Atlanta Hawks at Bucks: Game thread

MilwaukeeZaza Pachulia is the starter at center. “He’s been playing well lately,” Larry Drew said. “He has played well against the Bucks. So we elected to go with him.”

  • Zaza has been as productive and efficient as usual but his minutes have fluctuated. “It’s hard, but you have to be a pro,” he said. “I’ve been in a situation where I was getting mad previous years. But you learn one thing, you can’t control it or make it better. All you can do is be professional. I am not worried about that. I’ve been in the league long enough to realize my role and what I can do, where my strength is, what I can do for a team.”
  • Included among the keys on Milwaukee’s pregame board: “Match Pachulia’s energy.”
  • Jeff Teague on Drew keeping him as the starter when Hinrich returns: “That feels real good to hear. But I really can’t control it too much. I’ve just got to go out there and play hard and keep playing my game.”
  • Scott Skiles on how the schedule has affected the Bucks: “We’re trying to be smart and and build in rest and have the most energy we can for the game and at the same time prepare properly. It’s very difficult to do. It’s one of the reasons we feel like our defense hasn’t been what it normally would be. Hopefully we’ve gotten far enough into the season so it’s something we can be more consistent with.”
  • The Bucks ground down the Heat to win a low-possession game last night in Miami after doing the same to the Knicks Friday in a high-possession game in New York.
  • Skiles though the offensive execution was good at Miami: “We just didn’t make shots. I think we are moving in the right direction but that doesn’t necessarily show up when you shoot 35 percent.”
  • Like always, shot selection will be key for the Hawks. “When we e talk about playing on the road, we talk about playing with a smartness,” Drew said. “We can’t get seduced into taking a bunch of jump shots. We have to move the ball from one side of the floor to the other and attack the basket. Where we’ve gotten in trouble, particularly on the road, is settling for too many jump shots.”

Michael Cunningham, Hawks beat

628 comments Add your comment

Najeh Davenpoop

January 23rd, 2012
7:57 pm

I hope the Hawks can win, but it’s going to be hard going against future Hall of Famer and multiple-time All Star Jon Leuer.

steven a

January 23rd, 2012
8:00 pm

Andrew Bogut will DOMINATE Zsa Zsa. Game will most likely be won or lost in the paint 2-night.

Sautee

January 23rd, 2012
8:00 pm

steven a

January 23rd, 2012
8:01 pm

Still need a 3rd Big Guy to patrol the lane and block shots.

Astro Joe

January 23rd, 2012
8:01 pm

I’ve just got to go out there and play hard and keep playing my game.”

He is maturing much better than some of his diehard fans.

Luke Cage

January 23rd, 2012
8:02 pm

SWEET CHRISTMAS!!!

FreshmakerGT

January 23rd, 2012
8:04 pm

Let’s go Hawks!! Get this road trip started off right!

i_am_soulstar

January 23rd, 2012
8:04 pm

Astro Joe

January 23rd, 2012
8:06 pm

FTPB, its hard to complain about the Dollar Store selection when you only have $.95 in your pocket. I welcome Kenyon Martin as a viable short-term (as in 3-4 months) candidate to play center for this team. I don’t think he has much athleticism left, but he has that “old man strength” working for him. And he and Collins hopefully have a good relationship from their Jersey days. Maybe they can recruit Kerry Collins to join Stack on the bench as the Geritol Gents.

I’m just glad no one has mentioned Hasheem Thabeet recently. I think he is buried on the bench somewhere being denied his rightful opportunity to become the next Mutombo. :twisted:

J.J.M.

January 23rd, 2012
8:07 pm

Hard in the paint like josh smith

J.J.M.

January 23rd, 2012
8:09 pm

wow marvin is still starting

Luke Cage

January 23rd, 2012
8:10 pm

Finally i get to see whats up with bucks big men

KevinM

January 23rd, 2012
8:10 pm

Kirk Hinrich’s debut is around the corner…much sooner than expected….Wednesday night.

northcyde

January 23rd, 2012
8:11 pm

LOL @ Drew. Zaza is unquestionably the best center we have on the team right now. He should start all games until we play a high scoring low post center. Drew just like messing with people’s heads . . or he overthinks a lot.

Sounds like my boss . . always overthinking and making things more difficult than what they really are.

