Video: Hawks go for eight wins in nine games vs. Wizards

Vivlamore reporting

The Atlanta Hawks have won seven of their last eight games. CineSport’s Brian Clark & The AJC’s Chris Vivlamore discuss the Hawks’ recent success & the Hawks’ undersized roster.


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Slimjr

December 6th, 2012
10:26 am

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

Slimjr

December 6th, 2012
10:26 am

2nd??????????????

Slimjr

December 6th, 2012
10:27 am

Sweet Lou!

Ty Lawson took Jeff Teague to “school” for sure….

Slimjr

December 6th, 2012
10:30 am

FTPB

“Reality check.

Hawks have had a very easy schedule so far. 15 total games played compared to some teams that have played 20 already. 9 of the Hawks 15 games have been at home.

Hawks have 3 wins and 4 losses against .500 teams or better.

Hawks are going to need another big man as the schedule picks up. 5 games over the next 7 days starting Friday. 3 road games including at Memphis and at Miami.” -Just Joe-

Caution is the word of the day..

Memphis will be a huge test for the Hawks..They are legit contenders this year!

Slimjr

December 6th, 2012
10:32 am

97-69

10-5

31-10

13-4

11-1 Playoffs? hmmmmmmm

The Truth

December 6th, 2012
10:34 am

Kudos to the Hawks on a nice win against a competitive Denver team; Game ball goes to LD for substitutions made at the right time as if he’s finally figured his players out. I notice he used Ivan correctly in that 4th qtr stretch to stabilize a Denver run. Ivan was only in briefly but he impacted the game with some timely rebounds and scoring.

LD certainly silenced the critics (including myself) with his focus to defense and rebounding against a top rebounding team. Though the Hawks played with undersize players at just about ever position; at least last night, they all compensated their smaller size with energy and effort.

In the end, though, the difference that led to the Hawks victory was the bench: the Hawks depth was more productive than Denver’s depth.

Mike is Back

December 6th, 2012
10:42 am

CV, thanks for doing an outstanding job covering the Hawks…I agree with ya…on the Hawks being a playoff caliber team.

GO DANNY…GO LD….AND GO HAWKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I MUS WRITE

December 6th, 2012
10:47 am

Being first and saying im first is so MOIST……..Good win last night, I like what im seeing at this point we are pushing the ball and scoring alot in transition. We need a frontcourtplayer that gives us some type of Post game, We have a multitude of shooters but we cant keep winning without gwttn points in the paint…… LD is never going to play JJ -i cant understand this seeing as how Tolliver got a good bit of playing time early in the season….Let the manplay LD-Stubborn MoFo

I MUS WRITE

December 6th, 2012
10:54 am

Folks around here need to get off of Jeff teagues testicles…..He had a bad game git over it, its not like Ty Lawson is a scrub or something. Teague is better than most of the stiffs we had at pg over the last few yrs. Maybe sum of yall want AC Law back or Not so Speedy Claxton. From that 09 draft class which was pg heavyI would say teague is holding his own for where he got picked

ag

December 6th, 2012
10:58 am

Enter your comments here

ag

December 6th, 2012
10:59 am

Tolliver’s last played rotational minutes against Golden State. He played 12 minutes, did not score and created a foul. Since that time the Hawks are 7-1. Yes, Ivan is better than Tolliver.

Slimjr

December 6th, 2012
11:00 am

Jealousy detector pegged? ^^^^^^^ lol

Slimjr

December 6th, 2012
11:03 am

Lou gets the game ball for shutting down Ty Lawson twice in the end..Something the other guy could not do once….

Slimjr

December 6th, 2012
11:11 am

So Gasol is upset with Kobe for telling him to grow a pair?

Now this bum responds by claiming he has sore knees? That should be the end of the trade Josh for Gasol talk for good..

Gasol’s [turrible] attitude plus 19 million per, should cause Danny to hit delete on the Lakers inquiring…

Slimjr

December 6th, 2012
11:15 am

Rev,

you will not have to wait much longer to see a whole lot of Hawks basketball coming up with 5 games over the next 7 days starting Friday. 3 road games including Memphis and Miami…

Its going to be crazy round here just trying to keep up with C-viv.

vava74

December 6th, 2012
12:22 pm

C-Viv,

You have been doing a remarkable job. Congrats and thank you.

doc

December 6th, 2012
12:53 pm

thus far taking care of business. it is not going to be easy. really a few years back they were making it look easy early with a huge win differential in woody’s last year. what happened? we got less structured on defense and it ended up costing them and wiped out by the magic in four without even contesting.

i like the cerebral attitude of lets look it over and correct it by smarts and effort. it might work to get them in position to make some noise playoff time or even consider a reasonable trade in season that does not have the name gasol attached. would prefer to find an underutilized big with a mental edge and attitude to learn but with physical attributes like mcghee. yeah it is christmas time.

anyway good job to the hawks and ld for winning most of the expect to win games and stealing a few of the toss up or expect to lose games. even the heat dont win every time they should as this week shows. the schedule will be tough in january but we could reasonably stand 19-10 or 18-11 heading into the new year. the greatest bulls team lost to an expansion team.

