Atlanta Hawks: Clippers 89, Hawks 76

Vivlamore reporting from Los Angeles.

Lob City turned into Turnover City for the Hawks.

Atlanta committed a season-high 22 turnovers, 10 in the fourth quarter, en route to an 89-76 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers Sunday at a sold old Staples Center. Many of those turnovers led to uncontested layups as the Clippers went on a 26-5 run between the third and fourth quarters. Devin Harris hit a 3-pointer late in the third to put the Hawks up by one point, 60-59. Then 10:24 later, the Hawks trailed by 20 points, 85-65.

Hawks coach Larry Drew said his team lost its composure.

“I thought our guys followed our game plan for two and a half quarters,” Drew said. “Midway into that third quarter, it’s like we totally forgot what had put us in the position we were in. As I told them, on the road we have to be consistent, we have to be on the mark with all of our coverages.

“We knew coming into this building we knew one of the things we needed to do was take away momentum plays. We did that for the most part, but late in that third quarter we totally abandoned what was good for us for two and half quarters.”

The Hawks had just seven points and nine turnovers in the first 8:39 of the fourth quarter.

“Fourth quarter was a disaster,” Zaza Pachulia said. “It was full of mistakes. It’s sad that you are playing so well for three quarters and one quarter you throw it all away in the ocean. This should be a good example for our team.”

The Hawks (2-3) lost their second straight game and the first on a four-game West Coast road trip. Josh Smith led the Hawks with 13 points, but they came on 6-of-14 shooting. He missed all four free-throw attempts. For the season, Smith is 26-for- 66 (.394) from the field and 2-for-14 (.143) from the free-throw line.

Al Horford and Lou Williams each added 11 points for the Hawks.

“Those guy played the passing lanes,” Smith said. “They are a gambling team. Give credit to them, the plays they gambled on they succeeded. That kind of gave them momentum in that fourth quarter which hurt us.”

The Clippers (5-2), winners of three straight, placed six players in double-figure scoring. Blake Griffin had 16 points followed by Chris Paul (15), Caron Butler (13), Eric Bledsoe (12), Jamal Crawford (11) and Matt Barnes (10).

Free throws were hardly an issue for just Smith against the Clippers. The Hawks combined to shoot 7-for-16 from the line. In fact, the Hawks had two more 3-pointers than free throws. On the season, the Hawks are shooting 54-for-81 (.667).

“We couldn’t make a free throw,” Drew said. “You have to make free throws on the road. That’s the bottom line. .. You have to step up, concentrate and knock it down.”

For the first time this season the Hawks’ bench failed to outscore their opponent’s bench. The Clippers’ reserves held a 35-32 advantage.

The Hawks did manage to hold the Clippers under 100 points, snapping their streak of six games to start the season over the century mark.

The Clippers got physical with the Hawks late in the game and it had an impact, according to Drew.

“We got sped up with the pressure and then we let the officiating bother us a little bit,” Drew said. “As I told them, we can’t play any road game with the mindset that during that game there are going to be calls that they might not like. That cannot affect their play. Tonight, we let some calls get us a little out of character. You can’t play like that on the road. You have to be solid. You have to be focused. We lost focus at the end of the third quarter.”

The Hawks road trip continues against Portland Monday night.

Notes

* Rookies John Jenkins and Mike Scott made their season debut. They entered the game with 3:21 remaining after the Clippers took a 20-point lead. Jenkins made 2-of-4 shots to finish with four points. Scott missed both his shots.

* Guard DeShawn Stevenson did not play. The veteran was held out because the Hawks play again Monday and the plan is not to play him in back-to-back games.

* The Hawks started their big lineup of Jeff Teague, Kyle Kover, Smith, Horford and Pachulia. It was the first time the team duplicated a starting lineup this season.

* Center Johan Petro was inactive for the fifth straight game.

* The sellout was the 55th straight for the Clippers. The Staples Center also hosted a Lakers game later in the evening.

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184 comments Add your comment

Rusty

November 11th, 2012
8:33 pm

That a-hole LD Again plays JT 27 min to Harris 26 min. LD keeps trying to screw JT at the expense of the hawks. He doesn’t play Morrow what the heck is going on. When he takes JT out we start losing.ZaaZa is a poor first string starter.another loss credited to LD.

