Atlanta Hawks game thread: Morrow out, Stevenson questionable (updated)

Vivlamore reporting from Washington, D.C.

UPDATE: Anthony Morrow will not play against the Wizards as he continues to experience soreness in his back. “We are going to rest him tonight due to the soreness in his back,” coach Larry Drew said. “We’ll take the extra precautionary measures.”

I asked Drew if the loss of Morrow would tempt him to play DeShawn Stevenson, whom he would like to rest for tomorrow’s game against the Thunder. Stevenson will dress. “In terms of the game plan of (Stevenson) playing or not playing, I was hoping (Morrow) would be able to play. So, we’ll just see how the game goes.”

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The Hawks will go with a starting lineup of Jeff Teague, Devin Harris, Kyle Korver, Josh Smith and Al Horford against the Wizards tonight.

There are two reasons for the unit, according to coach Larry Drew.

With a game at home against Oklahoma City tomorrow, Drew may not play DeShawn Stevenson. The veteran swingman and defensive stalwart does not play in back-to-back games and Drew would likely rather have him against the Thunder. By not starting Stevenson, Drew can monitor whether he needs to use him.

“There is a possibility that we will limit his minutes,” Drew said. “There is a possibility he will not play. We will make that decision right before game time.”

Drew also likes the lineup for matchup reasons.

“We have two guys who really push the basketball,” Drew said. “Kyle gets up and down the floor and is a spot-up guy. I think our matchups are pretty good with both Jeff and Devin. They are not very big at the 3 so we can go a little smaller.”

* Drew said the status of guard Anthony Morrow would be a game-time decision. Morrow, who has been suffering from a sore back, went through the team shoot-around Tuesday. Drew said he was still experiencing some soreness.

* The Hawks enter the game having won 17 of the past 18 games against the Wizards, including both games this season. Drew is wary that his team does not take the Wizards lightly.

“They are a very physical team with Nene, (Emeka) Okafor and (Kevin) Seraphin,” Drew said. “They have guys who can score the ball. … They are a very capable ball club. The last thing you can do is come into a game like this and underestimate this team. Forget the record. You have to go out and play this team with a sense of urgency. That is going to be the message tonight.”

Chris Vivlamore

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390 comments Add your comment

Keith

December 18th, 2012
12:31 pm

He should start Zsa Zsa tonight!!!!

Keith

December 18th, 2012
12:31 pm

Enter your comments here

Sautee

December 18th, 2012
12:34 pm

As Admiral Ackbar would say…”It’s a trap!”

MattP

December 18th, 2012
12:34 pm

Stevenson should not be questionable, he should be saved to play against the better team tomorrow. Drew better not do this again like he did against the Grizzlies, even though the Hawks won without him.

hfc95

December 18th, 2012
12:36 pm

teague harris korver smith horford

bench: williams,pachulia,johnson,jenkins

let morrow and stevenson rest.

Slimjr

December 18th, 2012
12:36 pm

Larry saving his weapons for the OKC fight tomorrow night!

He’s going to need them all..

Slimjr

December 18th, 2012
12:40 pm

Hey doc, that was a good article about Lin and the Knicks from the previous blog!

Thank you for posting Sir!

Agree with you on your take ref. Amar’e and Melo melding into a cohesive unit to pursue the Finals!

Woody is going to have to step up his game to make this work…

Keith

December 18th, 2012
12:48 pm

Nene is finally healthy. Okafor is healthy. Their bench is healthy. Wizards will “DOMINATE” and control the boards tonight. The Washington Wizards 102 Atlanta Hawks 90.

Slimjr

December 18th, 2012
12:55 pm

Watch Hawk fans how this 6′11″ baller dominates in the post. He is just too big, too strong, and too fleet of foot for Allstar Al to defend..Al may get torched tonight in the post..

Slimjr

December 18th, 2012
1:01 pm

That 6′11″ baller is none other than NeNe.

