Atlanta Hawks at Nuggets: Game thread and Rick Sund on trades

DENVER–Willie Green (back) and Ivan Johnson (NWT) are out for Hawks. Ivan will re-join the team when it returns to Atlanta. Rudy Fernandez (back) and Ty Lawson (ankle) are in for the Nuggets.

  • Larry Drew is using the same lineup as at Sacto, with Kirk Hinrich at shooting guard, Joe Johnson at small forward and Marvin Williams coming off the bench.
  • Drew: “They are a very uptempo team. We definitely we have to have a lineup that will give us some speed to try to keep up with them in transition. With Kirk as the two it gives us a little bit more flexibility from a quickness standpoint. From a matchup standpoint, I like him against [Arron] Afflalo and Joe against [Danilo] Gallinari. Joe may give up an inch or two but we may be able to take advantage of that matchup.”
  • Rick Sund on Hawks’ needs as trade deadline approaches: “What this team needs is for everybody to be healthy. What we need is no more injuries. That’s what we need.”
  • Sund on the Hawks as currently constructed: “We’ve been happy with the way the season has progressed [considering] injuries. We’ve had more injuries already than we had all last year. Every time we get hit, other guys step up, and that’s been a real plus. Defensively we’ve been really good. With a little over 40 games played, we’re the fourth-best defensive team and we’ve allowed the least points in the fourth quarter. Zaza [Pachulia] and Joe and Josh [Smith] deserve a lot of credit for keeping us in the playoffs. Our bench, every night it’s someone else, which is what we wanted when we put it together.”
  • Sund on potential trades: “I don’t really discuss trades one way or another. I always say same the same thing: this time of year we talk to every team in the league and compare thoughts and notes and see if anything makes sense for the future or now.”
  • Sund didn’t want to talk about Josh’s standing trade request, either: “I tell players and agents if someone talks to me about anything, whether it’s a situation with contracts or playing time or trades, anything that’s said is between us.”
  • I still don’t think the Hawks are going to trade Josh by the deadline.
  • George Karl on Fernandez’s return: “Ty and Andre [Miller] have been a little overburdened. Now there are more guys out there to share the responsibility. I think our balance will be better.”
  • Drew on the altitude in Denver: “It definitely makes a difference. You can’t come into a building like this and let that part of it get into your head. Usually when you come out here, in my experience, and push, push, push until you get to that burn part it usually subsides. I hope it doesn’t affect us. It’s not something we are going to talk much about.”
  • Drew on Jeff Teague: His confidence has grown and it started with the series against Chicago. It seemed like he really grew up. As I told him, ‘Let’s not let what happened last year to be a fluke.’ He’s shown he has the ability to be a very solid NBA point guard. He’s got the speed, the quickness, he’s good off pick-and-rolls, he has a good in-between game and he can finish. Defensively, he has really quick feet. His confidence level is at an all-time high. I think getting an opportunity to play has really helped him. As he continues to grow and develop we are looking for consistency.”
  • Karl on Teague: “He’s playing like a very veteran point guard. He and Marvin Williams do a good job of keeping the court open for Johnson.”
  • Karl on Teague vs. Lawson: “They are both quick but I still think Ty is faster. I don’t think think they have Teague on as many pick-and-rolls. We ask Ty to to be the creator of the offense. Teague is more running the plays and being a scorer off the ball with Johnson.”
  • Karl on whether Josh or Joe worries him more: “Josh Smith most of the game, Joe Johnson at the end of the game.”

Michael Cunningham, Hawks beat

818 comments Add your comment

Najeh Davenpoop

March 13th, 2012
9:10 pm

I don’t like the Joe Johnson on Danilo Gallinari matchup on D. Gallinari can just shoot over him all game if he wants.

If Teague can play Lawson to a draw and the Hawks box out Faried, they have a chance.

High-sider

March 13th, 2012
9:11 pm

TMACfan

March 13th, 2012
9:12 pm

LETS GO HAWKS!!

High-sider

March 13th, 2012
9:13 pm

TMACfan

March 13th, 2012
9:13 pm

5 dollar move, fifty cent finish

High-sider

March 13th, 2012
9:14 pm

Fire Nate McMillan!

Luke Cage

March 13th, 2012
9:14 pm

GM Rick Sund says: “What this team needs is for everybody to be healthy.” Translation, NO TRADES, dude will be on his recliner for the next couple of days

High-sider

March 13th, 2012
9:15 pm

Time to go Sarge [McM]!

bigdave

March 13th, 2012
9:15 pm

Josh picking up the foul for Joe.

