Atlanta Hawks: Morrow returns to practice

Vivlamore reporting.

Here is your report from Monday’s practice:

Anthony Morrow, who missed Saturday’s game with back soreness, participated in practice on Monday. Morrow said he participated on a limited basis but said there were no issues.

“It’s good,” Morrow said. “I got in loosened up. I got some work in. I was kind of limited today but I felt great.”

Morrow said the issue is related to the stress fracture he suffered during his junior season at Georgia Tech.

“Just a little flare up,” Morrow said. “I was going real hard, especially not playing much, and I think I overdid it. I’m always trying to get better so that is on me. I just have to manage it better.”

The pain started during last week’s game against Memphis, his first start of the season. He was able to play through the pain against Miami and Orlando before needing to rest.

Morrow said he was to get treatment before the team departed for Tuesday’s game at Washington. A determination on his playing status will be made before the game based on how he responded to the workout and treatment. Coach Larry Drew said he was hopeful Morrow could play against the Wizards.

Tough stretch

With Tuesday’s game in Washington, the Hawks play four games in five nights in three cities. They have two road-home back-to-backs.

“That’s always a tough stretch when you play that many games – tough teams, tough travel, tough stretch,” Drew said. “We have to really lock in and focus this week. We have to take care of ourselves. We have to do whatever it takes to get us ready to play. With four in five nights we have to take care of our bodies so we can play to the best of our abilities.”

The Hawks host Oklahoma City on Wednesday and then play at Philadelphia Friday and host Chicago Saturday before three days off over Christmas.

Getting back to work

Drew said he was mindful of the upcoming stretch of games but wanted his team back on the court to put Saturday’s blowout loss to Golden State in the rear-view mirror.

“I didn’t want to do too much but there were some things that I felt we really needed to go over,” Drew said. “…We are ready to get back at it. When you play a game like that it’s a matter of getting it out of your system and get back out on the court. I think it’s out of our system. We’ve looked at it, talked about it. It’s time to move on.”

Viewing party

Jocks and Jills will host a viewing party for the Hawks-Wizards game Tuesday in honor of the 25th anniversary of the restaurant’s opening. The eatery, then owned by Randy Wittman, Scott Hastings, Doc Rivers and current owner Craig Sager, opened in 1987. Wittman, who played for the Hawks at the time of the opening, now coaches the Wizards.

The restaurant is located at the Galleria Mall in Atlanta.

- Chris Vivlamore

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72 comments Add your comment

Slimjr

December 17th, 2012
3:03 pm

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

Slimjr

December 17th, 2012
3:04 pm

2nd? Good Deal.

Slimjr

December 17th, 2012
3:07 pm

OKC is on a major roll. Can the Hawks repeat against this winner?

Slimjr

December 17th, 2012
3:10 pm

“With Tuesday’s game in Washington, the Hawks play four games in five nights in three cities. They have two road-home back-to-backs.” C-viv

Rev, this schedule is right up your alley.. 4 game in 5 nights? Now that is a ton of Basketball!

High-sider

December 17th, 2012
3:38 pm

doc

December 17th, 2012
3:40 pm

slimj, little article from your home paper on yesterday’s clubbing of the giants. seems your other favorite qb aside from matt ryan is pulling his team together over in dallas. :-)

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/17/sports/football/falcons-rout-giants-ensuring-a-bumpy-playoff-path.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20121217

seattle has a defense as they showed in the gbay game and wilson should be rook of year. now how did he get away from the acc? wasnt he at nc state?

Rod from College Park

December 17th, 2012
4:08 pm

wasnt he at nc state?

Yeah. I think he left because he played baseball also, I think he was drafted pretty high in the baseball draft, and wanted to to play both sports, and the coach at NC State would not let him.

Just Joe

December 17th, 2012
4:15 pm

FTPB…the last paragraph of the Hoopsworld article is the 1st time that I’ve seen it mentioned that the Hawks are committed to building around Josh & Al together. I believe it refers to them as the “tent poles” of the team. I find it interesting because I’ve always belonged to the camp saying “one will eventually have to go”.

Slimjr

December 17th, 2012
4:25 pm

Just Joe, we know but Danny may too. Unless he grabs a Irving type at the one and a Kobe type at the 3, one of the Duo will probably have to jump on Greyhound eventually.

Combined they do not have the firepower to take this team to the finals and win one..Just not talented enough unfortunately..

Also a Chandler type at the 5 sure would help.

