Magic at Atlanta Hawks: Home and healthy

By Michael Cunningham

The Hawks are back at Philips Arena to play the Magic tonight after a 2-2 West road trip during which a virus claimed several casualties among players and support personnel.

“It’s good to be home,” Jeff Teague said today after shootaround. “We were on the road for what felt like forever.”

“It’s good to be home, it really is,” coach Larry Drew said. “I think the guys are excited to be back home and I expect them to come out and play with a lot of energy.”

Atlanta should have all players available tonight except for maybe DeShawn Stevenson.

“I think everybody is OK,” Drew said. “DeShawn has been a little bit under the weather. He didn’t play Friday [at Sacramento] because of his back and yesterday he had a bit of the virus. He looks like he’s feeling a little but better but I don’t know his status until game time. Other than that, everyone is good.”

Stevenson is the latest Hawks player to catch the bug. It also affected Josh Smith, Al Horford, Devin Harris and Lou Williams during the trip.

Teague said there were other victims, too.

“It was tough,” Teague said. “I think everybody got a little piece of it. You had a headache or a little stomach ache. But guys fought through it against Portland. Josh and Lou were on IV’s in the back so to see them come out and play well, it was impressive.”

The Hawks (4-4) play seven of their next eight games at home, leaving only for the short hop to Charlotte on Friday. In addition to playing the Bobcats (4-4) and Wizards (0-8) twice during that stretch, the Hawks get the Magic (3-6), Clippers (7-2), Cavs (2-8), and Nuggets (4-6).

“You are just happy to be back home and able to take advantage of the opportunity ahead of us,” Horford said. “It starts tonight and that’s what we are focused on. . . . We have still yet to put together a very solid game all around. We are working on that. Hopefully we will get it started tonight.”

Al Harrington (knee) and Hedo Turkoglu (hand) are out for the Magic. J.J. Redick is questionable to play because of illness.

If Redick can’t go, E’Twaun Moore likely would start with rookie DeQuan Jones in line for more minutes.

“Obviously he’s a terrific shooter,” Drew said of Redick. “He can really stretch it to the three. It would be a big blow to them [if Redick can't play] but, in this league, one thing that I have found out when key players are out it gives [other] guys an opportunity to play and a chance to show they deserve minutes. On the other side, there could be a sort of mental letdown when you play against teams that lose key players. The thing I challenged our guys with is irregardless of who plays tonight we have to come out and be a team on a mission. We can’t have any mental letdowns.”

Notes

  • Drew on where the team stands with integrating the new players: “I think we are making progress. I don’t think we are there yet. We are still kind of feeling each other out. I think they are starting to pick up some things. With all the new faces, one thing I’ve told myself in these type situations I’ve got to be patient with it and allow the process to happen. And that’s what I’ve been trying to do. Still, I’ve been shifting my lineups some just to make sure we go into a game and match up and not put ourselves at a disadvantage. We still have a ways to go. Our guys seem to be committed to being patient as well.”
  • Horford: “I think we are still in that process of getting familiar with each other. But the good thing is I think defensively people are starting to understand our coverages and everybody’s role and where we are supposed to be on the floor. We are picking that up fast.”
  • Teague: It’s getting better every day. We are still trying to feel out where guys are going to be in spots at certain times. We haven’t played together that long. It’s getting better. Practice time really helps.”
  • Teague on the reason for the team’s improved rebounding at Sacramento: “Smoove [Smith] and Al getting on us about the guards and other people cleaning up stuff. They just told us to get in there and get rebounds so we’ve been preaching it. At Golden State, they were beating us up in offensive rebounds. Guys came in the huddle and said, ‘We’ve got to get rebounds,’ and ever since then we’ve made a conscious effort to get rebounds and everybody gang rebounds.”

302 comments Add your comment

grimey

November 19th, 2012
3:14 pm

Sam

November 19th, 2012
3:23 pm

Is the game on television tonight?

TOTO

November 19th, 2012
3:25 pm

Sam

November 19th, 2012
3:28 pm

So far, Kyle Korver, to me, would be the Team MVP.

