Game thread: Medical clearance needed for Stevenson to play in back-to-backs

Vivlamore reporting.

As the Hawks take on the Celtics tonight, they will have swingman DeShawn Stevenson available. Coach Larry Drew did not use Stevenson against the Pistons last night in order to have his services tonight.

It will be a boost for the short-handed Hawks, who do not play Stevenson in back-to-back games due to the 13-year veteran’s ailing knees.

I asked Drew if Stevenson truly can’t play in back-to-back games. Friday night against the Pistons, the Hawks were without guards Devin Harris and Anthony Morrow. They couldn’t buy a basket early on from anyone other than Al Horford or Josh Smith. The Hawks went 15 minutes, a full quarter plus, before another player scored. With their early trouble shooting from the outside, certainly they could have used Stevenson and his long-range shooting.

It turns out, according to Drew, the team needs clearance from the medical staff to use Stevenson two straight games.

“We are really just taking real precautionary measures with him,” Drew said. “We went into the season with our mind made up (not to play Stevenson in back-to-back-games). Now, it could change if the knees are feeling better but we have to get medical clearance in order to play him a few minutes one night and a few minutes the next night on a back-to-back.”

Drew said the situation was discussed before the season as a team and with Stevenson.

Stevenson was not in the locker room prior to the game but I will speak with him after the game to get his point of view on the situation.

In other news:

* Harris (sore left foot) and Morrow (right hip strain) are out versus the Celtics. Harris has missed the past 10 games with his injury and Morrow has missed the past five games. Center Johan Petro (stomach illness) is available. I spoke to Harris before the game. He said it is still painful to push off the foot. There is no timetable for his return, although he has been working out. “That remains to be seen,” he told me.

* There are no limitations on Smith, who played just 12 minutes in the second half against the Pistons after aggravating his strained right hip flexor.

* Drew will stay with the same starting lineup used in the past six games with Jeff Teague, Lou Williams, Kyle Korver, Smith and Horford.

* On Saturday, Smith filmed a commercial as part of the NBA’s year-long BIG promotion. LeBron James and Kevin Durant have also been featured in similar commercials.

* According to Drew, the Teague-Rajon Rondo matchup will be key tonight.

“Jeff has to be in the attack mode all game long,” Drew said. “You can’t play passive against a guy like Rondo. If he does, that won’t get it done. He has to be very aggressive on both ends of the floor. He’s got to be relentless on both ends of the floor. The ball is going to be in Rondo’s hands a lot. He is going to get to the basket. He’s going to score some points. He’s going to get some assists. We need Jeff to do the same thing.”

- Chris Vivlamore

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258 comments Add your comment

Najeh Davenpoop

January 5th, 2013
6:45 pm

Since that beastly game against Cleveland, Teague is 14 for his last 47 from the field (29.8%), 4/14 from 3 (28.6%), 2/4 from the line, and has 34 assists to 15 turnovers. Tonight would be a good night for him to break out of his slump. There’s no team I hate to see the Hawks lose to at home more than Boston.

Najeh Davenpoop

January 5th, 2013
6:47 pm

This blog is still having problems loading. Still taking forever to load after posting anything.

Slimjr

January 5th, 2013
6:48 pm

Slimjr

January 5th, 2013
6:50 pm

Lets see how they measure up tonight…Hmmmmm

Why cant Kevin Love stay healthy?

Derrick Williams will get his shot now Buddy G.?

Slimjr

January 5th, 2013
6:51 pm

Stevenson will be help the Hawks smash the Men in Green tonight!

Honesty

January 5th, 2013
6:53 pm

I can forgive the loss to Detroit as long as we beat Boston. Like Najeh said, I HATE losing to Boston.

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

January 5th, 2013
6:55 pm

Honesty

January 5th, 2013
6:56 pm

Kevin Love’s hand has been sore since he’s been back. He hasn’t been shooting threes because of it (per Minnesota bloggers) never should have been playing with a sore paw.

Najeh Davenpoop

January 5th, 2013
6:56 pm

Bigdave is pretty slick… traded Love in the fantasy league two days before he re-broke his hand.

Honesty

January 5th, 2013
6:58 pm

Never fear Petro is here! Available for use tonight? Everything will be ok now!

keith

January 5th, 2013
6:58 pm

“I met “Glenn Doc Rivers” in a Starbucks several years ago…He is a super nice guy…I said to DOC, “we need you to come and coach the Hawks”. He laughed and replied….”They need some players”

NO LOVE AT ALL FOR KEVIN GARNETT THOUGH…HE IS A DIRTY PLAYER!!!!

