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

Slimjr

March 30th, 2012
9:57 pm

Huge loss for the Knicks.. Josh will foul out..Melo will attack him

Knicks loss on 11 missed FT

atlchris77

March 30th, 2012
9:57 pm

He was moving again.

bigdave

March 30th, 2012
9:57 pm

slick WiLLIE!

yodaddybrother

March 30th, 2012
9:57 pm

Willie Green > Al Green

Luke Cage

March 30th, 2012
9:57 pm

Thats the Bricks D we all love

Slimjr

March 30th, 2012
9:57 pm

Najeh Davenpoop

March 30th, 2012
9:58 pm

Haha. Smart play by Willie Green.

Go to the box score for this game and look at the plus/minus for the starters. Just saying.

HawkEye

March 30th, 2012
9:58 pm

Game ball Willie Green. He is everywhere tonight. Big shots and being very aggressive.

City Of Atlanta Still Recovering From William Tecumseh Sherman

March 30th, 2012
9:58 pm

teague would have gave the ball to joe on that lst drive by willie green

Big Lou

March 30th, 2012
9:58 pm

Good sub with Marvin by LD, preventing Josh from getting that 6th.

yodaddybrother

March 30th, 2012
9:58 pm

No center in the game???? coach stupid LD

Luke Cage

March 30th, 2012
9:58 pm

Why is Mike Bibby still playing?

yodaddybrother

March 30th, 2012
9:59 pm

WE have three centers on the bench…stupid LD

Slimjr

March 30th, 2012
9:59 pm

NO Amare’ and Linsanity tonight..

Marvin Blocked again at point blank range

yodaddybrother

March 30th, 2012
9:59 pm

City Of Atlanta Still Recovering From William Tecumseh Sherman

March 30th, 2012
9:59 pm

DawgNole

March 30th, 2012
9:59 pm

Now that’s the Marvin we’ve become accustomed to. Layup blocked–and he knocks it out of bounds.

Hawkfan

March 30th, 2012
9:59 pm

It should be over but hawks never safe

Melvin

March 30th, 2012
9:59 pm

How many times have we seen Marvin get that same shot block….

Luke Cage

March 30th, 2012
10:00 pm

Man ya’ll know LD wants this game badly, keeping Collins on the bench proves it.

City Of Atlanta Still Recovering From William Tecumseh Sherman

March 30th, 2012
10:00 pm

spartacus season finale…im out

DawgNole

March 30th, 2012
10:00 pm

Slimjr
March 30th, 2012
9:57 pm

Huge loss for the Knicks.. Josh will foul out..Melo will attack him

Knicks loss on 11 missed FT
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Bite that tongue, Slim. You tryin’ to jinx us?

Najeh Davenpoop

March 30th, 2012
10:00 pm

The entire Knicks team combined, other than Melo and Shumpert, has 29 points.

yodaddybrother

March 30th, 2012
10:00 pm

put Zaza in the game please….stop with the stupid lineups LD

Slimjr

March 30th, 2012
10:01 pm

Larry was screaming at his players tonight! Cmon Larry you need to do that more often dude…..

HawkEye

March 30th, 2012
10:01 pm

Green has only missed one shot.

DawgNole

March 30th, 2012
10:01 pm

HawkEye
March 30th, 2012
9:58 pm

Game ball Willie Green. He is everywhere tonight. Big shots and being very aggressive.
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I second that one!

yodaddybrother

March 30th, 2012
10:01 pm

Willie showed up in a big way….makes up for Shumpert having 20+ points

yodaddybrother

March 30th, 2012
10:02 pm

Joe Wincze

March 30th, 2012
10:02 pm

Not watching the game but is that 5 empty treys Josh has taken? OMG

HawkEye

March 30th, 2012
10:02 pm

Slimjr, LD was channeling his inner Woody lol.

Najeh Davenpoop

March 30th, 2012
10:02 pm

The Knicks try on defense now, but they still don’t play D with very good fundamentals. How do you double team a guy behind the 3 point line and let him just dribble around you? Shumpert is the only Knick who looks like he knows how to play D.

Luke Cage

March 30th, 2012
10:02 pm

LOL, Brick fans heading for the exits LOL, SEE YA!!!

Big Lou

March 30th, 2012
10:03 pm

“put Zaza in the game please….stop with the stupid lineups LD.”

You clearly don’t know basketball. He put Marvin in to guard Melo.

Slimjr

March 30th, 2012
10:03 pm

Melo put on invisible cloak in the 4th..

Rayburn is such a HOMER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! lol

DawgNole

March 30th, 2012
10:03 pm

Slimjr
March 30th, 2012
9:59 pm

NO Amare’ and Linsanity tonight.
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That’s a good dose of reality. Still a big W if we can hang on for 90 secs.

Luke Cage

March 30th, 2012
10:04 pm

Teague stuffin that stat sheet tonight

DawgNole

March 30th, 2012
10:04 pm

Hawkfan
March 30th, 2012
9:59 pm

It should be over but hawks never safe
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Truer words were never spoken.

Mike "Mack Daddy" Woodson

March 30th, 2012
10:05 pm

Damn!! Man I Hate the ATL!!!

Big Lou

March 30th, 2012
10:05 pm

“Bite that tongue, Slim. You tryin’ to jinx us?”

You didn’t hear, DawgNole? Slimjr is a Knicks fan now.

Najeh Davenpoop

March 30th, 2012
10:06 pm

Sweet victory. F-ck Mike Woodson, F-ck Bibby, F-ck the Knicks as a staff, team, and as a motherf-cking crew. And if a few fans want to be down with them, f-ck them too. Chino XL, f-ck him too.

yodaddybrother

March 30th, 2012
10:06 pm

Marvin was about to go to work on Shumpert right there

High-sider

March 30th, 2012
10:06 pm

Willie Green to the rescue!!!!!

Luke Cage

March 30th, 2012
10:07 pm

New York New York, big city of dreams
And everything in New York ain’t always what it seems
You might get fooled if you come from out of town
But I’m down by law and I know my way around

Too much, too many people, too much (aha-ha)
Too much, too many people, too much, Raaah!

Big Lou

March 30th, 2012
10:07 pm

“NO Amare’ and Linsanity tonight.” Slimjr(Knicks simpathizer)

They didn’t play last game either when they blew out the Magic.

atlchris77

March 30th, 2012
10:08 pm

LD was not going to just let Woody come in and walk out with a win.

Slimjr

March 30th, 2012
10:08 pm

Did Woody give em the finger? lol

Good Win Hawks…. Willie will be huge in the playoffs!

Admiral Snackbar

March 30th, 2012
10:08 pm

LD outcoached Woody tonite.
he put Willie in and the rest was history.
good win.

JaeEvolution

March 30th, 2012
10:08 pm

Najeh, Chino XL is a Laker fan, breh.

Buddy Grizzard

March 30th, 2012
10:08 pm

Willie Green did work.