Atlanta Hawks vs. Clippers: Game thread

Josh Smith didn’t want to talk much about tonight’s matchup with Blake Griffin.

He didn’t want to dwell on the Highlight Factory vs. Lob City.

“I’m not worried about the matchup,” Smith said following Tuesday morning’s shoot-around in preparation for the Clippers. “My main concern is winning the basketball game.”

Both teams have plenty to play for. The Hawks’ magic number to clinch home-court advantage is two. They can clinch tonight with a victory and a Celtics loss to the Heat. The Hawks must finish with a better record than the Celtics (by virtue of Boston holding the tie-breaker and winning the Atlantic Division). So they must either win both remaining games or win one and have the Celtics lose one to host the Eastern Conference matchup.

“We do have an opportunity to get home-court advantage,” Marvin Williams said. “It will be huge for us and I think everybody understands that.”

The Clippers are a half-game behind the Lakers for the Pacific Division lead and the third seed in the Western Conference playoffs.

The Hawks’ offense has been effective the past several games. They have shot over 50 percent in their last two games against the Knicks (54.4) and Celtics (51.4) and were very near the mark in wins over the Pistons (49.4) and Raptors (48.8).

However, it’s the defensive effort that is of concern for Hawks coach Larry Drew.

“I like the fact that offensively the numbers have been good,” Drew said Tuesday morning. “My concern will always be with defense. I don’t think I could ever be satisfied defensively. There are times when we’ve show major improvements in areas and times where we fall back into a lapse of defending. Going down the stretch, it’s about trying to get as fine-tuned as we can going into the playoffs and when you go into the playoffs make sure you dot every I and cross every T, particularly from a defensive standpoint. That’s going to be your staple in any playoff series, how well you can defend. We are going to have to go into these last two ball games, playing against two teams who are playoff bound, it’s a great opportunity to finish this thing on a positive note against two good teams. I’m always stressing and emphasizing defense. I’m a big defense guy. I want our defense to be ahead of our offense. As of lately, we’ve done a good job offensively but we have to get that consistency defensively.”

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Slimjr

April 24th, 2012
5:45 pm

Slimjr

April 24th, 2012
5:46 pm

Slimjr

April 24th, 2012
5:46 pm

Clippers are extremely hungry tonight..Expect a 2nd quarter Hawk deficit..How much? Who knows.

If LD puts Captain Kirk on Randy Foye? Oh the humanity!

A MUST WIN FOR THE HAWKS!

pointguardslim

April 24th, 2012
5:48 pm

The 225 Josh Smith versus Blake Griffin…

” And as much as I respect Blake Griffin’s talents, he’s just not a defensive player.”
neither was David Lee. We lost to GSW however. lol.

A) Step back to cut off drive
B) cut off left hand
C) don’t foul
D) Smith will shoot the jumper but he won’t foul you out that way & none of his teammates can rebound; thus his team stagnates
E) rinse and repeat
……………

Hawks only chance in the playoffs is more of the big lineups Ivan/Horford at PF.

Slimjr

April 24th, 2012
5:50 pm

Kudos to Robotus, for being honest with the fans by stating he’s bring no ‘D” to the playoffs just his 1950’s set shot….. Yippee! Yahoo!

Well at least we should not expect anything new from Mr. Escort to the rim……

Luke Cage

April 24th, 2012
5:53 pm

Again, Nothing wrong with getting both Al & Zsa Zsa on the court, the more bigs that can rebound the better, not expecting Al to be the savior but it would be nice to see a Center other than Ivan that catches the ball without fumbling with it and a strong finisher not weak layups missed at point blank range, start Zsa Zsa & bring in both Al & DEBO at the 4 & 5 spots, they can play either.

Luke Cage

April 24th, 2012
5:56 pm

Hawks will be facing the MVP of the NBA IMO in Chris Paul, Durant & Lebron get most of the votes but Paul has literally been carrying & saving the clip joint from day 1.

Luke Cage

April 24th, 2012
5:56 pm

Hawks will be facing the MVP of the NBA IMO in Chris Paul, Durant & Lebron get most of the votes but Paul has literally been carrying & saving the clip joint from day 1.

Luke Cage

April 24th, 2012
5:56 pm

By the way: SWEET CHRISTMAS!!!

Slimjr

April 24th, 2012
5:58 pm

Thanks again Billy Knight!

