Atlanta Hawks: Smith will play vs. Pacers (updated)

Vivlamore (updated) reporting from morning shoot-around.

As we told you first, Josh Smith will start tonight against the Pacers. The star forward missed Sunday’s win in Oklahoma City with a sprained right ankle.

Smith was a limited practice participant Tuesday and took part in today’s shoot-around with the projected starters.

Coach Larry Drew said Smith “moved around very well.”

Smith said he’s not 100 percent but is well enough to play.

“You know me, I can’t stay out for too long,” Smith said following shoot-around. “I’m going to see how it goes. It feels good right now. I want to be out there helping my teammates out.

“There is no concern. Obviously, it’s not 100 percent but you have to understand going through a month of training camp and the games, your body is not 100 percent at all. You just have to see how it feels. Right now I feel good and I’m ready to go.”

The rest of the lineup is not set, according to Drew, but it looks like the Hawks will go big with Jeff Teague and Kyle Korver at the guards, Al Horford and Smith at forward and Zaza Pachulia at center.

Although the Pacers are without all-star Danny Granger, they are still a big team and can give the Hawks problems. That’s one of the reason it appears Pachulia will start to defend Pacers’ 7-foot-2 center Roy Hibbert.

“Their size has always been a problem for us,” Drew said.

The Pacers lead the NBA in rebounds per game and defensive rebounds per game. They also lead the league in opponents’ field-goal percentage (.389). We’ll save all that for the game thread blog.

- Chris Vivlamore

45 comments Add your comment

Show me state

November 7th, 2012
12:28 pm

hot.trod.87

November 7th, 2012
12:33 pm

Yeah!!!!!!!!!!! Nice to put Zaza in as center !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

hfc95

November 7th, 2012
12:42 pm

Good to hear, we need Josh to outrun david west up and down the court.

I also want to bring attention to Kyle Korver. A lot of hawks fans don’t think he is worth much but in all honesty from my perspective, he is a very valuable player to have. When he starts it forces teams to not be able to bog down and close the lane for AL and Josh, he forces teams to have to defend him and his shooting ability. Although he has’nt scored much he has drawn major attention when he is in and it opens up everyone else, and I think his defense is undervalued. He is not a one on one defender but his help D and his intelligence are very underappreciated.

I think we should win this game contingent only on the option if Josh plays like how we played vs. OKC with movement and not settling, if he plays aggresive and attacks we should win by 7.

hfc95

November 7th, 2012
12:42 pm

AND MY GOD PLAY IVAN AND YOU SEE THE RESULTS INSTANTLY!!

Ebstide52

November 7th, 2012
12:57 pm

I love this lineup, though I’d like to see Lou at the 2. Though it’s not bad that he comes off the bench because he plays a ton anyways.

Hawks Blog Legend Worldwide Clyde

November 7th, 2012
1:02 pm

BIG IVAN FOR PRESIDENT

Roster

November 7th, 2012
1:40 pm

Great line-up, now i dont have to worry about Al Horford banging with Roy Hibbert and getting injured again like last year.

PS….sign another center please.

Section 303

November 7th, 2012
1:45 pm

I like the lineup. Though, Zaza is good coming off the bench. Looks like the starters are going to be fluid this year. Teague, Al, and Josh are a given, if healthy. The other two spots will change by game/opponet.

Big one tonight. We had a sellout for the Rockets game. Curious what kind of crowd turns out tonight.

Artman

November 7th, 2012
1:48 pm

hfc95,

Josh did not play against OKC. He was at home with a sprained ankle. Is that how you want him to play?

cowbellhell

November 7th, 2012
1:52 pm

If Josh Smith comes out and does what he did in our first game we will lose… J Smoove seems to think he’s a 2-guard and our coach doesn’t have the guts to sit his butt on the bench when he plays out on the perimeter. I would rather see Ivan the Terrible in there, at least he hustles, rebounds and stays down low. If I see Josh throw up another long jump shot and bring our offense to a halt I might shoot the television…

PLEASE GET US A REAL COACH AND ANOTHER BIG MAN DANNY!!

cp

November 7th, 2012
2:02 pm

I like this lineup. Korver has been struggling with his shot but I know he will turn it around. He is getting a lot of good looks but leaving them short. Lets hope tonight is the night he starts knocking down those open jumpers. If Tolliver comes in before Ivan I will be upset. Ivan needs more minutes. I dont mind Tollilver playing but he needs spot minutes.

beone

November 7th, 2012
2:14 pm

+1 for cp 2:02 pm.

Just Joe

November 7th, 2012
2:15 pm

I still believe that this lineup, the “big” lineup, will struggle to score points. I think it gives teams the option of laying off ZaZa, Josh, and Teague (clogging the lane, playing under screens, providing help defense when needed).

