Cavaliers at Atlanta Hawks: Game thread

C-Viv reporting from Philips Arena.

Hawks coach Larry Drew did not use the word “quit” again to describe the Hawks’ performance Friday night at the 76ers. However, the coach did not back off his post-game comments.

Drew would not single any particular player out. He also said he has not address the team following his post-game comments.

Here are some quotes from Drew during his pre-game interview:

“I’m not going to call out any names. It got a little tough and we didn’t respond. We did not respond.”

“Yes [he stands by his post-game comments], I went back and watched it. We had a good first half. They made a run in the third quarter and, as stated, we didn’t respond to it, which is very disappointing. I’ve made statements in the past, I really thought we had turned that corner a little bit in that situation. Teams are going to make runs. Good teams are going to make runs.  Philadelphia is a really good team. They played very well. We talked about it at halftime, that that team was going to make a run. We couldn’t fold the tent when they did. We had to mentally be strong and push our way through it when they did. That was not the response we got when they made the run.”

“What I said last night after the game is done. It’s time to move on.”

“Shot selection [was the reason for the poor second half]. Bad shot selection against a team as good as Philadelphia. Bad shot selection is just as good as turnovers. That’s what gets the team going… For a half we played and followed our game plan. Then we came out in the third quarter and completely lost focus of what got us the lead in the first half.”

“Certainly having a key guy like Al [Horford] that can bring some stability in a situation like that. He’s been the type of guy that would get guys to settle down and was vocal in the huddles. Those are the type of situations where you can use a guy like that because his presence along, being on the floor and being in the huddle, is definitely felt.”

“I think it’s everybody’s responsibility, mine included, when you get in those situations you have to be very aware of the flow of the game. Players on the floor have to be aware of the situation. Certainly our guys felt the momentum shift in that third quarter yesterday. And yet, we continue to be seduced into taking ill-advised shots. I just thought we had turned the corner from that. That was the disappointing part. We will bounce back from it. It’s not the end of the world. It’s not a situation where we are going to cave in. We are going to learn from last night’s game and we are going to continue to try to get better and better.”

Here are a couple comments from Jerry Stackhouse, the 16-year NBA veteran:

“Hopefully we respond positively. It’s one game. In a long NBA season you are going to have nights like that. But it was a little disappointing to see with almost four minutes left in the game, a 12-point game, we called off the dogs so to speak. But I guess from being around this group [coach Larry Drew] sensed something he’s seen before. Hopefully we can get past that. We’ve talked about growth a lot with this group. Maybe the message after the game and the fact we have a game right back today, we can come back and make amends for not finishing the game the way we should have.”

“It’s on the individual. When you are dealing with a team you’ve got to know which players to push and which players to coddle. The guys that need coddling might be affected differently. We hope not. Hopefully everybody looks at it for what it was. I think his comments were spot on. Now it’s just a matter of responding. More so than what he said last night, he’s looking for a response. Hopefully we can give the proper response tonight.”

488 comments Add your comment

Jay

January 21st, 2012
6:18 pm

Macaroni Tony

January 21st, 2012
6:32 pm

we’re going to have to bounce back tonight.

Just Joe

January 21st, 2012
6:37 pm

My player of the game prediction is Marvin Williams. 25 pts for Marvin tonight.

Rev in Tampa

January 21st, 2012
6:45 pm

I’m not against a person having a couple of adult beverages during the course of a game, but some of yall just got snockered. The conversation on the blog last night after the game was surely the tragic result of drinking too much while blogging.

drmaryb.[*_*].

January 21st, 2012
6:48 pm

If you’re the best remaining rebounder on your team, why take repeated long twos, when you can go inside get a better look and maybe put it back if you miss?

In that scenario, you get two, a rebound and 1. That’s stuffing your stat sheet right there. Besides, who’s gonna’ rebound your misses, if you’re the best remaining rebounder? That’s not BBIQ – that’s common sense.

Scoop

January 21st, 2012
6:56 pm

THE HAWKS ABSOLUTELY QUIT LAST NIGHT!!!!!!!! Every starter should forfeit their paycheck for last night’s game. Atrocious.

