Updated: Atlanta Hawks at Sixers: Game thread

Vivlamore reporting from Philadelphia.

In what has become a recurring theme, the Hawks will be short-handed against the Sixers.

Tracy McGrady (illness) and Jerry Stackhouse (personal) did not make the trip to Philly. Vladimir Radmanovic (back) will also not play. Jannero Pargo (appendectomy) remains out.

To the game: The Sixers lead the NBA in both scoring defense (allowing 87.7 points per game) and field goal defense (allowing opponents just 42 percent shooting).

“We have to be solid on both ends of the floor,” Hawks coach Larry Drew said. “They lead the league in field goal defense because they do such a good job of rotating. When you play against a team that does that well, you have to be committed to moving the basketball and making the extra pass. You can’t get stagnant and play a lot of one-on-one because you play right into what they want to do. We are going to have to be totally, totally committed to moving the ball tonight, more so than we have the whole season. If you allow them to load up on one side of the floor you are playing right into their hands.”

I asked Drew how satisfying last night’s win over the Knicks (and former Hawks coach Mike Woodson) was. He took the high road.

“I got the most satisfaction because we had lost two games in a row,” Drew said. “I told the guys before the game, our focus has to be, as we wind the regular season down, we want to finish strong. We want to be playing well toward the end and carry momentum.

“A lot was made about Woodson coming back to Atlanta and that whole thing. But our focus has to be the Atlanta Hawks and what we need to do. We haven’t played consistent in long stretches enough to get caught up in that. Our focus has to be us.”

The Sixers feature three local products in Louis Williams (South Gwinnett High), Thaddeus Young (Georgia Tech) and Jodie Meeks (Norcross High). Drew is particularly concerned with Williams and Young coming off the bench. Williams leads the Sixers in total points despite not having started a game this season.

“They are both guys when they come into the game, they change the game,” Drew said. “Louis is one of the best scorers in our league and Thaddeus has another motor. You have to combat that. You can’t allow both guys to come in and get going.”

Finally after tonight’s game – the Hawks’ seventh in nine days – they have three days off before playing their next game. Drew said he will give the team at least one day off, maybe two.

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northcyde

March 31st, 2012
5:34 pm

LOL. MC and Chris are like ( bleep ) writing out a blog this weekend.

jeppz23

March 31st, 2012
5:52 pm

Would anybody be against the hawks playing Boston in the 1st round?

Najeh Davenpoop

March 31st, 2012
6:00 pm

Boston wouldn’t be the ideal first round matchup, but honestly I think the Hawks can beat any of the 3 through 8 teams in the East if they make the right adjustments. Against Boston, they just have to go bigger and move Josh to the 3 so that Boston can’t put KG on him.

Najeh Davenpoop

March 31st, 2012
6:07 pm

Jeremy Lin out for the rest of the season.

Slimjr

March 31st, 2012
6:10 pm

Lin out? It is a trap?

Slimjr

March 31st, 2012
6:16 pm

T-Mac out along with Stackhouse too? Oh now thats definitely a trap for sure….

Bench Butter Collins for the rest of the season.. Cmon Larry play Dampier? He’s 3X better than butter…

Lou Williams will attack and attack some more!

Slimjr

March 31st, 2012
6:17 pm

Boston in 6..No thanks…

doc

March 31st, 2012
6:27 pm

najeh, ouch ya mean “rook” cant go for woody, must be karma. also the way iman plays all out and with swagger he cant go calling him that either. the kid’s defense and offense kept them in the game last night as much as melo’s did.

Slimjr

March 31st, 2012
6:29 pm

Previous Blog
Grandad

March 31st, 2012
1:58 am

“My opinion only:
It will be in the long term best interest interest
of both the Hawks and Al Horford,
if he does not suit up again until next season.

Having said;
I`m certain the Hawks decision makers will try to play Al
in order to eke out [maybe] one additional win.
*[with an out of shape and with only partially rehabilitated Al Horford]”

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drmaryb.[*_*].

March 31st, 2012
2:09 am

“The reason Horford tore his chest muscle is because he showed up in camp out of shape and, to play himself into shape. Tragic! (Mr. Omar’s voice) Just Tragic!”

Shut All NBA down for the rest of the season…ZaZa and Ivan can more than make up for the loss..Get him fully healed up for next season…This is a very rare unique injury that takes 6-9 months to fully heal..Dont rush him back.. Its not like he’s a 20 and 10 player anyway in the playoffs…

northcyde

March 31st, 2012
6:31 pm

Fluff piece written about JJ on hoopshype.com

Slimjr

March 31st, 2012
6:33 pm

Hey Sautee enjoy the road game tonight…

doc

March 31st, 2012
6:50 pm

slimj you left out my rebuttle to dmb because it was pure bs and you know it

ag

March 31st, 2012
6:51 pm

Yeah Doc, read that link and boy were they full of excuses in NY. Chandler, I am hurt. Melo – hurt in 4th quarter, Davis , yeah I am hurt. Excuse, excuse …..

Well Doc, they toast you so much about your spelling I try to keep it to a minimum… not trying to show off that Atlanta Public School Education!

doc

March 31st, 2012
6:54 pm

usually only the strongest can exert the torques and force to rip the pec off the chest wall bro. usually, this is seen in weightlifters and footballers but you did get the rehab right. play ya games bro.

doc

March 31st, 2012
6:56 pm

i am one of dekalb’s finest bro. heh heh

Najeh Davenpoop

March 31st, 2012
7:02 pm

Indiana plays at San Antonio tonight, one of the toughest places for road teams to play in the league. Yet another reason why tonight’s game is huge. A Hawks win and Pacers loss puts the Hawks in the 5 seed, 3 games ahead of Philly.

