LIVE BLOG from the Open Scrimmage

Friday, December 16, 2011
By Jon Newberry

Hey fans, we will be blogging live from the 2011 Open Scrimmage presented by Philips all night long…
Right now the players are interacting with season ticket holders at the annual “Tip-Off” event as we count down the minutes until the doors open to the public. If you live intown, then shoot on over to the Highlight Factory for this free event.

7:02 PM
The guys have retreated to the locker room and the fans are filing into their seats… Just a reminder, portions of the scrimmage will be streamed live on NBA.com… Stay tuned for a link to the footage.

7:09 PM
Players have returned to the court… awaiting instructions. Here is the link to the live feed on NBA.com: http://www.nba.com/live3/

7:15
Strength and conditioning coach Chattin Hill is wrapping up warm-ups with the fellas. No one wants any injuries in the preseason. The lower level of the club side is filling up quick!

7:18 PM
Bob Rathbun just wrapped up an interview with Coach Drew. Rathbun’s voice sounds much better when he is talking Hawks basketball rather than Dream/ACC/HS football or whatever else he does in the offseason. That guy stays BUSY!

7:34 PM
The team continues to run through some of their offensive sets, 5-on-0. Now they are splitting into their Blue/White teams for the scrimmage.

7:43 PM
We are set for tip-off…
Blue Starters – Williams, Pachulia, Stackhouse, Teague and Smith
White Starters – Sloan, Horford, Radmanovic, Johnson and McGrady

7:45 PM
Team looking SHARP to start… 7-for-7 from the field combined. Joe has 5 pts to lead the white… Smoove have 4 for the blue.

7:54 PM
First break in the action… 5:23 left in the quarter… White is leading the Blue team 16-12. Joe is leading all scorers with 7 points. Pape Sy has checked in and will see his first action when play resumes.
Wholesale substitutions for Blue: Wanamaker, Benson, Rolle and Graham enter the game.

Check out the raw footage of Joe and T-Mac’s player intros: http://on.nba.com/v00Mkf

8:05 PM
First quarter ends with the white team winning… the score resets for the second quarter and some of the guys are switching teams.

Thoughts on the 1Q:
– Joe looks like the game is EASY for him. All four of his shots were pure (two of them from behind the arc) and he was able to create space for his own shot.
– Smoove also shot the ball extremely well from mid-range
– Radmanovic was as advertised… He hit an open look and he actually moves a lot better than I remember from last year.

8:20 PM
Now we have some solid highlights to talk about… Marvin takes a nice feed on a back cut for a jam… then Pape Sy rises up for a big dunk off of an alley-oop. Blue team leads the second quarter 11-9.

8:29 PM
The White team pulls out a one-point win in the second quarter. Ivan Johnson hit a pair of free throws with 18 seconds remaining and Joe’s shot at the buzzer rimmed out. It was his first miss of the night.

8:38 PM
Back-to-back dunks for the white team (one by Magnum and one by Teague) and the blue team needs a timeout. The white team is really pushing it on the break and pressuring the ball on defense.

8:40 PM
Raw highlight footage of Marvin’s Jam – http://on.nba.com/uHiPg6

8:54 PM
That is the end of the 3rd. The blue team wins 21-18… and that will do it for the 2011 Open Scrimmage. Official attendance is estimated at 2500. A great event to kick off the season.