Hawks go for five consecutive wins tonight against Clippers without Harris

The Hawks (7-4) will go for their fifth consecutive win in tonight’s game against the Clippers (8-4) at Philips Arena. Los Angeles will be trying to avoid its third consecutive loss.

The Hawks will be without Devin Harris, who is dealing with an injured left big toe. Harris’ status is day to day. In addition, coach Larry Drew said they are monitoring DeShawn Stevenson, as they normally do when playing the second of back-to-back games.

Coach Larry Drew said the keys for the Hawks will be to:

  • Match their physicality;
  • Defend the pick and roll, particularly the “hard rolls” of DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin, which lead to momentum-changing dunks;
  • Don’t “be seduced” by jump shots. He wants them to push the ball, as they have done during the winning streak.

The starting line up for the Hawks:

Zaza Pachulia 6.3 ppg

Al Horford 16.2 ppg

Kyle Korver 11.3 ppg

Josh Smith 15.0 ppg

Jeff Teague 13.3 ppg

Clippers (probable):

Caron Butler 9.2 ppg

Willie Green 6.0 ppg

Blake Griffin 17.4 ppg

DeAndre Jordan 10.8 ppg

Chris Paul 15.5 ppg

The Clippers defeated the Hawks 89-76 in their only other meeting earlier this year, but the Hawks have won three consecutive games against L.A. at Philips.

– Doug Roberson, AJC.

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Alex

November 24th, 2012
5:33 pm

Alex

November 24th, 2012
5:34 pm

Hawks should really try to use Harris’ speed against Willie tonight

Alex

November 24th, 2012
5:46 pm

ok nvm, apparently devin is out

RA

November 24th, 2012
5:50 pm

Here’s the thing, this team needs to put four good quarters together. In the games that they’ve lost so far, it was mostly because they’d follow up ten minutes of good play with five minutes of stupid. You can’t beat good teams playing stupid. Speaking of, if the shot clock is dwindling and Smoove is 18-20 ft from the basket, he’s either in the wrong place or the scheme is WRONG. Josh Smith taking a long jump shot at the end of the shot clock is not the option that you want. You got jump shooters. I would rather one of them take the shoot with a hand in his face, or two hands in their faces, than Smoove taking a long range shot wide open…

Geno

November 24th, 2012
6:10 pm

If josh slashes to the whole every time he THINKS he’s gonna shoot a jumper we would when every game….lol

Slimjr

November 24th, 2012
6:11 pm

Josh standing at the top of the key or elbows anywhere from 18-22.5 ft with the clock winding down waiting to launch a broken jumper is a coaching problem!

Larry fix it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Geno

November 24th, 2012
6:12 pm

Excuse me josh the back of your jersey says SMITH not JAMES…lol

Geno

November 24th, 2012
6:15 pm

When is LD gonna play the sharp shooting rookie.?

Slimjr

November 24th, 2012
6:16 pm

Launching bricks from out there is a huge momentum buster..Deflates the mojo or team spirit! Its a turnover waiting to happen which gives the opponent an advantage to run their own breaks for easy baskets at the other end!!

Stop it!! Stacy Augmon Jr!!

And it pisses off the Fans paying their hard earned monies!

Do not try any step back air ball J’s tonight!

Alex

November 24th, 2012
6:16 pm

tonight might be a good time for jenkins to get some burn with harris out and stevenson being limited.

Geno

November 24th, 2012
6:17 pm

Mutombo can shoot a better than josh….

Geno

November 24th, 2012
6:19 pm

Josh misses bricks..lol

Geno

November 24th, 2012
6:21 pm

My Grandma laughs at josh everytime a he shoots a jumper…. Lmao

Slimjr

November 24th, 2012
6:23 pm

Larry do not be afraid to yell at Josh when he blanks up! He’s not going bite you……

Do not be afraid to bench his azz to get the message to sink in..You got a sac don’t you?

Slimjr

November 24th, 2012
6:26 pm

He’s out of sync at times. Like a defective wire it needs be grounded properly..

In his case show him the bench early to fix his [grounding] issues!

High-sider

November 24th, 2012
6:36 pm

Jamal Crawford 2012 Tip-off Classic: Clippers vs. Hawks (Game 2)

High-sider

November 24th, 2012
6:47 pm

By the “Nimbers”

Hawks’ 2013 All-Star Candidates FT shooting percentages:

Josh Smith – 41.4%
Al Horford – 48.6%
Jeff Teague – 94.1%

Can you [bloggers] say “Hack-a-Smoove” and “Hack-a-Boss”? I wonder if the Clippers can.

http://www.nba.com/hawks/stats/2012

Shelt99

November 24th, 2012
6:52 pm

Why at this point, Josh continues to make the same mistakes. Also, why is LD continues to let him make those same mistakes. Enough is enough, stop shooting the ball outside of your range.

cp

November 24th, 2012
6:56 pm

I just hope Josh doesn’t try to do too much tonight. I’m guessing the game will be sold out so I hope he plays under control.

