Tuesday, November 03, 2009

November 3rd Game Thread: Atlanta (2-1) @ Portland (2-2)

TIP-OFF: 10pm (EST)


RADIO: Hawks Radio Network, Audio League Pass

CHAT: Daily Dime Live

GAME NOTES: Hawks/Trailblazers


PORTLAND INJURY REPORT: LaMarcus Aldridge is questionable. Nicolas Batum, Patty Mills, and Jeff Pendergraph are out.


OTHER PERSPECTIVES: Blazersedge, Beyond Bowie

PREVIOUSLY, THE PORTLAND TRAILBLAZERS...won 83-74 in Oklahoma City by holding the Thunder to 37.5% shooting on two-point shots, 21.4% on three-points, and forcing turnovers on 22.9% of Oklahoma City's offensive possessions. LaMarcus Aldridge suffered a right knee contusion as a result of a collision with Jeff Green.

  • 3 Shades of Blue has a handy chart of various power rankings published after the season's first week.
  • Chad Ford (Insider) ranks Joe Johnson as the #2 (behind Carlos Boozer) unrestricted free agent (and Josh Childress the #6 restricted free agent) in the FA class of 2010:
    Johnson is coming off yet another terrific year for the Hawks. He can score in a lot of ways and can play both backcourt positions. He just turned 28, so he still has four or five years left in him. If the Hawks don't take another big step toward being a contender this year, he could decide to leave for a team with a better chance of helping him win a title.
  • For those who, like me, are curious about David Andersen's rookie NBA season, Matt Stephens at Rockets Buzz offers the following observation about Andersen from last night's game against Utah:
    David Andersen made Okur look like Dwight Howard in the post at times. Andersen was definitely a low point in an otherwise very good night. Defensively, he’s definitely the weak spot in the frontcourt whenever he’s in the game, and he isn’t doing enough offensively to earn himself playing time, going 1-7 from the floor tonight.
Consider this an open thread for all pre-game, in-game, and post-game (but pre-recap) thoughts.

1 comment:

Bronnt said...

After two games, I was very intrigued by David Andersen. His situation almost guarantees that he'll get plenty of chances to prove he belongs, and he's capable of looking very good at times. A lot of his success/failure hinges on his defensive impact, which is impossible to quantify over small sample sizes.