Atlanta Hawks game thread: Smaller lineup vs. Nuggets

Vivlamore reporting.

The Hawks will go with a smaller starting unit against the Nuggets. Jeff Teague, Devin Harris, DeShawn Stevenson, Josh Smith and Al Horford will get the starting assignment against the bigger five from the Nuggets.

“Sometimes you’ve got to roll the dice,” Hawks coach Larry Drew said of his lineup decision. “I’m really going on feel with this. Instead of always adjusting to the other team, sometimes it’s good to go with your guy and see if they adjust to you or see if it works. With the lineup that we are going with I do like the fact that we are a lot faster. We do give up size. At some point in the game that lineup is going to change and we’ll get bigger. I really going with feel on this.

“Some things that I really like about the smaller lineup is the fact that again, particularly at home, we’ll be able to get up and down much better. I would anticipate more pick-and-roll basketball with both Devin and Jeff.”

Also, John Jenkins did make it back from his D-League assignment and will be available.

“It was really fun to go out there and see the ball go in a few times,” Jenkins said. “… There is definitely some talent down there. There are a lot of guys fighting for spots to come up here, so they want to impress people. I knew me being a call-down there would be pressure on me, with those guys trying to go at me. I had to match their intensity and go at them, too.”

- Chris Vivlamore

464 comments Add your comment

Rod from College Park

December 5th, 2012
7:28 pm

Dumb move again by Coach Drew. Make them match up against us.

BravesFan79

December 5th, 2012
7:29 pm

Give Morrow starters minutes and he will produce big time!!

BravesFan79

December 5th, 2012
7:33 pm

Just was has D Stevenson done on defense that’s so special that it covers up for his horrific offense compared to Morrow?? Im convinced the perfect coach for this squad would be Don Nelson.

MattP

December 5th, 2012
7:33 pm

Can’t believe there are still people saying Drew is the reason Teague had a chance. Drew had no choice but to play Teague heavy minutes in the Bulls playoff servies because of Hinrich’s injury. If Hinrich did not get injured Teague would still be a bench warmer.

If anything we should be giving Hinrich credit for giving Teague the opportunity.

HawkFan

December 5th, 2012
7:37 pm

All I’m saying is that if we are getting our a$& kicked on the glass get Ivan in the damn game. Come on LD, coach up.

Grandad

December 5th, 2012
7:41 pm

*** [ f.t.p.b.] ***

R.f C.P.

You are much like Rush Limbaugh and Republicans in general.
They spout this and that about thus and so,
without any grasp of nuance.
According to John Boehner there is only one way to fix the economy.
-His Way-

Now;
about winnin` and losin` …
I detest the soccer mom concept of not keeping score;
of eliminating dodge ball from schools,
No winners, No Losers, worryin` about everbody`s self concept !

I`m with you on that.

However, we`re talking `bout two completely seperate things here.
That fb game Sat nite was a classic.
` Twas a shame either team had to lose.
But;
I`ll also say this;
“It was The National Championshipo Game”
as far as i`m concerned.

Listen up Rod;
I`ve competed [as a Coach] in almost 1,900 athletic contests,
in five different sports, two genders.
I`ve served as an Ath Director as well.
Don`t lecture me on competition !

Yes – there is Nuance.

The clock ran out on my Dawgs
as they spent themselves on a worthy cause.
-with apologies to the Mark’s Bradley & Richt-

Rusty

December 5th, 2012
7:47 pm

The last person on earth to have any feel for basketball would be LD.

Grandad

December 5th, 2012
7:52 pm

LD has no real Philosophy;
his sheet just blows in the wind.

Whining about rebounding one min …….
rollin` the dice with a small line-up the next.

The native Americans would say:
something about a ” forked tongue “.

LD and Urban Meyer cut from the same cloth.

-not a compliment-

Sautee

December 5th, 2012
7:53 pm

Rod,

‘Nique’s 47?

Astro Joe

December 5th, 2012
7:58 pm

Josh will have a sensational game tonight. Tonight he officially launches his All-Star Game selection campaign. When they show highlights of the game later tonight, Josh will appear at the end and announce, “my name is Josh Smith, and I played for this highlight reel”.

keith

December 5th, 2012
7:58 pm

Losing confidence in this coach. I do not remember any team in recent memory who had different starting line-ups as frequently as this guy. I believe you should always start the same 5, then make adjustments if they are not working. We all need routine to maximize our productivity…

terrell

December 5th, 2012
8:01 pm

LD gettin on my nerves with all these lineups. Make the other team adjust to us for once. Devin should be backing up Teague, not playing with him.