Look at Smoove’s shot selection last night. They baited him into jumpers, doubling off of his man to clog the paint. The book is out. And why in the he!! did we o=not exploit jody meeks (6-4) guarding Marvin(6-9)??????? The 76′ers took Iggy and defended Joe and we never exploited the mismatch. The Hawks gave up and shame on anybody who disputes it. Every game is important, especially at the pro level. LOOK AT JOE’s STAT LINE. IVE DEFENDED JOE AS MUCH AS ANYBODY BUT IT WAS ALMOST OFFENSIVE WITH THE LACK OF EFFORT HE GAVE.

Smoove’s arrogance continues not only with his shot selection but also with his post game analysis. I hate to say it, but if they Hawks don’t get on Smoove for his poor shot selection(non-jumpers included), we are going to lose when those bad shots don’t fall. Does anybody else notice the terrible running-contested jumpers and step-back fade away’s Smoove takes?……The worst shots i’ve ever seen.

Slimjr

January 21st, 2012
7:00 pm

Your opinion counts?

Slimjr

January 21st, 2012
7:02 pm

Josh Farther dropped the ball! How do you not teach your son how to shoot a dam jumpshot?

Slimjr

January 21st, 2012
7:02 pm

Slimjr

January 21st, 2012
7:04 pm

Hey Teague, just attack and penetrate all night!

O'Brien

January 21st, 2012
7:05 pm

I think Hawks will beat the Cavs by 15+, and all the players will say the usual stuff about getting past last night’s game…and everyone in Hawksville will be happy…until the next Hawks meltdown.

O'Brien

January 21st, 2012
7:07 pm

Chris,

If you get a chance, could you ask LD about the rebounding discrepancy last night, and also, any updates about a possible big? Hawks were -18 in rebounding last night. We cannot win if we’re being outrebounded that badly.

And for those who havent seen the February schedule, here it is.

Memphis, Philly, Phoenix, Pacers, @ Orlando, @ Miami, @ Lakers, @ Suns, @ Blazers, @ Bulls, @ Knicks, Orlando, Golden State.

How confident are you playing those games with ZaZa and Twin as your centers?

Slimjr

January 21st, 2012
7:11 pm

Thanks O’Brien for that schedule next month.. They could loose 6 or 7 games in that stretch!

Rusty

January 21st, 2012
7:12 pm

The stinger on rthe pre show really stinks,always kissing butt

Scoop

January 21st, 2012
7:12 pm

My opinion must count if some goon takes the time to respond to it….

Slimjr

January 21st, 2012
7:14 pm

Yes those images Najeh put up were on the cutting edge?

drmaryb, was in her zone with some classic stuff! The images she generates through her story telling is remarkable! Ha ha ha!

bigdave

January 21st, 2012
7:17 pm

a 48% ft shooter that is confident in his mid range jumper..

bigdave

January 21st, 2012
7:17 pm

not hustling back on defense, after getting your shot blocked.

Hawks Fan Down Under

January 21st, 2012
7:19 pm

Could care less if we won by 40 tonight…big deal. This team needs to string together multiple games over weeks where their effort doesnt completely drop off. W or L doesnt matter…its the effort.

SteveW

January 21st, 2012
7:20 pm

Cavs have been playing pretty good – I wouldn’t take this team lightly.

Dept. Of Unintended Irony

January 21st, 2012
7:22 pm

“Josh Farther dropped the ball! How do you not teach your son how to shoot a dam jumpshot?”

Should have started on Farther’s Day.

bigdave

January 21st, 2012
7:22 pm

Joe attacking the rim like he’s pushing 290lbs.

drmaryb.[*_*].

January 21st, 2012
7:22 pm

CHURCH!

“and everyone in Hawksville will be happy…until the next Hawks meltdown.” -O’Brien-
____________

PREACH! PULPIT! TABERNACLE!

J.J.M.

January 21st, 2012
7:23 pm

wtf is marvin bum ass doing

northcyde

January 21st, 2012
7:23 pm

damn .. . nobody here? everybody either at the game ( not ) or got something else better to do tonight.

