Knicks at Atlanta Hawks: Game thread

  • Vladimir Radmanovic (back) and Jannero Pargo (appendectomy) are out for the Hawks. Jeremy Lin (knee) is out for the Knicks.
  • Al Horford said he lifted weights today for the first time since his pectoral surgery but still expects to miss the balance of the regular season: “Realistically, for me, it would be the playoffs. Two weeks from now I might feel a lot better but, realistically, I’m going to say the playoffs. That’s when I want to come back. I don’t know if I will be there but I hope I will be.”
  • Larry Drew said he’s operating as if Horford won’t return so there won’t be a letdown. Horford understands that approach: “That’s good. I don’t want to keep the guys [wondering], ‘Oh, he’s going to come back?’ Right now I’m not feeling where I need to be so I don’t want to hold anybody back. I think if I’m back it would be a great addition. I’m not going to be full strength but at least I would be able to help the team.”
  • As for the weightlifting session, Horford said: “I felt OK, didn’t feel too great, but it was the first time. Now we can start getting after that. In the meanwhile I’m going to keep shooting and do all my basketball stuff and try to get back in gear.”
  • Would my blog people be cool with a playoff bench unit featuring Horford, Pargo, Willie Green, Marvin Williams and Ivan Johnson?
  • Drew says Pargo is close to returning: “I think he is. He was out there participating in all our shooting drills. Talking to him, he sounds like he is starting to feel better. Hopefully we will get him back as soon as possible.”
  • Drew on the atmosphere tonight: “We are anticipating it will be a New York crowd at home. We have the mentality that it’s a road game.”
  • Josh Smith: “It’s going to be a playoff atmosphere. I am sure there will be more Knicks fans than Hawks fans because there are so many New Yorkers that live here. It’s going to be exciting to come into this building and play against a hot New York team. You are definitely going to get some physical play because both teams need to win so much.”
  • Josh on matching up with Carmelo Anthony: “He has probably the best offensive package in this league. I definitely am going to have to concentrate on him knowing he’s going to get the ball a majority of the time. It’s not really going to be an individual matchup. A guy of that caliber, it has to be a team aspect in being able to guard a guy like that. We are going to have to come out and be physical with him, match his physicality. He lies to create the contact so I have to be able to absorb it and use my length on him to disrupt his rhythm.”
  • Drew on the Knicks: “One thing is we have to do a good job in transition. They get out and run and have a lot of good one-on-one players. They are featuring ‘Melo a lot more. We have to defend their three-point shooters. They have a lot of guys who can shoot it so we can’t let them get started.”
  • Mike Woodson: “They’ve got great offensive players. They’ve got guys who can score the basketball. We’ve got to do the things we’ve been doing defensively.”
  • Drew on facing Woodson: “It will be a little different but I’ve been in enough of these situations to handle it.”
  • Mike Bibby came by the Hawks’ locker room both before shooataround and during pregame.

Michael Cunningham, Hawks beat

448 comments Add your comment

yodaddybrother

March 30th, 2012
8:20 pm

Josh Smith is an all star

Big Lou

March 30th, 2012
8:20 pm

Najeh > LD.

Hawks, pay this man!

Luke Cage

March 30th, 2012
8:21 pm

DOES ANYONE KNOW HOW TO POST VIDEOS TO FACEBOOK!!!

yodaddybrother

March 30th, 2012
8:22 pm

fouling Tyson Chandler for Zaza???

Big Daddy

March 30th, 2012
8:22 pm

In New York watching the game. Thought it was interesting that Hawks team members went over and hugged Woody including Jeff Teague and Smoove went down the coaches line and said hello to everyone but Woody.

I know a lot of people are down on Jeff. For him, this is his rookie season. He will make mistakes. But, I think back to Rondo and especially Tony Parker who stayed in Pop’s doghouse for his play the first 2 years, but developed. I still feel that Jeff has it in him to be a grea point guard.

yodaddybrother

March 30th, 2012
8:22 pm

Tell Josh not to lose Novak

Najeh Davenpoop

March 30th, 2012
8:22 pm

yodaddybrother

March 30th, 2012
8:22 pm

Josh Smith is a superstar

JaeEvolution

March 30th, 2012
8:23 pm

FINALLY A TEAGUE TO JOSH OOP IN TRANSITION!!!

High-sider

March 30th, 2012
8:23 pm

“Novak-aine” is being put to sleep by Josh Smith’s dunks.

bigdave

March 30th, 2012
8:23 pm

get um up Josh..

Luke Cage

March 30th, 2012
8:23 pm

Much smoother since Teague came back in

Najeh Davenpoop

March 30th, 2012
8:23 pm

Teague wouldn’t have seen that alley oop 2 months ago.

