I know this will probably be ridiculed, but since I've been sick and unable to blog about the T-Wolves game that I just started watching on the DVR. Let me just say this about the Hawks and this game...
START JEFF TEAGUE (...and Mo Evans)! His push and defense are better than anything that our guards can do and it's an element that you can't overstate with the playoffs coming. Yes, we've advocated more time for Teague all season. Despite some of his struggles, we've eschewed all attempts to explain why he should sit. Watching almost all of the rookie point guards get better this season with playing time, we allowed Bibby's experience to be the litmus test. Well at this stage, Bibby is not providing enough to convince me that he can't be that veteran presence that stabilizes the bench in ways that he is supposed to stabilize our starting 5. So, this is as much about giving the bench punch as it is hastening the move to the future.
Not only that, it's an attempt to give Joe Johnson a glimpse of his future with the Hawks vs. a last ditch attempt at what is likely a 2nd round exit. Why not give that exit some upside vs. the look of a future of similar outcomes. I've advocated Marvin being the super sub for 2 years now and still think that's the best move for this team, but now I'm taking it further...this is about performing championship moves. I've always said - my biggest problem with the Hawks is the lack of CHAMPIONSHIP moves - making a bold move to get Teague in the starting lineup would say to me - we are trying to do something to WIN A TITLE. Maybe not this year, but eventually - Teague will be the PG that wins it for us before Bibby will. Or maybe the starting slot would be important enough to Bibby (and Marvin) to step your game up.
In either case, the Hawks win...so, here's the lineups...
starting 5 - teague, johnson, smith, evans, and horford (still 2 3 pt shooters along with a dimension of a push and dribble drive and transition)
second 5 - bibby, crawford, williams, zaza, and joe smith (lots more bench punch)
Personally, I see only one downside - maybe some turnovers in the transition, but teague has shown himself to be one of the best rookies in turnover rate. No downside based on what bibby and williams have provided unless one of them starts some locker room discord, but that's really all I see that could go wrong here. And finally, you actually make our coach - COACH! He'd have to actually not roll the ball out and do some coaching and prove whether he's worth extending...Seriously, wins all the way around.
Can someone not married to the 'don't rock the boat' theorems the Hawks have been wedded to provide a different counter argument...
VIDEO: Kent Bazemore on what he hopes to bring to the Atlanta Hawks - Kent Bazemore meets with the media and describes what he hopes to bring to the table this season for the Atlanta Hawks.
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