Game thread: Drew concerned Hawks settling for 3-pointers in transition

Vivlamore reporting from New Orleans.

Hawks coach Larry Drew expressed concern with his team’s tendency to settle for 3-point attempts in transition Tuesday.

The good news: The Hawks set a franchise record in Monday’s loss to the Rockets with their fourth straight game of at least 10 3-pointers.

The bad news: Some of the 3-point attempts are coming on the run when Drew would like to see the action move to the front of the rim.

“In transition, we have to run for layups,” Drew said before the Hawks played at the Hornets. “We can’t just run to the 3-point line. We’ve gotten in trouble a little bit with that in the past where we do have an advantage in transition and we run straight to the 3-point line and not really attacking the basket.”

Drew said that was an issue Monday against the Rockets. The Hawks had 23 3-point attempts, making 12.

“We are still trying to find a consistency in that area. We show them tape. We talk about it. We always gravitate to that 3-point line. … That will be a point of emphasis tonight.”

In the past four games, the Hawks have made 13 3s against the Pistons, 11 against the Cavaliers, 10 against the Pacers and the 12 against the Rockets.

The Hawks are seventh in the NBA in 3-point percentage at .381. They also have allowed the seventh highest opponent 3-point percentage at .377.

* The Hawks will start a lineup of Jeff Teague, Lou Williams, Kyle Korver, Josh Smith and Al Horford. Drew said there will be no limitation on Smith, who returned Monday after missing a game with a strained right hip flexor.

“He did have limitations last night,” Drew said. “He came through it and he felt fine. We are pretty much going to let him go tonight.”

* The Hawks play the final of four games in four cities in five days. I asked Drew if he thought his team was tired.

“I think we are a little tired but this is the NBA,” Drew said. “We’ve just got to suck it up. When you get to this part of the season you do get a little fatigued. You start getting a nicks, little bruises. This is where you have to roll your sleeves up and gut it out. Every team goes through it.  We just have to deal with it.”

* The Hawks were without guards Devin Harris (sore left foot) and Anthony Morrow (right hip strain) who remained in Atlanta for the two-game road trip. Harris missed his eighth straight game due to the injury. Morrow missed his third straight.

* The Hawks will have to deal with the Hornets’ Eric Gordon tonight. Gordon made his season debut in the Hornets’ last game and scored 24 points off the bench. He also had seven assists and two steals.

Hornets coach Monty Williams said Gordon will come off the bench again tonight. Williams said he wants to be cautious with Gordon, who only played nine games last season and had arthroscopic surgery on his knee because of a bone bruise.

“Part of me just wants to play him,” Williams said. “I think I made a mistake last year. We didn’t know he was injured but it might have been too much. … We want to be smart.”

Drew is fully aware of the difference Gordon could make.

“He is a phenomenal scoring machine,” Drew said. “With the ball in his hands, particularly on pick-and-rolls, he can make shots, he can get to the basket and he’s strong enough to create contact and finish. He is a guy who we are really going to have to be concerned with tonight.”

- Chris Vivlamore

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284 comments Add your comment

Najeh Davenpoop

January 1st, 2013
7:27 pm

FTPB

“Also, when we got within 5 LD should have gone with Teague, Lou, Josh, Al and Zaza. The job by the reserves was done.”

Exactly. The bench occasionally plays well but LD has left them in too long in several games recently.

“I just watched the 4th quarter and frankly, I think that there is no reason to feel particularly bad.

Delfino was hitting everything. His 3s were backbreakers.”

Would have been nice — and maybe a different outcome — if the Hawks consistently rotated out to the open 3 point shooters. They were a step slow defensively the entire night. Can’t be slow defensively against the fastest paced team in the league.

Najeh Davenpoop

January 1st, 2013
7:31 pm

I have no problem with Korver, Morrow, and Jenkins spotting up for 3 in transition. Everyone else should be going to the hoop.

I’m a little surprised that LD is complaining about transition offense today, considering that transition defense was the problem yesterday.

