Atlanta Hawks game thread: Morrow to start vs. Magic; Pachulia warned for flop (updated)

UPDATE: Anthony Morrow will start for the Hawks. He will be joined by Jeff Teague, Devin Harris, Josh Smith and Al Horford. Coach Larry Drew pressed with Kyle Korver coming back from injury and wanting to rest DeShawn Stevenson in order to play him Thursday against the Bobcats. Drew expects Korver to play about 20 minutes.

Pachulia on flop warning: “It’s a rule so you have to respect the game, respect the rules. Honestly, my first reaction because I saw the elbow coming was just to try to get out of the way because I was so close. I wasn’t trying to flop there but if you look at the film it’s obvious it looks like I was flopping. I was just trying to get out of the way. If the elbow came, I would rather take the $5,000 fine than a broken jaw.

Vivlamore reporting.

ORLANDO — Even with the returns of Kyle Korver and Mike Scott, the Hawks will be a little short-handed tonight against the Magic. DeShawn Stevenson likely will not play in the first game of a back-to-back schedule. Coach Larry Drew said he wants to save Stevenson for Thursday’s game against the Bobcats at Philips Arena.

Korver will not be in the starting lineup as he returns from the back spasms and birth of his first child that kept him out of the past five games. He will play “limited” minutes according to Drew.

While Drew said his starting lineup will be a game-time decision, he is leaning toward starting Anthony Morrow.

Flop warning

Center Zaza Pachulia received a warning for violating the NBA’s anti-flopping rule during last week’s game against the Wizards.

The Wizards’ Kevin Seraphin grabbed a rebound and moved his extended elbow past the face of Pachulia with eight minutes left in the fourth quarter of the Hawks’ victory. Pachulia stumbled backward but never fell to the ground.

According to the new rule, players receive a warning for the first violation, determined by the league office not the on-court officials. The warning is followed by fines for each addition violation: $5,000 fine for a second, $10,000 fine for a third, $15,000 fine for a fourth and $30,000 fine for a fifth.

Korver back

Korver said his back is feeling good. He practiced Tuesday and Wednesday morning and said he is looking forward to getting back on the court.

“I used to have nightmares that I would wake up and turn the TV on and my team was playing,” Korver said. “You look out and see your team is playing and you are not there. That’s kind of what it felt like. For the first time in quite a while I really missed playing basketball because I haven’t missed games in a few years. … There was this break, obviously there were awesome things going on in life, but I want to be out there with those guys. They were playing such good basketball.”

Korver said he is more concerned with getting his timing and rhythm back as opposed to his conditioning.

Scott also back

Rookie Mike Scott practiced with the team Wednesday after arriving from his NBA Development League stint Tuesday. Scott has his best game Monday, the final of four games with the Bakersfield (Calif.) Jam, with 21 points and 10 rebounds in 31 minutes.

“It was a good learning experience,” Scott said. “I got out and got a chance to play. That was the main thing to get some conditioning in, to play and see the ball go through the hoop.”

Mental challenge

Beginning with tonight’s game against the Magic, the Hawks play three of four games against teams with sub.-500 records. The Bobcats, Warriors (14-7) and Wizards follow tonight’s game.

Competing in those games, especially after playing the likes of the Grizzlies and Heat, will be important according to Drew.

“We’ve played two of the best teams in the league in the first two games of this road trip now we are playing a team that is rebuilding,” Drew said. “Will we get up for the mental challenge? It’s something we have to be real professional about it. We have to be disciplined about it. I will challenge our guys to do that.”

- Chris Vivlamore

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231 comments Add your comment

Ernest

December 12th, 2012
3:55 pm

I’m really impressed how the team is gelling thus far. I realize this team may exist in its current form for only this season however I think we are getting a good product on the floor that competes in each game. Go Hawks!!!

Rod from College Park

December 12th, 2012
4:02 pm

Morrow should have started against the Heat. He and Korver are interchangable.

Rev in Tampa

December 12th, 2012
4:03 pm

I really wanted to go to tonight’s game, but the relentless Christmas schedule has me by the neck. At least I will be able to watch it in HD on my television instead of my computer.

This could be a trap game. The Hawks had found the formula for the Magic. But without Dwight the formula changes. The Magic have been playing better basketball than I would have predicted.

MsDee

December 12th, 2012
4:17 pm

Who arranges these schedules?? We are about to play Orlando, Washington, Bobcats, and GS again?? NY has played the Nets like every other day..I mean dang!! Arent there other teams we could be playing this week? Granted, the teams are very winnable games but it sure would be nice to see others by now. Wished we could have been schedule to play the Nets by there..looking forward to seeing that team in person. Also, wouldnt have mind seeing LA right about now as well, while they are still trying to find themselves. Would be great for Dwight to see how we beat up on his team just so he would want to join us next season…A WINNING SQUAD THAT IS!!

Samurai Squirrel

December 12th, 2012
4:26 pm

Not surprised Zaza got a warning. More surprised that it hasn’t come earlier in the season. He is a tough guy (and gets into real scuffles) but he loves to act like something was worse than it was.

