Atlanta Hawks vs. Wizards: Game thread

Vivlamore reporting from Philips Arena. Here is your game thread to get things started as the Hawks return from a 2-4 road trip and host the Wizards.

Injury report: The Hawks will be without forward Marvin Williams and guard Willie Green for Friday night’s game against the Wizards. Forward Vladimir Radmanovic warmed up prior to the game and will be a game-time decision, according to coach Larry Drew.

Williams will miss his second straight game with a hip flexor injury. Williams said he suffered the injury in the first half against Denver but continued to play. We walked gingerly on Friday and said he is still experiencing pain and tightness. He hoped to only be out a “couple more days.”

Green will miss his ninth game with back and hamstring injuries. He worked out prior to Friday’s game and said he is finally feeling better. “My main concern is no setbacks,” said Green, who hoped to be back for Sunday’s game at the Cavs. “It’s been frustrating but I don’t want to rush back. It’s been long enough already.”

Forward Ivan Johnson returned after missing three games due to a personal matter. Radmanovic was a late scratch against the Clippers with a back injury.

“Given what has taken place for us this year, yeah it’s been a little frustrating,” Drew said. “You look at the team and you look at all the injuries and there are always the ‘what ifs.’ It’s just the way it is. You are going to have injuries. You have to pick up the pieces and keep moving. That is the one thing we try to emphasis with the players because it’s been night after night of not really knowing who will be available. I know for the players, it can be a little frustrating as well.”

Trade deadline passes: Thursday’s trade deadline passed without the Hawks making a significant move. They did trade a second-round pick to the Warriors for cash considerations.

Josh Smith had requested a trade and there was much speculation surrounding Kirk Hinrich and his expiring contract.

“I told the guys this afternoon, right before our walk-through, now that the deadline has passed with just a handful of games left, we have to keep our eyes on the finish line,” Drew said. “We have to focus on what we have to do every night we step out on the floor. I don’t care who our opponent is, we have to be a team that’s on a mission. I really feel like we have weathered the storm, the rough part of our schedule, now we are in a position where we can control our own destiny and that’s a great position to be in.”

I asked Drew if he thought trade speculation was a distraction for his team, which just returned from a 2-4 road trip.

“Whether a guy will admit it or not, that always has to be lingering in the back of his mind,” Drew said. “I know when I was a player, right around that time, there was always something there because you knew there was always a possibility. Then when it passes, you kind of exhale. I know each guy, I’m sure whether they will admit it or not, there was probably a little bit of concern there because you just never know. Now that it’s gone, you can re-direct your focus now.”

Hinrich to remain in starting lineup: Even with Williams out with injury, Drew said he will keep Hinrich as a starter.

“I like that it makes us faster,” Drew said. “I think it makes us a little more defensive minded. Kirk is a grinder. He plays hard. I’m not saying that Marvin doesn’t, but we play a little differently at the start of the game with Kirk in the lineup. I just feel like we are a little more aggressive and I think our pace picks up a little bit. From what I’ve seen of it, I really like it. With Marvin coming off the bench, it gives us an added weapon coming off the bench. I thought when I did it last year, it really worked out for both parts. We will continue to do it and see how it goes.”

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High-sider

March 16th, 2012
7:18 pm

High-sider

March 16th, 2012
7:18 pm

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March 16th, 2012
7:19 pm

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March 16th, 2012
7:21 pm

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March 16th, 2012
7:22 pm

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March 16th, 2012
7:22 pm

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March 16th, 2012
7:23 pm

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March 16th, 2012
7:23 pm

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March 16th, 2012
7:24 pm

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March 16th, 2012
7:24 pm

High-sider

March 16th, 2012
7:25 pm

northcyde

March 16th, 2012
7:25 pm

Philly looks like pure crap vs the Heat tonight. 23 – 7 already

High-sider

March 16th, 2012
7:26 pm

City Of Atlanta Still Recovering From William Tecumseh Sherman

March 16th, 2012
7:26 pm

High-Sider needs a life…

northcyde

March 16th, 2012
7:33 pm

Amazing how Jordan Crawford, of all people, made Nick Young expendable.

I predict this game may be a little closer than what people think, especially if Drew trots out that 3 guard lineup. JJ would lock down Jordan, but Jordan may have a field day on Hinrich. Conversely, by playing JJ at SF, you’re putting him against the Wiz’s best perimeter in Chris Singleton.

We should pull away in the 4th, but I expect this game to be a grind in the 1st half.

Hope I’m wrong.

Blast

March 16th, 2012
7:33 pm

Time to pick up some wins!

Let’s get it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Najeh Davenpoop

March 16th, 2012
7:34 pm

Some good things and some bad things about Kirk starting over Marvin, but if Joe crashes the boards like he’s fully capable of doing it should be an improvement. Marvin most certainly should be coming off the bench.

