Drew: Teague a ‘day-to-day decision’

NEW ORLEANS – C-Viv in the Big Easy filling in for MC.

Here are a couple of notes from today’s practice in preparation for Sunday’s game against the Hornets:

* Coach Larry Drew said starting point guard Jeff Teague is day-to-day with an ankle sprain suffered in Friday’s OT win in Detroit. Teague participated in practice Saturday. “He was out here getting some shots up,” Drew said. “He’s moving around on it pretty good. They are still treating it. It will be a day-to-day decision.”

*Drew played Kirk Hinrich, in his second game since returning from shoulder surgery, with 3:48 left in the third until the end of the game. Hinrich told MC that he was “gassed” following the effort. Drew said he was ready to play Jannero Pargo but that he decided to utilize his timeouts to rest Hinrich.  “I was prepared to play Pargo after Jeff gave me the nod that he couldn’t go again,” Drew said. “He came back after they taped him and said that it started to stiffen up a little bit. I threw Kirk in there. I saw he was getting a little winded so I was prepared to throw Pargo in there but I made the decision to use my timeouts where [Hinrich] could get some rest. I kept asking him every timeout, ‘How you feeling, how you feeling?’ He said ‘I’m OK.’”

*The Hawks have gotten off to slow starts the last several games. The travel could be an issue. The Hawks didn’t arrive in New Orleans until 4 a.m. Saturday. They had early-morning arrivals in San Antonio and Detroit. Drew is also concerned that his team doesn’t take an opponent lightly, as they may have in Detroit and can’t afford to do against New Orleans. “When we go back and look at game tape, we see obviously when you are not making shots that gets you off to a little bit of a slow start,” Drew said. “Sometimes you don’t look at an opponent how we would like at a Chicago versus how we look at a team like Detroit that has obviously struggled. Sometimes that factors into it. As a team we are going to have to figure it out, particularly our starters, when we get off to slow starts it takes a little bit of a wake-up call to get us going. Sometimes it’s going to be a situation where it’s going to be too late. We want to be a team that comes out and plays hard start to finish, whether it’s the first quarter or the third quarter. We’ve done that, but we haven’t done it on a consistent basis.”

* Drew rested Joe Johnson and Josh Smith from practice Saturday, calling each “a little tired and a little banged up.”

* Expect the same starting lineup (not including the question about Teague) Sunday against the Hornets with Zaza Pachulia starting at center. Drew said he expected to make in-game adjustments but that the starters would remain the same.

* Drew said he expects a hard-fought game from New Orleans, coming off Friday’s win over Orlando. “To me, it’s going to be a very similar game to the one we just played in Detroit,” Drew said. “It’s going to be a very hard-fought game. It’s a team playing with a sense of desperation. They had lost nine in a row prior to winning [Friday] night against Orlando, which they did very convincingly. It’s another team where we absolutely, positively can’t look at their record and say this is going to be a wash. That team, going back and looking at their last seven or eight ball games, they have been in every ball game to the end. They lost games at the end. It’s going to be a dogfight and we have to be prepared for that.”

* The Hawks will not hold a morning shoot-around Sunday prior to the Hornets game. Instead they will do a walk-through at the team hotel.

* There you go folks. I’m going to write a story for the Sunday paper before I make my first venture into New Orleans. If you’ve got suggestions please feel free to share.

208 comments Add your comment

theAman

January 28th, 2012
3:06 pm

The Monger

January 28th, 2012
3:14 pm

Joe is finally starting to play up to his contract. Big game last night. I still think we need a banger, and Im crossing my fingers we get Kenyon Martin. ZaZa and Kenyon would make a formidible duo, until Al returns. I also would like to see a Teague, Hinrich, Joe, Josh, and ZaZa lineup at times, because I feel like the Hawks need more shooters out there at all times, because as we all know they still have spurts of pathetic jumpshot after pathetic jumpshot, and this way Teague, Hinrich, and Joe can all shoot 3’s pretty well, have Josh and ZaZa down low to bang and drive hard to the rim. Have Vlad Rad and Marvin ready to rotate in a pop some more 3’s.

14-6 pretty good, just hope they play like the 2nd half of the Detroit game throughout the playoffs, Drew is right, they have to have this sense of urgency FROM START TO FINISH!!!

Vino

January 28th, 2012
3:16 pm

The Monger

January 28th, 2012
3:21 pm

Also, please for the love of God CUT JASON COLLINS…I am tired of Mr. 23 minutes, 3 rebounds, 0-3 FG, 4 turnovers, 5 personal foul Collins. I mean he is the absolute WORST player in the NBA, and he would even be the worst player in the D-League, and how is he even on this team. let alone getting significant playing time. There are 50 better Centers just sitting at home better than Jason Collins.