Teague also wouldn’t have rotated it back to Marvin to post up Josh on the mismatch 2 months ago. His play is still inconsistent at times but he is getting better at understanding the game.

Najeh Davenpoop

March 30th, 2012
8:25 pm

Haha @ Big Lou… I’d rather get paid by Georgia Lottery right about now.

DawgNole

March 30th, 2012
8:25 pm

High-sider
March 30th, 2012
8:18 pm

Where’s Collins? [sarcasm]
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Don’t give LD any ideas–he might be sneaking a peek at the blog during the game. (Maybe that’s why he seldom looks like he’s involved.)

Luke Cage

March 30th, 2012
8:25 pm

@Najeh,

Correct on both ends, as I’ve said this is really his first run so I’ll take the bumps this year as he continues to learn, too bad he still gets very little coaching to help.

Luke Cage

March 30th, 2012
8:26 pm

Melo = Have ball, will shoot!

Najeh Davenpoop

March 30th, 2012
8:26 pm

The Knicks keep giving the ball to Melo too far away from the basket and it’s working in the Hawks’ favor. He really should be getting the ball in the same area where Josh gets the ball, but they are trying to make him create from the perimeter.

drmaryb.[*_*].

March 30th, 2012
8:26 pm

Lobtastic!

Josh can get that LOB all night long! All he has to do is run the wings!

High-sider

March 30th, 2012
8:27 pm

Teague has 5 assists but 4 turnovers.

yodaddybrother

March 30th, 2012
8:27 pm

Joe is cold now I bet….long sit

Luke Cage

March 30th, 2012
8:28 pm

Hawk fans chanting overrated at Melo LOL

Najeh Davenpoop

March 30th, 2012
8:29 pm

Marvin doing a better job on Melo than Josh was doing earlier in the game.

yodaddybrother

March 30th, 2012
8:30 pm

Marvin > Carmelo

DawgNole

March 30th, 2012
8:30 pm

Marvin’s running the floor. He can do it–if he just will.

Luke Cage

March 30th, 2012
8:30 pm

Teague dishin’ Dimes

Najeh Davenpoop

March 30th, 2012
8:30 pm

Don’t take that foot off the gas pedal. Blow these motherf-ckers out. Please. I would really like to see one blowout win over a playoff team by this team.

Najeh Davenpoop

March 30th, 2012
8:32 pm

Knicks fans on Twitter want to trade Amare for Josh…

High-sider

March 30th, 2012
8:32 pm

Mike Woodson [is] probably mad as hell right now [with] being down by 15 points.

Luke Cage

March 30th, 2012
8:33 pm

Teague stuffin the stat sheet

Najeh Davenpoop

March 30th, 2012
8:35 pm

Tyson Chandler trying to avoid picking up a foul.

Luke Cage

March 30th, 2012
8:35 pm

Cmon man blast these clowns

Luke Cage

March 30th, 2012
8:35 pm

Guess Woody changed his 2 foul rule

DawgNole

March 30th, 2012
8:36 pm

Najeh Davenpoop
March 30th, 2012
8:30 pm

Don’t take that foot off the gas pedal. Blow these motherf-ckers out. Please. I would really like to see one blowout win over a playoff team by this team.
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I would really like to see a blowout win over ANY team.

bigdave

March 30th, 2012
8:36 pm

i can live w/ Marvin at this capacity..

City Of Atlanta Still Recovering From William Tecumseh Sherman

March 30th, 2012
8:36 pm

melo is not that strong…

MattP

March 30th, 2012
8:38 pm

Oh no it is Collins

Najeh Davenpoop

March 30th, 2012
8:38 pm

BS call. And why Twin instead of Ivan?

Big Lou

March 30th, 2012
8:38 pm

Collins!!!?

Nooooooo!!!

Sautee

March 30th, 2012
8:38 pm

Why not Ivan?

yodaddybrother

March 30th, 2012
8:38 pm

goodbye lead…Collins has entered

DawgNole

March 30th, 2012
8:38 pm

Collins?! (Told ya, High-sider.)

Luke Cage

March 30th, 2012
8:38 pm

Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

City Of Atlanta Still Recovering From William Tecumseh Sherman

March 30th, 2012
8:38 pm

smh here goes the refs

yodaddybrother

March 30th, 2012
8:39 pm

Other teams have a “Collns Sense”….as soon as this fool enters the game…smh

Najeh Davenpoop

March 30th, 2012
8:39 pm

LMAO at this blog’s reaction to Twin

Luke Cage

March 30th, 2012
8:39 pm

LD just screwed us again with Collins

yodaddybrother

March 30th, 2012
8:39 pm

refs too whistle happy now….get over it refs

Luke Cage

March 30th, 2012
8:39 pm

Still time to get Ivan in coach.

Luke Cage

March 30th, 2012
8:40 pm

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