Atlanta Hawks at Pistons: Game thread

Auburn Hills, Mich.Joe Johnson returns to the starting lineup after missing six of the last seven games with left knee tendinitis. Joe had been working out daily. He got the go-ahead to play after a workout during today’s shootaround. “It feels great,” he said. “I don’t have any pain it so that’s the main thing. As the game goes on, that’s the only concern. We’ve got to test it.”

  • As for the strength in the knee, Joe said: “Not to where I want it to be but from the last time I tried to play, 10 times better than that.”
  • Willie Green will miss his fifth consecutive game. In addition to a sore back, Green said he tweaked a hamstring while working out today.
  • Ivan Johnson is to leave the team after the game because of a death in the family. He’s expected to return for the game at Sacramento Sunday.
  • After an intense game against the Heat, the Hawks face a Pistons team that’s still last in the Central Division behind Cleveland in spite of showing signs of life since the start of February. It will be interesting to see if the Hawks are as spirited against a struggling opponent as they were at Miami.
  • Larry Drew: “You say struggling but this team has won 9 of its last 15. They’ve got some healthy bodies back, they have been playing well. They are coming off a big win against the Lakers, which they have to be feeling good about. It’s always a physical game when we play this team. That’s one thing we have emphasized with our players. This may be the most physical games of this road trip and that’s the mindset you have to have going into this game.”
  • Pistons forward Charlie Villaneuva (ankle) is expected to play for the first time since Jan. 4.

Michael Cunningham, Hawks beat

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Joe "Big Contract" Johnson

March 9th, 2012
7:10 pm

Joe "Big Contract" Johnson

March 9th, 2012
7:11 pm

This may be my last game playing with J-Smoove in a Hawks uniform tonight!

4evaNaDay

March 9th, 2012
7:12 pm

Macaroni Tony

March 9th, 2012
7:12 pm

Let’s go Hawks!!!!

Slimjr

March 9th, 2012
7:13 pm

4th!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Core Breach Captain!!!!!!

Ra'mon

March 9th, 2012
7:13 pm

FTPB..

Jlewis, if Josh has wanted to be traded since the beginning of LAST SEASON (over a year and a half ago) how could something that happened a month ago, be the cause of it? This isn’t Back II The Future Part 4. “Michael J Fox isn’t walking through that door buddy.” Josh wants to be traded because the team doesn’t want to compete for championships. Think about it, when was the last time the Hawks SIGNED a free agent for more than the vet minimum? Out of all the coaches available, when was the last time the Hawks hired an NBA coach with NBA HEAD COACHING EXPERIENCE? Then you have the owners who say they aren’t trying to sell the team, but every 15 months are rumored to be in negotiations for the team to be sold. This team is about a childhood dream (Gearon’s), not about championships.

Slimjr

March 9th, 2012
7:14 pm

T minus 6 days, 4 hours, 46 mins till KaB__m

Slimjr

March 9th, 2012
7:16 pm

Jettison the Core Gearon Jr! Aye Captain!

bigdave

March 9th, 2012
7:16 pm

Jerome: do you want to leave the Hawks to an NBA championship

Josh Smith: yes i do.

bigdave

March 9th, 2012
7:16 pm

ntrigue

March 9th, 2012
7:16 pm

Ball Movement bye bye heres comes ISO Joe…..And so many other things like Joe bringing ball up playing point when Teague is in the game dribling dribling dribbling……no more pushing the pace either….But dont worry Josh Smith Haters your king Joe Johnson is back!

Najeh Davenpoop

March 9th, 2012
7:17 pm

Josh just pulled off a picture perfect non-confirmation confirmation of his trade request. “I didn’t DIRECTLY ask for a trade…” yeah I think it’s pretty obvious what that means.

Slimjr

March 9th, 2012
7:17 pm

Smoove is smoove Jerome! Yep…

BIG DOG

March 9th, 2012
7:17 pm

Trade Josh ASAP, you can’t keep kissing A$$.

BIG DOG IN THE HOUSE

Najeh Davenpoop

March 9th, 2012
7:18 pm

Also sounded like he thought some teammates, not just management, were satisfied with making the 2nd round.

KaBoom

bigdave

March 9th, 2012
7:18 pm

would be nice for Josh to throw up a triple double in the midst of trade speculation..

terrell

March 9th, 2012
7:18 pm

So why is he playing if his knee is “not where he wants it to be”?

Slimjr

March 9th, 2012
7:19 pm

” I did not have blank with Monica” Yeah right Bill! Yea right JOSH!

James

March 9th, 2012
7:19 pm

“T minus 6 days, 4 hours, 46 mins till KaB__m”

Sounds like a lot of wishful thinking on your part. Don’t get your hopes up expecting Sund and the ASG to make any big moves.

bigdave

March 9th, 2012
7:20 pm

“Also sounded like he thought some teammates, not just management, were satisfied with making the 2nd round. ”

o yeeeea.. clearly.

terrell

March 9th, 2012
7:22 pm

Dont stop the ball movement Iso. And LD, for the love of God, dont pull Teague for Kirk at the 4 minute mark. Hell, put in Pargo if you just have to take Teague out to make yourself feel good or something. Clown.

