Atlanta Hawks game thread: Morrow out against Warriors (updated)

Vivlamore reporting.

The Hawks will continue with their normal lineup tonight against the Warriors with Jeff Teague, Kyle Korver, DeShawn Stevenson, Josh Smith and Al Horford.

The Hawks will be a little short-handed as guard Anthony Morrow is out with back soreness. Morrow began experiencing back pain last week against the Grizzlies and the team has been managing the issue since. Morrow missed significant time with a stress fracture in his back during his junior year at Georgia Tech in 2006.

For the Hawks (14-6), they will be looking to avenge one of their losses this season after falling to the Warriors 92-88 in Oakland on Nov. 14. The Hawks were without center Al Horford and guard Devin Harris as they suffered from a stomach illness that hit the team hard during that West coast trip.

Coach Larry Drew welcomes another chance at the Warriors (15-8) with Horford.

“He is a big part of what we do,” Drew said. “I went back and looked at that game. It was kind of a weird game for us, everything that we were going through at that point. We’ll go into with a little bit more of a defined game plan, similar to what we’ve done in the past with him. He’s a big part of what we do. We run things through him. He is an anchor defensively.”

One of the issues for the Hawks is slowing Warriors rookie forward Harrison Barnes, who had 19 points and 13 rebounds in that game. David Lee also had a double-double in that game.

“He played well,” Drew said of Barnes. “A few of their guys played well. I did not think we played well defensively against him the last time we played them. I think he’s going to be a terrific rookie. He has size. He has speed. He’s athletic. He can make shots. We have to do a better job on him defensively, without a doubt. We have to take the challenge and from a team standpoint we have to be solid defensively.”

Smith said the key will be slowing the Warriors’ perimeter players.

“We have to do a better job of containing the ball on the perimeter,” Smith said. “(Warriors coach) Mark Jackson is one that likes to milk plays if they are successful. We have to be able to do the job of sitting down and taking the challenge defensively.”

- Chris Vivlamore

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176 comments Add your comment

High-sider

December 15th, 2012
4:59 pm

High-sider

December 15th, 2012
4:59 pm

High-sider

December 15th, 2012
5:00 pm

paian

December 15th, 2012
5:06 pm

dang man are you never not first lol

mike

December 15th, 2012
5:08 pm

i dont remember a hawks team in recent years with such a high amount of nagging injuries.. what is going on with these guys?

paian

December 15th, 2012
5:10 pm

Mike the good thing is at least they arent serious like some players in the nba

High-sider

December 15th, 2012
5:14 pm

“Hand down, man down” – Mark Jackson, head coach of [the] GSW

Hawks guards, don’t let [Stephen] Curry and [Klay] Thompson “get off.” Contest [but don't foul on] all perimeter shots especially beyond the 3pt. arc.

If the Magic can beat the Warriors in Orlando, then you [Hawks] should be able to beat the Warriors in Atlanta.

The Wizards play the Heat in Miami at 7:30pm [ET]. I don’t expect another “letdown” by the Heat tonight. So, Hawks, get a win tonight in order to maintain a share of first place in the Southeast Division.

High-sider

December 15th, 2012
5:20 pm

paian,

I guess I’m on a semi-lucky streak. Maybe, I should play the lottery tonight. [LOL].

P.S. That’s a sign of “no life.” I better hurry [up] and get one – a life that is. [LOL]

Grandad

December 15th, 2012
5:22 pm

Better watch Stephen Curry !

Teague`s # 1 job, locking down SC.

Sometimes people only look at Teague`s offense,
when we really should pay better attn to his def.

He is neither a great scorer nor a great distrbuter as a pg.
but as a lockdown defender of the opponent`s pgs;
he could become the very best.

Najeh Davenpoop

December 15th, 2012
5:24 pm

Korver vs. Klay Thompson should be an interesting matchup. On offense, at least, they are like mirror images of each other. I have no idea what Thompson is like on D though.

Najeh Davenpoop

December 15th, 2012
5:34 pm

C-Viv tweets that Morrow is out. Maybe Jenkins gets some minutes?

Grandad

December 15th, 2012
5:39 pm

Ken S

I was bothered by your post from the previous blog.

Whether you are accurate, right or wrong is and was
irrelevant to my post;
which was partly a spoof.

My greater point [was/Is];
we are all human beings,
God is love, he made us all in “His” image,
therefore skin color does NOT matter.
Love thy neighbor – Matters !
____________________________________________

terrell

December 15th, 2012
5:44 pm

Is the game televised?

Blast

December 15th, 2012
5:48 pm

No TV again.

terrell

December 15th, 2012
5:51 pm

Oh well. I guess I’ll watch the Boston-San Antonio game on NBA TV, an listen to the Hawks game online. smh

Blast

December 15th, 2012
5:59 pm

Try this link I got from one of the bloggers. I think it was from Slimjr.

http://www.thefirstrow.eu/sport/basketball.html

Sameba

December 15th, 2012
6:00 pm

GS has a strong backcourt (including their bench player Jack). Slowing them down is the key. Prevent them from penetrating to the paint, let them settle for a jumper. Then our frontcourt should prevail…

MattP

December 15th, 2012
6:28 pm

Guys, yall know League pass is free this weekend.

