Atlanta Hawks at Sixers: Game thread

Philadelphia–The Hawks are using the “big” lineup with Jason Collins at center. Larry Drew said that before Spencer Hawes (Achilles) so it could change before tip off.

  • Then again, maybe it won’t change since the “big” lineup apparently has become the standard lineup. “That’s the regular lineup,” Drew said. “For right now that will be pretty much how we go. That was basically the lineup last year when we went bigger. Right now that will be the starting lineup.”
  • Why does Drew like that lineup? “With Jason, we really are able to play a lot more at home in the post, particularly against big guys who do have a strong low-post presence,” Drew said. “We play them head up. He gives us a little bit more size, a little bit more physicality at that position. Jason, he is a smart pro. He knows how to play his position. He does a good job playing individual and team defense. We all know with him in the lineup it’s defense-first with him. ”
  • Drew on the fluctuating minutes for his reserves: “That is something I do have to manage. Given what our schedule is, guys are going to be in a situation where maybe one night they play more than others. One thing I don’t want to do is wear guys out given what our schedule is. [Vladimir Radmanaovic] hasn’t played a lot the last couple games, I’ve spoken with him, and that could be a plus for him now with this stretch coming up he will be a little bit more rested. Minutes will vary particularly with the way our schedule is. ”
  • Vlad Rad: “It all depends on how you look at it. Knowing that we have such a compressed schedule, it can be a positive thing if you look at it that way. But we are all competitors here. We like to be on the court and contribute but obviously not everybody can play. It is up to the coaches to make decisions. We have to fit in that system.”
  • Vlad Rad on players preferring consistency in playing time and roles: “It’s easier when you know when you are going to play and how long you are going to play. When you have certain pattern, it’s easier to prepare. You just sometimes have to deal with different things. Fortunately for me I’ve been in different situations through the course of my game. I know how to deal with it and take positive things out of it.”
  • Drew on how he decides who finishes games: “I look at the matchups. If we have a group that is in a rhythm I will try to ride that, but I look at the matchups and how the game is flowing. We are a team that, at times, we get stagnant with the starters and the reserves. What I’ve tried to focus on a lot more is focus on matchups that are in there in the fourth quarter just to make sure we don’t leave ourselves open to where they have an advantage on us. We have to make sure start of fourth quarter we get off to a good start.”
  • Drew on All-Star consideration for Josh Smith: “I can’t see why he wouldn’t be. He’s impacting both ends of the floor. His numbers are up offensively but defensively he’s done a good job guarding bigs and guarding smalls. He is playing with a high energy. The level he’s playing, he should be considered as an All-Star. His discipline he’s shown over the summer with losing the weight, you can see his energy level has gone up since losing that weight.”
  • Tracy McGrady left the Blazers game because of cramping. He’s good to go tonight. Drew on T-Mac’s impact: “You put him in his sweet spot, he can still make plays. He’s a phenomenal passer and still with his length he causes problem. We have been trying to use him in different places on the floor, put the ball in his hands and take advantage of the matchup problems teams have against him because of his size.”

Michael Cunningham, Hawks beat

704 comments Add your comment

Admiral Ackbar

January 20th, 2012
6:54 pm

ITS A TRAP!!!!

hawks_4_life

January 20th, 2012
6:59 pm

LETS GO HAWKS

Section 303

January 20th, 2012
7:00 pm

I have not watched the Sixers all year. Looking forward to this one tonight. Philly is starting to get attention from national media. Just listened to Tim Legler talk about Philly as a playoff lock that could make noise. He said nothing about the Hawks, of course.

Seems like Philly has always been a tough game for us. Tonight no different.

Hawks27

January 20th, 2012
7:00 pm

vava74

January 20th, 2012
7:01 pm

Tough game tonight. Let’s hope that they bring the effort.

That would be enough for me. The win would be the cherry.

Najeh Davenpoop

January 20th, 2012
7:01 pm

MC you need to close the bold tag on the last line of your blog post.

J.J.M.

January 20th, 2012
7:01 pm

everything in bold?

ANDRE IGLUODALA

January 20th, 2012
7:02 pm

WELCOME HAWKS FANS, YOU ARE FACING A FAR MORE BETTER CLUB TONIGHT, I WILL BE DISSAPOINTED IF I DONT HAVE A TRIPLE/DOUBLE BY END OF 3RD QUARTER, 76ERS 6-1 AT HOME A VERY TOUGH LOSS AGAINST DENVER IN OT, SO WE SOULD BE VERY EXPLOSIVE 76ERS 112 HAWKS 91 IN A ROMP!!!!!!!!!!

vava74

January 20th, 2012
7:03 pm

Let us all be bold as well and believe in a win by 15!!!

Just Joe

January 20th, 2012
7:04 pm

Hawks by 1. TMac game winner at buzzer.

Astro Joe

January 20th, 2012
7:04 pm

This is just another game. Win or lose, the Hawks will play another one soon enough and win or lose, they need to put the 76ers game behind them and be ready for the next opponent. At this point, I’m hoping that they come out of every game with good or better health. Blowouts that allow the starters to rest would be ideal, but that is highly unlikely tonight.

GO HAWKS and bring me home an authentic cheesesteak!

ANDRE IGLUODALA

January 20th, 2012
7:05 pm

SPENCER HAWES OUT TONIGHT BIG LOSS 76ERS DONT CRY OR USE EXCUSES WE JUST WIN BABY, DIFFERENT GUY STEPS UP EVERY GAME

Rufus1

January 20th, 2012
7:05 pm

The Difference…

No Bibby or Jamal for their guards to exploit….

O'Brien

January 20th, 2012
7:08 pm

Hawks 8-0 against teams under 500. Sixers 9-1 against teams under 500. Which team steps up tonight.

We need a big game from Teague.

