Atlanta Hawks at Raptors: Game thead

Toronto-–Same starting lineup for the Hawks: Jason Collins at center in place of Zaza Pachulia. Linas Kleiza (knee) will not dress for the Raptors.

  • Larry Drew said Hawks players were miffed about last night’s debacle: “It wasn’t a good mood at all. I am sure they were very disappointed in themselves. I certainly was not a happy camper last night. After a game like that, it’s emotional. I had a chance to watch a bit of the game flying in last night, got a good night’s rest, got up this morning and I felt like a new person. I felt like that game and that day was so far behind us right now. As I told the guys, it’s a matter of looking at that game and saying, ‘Hey, we let that one get away from us.’ Now it’s a matter of lacing them back up and going out there and playing the way we know we are capable.”
  • The Hawks get an immediate chance at redemption and clinching a playoff berth all in one shot. “It’s just one loss but looking back at it we could have played a lot more competitively,” Josh Smith said. “Now we are able to get that sour taste out of our mouth and play the same team.”
  • Drew: “We’ve got to play better. From an energy standpoint and going back and looking back at the game, we didn’t have the energy for some reason. You have got to Toronto give credit they came out and sustained for an entire game but I know we are much, much better and more capable of playing better. We didn’t play good basketball last night on either end.”
  • Drew said Toronto’s assault on the rim had more to do with poor perimeter D than a lack of inside presence: “We didn’t defend off the dribble very well. We did a good enough job defensively at defending sets but, at the tail end of a few sets, we just got beat off the dribble. It wasn’t anything they did, they just put the ball down and went by us. You have to play better defensively. When it comes down to mano y mano you just have to sit down and you have got to guard.”
  • Drew on Toronto’s zone D: “Zone is zone. When you are not making shots against a zone, the zone is pretty good. When you are making shots, the zone is not worth a heck. They seem to have confidence in their zone. But it wasn’t anything to surprise us. In all of our meetings we had with them they have zoned us. We have been able to make the adjustments. I wouldn’t say that was the determining factor.”

Michael Cunningham, Hawks beat

278 comments Add your comment

Admiral Snackbar

April 16th, 2012
6:39 pm

Blast

April 16th, 2012
6:46 pm

Lets see what these idiot Hawks do tonite!

High-sider

April 16th, 2012
6:47 pm

Blast

April 16th, 2012
6:47 pm

steven a smith

April 16th, 2012
6:55 pm

Best thing for these “BUMBS” is to lose all remaining games and get into the Lottery, and just maybe
they will get a HIGH Draft Pick..

pointguardslim

April 16th, 2012
6:55 pm

Kirk Hinrich is garbage. Kirk es Basura.
Kirk Hinrich est corbeille.

steven a smith

April 16th, 2012
6:58 pm

Best player available when Hawks pick will be Kansas Center Jeff Withey…..2nd best shot blocker in this years’ draft…

Rev in Tampa

April 16th, 2012
7:00 pm

A big beautiful hawk just swooped down in front of my car. Unlike the rest of you, I’m guarenteed tonight of being impressed by a hawk doing what their supposed to do

steven a smith

April 16th, 2012
7:08 pm

Fire Joe Johnson and Al Horford this offseason!!!

Luke Cage

April 16th, 2012
7:09 pm

SWEET CHRISTMAS!!!

Slimjr

April 16th, 2012
7:10 pm

Trade the Starting 5! Waive the rest! lol

Luke Cage

April 16th, 2012
7:10 pm

Hawks will win easily tonight, my “Spidey Sense” says so!!

Slimjr

April 16th, 2012
7:10 pm

Raptors by 12..

steven a smith

April 16th, 2012
7:11 pm

Anyone out there think that the Hawks have any chance against the BULLS or the HEAT, in the upcoming playoffs, please, by all means, come forward….

Slimjr

April 16th, 2012
7:11 pm

A must win? Maybe a trap?

ntrigue

April 16th, 2012
7:11 pm

Jason again come on drew!

steven a smith

April 16th, 2012
7:12 pm

Hawks will lose by “10″ 2-night….

Slimjr

April 16th, 2012
7:12 pm

Brutal shot by Josh.. His post game needs a ton of work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Slimjr

April 16th, 2012
7:12 pm

Raptors in another blowout!

Slimjr

April 16th, 2012
7:13 pm

Collins got a rebound!

steven a smith

April 16th, 2012
7:15 pm

Teague-Josh-Willie Green-Ivan–Kirk and Zsa Zsa, only keepers on this team. And maybe T-Mac.