Admirable SnAckBar

April 24th, 2012
6:02 pm

Go Hawks. Keep running the offense. and play some D this game.

pointguardslim

April 24th, 2012
6:04 pm

“Horford’s percentage dropped in the playoffs because teams (Orlando and Chicago) closed out on him hard with PF instead of centers, and his ability to put the ball on the floor and get to the rim was non existent.”

The sad thing is people think he does have that ability. He’s awkward dribbling and shooting off the dribble.

Najeh you said Horford could take 90% of PFs off the dribble…90% of numbers on the internet are made up. And do what? A running hook? Fadeaway jumper? Floater?

Dude would twist his ankle. We’ve seen him at PF next to Zaza since the Woody days & penetration is not his forte. to say the least.

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Chilly

April 24th, 2012
6:05 pm

Zsa Zsa is sorely needed for the playoff series against Boston. Hawks have proven, they can win without Al. Zsa’s can get the Hawks there with defense. GO HAWKS! Anyone selling ticketsto game 1, I would be interested.

Punanny Jones

April 24th, 2012
6:07 pm

Al by the numbers:

Career ? 12 pts 8 rebs

Allstar? 5 pts 3 rebs

Playoffs? 10pts 7rebs

College? 12 pts 7 rebs

What in the world are you guys thinking? This man is All average. Funny, Hes Just back from laying out from an injury and the first thing his ass hollers is “he aint playing no defense” Hell he didnt play any when he was healthy.

I also wish hed quite whining about not wanting to play defense at center and that hed rather play josh’s position. Thats whats causing all the issues is his selfish lazy attitude. Dude needs to be traded. Hes not a team player.

KevinM

April 24th, 2012
6:08 pm

Zaza we need you fella!

Gotta take it to the Clips tonight.

Slimjr

April 24th, 2012
6:13 pm

Figures Marvin took out our starting Center during this super critical run at the end of the season!

Thanks Bill Knight, the self proclaimed “Basketball Expert”!

Slimjr

April 24th, 2012
6:14 pm

“His left hand is irrelevant”! -unknown author-

Luke Cage

April 24th, 2012
6:17 pm

Horford is not the savior but some act like he does nothing, he can help the bench, his career of 12pts 8rb on this team as a 3rd or 4th option since he’s been here are good numbers considering the situation. Or should I say “nimbers”

terrell

April 24th, 2012
6:19 pm

Punanny Jones

April 24th, 2012
6:40 pm

Al in not only a non factor… but Al doesnt want to play center or defense and we dont need him for offense so what go is he.

Luke Cage

April 24th, 2012
6:52 pm

Al said that he prefers PF, not that he wouldn’t play center, he plays solid D. I get you don’t like dude which is cool but to me the more bigs the better and thats whether he scores or not, rebounding, playing the pick n roll or whatever, there are things Zsa Zsa does that Al can’t & vice versa.

Marvin & Kirk for most of the season brought nothing, but Kirk at the 2 and Marv off the bench have made them contributors and applaud them for playing better, so if Al can be productive off the bench then hey i’m all for it, a player doesn’t have to be a scorer to be a contributor to help his team win.

W. R. Terrell

April 24th, 2012
7:07 pm

Can the Hawks win this game? Yes they can but a few things have to happen. Josh has to give the ball up to the point guard and stop with the spectacular play. Hopefully he will play inside and rebound and block shots and when scoring opportunities come up take them but he will probably launch, have at least 6 turnovers and kill a run. Marvin is about to do his thing if left alone. Yes we can beat the Clippers and go past the 2nd round of the playoffs if some folks realize that it’s a team thing and not individual highlights.

drmaryb.[*_*].

April 24th, 2012
7:08 pm

Kidney Beans!

Talk about no respect: check this, an employee (white female) donates a kidney to her boss (white female). The donor has complications after surgery and has to miss some time from returning to work. The boss is doing so great, she … (hold on here)… the boss FIRES the donor when she returns to work.

Why? Because, she never liked the donor to begin with. I believe in Karma, the boss lady biatch is one hella woman.
___________

Let’s GO Hawks!

drmaryb.[*_*].

April 24th, 2012
7:10 pm

Ain’t that a biatch?

drmaryb.[*_*].

April 24th, 2012
7:15 pm

Hawks Win!

89-84

drmaryb.[*_*].