Rod from College Park

December 6th, 2012
1:04 pm

Rev in Tampa

December 6th, 2012
1:32 pm

Josh’s back to the basket game has typically included an awkward dribble to begin his spin toward the basket, but last night each dribble was further away from his body than normal. It appeared as if he was going to lose the ball a few times.

I am surprised more teams don’t try to poke the ball away when makes this move.

Slimjr

December 6th, 2012
1:44 pm

Rev,

why does Josh not work on his dribbling skills? They have regressed and have never been strong to begin with.

And that step back jumper should be banned from his arsenal..

terrell

December 6th, 2012
1:51 pm

So what Slim? Teague schooled Lawson in the UNC-WF game a few years back. Meaning, IT’S JUST ONE GAME. lol Every player has one every now and then. If it was your boy, would you still be dwelling on 1 BAD GAME?

Just Joe

December 6th, 2012
1:55 pm

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.

ag

December 6th, 2012
2:07 pm

Josh made the crowd go ahhhhh on a spin or something and a pass to Al. I did not see it because my eyes were closed while he was dribbling.

Astro Joe

December 6th, 2012
2:19 pm

Just Joe, in no particular order:

Andrew Bynum
Zach Randolph
Al Jefferson
Nene
Kobe Bryant

You can add Dirk (and his wicked fade-away) and LaMarcus Aldridge’s turnaround jumper to that list as well.

jgsbirds

December 6th, 2012
2:28 pm

very nice win for sure!!! josh STILL has no idea of what a good shot looks like!!!! at one point he subbed back into the game after the hawks had made a nice run and immediately jacked up two ill-advised long jumpers that went “CLANK” and then topped that by not hustling back after a loose ball between he and lou i believe. 3 boneheaded plays on 3 straight possessions–i was screaming at ld through the tv saying, “GET HIM OUT DREW!!!!” i’m sorry to bash on this guy so much–but he simply is not getting it! he makes these same decisions quarter after quarter, half after half and game after game. the time to go is NOW!

ag

December 6th, 2012
2:31 pm

AJ .. I don’t know about Nene, but what about Cousins?

Slimjr

December 6th, 2012
2:45 pm

Andray Blatche has beautiful low post moves. Wish we had him!

hfc95

December 6th, 2012
2:47 pm

Grantland just posted a cool article on the hawks.

Astro Joe

December 6th, 2012
3:01 pm

ag, I can’t say that I have watched enough games to throw Cousins in the mix. Those were the 5 (actually 7) that immediately came to mind. I’m not in any suggesting it is an all-encompassing list. Pau Gasol is also very, very good in the post.. at least he had been in the past 3-5 years (and during the Olympics in August).

Two of my ALL-TIME favorite post players were ‘Nique (who was terrific and underrated as a low post player) and his teammate, Antoine Carr. If I could, I would have tried to convince Carr to be our big man coach 7-8 years ago. He had outstanding footwork and a soft touch. I loved his game.

DawgNole

December 6th, 2012
3:05 pm

Mike is Back
December 6th, 2012
8:29 am

CV, glad we showed up to play for nationally televised game…
_________________

Just what I was thinking–and it’s significant in light of the team’s history of shrinking from the national spotlight.

Few expected 10-5, but the schedule will toughen up soon enough, so it might be wise to curb that early-season enthusiasm a little–for the time being anyway.

Twal

December 6th, 2012
3:33 pm

Ya boi smoove aint the one who need to go. He is the emotional leader of this team. If he goes so does the hawks. As soon as the fans realise that the more confident he will become. The more confident he is the better his ballhandling an shotsellection gets. Its all a process. Theres no doubt smoove is the best player with the highest ceiling. See every team has an emotional leadet without josh we are just a regular team. All that is needed is a 7feet rebounder (Mcghee) and a great shotblocking presence around the basket (Larry Sanders), and we meet whoever in the eastern conf. finals.

Twal

December 6th, 2012
3:43 pm

And yea slimjr and jgsbirds move to brooklyn lmao . we dnt need negative bandwaggon fans here thanx

Dwight Howard

December 6th, 2012
4:07 pm

All the Hawks really need is a legitimate big. Maybe they can grab a big free agent in the off-season.

O'Brien

December 6th, 2012
4:08 pm

In addition to rebounding, another area the Hawks have to do better in is FT% (and we know who the main culprits are). According to the 4 letter network last night, the Hawks were 3rd or 4th worst in the league in FT%. That will cost you games.

In the 13 point loss against the Clippers, we went 7-16 (44%) from the FT line. In a 4 point loss against the Warriors, we went 13-18 (72%) from the line. And in a 2 point loss to the Cavs, we went 23-32 (72%) from the FT line. If we make our FT, those games may have turned out differently.

And now we go on the road to play some tough teams in Memphis and Miami. We have to take advantage when we go to the line.

paian

December 6th, 2012
4:16 pm

Twal who are you to call someone a bandwagon fan just because they are talking about other players? Some people on this blog aren’t only a fan of the hawks, but are fans of the game of basketball period. An i highly doubt there’s people that are on the hawk’s bandwagon if they do have one that is.

Joey T

December 6th, 2012
4:17 pm

Players with an array of low post moves, Top 5: Jefferson, PGasol, Dirk, Bynum, Bryant. Z-Bo is up there also.