Initial feedback: A completely subjective and immediate response to the events of tonight's game, featuring a comment and rating, the latter on a scale of 1 to 10, on every player who saw the floor and the head coach, along with ephemera and miscellany as the author deems necessary.
Your ratings and commentary, dear reader, are welcomed in the comments to this post.
Joe Johnson: Johnson has made some half-hearted attempts to call out his teammates to the press, but his comments after last night's humiliation at the hand of the Raptors took the cake. Joe claimed that Hawks players were "not ready" in a game in which Joe wasn't even ready to check in after a dead ball, leaving the Hawks with 4 players on the court. It's not known if Joe included himself among the players who were "not ready." It seems nobody asked Joe the simple question, "Joe, were you ready?" Between the homer broadcast team and the fragmented print coverage, it's hard to know anything about the Hawks (see Ivan Johnson below). No Magic City in Toronto. Joe goes for 18. 6/10
Jeff Teague: The fact that Teague is capable of 2 points and 2 assists one night and then 19 points and 10 assists the next night against the same badly-depleted team does not speak well of the organizational culture of the Atlanta Hawks. 6/10
Kirk Hinrich: Scored 6 points with 1 assist in 27 minutes. With news that Zaza may be lost for the season with a foot injury, the Hawks will need to finally get a return on its investment in Kirk. 2/10
Josh Smith: Showed up two nights in a row. 6/10
Jason Collins: The Hawks' optimal lineup at this point is Ivan starting at center, Josh at power forward, Marvin back into the starting lineup at small forward (to add rebounding and size to help replace Zaza's production), Joe back at shooting guard and Teague at point. Look for Collins to start the rest of the way. At least it gives the Hawks a better chance of dropping to 6th and avoiding the Celtics in the first round. 2/10
Marvin Williams: Maybe he wouldn't be so apathetic if he hadn't grown up on a team with Joe Johnson as its team leader. 6/10
Ivan Johnson: Toronto Raptors color analyst Sherman Hamilton said during the broadcast that he had spoken to several people within the Hawks organization to ask why Ivan Johnson was suspended. He was told that Ivan "got into the entire team" about effort during a timeout in the loss at Boston. As you can see, this isn't a message the Hawks need to hear, thus the suspension. Thank you, Raptors broadcast team. We don't get that type of coverage here in Atlanta. 10/10
Tracy McGrady: Scored 11 points with 4 rebounds and 4 assists in 21 minutes. With Zaza lost for the season, we "should" be seeing what T-Mac has left in the tank. That is unless Larry Drew decides to give Collins 30 minutes a game. 5/10
Vladimir Radmanovic: Will likely be seeing a lot of minutes at power forward, despite his distinct incapacity to play the position. Shot 1-for-1 on 3's. The Hawks will need him to hover around that percentage in future games. 3/10
Jannero Pargo: Marked present 2/10
The head coach
In light of what Drew suspended Johnson for (essentially to protect the egos of guys like Joe Johnson who has a max contract and doesn't want his effort questioned by a minimum-salary rookie), I retract every positive comment I have ever made about Drew. Any competent head coach would have immediately made Ivan a team captain. Also, as noted above regarding Teague, competent NBA head coaches get consistent performances from their teams without undrafted rookies having to preach effort. 1/10
A thought regarding the opposition
As I told National Post writer Eric Koreen in an email last weekend, "Glad to see [Dwane] Casey getting props... wish he was in Atlanta."