The Atlanta Hawks are hoping Mike Bibby can lead them to the playoffs for the first time in nearly a decade, but so far, he hasn't been able to give them much of a boost in the standings.
Bibby will make his home debut with the Hawks on Wednesday night as they host his former team, the Sacramento Kings.
The Hawks (22-32) acquired Bibby in a Feb. 16 trade with the Kings, and he has averaged 11.8 points and 5.4 assists in five games with his new team. Bibby averaged 13.5 points and 5.0 assists in 15 games with Sacramento after missing the first 36 while recovering from left thumb surgery.
Bibby joined the Kings before the 2001-02 season in a trade from Vancouver, and helped lead them to the Western Conference finals. The Hawks were hoping for similar results as they seek their first postseason appearance since 1999, but are just 1-4 with Bibby in the lineup.
The Hawks have dropped eight of their last nine overall and are in ninth place in the Eastern Conference, 1 1/2 games out of a playoff spot.
Bibby will be playing in his second game against his former team as the Hawks return home from a six-game road trip. Last Wednesday in his second game with Atlanta, Bibby was 4-of-5 from beyond the arc and had 17 points and three assists in a 119-107 loss in Sacramento.
"It was good to see him and good to see him play well," said Sacramento's Ron Artest, who scored a game-high 29 points. "He shot like the Mike I know. They are lucky to have him."
The loss was Atlanta's 12th in 14 games against the Kings (26-30), dating to the 2000-01 season. Both of the Hawks' wins, though, have come at home.
Bibby was just 1-of-11 and managed only two points in Monday's 89-74 loss in San Antonio. Joe Johnson scored 17 points and rookie Al Horford added 12 points and 13 rebounds for the Hawks, who held the Spurs to a franchise-low five first-quarter points and blew a seven-point halftime lead.
"I felt that our intensity went down as the second half started," Horford said. "We had a lot of opportunities but unfortunately we couldn't take care of the ball. And that's something where if we want any hope or anything we have to clean those things up."
Rookie guard Acie Law missed his third straight game with a sprained right wrist.
The Kings will be trying to bounce back after their second straight loss, 107-86 to Miami on Tuesday. Rookie Spencer Hawes scored 16 points, while Artest and Kevin Martin each added 14 against the Heat, who ended an 11-game losing streak.
Sacramento shot just 10 percent (2-of-20) and was outscored 31-11 in the third quarter.
"That probably is about the worst we've played all year," Kings coach Reggie Theus said. "The guys were not focused on what they were trying to do. I just thought it was a bad effort on our part."
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