Atlanta Hawks: Hawks 95, Hornets 86 (updated)

Vivlamore reporting from New Orleans.

They Hawks were tired as they started their fourth game in five days. Coach Larry Drew admitted to such before Tuesday’s game against the Hornets.

They didn’t wake up until the second half. After sleep-walking through the first 24 minutes, with many defensive lapses, the Hawks erased an early double-digit deficit en route to a 95-86 victory over the Hornets Tuesday at the New Orleans Arena.

The Hawks outscored the Hornets 28-14 in the third quarter to turn around a six-point deficit. They led 72-64 going into the final quarter thanks to a 15-2 run early in the third that changed the momentum. Josh Smith had 10 points in the period to cap an impressive statistical effort of 23 points, 13 rebounds, seven assists, four blocks and three steals. With his 12th board, he reached the 5,000 rebound career milestone.

“We had a letdown in the first two quarters and I wanted to come out with the energy and effort,” Smith said. “It so happened that I made some shots in the third quarter. Everybody was feeding me. My teammates were looking for me and I think I was real efficient.”

The Hawks (20-10) led by as many as eight points early in the fourth quarter and fought back the Hornets. They sealed the win by scoring the final six points.

Drew said he was going to ride Smith’s hot hand even though he usually rest the forward at the end of the third quarter.

“He was phenomenal,” Drew said. “Every physical play where that ball was involved, he was there. He really made an impact. He did it on both ends of the floor. He defended. He blocked shots. Offensively, he got into a real good rhythm and we started just playing off him.”

Drew said he told Smith to motion to him should he need that rest. He never got a signal.

Al Horford added 20 points for the Hawks. Zaza Pachulia had another big night with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Kyle Kover chipped in with 14 points, with 11 coming in the second half. The Hawks didn’t attempt their first free throw of the game until Pachulia went to the line with 1:17 remaining in the third quarter.

“We wanted to bounce back from last night (a 123-104 loss at Houston),” Pachulia said. “It wasn’t pretty at all. I wasn’t happy with my effort. We wanted to come out and play with energy and that’s what we did.”

The Hornets (7-24), with the worst record in the Western Conference, were led by Ryan Anderson with 23 points. The Hornets got 11 points from Eric Gordon, who only played nine games last season and had arthroscopic surgery on his knee because of a bone bruise.

The Hawks finished 3-1 in their tiresome four-game span.

The Hornets led by as many as 11 points in the first quarter and held on for a 50-44 halftime lead.

The Hornets did most of their damage from 3-point range. They finished the first half shooting 63.6 percent (7 of 11) from long range. Anderson led the way with 13 first-half points, including three 3-pointers. The Hawks shot just 28.6 percent (4 of 14) from long range in the opening 24 minutes. That included 3-pointers from Smith and Korver in the final minute.

“It wasn’t a strategy move at all,” Drew said of the second-half difference defensively. “It was matter of us putting forth the effort and making sure we made a conscious effort of getting to their 3-point shooters. The second half we did. (Anderson) made a couple more 3’s but we were there to contest them and that’s all you can ask.

Smith had 11 first-half points and Horford had 10. Pachulia played 10 minutes in the first half with eight points and seven rebounds. The other Hawks starters struggled in the first half as Lou Williams (5), Korver (3) and Jeff Teague (2) combined to make 4 of 18 shots.

“That was the encouraging thing I told them at halftime,” Drew said. “(Those three players) were 4 for 18 from the field but we were only six points down.”

The Hawks have a couple days to rest up before playing at Detroit Friday and home against Boston Saturday.

- Chris Vivlamore

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High-sider

January 1st, 2013
10:10 pm

High-sider

January 1st, 2013
10:10 pm

High-sider

January 1st, 2013
10:10 pm

Nice bounce back win by the Hawks.

Slimjr

January 1st, 2013
10:11 pm

Rev in Tampa

January 1st, 2013
10:12 pm

Dang, C-Viv! You are quick.

Everybody remembers that we just beat a team with only 7 wins on the season? I’m just glad the Hawks survived this game and ends the 4 games in 5 nights. I hope they get lots of rest between now and Friday.

