Atlanta Hawks at Clippers: Game thread
Los Angeles–Marvin Williams is out after suffering a hip injury at Denver last night: “My hip flexor was tight in the first half. On the play I went up to dunk and Nene blocked it, it got real tight. It’s just real sore now.”
- Willie Green (hamstring), who won’t play in a game this trip, said he’s not sure when he will return: “It’s getting better. Slowly.”
- Jason Collins (elbow) said he was cleared for contact work today.
- Larry Drew is starting Kirk Hinrich at shooting guard again. Interestingly, it looks like Kirk, not Jeff Teague, gets the defensive assignment on Chris Paul.
- Drew on coming back after the bad loss last night: “You have to. This is what the NBA is all about. You go through games where you are at the other end of the stick. Through the course of the schedule, you are going to have games like that. The most important thing is you don’t dwell on them. An emotional game like that, the most important thing is to move on.”
- Drew on earning his first technical foul of the season last night when he went off after Nene clobbered Josh Smith: “Aw, man, why you have to bring that up? It was the moment. I saw it one way, the official saw it another, and we move on.”
- Drew on the Clippers’ recent struggles:“They have some firepower. We know they are a team that can put some points on the board. They’ve had a little bit of a struggle lately but they’ve got the personnel to get out of that struggle. With Chris Paul leading the pack and obviously with Blake Griffin down low at the block, they can cause problems. We have to be prepared to play a physical game. I know I sound like a broken record, but we have to control the tempo.”
- You may have seen Hawks co-owner Bruce Levenson’s damage/spin control regarding Josh Smith’s trade request. Note that it’s Levenson, not Josh or his representative issuing the denial, and take it with a grain of salt.
- That was a bogus report about alleged discussions between the Magic and Hawks about a a three-team trade involving Josh.
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