Rusty

November 11th, 2012
8:36 pm

Was trading Marvin for Harris really a good trade for us? I am beginning to wonder.

Spartacus

November 11th, 2012
8:39 pm

I am amazed at how many posts on this blog think that Josh is a better overall player than Al. Yes, Josh has more talent than Al, but lacks focus, commitment and overall intelligence. The only time Josh plays hard is when he is actually making shots. He turns the ball over consistently (through poor shots that are either air balls or nowhere close to going in) and then yells at the refs for not getting calls on stupid plays. One prime example is when he actually drove in the lane near the end of the game, had the ball stolen, complained to the refs while Teague went back and contested the lay up and the trailing player made the bucket. At the beginning of the play, Josh was actually ahead of the trailing player, but quit on the play! This is what separates Al from Josh. He may not have the natural talent, but more than makes up for it through his workmanlike approach to the game. He rarely takes a bad shot and makes his teammates better as he continually hustles and tries to make up for Josh’s brain lapses throughout the game. Anyone who can’t see this just doesn’t understand the team concept to basketball. You could build a perennial winner with Teague and Al running the pick and roll and surrounded them with shooters and a big like ZaZa who will do the dirty work. The OKC game was a great example of what this would look like. Good ball movement with smart efficient players making the right play. Al showed what he could do without Josh screwing up the whole flow of the game with his poor decision making. I say trade Josh now and watch the Hawks take off, and more importantly, watch Al’s game rise to another level!

Rusty

November 11th, 2012
8:44 pm

We lost this game with JT sitting on the bench.Ferry can you see that Lad is like a cancer to this teamEnter your comments here

Slimjr

November 11th, 2012
8:44 pm

Brian Shaw would have been an excellent upgrade @ the HC position..Looks like Phill Jackson is taking him back to Hollywood along with Scottie Pippen!

Larry Drew= round peg/square hole

Grandad clock= T-25
2-6

Slimjr

November 11th, 2012
8:46 pm

Guess Mike Brown aka [WoodyLite Jr] maybe next up?

2-6

Woody 22-6

Rusty

November 11th, 2012
8:49 pm

LD really suxs.

Hawks Blog Legend Worldwide Clyde

November 11th, 2012
8:49 pm

LD is LD why should we expect anything different. He plays people based on favortism rather than results.

Morrow should be starting point blank. Devin Harris and Korver are goodbench players right now. Tolliver ain’t gonna cut it either.

Rusty

November 11th, 2012
8:51 pm

Grandpa what turned you all on LD this season,I thought he was lousy last season also

Rusty

November 11th, 2012
8:53 pm

I think JT needs to leave next year & become a star some where else.

steve brown

November 11th, 2012
8:55 pm

Joe Johnson was no leader yet compared to Josh Smith as the heir apparent leader JJ looks like General Patton.

Rusty

November 11th, 2012
8:55 pm

Love Ivan,he should find another team to play on next year.

steve brown

November 11th, 2012
8:56 pm

Trade Josh now please.

Rusty

November 11th, 2012
8:57 pm

Has Harris lost his game?

Rusty

November 11th, 2012
8:59 pm

LD should be giving Scott & Jenkins a chance to play this season.

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Rusty

November 11th, 2012
9:02 pm

Age Gap get the hell out of here.

Rusty

November 11th, 2012
9:04 pm

Give a lot of credit to LD for this game.

Slimjr

November 11th, 2012
9:07 pm

Missed the game Live[well not really]. Apparently I missed a YAWN…

I have the game recorded in HD..Looks like this one will get the delete button engagement. I betcha those bigs would love to hit the delete button on their game right about now? LOL!

Combine for a -27..Absolutely pathetic…..

PLAYOFFS?

cp

November 11th, 2012
9:10 pm

I didn’t get to see the game but from reading the blog looks like I didn’t miss much. Looks like LD went all LD on us and Josh is still allowed to do as he pleases.

sameba

November 11th, 2012
9:14 pm

In the meantime, Grizzlies are dismantling Heat, and R. Gay is the man!

ag

November 11th, 2012
9:14 pm

I have posted before, what do we have to lose with Jenkins starting? He is more athletic than Korver and bigger than Devin. Bring Lou off the bench with Morrow. Harris needs to be nailed to the pine. I would sit Tolliver with him. If we are going to have a big lineup, we need another big to back up ZaZa.