Sautee

January 1st, 2013
7:40 pm

FTPB:

“Topic of Debate – Josh Smith aka the “Smoove”: Should he stay or should he go?”

“The Hawks need to be trying to acquire a legit #1 option who makes them a title contender. If trading Josh makes that happen, they should trade him. If they can do so without trading Josh, then they should keep him. The focus shouldn’t be on whether Josh stays or goes; it should be on what is the best and quickest way to get a superstar or two on this team. Josh would be an excellent complementary piece to keep around, but if they have to get rid of him to get to the next level they should do it.” – Najeh

The exact same goes for Horford, too. If it takes trading him to get better (ie a superstar), do it.

Admiral SnAckbar

January 1st, 2013
7:43 pm

what would a doc do to a bone bruise with a scope???

northcyde

January 1st, 2013
7:46 pm

I got Synergy up right now. Let me look to see what the Hawks are shooting from 3 in transition.

W.R. Terrell

January 1st, 2013
7:50 pm

LD needs to be concerned about putting the best working group on the floor and throw away loyalties to fading dreams and hopes. No need to mention names because that name will be all over this blog before the game is over.

glw

January 1st, 2013
7:53 pm

Visiting the NOLA figure I would go check the boys out tonight. Watching warm ups, man Zaza even misses layups in warmups. Lol. But hoping for a Hawks victory tonight.

cb

January 1st, 2013
7:54 pm

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.

Mookie Paylock

January 1st, 2013
7:58 pm

Keep Josh, bring in Dwight if possible. Who else is out there that the Hawks can bring in? Nobody IMO

Duluth Joe

January 1st, 2013
8:01 pm

Hawks strength is outside shooting. Drew knows that. Taking threes when you have shooters like Korver, Morrow, Jenkins, Lou, and even Stephenson, is fine. If you have no inside game, you can’t manufacture one just by talking the talk.

NY is doing fine taking the outside shots. Until we get some low post players, we are mostly an outside shooting team, no matter what the good talk is

keith

January 1st, 2013
8:02 pm

cb
January 1st, 2013
7:54 pm

All the Hawks need to do is trade Devin Harris and a second round pick to the Sun for Michael Beasley.

DITTO!!! I LOVE BEASLY AS A BASKETBALL PLAYER. HE HAS ALL THE SKILLS IN THE WORLD….BUT???

Mookie Paylock

January 1st, 2013
8:03 pm

Trade Delvin and a second round pick to Denver for Corey Brewer

W.R. Terrell

January 1st, 2013
8:03 pm

First game of the New Year but then the HAWKS got “Smoove” so it may be same ol same ol, hope not.

High-sider

January 1st, 2013
8:04 pm

I wonder if STAT (Amar’e Stoudemire) will be “Standing Tall And Talented” (tonight) in his return for the Knicks against the Blazers.

keith

January 1st, 2013
8:04 pm

Sautee
January 1st, 2013
7:40 pm

EXCELLENT POST…….MAKE A MOVE BY THE FEBRUARY TRADE DEADLINE…..WE NEED DRAFT PICKS GOING FORWARD……

Melvin

January 1st, 2013
8:05 pm

The Hawks attempt too many 3’s entirely.No matter how you break it down.

High-sider

January 1st, 2013
8:05 pm

Does Mookie Blaylock = Mookie Paylock = Buckhead Benny?

northcyde

January 1st, 2013
8:05 pm

Hawks are making 45.7% of their 3 point shots in transition

Overall, we make 60.6% of our FGs in transition, with us scoring 1.22 points per play

That’s 4th in the league.

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Best transition 3 point shooters:

- Jenkins: 100% . . ( 3 – 3 )
- Williams: 55.6% . . ( 5 – 9 )
- Korver: 52.8% . . ( 19 – 36 )
- Stevenson: 47.4% . . ( 9 – 19 )
- Morrow: 36.4% . . ( 4 – 11 )
- Teague: 30.8% . . ( 4 – 13 )
- Harris: 20% . . ( 2 – 10 )

Admiral SnAckbar

January 1st, 2013
8:05 pm

who would take a broke foot guard who depends on speed for his game??