High-sider

December 5th, 2012
8:02 pm

“Im convinced the perfect coach for this squad would be Don Nelson.” – BravesFan79 @7:33pm, 12/5/2012

That’s the same coach [Don Nelson] who couldn’t get the Mavs to the [NBA] Finals and who also took the Warriors from a playoff team in 2007 to a non-playoff team the next year and the year after that. No thanks; stick to baseball [please]. [No pun in

High-sider

December 5th, 2012
8:03 pm

^Correction: [No pun intended]

Blast

December 5th, 2012
8:04 pm

Slimjr

December 5th, 2012
8:05 pm

Somebody said Rick Smits was better than D12???????????????

Bath Salts are illegal Sir….

Astro Joe

December 5th, 2012
8:07 pm

Isn’t the teams record more important than the tactics? Hawks have won 6 of 7 while using altenate starting line-ups. Bt hey, don’t let winning influence your opinion.

terrell

December 5th, 2012
8:08 pm

How about giving Ivan the start SINCE WE NEED REBOUNDING?
Teague/Morrow//Josh/Ivan/Al
Harris/Lou/Deshawn/Tolliver/Zaza

Melvin

December 5th, 2012
8:09 pm

” “I’m really going on feel with this. Instead of always adjusting to the other team,” -LD

Rather its the right decision or not. I’m just glad to see LD have a backbone for once and (try to) make the other match up to his lineup….

Slimjr

December 5th, 2012
8:11 pm

“Im convinced the perfect coach for this squad would be Don Nelson.” – BravesFan79 @7:33pm, 12/5/2012″

Yea and Larry [Chipper] Jones is ring less after a HOF career if “MR CLUTCH” does not hit that Homer in the bottom of the 6th in the 95 World Series Championship against the Indians…..

Don Nelson? Can he spell the word DEFENSE? Naw…..

Hawks are 4-9 with Nelson at the Helm…

Slimjr

December 5th, 2012
8:13 pm

Kenneth with the thunder Dunk on Josh! Wow!

Astro Joe

December 5th, 2012
8:13 pm

So much for working on stopping dribble penetration.

Slimjr

December 5th, 2012
8:14 pm

Hey AllStar Al can you block a darn SHOT TONIGHT in the paint!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Slimjr

December 5th, 2012
8:14 pm

Kenneth blocks Al’s dunk! Wow

Melvin

December 5th, 2012
8:14 pm

Horford got that dunk sent back to sender

keith

December 5th, 2012
8:15 pm

Devin should be our starting point guard moving forward!!!

Slimjr

December 5th, 2012
8:16 pm

Denver is having their way in the paint!

Hey Al do the Hawks a favor and block one for the team!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Blast

December 5th, 2012
8:17 pm

4 Hawks turnovers already.

SOS Hawks

December 5th, 2012
8:17 pm

Hawks would be much better if Josh never took another shot unless it is a slam dunk.

Slimjr

December 5th, 2012
8:17 pm

FARRIED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Almost a poster on Josh!

Slimjr

December 5th, 2012
8:19 pm

#1 rebounding team against the #28?

Oh the Humanity!

SOS Hawks

December 5th, 2012
8:19 pm

Nice shot Josh. You POS.

Melvin

December 5th, 2012
8:19 pm

I would like to see Teague use his left hand more….

SOS Hawks

December 5th, 2012
8:21 pm

I would like to see Josh Smith sitting on the bench more.

drmaryb.(""_*).

December 5th, 2012
8:21 pm

Play IVAN!!!! Fool!!!

Slimjr

December 5th, 2012
8:23 pm

Faried is a beast!

Watch this guy grab 10-18 boards tonight against ALLStar Al!

Astro Joe

December 5th, 2012
8:23 pm

Yeah, I like Galinari’s game. He drives more than most think.

Astro Joe

December 5th, 2012
8:24 pm

Slim, who is guarding Farried at P tonight?

Astro Joe

December 5th, 2012
8:24 pm

J.J.M.

December 5th, 2012
8:25 pm

Teague was strugglin

terrell

December 5th, 2012
8:25 pm

Take Teague out, but leave Harris in?

keith

December 5th, 2012
8:25 pm

weak move by Al…

Slimjr

December 5th, 2012
8:25 pm

Hey Al you cant take Faried off the dribble hes two steps faster than you dude!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

keith

December 5th, 2012
8:26 pm

Bad shot by Al…

Slimjr

December 5th, 2012
8:27 pm

Hey smart azz #35 is checking #15…

Slimjr

December 5th, 2012
8:28 pm

Check that #15 just got benched for Ivan…Whew….

J.J.M.

December 5th, 2012
8:28 pm

Smh what is lou doing

keith

December 5th, 2012
8:28 pm

We miss Kyle Korver..Hurry back Kyle!!!

terrell

December 5th, 2012
8:29 pm

“Devin should be our starting pg moving forward”. lol

Astro Joe

December 5th, 2012
8:29 pm

Very tall and bouncy 5 watt light bulb.