Atlanta Hawks at Suns: Game thread

Phoenix–Tracy McGrady did not dress. “We are just going to rest him up,” Larry Drew said. “This is one of the things we knew we were probably going to be doing given the [truncated] season. He will be resting on back-to-back, whether the first night or second.”

  • All 13 Suns are dressed and available.
  • Jason Collins (elbow) saw his doctor today. “From what I was told, it’s feeling better but it’s not completely healed,” Drew said. “It’s going to be a little bit longer.”
  • Drew didn’t commit to another 10-day contract for Erick Dampier. “It’s a possibility given that Jason won’t be back soon,” Drew said. “We are certainly going to need the body.”
  • Drew expects to use Dampier tonight against Marcin Gortat and Robin Lopez after he played 16 minutes against Andrew Bynum. “Watching ‘Damp,’ it seems like every day he’s getting into some playing shape,” Drew said.
  • The Suns sliced the Hawks on pick-and-rolls in the last meeting. According to Synergy Sports Technology, Suns pick-and-roll ball-handlers scored 1.5 points per possession and roll men scored 1.14 points per possession. On their 21 pick-and-roll possessions used, the Suns combined for 12 of 19 shooting, including 3-for-4 on 3s.
  • “We are going to see tons and tons of it,” Drew said. “They run multiple pick-and-rolls. They run a lot of random pick-and-rolls. We are just going to have to do a good job against it. It’s not something we haven’t had seen before. The guards are going to have to do a good job of fighting over it and everybody is going to have to be in position.”
  • The league selected Joe Johnson to participate in the 3-point shootout during All-Star weekend. “I guess they needed a fill-in,” Joe joked.
  • Joe finished fifth of six players in 2005 when he repped the Suns. “I’ve always wanted a chance to redeem myself,” Joe said. That field included Hawks teammate Vladimir Radmaonovic, champion Quentin Richardson, Kyle Korver, Voshon Leonard and Ray Allen.
  • Johnson and Minnesota’s Kevin Love are the two All-Stars who also will participate in the 3-point shootout this year. The other contestants are defending champion James Jones of the Heat, Miami teammate Mario Chalmers, Orlando’s Ryan Anderson and New Jersey’s Anthony Morrow.

Michael Cunningham, Hawks beat

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Najeh Davenpoop

February 15th, 2012
9:06 pm

I predicted 8-5 for this month and 5-3 up to this point. So far they are 3-5 — the two games they lost that I thought they would win were the Philly game and the Phoenix game. If they are going to prove me right they have to win out the rest of the month, starting tonight.

I’ll stand by my prediction. Hawks bounce back and win by 4 tonight.

Najeh Davenpoop

February 15th, 2012
9:08 pm

“Don’t I see you once in a while over on O’Brien’s blog with the BRAVES? Come more often. This might be a coming out year for them after that train-wreck of a September they had last season.”

Not that often. I don’t know as much about baseball and don’t watch it as much as I watch football and basketball. They took a page out of the Rick Sund playbook this offseason, though, sitting on their hands after that collapse and hoping things get better. I hope it works out, but I have a better feeling about Aggressive Frank Wren than Passive Frank Wren.

Astro Joe

February 15th, 2012
9:08 pm

richbrave, Hawks lost their All-Star center for the vast majority of the regular season… yet this blog goes ballistic when the Hawks lose to the Heat. If the Wizards beat us at home, it would ignite a digital riot.

For those paranoid bloggers, LD will likely sub Teague and Marvin somewhere between 3:00 and 4:00 minutes left in the 1st quarter, regardless of the game situation. Don’t take it personally, the head coach seems to believe that the guy needs to rest during actual game time and not just in between quarters.

I would have liked to see TMac and Marvin play toether tonight with Marvin responsible for chasing Frye on the perimeter. Let’s hope Josh doesn’t lose him like he did in Atlanta.

I truly don’t like the idea of Joe in the 3-contest… here’s hoping that he stops using games to practice his 3-balll. Although according to some, game time is the only way to develop your skills. :twisted:

Go Hawks!

Slimjr

February 15th, 2012
9:09 pm

C,mon Hawks dont quit tonight play hard!

northcyde

February 15th, 2012
9:09 pm

I’ll agree with Najeh. Teague goes for 20+ points to neutralize the Nash effect.

Slimjr

February 15th, 2012
9:11 pm

Larry will bench JT by the 6 min Mark!

Astro Joe

February 15th, 2012
9:12 pm

doc, FTPB, I like the hitting tandem the Braves hired. With so many young players, i agree with the “organic growth” program they are employing this season. Wish we had a tested SS… that’s my biggest pre-spring training concern.

tb hawk fan i think

February 15th, 2012
9:12 pm

they can use 2 days off.

J.J.M.

February 15th, 2012
9:12 pm

why is he in the 3 point contest again?

