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ENEMY LINES an opposing team's scout sizes up the Hawks
Chris Ballard
October 28, 2002
"They're going to make a run at the playoffs, even though the backcourt is thin and highly questionable. They want Jason Terry to play the point, but it's complicated: They need his scoring, because they're pretty weak at shooting guard, but how is he going to fit himself into the offense while he's trying to organize the front line?...
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October 28, 2002

Enemy Lines An Opposing Team's Scout Sizes Up The Hawks

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"They're going to make a run at the playoffs, even though the backcourt is thin and highly questionable. They want Jason Terry to play the point, but it's complicated: They need his scoring, because they're pretty weak at shooting guard, but how is he going to fit himself into the offense while he's trying to organize the front line?...

I doubt whether Dan Dickau is going to give them anything at the point as a rookie. He's not quick enough to beat defenders with his dribble, and in preseason he was late with his passes. He's going to have to prove he's a deadly three-point shooter if he wants to make it....

The strength of the team is going to be the front line, where they have three guys with All-Star experience and an excellent backup in Nazr Mohammed. Shareef Abdur-Rahim has averaged 21 points and eight rebounds over his career, but it's easier to do that on a losing team. If the opponents know they're going to beat you, they won't worry about letting you get your numbers. Abdur-Rahim seems to play hard all the time, but now he has to show that he can do the things that win games. Theo Ratliff looks like he's back to where he was a couple of years ago before all of his injuries-fresh legs, active on the boards, and he's got his quick little post-up game back on track. His shot blocking will allow their other guys to play more aggressively on defense, though I doubt they'll become a good defensive team. And Glenn Robinson has averaged at least 20 points in seven of his eight seasons....

Still, I think the Bucks may have dealt Robinson at just the right time. He was beginning to show decline the last couple of years, and his attitude seemed to be getting worse. He also made some big baskets for them. So who's going to take those shots for Atlanta—Robinson or Abdur-Rahim? That's something they'll have to work out."

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