Atlanta Hawks game thread: Big lineup vs. Clippers

Vivlamore reporting from Los Angeles.

The Hawks will go with their big lineup at the Clippers today, starting Jeff Teague and Kyle Kover at guard, Josh Smith and Al Horford at forward and Zaza Pachulia at center. According to coach Larry Drew he was concerned with the early matchup with Clippers center Deandre Jordan.

“Matchup wise it will do us much better to go bigger on Jordan at the start,” Drew said. “I don’t want to put ourselves at a disadvantage.”

Jordan, the 6-foot-11 center, has  41 points and 19 rebounds in the past two games. He also is fifth in the NBA in blocks.

The Hawks will still have to run. The Clippers have tied a franchise record by starting the season with six straight 100-plus point games.

“They are a team that can really get up and down the floor,” Drew said. “Our whole mindset on going on the road is that we have to play our style but we may have to make some adjustments as far as being able to control the tempo. We want to run, get out in the open court and get easy baskets but at the same time we have to be a little more selective with our shots. To not allow them to get out and run, we have to do a good job of getting back and getting matched. Their bigs really run the floor so it will be a challenge for our bigs to really get back and get matched.”

On the issue of shot selection I asked Drew about Smith, who was very candid following Friday’s loss to the Heat about being more efficient offensively, and whether he has spoken to the forward.

Smith is 20 of 52 ( .385) from the field and 2 of 10 (.200) from the free-throw line in his three games this season.

“We had a brief talk,” Drew said. “We got on the plane yesterday and we had a brief talk. We had another just before this game. Yeah, we have to be more efficient offensively. I thought going back and watching the Miami game we certainly had our opportunities. We had some breakdowns defensively but more importantly when you play a team like Miami you have to be efficient offensively going down the stretch.”

- Chris Vivlamore

142 comments Add your comment

paian

November 11th, 2012
3:47 pm

Josh needs to stick with his strengths this game, well basically every game. Hopefully morrow and ivan will be given more minutes.

WHEN ARE THEY MOVING ?????

November 11th, 2012
3:51 pm

RE THEY NOT IN SEATTLE ??? NO NEED TO HAVE THIS CRAP FRANCHISE IN THIS CITY, WHO GIVES A DAMN ABOUT TH hawks ! THANK GOD I DON’T !!!!

GIVE THE PEOPLE IN SEATTLE SOMETHING TO WASTE THEIR MONEY ON !!!!!!!

OWNERS THEN CAN ALL GO TO HELL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Chris Vivlamore

November 11th, 2012
3:57 pm

And yet to take the time to read and post on this blog.

Oomp Camp

November 11th, 2012
3:57 pm

How many air balls will Josh throw up today? Probably around the same amount as Matt Ryan.

HeDan

November 11th, 2012
4:22 pm

K. Korver at guard??? lol, he’s to slow to play D at SF, and do the hawks really think ZZ can match up w/ D. Jordan? ZZ will have 4 fouls by halftime. this team is such a mess.

Sautee

November 11th, 2012
4:25 pm

I bet Horford would rather check DeAndre, than Blake. ;-)

Ken Strickland

November 11th, 2012
4:26 pm

Let’s just hope Josh’s struggles become the motivating factor behind him finally becoming a more efficient player. He needs to stop all of this becoming an Allstar, or trying to become the team leader, or trying to carry the OFF load etc. There are no super stars on this team, nor anything close to one, just a whole lot of individual talent across the board.

He needs to quit trying to lead fast breaks and give the ball to a PG and fill the lane. He needs to give that eratic jumpshot a rest. If he can’t back his man down, he should pass it out rather than settling for a jumper. Then he can establish the position he wants without the ball in his possession.

Personally, I don’t think Josh works hard enough without the ball to get the position he want’s. He doesn’t seem to know how to seal or hold off the defender near the lane. Therefore, he tends to come out too far from the basket and then tries to dribble his way into the position he wants.

MattP

November 11th, 2012
4:30 pm

I think Morrow should have had a chance to start today against Green.

Melvin

November 11th, 2012
4:38 pm

Not sure about the big lineup for this game. Jordan is big but he’s not a good post up player. And Josh may have problems posting up Butler although Butler is smaller than him….

W.R. Terrell

November 11th, 2012
4:41 pm

I hope that the “Smoove” plays within himself today. I want to forget the HEAT game and believe that Josh is serious about team concept. We’ll see what happens because talk is cheap.

Jae Evolution

November 11th, 2012
4:54 pm

Can not only Josh but LD maintain this continuous post-up? Or as the game edges on will he move out to the perimeter, let’s see.

