C-Viv reporting from Philips Arena.
Here is a quick blog from this morning’s shoot-around to keep you busy before game time. In case you missed it, read my earlier posting on the Hawks meeting with representative of Kenyon Martin earlier today.
Coach Larry Drew is very aware of the potential for a letdown against the Grizzlies coming off a 4-1 road trip. He called for the Hawks to play tonight’s game like it was a playoff game.
“You have to guard against mental letdown,” Drew said. “I told the guys, history says this is one of those games where you come out very methodical, very lethargic, given the road trip, given gone 10 days, the travel. That first game back after a road trip like that, we have to defy history tonight. We have to come out and play very inspired basketball right out of the gate. We can’t come out and be satisfied with what we just accomplished on the road.”
Another interesting note, the Hawks have three players in the top-10 in the NBA in 3-point percentage in Marvin Williams, Willie Green and Jeff Teague. Joe Johnson is not among the leaders in percentage but his 44 makes is eighth in the league.
“When you shoot the ball that well from the 3-point line, it just opens up so many other things,” Drew said. “The thing I don’t want to happen is we rely on the 3-ball but thus far we have guys that are getting really good looks at the basket from the 3-point line and fortunately they are knocking shots down.”
Have at it folks and check back after the game for a recap.