W.R. Terrell

January 1st, 2013
8:06 pm

Mike Beasley has some psychological issues, a ton of talent but all the cookies are not in the pack. Why replace one talented nut with another

keith

January 1st, 2013
8:08 pm

BIG DUMMY DREW SHOULD PLAY JENKINS MORE……..

John Jenkins should play 25-30 minutes per night, based on his recent production, IMO. He was definitely worthy of being a top 10 draft pick!!!

Mookie Paylock

January 1st, 2013
8:09 pm

You would need another back up point guard, someone not name Lou Williams.

cb

January 1st, 2013
8:11 pm

Michael Beasley

Melvin

January 1st, 2013
8:11 pm

Hawks first shot attempt of the night is a 3. Right on que with this blog

Admiral SnAckbar

January 1st, 2013
8:12 pm

1 thing that really bugs me about the Hawks is the way they will drive into the lane within a few feet of the rim and instead of shooting they throw it out to the 3 point line.

northcyde

January 1st, 2013
8:12 pm

That 3 wasn’t in transition though.

keith

January 1st, 2013
8:12 pm

AL looks to small next to Lopez…..

cb

January 1st, 2013
8:12 pm

Michael Beasley and Jimmer Fredette go get them

keith

January 1st, 2013
8:13 pm

Nice transition bucket….

northcyde

January 1st, 2013
8:13 pm

That;s what Drew wants more of . . if you have the numbers, get the easy 2, instead of shooting the 3.

Melvin

January 1st, 2013
8:13 pm

Nice drive by Josh

northcyde

January 1st, 2013
8:14 pm

Josh with the Shawn Kemp move right there. Wish he’d do that all the time.

Najeh Davenpoop

January 1st, 2013
8:14 pm

Are the Hornets fans chanting “Let’s Go Heat”?

keith

January 1st, 2013
8:15 pm

Zaza should have started tonight against Lopez…..

keith

January 1st, 2013
8:16 pm

Al Horford is on FIRE!!!!

northcyde

January 1st, 2013
8:17 pm

High BBIQ play by Smith there.

keith

January 1st, 2013
8:17 pm

Josh making common sense plays tonight….maybe he reads this BLOG???

Najeh Davenpoop

January 1st, 2013
8:17 pm

Lopez’s size already giving the Hawks problems, forcing them to double and leave shooters open.

Admiral SnAckbar

January 1st, 2013
8:17 pm

Lou seems to be a lazy player. lots of plays he could be involved in and he just stands there and watches

W.R. Terrell

January 1st, 2013
8:18 pm

Well the “Smoove” appears to be playing with some sense. I’m shocked, befuddled and downright awed. I hope this continues.

northcyde

January 1st, 2013
8:18 pm

(( flipping channels ))

Stanford converts on a 3rd and 1, wraps up the Rose Bowl.

northcyde

January 1st, 2013
8:19 pm

Big 10 got smacked around today, with only Northwestern winning.

keith

January 1st, 2013
8:20 pm

John Jenkins should be in right now…Teague should have made that lay-up…

northcyde

January 1st, 2013
8:20 pm

Future Hawk . . Eric Gordon is in the game.

Najeh Davenpoop

January 1st, 2013
8:21 pm

Hawks have missed at least 3 shots in the paint so far.

Admiral SnAckbar

January 1st, 2013
8:22 pm

osh never made it past halfcourt. nice hustle.

northcyde

January 1st, 2013
8:22 pm

Tell it Nique. That play happened because Josh is talking to the ref instead of getting back.

LOL . . and he’s still talking to the ref.

keith

January 1st, 2013
8:22 pm

Zaza should be in the game!!!!!! WHERE’S ZAZA LARRY??????

MattP

January 1st, 2013
8:22 pm

This is looking ugly.

LouWill83

January 1st, 2013
8:23 pm

Lol we cant even get calls against New Orleans.. & there is the hawks we always thought we knew