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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306 comments Add your comment

High-sider

March 14th, 2012
10:16 pm

Rev in Tampa

March 14th, 2012
10:16 pm

this is a laaaate game

High-sider

March 14th, 2012
10:17 pm

High-sider

March 14th, 2012
10:17 pm

High-sider

March 14th, 2012
10:18 pm

Fire Sarge aka Nate McMillan!

TMACfan

March 14th, 2012
10:20 pm

Looks like ima be up for a long time watching this game

Slimjr

March 14th, 2012
10:21 pm

Yawnnnnnn…Yes it is late….

Amazing how a new coach can motivate a team..Knicks have led by much as 42 tonight?????????????

That is Lisanity

ntrigue

March 14th, 2012
10:24 pm

Dumb move already Hinrich on Paul has disaster written all over it

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

March 14th, 2012
10:25 pm

Luke Cage

March 14th, 2012
10:25 pm

SWEET CHRISTMAS!!!

Section 303

March 14th, 2012
10:25 pm

I don’t think I’m staying up for this one. Still mad about last night. They’re going to lose anyways.

Zaza is a loser.

MattP

March 14th, 2012
10:25 pm

Ya, I don’t understand Hinrich on Paul. Teague has been a better defend the Hinrich this season.

Ra'mon

March 14th, 2012
10:27 pm

Guys, lets be honest about Mike D. He didn’t quit because of the New York job. He quit because of the Clippers job! Mark my words, D’Antoni will be named the head coach of the Clippers this summer. And in LA he will have less pressure than he does in New York. Remember when he took that job, he thought he was going to end up with LEBRON, not with Melo. D’Antoni isn’t a great coach, but he’s a great business man.

Slimjr

March 14th, 2012
10:28 pm

Hire Larry!!!

Linsanity……..42 pt lead? Crazy…….

Ra'mon

March 14th, 2012
10:28 pm

Noah just embarrassed Joel Anthony.

Slimjr

March 14th, 2012
10:30 pm

T minus 16.5 hrs Houston!

Slimjr

March 14th, 2012
10:32 pm

Wish we had Ivan tonight! Shoot….

Clippers have lost 8 of 12..C’mon Hawks make it 8 of 13….

Slimjr

March 14th, 2012
10:33 pm

meant 9 of 13^^^^

Big Lou

March 14th, 2012
10:33 pm

Against my better judgment… I’m watching this game. Luckily, it started late. Hopefully they are getting blown out by half time so I can sleep.

By the way, was that pic of Damien’s sister legit? Man she’s fine. She’s fortunate to not get smacked by the ugly gene like her brother.

Big Lou

March 14th, 2012
10:35 pm

No Ivan, Marvin, and Green? It’s a trap!!!
I bet money Zaza get posterized.

Slimjr

March 14th, 2012
10:35 pm

Miss Georgia aint no Joke!!!!!!!! She got my vote for Miss America!!!!! Yep…

Big Crimson 75

March 14th, 2012
10:35 pm

For all the love the Clips have gotten this year — the Hawks are a 1/2 a game better so far this year.

O'Brien

March 14th, 2012
10:36 pm

One thing with Woody. He wil pull rank on his players, so look for Melo and Anthony to start getting the majority of the shots.

I’m pulling for Woody though.

Grandad

March 14th, 2012
10:37 pm

Highsider & others:

As tip-off approaches;
I will defend myself later this evening
or more likely in the early hours of the AM.
Those who know me, realize my points were not bigotry atall.

Others may cast stones if you wish.

Once again;
early Thurs. morn – a rebuttal – with intellect.
I will keep my discourse thoughtful, high-principled and veracious.

Slimjr

March 14th, 2012
10:38 pm

Big Lou

March 14th, 2012
10:38 pm

I just hope the Hawks can play with this intensity till the end of the season, cause the Knicks and Bucks might make a run.

TMACfan

March 14th, 2012
10:39 pm

Come on Hawks, we got this!

Luke Cage

March 14th, 2012
10:39 pm

Like I said, Woody will now introduce the world to ISO-MELO!

Big Lou

March 14th, 2012
10:40 pm

Slimjr

She can sit on my face.

Slimjr

March 14th, 2012
10:40 pm

C’mon Hawks play like the Knicks tonight! Smoke these overrated blanks…………

Big Lou

March 14th, 2012
10:41 pm

The Nuggets used ISO Melo and made it to the semi finals… So…

TMACfan

March 14th, 2012
10:41 pm

I have a bad feeling that the Clips won’t be able to miss a shot.

Slimjr

March 14th, 2012
10:42 pm

I here ya Big Lou, just watch out for that right cross from ole uncle! lmao

Luke Cage

March 14th, 2012
10:42 pm

Ok Hawks lets do this!!

Luke Cage

March 14th, 2012
10:43 pm

Semi finals, thats the 2nd round right?

Slimjr

March 14th, 2012
10:43 pm

Big Crimson 75

March 14th, 2012
10:43 pm

We may get out-rebounded by 30 tonight.

Luke Cage

March 14th, 2012
10:43 pm

Zsa Zsa strikes early

Slimjr

March 14th, 2012
10:44 pm

DeAndre is a beast!

All NBA for DeAndre!

Slimjr

March 14th, 2012
10:44 pm

ZaZa is a freaking Stiff!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Big Lou

March 14th, 2012
10:44 pm

Zaza fails again.

Najeh Davenpoop

March 14th, 2012
10:44 pm

Damn, that girl is related to Nique and Damien?

TMACfan

March 14th, 2012
10:45 pm

What did I say…

Big Crimson 75

March 14th, 2012
10:45 pm

Nice catch Amnesty.

Najeh Davenpoop

March 14th, 2012
10:45 pm

Someone in the Clippers crowd is heckling the sh-t out of Zaza.

Bad start for the Hawks.

O'Brien

March 14th, 2012
10:45 pm

Jamal DNP CD in tonight’s blowout loss.

From hoopshype;

Lakers getting Beasley, Jamal Crawford to Minnesota and and Steve Blake to Portland is getting close.

Big Lou

March 14th, 2012
10:45 pm

Blowout by the first qtr.

Slimjr

March 14th, 2012
10:45 pm

Yep and she can sit on my ____________

Luke Cage

March 14th, 2012
10:45 pm

Really? DeAndre is just a dunker, no shot whatsoever and under 50% FT

MattP

March 14th, 2012
10:45 pm

looks like this is going to be a quick game