Sixers at Atlanta Hawks: Game thread

  • The Hawks said Jason Collins will miss at least two weeks with what they said is a sprained left elbow. Elton Brand (thumb) is out for the Sixers. Spencer Hawes (Achilles) will play.
  • Collins is glad his injury wasn’t worse: “I didn’t break it, didn’t dislocate it. We will look at it in two weeks and be re-evaluated.”
  • There are different degrees of sprains, which also can mean torn ligaments, but neither Collins nor Larry Drew would get into the details of Twin’s diagnosis. “They said for me to say a sprain,” Collins said.
  • Drew said the Hawks are looking at candidates to sign to a 10-day contract. “It’s possible,” he said. “We met yesterday and talked about it and tossed some names around. We will keep doing that until we make a decision what we want to do.”
  • Available free-agent centers include Erick Dampier, Kyrylo Fesenko, Dan Gadzuric, DJ Mbenga, and Joel Przybilla (who appears headed to Miami or Chicago). Theo Ratliff says he’s done.
  • For now, the Hawks will use forward Ivan Johnson to back up Zaza Pachulia. Drew said Josh Smith also will play minutes at center while Vladimir Radmanoivic and Marvin Williams could see time at power forward. “We will be moving people around, without a doubt,” Drew said. “Game-to-game we will just have to look at the matchups and see what makes sense where we are not putting ourselves at a disadvantage.”
  • Josh on losing another big man: “I guess we’ve just we’ve got to roll with the punches. In this short season when you look around the league every team has had a significant injury. We are limited at the big position. I will have to play some minutes at the five position. We just have to man up and not worry about it and just step in and be there for each other.”
  • Joe Johnson: “We ain’t got no choice, man. We’ve got to step up and try to do something a little different. With the way the season is, it’s going to be somebody dropping different every week in the league. We have got to do whatever we can to stay as healthy as we can. We have got to keep rolling with that we’ve got. Somebody has got to step up and fill that void.”

Michael Cunningham, Hawks beat

714 comments Add your comment

MattP

February 4th, 2012
6:51 pm

Josh at center, Marvin at PF… what is going on?

FreshmakerGT

February 4th, 2012
6:51 pm

Alright, time to bounce back. Go Hawks!

Add swingman depth

February 4th, 2012
6:51 pm

We need another swingman!

Add swingman depth

February 4th, 2012
6:53 pm

Team needs:
Swingman
Point guard
Swing guard

That is all

ntrigue

February 4th, 2012
6:58 pm

We can still win just hope Drew doesn’t snatch Teague early for Hinrich!
if anything I would use hinrich to sub for Joe and bring Pargo in for jeff! But never fails Marvin will leave first the Jeff and Joe will play whole 1st two qtrs no matter if hes hot or not! Jeff could score 6 straight times and Coach would still stick to same sub pattern!

Grimace

February 4th, 2012
6:58 pm

“We met yesterday and talked about it and tossed some names around. We will keep doing that until we make a decision what we want to do.”

LOL Rome is burning and they act like everything’s gravy.

Dion Glover

February 4th, 2012
6:59 pm

Did someone say swing man i am free

Grimace

February 4th, 2012
7:00 pm

What a joke.

What a joke

February 4th, 2012
7:01 pm

Grimace

February 4th, 2012
7:02 pm

Someone tell the Three Stooges — Drew, Sund, Gearon — to get some 7 ft bodies in here before someone else goes down.

FreshmakerGT

February 4th, 2012
7:03 pm

Need to get up on these guys early. They got beat down by the Heat last night. We need to keep them demoralized.

Kross24

February 4th, 2012
7:03 pm

I am positively pessimistic about this game.

Slimjr

February 4th, 2012
7:03 pm

Add swingman depth

February 4th, 2012
6:47 pm

“MC: when can we get another 6-7 swingman? We need to trade for a 6-7 swingman and i hope we draft swingmen with both our draft picks. We are very vulnerable at the swing guard position and need to bolster that position.”

LMAO!

Yea make sure LD puts him in the middle? The next Chuck Hayes?

bfatt

February 4th, 2012
7:05 pm

Jamal Sampson 6″11center in the nbdl

JSmoove

February 4th, 2012
7:06 pm

No worries tonight. I’ll play every single spot I have to. 1-5, coach, gm, anything. Ima Jack of all Trades!

Cookie Doe

February 4th, 2012
7:07 pm

Marvin becomes the softest PF in history if he plays there.

Slimjr

February 4th, 2012
7:07 pm

Where is the next Chuck Hayes?

Ivan=Chuck Hayes

HawkFan

February 4th, 2012
7:07 pm

why can’t Hawks trade a minimum wage small for a starting center?