IMO, Teague will have to hit the 3 in order to loosen things up on the interior (or the pull up jumper coming off the pick). Otherwise, you’ll see Josh & ZaZa getting a ton of wide open mid-range jumpers, but nothing in close.

Jamaaliver

November 7th, 2012
2:17 pm

Sorry to hear Smith is starting. Even more sad that Korver is starting.

What does Morrow have to do to get a starting nod?

vava74

November 7th, 2012
2:24 pm

I hope that LD has two different playbooks, depending on the line up, since the playbook he used in OKC (the game I watched) called for the SF to be camped out and shooting 3 pointers.

If he goes with this playbook, I don’t think anyone can complain if Josh launches 3 or 4 three pointers since that will be by default.

Can’t give candy to a sweet-tooth and expect him to say no…

vava74

November 7th, 2012
2:25 pm

And… is Korver supposed to check Paul George? Or will LD ask Josh – with a bum ankle – to do it?

I see a first quarter lead for IND of 30-22.

Luv Josh Smith

November 7th, 2012
2:41 pm

This is a big lineup. Josh will play the three going against D. Granger’s replacement and Horford banging with David West. Distinct advantages to Hawks. Zaza/Hibbert is a toss up, but we need another big body to go against Indiana’s two 7 foot plus centers. Paul George is a big guard and it will interesting to see the matchup with Korver. I want to see Lou sub at PG, not at the two. This is a big Pacers lineup.

This will be my first opportunity to see the Hawks on TV this year as it will not be blacked out in Indiana.

Go Hawks!

ag

November 7th, 2012
2:47 pm

this is a better headline , “ANTHONY TOLLIVER WILL NOT PLAY AGAINST THE PACERS. IVAN JOHNSON WILL BACK UP PF”

Jamaaliver

November 7th, 2012
2:50 pm

The way to combat a big lineup is not with an inferior big lineup. We should go small and push the tempo. Make Hibbert run and guard shooters like Al on the perimeter.

We’ve got to play to our strengths.

vava74

November 7th, 2012
2:51 pm

ag,

Tolliver will back up Josh at the SF slot…

Astro Joe

November 7th, 2012
3:03 pm

Josh Smith should own Sam Young (or Gerald Green) in the low post.

hot.trod.87

November 7th, 2012
3:16 pm

Hawks Rewind: Take the same opponent (OKC with Harden), no Al, no Joe, no Green, no Collins, & McGrady out in the 1st half. Josh Smith 30 points and 12 rebounds, while Zaza Pachulia tallied 10 points and 14 boards for a 97-90 win !!!!!!! It’s safe to say Al has way more weapons to work with than Josh did last year against the same opponent http://www.nba.com/hawks/rewind/OKC_030312.html

hot.trod.87

November 7th, 2012
3:24 pm

Comment “looks like ZaZa will start because Al doesn’t like going against players bigger than him. smh” Last season, the Hawks won two of three against the Pacers.The Pacers have outrebounded their opponent in all four games and they lead the league in rebounds..Gerald Wallace & Kyle Lowry is out with a sprained ankle. Gerald Henderson is out 2-4 weeks with an ankle issue. Josh played all 66 games last year only missing 1 game… One thing is for sure, he rides and die for ATLANTA

hot.trod.87

November 7th, 2012
3:26 pm

Hawks bench have outscored opposing bench in both games so far. They’ve outpointed them by a combined score of 94-60…. from twitter

Jay Dubu

November 7th, 2012
3:43 pm

That gives the Hawks a 2nd unit of Harris, Williams, Ivan, etc. Some attitude, quickness, and lights out shooting.

O'Brien

November 7th, 2012
3:57 pm

So with Zaza, Al and Josh starting, I assume Ivan will come in for Horford, and Tolliver come in for Josh. But who is the backup center? Petro?

Ra'mon

November 7th, 2012
3:59 pm

If I was LD, I would start Lou. I’d make George have to try and stay out of foul trouble from guarding Lou.

Baby

November 7th, 2012
4:16 pm

i dropped the macon.

This is a great rebounding team. From the two games they have won this season, Hibbert has had 26 points, 19 rebounds and 11 blocks. Seems like rebounding has been the deciding factor for them.
Probably a good decision to put our best rebounders all on the floor.

Pacers also have had 40 turnovers these past two games. Looks like a weakness to exploit!
Lets go Hawks!

kevkat

November 7th, 2012
4:16 pm

Hey guys, is there a site to see game besides firstrow sports? Can’t get that site to work for me for some reason.

Ken Strickland

November 7th, 2012
4:38 pm

I see LDrew is still STUCK ON STUPID when it comes to KKorver. AMorrow is a far better choice to start ahead of Korver, who’s virtually useless if he’s not hitting his jumper, which he’s definitely not doing. Considering how awful Korver has been, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to start JJenkins, but he’s a rookie and Drew could never deal with that idea.