But who thought Tracy McGrady would be balling out like he is right now? I mean he is not the 30 point scorer he once was, but he can still shoot, create his own shot, and his passing skills are far and away the best on the team ( No offense to Teague). I think we have a much DEEPER bench than we’ve had since the Lenny Wilkens days. McGrady, Radmanovich, Hinrich, Willie Green, Pargo…All these guys are veterans that can score, play defense, and I think this unit is one of the tops in the league.

Vino

January 28th, 2012
3:21 pm

i also hope we get kenyon but i really believe that we need size

Runner-

January 28th, 2012
3:22 pm

Soooo… About that big man…. Or are we seriously goong to play it out the rest of the season…

Vino

January 28th, 2012
3:23 pm

thats what it seems like zaza ivan collins

Vino

January 28th, 2012
3:26 pm

Teague, Hinrich, Joe, Josh, and ZaZa

will only work versus small line ups Durant would detroy Joe

Zach Blend

January 28th, 2012
3:30 pm

An article on Joe’s improved play since Al’s injury would be appropriate. Joe is playing at Shia highest level in years and keeping this team competitive despite the loss did our starting center.

Jcard120

January 28th, 2012
3:34 pm

Vino, Durant would not destroy Joe. He is 6′8 and one of the best defenders on this team.

drmaryb.[*_*].

January 28th, 2012
3:55 pm

“There you go folks. I’m going to write a story for the Sunday paper before I make my first venture into New Orleans. If you’ve got suggestions please feel free to share.”-MC-
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MC, are you in NOLA today? Any suggestions of a great place to eat?
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I am so happy that Teague’s injury is not as bad as it looked on replay. The Black Ninja came down on that ankle from at least 4 feet. Ouch! looks like the weight distribution on that ankle was disapated somehow. What a blessing for Jeff.

Geemack

January 28th, 2012
3:57 pm

Great win last night for the Hawks.

darrell starks

January 28th, 2012
4:15 pm

The Monger this team is not going any where unless they get size in the paint, and with out Collins the Hawks are useless.
GO HAWKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

darrell starks

January 28th, 2012
4:16 pm

Don’t rush Teague back.
GO HAWKS!!!!!!!!!

Grandad

January 28th, 2012
4:20 pm

Mary Ellen

MC not there C-Viv !
*[in the article]

darrell starks

January 28th, 2012
4:27 pm

Please don’t get Martin you just added another power forward.How will he help the Hawks?
GO HAWKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dre

January 28th, 2012
4:34 pm

Sekou Smith is reporting Hawks are closing in on center Priest Lauderdale.

darrell starks

January 28th, 2012
4:34 pm

Why is Josh always getting the ball at top of the key, LD see this and never say anthing, is he a coach or spectatur, Josh will not get it done playing outside of the paint 7years he should no by now.
GO HAWKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Najeh Davenpoop

January 28th, 2012
4:34 pm

GET A DAMN BIG MAN SUND

Grandad

January 28th, 2012
4:40 pm

KevinM

‘`And G-Dad,
what do you see in Beidrins that isn’t showing up in the boxscore`’
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Biedrins is only getting 16 min per

He’s pulling over 5 boards & blking over 1 shot per in 16 min.

Over 36 min he would be @ roughly 12 rebs & 2 + blks.

No – he would not start nor play 36 min.
But, if he could spell Zaza & pull 6 to 8 boards + blk 1 or 2 shots
each night, he would be the perfect tag team for Zaza.
Also he is a career 60% FG shooter who is over 70% this yr.
**Add that to the fact he’s only 25 yrs old.
The question is; why aren’t we interested in Andris Biedrins ! !
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*** In response to this trade proposal made earlier today ***
[G-dad @ 1:53 pm]
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This works: [per trade machine]

* N.O. sends Kamen to Golden State

* ATL sends Marvin to N.O.

* Golden State sends Charles Jenkens to N.O.
* Golden State sends Andris Biedrins to ATL
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darrell starks

January 28th, 2012
4:42 pm

Hawks are rank 21# in OFF rebounding because of Josh never in the paint helping on the boards, every one want’s shoot jumshots.
GO HAWKS!!!!!!!!!!!

drmaryb.[*_*].

January 28th, 2012
4:44 pm

Mums the Word!

“10. Hey, how many points does Josh have?

See the picture from The CountCam below? It shows the three ad boards and the two message boards that are hanging at either end of Philips Arena. The message boards usually show statistics during the game. They’re off. I asked a Hawks employee about it and he responded, “No comment.” I asked another employee and he said, “I’m not saying a word.” I asked long-time Hawks vice president of media relations Arthur Triche to help me solve this mystery and he said he would seek an official comment from the management offices of the Atlanta Spirit, LLC (Liar Liar, Catch me if you can). Because see, there is this rumor going around that those scoreboards are kaput — I mean, completely kaput — they can’t be fixed, and they don’t have a buy-one-get-0ne-free coupon, and nobody wants to spend the money for new ones, anyway. Oh, geez . . .” -Mark Bradley-
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The Stern man needs to do his job and step in here. There should be a minimum requirement that millionaire owners must meet to run a franchise or, get out! and, take that RED restaurant with you – we dont want none and, your cooking sucks. Get a big man and get a scoreboard.