Section 303

December 18th, 2012
1:06 pm

Can someone help me out here….I seemed to be banned from posting on here when I post from my home computer (I’m posting from work now). Any suggestions on how to fix this? Of course, I’m probably going to be banned from this computer, now that I just pointed out that I can post from it.

Section 303

December 18th, 2012
1:08 pm

I am upset that I will not be able to attend tomorrow’s game (though, I did make a nice profit by selling on stubhub!). Will have to settle for TV. Sucks…

Chris Vivlamore

December 18th, 2012
2:11 pm

Section 303: Let me look into it. I haven’t banned you.

ATMAN

December 18th, 2012
3:02 pm

Start IVAN! Our hardest working player, has size, has skills, doesn’t get the minutes. Josh is lazy, doesn’t want to rebound, Al’s undersized but, a warrior……needs help on the boards…… Zsa Zsa needs to be in there, too. I do not like this starting lineup!

Section 303

December 18th, 2012
3:03 pm

Thanks, Chris!

Section 303

December 18th, 2012
3:07 pm

I think the Hawks will win tonight. They aren’t going to play badly two games in-a-row. I still think this team is a top 3 team in the East. I like this team a lot.

Hey, did anyone else watch Minny play Orlando last night on League Pass? I know no one wants to bring race into the dicussion, but bare with me….Minny is a fun team to watch. There are several minutes a game where they have an all white lineup. Really…who would have thought an entertaining team would field 5 white guys at any time?! Just an observation….

Section 303

December 18th, 2012
3:09 pm

Speaking of fun teams to watch…..I miss OKC coming to town tomorrow. Hate this. Seriously bothers me that I will not be at Philips tomorrow night. Wish OKC came back through this season.

MsDee

December 18th, 2012
3:41 pm

Section 303,

Why cant u make it to the game? Did I miss u telling us u cant make it? If so, sorry to have u repeat it.

O'Brien

December 18th, 2012
3:57 pm

303,

There have been articles written about Minny and the fact that at times, they are fielding an all white team. Go to google, and look it up, and you will see the articles.

Slimjr

December 18th, 2012
4:05 pm

Yea it must of been an entertaining smack down loss for Minnesota..

Who would of [thunk] that a bunch of nobody’s fielded by Orlando could defeat the mighty Timber with the AllStar?

Orlando on a 3 game winning streak…Hmmm

The Hawks should try to go after Derrick Williams. He is a good pick.. He could be that solid scoring threat at the #3…

BIG DOG

December 18th, 2012
4:07 pm

Zaza should starte why LD continue to do this, JUST DAM

BIG DOG IN THE HOUSE

Just Joe

December 18th, 2012
4:08 pm

Do Spaniards & Russians count as white guys?

Rubio, Pekovic, AK47, Schved

BIG DOG

December 18th, 2012
4:09 pm

Chris V. have i been banned ?

My post continue to be block

BIG DOG IN THE HOUSE

O'Brien

December 18th, 2012
4:16 pm

Slim,

Why is Nene coming off the bench?

Slimjr

December 18th, 2012
4:29 pm

OB, you just asked a 64 million dollar question?

Why does Larry give Ivan DNP’s for goodness sake?

I just asked one too…lol!

Astro Joe

December 18th, 2012
4:33 pm

Nene is barely healthy, doesn’t play in back-to-back games, has had a limit on the number of minutes he plays in each game and is coming off the bench because Wittman is hoping for some stability in his starting line-up. He has had some decent games but certainly hasn’t prduced like he does when healthy. And like another undersized center, Nene is not much of a shot-blocker… even when he is healthy.