Sautee

March 13th, 2012
9:15 pm

“I think getting an opportunity to play has really helped him.”

And it wouldn’t have helped him last year, or the year before?

Dimwit.

Najeh Davenpoop

March 13th, 2012
9:15 pm

Gallinari is no quicker than Joe and has worse handles than Joe and yet he attacks the rim and gets to the line.

Buddy Grizzard

March 13th, 2012
9:15 pm

I don’t see how Warriors are tanking… Bogut and Jackson can play. Ellis and Curry were duplication of effort.

TMACfan

March 13th, 2012
9:16 pm

Luke Cage

March 13th, 2012
9:16 pm

Nobody stopped the ball

Najeh Davenpoop

March 13th, 2012
9:17 pm

LMAO co-sign Sautee @ 9:15.

High-sider

March 13th, 2012
9:17 pm

Marvin, did you see how Faried went to the rim with that strong dunk? Tha’t how you go to the rim.

bigdave

March 13th, 2012
9:17 pm

all day Josh.. he cant guard you when you go hard to the rack.

Najeh Davenpoop

March 13th, 2012
9:17 pm

“I don’t see how Warriors are tanking… Bogut and Jackson can play. Ellis and Curry were duplication of effort.”

Yeah, but Bogut is out for the season and Jackson a) might get bought out and b) hasn’t played anywhere near as well as Ellis this season.

High-sider

March 13th, 2012
9:17 pm

Sautee

March 13th, 2012
9:18 pm

I agree, Najeh, Gallinari will likely beast on Joe inside and out.

Although he’s admittedly quicker than Marvin. Tough matchup.

James

March 13th, 2012
9:18 pm

“5 dollar move, fifty cent finish”

LOL. I heard that one too. Good line.

Najeh Davenpoop

March 13th, 2012
9:18 pm

Good that Nene committed that foul, because his quickness was going to give Zaza some problems.

Luke Cage

March 13th, 2012
9:19 pm

Here comes Blake Griffin’s Poster Partner

Stop the Madness

March 13th, 2012
9:19 pm

Enter your comments hereEven with Lopez hobbled, the Nets can still offer a decent package. In addition to Lopez (there’s no restriction on trading for an injured player), they have rookie MarShon Brooks, a bevy of first-round picks, and enough expiring contracts to absorb the contract of Hedo Turkoglu (owed at least $17.8 million after this season) or Glen Davis ($19.4 million) in a trade. The ability to offer Orlando salary relief is an asset in itself, one that New Jersey has been sure to maintain as it has struggled through a 12-26 season.

THAT’S GOOD NEWS HAWKS FANS! THAT MEANS THAT THERE IS NO REASON WE CAN TRADE INJURED AZZ AL!!!

Deadlift Shrimp

March 13th, 2012
9:19 pm

Josh Smith so smooth on offense…garbage

James

March 13th, 2012
9:20 pm

Afflalo is pretty good offensive player. Very underrated.

Stop the Madness

March 13th, 2012
9:20 pm

http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2012/03/05/how-does-lopez-injury-affect-howard/

Even with Lopez hobbled, the Nets can still offer a decent package. In addition to Lopez (there’s no restriction on trading for an injured player), they have rookie MarShon Brooks, a bevy of first-round picks, and enough expiring contracts to absorb the contract of Hedo Turkoglu (owed at least $17.8 million after this season) or Glen Davis ($19.4 million) in a trade. The ability to offer Orlando salary relief is an asset in itself, one that New Jersey has been sure to maintain as it has struggled through a 12-26 season.

THAT’S GOOD NEWS HAWKS FANS! THAT MEANS THAT THERE IS NO REASON WE CAN TRADE INJURED AZZ AL!!!

TMACfan

March 13th, 2012
9:20 pm

Why is Josh shooting jumpers?

bigdave

March 13th, 2012
9:20 pm

time to put up that jump shot Josh.. it aint on today.

Najeh Davenpoop

March 13th, 2012
9:20 pm

Hawks are playing at Denver’s pace and beating them at their own game. I don’t know if they can make that last for 48 minutes at that altitude, but it looks good early.

Luke Cage

March 13th, 2012
9:21 pm

Joe refuses to dunk

Joe

March 13th, 2012
9:21 pm

Does anyone have a link to the game?

Deadlift Shrimp

March 13th, 2012
9:21 pm

You can tell scoring the basketball just comes natural to Josh. All side of the backboard on that jumper.