Simba

December 15th, 2012
6:34 pm

According to NBA.com, the lineup of Teague/Stevenson/Korver/Smith/Horford is scoring 118 points and giving up 90 points per 100 possessions. That really, really good.

theking21

December 15th, 2012
6:35 pm

Hoping for a good crowd tonight.

terrell

December 15th, 2012
6:42 pm

Free LP? Thanks for the info. I never check those channels. lol

MattP

December 15th, 2012
6:53 pm

I noticed it yesterday on the NBA main page,

O'Brien

December 15th, 2012
7:00 pm

Some good stuff from the Woody article. What stood out to me?

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Drew went behind Woodson’s back to convince ownership he would implement game plans that Woodson would not. Woodson still refuses to talk to Drew, an ongoing subplot whenever the two coaches face off, which they did twice last year without incident..

This must be what Rod from CP was referring to.

Woodson is so into his veterans that he insists on calling Iman Shumpert “Rook” despite the fact this is his second season, and says that one of his “young” players is J. R. Smith, who is only nine months younger than the 27-year-old LeBron James. (He says the same thing about Felton, who is six months older than LeBron.)
Aren’t these guys too old to play in the NBA? “Veterans know how to play,” Woodson says.
.

I think it has worked out for both LD and Woody. We will see how each does in playoffs.

SuckerFree

December 15th, 2012
7:07 pm

So the game really isn’t on TV are you kidding me Atlanta?????!?!?!? Got some BS horseracing on???

kjbeatz

December 15th, 2012
7:09 pm

i need a link to watch the game.. I dont have nba tv .. somebody help please

MattP

December 15th, 2012
7:10 pm

kjbeatz,

go on the NBA site and sign up for the Free NBA League Pass this weekend.

Hawks live

December 15th, 2012
7:14 pm

If you have direct tv you can watch the game on channel 750 for free league pass this weekend

High-sider

December 15th, 2012
7:16 pm

@kjbeatz

kjbeatz
December 15th, 2012
7:09 pm

i need a link to watch the game.. I dont have nba tv .. somebody help please
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Here’s another link for you:

http://www.thefirstrow.eu/watch/159048/1/watch-atlanta-hawks-vs-golden-state-warriors.html

Rod from College Park

December 15th, 2012
7:16 pm

Game is on 750 on direct TV. The Golden State channel.

Rod from College Park

December 15th, 2012
7:17 pm

Phillips is empty.

High-sider

December 15th, 2012
7:18 pm

The Warriors-Hawks game is on Channel 2106 [NBA League Pass] via AT&T u-verse.

High-sider

December 15th, 2012
7:24 pm

@O’Brien

brigadierjerry
December 15th, 2012
12:25 pm

doc, granda, etc,

interesting article on mike woodson and his feelings on larry drew:

http://nymag.com/news/sports/mike-woodson-2012-11/
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Yeah, compliments of brigadierjerry.

J.J.M.

December 15th, 2012
7:29 pm

glad its not on tv because im bout to go see the hobbit lol

cp

December 15th, 2012
7:29 pm

If you have direct tv the game is on 696

MattP

December 15th, 2012
7:33 pm

Channel 471 for xfinity.

High-sider

December 15th, 2012
7:37 pm

Devin Harris and his weak a$$ FT shooting % – currently 0.645 and dropping [smh].

http://www.nba.com/hawks/stats/2012

RaJaH

December 15th, 2012
7:37 pm

Thanks MattP for the xfinity/comcast heads up!

O'Brien

December 15th, 2012
7:39 pm

470-13 on dish.

Rev in Tampa

December 15th, 2012
7:39 pm

Now that Pachulia has received his mandatory moving screen call he can concentrate on the rest of his game.

Blast

December 15th, 2012
7:40 pm

Thanks, MattP. Was watching the game online, but would rather see it on NBA League pass.

O'Brien

December 15th, 2012
7:41 pm

Josh 0-4 early. Horford 4-6.

Blast

December 15th, 2012
7:41 pm

Gotta watch the GS guards, they like to shoot the three.

O'Brien

December 15th, 2012
7:45 pm

Hawks shooting 37%. Warriors shooting 48%. We need to step up the defense. josh 0-6

Sameba

December 15th, 2012
7:46 pm

Josh better go to the bench, Horford should play…

cp

December 15th, 2012
7:46 pm

Defense has been bad and Josh continues to throw up shots although he cant hit anything.

High-sider

December 15th, 2012
7:46 pm

That looked like a backcourt violation [or close to it] by Ivan earlier. Nice spin move for two [points] by IJ [Ivan Johnson].

terrell

December 15th, 2012
7:48 pm

Josh cant buy a bucket.

High-sider

December 15th, 2012
7:48 pm

Where was that vaunted Korver “D” on [Harrison] Barnes? Two consecutive buckets by Barnes.

Rev in Tampa

December 15th, 2012
7:49 pm

I’m glad that Harrison Barnes is in the Western Conference. Hawks don’t want to face him more than twice a year.

cp

December 15th, 2012
7:50 pm

SMDH Josh. Come on bruh.. And Barnes is killing Korver out there. We need a sf in here asap. And why in the world was Al sitting for so long?