Atlanta Hawks: Wizards up next; Korvers welcome first child

Vivlamore reporting from Hawks practice.

The Hawks try for their eighth win in nine games Friday against the Wizards, a team they barely defeated during the recent stretch.

The Hawks won a 101-100 decision over the then-winless Wizards on Nov. 21 on a last second 3-pointer. The Wizards won their second game on Tuesday by defeating the defending NBA champion Heat. That game is a point of emphasis for Hawks coach Larry Drew.

“The team that we played weeks ago, they are not the same team,” Drew said. “They are much better basketball team right now. You can see the way they play. They feel much better about themselves. They come off of a big win against Miami. They took us down to the wire. Under no circumstances can we look at this team’s record and underestimate this team.”

A new addition

Kyle Korver and his wife, Juliet, became parents on Wednesday with the birth of their daughter. Baby Kyra Elyse and mother Juliet are healthy after a birthing process that took more than a day, Korver said.

“It’s emotionally draining,” Korver said Thursday. “You watch your wife battle. She was grinding for a long time, 30 hours. You want to make it better but you can’t really do that so you just hold her hand and tell her she is amazing.”

Korver was not with the team on Wednesday for their 108-104 victory over the Nuggets after the labor process began Tuesday. Both sets of parents arrived in Atlanta Thursday to greet their granddaughter.

Korver has been out with back spasms and hasn’t played or practiced since coming out of the Nov. 28 game against the Bobcats in the third quarter. Korver said he is feeling “much better.” Having not played in more than a week, Korver is doubtful for Friday’s game against the Wizards.

Injury report

The Hawks were thin for Thursday’s practice without Devin Harris, DeShawn Stevenson and Korver. Harris injured his left ankle in the second quarter against the Nuggets. He was re-taped during halftime and returned for the entire second half. Stevenson was rested.

Sitting pretty

Through 15 games, the Hawks (10-5) are third in the Eastern Conference behind only the Knicks (13-4) and the Heat (12-4), who will play Thursday.

“I know a lot of people didn’t think we would be where we are at this point,” Drew said. “Me personally, I didn’t give it much thought. I just knew what I had to do as a coach as far as getting this team prepared and getting all these guys on the same page as fast as I could given all the new faces.”

The Hawks lead the NBA in fast break points (17.4) and forced turnovers (18.1), are third in assists (23.5) and steals (9.4), sixth in points allowed (94.2) and opponent field goal percentage (.432) and ninth in points in the paint (42.7).

Fourth-quarter woes

The Hawks lost a seven-point fourth-quarter lead in Wednesday’s win over the Nuggets. They also could not hold a nine-point lead in a loss to the Cavaliers Friday, which snapped a six-game win streak.

Drew said his team has room for improvement in the final quarter, particularly on the defensive end.

“I think we are playing OK,” Drew said. “… I know I sound like a broken record with this defensive stuff. My whole thing, as I told our guys, we are looked at as a team that is just going to play offense. We are looked at as a team that has guys who can shoot the ball and are going to score. Me personally, I want to change that perception. In talking to them, they want to do the same.”

- Chris Vivlamore

96 comments Add your comment

Slimjr

December 6th, 2012
4:23 pm

1st??????????

Slimjr

December 6th, 2012
4:23 pm

paian

December 6th, 2012
4:24 pm

not really i just didnt post anything haha

paian

December 6th, 2012
4:25 pm

that twal guy called you a bandwagon hawks fan smh

Slimjr

December 6th, 2012
4:25 pm

Congrats to Kyle Korver and his wife, Juliet on the Birth of their new Daughter!

The Truth

December 6th, 2012
4:27 pm

“Stevenson was rested.”

Stevenson kind of reminds me of AI

“IT’S NOT A GAME, WE TALKIN BOUT PRACTICE MAN” – AI

I MUS WRITE

December 6th, 2012
4:35 pm

Moist???? Jealousy is a female trait……..

The Truth

December 6th, 2012
4:43 pm

“Kyle Korver and his wife, Juliet, became parents on Wednesday with the birth of their daughter.”