Stop the Madness

March 13th, 2012
9:21 pm

“In addition to Lopez (there’s no restriction on trading for an injured player), they have rookie MarShon Brooks, a bevy of first-round picks, and enough expiring contracts to absorb the contract of Hedo Turkoglu (owed at least $17.8 million after this season) or Glen Davis ($19.4 million) in a trade.”

http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2012/03/05/how-does-lopez-injury-affect-howard/

TRADE SLOTHFUL AS AL NOW!!! GO GET D12 !

Joe

March 13th, 2012
9:22 pm

“Why is Josh shooting jumpers?”

People have been asking that question for years.

Najeh Davenpoop

March 13th, 2012
9:22 pm

Seriously, the only difference between Joe and Gallinari with respect to free throw attempts is mentality. Gallinari wants to get to the rim, Joe doesn’t.

bigdave

March 13th, 2012
9:23 pm

no Josh.. they about to go straight to the cup.

Najeh Davenpoop

March 13th, 2012
9:24 pm

Teague has gotten better at getting around screens. Still not where he needs to be, but much better than even one month ago.

TMACfan

March 13th, 2012
9:24 pm

Monta Ellis was traded to the bucks…. Okay…

High-sider

March 13th, 2012
9:24 pm

Marvin blows a reverse layup.

Joe

March 13th, 2012
9:24 pm

I can’t believe L.D. took Josh out this early. That is rare. Usually, L.D. lets Josh get away with murder and never messes with his minutes.

I guess it was all the jump shots.

Najeh Davenpoop

March 13th, 2012
9:24 pm

Marvin cancels out a good play with a bad play.

Rod from College Park

March 13th, 2012
9:24 pm

2 games in a row, Marvin does not start, the team does not get down early. Now he comes in and blows a layup.

saute

March 13th, 2012
9:24 pm

Nene > horford

hawksfancents95

March 13th, 2012
9:25 pm

wow if we dont like marvin’s contract how does DEN fans feel that chris anderson is making 4.2 mill and he doesnt even play unless nene mozgov and sometimes even koufos are injured

saute

March 13th, 2012
9:25 pm

Teague is a project we should trade him too.

drmaryb.[*_*].

March 13th, 2012
9:26 pm

Sund makes me sick to my stomach with his smartie – pants comments. He is so arrogant … A know it all that knows NOTHING!

These fat cats have no intentions whatsoever to WIN anything!!!

saute

March 13th, 2012
9:26 pm

HANG TIME NEW JERSEY – Deron Williams scored an NBA season-high 57 points Sunday night in Charlotte, but the bigger story coming out of the Nets’ win was an injury to Brook Lopez, who would be the centerpiece of a trade for Dwight Howard.

The Nets said Monday that Lopez suffered a sprained right ankle and will be out for three weeks. The bad news is that the trade deadline is in just 10 days, and after playing every single game in his first three seasons, Lopez has suffered two injuries with his team’s sights set on Howard.

The good news is that the injury, though it’s the same foot, is unrelated to the broken bone that forced Lopez to miss the first 32 games of the season. No injuries are good, but this one isn’t too bad.

So does it affect the Nets’ ability to acquire Howard before the deadline? Not really.

Whether or not Howard gets traded still comes down to Magic owner Rich DeVos and president Alex Martins. If they decide in the next 10 days that they can convince Howard to stay in Orlando beyond this season, they’re not going to trade for Lopez, healthy or not.

But if the Magic realize that Howard’s time in Orlando is definitely coming to an end, they have no choice but to make a deal, so that they can get what they can (players, picks and cap relief) for their star. And if Howard and agent Dan Fegan make it clear that Howard will be playing in Brooklyn no matter what next season, the Magic have little choice but to make a deal with the Nets.

Even with Lopez hobbled, the Nets can still offer a decent package. In addition to Lopez (there’s no restriction on trading for an injured player), they have rookie MarShon Brooks, a bevy of first-round picks, and enough expiring contracts to absorb the contract of Hedo Turkoglu (owed at least $17.8 million after this season) or Glen Davis ($19.4 million) in a trade. The ability to offer Orlando salary relief is an asset in itself, one that New Jersey has been sure to maintain as it has struggled through a 12-26 season.

If Orlando decides to keep Howard, the Nets will wait, hoping to sign him as a free agent in July, an option that would allow them to keep Lopez and their other assets. But they’d surely jump at the chance to trade for Howard in the next 10 days.

Lopez’s latest injury shouldn’t really affect that scenario, because the possibility of a trade is really about what the Magic believe regarding Howard’s long-term intentions, and not about Lopez’s short-term health.

James

March 13th, 2012
9:27 pm

Two fouls on Joe already and he was actually off to a pretty good start. Tough luck.

Rod from College Park

March 13th, 2012
9:28 pm

Josh goes out, Denver attacks the rim