Slimjr

April 16th, 2012
7:15 pm

Captain Kirk looks so slow against Mr. Anderson(The Matrix)!

City Of Atlanta Still Recovering From William Tecumseh Sherman

April 16th, 2012
7:16 pm

collin have no lift whatsoever

Brian

April 16th, 2012
7:16 pm

Lets go hawks…massive hawk fan here in Tampa, FL i gotta watch box scores instead of the actual game because this market carries the stupid Magic…..#gohawks

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April 16th, 2012
7:16 pm

Why is Jason Collibs starting? LD is a moron.

Najeh Davenpoop

April 16th, 2012
7:17 pm

Twin is so bad LMAO

Slimjr

April 16th, 2012
7:18 pm

Brian, firstrowsports dot eu…

Slimjr

April 16th, 2012
7:19 pm

Collins with 2 rebounds in 5mins! Hmmmm

Brian

April 16th, 2012
7:19 pm

hopefully you guys will call the game right and not make it seem like its the end of the world when the hawks are leading

Najeh Davenpoop

April 16th, 2012
7:19 pm

Twin is screwing up the entire offense’s floor spacing, something that isn’t so great to begin with.

Najeh Davenpoop

April 16th, 2012
7:21 pm

Hawks’ offense looks so much better when the PG, SG, and SF play like they are not drunk.

Brian

April 16th, 2012
7:21 pm

Good look Slimjr

Walt Frazier

April 16th, 2012
7:21 pm

This should be Teague’s game for the taking; but Jeff can’t play stupid.

Slimjr

April 16th, 2012
7:22 pm

Najeh Davenpoop

April 16th, 2012
7:24 pm

City Of Atlanta Still Recovering From William Tecumseh Sherman

April 16th, 2012
7:26 pm

raptors gettinf too many easy baskets in the paint

Najeh Davenpoop

April 16th, 2012
7:26 pm

If you have cable and you press “info” on your remote, here’s what you get as the description of the game:

“Former Raptors star Tracy McGrady joins fellow veteran Jerry Stackhouse off the bench ofr Atlanta, which is on a 5-1 run at Air Canada Centre”

Way to emphasize the key players in this game.

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April 16th, 2012
7:29 pm

Can Joe Johnson please play defense tonight?

Brian

April 16th, 2012
7:29 pm

I never thought i would see the day Josh Smith would acutally lead the team in PPG. I aint mad at him though….and I still dont think he has peaked yet

Slimjr

April 16th, 2012
7:30 pm

Get stops somebody?

City Of Atlanta Still Recovering From William Tecumseh Sherman

April 16th, 2012
7:31 pm

derozan gets all the calls I swear

Slimjr

April 16th, 2012
7:32 pm

And therein lies a problem, Josh should not be leading any team in scoring…

The streak will continue…

Brian

April 16th, 2012
7:32 pm

Clearly collins is on the roster to take up space in the game and foul the opposing team’s big man…has he even scored a basket this season???

Najeh Davenpoop

April 16th, 2012
7:32 pm

The Hawks normally do such a great job on staying disciplined against master pump fake artists like D-Wade, and yet time and time again they keep jumping in the air against DeMar f-cking DeRozan.

Here comes Vlad for Josh. Expect a lengthy Raptors run.

Brian

April 16th, 2012
7:33 pm

I remember during the woodson years all we had was big men and no guards worth anything until a over the hill bibby came along

Najeh Davenpoop

April 16th, 2012
7:34 pm

“And therein lies a problem, Josh should not be leading any team in scoring…”

The Hawks haven’t had a player who “should” be leading a team in scoring — at least, a title contending team — since Nique. Nobody since then has had that kind of scoring talent. Not Joe, not Josh, not Steve Smith, not Shareef, not anybody.

Najeh Davenpoop

April 16th, 2012
7:36 pm

Yet another mind-numbingly dumb play by Kirk, who hacks away at a D-Leaguer’s arms instead of just standing in front of him and playing D.

City Of Atlanta Still Recovering From William Tecumseh Sherman

April 16th, 2012
7:36 pm

Luke Cage

April 16th, 2012
7:37 pm

Gotta luv this blog, always gloom & doom LMAO!!

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April 16th, 2012
7:37 pm

Where is the defense? You know… stopping then from getting easy shots?