Indirectly, this is extremely good news for the Hawks. With one more mouth to feed, Kyle will now work even harder to earn a new contract. This could be a great situation for the 31 yr old California native if he plays it right. A possible 3 yr deal and assistant coaching opportunity would be the ideal case for him in the ATL.

Jae Evolution

December 6th, 2012
4:47 pm

Sources told Broussard that Atlanta and the Houston Rockets, two clubs long linked to Gasol, no longer have interest in acquiring him. The same, sources told Broussard, holds for the Denver Nuggets, who possess multiple players who would appear to fit D’Antoni’s system well. ESPN.com

Grandad

December 6th, 2012
5:05 pm

Now we know Kyle`s back spasm`s were only sympathetic labor.

Slimjr

December 6th, 2012
5:09 pm

HaHaHa @ Grandad…

I must= delusional…

Grandad

December 6th, 2012
5:11 pm

All those folks that say we need a small forward;
heck, we haven`t had one in yrs,
why worry so much about it this yr.

drmaryb .(""_ ^).

December 6th, 2012
5:13 pm

The NIMBERS Don’t Lie!
_________________________

Here’s the story line on The Ferry - Led Hawks:

1 & 1
3 & 3
6 & 6
9 th

These rankings are elite, my cohorts. Let’s give Coach & his Staff some credit now.

Grandad

December 6th, 2012
5:21 pm

Sameba

-from last eve-

E Bledsoe still on rookie contract.

Doubtful they will move him `til after this summer,
and they make sure C Paul re-signs.

The thing – Vinny D ain`t playin` him but about 15 min per.

Grandad

December 6th, 2012
5:28 pm

Slimmer

Your allright !

keith

December 6th, 2012
5:32 pm

Congratulations to the Korver family. I have 2 daughters of my own, one 17, and one 15. Mr Korvers’ life has forever changed. Children are a blessing from God. Hope the Hawks will reward him with a Max-Deal to make this the greatest year of his life.

Grandad

December 6th, 2012
5:33 pm

uh oh

Slimmer = you`re allright !

* I messed up you`re:
shhhhhhh ….. I typed [your] w/o the apostroph & the e

Grandad

December 6th, 2012
5:37 pm

Keith;
are you D~W ?

Slimjr

December 6th, 2012
6:03 pm

Knicks and Heat on TNT at 8pm! Oh boy!

Both teams are undefeated at Home: Knicks 7-0, Miami 8-0..

Knicks blew Miami out by 20 the first time they met in the Garden. Miami will be pumped for tonight’s home game on TNT…

Amare will be missed in this one..Right Woody? Put the lawn chair away Woody..You are going to have to coach tonight! lol

Hawks Blog Legend Worldwide Clyde

December 6th, 2012
6:50 pm

Congrats to Korver

Rod from College Park

December 6th, 2012
8:31 pm

“All those folks that say we need a small forward;
heck, we haven`t had one in yrs,
why worry so much about it this yr.”

Could not have said it better myself.

Buddy Grizzard

December 6th, 2012
9:09 pm

After MIA-NY tonight, the Hawks will be tied for second in the lost column.

Slimjr

December 6th, 2012
9:25 pm

Raymond with the huge 3 before the Half to tie it up Buddy!

Did this guy go #5 behind the bust Marvin Williams? Hmmmm

I’ll take him over Ty Lawson everyday and twice on Sunday..

Slimjr

December 6th, 2012
9:50 pm

Somebody is putting on a clinic, on TNT..

That #5 pick is some baller..

Don’t count your chickens just yet…

Sammy

December 6th, 2012
10:15 pm

Trade Suggestion: Andris Biedrins for devin harris. biedrins has talent and just needs a new system, this would also allow JJ to get more minutes and on the times we go big by starting ZAZA, we actually have a decent backup 7 ft centre who can rebound and defend.

WHEN ARE THEY MOVING ?????

December 6th, 2012
10:19 pm

WHY ARE THESE IDIOTS STILL HERE AND NOT, I REPEAT NOT IN SEATTLE ????

