Atlanta Hawks at Knicks: Game Thread

NEW YORK — Much of the news of the day was reported earlier with the news that Joe Johnson is out of the All-Star Game because of his ailing left knee and Marvin Williams response to a report he wants out.

As the game thread, here is coach Larry Drew’s take on the adversity affecting the Hawks as the limp home from another 10-day, five-game road trip and the loss, at least temporarily, of their second all-star.

* “I want to see us respond to the fact that we have two all-stars who won’t be here. … I want to see our guys respond in a positive way and that means playing consistently from start to finish, four solid quarters.”

* “I just personally feel that this is a true test to see what our team is made of, where we are at this point. We said all along in bringing in help off the bench, veteran guys, can come in and help us in these types of situations. You lose key guys and it opens up opportunities for other guys to play. It’s a matter of us responding to the challenge.”

* “We can’t allow any adversity to step in to the fact where we fragment when the situations are what they are, given our schedule, that we have key players out. We have to keep putting one foot in front of the other and keep marching on.”

Also:

Drew said his team will not get caught up in the Jeremy Lin hype that is sweeping New York. In the Knicks’ last 10 games – nine with Lin as a starter – the guard has averaged 24.6 points, 4.1 rebounds, 9.2 assists, 2.9 steals and 5.6 turnovers.

“The one thing that I won’t allow to happen as we prepare for New York, or any team, we don’t focus on just one guy,” Drew said. “Too much focus, too much attention on one guy and then you leave these other guys open. Our approach to the game tonight will not be to stop Jeremy Lin. It will not be that. We know what we have to do against him. We know what we have to do against the rest of their team but we will not just focus on one guy.”

As a final note, former Hawk Mike Bibby paid a pre-game visit to his old team’s locker room before the game.

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Nique's Revenge

February 22nd, 2012
7:02 pm

Nique's Revenge

February 22nd, 2012
7:03 pm

I want Lin in a Hawks jersey

smh

February 22nd, 2012
7:07 pm

i bet the hawks lose i bet we show up with out heart and our tails tucked in the spot light

Najeh Davenpoop

February 22nd, 2012
7:07 pm

The Knicks are a very beatable team, but with Joe out, the Hawks probably need good games from Teague, Josh, AND Zaza if they want to win. I could see two of the three playing well, but I’m not feeling all three of them having a good game. Knicks by 10.

Not to mention, you know LD is going to play Vlad at PF for a few minutes, and Vlad will be matched up against Amare, and the Knicks will probably go on a 10-0 run during that time which will end up being the difference in the game.

Najeh Davenpoop

February 22nd, 2012
7:07 pm

Oh yeah, and T-Mac should be starting over Willie Green.

smh

February 22nd, 2012
7:09 pm

Yea i agree Vlad is the worst no defense and non consitent on offense not to mention we have Marvin trying to guard Melo it might be a long night

Najeh Davenpoop

February 22nd, 2012
7:10 pm

Knicks are 4th in the league in defensive rebound rate and 2nd in the league in defensive turnover rate. If the Hawks get jumper happy, it’s going to be a long night. There are not going to be a lot of second chance opportunities.

northcyde

February 22nd, 2012
7:10 pm

I want Rod to accept the bet cited on the last blog.

( clanking bottles like Puff Daddy in the “Flava in your Ear” remix)

“Rod Booooyyyyyyyyy……….take up the beeeee-eeeeeeeet.”

steven a smith

February 22nd, 2012
7:14 pm

Higher draft pick in June when Hawks fall to Sub 500 Team…..Keep on losing Boys.

northcyde

February 22nd, 2012
7:15 pm

It’s “Marvin Williams Night” in The Garden.

Look for about 2 or 3 threes and about 6 fts tonight from him. 18 points easily for Marvin tonight.

KevinM

February 22nd, 2012
7:15 pm

Teague’s chance to stop the Linsanity train for one night. Neutralize him and we might have a shot.

Can we not get Ivan some minutes?

Najeh Davenpoop

February 22nd, 2012
7:19 pm

If Zaza can neutralize Chandler’s impact on the boards and on D, either by just boxing him out or by getting him into foul trouble, the Hawks have a chance. Lin and either Melo or Amare are going to get theirs, but the Hawks’ struggles have mostly come on offense more than defense, and Chandler is the guy who makes the Knicks’ defense go.

HawkEye

February 22nd, 2012
7:20 pm

Wonder if we will see a Ivan and Pargo sighting. Or better yet, an effect TMac cameo?

steven a smith

February 22nd, 2012
7:20 pm

Hawks should target C Fab Melo, PG Dee Bost, and C Robert Sacre..

Luke Cage

February 22nd, 2012
7:21 pm

SWEET CHRISTMAS!!!

MattP

February 22nd, 2012
7:22 pm

I just hope Teague is there defensively to shut this Lin hype up. If Teague’s defense shows up we are looking at seeing another high turnover night for Lin.

Atlanta Native

February 22nd, 2012
7:22 pm

I love how the hawks haters are sitting on pins to share their dislike. leave the trolling to the espn boards

need marvin josh and teague to put it in another gear tonight. huge boost to come away with a win tonight. this is the first game i can remember without joe and al. lets see how josh handles the sole-captainship.

MC you do great work and love all your hawks articles. keep em and ignore those daily atlanta ajc trollers who hate every atlanta team.

LETS GO HAWKS!!!!

HawkEye

February 22nd, 2012
7:22 pm

effective*

and by effective, I mean will LD play TMac for meaningful minutes?

steven a smith

February 22nd, 2012
7:22 pm

Right now, The New York Nicks would sweep the Hawks in a playoff series, easily!!!