April 24th, 2012
7:17 pm

H E L L O?

Where is bigave?

drmaryb.[*_*].

April 24th, 2012
7:18 pm

Enter your comments here

Where is my Grand-Daddy?

Luke Cage

April 24th, 2012
7:18 pm

I say lets trade Jerome Jurenovich, Andre Aldrige and cash to the bobcats for Stephanie Ready!!

yodaddybrother

April 24th, 2012
7:18 pm

defense fell off because Zaza is hurt…. DUH Coach Drew.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out when you play Josh SMith at center and continuously have to trot out Jason Collins for anything other than passing out water bottles, then the defense will suffer.

We have 4 centers on the roster and none of them can play

Big Lou

April 24th, 2012
7:19 pm

drmaryb

Wow. That’s horrible. She needs to die a slow death.

Big Lou

April 24th, 2012
7:20 pm

“I say lets trade Jerome Jurenovich, Andre Aldrige and cash to the bobcats for Stephanie Ready!!”

They need to get the r@pe police for you. Lol

Luke Cage

April 24th, 2012
7:27 pm

Wha? Who me, naaaawwww. I’m a Superhero

City Of Atlanta Still Recovering From William Tecumseh Sherman

April 24th, 2012
7:27 pm

wtf josh not starting?

Admirable SnAckBar

April 24th, 2012
7:28 pm

Josh benched for poor play?
way to go Coach!

phamoo8

April 24th, 2012
7:30 pm

I sh!t u not if josh isnt in the startin line up because of coaches decision im goin to walk to the arena and kick LD’s a$$ live on TV!!!!!

Sautee

April 24th, 2012
7:31 pm

“We have 4 centers on the roster and none of them can play”

So what does that say about the job LD has done?

drmaryb.[*_*].

April 24th, 2012
7:31 pm

Big Lou

I’m sick about this. My nephew got a kidney transplant when he was sixteen from his step-mom, she was a fifty year old Aisian woman and, the donated kidney lasted about 20 months and failed, it was too old for his body.

Fortunately, he got a second kidney and is 38 years old now, doing well. So, this is personal for me. I saw this on HLN an hour ago and, I’m still seething for the donor. The donor is not doing well and, now she has no health insurance due to being fired by that biatch! All I got to say is “karma is a biatch” too. What a rotten, horrible human being that recipient is. She will get her just due, for sure.

I wonder if the donor can sue for wrongful termination? And, get her insurance policy back, and get her kidney back too, she needs it now.

b

April 24th, 2012
7:33 pm

chicken bone hex is on the clippers!

High-sider

April 24th, 2012
7:34 pm

It’s simple; fire Rick Sund and bring back Jamal Crawford.

Big Lou

April 24th, 2012
7:35 pm

drmaryb

Society is going into the sh!tter. I hope she gets hit by a stray bullet…

right in the kidney.

drmaryb.[*_*].

April 24th, 2012
7:36 pm

WTH!

Josh being punished for poor play and, is not starting? Why start mind-fkg the starters tonight? First TMac, then Ivan and, now Josh? WTH is going on in that locker room? Is Drew losing his handle on this team?

NO CLUE DREW! Where is worldwide clyde? Fire up the presses and get them Tee Shirts rolling!

Big Lou

April 24th, 2012
7:37 pm

Let’s go Heat!

phamoo8

April 24th, 2012
7:39 pm

what dumb azzes josh is startin …. ugggg

City Of Atlanta Still Recovering From William Tecumseh Sherman

April 24th, 2012
7:40 pm

lol they said josh wasnt starting

Luke Cage

April 24th, 2012
7:40 pm

R.I.P Jason Collier

Luke Cage

April 24th, 2012
7:40 pm

Congrats Zsa Zsa

City Of Atlanta Still Recovering From William Tecumseh Sherman

April 24th, 2012
7:40 pm

damn zaza can you breathe in them clothes

Big Lou

April 24th, 2012
7:40 pm

Zaza walking just fine. Lol

Luke Cage

April 24th, 2012
7:42 pm

Watch Randy Foye, dude has been lighting it up from downtown for the last couple of weeks, gotta close out hard on him.

drmaryb.[*_*].

April 24th, 2012
7:42 pm

RIP Jason Collier.

Congratulations Zaza Pachulia.

Who said Josh was not starting? Yes he is.