Buddy Grizzard

December 12th, 2012
4:50 pm

TRAP GAME. ORL wants to win… this is a division opponent. These guys will play with a lot of pride. Hawks better not mail this one in or the national media will be talking about the same old Hawks.

Rev in Tampa

December 12th, 2012
4:53 pm

MsDee,

I wish the Hawks could sign Cheeseburger to a 10 day contract just before we play the Lakers. That would be funny.

Buddy Grizzard

December 12th, 2012
5:02 pm

Dang Rev beat me to it.

Buddy Grizzard

December 12th, 2012
5:04 pm

7 out of 9 dleage gms say CDR is the most likely to be called up. Dude is tearing it up shooting from all over the floor.

JaeEvolution

December 12th, 2012
5:06 pm

Apparently the Wizars turned down a Harden trade for Beal and Chris Singleton. Can you imagine what it would’ve been like facing a Wall/Harden backcourt for the next 5 years.

Buddy Grizzard

December 12th, 2012
5:11 pm

MsDee good observation. This schedule is front-loaded with bad teams. That means the back end of the season is going to be filled with games against Eastern Conference teams fighting for playoff position. Even though the Hawks have won some big games early, the schedule is not favorable. Playing all those games at the close of the season against teams that have something to play for is not a good look.

Buddy Grizzard

December 12th, 2012
5:13 pm

JaeEvolution I don’t believe that rumor for a second. Sure they discussed a trade but when you see what OKC got, no way they would do that deal and only get Beal who shoots as bad as Josh Smith.

Buddy Grizzard

December 12th, 2012
5:20 pm

Josh Robbins @JoshuaBRobbins about 19 minutes ago
Tonight’s Hawks-Magic game could go fast, fast, fast. The #Hawks rank 28th in the NBA in FTAs. The #Magic are 30th.

Najeh Davenpoop

December 12th, 2012
5:27 pm

Regarding the topic of the previous blog, whether a player is a snub also depends on who made it ahead of him. Josh easily did enough to be an All Star last year, but the bigger travesty was that players like Luol Deng and Roy Hibbert who didn’t shoulder nearly as much responsibility on their teams made it ahead of him.

Najeh Davenpoop

December 12th, 2012
5:30 pm

“Apparently the Wizars turned down a Harden trade for Beal and Chris Singleton. Can you imagine what it would’ve been like facing a Wall/Harden backcourt for the next 5 years.”

The standard reaction to this has been to wonder WTF the Wizards were thinking. Yeah, Harden is really good now, but his rookie season wasn’t that different from Beal’s rookie season so far, and Beal’s bad shooting has been improving. I don’t think it’s a guarantee that Harden will be better than Beal three years from now.

Buddy Grizzard

December 12th, 2012
5:31 pm

Najeh Davenpoop

December 12th, 2012
5:33 pm

Hawks going super small tonight. Morrow gets the start at SF next to Teague and Harris.

heat check

December 12th, 2012
5:34 pm

They need to weigh Zaza’s torso before they hit him with any fines. Based on some of the charges he takes, his torso is incredibly dense and tough to keep off the ground. He shouldn’t be faulted for a physical deformity.

Agreed on the schedule, MsDee. It’s ugly. And they’ve had 4 days between games twice in the past few weeks, so I’m assuming that will result in less off days as the season goes along (and they’re more valuable).

Is the GS Warriors game not televised?

Rod from College Park

December 12th, 2012
5:34 pm

“MsDee good observation. This schedule is front-loaded with bad teams.”

Ding!!!!! Which is why where the Hawks are ranked defensively, and all the other accolades should not be made until the schedule picks up.

Buddy Grizzard

December 12th, 2012
5:38 pm

Wow Morrow has barely been a part of the rotation and you’re going to throw him in the starting lineup playing out of position at the 3? I’ll go ahead and call it… Hawks lose tonight.

Sautee

December 12th, 2012
5:38 pm

Najeh, unless Josh plays the 3, it’s truly a 3 guard lineup for us, no matter what you call Morrow, Korver, or Stevenson.

Slimjr

December 12th, 2012
5:45 pm

The Law of Averages:

AN NBA SCHEDULE..

Vava74 was very wise warn us not to get too excited. Still early..

Rod from College Park

December 12th, 2012
5:47 pm

“Najeh, unless Josh plays the 3, it’s truly a 3 guard lineup for us, no matter what you call Morrow, Korver, or Stevenson.”

Agreed.

Slimjr

December 12th, 2012
5:48 pm

The Hawks have a new defensive scheme:

call it, { The sea parting ways}

Slimjr

December 12th, 2012
5:53 pm

Eli and the G-Men coming to town on Sunday…

Oh the Humanity!

Najeh Davenpoop

December 12th, 2012
5:58 pm

“it’s truly a 3 guard lineup for us, no matter what you call Morrow, Korver, or Stevenson.”

True, although I’ll give Stevenson credit for being able to adequately defend some SFs, while Morrow can’t adequately defend anyone.

