Notes from Shootaround: Nov. 12, 2010

Friday, November 12, 2010
By Jon Newberry

A few topics of note after talking with the team following Friday’s shootaround:

Injury Update:

Mo Evans will come off the bench and be available to play limited minutes tonight after missing the past eight games to take care of his right knee that underwent surgery during the offseason.

Marvin Williams and Pape Sy remain inactive, with Williams getting very close to a return to the floor.

(UPDATE: I guess “very close” was an understatement. Sometime between shootaround and warm-ups it was determined that Marvin’s knee was healthy enough to go, so he is starting tonight.)

Thoughts on the Jazz:

Whenever the Jazz come to town Deron Williams is going to be a main topic of conversation. Now in his 6th year in the league, Williams has firmly established himself as one of the top point guards in the NBA. He enters tonight averaging 21 points, 10 assists and five rebounds per game. He poured in 30 points in Wednesday night’s win in Orlando and will bring a match-up problem to the Hawks guards because of his size and strength.

“Best point guard in the league,” commented Jamal Crawford following shootaround, “but I’ve been saying that for a while now.”

Coach Drew wouldn’t go quite that far, but he agreed that Williams brings a complete game to the floor. “He might not have the speed and quickness of a Chris Paul, but he makes up for it in other ways. His savvy and just his ability to play that position. He’s good in transition, he’s good at pick and roll, he is a good jump shooter, a good decision maker, he’s as good as there are at that position. Plus he’s got size, which is huge.”

Other than Williams, the Jazz feature some impressive big men. Al Jefferson (16.6 ppg, 9.3 rpg) was their big offseason acquisition after losing Carlos Boozer, and Paul Milsap is one of the hottest players in the league right now after dropping a career-high 46 points against the Heat on Tuesday.

Overall, this is a very typical Jerry Sloan team. On paper they may not look intimidating, but they are probably going to overachieve this season under their Hall of Fame coach.

“This team is a very disciplined team,” commented Drew, “You’re gonna have to beat them, they are not going to beat themselves. You have to play focused for 48 minutes and you have to play at a high level.”

Playing at a high level is exactly what the Hawks need to get used to doing. Hopefully tonight will snap one streak and start a new one.

13 Responses to “Notes from Shootaround: Nov. 12, 2010”

  1. Hawk Insider( aka J-SmOOvE)

    hawks lost. Careless turnovers will do this to u. I still think LD is doing a bad job. If we do come to the playoffs we will be swept in the first round. Hawks fans im out.

    #1912
  2. Hawk Insider( aka J-SmOOvE)

    zach click copy trade then copy the link.

    #1913
  3. Hawksfanman

    I think ive got the perfect trade I wont reveil it because i cant put it on the trade machine until dec 15 when joe johnson can officially be traded but if it goes through its perfect its a 4 team trade and every team involved gets better

    #1930
  4. Hawksfanman

    Okay heres the trade and btw it does work I did the math I just need to wait till Dec 15 so I can put it on the trade machine,
    the Trade involves us the nuggets, pacers, and cavs, Okay: We get JJ Hickson (Cavs), Roy Hibbert, James Posey and D Jones (Pacers), Ty Lawson & Carmelo Anthony (Nuggets), Nuggets get Josh Smith & Tj Ford(pacers), Pacers get Antwan Jamison adn Ramon Session (cavs, Ne Ne Hilario, Cavs get Joe Johnson, and Brandon Rush & Solomon Jones (Pacers).
    Now some people might say why would these teams do it well I have explanations:

    Hawks: We obviously need these people, with Roy Hibbert at the 5, Al can finally move to the four and with Jj Hickson coming off the bench well be able to have offensive threats at both big man positions at all times Ty lawson benefits us because he’s better than biby and teauge(well for now) and he made top 20 pg list as a rookie, and Carmelo Anthony speaaks for itself, the others were just needed so other teams would be under the cap

    Nuggets: Melo wants a winning team rumors of bulls, and knicks, are about but why not the Hawks, the nuggets have said that the only way their giving up melo is if they get good young talent………………. so smoov is the best option I hate this but you have to lose to gain.

    Pacers: seem to need a consistent scorer plus Two pretty good bigmen wont hurt

    Cavs: The city of cleveland needs another superstar wo why not Joe?
    and btw Carmelo is better than Joe in pretty much every aspect of the game.

    So our line up looks something like this
    1:Lawson/Teague/Jo. Crawford
    2:Anthony/Crawford/D. Jones
    3:Williams/Evans/Posey
    4:Horford/Hickson/Powell
    5:Hibbert/Pachulia/Thomas/Collins

    No one will be able to beat us
    what do yall think

    #1932
  5. Hawksfanman

    I like it its creative, and if the monta ellis trade rumors are true it could go through, Losing Marvin is questionable but you have something here

    #1920
  6. Hawksfanman

    Good trade but wrong blog lol

    #1921
  7. Hawksfanman

    This made me sick

    #1922
  8. Hawksfanman

    In order to get better we need to trade somone with value, Nobody wants joes contract, smoov is to valuable, and Jamal Is in the final year of his contract

    #1929
  9. Hawksfanman

    The trade helps the bulls doesnt do to much for us, Jamal And J rich have same skill set offensively, J rich does play D a little better but hes older and more expensive

    #1931
  10. Hawk Insider( aka J-SmOOvE)

    wt6f did u just make that trade? why would we trade J-smoove(Defensive PLayter of the year!!) for teyshaun prince who is injury prone and rip hamilton who doesnt have the game he used to. Cmon now. ughhhhh made me sick.

    #1939
  11. Hawk Insider( aka J-SmOOvE)

    why would u trade josh smith. Defensive player of the year!!!!

    #1940