Atlanta Hawks at Pistons: Game thread

Auburn Hills, Mich.–Hawks will use same lineup as last game with Zaza Pachulia at center. “It’s not set in stone,” Larry Drew said. “We will stay with it for right now.”

  • Drew said Kirk Hinrich had no issues after his first game back from shoulder surgery. “We are going to ease him back into it,” Drew said. “He still has to get into that playing shape where he can play on a nightly basis. I don’t want to pile too many minutes on him.”
  • Drew said “for right now we will keep [Hinrich] at the one. He could play off the ball some. There are a couple of things I possibly want to experiment with as we move forward: him at some two, Joe [Johnson] at some three, that type of thing.”
  • ESPN.com’s Marc Stein runs down a list of teams who will compete with the Hawks for Kenyon Martin’s services and says K-Mart is looking for a major role on a contender.
  • Drew on the Pistons: “They play a very physical style. That has always been a problem or us in the past. They really bang the boards. I told the guys by no means can we come in here and think these guys are going to lay down. They’ve had some close ballgames that they could have won. Looking back at their last game against Miami they were in perfect position to win.”
  • Damien Wilkins is starting for the Pistons tonight. “Our effort has been a lot better, our fight has been a lot better,” he said. “To me, that’s what we had been lacking the most. We had kind of a glass jaw. Now we have a lot more effort, a lot more fight.”
  • Wilkins on not getting an offer from the Hawks: “It was disappointing. They basically told me they weren’t bringing in anymore perimeter guy and I’d have to fight [for a spot] with Pape Sy and [Jerry] Stackhouse. And then I look up and here they are with Willie Green and two other wings, and I’m like, ‘Wow.’ It was fun. I appreciate the opportunity they gave me initially. But I miss the guys.”
  • The rec center in northwest Detroit Willie Green came up is now called the Willie Green Center for Physical Fitness. Green attended a ceremony yesterday. “My uncle [Gary Green] was coaching a team up there,” Green said. “He used to open up the gym for us, so we were going up there every day. That’s where I first started playing basketball. It was awesome when I walked in the place. I couldn’t believe the gym was so little. I came from humble beginnings like a lot of us.”

Michael Cunningham, Hawks beat

662 comments Add your comment

Luke Cage

January 27th, 2012
7:37 pm

SWEET CHRISTMAS!!!

Luke Cage

January 27th, 2012
7:38 pm

Wow, 1st time ever that I was FIRST!!!

Astro Joe

January 27th, 2012
7:38 pm

Go Hawks and kidnap Ben Wallace on the way out the door.

O'Brien

January 27th, 2012
7:39 pm

Some hard feelings Damien?

•Wilkins on not getting an offer from the Hawks: “It was disappointing. They basically told me they weren’t bringing in anymore perimeter guy and I’d have to fight [for a spot] with Pape Sy and [Jerry] Stackhouse. And then I look up and here they are with Willie Green and two other wings, and I’m like, ‘Wow.’.

Luke Cage

January 27th, 2012
7:39 pm

Cmon Hawks, Lets do this!!!

rob

January 27th, 2012
7:40 pm

Damien Wilkins was a good dude, the Hawks management is head scratching sometimes, but this will be the last year for the core regardless if Horford comes back or not at seasons end.

O'Brien

January 27th, 2012
7:40 pm

FTPB’

AJ,

between the Bulls, Heat, Celtics, Hawks and even Magic (all teams with 2nd round aspirations) which ones are missing a starting big and which teams could offer a quality big an “easy” 20+ minutes each and every game?.

If Kmart is good enough, he can cut into somebody else’s PT from another team. Also, how much will his decision be motivated by his ability to win a ring?

But also, has K-Mart been playing? Didn’t he get a buyout? So how do we know what kind of shape he is in?

And Does Collins think the Hawks will play KMart at Center? because wouldnt that cut into what limited minutes Collins is already getting?

I agree its all speculation, but I just hope Sund isn’t planning on hitching his wagon to “K-Mart will sign with the Hawks”.

terrell

January 27th, 2012
7:41 pm

Marvin still startin.

Luke Cage

January 27th, 2012
7:41 pm

Pistons starting lineup = GARBAGE!!!

Luke Cage

January 27th, 2012
7:42 pm

Kmart has been playing with a team in China i believe

Luke Cage

January 27th, 2012
7:43 pm

When Josh drains that 1st one usually that means he’s going to have a nice nite

rob

January 27th, 2012
7:46 pm

Big Ben must be almost 40 years old

Big Lou

January 27th, 2012
7:47 pm

Here we go with the stupid offense again.

Astro Joe

January 27th, 2012
7:47 pm

OB, my guess is that the Stanford educated Collins has already figured out his role and knows that he and K-Mart would NOT be competing to defend the same type of player. Funny how there haven’t been articles about all of those teams being interested in Pryzbilla, Dampier, Rasheed, Fesenko, Gadzuric, etc. Hmmm.

Najeh Davenpoop

January 27th, 2012
7:48 pm

Hawks are a little sloppy on both ends right now. All the points so far have been off jumpers.

Sautee

January 27th, 2012
7:51 pm

Why didn’t Joe just HAND IT to Josh?

J.J.M.