WHO REALLY CARES ABOUT THIS FRANCHISE ? IT IS JUNK, TRASH AND WORTHLESS,
PLUS OWNERS WHO LIE ALL THE TIME.

SELL SELL SELL SELL WE DO NTO NEED THIS TEAM IN THIS CITY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

CHICKEN hawks $UCK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

keith

December 6th, 2012
10:39 pm

How can the Heat lose to Woody, without melo??? Go figure.

glw

December 6th, 2012
10:42 pm

lol @Americans Airlines Arena sounding like Philips when the crowd is rooting for the road team.

High-sider

December 6th, 2012
10:44 pm

Who said Woody can’t coach? Who dat, who dat?

Knicks openin’ a can of whoop a$$ on the Heat.

Novak-aine with the “wet,” “wetter,” and “wettest” jumper.

High-sider

December 6th, 2012
10:46 pm

Woody said, “No ‘Melo, no problem; we got this.”

sam'l

December 6th, 2012
11:02 pm

Wow. Knicks over Heat. Rasheed. Hard to believe. Iistened not watched and the energy was amazing.

sam'l

December 6th, 2012
11:02 pm

Hawks closing on the Heat……how long will this last?

ag

December 6th, 2012
11:14 pm

Hawks have Heat Monday. Have to take a page from the Knicks, hustle, spread the floor, run, great PG play and shoot the 3!

Big Ray

December 6th, 2012
11:43 pm

Big Ray, some bloggers continue to obsess with the notion that Tolliver received rotation-type minutes early in the season. And continue to talk about it, even 6-8 games after he last received rotation-type minutes. You know how folk start chewing on old bones around here.

What’s that? Sorry, can’t hear because I have a fossil stuck in my teeth and it makes a grinding sound every time my jaws move…

;)

Ken Strickland

December 6th, 2012
11:44 pm

I just can’t believe no one has tried to convince Josh to develop a midrange gm by using the bank shot rather than always shooting for the rim, like he has such a good touch. TDuncan will ride his bank shot all the way to the HOF. He needs to become more efficient as a scorer, like Horford.

Just about every Hawks fan hopes Ferry will sign DHoward, or another high profile center. But let’s suppose he decides to go after an elite SF instead, and then secures a decent backup center? Solidifying the SF position, while starting Zaza and moving Horford to PF, would give us a solid frontline. Add a backcourt of Teague and either Korver, Morrow, or Jenkins, and you have a solid starting lineup. A bench of Williams, Ivan, Stevenson, Scott, and a decent C, and we have a solid team.

Big Ray

December 6th, 2012
11:46 pm

Who said Woody can’t coach? Who dat, who dat?

Knicks openin’ a can of whoop a$$ on the Heat.

Novak-aine with the “wet,” “wetter,” and “wettest” jumper.

Yeah…Knicks have been good. I wonder how it will go when “I need the ball” Stoudemire comes back. Knicks won’t have proven much against the Heat until they can avenge that playoff whoopin’ from last season.

Melvin

December 7th, 2012
12:11 am

Interesting article. This may be a problem on the arisen for many teams in the league. The Heat may be the last small market to have a so-call Superteam. This won’t be a problem for the Lakers, Knicks, Nets and Celtics. Can the league survive with less parity? We will see how this plays out.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/writers/ian_thomsen/12/06/sixth-man-nba-cba-nicolas-batum/index.html

Hawks_4_Life

December 7th, 2012
12:28 am

Congrats Korvers

doc

December 7th, 2012
1:13 am

chipper welcomes his new girl.

home run?

or is it more how plastic dresses up a skinny girl?

http://bustedcoverage.com/2012/12/06/chipper-jones-girlfriend-lexi-ray-playboy-model/#photo=28

anyway wondering if there was a short forward out there to compliment horford and josh to take us closer to the top? can danny find the missing link and what form will it take?

doc

December 7th, 2012
1:14 am

view the gallery folks.

Hawks Blog Legend Worldwide Clyde

December 7th, 2012
1:31 am

When was the last time Woody won a playoff series? Good regular season coach that chokes in the playoffs.

