Jazz at Atlanta Hawks: Game thread

  • All Hawks except Jannero Pargo and Al Horford are available. Raja Bell (adductor) is a game-time decision for the Jazz.
  • In case you didn’t notice, Joe Johnson has been good since he sat out those six games with knee tendinitis. He says he first started to think something was wrong at the beginning of February: “Some games it was OK, some games not. I could feel myself laboring.”
  • You can see that this timeline matches up with his production so, generally, he’s been good when he’s been feeling good. “Getting your legs back under you, there is not a better feeling,” Joe said.
  • Joe on lately barking more often at officials: “It’s tough at times. I try to stay away off them because we’ve got so many other guys on the team who are talking to them. But there comes a point in time where I have to say something.”
  • Larry Drew:“That’s not typical Joe. He’s usually quiet, doesn’t say much to officials. He’s getting a little more fire. I love seeing that. If there is one guy you want to see get fired up, it’s Joe Johnson. He seems to really be into the game. When he gets more fired up, he’s more aggressive. Some guys go the other way.”
  • Drew on Jeff Teague: “He’s stepping his game up. Teague goes through patches where he disappears but when he turns it up, he turns it up.”
  • Drew on the Jazz, who have won six straight: “They’ve got a lot of good pieces and it looks like those pieces are starting to come together. They are athletic, strong, they really play an aggressive style. You have to be mentally ready. Playing our third game in three nights against a team like Utah should be a huge challenge.”
  • The Biggest Game in the History of the Universe is going down Saturday, and I don’t mean Hawks-Sixers.

Michael Cunningham, Hawks beat

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Najeh Davenpoop

March 25th, 2012
5:51 pm

“Joe on lately barking more often at officials: “It’s tough at times. I try to stay away off them because we’ve got so many other guys on the team who are talking to them. But there comes a point in time where I have to say something.””

Joe is averaging 4.2 free throw attempts per game since returning from his injury. His season average is 3.1 and career average is 3.2.

Whining works.

Najeh Davenpoop

March 25th, 2012
5:52 pm

“The Biggest Game in the History of the Universe is going down Saturday, and I don’t mean Hawks-Sixers.”

Braves-Tigers?

Najeh Davenpoop

March 25th, 2012
5:54 pm

Derrick Favors is averaging 10 points, 7 boards, 1 block on 55% shooting in 21 minutes per game in March. He has been stepping his game up. How well the Hawks’ backup bigs can handle him might determine the outcome of this game.

Starters gotta box out too. Jefferson and Millsap are good at crashing those boards.

doc

March 25th, 2012
6:01 pm

what is there a bluegrass festival saturday?

hear a basketball game might breakout.

Slimjr

March 25th, 2012
6:01 pm

after 45 years of consuming the_____, you can defiantly handle the truth! Vaseline not included….

Slimjr

March 25th, 2012
6:02 pm

Huge game tonight!

doc

March 25th, 2012
6:02 pm

i retrospect, not too hard to have imagined a final four of uk lu ks and unc. we’ll see,

Jay Dubu

March 25th, 2012
6:05 pm

Hawks have a tough challenge today. LD hs to wisely use all of the bench, to keep fresh legs on the floor for the this 3rd game of 3 in a row.

Sautee

March 25th, 2012
6:06 pm

Nope, doc, either KU or UNC are out and OSU is in already.

The Monger

March 25th, 2012
6:09 pm

All I know is if I see Jason Collins on the floor tonight I WILL turn off my TV!

Grandad

March 25th, 2012
6:09 pm

Congrats MC on your L-ville Cards.

Gorgui Dieng will be the Key Player.

Yawl`s Match-up zone … just might do it ?

note – [less than expert analysis by G-dad]

ag

March 25th, 2012
6:11 pm

what game Saturday????

The Monger

March 25th, 2012
6:11 pm

I just hope the excuses don’t come out…with this being our 3rd game in 3 nights, I have a feeling with a loss, alot of that sentiment will come out with the players and coaches. To be fair, the 2 games before tonight were Cleveland and Washington, which should have been cakewalks. They have only themselves to blame that they had to play the starters 40 plus minutes and squeek out 2 wins against arguably the worst 2 teams in the NBA…

Slimjr

March 25th, 2012
6:14 pm

dont get down on this club or its a wrap

drmaryb.[*_*].