Since the Trail Blazers took care of the Knicks, the Hawks are only a 1/2 game back of second in the East. Who’d have thunk it?

Slimjr

January 1st, 2013
10:12 pm

Josh= 23,13,7 and 4!

Allstar Nimbers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

B Smoove

January 1st, 2013
10:13 pm

LD needs to give Jenk some more opportunities to shoot the ball. Sure he’s being put in the rotation, but I’d love to see this guy shoot the lights out of the gym each and every night.

Slimjr

January 1st, 2013
10:14 pm

THe loss of Raymond Felton is big in NewYork!

High-sider

January 1st, 2013
10:17 pm

Ivan Johnson – DNP-CDD (Did Not Play – Coach’s Dumb Decision)

Teague has been strugglin’ over the past two games.

Does LD mean “Lame Duck”, “Long-term Deal” or “Lazy Dummy”?

SteveW

January 1st, 2013
10:17 pm

This Hornets team with everybody healthy is a little different than the 7 win Hornets team.

And as Sautee says, road wins are like gold.

Slimjr

January 1st, 2013
10:18 pm

Lilard is freaking scary!

This dude has ice in his veins…

SteveW

January 1st, 2013
10:22 pm

Tonite, LD should’ve started ZaZa. But that’s his business, I’m just glad for the rather convincing win.

And long PGs give Jeff problems I’ve noticed. Still, 8 assists, 1 turnover, 2 steals and blocks, ill take it. Becoming more of an all around PG, not just a scorer.

Also, on draftexpress, Teagues worst case scenario was Lou Williams if my memory serves me right. And Teagues an iron man to this point.

Horford with 3 boards? I’m a fan of his, but what’s up with that?

vava74

January 1st, 2013
10:23 pm

Very satisfactory win given the horrible production by Lou and Teague.

JJ2 is starting to look more comfortable out there and he is even looking decent on D more often than not (granted, the opposition was sub par).

Sad to see Horford with so little rebounds but at least he shot well and what were crucial moments.

LD is indeed a very good X’s and O’s guy out of time outs but usually it’s Josh that makes him look a genius with his sharp passing rather than the opposite IMO.

Honesty

January 1st, 2013
10:28 pm

“Also, on draftexpress, Teague’s worst case scenario was Lou Williams if my memory serves me right. And Teague’s an iron man to this point.”

Lol, I noticed this as well. That review was made four years ago though. Neither player is the same guy the were four years ago. Me having seen both of them play years ago, I found the comparison funny. Even more Ironic since they both share the same backcourt.

Melvin

January 1st, 2013
10:30 pm

Good win by the Hawks tonight. Especially on the road and 2nd night of a back to back…..

Grandad

January 1st, 2013
10:33 pm

*** Reposting from earlier today ***
~{Somehow it never appeared on the Blog}~

For Slim and others:

Our perimeter defense is poor or should I say lacking.

Yes, we pressure and cause some TOs / steals,
but we do not contain dribble penetration.

This is my preeminent beef with Teaguer.
Most of yawl look only at his off. stats, yet his defense
[is / or will] be what sets Jeff apart from being an ordinary pg,
into perhaps what we wish for him to become.

Big Daddy … when I mentioned JT and Lou
were virtually interchangeable (+/-) stats favorable (5 man combos);
you noted Jeff had the higher asst rate. True !
However, many factors come into play with (+/-) [5 man combos];
not the least of which is Defense !

I contend that Jeff is
*not a “self-starter” on Defense
*disinterested more often than not
*relies on quickness & athleticism,
rather than learning solid defensive principles;
e.g. stance, mental approach, etc.

I think too often Jeff is not mentally strong,
which is always gonna be a constant worry for us.
He has an abundance of talent … No Doubt.
Bob knight always says:
“The mental is to the physical as two is to one”
____________________________________________

Before everyone jumps my tail-end;
-listen-
I like Teaguer, always have.

I do have the ability to see a player through a coach / or scouts eyes.

