Atlanta Hawks vs. Bulls: Game thread

Vivlamore reporting from Philips Arena.

The Bulls will be without Derrick Rose tonight against the Hawks, the eighth straight game he has missed with a groin injury.

For the Hawks, Vladimir Radmanovic is a game-time decision with a back injury. The forward has missed five of the past six games with “tightness” in his back. UPDATE: Radmanovic will not play.

Without Rose, Hawks coach Larry Drew said his team will not change the way they approach playing the Eastern Conference leader. Rebounding and controlling the paint will be the key.

“Still a very, very capable ball club of winning without Rose,” Drew said. “We will attack them the way we have in the past. We have to control the boards. We have to control the paint. They really play an aggressive style in the paint area. We are going to have to bring a playoff intensity against this team because they are not going to hand it to us. They are not going to roll over because Rose is not in the lineup.”

Turnovers will be another issue facing the Hawks. They committed 22 turnovers in Tuesday loss at the Bucks, tying their third most this season. Ten of those turnovers came in the first quarter when the Hawks fell into a deficit they spent much of the game trying to erase.

“That is totally against the way we want to play, particularly on the road,” Drew said. “We talk about controlling the tempo, limiting our turnovers and how important it is to win the board game. At the end of the first quarter we had 10 turnovers. We were at a pace that wasn’t very good for us. Here we are 15 games until the end of the regular season and we are still talking about the same things we were talking about the first week of the season. It is something we will continue to harp on. As a coach, you hope at this point of the season, we are past that point where we are turning the ball over that many times. It’s the way we are turning the ball over. A lot of those errors are unforced, where we are trying to force the issue. Hopefully, we’ll just get better at.”

Jeff Teague had seven of the turnovers, but Drew’s message to his young point guard was simple.

“The only thing he needs to learn is how to bounce back,” Drew said. “… At this stage the last thing I want Jeff to do is play cautious.”

Finally, Drew expects to go deeper into his bench tonight against the Bulls, the fifth game in six nights. He had wanted to play more reserves against the Bucks but didn’t want to stop the momentum the starters had in erasing a 17-point deficit. Tracy McGrady played just 6:50, Willie Green played just 6:23 and Jerry Stackhouse did not play.

“I thought we had exerted a lot of energy to tie it and take the lead and I really wanted to ride the warm guys,” Drew said. “I was hoping I could rest both Josh [Smith] and Joe [Johnson] momentarily, which they did the start of the fourth, but I thought it was important to hang on to the momentum that we did have.

“Tonight, may be a little different story. I might have to go deeper into my bench.”

413 comments Add your comment

Macaroni Tony

March 28th, 2012
6:55 pm

Macaroni Tony

March 28th, 2012
6:57 pm

The Bucks beat because we turned over the ball too many time last night. We need to bounce back tonight.

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

March 28th, 2012
7:07 pm

DawgNole

“You have a problem with my suggesting what bloggers “should” say, then you proceed to tell me what I “should” celebrate. There goes any credibilty you may have had. Bloggers express their opinions–that’s what this is for–regardless of how I think they “should” feel. And that’s all my entries are–opinions. I’ve crossed no lines here.

If you think a “good” effort and the resulting loss is “laudable,” then you represent the very reason ATL’s pro sports teams have claimed only one championship in more than 150 seasons of competition. There are NO excuses for that level of ineptitude, and acceptance of losing by you and too many others will only help ensure that sports history repeats itself in this city.”

DAYUM! Saw this post at work.

OWNED.

DrMaryB’s Questions post was one of the best I’ve seen on this blog. Agree with every single point.

Don’t understand this though: “Will you do the fans a favor and just leave them alone after your contact expires?”

Has Sund ever paid attention to us?

And LOL @ people who think Sund should return and that he’s done a good enough job. LOL that’s the problem. He HASN’T DONE A JOB. HE HAS DONE NOTHING. HE HAS NOT MADE ANY MOVES TO MAKE US CONTENDERS.

Big Lou

March 28th, 2012
7:08 pm

Yeah, that makes sense. Go deeper to your bench against contenders, yet tire your starters against scrubs.

Big Lou

March 28th, 2012
7:09 pm

JeJe

Did your seriously repost that? Lol

Luke Cage

March 28th, 2012
7:19 pm

SWEET CHRISTMAS!!!

Slimjr

March 28th, 2012
7:19 pm

2 good ones tonight! Knicks on ESPN!

Hawks on Sports South! I need that split screen!

Luke Cage

March 28th, 2012
7:20 pm

LD can learn from Bulls coach on how to use your depth.

Big Lou

March 28th, 2012
7:21 pm

Oh Lord

I hope I don’t have to see updates on how the Knicks are doing, because I could care less.

DawgNole

March 28th, 2012
7:22 pm

Different blog, Big Lou. I’m about to repost my response on this one. Now don’t go gettin’ all mad at me.

Slimjr

March 28th, 2012
7:24 pm

Should have hired Doug Collins! Naw, non Championship aspirations! Yea some of us got it GEARON Jr….

Luke Cage

March 28th, 2012
7:25 pm

Adleman woulda been a great hire

DawgNole

March 28th, 2012
7:26 pm

As promised, Big Lou. I also promise it won’t hurt.

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)
March 28th, 2012
6:24 pm

The goal of every sports fan in the world should be for his or her sports team to win the ultimate prize – a championship.

How some of the people here cannot see this is just deplorable.

People on here are just praying we can get to the 2nd round this year and are praying for the best matchup. I guess it’s the norm on this blog to settle for mediocrity.