Smokey

November 11th, 2012
5:03 pm

Melvin

November 11th, 2012
5:04 pm

LOL, Lou was not going to pass it to Josh for a 3pt attempt…

Smokey

November 11th, 2012
5:10 pm

Noooooooo not tolliver

Melvin

November 11th, 2012
5:16 pm

No Morrow, SMH at LD

MattP

November 11th, 2012
5:17 pm

How is Morrow getting a DNP this game? I hate LD and his matchups.

O'Brien

November 11th, 2012
5:22 pm

I think Morrow should start at SG over Korver. But at the very least, Morrow should get 20 mpg. We will see.

Hawks look sluggish.

MattP

November 11th, 2012
5:25 pm

O’Brien,

I agree, I think this game would have been a perfect matchup to try Morrow out as the starting SG.

MattP

November 11th, 2012
5:29 pm

Come on Drew, take out Harris and put in Morrow, will not hurt anything.

Jae Evolution

November 11th, 2012
5:30 pm

Put Morrow in for Harris, stop taking the ball out of Teague’s hands.

Melvin

November 11th, 2012
5:30 pm

Why does Harris and Krover gets extended mins. Both guys are struggling with their shot. Play Morrow

Sautee

November 11th, 2012
5:31 pm

I think it’s unanimous.

MattP

November 11th, 2012
5:32 pm

I hope the only reason Drew is play Harris and Korver heavy minutes is to try to showcase them for a trade. I would hate to see Morrow get traded.

Melvin

November 11th, 2012
5:34 pm

ZaZa will not finished in traffic….

Rusty

November 11th, 2012
5:38 pm

I just hate LD’s substitution patterns.

MattP

November 11th, 2012
5:40 pm

Rusty,

Don’t we all. lol

Smokey

November 11th, 2012
5:43 pm

Harris has showed nothing so far this season. Playing him when he does nothing is not helping us or his trade value.

Chris Vivlamore

November 11th, 2012
5:45 pm

Something tells me Clippers streak of 100-plus game ends at six today. No one in double-figure scoring for either team at half.

Chris Vivlamore

November 11th, 2012
5:46 pm

BTW, Hawks 1-for-6 from free-throw line in first half. Really need to be better there.

Smokey

November 11th, 2012
5:54 pm

Is it our D or are clips having an off night I cant tell

Sautee

November 11th, 2012
5:55 pm

I think we’re using a no-movement offense. Geeeez.

paian

November 11th, 2012
6:01 pm

Smokey

November 11th, 2012
6:02 pm

both teams looking stagnant on off, lucky we are hitting those J’s

Sautee

November 11th, 2012
6:02 pm

3-11 on FT. Ugh.

Jae Evolution

November 11th, 2012
6:11 pm

They call that, but when Caron had his whole arm against Josh on the post-up, nada.

paian

November 11th, 2012
6:13 pm

larry needs to put in morrow off the bench

northcyde

November 11th, 2012
6:13 pm

Stephanie Ready ( Bobcat sideline reporter ) . . vs . . Kristina Pink ( Clippers sideline reporter )

Pick one

J.J.M.

November 11th, 2012
6:17 pm

Do the hawks not know how to run offense?

MattP

November 11th, 2012
6:17 pm

I don’t think I can watch this whole season with Drew as coach.

northcyde

November 11th, 2012
6:18 pm

Someone tell me why Anthony Morrow has a DNP so far this game?

Anybody?

northcyde

November 11th, 2012
6:19 pm

Danger time for Hawks.

gypsyjoe

November 11th, 2012
6:19 pm

Morrow scores 17 friday. Can not get in today. Is he hurt?? If not Drew is really blowing it wow.

MattP

November 11th, 2012
6:20 pm

northcyde,

You know, it is the matchup, Drew is a master at matchups…. lol

MattP

November 11th, 2012
6:22 pm

4th quarter meltdown

northcyde

November 11th, 2012
6:22 pm

Oh Wow . . . they call that a block on IVAN?

GTFOH

Watch Drew take him out now.

Jae Evolution

November 11th, 2012
6:22 pm

Refs just like against Miami.

northcyde

November 11th, 2012
6:23 pm

And I say that . . and back to back mistakes by Ivan.

MattP

November 11th, 2012
6:24 pm

come on smith no 3s

northcyde

November 11th, 2012
6:24 pm

Keep shooting Jamal.

Tremaine

November 11th, 2012
6:24 pm

Jump shot shawty! AIR BALL