Slimjr

December 17th, 2012
4:32 pm

Yea doc that Wilson dude can throw the Football.
Claudell Stewart former former NFL QB is very high on him.. He says as Rookie this guy can see throwing lanes up the middle and deliver the Football which is extremely hard for a rookie to execute successfully so NFL coaches tend not to teach that to Rooks..

Slimjr

December 17th, 2012
4:34 pm

delete [former]^^^^

O'Brien

December 17th, 2012
4:37 pm

I wonder how dumb Seattle management feels after giving Matt Flynn all that money, only to see a rookie QB beat him out.

Doc,

Rookie of the year is probably a 3 way race between Luck, RG3, and Wilson, but I think playing in Seattle will hurt Wilson, because his games are not played in prime time. The one thing that will hurt RG3 is games missed due to injury, so his numbers won’t be as good as they could have been otherwise.

Slimjr,

More reasons to not face Seattle? Marshawn Lynch is a beast, and Wilson is mobile enough to improvise (and evade pressure).

Astro Joe

December 17th, 2012
4:40 pm

Just Joe, I considered that whole HoopsWorld article an exercise in increasing trade value. It never makes sense (IMO) for a GM to say anything but “player X is a cornerstone of our future plans and we’re glad to have him”. It tells all other GMs that if you come knocking, you better come correct or not at all.

Paying Josh & Al around $25M with neither able to carry the team on a deep playoff run does not make a ton of sense. And IMO, paying Howard and Josh around $35M for 5 years when neither can likely make the winning offensive play in a late/tight playoff game makes little sense.

IMO, Ferry needs to keep Josh or Al in a “supporting actor” role and find the primary guy who will be tough to defend with the game on the line.

O'Brien

December 17th, 2012
4:41 pm

With Morrow dealing with back issues, I hope the Hawks go easy on him, and play Jenkins if needed.

O'Brien

December 17th, 2012
4:42 pm

From the nytimes;

Johnson, who delivered the victory Friday, struggled for most of the night, finishing with 16 points and 6 turnovers while trying to shake off the assertive defense of Luol Deng..

Should we add Deng to the list of guys who can slow down JJ?

doc

December 17th, 2012
4:44 pm

o’b i agree with you. i was stating my opinion that all things fair he should win it with luck right behind and rglll in there as well. like all three of them and followed wilson on move to big ten and rose bowl.. right rod and stupid coach who lost that gig this year. indy fans will dispute it of course as luck has done what ryan did and turn a franchise “downside up” on his first year like ryan did in atl.

Slimjr

December 17th, 2012
4:54 pm

O’Brien, co-sign.. Yea if the Falcons can avoid that nightmare team from Seattle they may have a great shot at the Bowl..

Forgot to mention those 6′5″ corners can also run with the wind.. They would give the Falcon wideouts fits all day..

Grandad

December 17th, 2012
5:03 pm

Just Joe

At least you feel as if one must go;
while many on the blog try to kick one of the tent-poles down,
preferring a crooked and saggy tent.

Jody

December 17th, 2012
5:13 pm

I believe Ferry intends to keep Josh and Al and allow them to be the supporting cast to an elite player.

W.R. Terrell

December 17th, 2012
5:52 pm

All of you “Smoove” fans remember one thing, when the HAWKS played the Thunder it was one of their best games of the season and it was without the “Smoove”. The better teams around the league are well aware of the HAWKS biggest weakness and as we get to play those teams the “Smoove” will be more of a liability then an asset. IVAN needs to replace Josh, he will be more productive with less turnovers. Al and the rest of the team are a more cohesive unit without Josh. I’m not saying that the HAWKS will win more games without JS but I an saying they will be a lot more entertaining. Al will be a supporting cast to an elite player but Josh cannot develop the mindset, after all these years folks still believe he can deliver and he just can’t, that’s a fact folks and if he continues to have games like the one with Golden state then there will be no takers for him at trading time. I am a firm believer in dumping him and his salary. I was one of his biggest fans years ago but you get tired of watching the same movie year after year. Woody was right when he would pull him out of games because of lack of playing defense and that still holds true today, he is not the defensive wiz you folks seem to think he is, that only occurs on certain nights. BEWARE, the fall has just begun, Saturday was a prelude to the future.

Simba

December 17th, 2012
6:23 pm

@WR Terrell:

Just like last year when Josh beat OKC by himself?

Lesson here: using a one-game sample size sucks; don’t do it.