Rusty

November 11th, 2012
9:15 pm

JT is averaging 16.3 PTs a game [28 minutes] damn LD let him play.

Who Me?

November 11th, 2012
9:17 pm

The LAMEness jumped off the court tonight. Another coaching gem from LD and stellar play from Josh Smith. Clearly LD can’t coach him up, Ferry needs to step in and read Josh the riot act. OR trade him while we can. And tell me again why isn’t Brian Shaw the HC here now??

Who Me?

November 11th, 2012
9:18 pm

CV – like your blog brother but seriously, someone needs to proof this thing before it goes up on the web. :)

Rod from College Park

November 11th, 2012
9:31 pm

” One prime example is when he actually drove in the lane near the end of the game, had the ball stolen, complained to the refs while Teague went back and contested the lay up and the trailing player made the bucket. At the beginning of the play, Josh was actually ahead of the trailing player, but quit on the play! This is what separates Al from Josh.”

So obviously you did not watch the game. You must not have seen the play when Al got his pocket picked by Blake Griffin, and did not even bother trying to get back to prevent the dunk Guess that play went unseen. He was not arguing with the refs, so what was his excuse?

Rusty

November 11th, 2012
9:41 pm

LD says we went out of game plan in the third of course he had second string in huge periods of the third & forth quarters.

Rusty

November 11th, 2012
9:42 pm

I can’t stand to watch LD coach this team,a big mistake to keep him coach.

Rusty

November 11th, 2012
9:45 pm

Listening to LD post game interview makes me want to puke.

sameba

November 11th, 2012
9:46 pm

The only reason to keep LD is to go stright to the lottery. I can guess, that would decrease value of many of our players, so Ferry can resign some of them easily. Then he can get any FA available on the market.

sameba

November 11th, 2012
9:49 pm

Jae Evolution

November 11th, 2012
9:51 pm

*Logical Harmless Suggestions*

Josh, Korver and a pick for Drummond, Villanueva and a protected pick

Josh for Batum, Barton and a pick

Josh for Gortat and Beasley

Josh and Morrow for W. Chandler, Faried and Mozgov/Koufos

Josh and Petro for Cousins and Salmons.

And most all of those could easily have Horford swapped into them.

O'Brien

November 11th, 2012
9:59 pm

Rod,

Say what you want about Horford, but this is supposed to be Josh’s team now. He is our best player on offense and defense (imo).

For the season, Smith is 26-for- 66 (.394) from the field and 2-for-14 (.143) from the free-throw line..

And he is 1-7 from 3. We need more from him. He has really struggled the last 2 games, but didnt LD also start him at SF in those games?

I think LD needs to stop worrying about us matching up with other teams, and focus on letting them match up with us. Start Al at Center, and Josh at PF. That is their best positions.

O'Brien

November 11th, 2012
10:01 pm

FTPB,

Player A: shoots 32% from the field, and 30% (7-23) from 3.

Player B: shoots 62% from the field, 100% (3-3) from 3.

Logic would suggest more PT for player B, right?

More evidence?

Player A: Scored 35 points in 136 minutes (.257 pts per minute played)

Player B: Scored 22 points in 29 minutes (.759 pts per min played)

Player A? Korver. B? Morrow.

Clyde,

Can we get some free Morrow T-shirts?

C-Viv,

Can I dare you to ask LD why Morrow isn’t getting more PT? How about a double dare? Dude has 3 DNPCD. Or is it still too early?

Runner-

November 11th, 2012
10:02 pm

“I think LD needs to stop worrying about us matching up with other teams, and focus on letting them match up with us.”

BOOM, nailed it. Let other teams worry about who gonna guard Josh, not the other way around!!

Runner-

November 11th, 2012
10:03 pm

By the way, why the hell does LD care about keeping DeShawn fresh? It’s not like we’re gonna resign him after the season, wear his ass out this season and who gives a sh*t about what happens to him afterwards

jim

November 11th, 2012
10:40 pm

i can’t stand another day of josh and his horrible shooting. can we trade him now P L E A S E !!!!!!

Rod from College Park

November 11th, 2012
10:41 pm

“I think LD needs to stop worrying about us matching up with other teams, and focus on letting them match up with us. Start Al at Center, and Josh at PF. That is their best positions.