March 25th, 2012
6:16 pm

Wow! Nique just said, “he spint to the baseline” LOL

Najeh Davenpoop

March 25th, 2012
6:18 pm

Joe voluntarily chose to give up that ball and let Josh run that break.

Slimjr

March 25th, 2012
6:19 pm

feed him and fan him!

Big Lou

March 25th, 2012
6:20 pm

Josh has some sexy passes tonight.

MattP

March 25th, 2012
6:21 pm

Looks like Smith is going for a triple-double tonight.

Slimjr

March 25th, 2012
6:22 pm

Jefferson going for 40!

Slimjr

March 25th, 2012
6:23 pm

drmaryb.[*_*].

March 25th, 2012
6:23 pm

Wearing Thin!

I’m am so tired of hearing about how tired the hawks are. I mean really, what do they do all day? Lay around and get massages … eat junk food.

The travel? Heck they board private jets and play cards all night. They don’t even pack their uniforms or carry their own bags.

Give it a rest – Drew, Bob and Nique’.

Big Lou

March 25th, 2012
6:23 pm

Lol

Zaza is Marvin Jr.

Can’t make a layup.

City Of Atlanta Still Recovering From William Tecumseh Sherman

March 25th, 2012
6:26 pm

cj miles played in the movie ATL with T.I.?

drmaryb.[*_*].

March 25th, 2012
6:26 pm

The guys on NBA TV today, said CJ Miles was the worst SF in the NBA. Two years ago under Sloan he was touted as the best – what happend?

City Of Atlanta Still Recovering From William Tecumseh Sherman

March 25th, 2012
6:27 pm

wow teague…

Slimjr

March 25th, 2012
6:27 pm

Wow great coaching???? Wow….Sheesh…..

Big Lou

March 25th, 2012
6:27 pm

Teague made his stupid play of the game. Lol

Ra'mon

March 25th, 2012
6:27 pm

DrMaryB, NBA TV would’ve said Marvin,but know they may run in to him at Publix.

Slimjr

March 25th, 2012
6:28 pm

You turn your head and Utah will bury you!

Najeh Davenpoop

March 25th, 2012
6:29 pm

Josh has 5, 5, and 5 and the first quarter isn’t even over yet.

Najeh Davenpoop

March 25th, 2012
6:29 pm

Credit to LD for not taking Teague out after he failed to call the timeout. A year ago he would have buried him.

Slimjr

March 25th, 2012
6:30 pm

Has Joe missed yet?

Slimjr

March 25th, 2012
6:31 pm

6-6 Joe cant miss?

Feed him and fan him

bigdave

March 25th, 2012
6:31 pm

Big Lou

March 25th, 2012
6:32 pm

Collins is useless, yet LD insists on playing his azz.

drmaryb.[*_*].

March 25th, 2012
6:32 pm

Anyone knows off hand – how tall is Joe?

Slimjr

March 25th, 2012
6:32 pm

7-7 JOE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Najeh Davenpoop

March 25th, 2012
6:33 pm

Damn Joe, save some for the rest of the game!

bigdave

March 25th, 2012
6:33 pm

Slimjr

March 25th, 2012
6:33 pm

8-8!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ra'mon

March 25th, 2012
6:33 pm

Wow Joe.

Now watch LD start the 2nd quarter with Joe on the bench, lol.

Big Lou

March 25th, 2012
6:33 pm

Joe looking like a superstar today.

Slimjr

March 25th, 2012
6:34 pm

Lets hope he doesn’t go 0-8 in the 4th?

18pts in the 1st qtr?

HawkEye

March 25th, 2012
6:34 pm

Has Joe missed a shot yet?

Ra'mon

March 25th, 2012
6:34 pm

Dmb, Joe is 6′8 – 240

doc

March 25th, 2012
6:35 pm

yup sautee thought of that after i pressed go. forgot it maybe boeham’s last hurrah.

hawks_4_life

March 25th, 2012
6:35 pm

I hope Al can make it back for the playoffs, this team has potential.

drmaryb.[*_*].

March 25th, 2012
6:35 pm

Biggie Lou he has no opther big to play. The GM turned his back on the team when Horford and Josh begged for another dominant big man three years ago.

Sund said, man up!

Big Lou

March 25th, 2012
6:35 pm

“Now watch LD start the 2nd quarter with Joe on the bench, lol.”

In LD’s defense, the starters have to rest eventually…especially after a 2nd back to back. Need him in the fourth quarter.

Does anyone notice Jeje only posts when the Hawks are doing bad? Lol