Atlanta Hawks: Hawks vs. Hornets exhibition game thread

Vivlamore reporting from Philips Arena.

An hour before Thursday’s exhibition game against the Hornets and coach Larry Drew said he had yet to make up his mind about the starting lineup.

“I’m not 100 percent sure yet, as far as my starting lineup,” Drew said. “I’m kind of teetering with a couple things. It could certainly change. I’m looking at different combination of guys on the floor. We are still in the evaluating process in this preseason. There are still some guys I am looking at very closely.”

I can tell you that the early lineup was Jeff Teague, Devin Harris, DeShawn Stevenson, Josh Smith and Al Horford. We’ll see what happens.

Drew would also not indicate if any of the 16 players currently on the roster would be held out. With a maximum of one roster spot still available, the coach said he is still evaluating and waiting for a player to step forward.

“I’m still not 100 percent sure if some of these guys are going to get playing time tonight,” Drew said. “I’m still wavering in that area as well. I want to start looking at some other things that me and the staff have talked about. Coming into this game against New Orleans and with only two more exhibition games left we really have to focus in on the task at hand as far as our club is concerned, particularly out personnel. I have a pretty clear picture of the core of guys who will be with us, but we are still looking a couple of other guys who we like a lot. We are going to use these remaining games and practices and, hopefully, one guy will emerge from the crowd.”

Smith (knee) and Horford (shoulder), held out of the last exhibition against the Pacers, will definitely play.

Finally, I asked Drew what specifically he wanted to accomplish in this game against the Hornets. Here is what he said: “Being about us, it starts with the defense. We have to come out and establish ourselves early defensively and bring a defensive presence. We’ve got to get stops defensively. We have to rebound the basketball. We are looking at our defense, seeing how many deflections we can get. [When] we come up with that basketball, then we have to race the lanes. We have to constantly put pressure on them on both ends of the floor. As I told our players yesterday, I want these last three games to be about us. If we focus in and do the things that we have to do, everything else takes care of itself. Everyone knows were are talking about running the basketball but we have to be smart with our shot selection. But we have to stay on the constant attack. The next three games were are going to harp on that with our players. Hopefully we can get that type of effort.”

- Chris Vivlamore

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High-sider

October 18th, 2012
6:47 pm

Grandad

October 18th, 2012
6:50 pm

* [from previous blog] – note have not yet read today`s article.

Ra`mon –&– AJ

In no way am I cheering for cap space and or a draft choice.

In no way am I or would I advocate trading Al for a lottery pick !

What my message *’`was`’* and *’`is`’* and will continue to be:
the “`”-Winning Culture-”`” that DF is building !
I agree Al & Josh need help, I said as much.
Lou is a start.
KKorver is a “piece” as is JJenkins.
A Quality Big will / is a must.

But, the aforementioned Culture, mind-set, attitudinal change
that occured within ownership prompting the hiring of Mr Ferry
is and was the more important than any one player.

You guys *’`must`’* understand this concept and the importance thereof.

High-sider

October 18th, 2012
6:51 pm

I guess I’ll get to see [the overrated] Austin Rivers this evening.

“Much Ado about Nothing” – William Shakespeare

Slimjr

October 18th, 2012
6:55 pm

Gosh I hope Josh knees hold up this season?

Chris Vivlamore

October 18th, 2012
6:56 pm

John Jenkins will not play tonight. Left hand contusion suffered in recent practice. Not considered serious.

Slimjr

October 18th, 2012
6:59 pm

Same goes for Devin..

Chris Vivlamore

October 18th, 2012
7:20 pm

Hawks starting lineup: Insert Lou Williams for Jeff Teague. Others the same: Harris, Stevenson, Horford, Smith. Hornets starters: Aminu, Davis, Smith, Vasquez, Rivers.

i_am_soulstar

October 18th, 2012
7:26 pm

anyone got a link for watching the game?

MattP

October 18th, 2012
7:26 pm

Hmm… Williams instead of Teague, and the journey back to the bench begins for Teague.

2 FOR JOHN DREW

October 18th, 2012
7:27 pm

Dang it !!!!!!!!! ….. JJenkins & DJames is who I wanted to pay attention to tonight.

Slimjr

October 18th, 2012
7:34 pm

UH OH: Larry looks at Lou and says that was me 30 years ago!

The Dynamic Duo= Lou and Devin…

Chris Vivlamore

October 18th, 2012
7:38 pm

Lineup change again. Teague starts, not Williams. Was right the first time.

paian

October 18th, 2012
7:40 pm

@ajchawks
#Hawks lineup changes again. Teague starts at point guard, not Williams.

Grandad

October 18th, 2012
7:42 pm

“Being about us, it starts with the defense” -LD-

If true, he sure talks alot about offense & running.

Wink

October 18th, 2012
7:46 pm

Can we not let the Rook take over…Davis all 7 points early

High-sider

October 18th, 2012
7:47 pm

What’s up with the “FirstRow Sports” link for the Hornets-Hawks game?

http://thefirstrow.eu/watch/147261/1/watch-atlanta-hawks-vs-new-orleans-hornets.html

cp

October 18th, 2012
7:48 pm

High-sider. sometimes it takes a while before the link will work. The other night it took almost 30 minutes before the game started to stream.

