Atlanta Hawks at Bucks: Game thread

Vivlamore reporting from Milwaukee.

Here is a quick look at tonight’s game against the Bucks with the Hawks coming off Sunday’s four overtime victory over the Jazz – their third game in three nights. Add tonight’s game at the Bucks and tomorrow’s home game against the Bulls and that’s five games in six nights. The Bucks are playing their fifth game in six nights.

The Hawks will be without forward Vladimir Radmanovic due to his back. Radmanovic missed four straight games with the back injury before playing 17 minutes against the Wizards on Saturday. He did not play (coach’s decision) in Sunday’s epic against the Jazz.

While Radmanovic is the only player out (besides Jannero Pargo recovery from an appendectomy) coach Larry Drew said several other players are hurting and weary.

“We will see how it goes,” Drew said of going deep into his bench. “I think the one thing I’ve been pretty adamant about, I’ve got to be very mindful of the minutes my starters are playing. I don’t want to pile a lot of minutes on those guys. We do have some guys who are a little banged up, nicked up. Having to play tomorrow night, I don’t want to pile the minutes. Hopefully, we can come out and play well and I can have a normal rotation. If that’s not the case, it’s not the case. But we will keep an eye on the minutes.”

Drew admitted he is not sure just how his team will respond to another game so soon.

“Don’t know,” Drew said. “We’ve come off three tough games. … I know we needed that day off yesterday in the worst way. We came in for shoot-around today and guys seem to have a little energy, which I was happy to see. As far as a performance, to be perfectly honest, I don’t know. I’m anxious to see how we respond after these last three ball games.”

Joe Johnson played 55:23 against the Jazz. Zaza Pachulia (54:10) and Jeff Teague (52:32) also broke the 50-minute mark.

Drew expects an even more up-tempo Bucks team with the trade-deadline addition of Monta Ellis from the Warriors. The Hawks got similar games from the Bucks in two previous meetings this season (both five-point Hawks wins). Ellis adds another scoring dimension.

“I’ve always been a big Monta Ellis fan,” Drew said. “He is, in a lot of ways, similar to Joe Johnson. He can really score once he gets it going. … As far as playing up-tempo that doesn’t change. They just have another guy to break the defense down and put points on the board.”

490 comments Add your comment

Big Lou

March 27th, 2012
7:38 pm

Dept. Of Unintended Irony

March 27th, 2012
7:41 pm

Big Lou,

lol isn’t even in the English language, but you are concerned about a period?

Yes, the irony WAS intended. Congrats for getting it. Few do.

Buddy Grizzard

March 27th, 2012
7:43 pm

Gotta beat the teams behind you in the standings at this point in the season.

High-sider

March 27th, 2012
7:44 pm

Sautee

March 27th, 2012
7:47 pm

Bucks are a desperate team, and therefore dangerous. We have to match their intensity.

Buddy Grizzard

March 27th, 2012
7:47 pm

Really curious to see how Kirk looks after Drew played him too many minutes on Sunday. That knee tendinitis really must have cleared up for Joe as soon as the trade deadline passed.

doc

March 27th, 2012
7:50 pm

doc

March 27th, 2012
7:52 pm

slimj even if you dont win, we will still have tea at 11?

Rev in Tampa

March 27th, 2012
7:52 pm

T-mac had a big game against the Bucks. As a matter of fact, so did the whole Hawks bench.

Blast

March 27th, 2012
7:52 pm

Really curious to see how the entire team compete, after those three gruesome games/wins.

Big Lou

March 27th, 2012
7:53 pm

“lol isn’t even in the English language, but you are concerned about a period?”

Nah, I wasn’t concerned with anything really–just taking a jab for self-amusement. Glad to know it was intended, though–makes it more humorous.

Rev in Tampa

March 27th, 2012
7:54 pm

t-mac, T-mac, T-Mac, T-MAC!

Buddy Grizzard

March 27th, 2012
7:55 pm

A win tonight brings the Hawks within 1.5 games of Orlando and the third seed. Magic play the Knicks tomorrow night… you ready for that one Slimjr?!

doc

March 27th, 2012
7:55 pm

ld you play the game at hand not tomorrow nights, between the two tonight is the more important one since it is in the oughta win category.

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

March 27th, 2012
7:58 pm

FIRE LD

THE TRUTH HURTS

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

March 27th, 2012
7:59 pm

Somebody take D.U.I. outside. Dude is trapped in his basement

hawksfancents95

March 27th, 2012
7:59 pm

i got the hawks winning this game by 8, 94-86 range.
im really excited to see a brandon jennings and monta ellis backcourt, i love speed and scoring for your point and 2guard(i enjoy the hawks current lineup as well)
i hope jason collins does not get any PT tonight and i think Ivan will get a double-double off the bench.

bird

March 27th, 2012
8:01 pm

Is the game televised?