Glad that a select few of us rise above it. Go Dawgs
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Gratifying to know that someone sees the performance of ATL’s teams in the same light I do, GM JeJe. I’m afraid we’re heavily outnumbered, but won’t change my feelings, and I don’t believe it will change yours either.

All I want is a championship–and no more excuses. With over 150 seasons of pro sports competion in ATL producing only one title, I don’t believe I’m being unfair at all–or asking too much.

Luke Cage

March 28th, 2012
7:28 pm

Glad I Root for the STEELERS in football LOL!!!

Admiral Snackbar

March 28th, 2012
7:28 pm

IT’S A TRAP!!!

Big Lou

March 28th, 2012
7:31 pm

Don’t worry, DawgNole. I won’t get in the middle of the ego circle jerk between you two.

Slimjr

March 28th, 2012
7:34 pm

History:

about 6% of the colonist fought the British and kicked them out of here!

about 94% sat home with their easy bake ovens lol Settle? Hmmmmmmmmmmm…

Chris Vivlamore

March 28th, 2012
7:39 pm

Radmanovic will not play.

Najeh Davenpoop

March 28th, 2012
7:40 pm

Hawks would do well to go with some big lineups.

Don’t sleep on the Bulls’ backup PGs. Lucas and Watson are both solid. Better not slack off.

Najeh Davenpoop

March 28th, 2012
7:41 pm

Hawks don’t need Vlad in this game. What they need is a big time effort from Marvin off the bench, who will likely be matched up against Gibson and Deng for significant portions of the game. Marvin needs to crash the hell out of those boards.

DawgNole

March 28th, 2012
7:42 pm

Big Lou
March 28th, 2012
7:31 pm

Don’t worry, DawgNole. I won’t get in the middle of the ego circle jerk between you two.
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Probably a wise decision.

Big Lou

March 28th, 2012
7:42 pm

Lol

More Bulls fans than Hawks fans.

Luke Cage

March 28th, 2012
7:42 pm

Lets see if Hawk fans can drown out bulls fans

Luke Cage

March 28th, 2012
7:43 pm

LOL@Noah with his hair up

Luke Cage

March 28th, 2012
7:45 pm

Dung going to have his hands full tonight

Najeh Davenpoop

March 28th, 2012
7:46 pm

Hawks doing a good job of helping on D without over-committing like they did last night.

Luke Cage

March 28th, 2012
7:47 pm

Dude just dribbled out of control, no call there

Najeh Davenpoop

March 28th, 2012
7:48 pm

Love those plays when Josh looks for Joe on the back cut. Keep using Josh’s passing ability.

Big Lou

March 28th, 2012
7:50 pm

I wonder how many pity fouls the refs will give the Bulls.

Najeh Davenpoop

March 28th, 2012
7:50 pm

Second bullsh-t whistle bailing out the Bulls. That one for Deng looked even more questionable than the first one on Teague.

Najeh Davenpoop

March 28th, 2012
7:51 pm

Teague is steadily improving at running the fast break. Much more patient now than he was a couple of months ago.

Luke Cage

March 28th, 2012
7:51 pm

Nice energy thus far, bulls look like they don’t know what they want to run

Sautee

March 28th, 2012
7:52 pm

Laudable defense! ;-)

Big Lou

March 28th, 2012
7:52 pm

“Second bullsh-t whistle bailing out the Bulls. That one for Deng looked even more questionable than the first one on Teague.” Najeh

Agreed. The only thing keeping the Bulls relevant so far. Guess they can’t have the Bulls doing too bad without Rose.

Blast

March 28th, 2012
7:52 pm

Love Hawks tempo in this game so far.

Chicago seems confused on offence, and not playing much D either.

Hawks need a revenge win tonite!

High-sider

March 28th, 2012
7:52 pm

If the Hawks can just keep their focus, this [Hawks] team can beat the Bulls in a seven-game series even more so with a healthy Al Horford.

Najeh Davenpoop

March 28th, 2012
7:59 pm

Hawks’ offense looks better when they post up or run pick and roll. Every single game.

Blast

March 28th, 2012
8:00 pm

If Chicago was such a great city, why are all these Bulls fans living in Atlanta?

City Of Atlanta Still Recovering From William Tecumseh Sherman

March 28th, 2012
8:00 pm

my god teague please stop shooting jumpers

Buzzards Not Hawks

March 28th, 2012
8:00 pm

Teague can’t shoot 3’s

DawgNole

March 28th, 2012
8:00 pm

Good to see Teague hit a 3. If he could be more dependable from long range, we’d really have something.

Najeh Davenpoop

March 28th, 2012
8:00 pm

Zaza is thoroughly outplaying Noah.

If the Hawks play the Bulls in the playoffs this year and Al is healthy, the Hawks have to find a way to keep Zaza in the lineup. Zaza is the perfect antidote for Noah.

Luke Cage

March 28th, 2012
8:01 pm

Other than playing with a high energy level Noah really ain’t all that, his skill set on offense is TUUUURRIBLE.

City Of Atlanta Still Recovering From William Tecumseh Sherman

March 28th, 2012
8:01 pm

fans going to start saying noooo whenever teague shoots a jumper

Turnover Teague

March 28th, 2012
8:01 pm

Hawks need a point guard…

Turnover Teague

March 28th, 2012
8:03 pm

Noah looks like WNBA chick with his ponytail hair ball…

Najeh Davenpoop

March 28th, 2012
8:03 pm

Twin comes in before Ivan. Hmm…

Luke Cage

March 28th, 2012
8:03 pm

UUGGGH, Collins is in the game

Big Lou

March 28th, 2012
8:03 pm

Collins?

What about Ivan?

Fire LD!

High-sider

March 28th, 2012
8:03 pm

It’s time to part ways with Collins.