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January 22, 2011

NBA should suspend Hawks' Collins

-- So does the NBA suspend Atlanta Hawks center Jason Collins for tonight’s game against the Charlotte Bobcats? Because if the league doesn’t, it’s hard to justify suspending Tyrus Thomas a week ago.

          Collins drew a flagrant foul, penalty two, for a hard foul on New Orleans forward David West Friday night. Essentially, Collins treated West’s neck like a twist-top.

          Last Saturday, Thomas elbowed another New Orleans big man, Emeka Okafor. He received a flagrant, penalty two, then was suspended for Monday’s game in Philadelphia.

          Thomas should have received that suspension, but if that’s the standard, then Collins should, too. And with Al Horford possibly missing tonight’s game with an ankle injury, losing Collins could be significant to who wins this game.

          -- Bobcats coach Paul Silas said at morning shootaround that he anticipates Eduardo Najera getting the first shot at picking up Thomas’ minutes. Thomas will miss the next eight weeks with a torn meniscus in his left knee.

          Dominic McGuire and Derrick Brown are the other alternatives, but Najera is the closest body type to a natural NBA power forward.

          -- You might have heard Silas invoke the word “confidence’’ once or twice or a thousand times the past month. He certainly thinks confidence is a factor in Gerald Henderson’s improved play.

          Henderson hit three big jumpers in Thursday’s victory over the 76ers that Silas suspects Henderson wouldn’t have even attempted when Silas first took over as coach.

          “He came off those screens the other night with no hesitation at all. Before he was hesitant as to whether he should or should not shoot,’’ Silas described. “He’s just letting it fly with great confidence…and that’s the only way you can do it.

          “He’s in a great mindset. He has a swagger to him now. Strutting and what-not. It’s good to see.’’

          Even though Gerald Wallace would prefer not to play a lot at power forward, Henderson could help ease the loss of Thomas. The Bobcats’ best remaining combination down the stretch might be Boris Diaw at center, Wallace at power forward, Stephen Jackson at small forward and Henderson at shooting guard.

          Silas prefers Jackson guarding small forwards to having to chase smaller, quicker shooting guards.

Posted by Observer Sports on January 22, 2011 at 12:16 PM | Permalink

Comments

The Hawks lost by 40 last night...I wonder if they'll come to Charlotte defeated and battered - or looking to go off...

Posted by: on and on | Jan 22, 2011 1:07:32 PM

on and on:
It's my experience you really don't want to play a good team off a terrible performance. However, the issue is more who does and doesn't play for the Hawks tonight.

Posted by: Rick Bonnell | Jan 22, 2011 1:14:28 PM

Jackson has bodied SGs on both sides of thd floor for a long time. He's still dances like bojangles. It's not like he's getting dusted by these guards. McGuire had 17 rebounds vs ATL in the last game at the 4 spot. That should get him Tyrus's minutes, at the least, for this game.

Rick, why was Silas so disappointed with DBrown in Minnesota? Also, what have the team captains said about there sub-par performances?

Posted by: altheus | Jan 22, 2011 1:16:39 PM

Hendo played a good game and I'm happy for him. I understand Wallace's reluctance to play the 4 but isn't it best if he at least made it seem he was willing to, forbid, be called a 4? He's just striking me as a prima donna this year. For various reasons. That limelight went to his head for sure. Yes, if Kobe or Dirk or name an MVP had that attitude I'd say the same thing. Just be humble.

Posted by: altheus | Jan 22, 2011 1:24:38 PM

This team has lot's of work to do every game is an adventure, that element of surprise is the best thing we have going for us right now it's hard for teams to game plan against us. Our guy's have to be prepared to play and our coaches need to constantly have a good game plan. let's keep developing our young players, go bobcats I will be at the cable box doing my part cheering us on!

Posted by: easye | Jan 22, 2011 2:02:16 PM

It has got to be depressing for Derrick B to be sitting or street dressing for game after game. Give him some minutes, now that TT is out...he could hardly be worse than Gerald.

Posted by: eduardo | Jan 22, 2011 2:55:58 PM

Or send him to the DLeague though I think the best answer is just to give him some real time minutes.

Posted by: altheus | Jan 22, 2011 3:06:26 PM

wow that injury will hurt tyrus who leans his jumping ability to block shots and create plays....

Posted by: Scott | Jan 22, 2011 4:37:36 PM

Collins just arrived at the arena with the Hawks, so clearly he wasn't suspended.

Posted by: Rick Bonnell | Jan 22, 2011 5:07:42 PM

didnt they suspend thomas just hours before that game bonnell? isnt there still time for the nba to show a little consistency?

Posted by: thevoice | Jan 22, 2011 5:41:30 PM

Voice,
Yes, but they're obviously not going to. The league is obligated to make a decision before the player's next game. If they were going to suspend Collins, they would have done so in time for him never to come to the arena.

Posted by: Rick Bonnell | Jan 22, 2011 6:09:20 PM

Thomas lined up the elbow, it was not an accident you can see him target Emeka on the replay looking right at him.

I'm not defending anything else and I liked seeing Okafor take a good thump actually, but let's not be too bias.

Posted by: Sportsdon | Jan 22, 2011 10:47:52 PM

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