Weekend Road Trip
The Hawks practiced earlier today before heading out of town for a rare Friday/Saturday road trip. In fact, it is only one of five pairs of back-to-back road games all season, and the only one that falls on Friday/Saturday.
Ironically, the two teams that Atlanta will face this weekend squared off against each other last night in Indianapolis. The result: a 136-112 Pacer victory.
“I saw some of the tape of that game,” said Larry Drew after today’s practice. “It was a track meet and a shootout. ”
The challenge for Drew will be to keep his own players from playing that open, run and gun style that sub-.500 teams resort to at this point of the season.
“We still have to play a certain way,” said LD. “We are trying to get ourselves ready for the playoffs. We don’t want to take a step back and just start playing a way that’s not very characteristic of us. Our focus is to go into the playoffs with momentum.”
Jamal couldn’t help but smile when commenting on the freedom that “JC2″ has been given as the Wizards play out the final stretch of games.
“20 shots per is normal for (Jordan Crawford) right now,” said Jamal. “I’m happy for him, it’s going to make him a lot better a lot faster. He’s basically learning on the fly right now.”
SMOOVE AND TWIN STAY HOME
Josh Smith (right knee) and Jason Collins (left ankle) will both remain in Atlanta this weekend and receive treatment on their injuries.
“Injuries are part of the game,” Collins said from the locker room today. “I’ve had lots of sprained ankles in my basketball career, and this is another one on the list.”
The advantage right now for the Hawks is that there is no rush to get either player back. As long as they are well enough to receive treatment and get some conditioning in on the side, then the only game they need to make sure they are healthy for is Game 1 in Orlando.
ROAD RECORD WITHIN REACH
The Hawks franchise record for road wins in a season is 22. This year’s squad currently has 20 wins away from the Highlight Factory with three road contests remaining on the schedule.