Atlanta Hawks at Blazers: Game thread

Portland–Hawks center Jason Collins (elbow) got bad news from his recent checkup: “Another two to four more weeks. They showed me the MRI on the screen and the severity of the tear and highly recommended I stay in this brace so I can get back to the court as quickly as possible.”

  • Collins will wear the brace around the clock and won’t be able to do any rehab until it comes off. “We started testing how the scar tissue is, the joint is still loose and cracking so there’s no scar tissue yet,” he said. “Got to give it more time to heal.”
  • Erick Dampier’s 10-day contract is up after tonight’s game. Larry Drew said the team hasn’t decided if it will sign Dampier to another 10-day, add him for the rest of the season or seek a different free agent. “Rick Sund is here and we’ll visit after the game,” Drew said.
  • Joe Johnson is wearing a soft brace on his problematic left knee. Johnson, as is his nature, shrugged it off: “It’s no big deal. Tendenitis flared up on it, but we’ve got to go up with what we’ve got. I’ve got tendinitis real bad right here [around patellar tendon]. Its’ tough at times but I had a couple days of rest so I should be all right.”
  • In the eight games since scoring 30 points to lift Atlanta to the W at Toronto, Johnson averaged 13.8 points and shot 38 percent from the field. He scored a season-low six points and missed eight of 10 shots at Phoenix.
  • Drew: “The last game I thought he was a little tired. His shots were a little short. When that happens, usually it’s the legs. When the physical fatigue sets in, usually the mental fatigue is not far behind. Hopefully those days off will help. We didn’t do much yesterday. He was moving very well yesterday so hopefully he had a chance to get some rest.”
  • Johnson is playing 36 minutes per game after averaging 35.5 last season. Both are lows for his time in Atlanta but of obviously the minutes this year are exacerbated by the busy schedule.
  • Drew on Josh Smith: “It’s kind of weird because he’s one of those guys when he gets it going, I do run plays for him, but he’s come to me and said, ‘Don’t run plays for me, just get everybody else going and I will try to find my own offense.’”
  • LaMarcus Aldridge (ankle) is starting for the Blazers.


Michael Cunningham
, Hawks beat

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High-sider

February 18th, 2012
10:05 pm

The Great Grandmaster JeJe

February 18th, 2012
10:06 pm

JOE JOHNSON 3 REBOUNDS IN LAST 4 GAMES

High-sider

February 18th, 2012
10:06 pm

Jamal Crawford Tip-Off Classic II

High-sider

February 18th, 2012
10:08 pm

I’ll take first and third.

Najeh Davenpoop

February 18th, 2012
10:09 pm

Unselfishness is always good, but in Josh’s case “finding his own offense” usually means standing 20 feet away from the basket waiting for someone else to hit him for a jumper. I’d rather see them run plays for him in the post.

Blazers have lost a ton of home games in a row, and they get LaMarcus Aldridge back. I had this game down as a win before the month started, but I don’t have a great feeling about this one. Blazers by 7.

Najeh Davenpoop

February 18th, 2012
10:10 pm

So Aldridge isn’t starting apparently? Hmm.

Najeh Davenpoop

February 18th, 2012
10:11 pm

Never mind he is starting. Bob Rathbun got me confused.

Section 212

February 18th, 2012
10:14 pm

nice start. Hey MC

Astro Joe

February 18th, 2012
10:15 pm

Hawks already look very active on defense.

Najeh Davenpoop

February 18th, 2012
10:15 pm

Joe just dunked. Been a while since I have seen that.

Najeh Davenpoop

February 18th, 2012
10:16 pm

Dang, there are some loud ass females in Marvin’s cheering section.

Section 212

February 18th, 2012
10:16 pm

wassup Astro and Najeh

Section 212

February 18th, 2012
10:18 pm

big night for Joe?

Melvin

February 18th, 2012
10:18 pm

8 of the Hawks 10pts were in the paint. I like those backdoor cuts….

Astro Joe

February 18th, 2012
10:19 pm

Section 212, sitting here with toothpicks in my eyelids, trying to stay awake until at least half-time. The smart money is on me being dang-near comatose by the end of the first quarter. :lol:

Hawks look like a team that got some well-deserved rest in the past two days.

Astro Joe

February 18th, 2012
10:20 pm

Joe, pleaae, don’t get 3 happy.

Melvin

February 18th, 2012
10:21 pm

Hawks may need to put ZaZa on Aldridge. He’s too long for Josh

High-sider

February 18th, 2012
10:21 pm

The Blazers sure are getting a lot of national exposure. I believe the Blazers-Lakers game on TNT Monday night will be their fifth nationally televised game in a row.

Slimjr

February 18th, 2012
10:23 pm

Enter your comments here

Najeh Davenpoop

February 18th, 2012
10:23 pm

Blazers leading mainly because the Hawks just don’t have the height to contest their big men shooting jumpers.

J.J.M.

February 18th, 2012
10:24 pm

hawks are too small dont see them winning

Astro Joe

February 18th, 2012
10:24 pm

So much for feeding the hot Hawk. Joe hasn’t touched it in the past 3-4 possessions.

Rod from College Park

February 18th, 2012
10:24 pm

Can Marvin put a body on Batum?

Section 212

February 18th, 2012
10:24 pm

is Marvin on Batuun?

Old Man Peabody

February 18th, 2012
10:25 pm

Josh is gonna need help with LaMarcus

Najeh Davenpoop

February 18th, 2012
10:25 pm

Meanwhile, Batum beats Marvin for offensive boards on 2 of the last 3 possessions. After that early bucket Marvin isn’t doing much to give his cheering section something to cheer about.