The Wizards should be looking to trade either nene or Okafor in the coming months. Seraphin should be getting at least 32 minutes/game (when not in foul trouble). I’m not interested in either for the Hawks, just a comment about tonight’s opponent.

doc

December 18th, 2012
4:35 pm

303, the minny’s have been attacked by the fact. they also tried to get “of color” players but were rejected and said so in their own defense. meanwhile, lin an asian heresy in a union, gets racist comments by brothers. also criticized for his contract by melo and jr saying it was too big. nobody said dirt when jj got better contracts than heat big three. go figure.

lin did what they told him to do like we did with josh, go find a contract and we will match. when will it end? reverse racism always is a numbing one.

to answer my question it wont. we are too judgmental.

ATMAN

December 18th, 2012
4:40 pm

Between Horford, Zsa Zsa, and Ivan. Two of the three should always be on the court. These are the only bangers we got!

W.R. Terrell

December 18th, 2012
4:43 pm

A win against the Wizards is more then a possibility unless stupidity takes hold. Lets see, if a certain person rebounds, defends and gets his points off put backs and not standing outside the 3 point line then the HAWKS have a good possibility of winning this game. Is that too much to hope for? oh yeah, he needs to play a lil defense also. Al will be fine, he will give Nene a battle. I say lets start IVAN at PF, Al at center and hopefully that nuddy buddy at SF will play with some sense, if not then the HAWKS gotta big prob if those outside shots are not dropping. LD needs to make a statement about stupid play, if not and the launcher does his thing and goes 4 for 22 then the Wizards will win by 30. Sounds far fetched? Lets see what the wanna be superstar does and if he hinders the team. Maybe he looked at his 1-12 and will decide not to be ignorant. Ha ha gotchaaaaaaaaaaaa.

Chris Vivlamore

December 18th, 2012
4:50 pm

Big Dog, you have not been banned. You and Section 303 try to post and let me know via email if it worked (cvivlamore@ajc.com). Thanks.

Astro Joe

December 18th, 2012
4:51 pm

I think I read somewhere that Adelman is already planning his retirement when his contract expires, so the T’wolves need to make their run in the next 1-2 seasons or find another top-shelf head coach (which isn’t very easy). of course, keeping their top 2-3 players healthy would be a good place to start.

Rod from College Park

December 18th, 2012
4:55 pm

“he needs to play a lil defense also. Al will be fine, he will give Nene a battle.”

Al will give Nene a battle huh? How much do you want to bet that Al does not check Nene the majority of the time he is on the floor? It will be Zaza, or the guy you state needs to play a lil defense. I wonder why?

Slimjr

December 18th, 2012
5:18 pm

Rod with the vicious cross-over step-back 3 over the [Fan Club] member! [Yes]!!! In Marv Albert’s voice.. lol

Najeh Davenpoop

December 18th, 2012
5:43 pm

Hopefully they don’t make Kevin Seraphin look like Tim Duncan tonight like they did the last time these teams played.

Najeh Davenpoop

December 18th, 2012
5:49 pm

FTPB

“it was an early season game. OKC was still trying to find themselves after losing the bearded one!

Now they have jelled and are running folks out of the gym”

Kevin Durant has never beaten the Hawks by double digits in his entire career and is 5-5 against the Hawks in his career. Maybe that is just coincidence, but for whatever reason the Hawks have always been competitive with Durant’s teams, regardless of whether one player or another is injured. I don’t know if the Hawks will win tomorrow night, but I think the game will be competitive.

They gotta take care of business tonight, though, and hopefully they don’t do what I just did and look forward to tomorrow while forgetting about tonight.

Najeh Davenpoop

December 18th, 2012
5:50 pm

The official Hawks Twitter feed says Morrow is officially ruled out.

ATMAN

December 18th, 2012
5:57 pm

Is it me or is Josh a much worse shooter this year, FG’s & FT’s? I haven’t compared %ages to past yrs. He’s got to play with energy or the Hawks struggle, sick of the complaining and not getting back. Most talented we got by far…….C’mon Man!