Najeh Davenpoop

December 7th, 2012
1:58 am

FTPB

“Anybody care to list their Top-5 low-post players in the league?

Which guys have the best post moves? I’ll try to compile my list later.”

Duncan, Pau Gasol, Jefferson, Scola, Randolph, Melo, Kobe. Some combination of those. Probably forgetting someone important.

FACTS

December 7th, 2012
4:35 am

@Melvin

So Miami is a small market, but Boston is a big market?

Top 10 metro areas ranked by population: 1. NYC 2. LA 3. Chicago 4. Dallas 5. Houston 6. Philly 7. Washington 8. Miami 9. Atlanta 10. Boston

Stop listening to ESPN and their garbage. Being in the top 10, Boston is a “big market” but it’s mentioned like it’s NYC or Chicago, when it’s metro has less people than places like Atlanta and Washington who’s teams never get referred to as “big market.”

Classic case of ESPN drivel, notice how the Phillies and Eagles are “big market teams that deserve stars” but you never hear the Sixers talked about like that, and they are in the same market.

If RG3 and the Redskins pick up a few more stars and become a consistent winner, watch ESPN start callin them a “big market team” too.

vava74

December 7th, 2012
4:49 am

FACTS,

the expression “Big Market” should be interpreted as “sports’ big market”.

Boston fans are passionate about their teams, which makes its population a large consumer of sports events/programs/commercials with players, …

Also, the number and tenure of transplants in a given area – which remain connected to their original teams – has to be taken into consideration.

A quick example:

4 million people with 2/3rds of transplants equates to just 1,32 million potential local team fans
3 million people with just 1/4er of transplants equates to 2,25 million potential local team fans

Add the two factors together (rabidness and transplants) and you’ll see that “big market” must be interpreted not only by the number of people living on a given area.

Grandad

December 7th, 2012
4:57 am

FACTS:

Boston is in the ” Northeast megalopolis ”
which includes:
Baltimore, DC, Philly, NYC, and Boston.

For this reason, they [all] are considered Major Mkts.

Grandad

December 7th, 2012
5:10 am

Naj

I would choose [in this order] … mine is virtually identical to yours.

1.Gasol
2.Duncan
3.Randolph
4.Jefferson
5.LBJ
** with a tip 0`the hat to Scola
** and a mention – Andrew Nicholson is young … but -
he has the best post moves / game coming out of college
that I`ve seen in yrs.

Just Joe

December 7th, 2012
6:12 am

Duncan, Pau Gasol, Randolph, Jefferson, Bynum

Nicholson in Orlando is just warming up offensively. Needs to rebound better, but his offense will be there. He’s learning now how to handle nba double teams right now.

I’d still trade Horford and Petro for Turkoglu, Nicholson, and Vucevic. Vucevic is up to 10 pts and 9 boards in 29 minutes a game. Kid is only 22 and has 3 pt range if he wants to use it. It appears Coach Vaughn doesn’t want his young bigs Vucevic and Nicholson taking that shot though. No attempts for either man.

Buddy Grizzard

December 7th, 2012
6:24 am

“I’d still trade Horford and Petro for Turkoglu, Nicholson, and Vucevic.”

Thank God you’re not the Hawks’ GM. You would trade an All-Star, All-NBA player for a bad contract and two players who haven’t proven anything at the NBA level while playing for a loser? Al Horford is the best player on the third place team in the Eastern Conference. You would trade him for lawn trash?

Grandad

December 7th, 2012
6:33 am

I would prefer [Nicholson & Harkless]
-but-
I would trade neither Al nor Josh.

It does not appear we have a match.

ORL is not gonna trade those two youngsters for *our “lawn trash”.
* Petro, et al.

Buddy Grizzard

December 7th, 2012
6:38 am

Slim J.,

Your knicks got it done… highly impressive. And I got a trade for you:

Devin Harris, Mike Scott and Andre Kirilenko to the Lakers, Pau Gasol to the Timberwolves, Nikola Pekovic and Derrick Williams to the Hawks. What do you think?