Luke Cage

February 22nd, 2012
7:23 pm

“Spidey Sense” tingles Marvin & Teague each with a double double!!!

C

February 22nd, 2012
7:24 pm

Knicks are not a beatable team- great starting 5, only threat to heat

ATLien

February 22nd, 2012
7:25 pm

Jeff needs to be able to contain Lin so that we don’t have to trap. In order to stop the pick and roll Zaza MUST stay on his man, and therefore Teague (or Pargo) has to be able to keep up with Lin all the way to the hoop. Look for big minutes from both Pargo and T-mac off the bench. With Joe out, we might even see some better ball movement, and therefore open shots. GO HAWKS

TMACfan

February 22nd, 2012
7:25 pm

START TMAC!!! HE LOVES GOING AGAINST FORMER TEAMS!!!

Najeh Davenpoop

February 22nd, 2012
7:25 pm

Oh yeah, and I also have a feeling the Hawks’ lack of a perimeter defender on the bench is going to hurt them big time in this game when JR Smith comes in the game.

northcyde

February 22nd, 2012
7:26 pm

And LOL @ coach Drew. This game is just as big of an indicator of your coaching ability, as it is about the mindset and effort of your players. With 2 All-star players out, what will your ROTATIONS look like?

Most people already agree that starting Willie is a mistake. So how will you handle the minutes?

Another Marathon game for Josh?
Another quick hook for Teague and Marvin?
More minutes for Vlad and Kirk?
Refusing to use T-Mac and his versatility to the fullest?

Nah coach. This game is about YOU too.

steven a smith

February 22nd, 2012
7:27 pm

Hope Drew committs to giving T-MAC 24 minutes a night…..

draft history

February 22nd, 2012
7:27 pm

Interesting how sund hassaid NOTHING about marvin’s trade demand whether true or not

Section 303

February 22nd, 2012
7:29 pm

I don’t understand the calling for T-Mac to start. He was brought here to play about 15 a night. If the Hawks pace him right, he could be a major factor in the playoffs (assuming the Hawks make it to postseason). I just do not want T-Mac getting worn down. Plus, Willie Green has proven to be a good player.

Josh Smith has center stage tonight. Will be interesting to see how he responds. MSG is my most favorite arena. Wish I was at the game tonight.

Fired up for this one. Afraid I will be let down, though.

HawkEye

February 22nd, 2012
7:29 pm

For all of LD’s faults, one thing he has done well this season is install a pretty effective zone defense, when executed correctly. Unfortunately for him, the good does not outweigh the bad.

Luke Cage

February 22nd, 2012
7:32 pm

Get to listen to Walt Frazier tonight. Dude is rockin a Tiger jacket.

falCans

February 22nd, 2012
7:32 pm

I DONT WANNA HEAR NOTHIN FROM YALL SMOOVE HATERS!!! MATTER FACT AFTER HE PUTS UP 25 & 10 JUST REFER TO HIM AS #5 .

Sautee

February 22nd, 2012
7:33 pm

I predicted 5-8 for Feb. Need them to win two of the next three. Still do-able, perhaps.

Zaza needs to be solid. No fumbles, and double digit rebounds.

Najeh Davenpoop

February 22nd, 2012
7:35 pm

The smart thing would be for LD to bring in Kirk at the 2 when the Knicks bring in JR Smith, so that the Hawks have someone who will at least try to check him. But no, he will probably sub out Teague at the 6 minute mark and bring in Kirk no matter how Teague is playing.

Teague needs to make Lin work on D and put pressure on Chandler not to foul him. Keep driving to the basket.

TMACfan

February 22nd, 2012
7:35 pm

WE ARE THE ATLANTA HAWKS! GO HAWKS!

Runner-

February 22nd, 2012
7:35 pm

man oh man do Smoove and Teague have to step it up… PLAY T-MAC MORE THAN 20 MINUTES TONIGHT!!

Luke Cage

February 22nd, 2012
7:35 pm

Teague should be able to get by lin with ease tonight, would like to see him in attack mode, kinda messed up that lin gets calls from the refs already while Jeff gets either beat up or robbed by them.

HawkEye

February 22nd, 2012
7:35 pm

Enter your comments here

Vino

February 22nd, 2012
7:38 pm

Second that Fab melo

northcyde

February 22nd, 2012
7:39 pm

Damn. Rod disappointed me. I wanted him to take that bet. Oh well, it’s game time.

drmaryb.[*_*].

February 22nd, 2012
7:40 pm

Play DEFENSE REBOUND and SHOT SELECTION is what it will take to win this game.

bigdave

February 22nd, 2012
7:40 pm

man LETS GET IT!!!!!!

Luke Cage

February 22nd, 2012
7:41 pm

LETS GO HAWKS!!

Runner-

February 22nd, 2012
7:42 pm

MIKE WOODSON SIGHTING

phil

February 22nd, 2012
7:42 pm

Lol at how bad this will be…

We lose by 20 plus, and teague will be helpless against this Lin guy. He looked terrified in the earlier interview and sounds dumb as dirt.

Najeh Davenpoop

February 22nd, 2012
7:44 pm

First Knicks possession, Fields burns Green off the dribble.

Luke Cage

February 22nd, 2012
7:44 pm

Lin saved the Bricks from firing D’Antoni and hiring Woody

J.J.M.

February 22nd, 2012
7:44 pm

lmao marvin…

phil

February 22nd, 2012
7:44 pm

Poor, useless Marvin.

Poor, stupid Josh.

Poor, pathetic, scared Teague.

Runner-

February 22nd, 2012
7:44 pm

Great drive by Marvin. -_-

TMACfan

February 22nd, 2012
7:44 pm

Welcome back Marvin!