Najeh Davenpoop

December 17th, 2012
6:27 pm

FTPB, hard to choose between Josh and Al for MVP of the team. I tend to lean Josh, but Al leading the team to a win over OKC without Josh counts for a lot. Probably have to go co-MVPs with both.

And nothing makes me happier than reading that report from Hoopsworld posted by Astro Joe confirming that the Hawks have no interest in the Josh for Gasol deal. Generally speaking, a deal probably isn’t good for your team when the other team’s fans unanimously want you to do it.

Najeh Davenpoop

December 17th, 2012
6:33 pm

You can firmly place me in the camp that says Josh and Al can be teammates on a title contending team. Maybe the Hoopsworld article is just a trade value inflation piece, but I do not think the Hawks have to choose between one or the other. I don’t even think they have to make that choice immediately if they sign Dwight to play C and have to start Josh and Al at the two forward spots. Even in that scenario I’d rather let them play together for a while and only make a trade if it is clear that the combination can’t work.

SteveW

December 17th, 2012
6:54 pm

LD has went from being the worst Coach in any sport, in any country, at any level (Regular season, year 1) to being a good x and o’s Coach, that struggles with rotations and match ups. If he can improve his rotations, LD may be an NBA Coach for a long time.

And I disagree with whoever said the other day Woody would’ve won that Orlando series a couple of years ago. Doubtful. LD did have the sense enough to play cheeseburger and ZaZa on Dwight, instead of undersized Al. That was a major flaw in Woodys psyche. It remains to be seen how Woody handles the playoffs this year. But he’s a great regular season Coach.

And Carmelo beasts it after years where he plays a summer tournament. I guess it keeps him in shape. He’s MVP right now to me for the League

SteveW

December 17th, 2012
6:58 pm

ZaZa not playing against GSW – did it cost us the game? Nah, but maybe a shot at being more competitive. Pops plays 11/12 guys, same with Doc and TT – why can’t LD?

SteveW

December 17th, 2012
7:05 pm

Josh, Al, Lou, Teague, Ivan, and ZaZa are the basis for a solid team going forward. Instead of re-signing Teague and ZaZa after this season, if you use that cash to get a CP3 and/or Dwight, great. If not, re-sign Teague and ZaZa and try to get more pieces. Properly utilized, those 6 I mentioned are a solid nucleus.

Big fear – Mark Cuban is going to flash max money at Josh Smith in an effort to get Dwight. Do we match or not?

Jae Evolution

December 17th, 2012
9:29 pm

Knicks are getting absolutely destroyed by the Rockets in Lin’s return and are down 27 right now with 8 to go, all while being 8-0 at home. Is our loss to GS a little more justified?

Just Joe

December 17th, 2012
9:41 pm

Knicks are running without Melo. We were without Morrow. I can understand the NY loss. There was no reason for us to get blown out by GS.

MattP

December 17th, 2012
9:41 pm

Jae,

Look at who the Knicks are missing. Hawks were missing only Morrow who Drew barely plays and got destroyed.

Slimjr

December 17th, 2012
9:57 pm

“Knicks are getting absolutely destroyed by the Rockets in Lin’s return and are down 27 right now with 8 to go, all while being 8-0 at home”

Melo is averaging almost 30 pts. a night. You do the math…. Hmmm

Sameba

December 17th, 2012
10:23 pm

So when SA Spurs plays J.Anderson (e.g. today he had +6 highest on his team vs OKC), why the Hawks could not use D.James, who was clearly better than J.A. in a preseason ??

Buddy Grizzard

December 17th, 2012
10:49 pm

AJ, thanks for posting that Hoopsworld piece. I hope it’s correct and this is just more wishful thinking from Lakers supporters who are used to getting everything for nothing.

Jae Evolution

December 17th, 2012
10:51 pm

I’d understand your argument if that same team without Melo hadn’t beat a number of tough teams already, including the Heat at on the road.

Grandad

December 17th, 2012
11:34 pm

We also played GS virtually w/o Zaza;
[self inflicted wound], but still.

Look, it`s the NBA s # ii t e happens.

” Last game, next game.”
-Bob Knight-
Forget the last one, go on to the next one !

MattP

December 17th, 2012
11:42 pm

Jae,

18-44 3 pointers against that Heat win, 9-31 against the Rockets. That is the reason. Oh ya, Knicks would have lost the Lakers game if Melo did not play the 1st half and score 30 points.