I try very hard to see our Hawks from the perspective of a
*’`Team Builder`’* and not that of a “fan[atic]“.
Although I am a Hawks fan.
I am *’`more`’* a fan of pure Basketball / yes I`m a purist.

In other words, I pull for ” My Team ”
-over-
individual players within our team.
Yet, I still enjoy each and their uniqe abilities.
____________________________________________

G`Dad

Slimjr

January 1st, 2013
10:41 pm

Agreed Grandad, Teague[perimeter] and Al[interior] defense leaves much to desire for sure…

Swingman912

January 1st, 2013
10:42 pm

While I dont agree with G’dad assesment of Teague and Lou being virtually the same player( Lou is a 2 guard in a PG body, Teague is a scorign PG, there is a difference), i WHOLEHEARTEDLY agree about Teague defense. He’s a gambler who reches a lot instead of widening his stance and watching the opponenets waist, which is why the Hawks suck a stopping dribble penetration. He’s not the only one tho. Lou isnt strong out there either on defense, and Kyle Korver, while he does try hard, isnt quick enough laterally… Teague has the tools to be better defensivley, and i dont know why he hasn’t been called out about energy on D, but the name of the game is still buckets(Bill Russell voice), and he’s gotten a lot better in his 2nd full year ant getting those, and creating those for others

SteveW

January 1st, 2013
10:43 pm

Grandad – I agree with your assessment on Teague. He’s just such a monumental upgrade over Bibby on D. And I just don’t see much perimeter D in the NBA, unless its a backup PG who comes in and gives it a lot of energy for a few minutes.

Grandad

January 1st, 2013
10:44 pm

JJenkins had the highest (+/-) tonite with (+11).
Accordingly he played all his min
with our top six rotation plyrs [plus] AToll.

Swingman912

January 1st, 2013
10:44 pm

And Al doesn’t contest the hardly any shots at the rim, which is why Teague HAS to get better

Swingman912

January 1st, 2013
10:47 pm

but in his defense, its easier said than done. Hand check fouls will be called against players that arent superstars, so that may be the reason why he seems really laidback on D, except for when he’s playing the passing lanes

Slimjr

January 1st, 2013
10:47 pm

Teague needs to stop reaching and move his feet more..He’s going to have to exert more energy at the point of Attack..

This dude should watch some tape on Mookie Blaylock.. Watch how Mookie would harass the guards at half court and sometimes three quarter full court.

Najeh Davenpoop

January 1st, 2013
10:47 pm

Who would have thought, 4 years ago when the Cavs allegedly declined to trade JJ Hickson for Amare, that at the start of 2013 Hickson would be the far superior player?

SteveW

January 1st, 2013
10:49 pm

I don’t know if you guys remember when Teague first got here, but he said working on his legs to get into defensive stance was a priority. Said it took a lot out of his legs. So it doesn’t come natural to him.

But I’m a hawks fan over players any day. If we can get CP3, bye-bye Teaguer.

At the same time, some folks talk like Felton, chalmers, Conley, Lin or lowery would be some massive upgrade for the hawks. Teagues in their class, and none of those guys would be a big upgrade over Teague. Some may not be quite as good as Teague.

Najeh Davenpoop

January 1st, 2013
10:50 pm

“Lou is a 2 guard in a PG body, Teague is a scorign PG, there is a difference”

Co-sign.

Teague has been inconsistent on D this year, and hasn’t been good lately, but some of Teague’s reaching on D may be motivated by a desire to get steals and start fast breaks, which he has done well this year.

I am more concerned with his ongoing inability to finish in the paint. He needs to either learn how to consistently draw contact or make more of those layups. He’s decent with the floater but leaves way too many points on the table in the form of missed layups.

Slimjr

January 1st, 2013
10:50 pm

JaVel McGee just hit a 30 footer jumper at the buzzer! Are you kidding me?

Denver is putting a can of whip azz on the Clippers tonight..The streak will end….

SteveW

January 1st, 2013
10:51 pm

Now Mookie could play some D. Seems to be a dying breed in the NBA.