Melvin

February 4th, 2012
7:09 pm

Go ahead and bring back Solomon Jones or Keith Benson and get it over with… That’s about the best talent level the ASG can afford to get…. SMH, get us some new owners ASAP

Slimjr

February 4th, 2012
7:09 pm

JSmoove is blessed like Magic..He can play multiple positions, from the 1-5.. What an asset for Larry,Curly, and Moe…

Yawn………..

Slimjr

February 4th, 2012
7:11 pm

If ZaZa gets in foul trouble, its going to be a long night for the Hawks..Look for an ugly loss….

Najeh Davenpoop

February 4th, 2012
7:14 pm

Hawks offense looks like sh-t early.

HawkFan

February 4th, 2012
7:15 pm

Nique said having a big guy step out and make shots is a luxury. hell a big guy is a luxury for the Hawks. lol

Big Ray

February 4th, 2012
7:15 pm

Not a good shot by Teague, but I’ll take aggressivness. Want to see drives from him to get things going, though.

Najeh Davenpoop

February 4th, 2012
7:15 pm

Nobody on this Sixers team is good enough in the post to where the Hawks need to be double teaming and leaving people open for jumpers.

MattP

February 4th, 2012
7:15 pm

Slimjr,

I agree, if Zaza gets into foul trouble it will get ugly. I am wondering what will happen before the Orlando game, we can not go against Howard with this few bigs.

Big Ray

February 4th, 2012
7:16 pm

Nice move by Joe.

Slimjr

February 4th, 2012
7:16 pm

Refunds? Refunds?

I’m going to watch the Clippers-Wizard game…I’ll read the blogs to keep up with the Hawks game…

Maybe take a peek from time to time……

Big Ray

February 4th, 2012
7:17 pm

Joe is hot early. Love it.

Najeh Davenpoop

February 4th, 2012
7:17 pm

Keep getting Joe those looks coming off screens so he doesn’t have to create off the dribble.

Big Lou

February 4th, 2012
7:17 pm

Zaza can’t catch the ball. Lol

HawkFan

February 4th, 2012
7:17 pm

why can’t Josh outlet to a guard?

Blah

February 4th, 2012
7:17 pm

Jumpshootin’ Josh SMH

Rusty

February 4th, 2012
7:18 pm

Who ever Marvin is guarding is guaranteed all of the free jumpshots he wants.

THAD YOING & ALL US 76ERS

February 4th, 2012
7:18 pm

GOOD 2 SEE HAWES BACK

Big Ray

February 4th, 2012
7:18 pm

Now that was a bailout, but it was an example of stupid basketball.

Josh should have let Teague bring the ball up while he filled the wing.

Instead, Josh brings the ball up, and he passes off to one of our worst finishers in Zaza.

Stuff like this makes me mad at Josh, and just plain disgusted with Larry Drew, who should be all over somebody’s case for it.

But it will do no good….because these guys aren’t going to listen to a joke of a coach.

J.J.M.

February 4th, 2012
7:19 pm

josh wont make the all star

Blah

February 4th, 2012
7:19 pm

“why can’t Josh outlet to a guard?”

Because he’s doesn’t have a high bball IQ and has never been coached.

Add swingman depth

February 4th, 2012
7:19 pm

Marvin has 6 foot meeks guarding him. Swingmen forever!

Big Ray

February 4th, 2012
7:19 pm

Actually, Drew might have been credible as a head coach…if he hadn’t gotten promoted at the behest of the players, whom Gearon listens to more than he does his own GM. Just ask Billy Knight what that’s like…

Dawgs Man

February 4th, 2012
7:20 pm

Josh and Zaza stink on ice.

Big Lou

February 4th, 2012
7:20 pm

My God, Zaza sucks.

Slimjr

February 4th, 2012
7:20 pm

Josh has a middle school BBIQ

Najeh Davenpoop

February 4th, 2012
7:20 pm

“Theo Ratliff says he’s done.”

Did someone actually bother to ask him about this?

I still have a Theo Ratliff poster sitting in a storage unit somewhere that they gave out for free back in like 2001.

J.J.M.

February 4th, 2012
7:20 pm

THAD YOING & ALL US 76ERS

February 4th, 2012
7:20 pm

HEY VUCEVICK IS BACK ALSO, BEUTIFUL

Big Ray

February 4th, 2012
7:21 pm

J.J.M. ,

Nope. Not with those stats and not without playing smarter. He should be averaging 18 ppg. But his gawdawful FT percentage alone is preventing that. The rest of it is about those damn jumpers.

THAD YOING & ALL US 76ERS

February 4th, 2012
7:21 pm

HERE COME THAD YOUNG

Najeh Davenpoop

February 4th, 2012
7:21 pm

Nique pauses before pronouncing every foreign name because he’s not sure whether or not he knows how to say it.

Slimjr

February 4th, 2012
7:21 pm

So Marvina has a 10″ advantage? Watch the pip squeak block his girlie layup…