An Unsettling Pattern

Wednesday, February 23, 2011
By Jon Newberry

“I just thought we settled,” commented Hawks’ coach Larry Drew, “which is starting to be a pattern with us.”

On a night that ideally the Hawks would have liked to set the tone for the second half of the season, they were unable to put together any sort of run against the two-time defending champions.

“It’s very disappointing,” said Drew. “I thought our guys…took the path of least resistance the whole game. On offense, we settled and defensively, we didn’t play with physicality. The Lakers got physical and we started turning to the officials.”

The final box score accurately depicts the ugliness of the game:

  • The Hawks were outrebounded 54-32.
  • Atlanta shot 6.7% from behind the arc.
  • No Hawk other than Al Horford shot 50% or better from the field (minimum 3 FGA).

“We really have some soul searching to do as a team, and it’s discouraging,” said Horford after the game. “We had a great practice yesterday and to come out here and be flat like that, it’s frustrating.”

It was a packed house at Staples Center and the crowd was in the building well before tip-off. Even two hours before tip-off there was a sizable crowd gathered outside the arena… Josh Powell was presented his NBA Championship ring by Derek Fisher and Kobe Bryant during a pre-game ceremony… Joe Smith (aka Joe Beast) saw action late for the Lakers and seemed to remember some of his former teammates’ tendencies. He blocked three shots in just six minutes of action.

7 Responses to “An Unsettling Pattern”

  1. Ethan Stewart

    This team is full of players that don’t care about winning a championship. If they did, they would play hard every night. They would get over the mental hurdles and move on. They would correct their decision making (i.e. Josh Smith camping out on the three line instead of driving the lane). The leaders and coaches would follow through with consequences on bad or selfish play.

    I think if Josh Smith leaves, this team will take off. I think his attitude affects everything. He is a veteran starter that acts like a part time bench guy that doesn’t give an eff (unless it makes HIM look bad).

  2. Dirtybird

    At least they are on the west so late we don’t need to see them play like crap!!!


    The NBA trade deadline is heating up in Washington as several Wizards have started to pop up in rumors and rumblings around the league. Kirk Hinrich is the most recent name — the Hawks are interested in the Wizards guard, according to Yahoo! Sports.

    The Atlanta Hawks are working hard to move point guard Mike Bibby, and Washington’s Kirk Hinrich has emerged as a real target for them. Denver’s Raymond Felton and Portland’s Andre Miller also are looming large on the Hawks’ radar, sources say. The Hawks have inquired about the Nets’ Harris, but there are no deal possibilities there, sources said.

    I’m not sure exactly what the Wizards gain from swapping Hinrich for Bibby straight up. Sure, Hinrich is set to make $8 million next year compared to Bibby’s $6,417,616 so there is a financial gain there, but it’s not an enormous difference. (Salary information via ShamSports)


    Hawks add Kirk Hinrich, deal Mike Bibby
    ATLANTA — The struggling Atlanta Hawks acquired guard Kirk Hinrich from Washington in a five-player trade Wednesday, upgrading their backcourt for the playoff run.

    The Hawks also received forward Hilton Armstrong in exchange for guard Mike Bibby, rookie guard Jordan Crawford, swingman Maurice Evans and a first-round pick in this year’s draft.

    The Hawks have lost four out of five games and slipped to fifth in the top-heavy Eastern Conference. Not only do they have to worry about catching the teams ahead of them; the sixth-place New York Knicks, who began the night five games behind Atlanta, made one of biggest splashes ahead of Thursday’s trade deadline by acquiring Denver star Carmelo Anthony.

    The 32-year-old Bibby had lost a step defensively and was no longer the creative force offensively he was in his younger days. Hawks coach Larry Drew had hoped second-year player Jeff Teague would take on a larger role at the point, but he was averaging less than 12 minutes a game.

    Hinrich should be an improvement over Bibby at both ends of the court. He was averaging 11.1 points and 4.4 assists as on off-and-on starter, frequently playing alongside prized rookie John Wall.

    Bibby was averaging 9.4 points and 3.6 assists. The Hawks gave up some depth on their bench by dealing Evans (4.5 points a game) and Crawford (4.2), but clearly felt it was worth the expected improvement at the crucial point position.

    It was clear a deal was imminent when Hinrich was scratched from the Washington lineup just before a game in Philadelphia against the 76ers. He and Armstrong watched the first half from the bench, but neither came out with the team for the second half.

  5. Hawk Insider( aka J-SmOOvE)

    Kirk Hinrich. Pure shooter. Assist guy. Rick SUnd might have made a trade i am proud of. Doesnt mean the hawks shouldnt deal for a small foward.

  6. Hawk Insider( aka J-SmOOvE)

    Hawks should look this off season for a trade for andre igoudala