BoneKollector

January 21st, 2012
7:23 pm

Nice shot Josh NOOOOT

J.J.M.

January 21st, 2012
7:24 pm

josh still shooting jumpers and they are not dropping

drmaryb.[*_*].

January 21st, 2012
7:24 pm

Zaza and Varejao are basically the same player.

bigdave

January 21st, 2012
7:24 pm

is that really where LD wants Josh getting his looks from on the offensive end. really? he talks about bad shots are like turnovers.. but if he’s putting his guys there by the design, he needs to kill the noise.

Dept. Of Unintended Irony

January 21st, 2012
7:25 pm

“The stinger on rthe pre show really stinks,always kissing butt”

Well of course, he’d stink.

J.J.M.

January 21st, 2012
7:26 pm

lol marvin to the bench

steven a

January 21st, 2012
7:27 pm

Some of you guys have been riding Snoop Dog’s Bus. Hawks are going to lose this game tonight!!!

bigdave

January 21st, 2012
7:27 pm

J.J.M.

you cop them 10’s..?

northcyde

January 21st, 2012
7:28 pm

zaza misses on purpose, just to pad his rebounding stats

bigdave

January 21st, 2012
7:29 pm

thank you Jeff for catching it late so i can score the fantasy assist..

bigdave

January 21st, 2012
7:29 pm

lol, seems like it

J.J.M.

January 21st, 2012
7:30 pm

naw I didnt get them. If they were the 10s from 2005 I would have got them

steven a

January 21st, 2012
7:30 pm

Zsa Zsa, what a scrub, what a bum……

Rusty

January 21st, 2012
7:30 pm

Ditto dept of unintended irony

J.J.M.

January 21st, 2012
7:31 pm

I will get them columbia 11s and sell them on ebay like I did the concords lol

steven a

January 21st, 2012
7:31 pm

Josh Smith is the only Allstar on this team…

ANDRE IGLUODALA

January 21st, 2012
7:32 pm

GREETINGS HAWKS FANS, THE REAL GAME OF THE NIGHT STARTING IN ABOUT 5 MINUTES 76ERS W/OUT SPENCER HAWES AGAIN TONIGHT VS HEAT AND NO WADE BOTH TEAMS MISSING A PLAYER CALL IT A PUSH

falcans

January 21st, 2012
7:32 pm

yall sthu about JOSH SMITH…. kobe has bad nights. melo, everybody!!! sheesh at least he kept tryin. Our 123 million man only took 8 SHOTS!!!!! Id rather he go 1 -20 than 3-8!!!!

steven a

January 21st, 2012
7:33 pm

How long will it take the HAWKS TO BLOW this lead?????

ANDRE IGLUODALA

January 21st, 2012
7:34 pm

THE 76ERS START THE NIGHT A FULL 5 GAMES IN FIRST IN THE ATLANTIC DIV AND CURRENTLY THE 2ND SEED BEHIND CHICAGO, SHOULD BE A GREAT GAME IN MIAMI TONIGHT, PTEDICTION 76ERS 114 HEAT 99

J.J.M.

January 21st, 2012
7:34 pm

Slimjr

January 21st, 2012
7:35 pm

The Department is available for intended irony..LOL

Where’s SLB? He’s been quite last couple of nights?

Slimjr

January 21st, 2012
7:35 pm

Heat by 20~!

falcans

January 21st, 2012
7:36 pm

Josh is the only player with heart and emotion… the soul of this team!!! BTW HE’S SHOOTING OVER %50

bigdave

January 21st, 2012
7:36 pm

“I will get them columbia 11s and sell them on ebay like I did the concords lol”

honestly i wasnt that moved by these initially.. but i was motivated by the flip. that figure you said you got for your space jams specifically, i couldnt shake. but the more i look at these puppies, i dunno..

im 2/3 on the hot releases.. got the cement 3’s and these.. was left out in the cold on the space jams..

hopefully that pattern doesn’t continue and i miss out on the 4’s..