January 27th, 2012
7:52 pm

smh this team…sucks

Najeh Davenpoop

January 27th, 2012
7:52 pm

Hawks’ offense still looking like sh-t. Teague is not being utilized correctly on possessions where he is standing around watching Joe or Josh trying to create shots for themselves.

Big Lou

January 27th, 2012
7:52 pm

Again… jump shots. Stupid offense. I bet we lose this game.

Blast

January 27th, 2012
7:52 pm

Hawks offence looks bad. No passes, iso ball resulting in turnovers.

Luke Cage

January 27th, 2012
7:52 pm

Geeeez fellas, the pistons are a horrible team, they will quit if you jump on them

O'Brien

January 27th, 2012
7:52 pm

offense looks sloppy. too many jumpers

Dre

January 27th, 2012
7:52 pm

Is it just me, or are the Hawks getting more and more boring everytime I see them play.

Najeh Davenpoop

January 27th, 2012
7:53 pm

Marc Stein says no trade is imminent but the Hornets are actively looking to trade Chris Kaman.

Section 212

January 27th, 2012
7:53 pm

Zaza is showing why he has not been a starter over the years….

O'Brien

January 27th, 2012
7:54 pm

Najeh,

0-2 FG, 0-2 FT, 1 turnover, 2 rebs.

Go easy on Zaza :smile:

atlantadeepdirtybench

January 27th, 2012
7:54 pm

Pull the starters, put the bench in.

O'Brien

January 27th, 2012
7:56 pm

Wow. 6 turnovers.

Why is Teague not involved on offense?

Najeh Davenpoop

January 27th, 2012
7:56 pm

The Hawks did Damien wrong. I am not in the locker room obviously but it’s hard for me to imagine what Stackhouse provides in the locker room that outweighs what Damien provided on the court. Good hard worker, hit open shots, and in limited minutes played better D against LeBron than anyone else on this team.

Section 212

January 27th, 2012
7:56 pm

Thanks for your contributions Marv…

Section 212

January 27th, 2012
7:56 pm

Enter your comments here

J.J.M.

January 27th, 2012
7:56 pm

all they do is shoot jumpers…

J.J.M.

January 27th, 2012
7:57 pm

teage doesnt know he can drive and score or drive and dish to josh for easy baskets…wow im turning

O'Brien

January 27th, 2012
7:57 pm

7 turnovers for the Hawks.

Our offense can look so terrible at times…

Najeh Davenpoop

January 27th, 2012
7:57 pm

2 fouls on Josh. Hawks down by 6 and getting nothing on offense. This isn’t looking good.

Luke Cage

January 27th, 2012
7:57 pm

These offensive sets makes no sense at all??

Section 212

January 27th, 2012
7:58 pm

very sloppy….Pistons have out scored us 13-4. How is that possible?

Dre

January 27th, 2012
7:58 pm

They definitely have a very methodical boring feel to them.

Big Lou

January 27th, 2012
7:58 pm

They have no offense sets. Larry Drew only cares about defense.

O'Brien

January 27th, 2012
7:59 pm

AJ,

Go Hawks and kidnap Ben Wallace on the way out the door.

That we can agree on.

Najeh Davenpoop

January 27th, 2012
7:59 pm

“0-2 FG, 0-2 FT, 1 turnover, 2 rebs.

Go easy on Zaza”

Haha… he only did one really boneheaded thing, and that was the turnover after Joe passed it to him out of the double team. I am keeping track, though, and I’ll put the per-36 bonehead stats up after the game

Big Lou

January 27th, 2012
7:59 pm

Like I said before, a new center can’t fix this horrible offense and stupid mistakes.

atlantadeepdirtybench

January 27th, 2012
8:00 pm

Blast

January 27th, 2012
8:00 pm

Joe trying to shoot Hawks out of this game. He forgot he’s got four more guys playing with him.

terrell

January 27th, 2012
8:00 pm

Teague stop deferring to these jumpshooting fools and do your damn thing.

MattP

January 27th, 2012
8:00 pm

Big Lou,

I agree. Drew talks all about defense but nothing about offense. To me every night looks like they are just doing whatever they want.

atlantadeepdirtybench

January 27th, 2012
8:01 pm

iso joe
iso joe
iso joe
iso joe
iso joe
iso joe

Can someone please take the ball out of his hands?

O'Brien

January 27th, 2012
8:02 pm

AJ,

From Marc Stein;

Martin’s priority is to join a contender on which he’ll have a sizeable role, according to a person close to Martin.

The Clippers and the Knicks can offer the $2.5 million mini-midlevel exception. San Antonio can as well, but it is unlikely to do so because of the luxury tax, sources said.

Atlanta is also limited by luxury tax concerns. Miami can only offer the veteran’s minimum of $1.4 million..

So…take the same money from Miami that the Hawks can offer, or take more money from the Clipps to play with Chris Paul, Chauncey, Blake Griffin?

yodaddybrother

January 27th, 2012
8:02 pm

nobody wants Chris Kaman…..I’m so sick of hearing about that bum everyday on this blog. Kaman and Bogut…two bums yall constantly want I just don’t understand why

Dre

January 27th, 2012
8:02 pm

Nothing has changed these last few years….