Off topic but I finally saw the video of Al Horford’s little brother checking out the cheerleader and it was hilarious.

High-sider

November 24th, 2012
7:02 pm

And I’m sure the Hawks can say “Hack-a-Blake” and “Hack-a-DeAndre.”

http://www.nba.com/clippers/stats/2012

Najeh Davenpoop

November 24th, 2012
7:09 pm

If the Hawks box out and limit turnovers (they committed 22 turnovers in the previous loss to the Clippers) they should be OK. They may have to play the starters extended minutes to win this one, though, because the Clippers’ second unit has a clear advantage over the Hawks’ bench. LD can’t f-ck around with Teague’s minutes in this one if he wants to win.

Blast

November 24th, 2012
7:10 pm

Love this starting line up.

Smokey

November 24th, 2012
7:13 pm

zsa zsa nice move

Blast

November 24th, 2012
7:18 pm

Stupid second foul, Josh.

Buddy Grizzard

November 24th, 2012
7:19 pm

Wow terrible foul Josh

Buddy Grizzard

November 24th, 2012
7:20 pm

Think they’re gonna go inside now?

Buddy Grizzard

November 24th, 2012
7:21 pm

“I’ll mention what DOC said about Drew admitting he made mistake in cutting DJames and KBenson in favor of JPetro and ATolliver.”

He said this WHEN??

“You bloggers [and I, for that matter,] can’t keep calling for LD’s firing [termination] if he [LD] keeps winning.”

Hawks record inflated against weak opposition.

Buddy Grizzard

November 24th, 2012
7:22 pm

Gonna have to use Ivan in this one.

Najeh Davenpoop

November 24th, 2012
7:23 pm

Al missed that running hook but that is a move he should go to more often

Harpie

November 24th, 2012
7:23 pm

Larry Drew is an idiot, and is going to take this team down…

Najeh Davenpoop

November 24th, 2012
7:26 pm

Bad things are going to happen when you have Korver guarding CP3. Hard to guard the Paul-Bledsoe back court with no Harris or Teague on the floor.

JaeEvolution

November 24th, 2012
7:27 pm

We are sending a weak trap in the middle of the floor against CP3? This should be good…

Najeh Davenpoop

November 24th, 2012
7:31 pm

Clippers are doing a great job keeping the Hawks out of the paint, but the Hawks are not exactly helping themselves in that regard either.

vava74

November 24th, 2012
7:32 pm

Morrow is not just a shooter. He has a mean floater too.

JaeEvolution

November 24th, 2012
7:32 pm

Why doesn’t Lou do that everytime…

Buddy Grizzard

November 24th, 2012
7:35 pm

Najeh Davenpoop

November 24th, 2012
7:35 pm

As bad as the Hawks played for most of that quarter, they should feel pretty good about only being down 3. Teague and Josh made almost no impact. Good minutes from Morrow and Ivan.

Buddy Grizzard

November 24th, 2012
7:36 pm

“Al missed that running hook but that is a move he should go to more often”

Yep he just doesn’t need to pause 5 seconds Joe Johnson style before making it.

NUNNA!!

November 24th, 2012
7:37 pm

Im sooooo proud of our team. Last years team would have folded last night and would have been blown out of at least 5 games this year. For the 1st time in a very,very long time,we have shooters!!! And with the way JT0 has been playing,(unlike any time he has been here) we are going back to the playoffs and will be looked at as a dangerous team this year.

Slimjr

November 24th, 2012
7:38 pm

Teague with great dish!

JaeEvolution

November 24th, 2012
7:39 pm

Great movement, strong finish.

Slimjr

November 24th, 2012
7:40 pm

Teague is an emerging Star!

Najeh Davenpoop

November 24th, 2012
7:40 pm

Zaza doin’ work creating that opportunity for Lou. Lou has had a good game so far.

Clippers’ second unit having problems without CP3 on the floor.

cp

November 24th, 2012
7:40 pm

This unit playing well

JaeEvolution

November 24th, 2012
7:40 pm

Sub in Al for Ivan and let’s extend this lead.

Slimjr

November 24th, 2012
7:41 pm

Jeff Teague for Vice President!

Blast

November 24th, 2012
7:41 pm

Set Teague free!

Thought they said the Clips second unit was better than Hawks.

Slimjr

November 24th, 2012
7:42 pm

If Teague plays 42 plus minutes, Hawks WIN!!!

Buddy Grizzard

November 24th, 2012
7:44 pm

Stop with the bad passes Teague.

JaeEvolution

November 24th, 2012
7:44 pm

Second cheap whistle.