Old Man Peabody

February 15th, 2012
9:12 pm

Watch Teague, he’s horrible on pick and roll defense

Astro Joe

February 15th, 2012
9:13 pm

Dang, Grant Hill is 39? Wow.

Slimjr

February 15th, 2012
9:13 pm

Leave Teague alone Larry!

Najeh Davenpoop

February 15th, 2012
9:14 pm

Marvin has already given up an open 3 point look for Frye and deep post position to Frye leading to an easy hook.

J.J.M.

February 15th, 2012
9:14 pm

if that was rose or paul that would have been a foul

Astro Joe

February 15th, 2012
9:14 pm

We can definitely criticize Joe for his pedestrian efforts on the boards. Hawks are too poor of a rebounding team for any of the players on the floor to believe they don’t need to do their fair share.

Slimjr

February 15th, 2012
9:14 pm

pick and roll

tb hawk fan i think

February 15th, 2012
9:15 pm

just shoot and miss.

Najeh Davenpoop

February 15th, 2012
9:15 pm

Good game plan early to get Teague going on offense. Teague’s D hasn’t been good but he is making Nash work on the other end.

Luke Cage

February 15th, 2012
9:15 pm

Teague being aggressive, I like that

Slimjr

February 15th, 2012
9:15 pm

pick an roll

J.J.M.

February 15th, 2012
9:15 pm

my god zaza play defense

Luke Cage

February 15th, 2012
9:16 pm

Nice work Jeff

Old Man Peabody

February 15th, 2012
9:16 pm

Hawks worst pick and roll defensive team in the league

Hawk Billed

February 15th, 2012
9:16 pm

Nash playing good. He da man !

Slimjr

February 15th, 2012
9:16 pm

feed Teague and fan him!

Najeh Davenpoop

February 15th, 2012
9:17 pm

Joe gets burned on the screen by Grant Hill. I guess Teague isn’t the only Hawk who can’t get around screens.

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

February 15th, 2012
9:17 pm

What a sad field of 3 pt shooters

Slimjr

February 15th, 2012
9:17 pm

OSH and his Horrific J!

tb hawk fan i think

February 15th, 2012
9:17 pm

MattP

February 15th, 2012
9:17 pm

How many airballs does Josh average a game? lol

Hawk Billed

February 15th, 2012
9:17 pm

Zaza is Romanian for “No Defense”….

Mac-Town (#maconchevyrider)

February 15th, 2012
9:18 pm

is this gonna be one of those nights where Teague has 13-15 in the 1st quarter then finishes the game with 17 or 18???

stay aggressive

Najeh Davenpoop

February 15th, 2012
9:18 pm

The bank is open for Zaza Pachovia.

Slimjr

February 15th, 2012
9:18 pm

Osh may have the worst J in the GAME today!

tb hawk fan i think

February 15th, 2012
9:18 pm

good going josh

Luke Cage

February 15th, 2012
9:19 pm

Josh does that at least 2-3 times a game, gotta give it to a G

Najeh Davenpoop

February 15th, 2012
9:19 pm

Josh with a terrible play on one end and a great play on the other end.

Slimjr

February 15th, 2012
9:19 pm

Josh trying to shoot over the top! Not working?

Najeh Davenpoop

February 15th, 2012
9:20 pm

Are the wheels falling off the Pacers? Cleveland is beating them by 20…

Astro Joe

February 15th, 2012
9:20 pm

MC needs to update that stat about the percent of Josh-led fast breaks that result in a turnover. He seems better this season but still insists on doing his Micahel Ray imitation instead of filling the f’ing lane.

Najeh Davenpoop

February 15th, 2012
9:20 pm

Oh yeah, props to Zaza for actually finishing that Teague assist.

Rusty

February 15th, 2012
9:20 pm

If it is true that TMac can’t play 2 games in a row for the few minutes he plays,I don’t think we really need him here. Hey but that is what LD is telling us.

Mac-Town (#maconchevyrider)

February 15th, 2012
9:21 pm

wow, pacers a fluke?

O'Brien

February 15th, 2012
9:21 pm

Northcyde,

Another reason I dont understand LD resting players last night because of the back to back (and resting T-Mac), is the the hawks are off until Saturday. So they have 2 days off to recover.

DWayne Waid

February 15th, 2012
9:21 pm

Why is Zaza on the team ?

O'Brien

February 15th, 2012
9:22 pm

I would take Grant Hill at 39 over Marvin

Sautee

February 15th, 2012
9:22 pm

MattP, and Rusty,

I’m no LD fan, but I will protect the blog from total conjecture, passed off as “inside knowledge”. If you don’t know for sure, the don’t accuse, UNLESS you make it clear that it’s your opinion.

That’s what I was responding to.

Astro Joe

February 15th, 2012
9:22 pm

Abused that young kid.

Najeh Davenpoop

February 15th, 2012
9:23 pm

2nd day in a row that Teague got got with that move.

Slimjr

February 15th, 2012
9:23 pm