TMACfan

March 27th, 2012
8:02 pm

#FreeMC

#FreeTMAC

Sautee

March 27th, 2012
8:03 pm

I wonder if there were any limos to Chi-town last night, lol.

TMACfan

March 27th, 2012
8:03 pm

@Dept. Of Unintended Irony

Who are you dog?

hawksfancents95

March 27th, 2012
8:06 pm

@bird
ya its on 884 if you have comcast HD, its on fox sports south

Luke Cage

March 27th, 2012
8:06 pm

SWEET CHRISTMAS!!!

bird

March 27th, 2012
8:07 pm

dawkins

March 27th, 2012
8:07 pm

Are we gonna see another tmac DNP the idiotic amature coach decision?

Dept. Of Unintended Irony

March 27th, 2012
8:08 pm

Tmacfan,

Like Popeye, I yam who I yam. I’ve been on this blog a long time, and dropped out for awhile. Now I just try to inject some humor into an otherwise way too serious blog.

ricardo anyaz

March 27th, 2012
8:09 pm

If tracy dosent get any minutes tonight the only conclusion one can come up with is that Drew is a vindictive child.

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

March 27th, 2012
8:09 pm

WORLDWIDE CLYDE I WANT A FIRE WOODY SHIRT. WHERE U AT

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

March 27th, 2012
8:10 pm

Tmacfan,

Like Popeye, I yam who I yam. I’ve been on this blog a long time, and dropped out for awhile. Now I just try to inject some humor into an otherwise way too serious blog.
****

FIRE WOODY

Najeh Davenpoop

March 27th, 2012
8:11 pm

No Ilyasova, huh? Good for the Hawks, bad for my fantasy team.

Big Lou

March 27th, 2012
8:12 pm

Lol

Josh with an airball hook.

City Of Atlanta Still Recovering From William Tecumseh Sherman

March 27th, 2012
8:13 pm

lmao joe needs to hit the weight room

drmaryb.[*_*].

March 27th, 2012
8:13 pm

Good to see Kirk is back and ok, I was worried.

Slimjr

March 27th, 2012
8:13 pm

TMACfan

March 27th, 2012
8:03 pm

@Dept. Of Unintended Irony

“Who are you dog?”

He’s a pain in his azz!

Big Lou

March 27th, 2012
8:14 pm

Joe tries to get a rebound and Zaza hits him in the face. Maybe that’s why is stays out of the paint. GJ Zaza. What a dope.

City Of Atlanta Still Recovering From William Tecumseh Sherman

March 27th, 2012
8:14 pm

oh nvm he stumbled away because he got hit in the lip

Blast

March 27th, 2012
8:15 pm

Iron Man Joe will be right back.

Slimjr

March 27th, 2012
8:15 pm

Big Lou has a new friend!

drmaryb.[*_*].

March 27th, 2012
8:15 pm

Looks like Joe got poked in the eye .. Zaza gave him the rebound and he was out of bounds holding his eye, I believe?

TMACfan

March 27th, 2012
8:16 pm

My fantasy team just went to $hit. COME ON JJ, COME BACK!!

I know he will

Slimjr

March 27th, 2012
8:16 pm

That was offensive!

Slimjr

March 27th, 2012
8:17 pm

hawksfancents95

March 27th, 2012
8:17 pm

i like what scott styles did with his starting lineup
jennings and ellis drive and score or kick
mbah ah moute ekpe udoh drew gooden all play good defense and do all the little things and rebound.

drmaryb.[*_*].

March 27th, 2012
8:18 pm

Did the Bucks really need Montae? Seems like they needed a big man more. Two little guys in the back court and no defense.

Big Lou

March 27th, 2012
8:18 pm

No. drmaryb.

His lip.

Slimjr

March 27th, 2012
8:19 pm

Here ya go Genius! (Dept)

partook [pɑːˈtʊk]
vb
the past tense of partake

Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 200

Rob

March 27th, 2012
8:19 pm

Marvin must relaly like coming off the bench. Good production

Slimjr

March 27th, 2012
8:20 pm

PARTOOK PARTOOK PARTOOK

Will be use again and again!

High-sider

March 27th, 2012
8:20 pm

Marvin Williams has 8 quick points.

Rev in Tampa

March 27th, 2012
8:20 pm

Who needs t-mac and jj. We’ve got marvin