drive the bal

Slimjr

January 16th, 2012
4:26 pm

Man Josh is playing so much better with All NBA out of the lineup! What a pleasant surprise?

The Fans knew this guy was better than All NBA…Thus the votes are a landslide when the two men are compared in the allstar voting.. No brainer…

honest_abe

January 16th, 2012
4:27 pm

najeh: any luck using that $50 off card at the gate?

Slimjr

January 16th, 2012
4:28 pm

I noticed when Marvin came back a couple of days ago. He is starting to lean forward and to his right again.. UH OH!

Melvin

January 16th, 2012
4:28 pm

LOL, Josh is on a 10-0 run…

BoneKollector

January 16th, 2012
4:29 pm

Nique: I remember I was in the league I played against him one year

Ok so wat Nique

Big Lou

January 16th, 2012
4:29 pm

Drive to the damn basket! And why is Zaza the crap basket in there?

BoneKollector

January 16th, 2012
4:30 pm

Josh is on fire

Melvin

January 16th, 2012
4:30 pm

Josh is on fire….

yodaddybrother

January 16th, 2012
4:30 pm

josh smith all star

bigdave

January 16th, 2012
4:31 pm

Mac tells Josh to run the floor.. outlets to Jeff, Josh intercepts..

bigdave

January 16th, 2012
4:31 pm

Josh could be that ball hawking FS the Falcons should target this off season..

BoneKollector

January 16th, 2012
4:33 pm

god zaza is a clumy sonavabytch