Rod from College Park

October 18th, 2012
7:52 pm

“Can we not let the Rook take over…Davis all 7 points early”

Horford’s checking him, and he prefers not to have to check centers, so we might be in trouble.

Rusty

October 18th, 2012
7:52 pm

Is this LD still playing games with JT

paian

October 18th, 2012
7:54 pm

wow no tv broadcast its by radio again lol

paian

October 18th, 2012
7:55 pm

rod actually josh was chking him

paian

October 18th, 2012
7:56 pm

@ATLHawks
Things we are excited to see tonight – ATL guard play, Smoove matching up with #1 pick Anthony Davis. What do you want to see? #ATLHawks

Rod from College Park

October 18th, 2012
7:59 pm

“rod actually josh was chking him”

I wonder why? LOL

High-sider

October 18th, 2012
8:01 pm

cp,

Thanks for the info about the video stream.

paian

October 18th, 2012
8:01 pm

lol we all know why

paian

October 18th, 2012
8:02 pm

the teams twitter said there is no tv broadcast

Lir(Dominican)

October 18th, 2012
8:03 pm

Actually is because anthony is playing PF not center. Robin lopez is playing C.

i_am_soulstar

October 18th, 2012
8:05 pm

Losing the rebounding battle 13-6 so far. *cough* Damion James* cough

Lir(Dominican)

October 18th, 2012
8:05 pm

Tolliver is sucking this game, the rook is outplaying him

Slimjr

October 18th, 2012
8:06 pm

Larry protecting his AllStar again? Guess you cant blame him..Yawn

Nets and Boston on NBA TV. Also that game has 7 links 1st row. They work….

i_am_soulstar

October 18th, 2012
8:06 pm

Man, that guy Lou really knows how to get to the free throw line.

vava74

October 18th, 2012
8:09 pm

It’s either going be a short season for LD or a loooooong one for LD…

steven a smith

October 18th, 2012
8:09 pm

Nerd Alert @7:56…….8:01 and 8:02

vava74

October 18th, 2012
8:10 pm

Or a long one for us.

(That was I meant to write)

Slimjr

October 18th, 2012
8:10 pm

correction: Nets-Boston game not on NBA TV.

Lir(Dominican)

October 18th, 2012
8:11 pm

yes cuz horford is playing PF, guess who is the one with 2 pfouls

paian

October 18th, 2012
8:13 pm

steven a smith

Im nerd because i see the live twitter feeds on espn? haha make more sense please, but hey then again u are the dumbest blogger ever

Sautee

October 18th, 2012
8:15 pm

“Larry protecting his AllStar again? Guess you cant blame him..Yawn” – slimjr

Protecting him by having him guard the other team’s starting center?

Hmmmmm. Somebody has an agenda.

Grandad

October 18th, 2012
8:16 pm

Some of you guys should work for Fox News:
the way yawl say one thing then spin when presented with facts !

Astro Joe

October 18th, 2012
8:16 pm

Horford defends centers. Robin Lopez is the Hornets starting center. Josh defends PFs, Davis is the Hornets starting PF.

Study the opposition much?

High-sider

October 18th, 2012
8:18 pm

@Slimjr

Slimjr
October 18th, 2012
8:10 pm

correction: Nets-Boston game not on NBA TV
—————————————————————————–

Correction: The Celtics-Nets [preseason] game is on TNT.

Lir(Dominican)

October 18th, 2012
8:22 pm

its slim if he doesnt bash horford, its not him. he loves al more than anybody here

Slimjr

October 18th, 2012
8:24 pm

“Correction: The Celtics-Nets [preseason] game is on TNT.” HS

Your input was not technically a correction. It was input… LMBO!!!!!!

Rusty

October 18th, 2012
8:25 pm

Net game on TNT.

High-sider

October 18th, 2012
8:37 pm

Slimjr,

You’re [technically] right. [LOL]

Slimjr

October 18th, 2012
8:38 pm

AD has 15 pts in 15 mins? What gives?

Hmmmmmm

paian

October 18th, 2012
8:40 pm

but yet he has a +/- of -3

Lir(Dominican)

October 18th, 2012
8:46 pm

that kid looks like the real deal. he is even outplaying josh. i i were ld i put ivan to bother him

glw

October 18th, 2012
8:47 pm

Caught some of the radio broadcast and looking at the 1st half box score, some interesting facts from the 1st half:

1. Center rotation was basically Horford and then Zaza
2 PF rotation was Josh then Tolliver until he picked up 3 fouls and MScott came in No Ivan tonight evidently.
3. LD is employing small ball this evening. No Korver and James. The only 2 legit small forwards on the team. He has used Stevenson, Morrow and I am assuming from the minutes, Lou, Teague and Devin have played some with all 3 on the floor.

Just Joe

October 18th, 2012
8:48 pm

31% from the field. Let me guess. Bunch of jumpshots?

By the way, a Teague/Harris backcourt is a terrible idea.