Najeh Davenpoop

March 9th, 2012
7:22 pm

Somehow LD manages to say “irregardless” every time I hear him talk. It’s like he tries to use that word in every interview.

Dept. Of Unintended Irony

March 9th, 2012
7:23 pm

“Also sounded like he thought some teammates, not just management, were satisfied with making the 2nd round.”

“KaBoom”

Co-freakin’ sign. But the ASKG lacks the requisite stones. They will do less than nothing and hide behind Horford’s injury. We are so screwed until ownership changes.

terrell

March 9th, 2012
7:23 pm

If Joe plays well, the knee looks great. If he struggles, I cant wait to hear all of the excuses from Bob, Nique, etc…

Slimjr

March 9th, 2012
7:23 pm

C’mon ISO, help us forget about OSH..He’s had it, bye bye. The CAT IS OUT LE BAG….

Dept. Of Unintended Irony

March 9th, 2012
7:24 pm

And, no, that wasn’t irony, except for the pathetic situation we are currently in.

terrell

March 9th, 2012
7:26 pm

Big game from Marvin tonight. lol. They’ll probably put some 5 ft guard on him. .

BIG DOG

March 9th, 2012
7:27 pm

To much dam disraction going on, Hawks lose because of Josh, trade ASAP.

BIG DOG IN THE HOUSE

ntrigue

March 9th, 2012
7:27 pm

Teague will come out at the 4th min mark for Nick Van in street clothes! LD says he likes the matchup! LOL

Buddy Grizzard

March 9th, 2012
7:27 pm

http://www.hoopsworld.com/nba-am-are-the-magic-open-to-moving-howard

Hawks’ sources denied that Smith was being actively shopped, but said that yesterday’s story has prompted more calls with Josh’s name attached. His name comes up a lot as teams try and poach real talent for the chips they do not want.

Rod

March 9th, 2012
7:27 pm

Good Luck Josh ATL never supported you now they will know don’t worry whatever they get for you will be trash anyway don’t go to Golden State though they are just like the Hawks go to Chicago or New York they are committed and show support Good Luck bro

ntrigue

March 9th, 2012
7:29 pm

Put Josh on the block and let him go ham….Joe should be 2nd option at this stage in career

TMACfan

March 9th, 2012
7:32 pm

Any news on TMAC?

Luke Cage

March 9th, 2012
7:32 pm

SWEET CHRISTMAS!!!

Blast

March 9th, 2012
7:35 pm

With Joe back, I’m really keen to see how the Hawks play. Will they move the ball or will Joe pound it? Will they run the offence thru Josh as they have been doing, or will Joe want to be the man? I can’t wait. This might be a telling game for Hawks on many levels.

hawksfancents95

March 9th, 2012
7:37 pm

hows it goin gang?
i think we should win by 8-10 tonight. joe needs to be our 2nd option and should come out before teague. i hate this josh trade rumor because we will not get anything good in return if we do trade him. i hope portland and LA trade talks for raymond felton break down and they give us a 1st and that trade exception for kirk; that should be the only trade we do unless somehow AL+JOE for Dwight happens.

Big Lou

March 9th, 2012
7:37 pm

No Ivan Johnson!!!??? Joe Johnson is back to ISO it up????

It’s a trap!!!!

doc

March 9th, 2012
7:38 pm

that was dept unmasked responding ironically to his own post. ironically he cant just post without posting on something someone said, hence the follow up. nice to see your own feelings there dude.

Big Al "ALL NBA" Horford

March 9th, 2012
7:39 pm

Sup peeps, Big Al in the house

Hawkfan

March 9th, 2012
7:40 pm

How bout this for an idea? Hire a top notch Coach and bet Josh wants to stay. This is a pretty good team most nights despite bad ownership and the resigning of Marvin. Get behind them and let’s compete.

Big Al "ALL NBA" Horford

March 9th, 2012
7:41 pm

Josh is jealous of me, I’m the real heart and soul of the team, heck I’m ALL NBA, dude can’t scratch an All Star game

Blast

March 9th, 2012
7:42 pm

There u all hear it. Josh did not ask for a trade, he is gonna see this through.

Najeh Davenpoop

March 9th, 2012
7:42 pm

Damn, that Pistons arena is EMPTY.

Luke Cage

March 9th, 2012
7:42 pm

Josh will not be traded this season, so no need to keep harping on it, plus Sund lacks the stones to get a good deal for him.

Hawkfan

March 9th, 2012
7:43 pm

LD looking sharp tonite. He might have actually been below ASG standards the other night with the tieless drunken look

Big Al "ALL NBA" Horford

March 9th, 2012
7:44 pm

Lucky basket

Big Lou

March 9th, 2012
7:44 pm

Hopefully Joe plays defense. I could care less if he scores. Good start by Smith.

Najeh Davenpoop

March 9th, 2012
7:45 pm

The Pistons apparently haven’t updated their in-game arena music since Chucky Atkins started at point guard for them.

bigdave

March 9th, 2012
7:45 pm

gorgeous pass Josh..

Luke Cage

March 9th, 2012
7:45 pm

Stuckey has been ballin lately