I wouldn’t let Josh play until the Miami gm. I’d start Ivan at SF and either JJenkins or AMorrow at SG. Let’s face it, Ivan is more physical than Josh, a better one on one defender, jumpshooter, postup player and penetrator, as well as a good help defender.

If Drew insists on wanting a jumpshooter at SF, he can also start MScott. He’s bigger, stronger, and a much better rebounder than any of the other pure jumpshooting options we have at SF. I wonder what Drew will do if Horford excels at PF against the Pacers like he did against the Thunder?

I doubt if Drew will start Ivan at SF with Zaza starting at C, because that would leave us with no backup C. Even if Petro suits up, after suffering with back issues, I seriously doubt if his lack of conditioning will allow him to contribute much.

hot.trod.87

November 7th, 2012
4:50 pm

I wouldn’t let Josh play big minutes until the Miami game.. Spot on Ken

hot.trod.87

November 7th, 2012
4:51 pm

Ivan is not better than Josh.. Ivan isn’t covered as much as Josh because he’s not seen as a threat like Josh.. Sorry Ken

hot.trod.87

November 7th, 2012
4:52 pm

Ken you can[’t compare a reserve who averages 15 minutes every other game to a starter that player 40 plus minutes every game. No comparison

hot.trod.87

November 7th, 2012
4:53 pm

Hawks Rewind: Take the same opponent (OKC with Harden), no Al, no Joe, no Green, no Collins, & McGrady out in the 1st half. Josh Smith 30 points and 12 rebounds, while Zaza Pachulia tallied 10 points and 14 boards for a 97-90 win !!!!!!! It’s safe to say Al has way more weapons to work with than Josh did last year against the same opponent ………………. NO RESPONSE TO THIS ?????

paian

November 7th, 2012
5:08 pm

kevkat that website always work, i hope u arent trying to see it now b/c the game is 3hours and a half away

Grandad

November 7th, 2012
5:09 pm

Ken S

I must disagree and agree simultaneously.

KKorver is a really good, yet quiet player.
He is uber smart, a great teammate, he`ll start making shots,
[guaranteed]
he plays virtually mistake free basketball, and …
is a very solid off the ball defender while crafty when playing
on the ball defense vs quicker players [usually everyone].

I do agree that LD gets stuck on stupid;
because he likes it there.

hot.trod.87

November 7th, 2012
5:10 pm

Where’s Rod from College Park

Grandad

November 7th, 2012
5:22 pm

hot.trod.87

” [Comment “looks like ZaZa will start because
Al doesn’t like going against players bigger than him smh”] ”

I missed that comment.
You had it as a quote ?
I really would like to see the source and read those words myself.

O'Brien

November 7th, 2012
5:33 pm

Ken S,

I think Korver will be the first guy subbed if he starts off cold again (probably for Stevenson).

Ra’mon,

I think the reason for not starting Lou is because LD likes him as his scorer off the bench (and finisher in the 4th).

But a lineup like this only reveals one of the Hawks problems. Too many guards. Because now we have Stevenson, Morrow, Lou, Devin Harris, and Jenkins all on the bench. I really hope Ferry makes a trade by the deadline.

Ra'mon

November 7th, 2012
5:38 pm

O’Brien, I understand that. I just think Devin, Korver, and Morrow can provide a good amount of scoring for the bench, and even Ivan at times. But I understand why he’s starting Korver.

Rod from College Park

November 7th, 2012
5:45 pm

Grandad,

“KKorver is a really good, yet quiet player.
He is uber smart, a great teammate, he`ll start making shots,
[guaranteed]
he plays virtually mistake free basketball, and …
is a very solid off the ball defender while crafty when playing
on the ball defense vs quicker players [usually everyone].”

You must be smoking again. Any statement involving Kyle Korver is solid defensively is absurd. Guy is horrible defensively. That has never been questioned.

Rod from College Park

November 7th, 2012
5:48 pm

“Hawks Rewind: Take the same opponent (OKC with Harden), no Al, no Joe, no Green, no Collins, & McGrady out in the 1st half. Josh Smith 30 points and 12 rebounds, while Zaza Pachulia tallied 10 points and 14 boards for a 97-90 win !!!!!!! It’s safe to say Al has way more weapons to work with than Josh did last year against the same opponent ………………. NO RESPONSE TO THIS ?????”

You won’t get a respnse from the Horford crew. They only see what they want to see. They will disregard a whole season from Josh, and narrow it down to 1 game from Horford. It’s really quite comical.

sameba

November 7th, 2012
6:08 pm

kevkat,

Here is another site to watch games:

http://atdhenet.tv/

Alex

November 7th, 2012
6:25 pm

I like this lineup…minus Korver…if he cant make a shot in the 1st quarter, then he shouldnt start the second half. I really hope we dont see Petro’s useless body stand around on the court tonight.

Alex

November 7th, 2012
6:26 pm

PS: Play the rookies