MattP

December 17th, 2012
11:43 pm

The Knicks got lucky against the Heat with all of their 3s.

doc

December 17th, 2012
11:51 pm

slimj, ill call your bs and raise you one.

melo’s replacement had 29 points tonight.

melo would have had nothing to do with stopping harden and lin who destroyed them. tyson couldnt stop it either. had a flagrant on lin in second quarter trying and 18 bounds to boot.
sorry dude, it had nothing to do with melo. ;-)

Melvin

December 18th, 2012
12:15 am

Good read. When was the last (or first) time the Hawks were mention in the same breathe with the Lakers better yet, the franchise that the Lakers should learn from. Just more kudos to DF, whos off to a good start…

http://www.hoopsworld.com/nba-pm-hawks-have-lesson-for-lakers/

doc

December 18th, 2012
12:27 am

Mookie Blaylock

December 18th, 2012
1:40 am

An even better read on the hoopsworld lakers/hawks posting is the comment that was left.
_________________________

RC • 3 hours ago

The only lesson Hawks have for the Lakers is that you can’t win a championship with what the Hawks have done. Middle of the playoffs year in and year out. Not what the Lakers have been about.. ever

EmirS.

December 18th, 2012
1:55 am

The Bulls are a huge surprise to me. They are doing so well without their Superstar. It will be interesting to see them once Rose gets his feet back under him.

W.R. Terrell

December 18th, 2012
5:52 am

@Simba I saw that game to and he had some good moments but like a lot of his great moments they are far and few. His whole forte is being on the highlight reel and that is just old and tired.

Buddy Grizzard

December 18th, 2012
7:03 am

“Marquis Teague, anointed by some followers to be the Next Big Thing after two strong performances with Kirk Hinrich injured, returned to the bench when Hinrich returned from missing two games with a bruised left knee. Obviously, there’s no knowing whether a rookie who remains prone to mistakes borne from inexperience could have altered the Bulls’ fortunes. But on a night Hinrich fouled out and the Bulls lacked for offense, at least one segment of fandom screamed for Teague to trend. “He just has to stay ready,” coach Tom Thibodeau said. Teague vowed to do exactly that. “That’s why you can’t get too high or too low,” Teague said. “You just have to be prepared whenever your name is called.”"

O'Brien

December 18th, 2012
8:11 am

Slimjr,

One of their 6’5” corners will have their appeal heard this week (for using PED, or something along those lines). Depending on the outcome, he could be suspended for 4 games, which means he would miss the Seahawks second playoff game (if they made it that far).

I am looking forward to this weekend’s 49ers-Seahawks game.

SteveW,

Woody’s issue against Orlando was he insisted on doubling Dwight, and Orlando’s 3-pt shooters made us pay.

Also, Mark Cuban cannot afford to pay both Josh and Dwight max deals. Remember, they still have Dirk.

Astro Joe

December 18th, 2012
9:27 am

I doubt very seriously that anyone offers Josh a max contract. I think theonly player in recent memory who received a max deal without averaging at least 20 points (in his 3rd contract) was Ben Wallace. if another GM wants to make that mistake, you let hm walk and wish him well. And then go sign Paul Millsap for less money, less headaches and equal production.

Keith

December 18th, 2012
9:54 am

Astro Joe

December 18th, 2012
9:27 am

Great idea. He would be a definite upgrade in terms of intangibles.

O'Brien

December 18th, 2012
10:02 am

The rumor is Utah might look to trade either Al Jefferson or Milsap before the deadline.

Paul Milsap is making $8 mil this season, so even with a raise, he will still be good value (imo), averaging 15 pts, 8 rebs, 3 assists, 1 block per game. But I haven’t seen many of his games, so I don’t know how he looks.

Here is a question though. Ivan averages 6.5 pts, 3.5 rebs in 14 mpg. Does he have it in him to become a starter at some point? Could he average 13 and 8 in 32 mpg.

Astro Joe

December 18th, 2012
10:03 am

Astro Joe

December 18th, 2012
10:07 am

OB, first, I think Ivan is as old or maybe slightly older than Millsap. I think the question is more like, can you TRUST Ivan to stay in the right place emotionally that you can count on him playing 75+ games and 32 mpg?

And to be clear, my suggestion with Millsap is one of value. Is it better to pay Josh $16M/season or Millsap around $10-11M/season?

Slimjr

December 18th, 2012
10:21 am

I’ll raise you one doc:

The Knicks are missing 3 starters and two of them are AllStars…

Imagine Josh,Allstar Al, and Teague out injured at the same time? Can you say:

Oh the Humanity….

Great Job Woody, holding it down!