Trail Blazers at Atlanta Hawks: Game thread

  • Larry Drew is using the “big” lineup with Jason Collins at center. Marcus Camby plans to suit up for the Blazers but Nate McMillan said he’s an emergency option. Hawks nemesis Kurt Thomas will start at center. “It’s a good matchup with Kurt Thomas who plays a physical game, Twin who plays a physical game,” Drew said.
  • Tracy McGrady (back) said he’s good to go.
  • Jamal Crawford on how things ended with the Hawks: “I feel like they had over a year to make something happen. I was part of their core and I was the only one that wasn’t under contract past last year. Teammates, coaches, the city, the fans—it’s all good. No hard feelings. But kind of deep down inside last year I knew it was the end of the line for me. I had a feeling.”
  • Crawford on his slow start with the Blazers: “I’m still figuring things out a little bit. It’s similar to when I first came here. Eventually I got it and the same thing will happen here. It’s hard when you go to a different team, a different system,. Everything is already in place. It will come.”
  • Drew on Crawford: “I will remember always having that guy when we needed instant offense off the bench. He was a guy, once he got in the game, you knew there was a guy who could put numbers up in a hurry. When you go back and look at teams that have had success they have kind of had guys like that. Back in my day, I remember a guy like Vinnie Johnson. Once he got in the game, you knew it was going up, you knew he could get in a groove, get in a rhythm and turn bad starts into good starts.”
  • Drew on not having that kind of guy on the bench now: “When Tracy gets in the game, yeah, we run plays for Tracy. But we try to do things now that involve every player and just let them get what they can out of it. With Willie [Green], who can score the ball, he’s not a guy we run plays to, he just gets his in the offense. Vladimir [Radmanovic] is the same way. The way our team is structured now these guys kind of gets theirs with what we do, where with Jamal everyone knew we were running plays for him.”
  • Crawford said he might “rope-a-dope” the Hawks and not look to light them up as L.D. has suggested. Drew is on the lookout: “That’s normal for any player that comes back to face his former team to be motivated to come back and play well. We don’t treat it any different than normal. We have a game plan and we have to go out and execute it. Jamal is a scorer and he can go out and score in bunches. Just like against any other scorer, you have to make sure you are prepared to defend him and have a backup plan.”
  • Drew on Josh Smith’s free-throw slump: “Just keep practicing. He’s going to get fouled a lot. He’s just got to get focused on the free-throw line. With him, a lot of his free throws are long. From time to time I shout out to him, ’soft,’ so he can take a little bit off of it. It’s just something he’s got to spend more and more time with because he’s going to get to the free-throw line a lot and he’s got to step up there and knock them down.”

Michael Cunningham, Hawks beat

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Najeh Davenpoop

January 18th, 2012
7:49 pm

Jalen Rose is on the Smoove for All Star bandwagon.

FTPB, here is my trade proposal. Benefits all three teams, especially if a pick or two is sent to New Orleans.

http://games.espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=88okexa

Hawks4Eva

January 18th, 2012
7:51 pm

I personally think what we are seeing right now with the Hawks is “fools goal”. We are too much a jump shooting team. We are making them right now. That won’t last! Especially from Josh Smith. Fools goals not doubt.

hawkfan

January 18th, 2012
7:51 pm

haha did jon barry just say “watch out for the hawks” that’s a first

Najeh Davenpoop

January 18th, 2012
7:51 pm

By the way, this is not NBA-related but it affects every one of us since we all spend time on the Internet. If they pass SOPA, MC could be charged with a crime for posting that Jamal game winner video on the previous blog. If they pass SOPA, Leuer’s mom could be charged with a crime for every video he uploads to his Youtube channel. If they pass SOPA, pretty much every one of us will be unable to use the Internet the way we currently do.

Keep the Internet free.

https://www.google.com/landing/takeaction/

Hawks4Eva

January 18th, 2012
7:54 pm

Yeap…SOPA will change a lot on how we view/use the web… Not a good development. Came across this issue today with Wikipedia blackout…

Najeh Davenpoop

January 18th, 2012
7:54 pm

FTPB

“Good call AJ. Can you guess which player who has been in the top 10 in playoff rebounding rate two of the last 3 years is the lowest-paid player in that category? He shouldn’t be hard to spot on this list… he’s the only one making less than $10m per season:”

Here’s another hint: he’s also the 12th worst player on that list in turnover rate.

