Atlanta Hawks at Hornets: Game thread

Jeff Teague will start at point guard for the Hawks tonight against the Hornets. Teague said he felt “fine” despite the sprained ankle that limited him during Friday’s win against Pistons.

“Jeff is a go,” coach Larry Drew said before the game. “He was moving around on it pretty good yesterday. He hasn’t mentioned that it is bothering him to the point that we have to limit him. We’ll keep an eye on him. Right now, he is a full go.”

Drew said he would split reserve minutes between Kirk Hinrich and Jannero Pargo.

“He has been playing really well for us,” Drew said of Pargo. “That’s why we got him.”

Hinrich, who played 31 minutes against the Pistons after Teague left late in the third quarter, said he is working to regain form as quickly as possible.

“I want to get my game back,” Hinrich said. “I feel rusty and I just want to help any way I can right now and get my rhythm back.”

* Austin Barker, a 17-year-old high school student from Mississippi scheduled for a bone marrow transplant this week, was the guest of Hawks trainer Wally Blase Sunday.

Barker, who is at Tulane Children’s Hospital, attended the game with his father and two friends. He received a hat signed by the Hawks.

The non-profit organization Sunshine Kids brought Baker’s situation to Blase’s attention. Blase worked with the Hornets to organize the outing.

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Vino

January 29th, 2012
6:19 pm

Vino

January 29th, 2012
6:20 pm

WE need size people

lil Neek

January 29th, 2012
6:21 pm

Macaroni Tony

January 29th, 2012
6:24 pm

Lets go Hawks!

i_am_soulstar

January 29th, 2012
6:25 pm

Hope the Hawks don’t sleep on this squad. They beat the holy hell out of the Magic a few days ago. Hopefully, we learned a lesson from Detroit.

Slimjr

January 29th, 2012
6:27 pm

Hey, WHERES THE BEEF?

Slimjr

January 29th, 2012
6:29 pm

Just win BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

KevinM

January 29th, 2012
6:33 pm

Who’s starting for the Hornets tonight and where are our mismatches?

Ra'mon

January 29th, 2012
6:35 pm

Josh is going for 34 tonight, with 17 rebounds. Joe going for 26 tonight.

Najeh Davenpoop

January 29th, 2012
6:41 pm

Good to see Teague back.

GET A DAMN BIG MAN

Slimjr

January 29th, 2012
6:41 pm

Go TEAGUE!

TEAGUE= DA BLUR!

bigdave

January 29th, 2012
6:42 pm

“Had I played JeJe this week, I’d be up 7 – 4.

My goal is to simply make the playoffs. (Once I get in, I’ll win it).”

not so fast..

Bob Weiss

January 29th, 2012
6:43 pm

We get to see J.Smith vs J.Smith and, as an additional bonus we, will find out exactly how good Oakafor is up close and person as he goes up against the Z man.

RethinkPossible

January 29th, 2012
6:45 pm

JTZero is my Hero….

Mac-Town #maconchevyrider

January 29th, 2012
6:45 pm

good stuff by Wally Blase

RethinkPossible

January 29th, 2012
6:47 pm

I understand that the ASG sucks, but I really don’t understand why he does not want to play in his hometown with his best bud, WTF?

Najeh Davenpoop

January 29th, 2012
6:47 pm

My fantasy basketball goal is to not finish in last place, and with each passing week that goal is becoming less and less realistic.

RethinkPossible

January 29th, 2012
6:48 pm

*dwight howard

drmaryb.[*_*].

January 29th, 2012
6:48 pm

I wonder if The Black Ninja got a cortico-steroid injection in that left ankle to eliminate swelling, which in turn kills the pain. I’m sure it’s sore on that deltoid ligament fibula-talo ligament. He will have absolutely no problem flying north – south, but lateral movement towards the outside, (right) will be tender, in my professional opinion. My specialty is in extremity care, (arms and legs).

I will be watching my boy very closely tonight. Jeff is an amazing athlete, IMHO.

Bob Weiss

January 29th, 2012
6:48 pm

Damn Ra’mon setting the bar on another planet or something. How bout the Hawks going for a win? Never mind who scores what. If JJ or Josh only score Al like numbers 12/9 Ill be happy as long as we win. Okafor Is not just going to give us the game. This is a road game and that in and of itself wont be easy.

Go Hawks!

Bob Weiss

January 29th, 2012
6:50 pm

sweet Mary whats the deal with playing on pain killers? Do you recommend rest or play? Is this in Teague’s best interest? Should he just play through? Cant it get worse?

drmaryb.[*_*].

January 29th, 2012
6:50 pm

bigdave is HERE! Yeah … now, the thread is ready to roll.

Bob Weiss

January 29th, 2012
6:52 pm

The same Milwaukee we put away on the road beat the Lakers down, so dont take these wins for granted. The hawks are balling.

Big Lou

January 29th, 2012
6:55 pm

Hey Slimjr,

Is Teague out for 4 weeks – oh, never mind.

Bob Weiss

January 29th, 2012
6:55 pm

The magic is asking for Tyson Chandler and Amare Stoudemire for D12…. Thats a lot of trade…

Mac-Town #maconchevyrider

January 29th, 2012
6:55 pm

It would be nice to see a good smackin tonight

Ra'mon

January 29th, 2012
6:57 pm

Bob Weiss, that will be great, always want a win. Just playing around.

Najeh Davenpoop

January 29th, 2012
6:57 pm

A win today guarantees a winning road trip. The Hornets and Raptors both suck, so really if the Hawks take care of business this should be a 4-1 trip.

Looking at a bigger picture view, the Hawks went 7-3 in their first 10 games, and 7-3 in their second 10 games. Can they go 7-3 in the next 10?