Slimjr

February 18th, 2012
10:26 pm

Portland are just as Athletic as the Hawks! long night ahead for sure!

LaMarcus will be to much for Josh.This dude is almost 7 feet and very skilled! He should have been an Allstar years ago! What a travesty!!!!!!!!!!!!

Najeh Davenpoop

February 18th, 2012
10:26 pm

Maybe Zaza on Aldridge and Josh on Camby would be a better matchup. Zaza can probably keep Aldridge from establishing good post position better than Josh.

Section 303

February 18th, 2012
10:28 pm

I saw some were asking about the Gearon meeting with season ticket holders. I was there. Here are some highlights:

–He pointed out that the free agent signing of Joe Johnson was one of the best free agent signings in a number of years. He gave a few examples of “big signings” that have been busts (Brand in Philly, Boozer in Chicago).

–He thinks there is a shot Al comes back by the Playoffs. Said it is tough to judge team, since whole group has not been together.

–Said he thinks Hawks can still “breakthrough” and make Eastern Finals and NBA Finals. Sited ‘04 Pistons as a team that was like the Hawks (no superstars).

–Talked about how teams have to consider impact on team when they sign a free agent. Gave example of ‘89 Hawks. They came off 7 game series with Celtics and signed Moses Molne and Reggie Theis. On paper, should of had a better team. But, Malone tied up paint, forcing ‘Nique to perimeter and Thies was an iso player that slowed the offense. Team was actually better the year before. Thinks Knicks are going through similar experience now.

–Said this is the best team, 1-12, the Hawks have had in his ownership time.

–Said he thinks Joe gets so little attention because he is so quiet. Pointed out Joe hitting the big 3 against Detroit and barely celebrated.

–Was asked why ASG tried to sell team. Gearon said that he is glad deal fell through. Said that he had hard time dealing with losing Thrashers and going away for Summer recharged him. Plus, new CBA changes thing for ownership in a good way.

–I gave him props for getting on the ref when Teague got hammered against Paceds. He said that you have to be careful getting on refs. If you yell all the time, they will start working against you. But, he wants Teague to start getting calls, since he goes so hard to the rim.

–Someone asked why Hawks only draft 6′9 guys. Gearon said that he thought Jeff Teague was 6′2.

–Talked about how he preaches to young players to save there money.

–Said only time he ever rooted against Hawks was when ‘Nique came back as a Clipper for the first time.

That’s all I remember right now. Gearon is a very likable guy. This is the 2nd time he has spoken with us. I think he is a good guy.

Section 212

February 18th, 2012
10:29 pm

Why did LD take JT out?

ntrigue

February 18th, 2012
10:30 pm

Why is Teague 1st out? And why do we continue to doulble Lamarcus with Teague leaving Felton wide open? Let Josh ply him straight up!

Section 212

February 18th, 2012
10:31 pm

At some point Portland will start missing…..

terrell

February 18th, 2012
10:31 pm

Why the hell he take out Teague? Cant stand LD. Just stupid.a Teague has the youngest legs on the team you clown!

Section 212

February 18th, 2012
10:32 pm

We just need to stay within striking distance…

Slimjr

February 18th, 2012
10:32 pm

I like this Batun guy from France!

Astro Joe

February 18th, 2012
10:32 pm

Has Willie supplanted TMac as the Hawks 6th man or is McGrady too creaky to play (agian) tonight?

terrell

February 18th, 2012
10:32 pm

Kirk with the brick.

IceColdATLien

February 18th, 2012
10:33 pm

Young legs don’t mean nothing if you ain’t using them the right way.

Section 212

February 18th, 2012
10:33 pm

Kirk is a net-negative since he has been put in the game

Slimjr

February 18th, 2012
10:35 pm

Larry is getting on my last nerve pulling Teague at the 6 min mark of the 1st every game since !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!@#$%^&*())_)_+__)))((***&&&^&^^%^%%%!

Slimjr

February 18th, 2012
10:35 pm

Quarter^^^^^

ntrigue

February 18th, 2012
10:35 pm

I will say this again kirk should sub for Joe and T-Mac/Willie should sub for Marvin real simple!

bigdave

February 18th, 2012
10:36 pm

liked what i saw from us that opening qrt. Portland couldnt have shot any better.. Hawks got good looks at offensively. glad Drew started Joe out closer to the basket.. then worked his way out.

jerry

February 18th, 2012
10:36 pm

Is tmac out again? it seems so. man this guy is soft

Najeh Davenpoop

February 18th, 2012
10:36 pm

I am also a good guy, but it doesn’t mean I’d make a good NBA owner.

The score says the Blazers dominated that quarter, but I just saw a bunch of Blazers hitting tough shots. At some point in the game those tough shots are not going to fall. The Hawks’ defense wasn’t really that bad, at least in the half court, although their transition D wasn’t very good. Crash the boards, slow down the tempo, and share the ball on offense and I think the Hawks can climb back into this.

Astro Joe

February 18th, 2012
10:37 pm

TMac appearance.

bigdave

February 18th, 2012
10:38 pm

cant enough be said about Willie Greens play to date..

Section 212

February 18th, 2012
10:38 pm

I like that Willie is getting in the game earlier in the rotation

terrell

February 18th, 2012
10:39 pm

Teague wouldve got pulled for that wild azz shot.

Najeh Davenpoop

February 18th, 2012
10:39 pm

For a savvy, heady, smart, veteran player, Kirk sure does take a ton of bad shots.

Vlad Rad on Gerald Wallace is, uh, not the greatest matchup.