Najeh Davenpoop

November 19th, 2012
3:37 pm

The Magic should have started the season 0-22 as a tribute to their new head coach.

W.R. Terrell

November 19th, 2012
4:03 pm

What will we see tonight. The “Smoove”, shot around 50% against the Kings. That is seriously bad news, he could go bigtime nuts tonight. Will he surprise us and play for team, that’s a philosophical mind blower. I’m gonna enjoy the HAWKS and hope that LD bench silliness no matter who it is. I know, I know, i’m asking LD to think like a coach, forgive me for a moment of reflection when I think of what an actual coach would do when a player goes stupid on the court.

High-sider

November 19th, 2012
4:30 pm

@Sam

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Sam
November 19th, 2012
3:23 pm
Is the game on television tonight?
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Yeah, on NBA TV [and should be on (Atlanta-area) local TV].

http://www.nba.com/hawks/schedule/

Atlhawksfan

November 19th, 2012
4:31 pm

The Hawks will decide if they win this game or lose. JSmoove needs to give the ball up to the pg and post up. No one can guard him in Orlando.

hfc95

November 19th, 2012
4:32 pm

lineup tonight will be teague devin harris korver smith horford

Let Ivan, zaza and lou be the first off the bench. anthony tolliver should only play in limited minutes with injuries or foul trouble, LD please do not go back to anthony tolliver coming in before ivan because that is pure bs.

Also if teague has a first quarter like sac and he gets pulled first I promise I will buy a ticket to a hawks game and sit behind atl bench and rip LD all night and lobby for some intelligence at the helm. let GM DF know LD has got to go for ATL to take neccessary steps to build a contender.

High-sider

November 19th, 2012
4:48 pm

To: Josh Smith’s fans/supporters/admirers/enthusiasts

Here ya go:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Jp9TxnRslo

Just saw it today.

ag

November 19th, 2012
5:01 pm

Doc,
How the heck could I beat $9 per ticket in section 121 other than the tickets being free?

ag

November 19th, 2012
5:04 pm

The last game I went to, Ferry usually sits behind the Hawks bench. I think those tix are hard to get, but a good corner tix will be fine.

ag

November 19th, 2012
5:05 pm

Orlando is a small team, but I don’t really want to see D.Harris. Start the rook… yeah I know. He may start Stevenson and Korver. Ivan really has played well enough to start.

Slimjr

November 19th, 2012
5:18 pm

James

November 19th, 2012
5:34 pm

Danny Ferry if you are actually watching the games what do you think of LD stupidness.

Najeh Davenpoop

November 19th, 2012
6:20 pm

Harris starts tonight at SG.

vava74

November 19th, 2012
6:23 pm

“Irregardless” of Harris starting, can’t foresee a loss tonight. :-D

i_am_soulstar

November 19th, 2012
6:27 pm

Gang rebound. Do it.

Jay Dubu

November 19th, 2012
6:27 pm

At the 20 – 25 game mark, we will know what the Hawks will be this season. I peg them right now to be a 41 – 45 win team.

doc

November 19th, 2012
6:35 pm

ag pretty awesome deal.

0-8

doc

November 19th, 2012
6:38 pm

jay the schedule is very favorable through the end of ‘12. they could be 17-8 by then with a bunch of games against lottery teams.

Big Baby

November 19th, 2012
6:44 pm

big division game. gotta take care of biziness.

Slimjr

November 19th, 2012
6:52 pm

Big game tonight?

6 to’s against the 23rd ranked defense? What gives Coach Smith?

Astro Joe

November 19th, 2012
6:54 pm

So much for my hope that the “Devin Experiment” had un its course. Oh well. Let’s see if he has another one of those games when he looks like a seasoned vet capable of above average PG play on one possession followed by a head-scratching, 2nd round pick play on the next.

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

November 19th, 2012
7:00 pm

“Obviously he’s a terrific shooter,” Drew said of Redick. “He can really stretch it to the three. It would be a big blow to them [if Redick can't play] but, in this league, one thing that I have found out when key players are out it gives [other] guys an opportunity to play and a chance to show they deserve minutes
*****

Maybe he learned this when Miami came into our arena last season without its two best players and let that inferior roster beat us

MattP

November 19th, 2012
7:08 pm

“one thing that I have found out when key players are out it gives [other] guys an opportunity to play and a chance to show they deserve minutes.” – Larry Drew

I think Drew needs to listen more to what he says. Players have earned more minutes on this team but Drew ignores them. This guy sure likes to talk and not think.