High-sider

March 16th, 2012
7:36 pm

@City Of Atlanta Still Recovering From William Tecumseh Sherman

Technically, I have one [life] since I’m living but judging from your handle/name on this blog, you need a life too.

Big Lou

March 16th, 2012
7:36 pm

“Some good things and some bad things about Kirk starting over Marvin, but if Joe crashes the boards like he’s fully capable of doing it should be an improvement. Marvin most certainly should be coming off the bench.” -Najeh

Don’t hold your breath.

Luke Cage

March 16th, 2012
7:38 pm

Ok Hawks, time to go on a winning streak starting tonight!!

Luke Cage

March 16th, 2012
7:40 pm

Nick Young made Nick Young expendable LOL!!

tckr83

March 16th, 2012
7:41 pm

No moves at the trade deadline except a meaningless 2nd round pick for cash… and there MIGHT be 5000 people at Phillips tonight. I wonder why?

Luke Cage

March 16th, 2012
7:41 pm

Hope this is a easy blow out for us tonight

tckr83

March 16th, 2012
7:43 pm

4 on 1 and get nothing out of it… SMH

City Of Atlanta Still Recovering From William Tecumseh Sherman

March 16th, 2012
7:43 pm

smh hawks suck havent even posted josh up

City Of Atlanta Still Recovering From William Tecumseh Sherman

March 16th, 2012
7:44 pm

fans will stand till the end of the 1st

City Of Atlanta Still Recovering From William Tecumseh Sherman

March 16th, 2012
7:45 pm

smh thats why you should have traded kirk

Big Lou

March 16th, 2012
7:45 pm

drmaryb, hot stuff, deal. I could use the free drinks. That bet keeps on going higher… you think you’re slick, hustler.

I’m sticking with my prediction.

One a different note, I expect Josh to have a big game… if they stop shooting stupidly.

Luke Cage

March 16th, 2012
7:45 pm

Just take a seat fans

City Of Atlanta Still Recovering From William Tecumseh Sherman

March 16th, 2012
7:46 pm

drmaryb.[*_*].

March 16th, 2012
7:47 pm

Singleton looks old like Oden.

Wiz blocking shots inside? Hawks look slow and tired, no ball movement, just putting up quick jumpers … Oh boy!

City Of Atlanta Still Recovering From William Tecumseh Sherman

March 16th, 2012
7:48 pm

I hink the hawks will lose this one so far they are playing as if they dont really care

Big Lou

March 16th, 2012
7:48 pm

What a sh!tty team. All they have to do is post in the paint. Look at Kirk being garbage after the trade deadline.

Luke Cage

March 16th, 2012
7:49 pm

terrell

March 16th, 2012
7:50 pm

Joe comes back and the “energy”goes str8 downhill.

terrell

March 16th, 2012
7:51 pm

Why you talking bout my little cuz like that Dr Mary? He looks just like his daddy. lol

Blast

March 16th, 2012
7:53 pm

The Wiz came out scrappy, but I don’t see them winning this game.

Y’all watch the Wiz carefully, they seem to trying to hurt Hawks players on purpose. I’m seeing some cheap, dirty stuff so far.

terrell

March 16th, 2012
7:55 pm

Marvin is just pitiful.

Big Lou

March 16th, 2012
7:56 pm

Tmac in already? Am I seeing things?

bigdave

March 16th, 2012
7:57 pm

Joe got the 3 ball going

Big Lou

March 16th, 2012
7:57 pm

Joe en fuego!

Melvin

March 16th, 2012
8:00 pm

Najeh,

It seems like the offense is less stagnant with Hinrich starting instead of Marvin. I think having an extra ball handler helps the ball moving on offense. I think we are not losing much on defense b/c Hinrich can guard SGs and Joe can guard SFs effectively.

City Of Atlanta Still Recovering From William Tecumseh Sherman

March 16th, 2012
8:02 pm

lmfao mo evans still play?

Sautee

March 16th, 2012
8:02 pm

Man, after listening to March Madness, Philips sounds like a morgue.

bigdave

March 16th, 2012
8:05 pm

why Joe didnt have the rock that final possession is a mystery.

Melvin

March 16th, 2012
8:05 pm

Joe was cooking with clean fish grease in that 1st qtr……

northcyde

March 16th, 2012
8:05 pm

JJ red hot. LOL . . but I guess the computers at Philips Arena aren’t working, because I can’t see a box score on this game anywhere.

Big Lou

March 16th, 2012
8:05 pm

I’m glad Joe is making shots, but where’s the D? Too many open shots for the Wizards.

Melvin

March 16th, 2012
8:06 pm

Nahjeh,

One more thing having Kirk in starting lineup allows for Joe to concentrate on being a scorer versus trying to create. He’s getting more catch and shoot opportunities with Kirk and Teague in the backcourt.