Vivlamore reporting from practice.
After a weekend off, the Hawks were back at practice Monday and the emphasis was solely on defense.
Coach Larry Drew was not happy with the defense in Friday’s 113-111 loss to the Cavaliers that snapped the team’s six-game win streak. Following Monday’s practice, which featured a great deal of running, the team had a film session to go over the breakdowns.
“In watching our last game, we took a step back defensively,” Drew said. “We’ll go watch film … because I want these guys to really see how bad we were defensively.
“From the standpoint of everything that we put in at the very beginning of training camp it just seems like we reverted back to old habits. It was just one game but I want to catch it as early as I can so they can clearly see the positioning, where we were and why we had so many defensive breakdowns our last game. The whole idea is to catch it and try to correct it as quickly as I can.”
In other news:
* Rookies John Jenkins and Mike Scott will make their NBA Development League debuts tonight for the Bakersfield (Calif.) Jam. Both were sent down on Saturday with the Hawks not playing again until Wednesday.
“We had talked about it as an organization,” Drew said. “I was hoping to get both Mike and John into our rotation but we have a log jam. Both guys bring an NBA skill to the table. Instead of just having the practice time and the player development time and coming to the games and working out before and then sitting on the bench the whole game, I thought it would be a good idea to get into the situation where they are playing. Both guys need that.
“We made the decision to send them down. Both guys are going to play a lot while they are down there. I spoke to the coach and he’s excited about having them. I spoke to both John and Mike before they left and they are excited about the fact that they are going to get a chance to play. It’s tough when you are just sitting over on the bench. I think it will be good for both of them. We’ll monitor them while they are down there and keep a close eye on them.”
I asked Drew if that meant the two would have an extended D-League stay.
“Don’t know yet,” he said. “Right now, it makes sense in our schedule. … We’ll make a decision whether to bring them back for our game on Wednesday or make this a little longer.”
* Kyle Korver (back spasms) did not practice Monday. He instead worked on the side with the training staff. Korver missed Friday’s loss to the Cavs with the ailing back, which had been bothering him much of last week.
Drew said Korver was still day-to-day.
“I spoke to Kyle before we got started. He said it was feeling much, much better. We didn’t want to chance it today. He was up moving around and actually got a little jog in. We’ll keep a close eye on him.”
* Finally, look for a behind-the-scenes photo-blog soon. Over the next few days, I will be taking photos of the areas of Philips Arena that fans never get to see – the locker room, players lounge, training room, etc. I hope to have it posted later this week. Stay tuned.
Also, later today I will post the feature story on Jeff Teague that will appear in the Tuesday print edition of the AJC.
- Chris Vivlamore