Big Baby

November 19th, 2012
7:10 pm

boxing on sportssouth???

Slimjr

November 19th, 2012
7:11 pm

Sweet Lou is being interviewed on NBA TV..

He says we have to play smart..Sure. Just follow Al’s lead..

Lou’s says JC1 is lighting it up! Give this guy thumbs up…

Slimjr

November 19th, 2012
7:12 pm

Slimjr

November 19th, 2012
7:15 pm

Larry do you want to win more games? Let your best guard run for 35+ mins in Jeff Teague!!!!

He can handle it….

keith

November 19th, 2012
7:18 pm

I would love to see Lou Williams start and play 40 minutes tonight. He reminds me of Allen Iverson without AIs’ crossover. Bring Kyle Korver off the bench behind Lou.

Najeh Davenpoop

November 19th, 2012
7:26 pm

So, uh, those of us who have basic cable and don’t get NBA TV are screwed?

cp

November 19th, 2012
7:28 pm

This is a game they should win but who knows with this group and with this coach.

cp

November 19th, 2012
7:30 pm

I have direct tv and when the Hawks play on NBA TV the game is blacked out so I have to watch it on fox sports south. So im guessing it will be on fox sports south as usual.

cp

November 19th, 2012
7:32 pm

Well nevermind. Its not blacked out on NBA TV as it usually is and boxing is on sports south

wtffffffff

November 19th, 2012
7:33 pm

why the forkkkkkkkkk is boxing on goddammmed Fox sports and motherfricking blacks pooit on nba tv. FURKKKKKKKKKKK OMGZZZZZZZZZZZZZ M.FING OBAMAS FAULT. BLACK PANSEY

Runner-

November 19th, 2012
7:34 pm

JT should become our starter for the rest of the season, he just needs to keep up the confidence against better teams like he was against the Kings. LD, however, is always his worst enemy so we’ll see what happens there. Korver is NOT a starter, we need to go with the big lineup, get another swingman, or even start Deshawn. Kyle needs to come off the BENCH, he is most effective that way, mainly because he can’t guard other team’s first unit

Blast

November 19th, 2012
7:34 pm

NBA TV blacking out Hawks game and it’s not on FSS. What kinda crap is this? How they gonna show the game on local NBA TV, then black it out in Metro Atlanta? They normally only do that if Fox Sports is showing the game!

This sucks!

Athens Tech

November 19th, 2012
7:35 pm

Yeah no Hawks on TV when I live downtown? Boy I guess I should have gone to this game

MattP

November 19th, 2012
7:36 pm

Hmmm, I have NBA TV but it says it is not available in my area like it is on a local channel.

edub

November 19th, 2012
7:36 pm

Y is the game blacked out its not on sports south

cp

November 19th, 2012
7:36 pm

If you have direct tv maybe they will show it on the florida sports south. i think its 647 or something

Runner-

November 19th, 2012
7:37 pm

What’s up with the delay in game start?

Atlien

November 19th, 2012
7:37 pm

This the first time I’ve ever seen the game not televised locally….not happy.

GT Alum

November 19th, 2012
7:38 pm

Hmm, I have Comcast, and NBA TV is saying “The game currently being telecast on NBA TV is not available in your area due to contractual restrictions. Please check your local listings or NBA.com to find out where the game is available in your area.”

Steven Reece

November 19th, 2012
7:39 pm

Optilink NBA TV in Dalton Georgia has the game blacked also not on SportsSouth, SB…..

Najeh Davenpoop

November 19th, 2012
7:39 pm

cp

November 19th, 2012
7:40 pm

My bad try 654 if you have direct tv

keith

November 19th, 2012
7:41 pm

Not too crazy about rotating starting line-ups.

Atlien

November 19th, 2012
7:41 pm

654 on directv is blacked out for me