Slimjr

January 18th, 2012
7:56 pm

C’mon Hawks. Its a Nationally televised game! DO NOT EMBARRASS THIS CITY AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Slimjr

January 18th, 2012
7:57 pm

MAKE US FORGET ABOUT THOSE SORRY AZZ FALCONS AND THEIR SUPER THROW BACK OBSOLETE QB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

Hawks4Eva

January 18th, 2012
7:57 pm

The first REAL test without Horford….Will see it this team is GOLD or TIN without Horford.

Slimjr

January 18th, 2012
7:58 pm

BENCH MARVIN WE GOT A SHOT.START MARVIN? LONG NIGHT………………

Najeh Davenpoop

January 18th, 2012
7:58 pm

I like Twin for his basketball IQ, ability to take charges, and some of the little things he does that don’t show up on the stat sheet (like sealing his man out of the lane so that a teammate has an easy path to the rim). With that said, if the Hawks had to sign a veterans’ minimum old unathletic physical center, I’d gladly take Kurt Thomas over Twin any day. I’ve been wanting Kurt Thomas on this team for three or four years now, at least since the Milwaukee-Atlanta series a few years ago.

Hawks4Eva

January 18th, 2012
7:59 pm

@ Slimjr –

LOL – “SUPER THROW BACK OBSOLETE QB”…

Hawks4Eva

January 18th, 2012
8:01 pm

True…can ANYONE explain why he starts Marvin for the first 6 minutes and the rest of the game he might play an additional 6 minutes TOTAL?

Why start him then? I’d just as soon as see him star VLAD, IVAN

drmaryb.[*_*].

January 18th, 2012
8:04 pm

Buddy Grizzard’s Column!

”The Hawks’ problem isn’t lack of size as much as lack of quality size. After Josh, the second most effective big man the Hawks have is a guy straight out of the D-League. Other teams may not have big men who dwarf the Hawks’ big men, but their big men are much more effective.” -Najeh-
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copyright this. i was just on Buddy’s blog and posted this exact same comment over there, emphasizing that talent and skill set trumps size alone. also, can we sign a petition to stop SOPA?

the whole piracy issue would be a huge blow to us all … the www: whole wide web world!

Najeh Davenpoop

January 18th, 2012
8:04 pm

Every national media member spits out a similar cliche when it comes to the Hawks.

Wilbon – “The Hawks go as Joe Johnson goes”

Kenny – “The Hawks will go as far as Josh Smith takes them”

I am pretty sure none of these people watches more than five minutes of Hawks games before these games start.

Hawks4Eva

January 18th, 2012
8:05 pm

Is it even possible that of the 280 or so players in the D-League, not one of them better than Zza Zza Twin and Stackhouse? I don’t believe that.

Lazy azzz scouting….Must be.

Luke Cage

January 18th, 2012
8:06 pm

SWEET CHRISTMAS!!!

northcyde

January 18th, 2012
8:08 pm

LOL Najeh . . . funny how your trade has not affected the winning percentage of the Hawks.

I’m hoping that Josh will have another big game tonight. He needs to play well in front of a national audience, in order to build that proper playoff support.

Garnett is a fan favorite, so he’ll be named as the starter, even if Bosh deserves it. Bosh will be the 2nd PF. So it’s up to Josh to play well enough to get that last forward spot from the coaches vote. He’ll need to beat out Amare, Kris Humphries, Boozer and possibly Ryan Anderson.

Looking at center, Dwight is the automatic vote by the fans. Greg Monroe is a rising sleeper pick to get that 2nd center spot, if it doesn’t go to Bargnani. So Josh needs to hope that the Coach of the East team only takes 2 centers, and 3 PFs.

Rose will start at PG and Rondo will probably be the backup. Deron Williams will probably be the 3rd PG taken.

You’re looking at Wade as the starter and JJ as the backup at the 2 ( Note: JJ may not make the All-Star team, if he were playing in the West )

At the SF spot, you’re looking at Lebron as the starer and Melo as the backup. The 3rd SF could be Pierce, or especially Iggy, who if Philly keeps playing well, HAS to make the team.

So right now, this is my All-Star team

PG: ROSE – Rondo – Deron

G: WADE – Johnson

F: LEBRON – Melo – Iggy

PF: BOSH – Garnett – Smith

C: HOWARD – Monroe

Hawks4Eva

January 18th, 2012
8:09 pm

@ Najeh –

The national perception of the Hawks is due in part on how and what is shown on ESPN. I will never forget the coverage we got when we beat the Heat at the time they were undefeated. The highlights showed 9 total highlights….6 of the 9 were about LBJ and Dwade. Only 3 were of the Hawks….