MattP

January 20th, 2012
7:08 pm

Now ANDRE IGLUODALA will be talking about the right game on this blog. lol

Big Lou

January 20th, 2012
7:09 pm

But I like the bold words! ;)

ANDRE IGLUODALA

January 20th, 2012
7:10 pm

I WILL BE BACK AT HALF TIME , FOR HALFTIME STATS AND ANNALISIS, OF GAME,, LOOK 4 GEIRGIA TECHS THAD YOUNG TO HAVE A GREAT GAME, SEE YA AT HALFTIME, PROMISE!! DONT WORRY

Najeh Davenpoop

January 20th, 2012
7:10 pm

Big test #2 for the Hawks after the Horford injury. They passed test #1, but this being a road game against a better team (at least according to most if not all power rankings) it is a tougher test.

I still have bad memories of that blowout loss against the Sixers last year — in my opinion the worst game of the entire season — so I hope the Hawks can get some revenge tonight.

Stop dribble penetration, make the Sixers make the extra pass, and zone them up since they only have one shooter.

On another note, always good to see ATLiens in the NBA, and the Sixers have plenty of them.

Najeh Davenpoop

January 20th, 2012
7:11 pm

Over/under on number nimber of times Nique says “Oogadala” tonight: 9

J.J.M.

January 20th, 2012
7:12 pm

Luke Cage

January 20th, 2012
7:12 pm

SWEET CHRISTMAS!!!

X factor

January 20th, 2012
7:12 pm

I agree O’brien, Teague needs to cut down on those many turnovers and Play some Lock out defense.

Playing lock out defense can take you away from your offensive game but if thats what the team needs you to do thats what you should be doing.

Luke Cage

January 20th, 2012
7:13 pm

Philly crowd kinda dead

Najeh Davenpoop

January 20th, 2012
7:13 pm

“Teague needs to cut down on those many turnovers and Play some Lock out defense.”

Billy Hunter plays great lock out defense.

Grandmaster JeJe

January 20th, 2012
7:14 pm

FTPB

LOL @ northcyde defending Marvin.

We all know you love reading stats all day, but the per 36 doesn’t mean much to me. I’m sure Ivan (a 27 YEAR OLD ROOKIE) has extremely similar numbers per 36 minutes as Marvin does.

This is how I sum up Marvin::

Can he jump up and land without falling? NO
Can he absorb contact and not fall? NO
Can he UTILIIZE MISMATCHES (Ridnour, Korver)? NO
Does he want to utilize mismatches? NO
Is he shot great? NO
Can he stay healthy? NO
Can he make a layup/dunk at the rim? NO
Can he drive to the basket without falling? NO
Is he a bust? YES
Does he have the longest wingspan on the team, is the tallest starter, yet plays the smallest? YES

AMNESTY MARVIN

Rod for blogger of year. Clyde can be co-#1

Najeh Davenpoop

January 20th, 2012
7:14 pm

They really should run a lot more of those curls for Joe where he can catch and shoot.

Najeh Davenpoop

January 20th, 2012
7:14 pm

Did ANYONE think Marvin was going to finish that fast break?

Sometimes nimbers can lie.

THAD YOING

January 20th, 2012
7:14 pm

BRAND THE BLOCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Grandmaster JeJe

January 20th, 2012
7:15 pm

LOL MARVIN GOT BLOCKED

SO PREDICTABLE

GET THIS SCRUB OFF OUR TEAM

Grandmaster JeJe

January 20th, 2012
7:15 pm

Send Marvin to UNC. Let him finish his African Studies degree he’s been pursuing for 15 years. He is not needed or wanted here.

J.J.M.

January 20th, 2012
7:16 pm

his nimbers a little down this year

Najeh Davenpoop

January 20th, 2012
7:16 pm

There’s our first “nimbers” of the game. Still waitin for Heat Check and Oogadala.

Slimjr

January 20th, 2012
7:16 pm

Hawks win tonight!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Luke Cage

January 20th, 2012
7:16 pm

Najeh Davenpoop

January 20th, 2012
7:16 pm

Good start for Teague in particular, and the Hawks in general.

Grandmaster JeJe

January 20th, 2012
7:17 pm

MattP

January 20th, 2012
7:17 pm

THAD YOING,

First you can’t spell Iguodala and now you can’t spell Young…

Slimjr

January 20th, 2012
7:17 pm

Nobody can stop the Transformers J and J (Joe and Josh)!

Najeh Davenpoop

January 20th, 2012
7:17 pm

Meeks is the ONE guy you can’t lose on the 3 point line for the Sixers, and Marvin gave him like 5 feet of space.

THAD YOING

January 20th, 2012
7:17 pm

MEEKS THE 3 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

J.J.M.

January 20th, 2012
7:18 pm

smh here josh go

J.J.M.

January 20th, 2012
7:18 pm

my god marvin is horribleeee

Najeh Davenpoop

January 20th, 2012
7:19 pm

Nice setups by Josh and Teague… horrible finish by Marvin.

Luke Cage

January 20th, 2012
7:19 pm

DUNK THAT MARVIN!!

BoneKollector

January 20th, 2012
7:19 pm

Josh needs to STOP!!!!

Hawks27

January 20th, 2012
7:19 pm

Teague is starting well

Grandmaster JeJe

January 20th, 2012
7:19 pm

MARVIN CAN’T EVEN FINISH

WHERE ARE YOU NORTHCYDE?

WHAT AN AWFUL PLAYER

BoneKollector

January 20th, 2012
7:19 pm

Teague 7 pts 3 steals

Slimjr

January 20th, 2012
7:19 pm

what going on inside Marvins HEAD????????????????

drmaryb.[*_*].

January 20th, 2012
7:20 pm

Teague is my favorite player. Is he on the AS Ballot?