I hear The Dollar Tree’s barbain bin running a 2 for $1 special this week, that’s about ASKG’s speed. Player’s come here and they talk. Stop embarassing us ATLiens.

STRETCH

January 28th, 2012
4:48 pm

Mutumbo is available before he goes to jail and i saw Sund and Koncak at the race track last week. Also, Moses Malone and Tree Rollins are still working out.

So relax folks! LOL!

drmaryb.[*_*].

January 28th, 2012
4:56 pm

I Got a Man!

If my push up bra can help me get a man, maybe it can help ASKG get a bigger-man!

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My Push up Bra will help me get my man – YouTube
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtkU2ch0sRI

O'Brien

January 28th, 2012
5:12 pm

If Hinrich plays well with Teague banged up, what are the chances Hinrich becomes the starter? I think very likely.

JJ

January 28th, 2012
5:14 pm

GET A BIG MAN SUND!!!!!

O'Brien

January 28th, 2012
5:14 pm

FTPB,

AJ,

Agreed. The hawks dont need someone to take Zaza’s place. They need another competent big who can share the center minutes with Zaza (Twin isnt good enough against other centers not named Dwight).

Sautee

January 28th, 2012
5:56 pm

“If Hinrich plays well with Teague banged up, what are the chances Hinrich becomes the starter? I think very likely.”

O’B,

I’m not sure he’d go that far, but I could certainly see him platooning their starts depending on the match up. I’m hoping that Teague has shown him enough to be #1. After all if he truly wants to focus on defense and pressure, Jeff is his man. Though it’s hard to believe what Uncle Larry says, at times.

Najeh Davenpoop

January 28th, 2012
6:13 pm

Northcyde’s 8:42 AM post on the previous blog was fantastic. Great breakdown of Josh’s shot selection.

With that said, he is still beasting on the boards despite going up against bigger players night in and night out, remains one of the better passing forwards in the league, and has the greatest defensive impact of any player on this team. The positives are still outweighing the negatives. It’s fine to be frustrated that he isn’t better, but let’s not lose sight of the fact that he is still very good.

Najeh Davenpoop

January 28th, 2012
6:16 pm

FTPB

“Would you trade Josh for Melo?”

Definitely, but that trade would have to be followed up by acquiring a shot blocking center.

Najeh Davenpoop

January 28th, 2012
6:20 pm

Also FTPB

“Josh does not move w/o the ball in LD’s
`’motion`’ offense.”

Nobody consistently moves without the ball in this offense except Marvin.

Najeh Davenpoop

January 28th, 2012
6:25 pm

“* N.O. sends Kamen to Golden State

* ATL sends Marvin to N.O.

* Golden State sends Charles Jenkens to N.O.
* Golden State sends Andris Biedrins to ATL”

If the Hawks take on Biedrins’ contract, you can kiss Josh goodbye. No way they keep Josh with Biedrins clogging up all that cap space. So really that trade is Marvin and Josh for Biedrins. I’m not even so sure I’d do Marvin for Biedrins straight up. That guy can’t stay healthy, is the league’s worst free throw shooter over the last three seasons, and his presence hasn’t exactly made Golden State a good defensive team.

Najeh Davenpoop

January 28th, 2012
6:26 pm

And yes, I realize Kaman has the same problems with staying healthy as Biedrins. The difference with Kaman is that he is a rental due to his expiring contract. Biedrins’ contract basically requires making him a piece of the core, and he is nowhere near good enough to justify that.

Big Lou

January 28th, 2012
6:42 pm

Where’s Slimjr an his level 4 ankle sprain nonsense?

Big Lou

January 28th, 2012
6:44 pm

I expect another game of poor shot selection, but they won’t be lucky this time to steal the W. You heard it here first!

gypsyjoe

January 28th, 2012
7:16 pm

There is a kid in Dleague Graig Smith he is someone we should look at he is pulling down 10 boards a game. he could clog middle.

Eddie Griffin

January 28th, 2012
7:24 pm

Drew is being carried by the talent level and is a sorry, sorry coach.

Really Teague ankle hurts? didnt he play more than half the last game? If his ankle hurt that bad why did he play?

Damn Zaza did it again. double/double on que… ive been thinking that the difference between, Zaza and Al is Zaza is white and plays defense. Then I thought whats the difference between Al and Ivan… HEART.

Josh nice, near triple double… 2 more assist and youd would have had it.. Keep up the good work of exposing your haters as invalids.