Same thing when we beat Chicago like a dog….there were only 6 highlights of that game….4 was about the Bulls and only 2 of the Hawks.

Luke Cage

January 18th, 2012
8:09 pm

prefer the NBA TV guys, I like to think they watch more than just certain teams unlike the ESPN Shoot Around clowns, NBA TV guys do have more insight

J.J.M.

January 18th, 2012
8:10 pm

just dont get blown out…

bigdave

January 18th, 2012
8:10 pm

LETS GET IT…!!!

Blast

January 18th, 2012
8:10 pm

For Portland playing Hawks tonight, I think the most dangerous Blazer out there is Gerald Wallace. That guy lives to play the Hawks.

J.J.M.

January 18th, 2012
8:10 pm

why would garnett make the all star? fans?

Hawks4Eva

January 18th, 2012
8:10 pm

This is NOT going to be a pretty game for us I’m afraid folks.

Luke Cage

January 18th, 2012
8:11 pm

I rarely watch ESPN if im looking for Hawks highlights

Najeh Davenpoop

January 18th, 2012
8:12 pm

Twin seals off his man and gets Marvin an open layup.

northcyde

January 18th, 2012
8:12 pm

I agree with Najeh’s 8:04 post.

You can tell they’re just spitting out “taking points”. Even Mullin just called us “athletic”. We’re no more athletic than anyone else. Our only legit “athlete” is Smith.

As for Jamal being “clutch” for Portland, Jamal has played well in THREE GAMES in Portland, yet, he’s the reason why they’re 8 – 5? Nah man . . . he’s the reason why the Blazers have lost 2 of their last 3 games. In the last 2 losses, Jamal shot 5 – 23 FG.

Luke Cage

January 18th, 2012
8:12 pm

Good start Marv, usually he plays good when the 1st goes in

northcyde

January 18th, 2012
8:13 pm

Teague is a legit athlete too. Don’t want to forget him.

LOL Drew , .. get Collins out of the game.

BoneKollector

January 18th, 2012
8:13 pm

Collins didn’t even leave his feet lol

J.J.M.

January 18th, 2012
8:13 pm

josh is too weak to post up

J.J.M.

January 18th, 2012
8:14 pm

Hawks4Eva

January 18th, 2012
8:14 pm

Its almost a sin to be given so much natural gifts (height) like Twin and be so stiff. He has not significantly improved since his arrival in the league.

BoneKollector

January 18th, 2012
8:14 pm

Let Teague iniate THE DAMN OFFENSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Najeh Davenpoop

January 18th, 2012
8:15 pm

Weak start offensively for both teams.

northcyde

January 18th, 2012
8:15 pm

LOL @ the woman in the crowd after the Smith missed 3

“Come on Josh”

Luke Cage

January 18th, 2012
8:15 pm

(Sighs) rather hear Bob & Nique, Mullin and this clown are kinda boring, what we do draw the D team of announcers??

Najeh Davenpoop

January 18th, 2012
8:16 pm

Bob and Nique are calling the game on SportSouth too.

Old Man Peabody

January 18th, 2012
8:16 pm

Man, Teague lets every PG blow by him. Do he ever have any good defensive games.

BoneKollector

January 18th, 2012
8:16 pm

I don’t like Teague giving the ball up once he crosses the 3 pt line

Luke Cage

January 18th, 2012
8:16 pm

northcyde

January 18th, 2012
8:16 pm

Good tackle Teague . . .

Luke Cage

January 18th, 2012
8:17 pm

@work, have to struggle with listening to these clowns online :(

J.J.M.

January 18th, 2012
8:17 pm

lol collins have no lift at all

Najeh Davenpoop

January 18th, 2012
8:17 pm

Come on Twin… nice box out, but you gotta jump a little to get those boards…

Meanwhile on the other end I thought Josh got fouled by his own guy but he gets the foul call.

northcyde

January 18th, 2012
8:18 pm

JJ 0 – 3 . . . may have to ride Marvin for the offense this quarter

BoneKollector

January 18th, 2012
8:18 pm

terrible game so far

J.J.M.

January 18th, 2012
8:18 pm

lmao wtf josh

Luke Cage

January 18th, 2012
8:19 pm

time to bring in DEBO!!!