Vivlamore reporting from Hawks practice.
Sorry for the latest of the blog. Traffic accident on 75 and I just completed a video interview.
We’ll start with the injury report. Anthony Tolliver did not practice after he suffered a scratched cornea in Sunday’s exhibition game against the Heat. I spoke with Tolliver and he only expects to miss a few days.
DeShawn Stevenson also did not practice in the non-contact workout, although he took part in free-throw shooting drills. Coach Larry Drew said Stevenson was sore after Sunday’s game. Zaza Pachulia (groin) and Devin Harris participated in the non-contact drills.
* Drew called Monday’s workout a “mental” day with a lot of film study of the win over the Heat.
“We haven’t a day off from the very beginning,” Drew said. “We’ve been going at it every day, and had some two-a-days. After last night game, we really wanted to make this a mental day.”
* In the film study, Drew and his staff kept on eye toward how well the team executed the principles being installed this training camp. He said he saw some good and some bad.
I asked if he looked more closely at the film during the times the Heat had LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Ray Allen on the floor (Dwyane Wade did not play.) Each played just over 20 minutes. Drew said he did use the game as a measuring stick.
“You can use measuring stick if you want to because they are good,” Drew said. “They are real good. That team is as good as they are. Defensively they are all on the same page. You hope to get your defense as good as theirs is.
“We watch a lot of film on different teams and how different teams do things. Miami ranks as one of the top teams defensively and you have to give credit where credit is due. When we do play them, we look at when they are on the floor and we look at how we defend, making sure everybody is in their right spots. Obviously with LeBron on the floor, he is not just one person’s responsibility. He is the whole team’s responsibility. The same with Wade. You have to be prepared for Bosh. That’s a really good team. We try to work as hard as we can so we can be mentioned in the same breath as some of these teams.”
* Drew also saw some new things from the Heat. At one point, James played power forward and Bosh played center and the two ran a side-screen pick-and-roll.
“You don’t see a whole lot of 4-5 pick-and-rolls,” Drew said. “How you defend it, you have to make sure everybody is in the right spot.”
* Drew said he “definitely” plans for draft picks John Jenkins and Mike Scott would play in Wednesday’s exhibition game at the Spurs. Both did not play against the Heat.
* With 19 players in training camp, I asked Drew if he anticipated trimming the roster before the deadline of Oct. 29.
“That is something we are going to be discussing in the next day or so,” Drew said.” We knew we would have a lot of bodies in here. I really wanted to give guys a serious look. We’ll talk about that.”
* Finally, I spoke to Drew about Ivan Johnson for a story I’m writing later in the week. The coach said he made two visits to California to speak to Johnson about his expectations once it became clear the forward would be back this season.
- Chris Vivlamore
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