Najeh Davenpoop

December 18th, 2012
5:59 pm

“lin an asian heresy in a union, gets racist comments by brothers. also criticized for his contract by melo and jr saying it was too big”

Based on Lin’s lackluster season so far, Melo and JR appear to be right. Lin calls his critics racist, but the race thing goes both ways — dude isn’t even a top 10 guard in the West and has a serious shot at getting voted into the All Star game. I don’t condone the racism but I am not that surprised that people in the league are somewhat resentful at the outsized amount of attention and praise he has gotten. He has benefited from his race the exact same way Tim Tebow has benefited from his religious beliefs.

Section 303

December 18th, 2012
6:03 pm

Here’s a test…trying to post on here from home (fingers crossed!)

ATMAN

December 18th, 2012
6:08 pm

ND, you don’t think Linsanity was because an underdog got hot on the biggest stage…..NYC?

Section 303

December 18th, 2012
6:08 pm

MsDee, I had to look long term. I’m missing the game because my wife is really busy this week and does not want to go. So, instead of her going when she really didn’t want to, I sold the tickets on stubhub.

I guess it’s sort of like managing a pitcher in baseball. Don’t want them to to work too many innings. Need them to last the entire season and have a long career. My wife is a good sport. Goes to games with me all the time (including two road games: @Charlotte in November and Brooklyn in March). Gives me no grief on buying season tickets every year. Don’t want to burn her out. Got a lot of games left, plus a long postseason (right?!). Just had to scrafice this one.

Good thing there was a decent stubhub market.

Duluth Joe

December 18th, 2012
6:09 pm

“Kevin Durant has never beaten the Hawks by double digits in his entire career and is 5-5 against the Hawks in his career. Maybe that is just coincidence, but for whatever reason the Hawks have always been competitive with Durant’s teams, regardless of whether one player or another is injured. I don’t know if the Hawks will win tomorrow night, but I think the game will be competitive. ”

Has more to do with the mismatch that is Ibaka for all other teams. But for Hawks he is not a mismatch. Josh takes care of him and neutralizes him. While Al can handle their centers(Perkins, Thabeet, Collison). Add Teague and his speed to mix, and Hawks are a nightmare match-up for OKC.

OKC should still be favored because of Westbrook and Martin, but not a huge favorite like against other teams.

Section 303

December 18th, 2012
6:12 pm

Was not trying to start race stuff when talking about the T-Wolves. I just found it funny that they are entertaining, but play so many white guys.

I watched the Suns/Kings game after (I need help, I know..). Those are two bad teams. Will watch the Suns, though, because Shannon Brown is a starter for them….GO GREEN!

Section 303

December 18th, 2012
6:17 pm

By the way…glad we are done with the Wizards and Bobcats for another month. I swear…seems like the Hawks play these teams every-other-game!

I still stand by the Wizards not being as bad as their record. I think there is hope there. If they can get Wall back sometime before the All Star Break, better chance of getting a decent amount of wins.

Any of you listen to Sekou’s podcast? He had Eton Thomas on there last week. Eton covers the Wizards for the Washington Post these days. Eton made a strong case for the team having hope. Eton is a d@mn good debater, though…

Admiral SnAckbar

December 18th, 2012
6:18 pm

it’s a TRAP!!!

Chilly

December 18th, 2012
6:19 pm

This is a special Hawks team. They will go further this season than ever before. It will start with the defeat of the Wizards, then OKC tomorrow.

Slimjr

December 18th, 2012
6:28 pm

Ibaka went for 25 and 17 against the vaulted Spurs last night?

Improving his game big time! It wont so easy defending this guy anymore as he continues to work on his game..He now has a midrange jumper that has been added to his arsenal.

High-sider

December 18th, 2012
6:32 pm

Is tonight’s game thread on its way?

High-sider

December 18th, 2012
6:37 pm

Just Joe
December 18th, 2012
4:08 pm

Do Spaniards & Russians count as white guys?

Rubio, Pekovic, AK47, Schved
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Definitely.

MattP

December 18th, 2012
6:37 pm

This is the game thread, Viv likes to make it early.