Swingman912

January 1st, 2013
10:52 pm

SteveW,

I do recall him saying that. and CP3 would be the only guy i see worthy out of the ones you named. If we cant fill a needed position or get better at the PG, lets stick with Teague

SteveW

January 1st, 2013
10:53 pm

If Teagues name was dwade, he would shoot 6 foul shots a game. Only tech I ever saw LD get was screaming at a blown call to get Teague some love when he drives the lane. He gets no calls.

Swingman912

January 1st, 2013
10:57 pm

“I am more concerned with his ongoing inability to finish in the paint. He needs to either learn how to consistently draw contact or make more of those layups. He’s decent with the floater but leaves way too many points on the table in the form of missed layups.”

@Najeh,

Couldnt agree more. Dont know how many times Teague has driven the lane and came up empty. while i do think some plays he has been fould on, i think he should stop a lot of the ball fakes in the air and go staright at the defenders chest. He has to leave no doubt for the refs.

SteveW

January 1st, 2013
10:57 pm

Lou and Teague are two different players, I do agree with that. I like them both as players. Not sure if I like Lou starting full time or not. We’ll see.

I still say that

ZaZa
Al
Josh
Jj2/morrow
Teague is usually our best starting lineup, and gives you a great bench, like the suns a couple of years ago. Haven’t seen enough of Petro to know if he’s an adequate backup 5 or not. Just as I write him off, he’ll look decent in a game

SteveW

January 1st, 2013
11:01 pm

I wonder if Teagues gimpy left ankle gives him som hesitation about finishing strong more?

I really just think Teague and his decisions in the lane are just going to improve with experience. He can get in the lane pretty much whenever he wants.

He’s playing better than last season. Less tentative, more in charge this season.

keith

January 1st, 2013
11:09 pm

TEAGUE IS NOT PLAYING CHAMPIONSHIP BASKETBALL RIGHT NOW…..

Moving forward….Bringing in a real small forward maybe our number 1 priority? Corey Brewer is athletic with an extremely high BB IQ…

Still not crazy about the way Josh played tonight…He settled too much.. The game did not have to be as close as it was…IMO…

Grandad

January 1st, 2013
11:10 pm

Slimmer … Swingman912 … & SteveW

Agree or disagree on Jeff & Lou being cut of the same mold;
they both have roughly the same impact when placed in:
[top five combo groups].
To me it`s clear;
Al, Josh, KKorv & Zaza [plus] Lou and / or Teague;
are our best [five man combos].
*DSteve as a [utility / non-everyday] plyr its in favorably as well.

Al is not a shot-blocker … not his Cup 0`Tea.
He has neither the length nor the bounce to do so.
He, however plays well in team position defense.
Al defends the pick & roll as well as any Big in the game.

So let`s be honest about Al and what he can do,
what he cannot do, and what he actually does.

Korver is not fleet of foot but is well trained by excellent coaching
over the yrs playing team defense.

DSteve is somewhat of a poser;
I love his toughness,
but he gets in great stance and looks great ……..
as his quicker man goes by him.
Bless his heart – he never gets out of stance,
but he looks good and appears as if he`s playing better
than in actuality.

Now back to JT & Lou:
One of the two -MUST- be able to contain dribble penetration !
The elite pgs will destroys us if one or the other cannot be that man !
I`m talkin defense not offense:
now anyone can disagree if you choose,
whether or not they are the same player.
Defensively – show me the difference !
Explain to me why one, the other or both;
cannot contain the ball from the point !!!!!
____________________________________________

Yes Slim;
we [could / can / do / will] need a lon g 7 ft+ rim protector !
Neither Josh -nor- Al fit that description

Slimjr

January 1st, 2013
11:15 pm

“Al is not a shot-blocker … not his Cup 0`Tea.
He has neither the length nor the bounce to do so.
He, however plays well in team position defense.
Al defends the pick & roll as well as any Big in the game.”

Good points Coach Grandad.

SteveW

January 1st, 2013
11:25 pm

I’m still not convinced that Keith benson couldn’t help us at some point with shot blocking. He was a shot blocking machine at Oakland. Just needs time and work for his body to mature.