Najeh Davenpoop

January 23rd, 2012
8:13 pm

There’s gotta be a good 300 people in that arena.

So in the last three weeks the Packers fans have gotten drowned out by Giants fans yelling “Cruuuuuuuz” in their own home stadium, and the Bucks have about 300 people in the house for the game after their biggest win of the season. Where’s the Rob Parker article on terrible Wisconsin fans?

KevinM

January 23rd, 2012
8:14 pm

Teague with a sweet drive……..

FreshmakerGT

January 23rd, 2012
8:14 pm

Great drive by Teague there

lilneek

January 23rd, 2012
8:15 pm

Smv D? not so much.

J.J.M.

January 23rd, 2012
8:15 pm

KevinM

January 23rd, 2012
8:15 pm

Do we always have to have long jumpers by Marvin?

Nice flush Josh!

FreshmakerGT

January 23rd, 2012
8:16 pm

Wow! Alley oop to Josh. He’s fouled and still converted…

KevinM

January 23rd, 2012
8:16 pm

Are they still booing Josh because of last year’s comments?

And not a flush but a flip.

Is it me or can the Hawks just go right down the lane?

FreshmakerGT

January 23rd, 2012
8:17 pm

Aaaaand Josh with a block

Luke Cage

January 23rd, 2012
8:17 pm

Livingston is a great comeback story

J.J.M.

January 23rd, 2012
8:17 pm

lol joe “come on man come on”

Luke Cage

January 23rd, 2012
8:18 pm

It must be snowing real hard there because that gym is empty

MattP

January 23rd, 2012
8:19 pm

Joe needs to stop trying to do his own thing.

KevinM

January 23rd, 2012
8:19 pm

Does Milwaukee play defense?

How did this team beat Miami?

Luke Cage

January 23rd, 2012
8:19 pm

Jennings is straight streeball

Najeh Davenpoop

January 23rd, 2012
8:19 pm

Those Josh comments are from nearly three years ago. Milwaukee fans need to get the sand out of their vagina.

Melvin

January 23rd, 2012
8:20 pm

Nice start for Teague…

yodaddybrother

January 23rd, 2012
8:20 pm

Larry Drew is smarter than he looks by keeping Teague the starter. I was beginning to worry about his basketball IQ.

Macaroni Tony

January 23rd, 2012
8:20 pm

Let’s Go Hawks!!!

KevinM

January 23rd, 2012
8:20 pm

Side note: I know its not worthy, but the Lakers aren’t even in the 8th slot right now? I couldn’t imagine that happening and the Celtics are 8th at 6-9…..

Big Ray

January 23rd, 2012
8:21 pm

Teague looking good early on, tonight.

KevinM

January 23rd, 2012
8:21 pm

Biggest scoring improvement by anyone in the NBA?

Teague at 7.3…that’s crazy!

J.J.M.

January 23rd, 2012
8:22 pm

joe needs to make them easy shots

Big Ray

January 23rd, 2012
8:22 pm

Josh with a great pass…

Najeh Davenpoop

January 23rd, 2012
8:22 pm

Marvin needs to knock those down.

KevinM

January 23rd, 2012
8:22 pm

Yes, thanks Drew…T-Mac is in….

Najeh Davenpoop

January 23rd, 2012
8:23 pm

Melvin

January 23rd, 2012
8:23 pm

Bogut is out the game already…LOL

FreshmakerGT

January 23rd, 2012
8:23 pm

Teague is so money

KevinM

January 23rd, 2012
8:23 pm

Teague looks like he has the ball on a yo-yo.

Ryan

January 23rd, 2012
8:24 pm

JT0 doing work…

bigdave

January 23rd, 2012
8:24 pm

Ivan w/ the nice step back.. splash.

Melvin

January 23rd, 2012
8:24 pm

Teague is living in the paint…. Where is the shot blocker Bogut at…

Big Ray

January 23rd, 2012
8:24 pm

Ivan Johnson is a straight thuggish, ruggish baller.

Why did it take so long for us to get a guy like that?

J.J.M.

January 23rd, 2012
8:24 pm

lmaooooo wow wanna talk about clumsy

KevinM

January 23rd, 2012
8:25 pm

The Buck’s cheerleaders are lifeless too!