A little weary from a much-delayed flight from Philadelphia this morning. However, as the sign over the Hawks’ locker room door reads: ‘No Excuses.’
* Larry Drew talked about making a lineup change following Friday’s lopsided loss to the Sixers and the coach delivered Saturday. Against the Bulls, the Hawks will start Lou Williams at shooting guard. He will be joined in the starting lineup by Jeff Teague, Kyle Korver, Josh Smith and Al Horford.
Drew said he would have started Devin Harris at the shooting guard. However, Harris will miss his third straight game with a sore left foot.
“(Getting early energy), that is number one,” Drew said of the lineup change. “Number two, I want to play faster. So we’ll go with a smaller guy in there. If I had Devin Harris it would have been Devin. I kind of want to play a little more up-tempo tonight. Hopefully, it won’t affect us too much from a matchup standpoint. If it does, we’ll just have to make some adjustments.”
* Harris, as I reported yesterday, will miss the game due to the foot injury. Drew also called swingman DeShawn Stevenson a game-time decision although, in reality, he would like to rest the 13-year veteran on the second of back-to-back games.
* In the Bulls, the Hawks face a big, physical front court, a similar issue as they faced against the Sixers last night. I asked Drew how he planned to handle this situation and if he would do anything differently tonight.
“We just have to be better at what we do,” Drew said. “With their size, chances are we’ll be changing our lineup some throughout the course of the game and go a little bit bigger. We’ve played teams where we’ve given up size and we’ve been able to be competitive.
“That is the main thing going into the game against Chicago because they do play a physical style of ball with their size. We just have to be better. As I told the guys after the Philadelphia game, it’s not so much what Philly did to us, it’s what we did to ourselves. We have to play harder and be more competitive. That has to be something from the very beginning. Last night, we didn’t start the game that way. On the road, you can’t play like that and that inconsistent with your effort.”
* We could see a battle of the Teague brothers tonight. Jeff will face his younger brother Marquis, a rookie with the Bulls. Additionally, Korver played the past two seasons with the Bulls and Kirk Hinrich played the past season and a half with the Hawks. Ironically, Korver has the locker once occupied by Hinrich.
- Chris Vivlamore
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