So lebron, Carmelo and probably Paul Peirce are locks to be all star forwards. Chandler , horford, josh, Deng, Noah, west are looking like some of the pool for the the other 4 forward spots.

G’s looking like dwade, rondo, holiday, and two more between Monta, Brandon, deron, jj. Maybe some others I’m forgetting.

SteveW

January 1st, 2013
11:26 pm

Oops, left out bosh…

SteveW

January 1st, 2013
11:28 pm

Back to pg d, rondo can play some great point of attack d when he wants to. Scary good when he’s locked in

Grandad

January 1st, 2013
11:30 pm

Slimjr

Thank you sir.

Najeh Davenpoop

January 1st, 2013
11:51 pm

I’d take Josh and Noah on the All Star team over Pierce easily. The Celtics are below .500. If he makes it, it will be because of name recognition.

If they pick the team purely based on performance, Brooklyn shouldn’t have an All Star and Boston should have one at the most.

Nate ArchiBALL

January 2nd, 2013
12:03 am

If you watch Teague, one will notice he doesn’t use his left hand to finish when he drives on the left hand side of the basket. Always shoots with the right hand – not only fundamentally incorrect but a much more difficult shot and easier to defend.

SteveW

January 2nd, 2013
12:10 am

Najeh – It will be interesting to say the least. I’m not sure bosh should be just a slam dunk to make it either. 7 boards a game? But I think stern makes it happen. But if records continue to count, and folks stay generally the same record wise, Indy, Chicago and Milwaukee get a represenative, and the Knicks and hawks maybe 2. Gotta think rondo and holiday make it also.

doc

January 2nd, 2013
12:13 am

slimj maybe lon would have bern a help afterall to your knicks. spite loses again,

cb

January 2nd, 2013
12:15 am

All the Hawks need to do is trade Devin Harris and a second round pick to the Sun for Michael Beasley. Then trade Deshawn Stevenson to the Kings for Jimmer Fredette. Thats all.

Dr. Ice

January 2nd, 2013
12:23 am

If the last two games have shown us anything, it’s that we need devin as a solid backup for when lou/teague are failing.

Morrow and Stevenson are expendable, devin is not in my opinion

Sameba

January 2nd, 2013
12:53 am

Devin (bad knees) is more expendable than Morrow.

Sameba

January 2nd, 2013
1:00 am

D.Howard today against 76ers:

MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A +/- OFF DEF TOT AST PF ST TO BS BA PTS
38:32 1-7 0-0 5-10 -1 4 10 14 0 3 0 1 5 4 7

Is he worse of a MAX contract??

SteveW

January 2nd, 2013
1:22 am

One of the scouting reports I saw on Devin is he played to far off his man. I do hope he comes back soon, we need him.

Jenkins seems to me to be able to be at least a solid role player in the nba. Small sample size I know, but Anthony morrow may have been pipped.

SteveW

January 2nd, 2013
1:34 am

Morrow is a solid role player in the right situation. He’s better than Jodie Meeks, our hometown guy.

Maybe LD was afraid Ivan would be abused by NO length, idk. But I’m not a fan of an 8 man rotation, especially in the 4th game in 5 nites in 4 different cities.

Really, we’re a solid ball club 1-14, just unbalanced. I think all these guys could play on a championship squad – D Steve already has, in their proper roles.

What the hawks are missing, besides possibly a new coach, but props to LD for 20-10 anyway, are two more starters at least equal to josh, al, and Jeff, and hopefully better. Now that’s if Lou comes off the bench, but that’s another discussion.

And that, hopefully will be addressed this fa period.

I still think you keep most of these guys, all our main ones, and add Monta and Hickson, you can make a run for a championship. All young but very experienced. That would be a tough team to handle.

Starters:
Hickson
Al
Josh
Monta
Teague

Bench:
ZaZa
Ivan
Korver
Lou
Devin

Or put Jenkins or somebody on that 2nd team. Stout, young, experienced team.