@NO
@TOR
vs MEM
vs PHI
vs PHO
vs IND
@ORL
vs MIA
@LAL
@PHO

I think 6-4 is more likely, but 7-3 is definitely possible.

Floyd Mayweather

January 29th, 2012
6:57 pm

The Hornets trying to turn things around against the Hawks.

SoullRenaissance

January 29th, 2012
6:57 pm

Austin Barker, a 17-year-old high school student from Mississippi scheduled for a bone marrow transplant this week, was the guest of Hawks trainer Wally Blase Sunday.

Barker, who is at Tulane Children’s Hospital, attended the game with his father and two friends.

The non-profit organization Sunshine Kids brought Baker’s situation to Blase’s attention. Blase worked with the Hornets to organize the outing.

Great to see the Hawks giving back to the community at large outside of ATL for that matter…We are giving up a lot of size and beef going up against Okafor – lets focus and play a solid 4 quarters and perhaps we will squeak out with an elusive Western Conference road win.

atlchris77

January 29th, 2012
6:58 pm

Good point bob. The hawks will be challenging for seeds 1,2,or3.

KevinM

January 29th, 2012
6:59 pm

When Joe gets 20, Hawks are 10-1….this is the guy who ought to get his points..and I hope he gets them in both halves tonight.

Floyd Mayweather

January 29th, 2012
6:59 pm

Any Hornets fans on this site?

Najeh Davenpoop

January 29th, 2012
7:01 pm

Breaking it down further, I think they go 5-1 in the first 6 (with the loss against either Memphis or Philly) and 1-3 in the last 4 (with the win over either Orlando or Miami).

KevinM

January 29th, 2012
7:01 pm

Najeh, if the Hawks come out 7-3, not much you can say about them needing changes. Sund won’t be doing anything.

Najeh Davenpoop

January 29th, 2012
7:02 pm

Haven’t seen any Hornets fans but maybe someone will start posting under the name EMECKA OKAFOAR or JARED JAK or something.

Just Joe

January 29th, 2012
7:03 pm

Marvin goes for 22 & 10 tonight, and continues to build trade value (I hope).

KevinM

January 29th, 2012
7:04 pm

The Hornets are 4-0 when they hold their opponent to less than 90.

J.J.M.

January 29th, 2012
7:05 pm

will watch till 8 them im watching the royal rumble

Slimjr

January 29th, 2012
7:05 pm

Big Lou= Never mind!

KevinM

January 29th, 2012
7:06 pm

Would everyone be satisfied with a 4 seed if the season ended today?

I for one would not be….if there is any year to take advantage of playing together for so long, we should be beyond a 4 seed going forward. Al being out shouldn’t matter.

Slimjr

January 29th, 2012
7:07 pm

“My specialty is in extremity care, (arms and legs).”

Mines is stop and pop! Hahaha……

Big Lou

January 29th, 2012
7:07 pm

Stinger: “You can count on Zaza to sacrifice he body, and go for the balls…”

Big Lou

January 29th, 2012
7:08 pm

Astro Joe

January 29th, 2012
7:08 pm

Kevin, FTPB, if you discount our players for their performances against a specific set of teams, don;t you need to know if the player you are trading for performs well against that (or a comparable) set of teams? If you’re not interested in the best years of our players, why are you looking at the best year of Kamen? It all seems apples and oranges to me.

But, IMO, the point is moot. Unless we’re talking about a 3 or 4 team trade, I doubt the Hawks have the assets needed to acquire a $14M expiring contract attached to a good and legit center.

Slimjr

January 29th, 2012
7:08 pm

Feed him and fan him!! Git those nimbers Nique!

KevinM

January 29th, 2012
7:08 pm

Aldridge and Stinger asks themselves since Kaman is on the block, do we want him? Aldridge said a flat ‘No’ and Stinger says Al is coming back. Unbelieveable…….

Is Gearon paying their salary or something?

Bob Weiss

January 29th, 2012
7:08 pm

Coach Williams bragging that the hornets have had rest while waiting on the Hawks.

drmaryb.[*_*].

January 29th, 2012
7:09 pm

Bob Weiss!

“sweet Mary whats the deal with playing on pain killers? Do you recommend rest or play? Is this in Teague’s best interest? Should he just play through? Cant it get worse?”
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Excellent question Bob! What causes pain is inflammation in joints, what hold the joint capsules in place is ligaments. The ligaments are like plastic and they do not snap back like rubber bands. Because ligaments are avascular, (no blood supply) they are called “white meat” as is cartilage and tendons.

A joint capsule has fluid inside called synovial fluid, which makes the intra-capsules “squishy” and gives it ranges of motion.

The cortic-steroid does not kill pain in and of itself, so you don’t feel woozy … but, the steroids eliminates/reduce swelling. Swelling causes pain. Ice is the best thing for swelling in lieu of or, along with steroids. So, as long as there is no swelling there is no pain. However, it will be tender and sore because the ligament was stretched beyond it’s limit, (para-physiological space). That stretching in weight bearing joints is what causes joints to slide front to back, in this case left to right.

A good tape job will help, not to tight though because that will cut off blood and oxygen supply, causing swelling again. So the key here is to eliminate swelling more than anything. Jeff is a light weight and when he rolled that ankle he snapped it back quickly by falling down instead.

The brain is a powerful thing when falling, it protects and minimizes the severity of injury by falling down and away from contact, which in this case was the floor itself.
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Sorry Bob, I went into my zone and probably gave way TMI.

Excellent question, to answer it directly:

If Jeff can tolerate the pain threshold, he should play all out and, forget about the ankle itself or, just sit down.

Astro Joe

January 29th, 2012
7:10 pm

Would Charlotte take Marvin for Dasagna Diop? We’d get an expiring contract and they would get a former champion Tar Heel. They currently have Tyrus Thomas playing out of position at SF.