Joe, Smoking Joe Johnson! Thats my Peeps. Handle your business player. This team is Just 1000% better without mr valet the rim for a picturesque dunk/i dont wanna play center.

Fire
Sund
Drew
ASG

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

January 28th, 2012
7:27 pm

Announcement from Grandmaster JeJe (GM):

If all goes well, I will take the 1st place lead in the AJC Fantasy Basketball lead after tomorrow night. In light of this breaking development, I am adding the (GM) to the end of my username to reinforce the fact that I am a GrandMaster.

Best,

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

Wishbone

January 28th, 2012
7:31 pm

Would you trade Josh for Melo ? Melo is one of the worst defending power fowards, for rbs and blks. Hes not much better than Josh offensively if he is. Over all I take josh over Melo. Melo weakens what ever team hes on for offense.

Eddie Griffin

January 28th, 2012
7:33 pm

*Melo weakens what ever team hes on for Defense.

Hawks Fan Down Under

January 28th, 2012
7:34 pm

I cant believe Jon Koncak was getting something like $2mil a season back in the early 90’s!!! Man the Hawks are the kings of bad contracts…anyway…

I too question why Josh is always standing out at the 3 point line. He’s a power forward. Is this the coach’s fault or Josh’s? Either way it’s dumb to have him be the swingman at the top of the key because Josh is a vacuum cleaner up there. Keep jacking the 20 footers Josh…thats your strength!

Also I’d like to see Marvin and T-Mac play together sometimes. Marvin would really benefit from T-Mac’s awareness and get him some good shots. When I think about it why doesnt Marvin stand where Josh usually is? At least Marvin has a good jump shot. LD is too rigid in his thinking sometimes….

Wishbone

January 28th, 2012
7:34 pm

Wishbone

January 28th, 2012
7:37 pm

If josh wasnt doing what his coach wanted hed be benched. Josh is doing exactly what drew tells him to do. Thats why JJ has no problem swinging it to him. Josh is the second option on offense and hes backing it up.

Fundamentals

January 28th, 2012
7:39 pm

If we plan on the ECF we need to drop stack, enter the land of luxuries the minute a quality center is waived near the trade deadline or immediately thereafter.

Gargoyle

January 28th, 2012
7:40 pm

We, will be better when we get a real starting center. Tired of the power forwards who split time at center. Get a real f in center. Trade either Josh or Al Horford. I prefer you trade Al since he don’t want to play the position. Get some one who does

Hawks Fan Down Under

January 28th, 2012
7:41 pm

And just on the offense there just doesnt seem to be much movement. Why doesnt Josh make hard cuts…surely this would be his strength cutting hard to the rack getting a pass and crashing into players to draw fouls and hit lay ins/dunks. I dont really like our offence much. Defence is pretty good when they play with effort but our offence is way too static.

Also I reckon Joe is playing well but not great. He needs to play at a high level against elite clubs as well as sub 500 clubs.

Grandad

January 28th, 2012
7:43 pm

Najeh

I’ve answered this before:

After this year:
Biedrins – $18,000,000 [after 2012] two yrs remaining; 2014 player option
Marv – $15,787,000 [after 2012] two yrs remaining 2014 player option

a difference of $2,213,000 over two yrs.

I would prefer Biedrins over Marv yes … for two reasons:
*(1) you make up the salary by letting Collins go
*[$854,389,000 per yr X 2 = $1,708,778]

(2) 2nd a legit defensive Center is a bigger need.

$404,222,000 is the difference over two yrs after dropping Collins
* or *
roughly the 1 yr salary of Ivan;
meaning the hawks could drop one vet…say Stack or Pargo
and replace with a D-leaguer and we’re back @ square one 1

! ! ! MoneyBall ! ! ! …

I would say booyah but I would rather not be quite the smart ass
to someone I respect.

AB is only 25 yrs old
Had *one inj that cost him a # of games / not inj prone
*[sports hernia] if I’m not mistaken

And No We Would Not Have to Move Josh nor Al.

MattP

January 28th, 2012
7:47 pm

Eddie Griffin,

Teague twisted his ankle in the 2nd half, that is why it is hurt. He did not play at all after that, he came back to the bench but went right back into the locker room.

Eddie Griffin

January 28th, 2012
7:51 pm

Thanks for clearing that up.MattP. I was sure that hed twisted the ankle the game before and that was why he had such an awful game yesterday with 2 pts and 3 turnovers before the half. But if you said that he did it yesterday then that doesnt explain his poor play.

Eddie Griffin

January 28th, 2012
7:54 pm

Grandad it makes since to move Al since if we get a real center Al will have to come off the bench and he probably wont like that. Hes not as good a power forward as Josh and cant play the 3, so hed have to come off the bench and back up Josh and the new center. Do you think Al can handle that ?