Iv’e always said that. Josh should be at PF. Really does not matter. Neither guy is good enough to be the man. The All Star does not play like one.

Fire that Moron

November 11th, 2012
10:45 pm

I have seen some terrible coaches in my lifetime but LD is thew absolute worse.

FREE MORROW AND JEFF TEAGUE

27 min for Teague is a disgrace with the way he is playing.
Morrow scores 20 off the bench and then gets a DNP-CD? I dont even know what to say about that

Korver please go back to Chicago and Harris go back to Utah,

This team has plenty of talent and can win games but not with Drew coaching this team.

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

November 11th, 2012
11:03 pm

Was so encouraged thru 1st half of Miami game

WHERE THE HELL IS MORROW

JOSH, MAKE A DAMN FT

FIRE LD

Section 303

November 11th, 2012
11:05 pm

Josh was brutal today. More bad shot attempts and his failure to make FT’s is just a killer. Plus, he just gave up on plays late. Not good signs today.

This is a big year for him. Contract year, “his team”, he gets announced last in the starting lineup….time for him to step up. Today was a big step back for him.

I’m not sure where I stand on Josh. His numbers (even today) always look solid. But, when you watch, you see a different story. He will cost a fortune to re-sign…have my doubts on him being worth the price. Sometimes I think he is what I’ve always kind of felt he was…million dollar talent, with a ten-cent head.

Section 303

November 11th, 2012
11:09 pm

Positives today…I love the way Teague is playing right now. I thought he was good, again, today. If he keeps shooting the ball well, especially from 3, he is going to be a force.

I thought Jenkins looked like a strong player today. I know the game was in garbage time when he came in, but he looked like he belonged on the floor. Doubt he gets any meaningful minutes this year, though.

Korver was OK…..I seem to either love or hate that guy, so far. If his shots aren’t falling, not sure what he contributes.

Don’t see the Hawks getting a win in Portland. Maybe can get wins @ GS and @ Kings?

hawksordie

November 11th, 2012
11:17 pm

this drew guy is buschwah he SUXXXX ITS TERRIBLE HE HAS TOOLS IN THE TOOLBOX AND WILLNOT UTILIZE THEM WATUP WIT THAT

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

November 11th, 2012
11:19 pm

what’s up with DeShawn not playing b2bs? Is it his knees?

Cosign 303

hawksordie

November 11th, 2012
11:20 pm

furthermore whyyyy isnt he playing morrow and jenkins they are weapons real weapons …snipers to he exact so i bet ANY other coach would give them a shot …he is lame as f€££k im clueless for real

hawksordie

November 11th, 2012
11:24 pm

we actually had the heat beat were up ten on pacers early although we came back to win and were up 5or 7 on clippers in front sellout crowd had the players and crowd quiet then lame duck ld HAD TO SWITCH OUR WINNING COMBO UP ….Really !?!?!! wowwww

Najeh Davenpoop

November 11th, 2012
11:33 pm

I didn’t pay a ton of attention to this game (was watching 3 football games at the same time) but I am increasingly unimpressed with Devin Harris. There is no reason why he should be playing the same number of minutes as Teague. Give Teague his 30 minutes per game and let Morrow take some minutes from Harris and Korver.

Jenkins looked pretty decent in garbage time.

I can live with Josh jacking up a few bad jumpers per game, but this free throw nonsense needs to stop right now. He simply cannot be an effective offensive player if he is going to be this bad at the line.

northcyde

November 11th, 2012
11:35 pm

The lineup is just too out of balance. Guys that should be playing, can’t get in the game. And guy that are playing, aren’t getting enough playing time to impact the game on a nightly basis.

And C-Viv reported that LD doesn’t want to play Stevenson on back-to-back games?

But I thought we played Friday night?

Friday night + Sunday afternoon = back to back

That’s that Larry Drew math right there. I hate to bash that dude so much, but his rotations are baffling.

Rod from College Park

November 11th, 2012
11:44 pm

“That’s that Larry Drew math right there. I hate to bash that dude so much, but his rotations are baffling.”

We never agree, but we agree here. LD’s rotations are beyond confusing.

sameba

November 11th, 2012
11:51 pm

People are talking so much about LD’s substitutions…

But, the main thing is what is the system that team plays…
Do Hawks have any direction? Any chemistry?

I got impression that the team does not know what to do on offense so far…