W.R. Terrell

January 5th, 2013
7:00 pm

I am hoping to enjoy a fun and entertaining game.

keith

January 5th, 2013
7:02 pm

Dominique with another ugly suit!!! Where is nique buying these suits??? NIQUE…Come ON MAN…

Najeh Davenpoop

January 5th, 2013
7:06 pm

“Dominique with another ugly suit!!! Where is nique buying these suits??? NIQUE…Come ON MAN…”

From this guy.

keith

January 5th, 2013
7:09 pm

Najeh Davenpoop
January 5th, 2013
7:06 pm

Thanks man…would not want to be that guy!!! Ouch!!!

keith

January 5th, 2013
7:11 pm

DeShawn Stevenson looks like a fool with that haircut…..Somebody needs to help that Brotha out….PLEASE!!!

W.R. Terrell

January 5th, 2013
7:11 pm

Here we goooooooooooooooooooo

W.R. Terrell

January 5th, 2013
7:13 pm

Josh has started the silly stuff

keith

January 5th, 2013
7:17 pm

MVP LOU WILLIAMS AT IT AGAIN!!!

Najeh Davenpoop

January 5th, 2013
7:17 pm

Good ball movement to start. If they can close out on these Celtics jumpshooters they would have a bigger lead by now.

keith

January 5th, 2013
7:18 pm

We need Zaza in the game right now Larry!!!!!

keith

January 5th, 2013
7:20 pm

WEAK A……..MOVE BY AL “SO SOFT” HORFORD…..

W.R. Terrell

January 5th, 2013
7:21 pm

Time to praaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy. The “Smoove” has not scored

Najeh Davenpoop

January 5th, 2013
7:23 pm

I would love nothing more than a blowout win to make the Celtics fans leave early.

Najeh Davenpoop

January 5th, 2013
7:24 pm

Twin in the game for Boston.

W.R. Terrell

January 5th, 2013
7:26 pm

I don’t understand why Tolliver is in but that’s LD

JaeEvolution

January 5th, 2013
7:27 pm

Lou is on fire…

Najeh Davenpoop

January 5th, 2013
7:27 pm

Wow. Lou is on fire.

Somewhere northcyde can’t decide whether to watch Hawks-Celtics or cheer the Bengals on their potentially game winning drive right now.

keith

January 5th, 2013
7:27 pm

Lou on a pace to score 64 points tonight…feed the BEAST…

MattP

January 5th, 2013
7:27 pm

Lou trying for a 40+ point game?

W.R. Terrell

January 5th, 2013
7:27 pm

Lou Williams appears to be happy starting and plans on keeping his position

Blast

January 5th, 2013
7:28 pm

LD. Teague ain’t getting it done right now. It’s Sweet Lou!

keith

January 5th, 2013
7:30 pm

PUNK BUTT TWIN…..HE DID NOT ONE SHOT HIS WHOLE TIME HERE IN ATL…

JaeEvolution

January 5th, 2013
7:34 pm

How many times has Teague done that?

Najeh Davenpoop

January 5th, 2013
7:34 pm

Teague coast to coast to close out a great quarter.

Hope they can repeat it in the 2nd quarter so the fan section can sing “na na na na hey hey goodbye” to the Celtics fans by halftime.

MattP

January 5th, 2013
7:35 pm

Teague comes off the bench in “Attack Mode”

keith

January 5th, 2013
7:35 pm

Why can’t Teague play this way on the road??? Come on man??? Got to be more consistent home and road…

Mistagamer

January 5th, 2013
7:35 pm

Helluva pick by Josh at the end of the quarter.

Najeh Davenpoop

January 5th, 2013
7:37 pm

Boston is the 12th best team in the league at limiting turnovers, but the Hawks forced 5 in the first quarter.

They are the 27th ranked offensive team in the league, and the Hawks made them look exactly that bad.

Najeh Davenpoop

January 5th, 2013
7:39 pm

That should be a T on KG.

keith

January 5th, 2013
7:40 pm

Garnett can’t punk Zaza out….LOL..

W.R. Terrell

January 5th, 2013
7:40 pm

ZaZa will not take any bullying, you gotta luv him

Najeh Davenpoop

January 5th, 2013
7:41 pm

Zaza is getting under KG’s skin. Keep him in the game until KG picks up a T.

Najeh Davenpoop

January 5th, 2013
7:45 pm

Even last year, the Celtics’ offense really only looked good when they got Ray Allen running off screens, much like Korver running off screens for the Hawks. Without that element they are just Rondo and a bunch of jump shooters. KG barely even posts up much anymore.

W.R. Terrell

January 5th, 2013
7:45 pm

Refs need to call those offensive fouls on Paul, he’s forever pushing off with each arm

keith

January 5th, 2013
7:45 pm

Zaza is the only Big on our roster, and maybe Ivan, who are not afraid of Garnett…The rest of the Bigs act like they are afraid of KG…..

W.R. Terrell

January 5th, 2013
7:47 pm

I hope LD didn’t put Lou in the freezer

keith

January 5th, 2013
7:48 pm

MVP KYLE KORVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Najeh Davenpoop

January 5th, 2013
7:48 pm

Great steal and fast break pass by Teague. He has come to play tonight.

Celtics just look old.

Buddy Grizzard

January 5th, 2013
7:48 pm

“Let’s run them out of the building”

omgstfu Bob Rathbun.