Najeh Davenpoop

December 12th, 2012
5:59 pm

Chris Vivlamore ‏@ajchawks
Zaza Pachulia on anti-flop warning: “I would rather get a $5,000 fine than a broken jaw.” #ATLHawks
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Sautee

December 12th, 2012
6:08 pm

“The Hawks have a new defensive scheme:”

“call it, { The sea parting ways} ” – slimjr

Hawks are currently 5th in PPG allowed. The seas must not be parting all that often.

MattP

December 12th, 2012
6:13 pm

haha, Zaza’s reply to the flop warning is funny but true. He was probably dodging the elbow and lost his balance, we all know Zaza is clumsy.

Rod from College Park

December 12th, 2012
6:14 pm

“while Morrow can’t adequately defend anyone.”

Neither can Korver, or as many say on this blog neither can Jamal, but it’s funny how the Clippers are one of the top 10 defensive teams in the league with Jamal playing major minutes. Hmm…..

Slimjr

December 12th, 2012
6:21 pm

Perhaps you did not get the memo?

“MsDee good observation. This schedule is front-loaded with bad teams.” Hmmmmmm

Sautee

December 12th, 2012
6:29 pm

slim,

Bad teams or no, the seas must not have been parting all that much. If one wants to claim that we’ll get worse as we play a tougher schedule, then fair enough.

But your comment was on the Hawks current defense.

High-sider

December 12th, 2012
6:44 pm

Rod from College Park
December 12th, 2012
6:14 pm

“while Morrow can’t adequately defend anyone.”

Neither can Korver, or as many say on this blog neither can Jamal, but it’s funny how the Clippers are one of the top 10 defensive teams in the league with Jamal playing major minutes. Hmm…..
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Guess who has the best [individual aggregate] +/- stats for the Clips so far this [regular] season. Ain’t that about a “blimp” – hmmm.

http://www.nba.com/statistics/plusminus/plusminus_sort.jsp?pcomb=1&season=22012&split=9&team=Clippers

Buddy Grizzard

December 12th, 2012
6:46 pm

My last piece for Rep ATL I said my previous criticism of the Hawks’ roster construction may have been overstated. Let me say for the record, I’m only happy with the current roster construction if Josh plays most of the minutes at small forward. These 3-guard lineups are a joke.

High-sider

December 12th, 2012
7:00 pm

Guess which [five] Clippers’ players are included in the team’s best five-player combination [with respect to +/- statistics (+55)] so far this season – hmmm.

http://www.nba.com/statistics/plusminus/plusminus_sort.jsp?pcomb=5&season=22012&split=9&team=Clippers

“Guess who has the best [individual aggregate] +/- stats for the Clips so far this [regular] season. Ain’t that about a “blimp” – hmmm.”

Team high [individual aggregate] +/- [statistic/number/integer/value] of +147 goes to [none other than] ____________ [fill in the blank].

lewis

December 12th, 2012
7:08 pm

lol at that quote from the hangtime blog

slider821
December 12, 2012 at 5:45 pm
I know, I had to re-read that a few times. Hawks, really? They should try to fill seats in their stadium before thinking about ECFs. Move that team to Seattle, people in ATL don’t care about the team and their team is decent. It’s embarrasing to watch the hawks and see 80% of the first 5 rows of seats empty.

Just Joe

December 12th, 2012
7:09 pm

Bold Prediction: Teague goes for 25+ pts tonight.

Najeh Davenpoop

December 12th, 2012
7:10 pm

Morrow matched up against Harkless at SF. Morrow has been surprisingly effective on the boards recently, but winning the rebounding battle against Harkless will be a challenge.

Najeh Davenpoop

December 12th, 2012
7:13 pm

Morrow is 1 for his last 8 from the 3 point line.

Najeh Davenpoop

December 12th, 2012
7:14 pm

Make that 1 for his last 9.

Sameba

December 12th, 2012
7:15 pm

So already 2 bricks by Morrow, hmmmm…

MattP

December 12th, 2012
7:15 pm

I am surprised Davis is having this hard of a time against Smith.

bigdave

December 12th, 2012
7:15 pm

I like it Josh..
Inside pivot, face up, strong drive (right) , jump.. at the line.

Sameba

December 12th, 2012
7:15 pm

Wide open 3-pointers…

MattP

December 12th, 2012
7:16 pm

Morrow looks like Korver did at the beginning of a season. Drew never gives him playing time like Korver got to find his shot.

Najeh Davenpoop

December 12th, 2012
7:19 pm

As bad as Morrow has been from 3 recently, though, he really owns that 10 foot baseline shot.

MattP

December 12th, 2012
7:20 pm

Ya, good thing about Morrow he doesn’t just sit and take 3s, he brings the ball closer and takes a mid 2.

Sameba

December 12th, 2012
7:20 pm

Morrow should stick with his floaters…

bigdave

December 12th, 2012
7:21 pm

I wish I could hear those sucka magic announcers now

High-sider

December 12th, 2012
7:21 pm

Buddy Grizzard
December 12th, 2012
5:31 pm

http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2012/12/12/blogtable-upstarts-hawks-and-clips/

O snap JC1 fans click away.
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So, according to NBA pundits, I guess the Clips and [the] Hawks are [both] “dark horses” to make the Conference Finals in 2013 with the Hawks being the “‘darker’ horse” of the two [teams].