Najeh Davenpoop

March 31st, 2012
7:04 pm

Evan Turner starts at SG for the Sixers now. One of the league’s better rebounding SGs. Kirk will have his hands full.

doc

March 31st, 2012
7:09 pm

slmj if topic comes close to al h it is like talking to a house but i thonk you missed this very good article:

http://www.livestrong.com/article/407371-torn-pectoral-muscles-from-basketball/

if nothing else it should give you a new resource for athletes and basics on nutrition and exercise along with rehabbing injuries. found it to be pretty good. didnt find this earlier when he was injured as there were plenty of miscom eptions ncluding the severity of the injiry and foljs suggsting that it was due to lack of preparation to prevent it. if anything this is an overuse issue and only comes to the best prepared or overprepared. sorry to burst your bubble.

Admiral Snackbar

March 31st, 2012
7:13 pm

no nimbers for OOogadala!

it might be a TRAP!

doc

March 31st, 2012
7:17 pm

nice analogy by dmb from other blog on tmac reminding her of christian laetner.

doc

March 31st, 2012
7:22 pm

tmac has larryitis. similar to laryngitis where you choke whenever larry comes into view. some think it is a viral gi bug, my sources say otherwise.

doc

March 31st, 2012
7:25 pm

slimj 8-2?

i know 0-45!

jeppz23

March 31st, 2012
7:29 pm

Tonight we’ll see if the hawks have what it takes to beat Philly if we were to run into them in the 1st round..

ClassicHawks

March 31st, 2012
7:30 pm

I dont know if we will win tonight, but if we do, we have a strong shot of capturing that third seed. Orlando is all my concerned about…

soullrenaissance

March 31st, 2012
7:32 pm

@ Doc about Larryitis – I think I caught that along time ago. An ECF appearance or a new coach and GM are the only cure.

jeppz23

March 31st, 2012
7:33 pm

The hawks shouldn’t try to get the 3rd seed..the team is at their best when nobody gives them a chance, so why not drop to the 7th or 8th seed and play Miami in the 1st round? LOL

doc

March 31st, 2012
7:36 pm

soul it is very contageous. i hear woody had it too.

my sources of course.

Runner-

March 31st, 2012
7:40 pm

Tough game tonight, here we go…

Najeh Davenpoop

March 31st, 2012
7:41 pm

Zone is a good idea against the Sixers, as long as they don’t lose track of Jodie Meeks.

Najeh Davenpoop

March 31st, 2012
7:42 pm

Wow, that sucks.

Najeh Davenpoop

March 31st, 2012
7:43 pm

Dodged a bullet. That looked terrible on replay.

Big Lou

March 31st, 2012
7:44 pm

Josh playing smart so far.

City Of Atlanta Still Recovering From William Tecumseh Sherman

March 31st, 2012
7:45 pm

Big Lou

March 31st, 2012
7:45 pm

And… he makes a dumb play..

City Of Atlanta Still Recovering From William Tecumseh Sherman

March 31st, 2012
7:46 pm

lol there goes nique with that line

City Of Atlanta Still Recovering From William Tecumseh Sherman

March 31st, 2012
7:48 pm

when the last time teague made a jumper?

Big Lou

March 31st, 2012
7:51 pm

Kirk failing too much. Put in Marvin.

ntrigue

March 31st, 2012
7:52 pm

Why are we not going back 2 Josh in the post? It worked 1st two plays then we try to force Joe into the gm I dnt understand!

Najeh Davenpoop

March 31st, 2012
7:52 pm

Not a bad start on either end of the floor, but you never really know how well you’re doing against Philly until they bring in the firepower off the bench. Gotta box out. 3 offensive boards for Philly already.

Najeh Davenpoop

March 31st, 2012
7:53 pm

Also gotta get Joe on the move more. When he caught the ball coming off the curl, he had a chance to drive in for the floater. When they gave it to him and cleared out, he had to throw up a prayer against Iguodala’s tough defense. Get him on the move. Make Iguodala work.

tb hawk fan

March 31st, 2012
7:54 pm

just let them score

tb hawk fan

March 31st, 2012
7:55 pm

let’s just jump shoot now

High-sider

March 31st, 2012
7:56 pm

Kentucky is choking!!!

Big Lou

March 31st, 2012
7:57 pm

Why aren’t they posting Josh until it forces double teams? Oh yeah, LD is coaching.

ntrigue

March 31st, 2012
7:57 pm

Why do we wait till were losing by 10 to put Josh on the block? mks no sense!

City Of Atlanta Still Recovering From William Tecumseh Sherman

March 31st, 2012
7:58 pm

damn teague…

High-sider

March 31st, 2012
8:01 pm

Willie Green with the weak a$$ heat check

Najeh Davenpoop

March 31st, 2012
8:03 pm

The Sixers are like the anti-Josh. They drive the ball inside almost to a fault. Passed up several open shots in that quarter. Hawks did a good job anticipating their drives and contesting most of the shots they got in and around the paint.

Big Lou

March 31st, 2012
8:04 pm

Man.

These announcers are hard to listen to sometimes.

They should be called Homer and Homer Jr.

Runner-

March 31st, 2012
8:04 pm

We have pretty much 8 guys in the game tonight… I guess that’s what the Hawks get thinking they can sign aging veterans and get a solid year out of all of them. Vlad, Jerry, T-Mac, all supposedly “key” bench players that have played sparingly due to injuries. Sign some youth damn it!!