Cavalier Attitude

We’ve talked off and on all season about swagger. The Hawks have talked often enough about it themselves. Tomorrow, they face a team that has more reason (on paper or plaque at least) to walk around with swagger than arguably any team in the league.

The Cleveland Cavaliers. Oh yeah. A team that boasts not only the 2009 Coach of they Year, but also the 2009 MVP. They have the league’s best regular season record. Oh, and they also have the league’s best defense, with a + 8.92 differential between what they average on offense vs. what they allow the opposition to average.

Wow. Is is just me, or does that sound like a more daunting matchup than the one we had last year, in which we faced off against the league’s best team? Deja Vu as it may seem, there is a difference between this year and last. Last year, the Hawks barely earned their way into the playoffs, which is rewarded with an automatic pairing up with the top team in the conference. This year, the Hawks have earned THE RIGHT to face the top team in the conference by winning their first round series. Heady stuff for Hawks fans and players alike, though veterans like Mike Bibby and Joe Johnson have been here before ( Flip Murray and Maurice Evans to a lesser extent).

The Hawks come in as a serious underdog. The Cavaliers come in as a favorite, no doubt with an NBA championship on their minds. Considering Cleveland’s record this year, and the fact that Mike Brown was Coach of they Year, you’d automatically think that the Cavs are going to be very focused on the task before them. You’d think that Brown will have them well-prepared. And you’d probably be right. But…the thing about swagger is that you can easily overdo it. Ask the Celtics, who swaggered right on into Phillips Arena last year, only to come come out cursing and licking their wounds, all the way back to Boston, where they managed to win the series.

Will the Cavs, very well-rested over the course of 8 or 9 days, swagger too hard? Or will they come out focused and hungry, anxious to return to the last dance in the East? Will they still be slightly intoxicated with a complete sweep of their first round opponents? Or will they have a full respect of the Hawks’ vaunted athleticism and penchant for making Phillps Arena the last place on earth you want to come to?

The pundits and “experts” have to be licking their chops, looking at this matchup on paper. After the Hawks took out TNT/ESPN media darling Wade and the Heat, they’ll be all over LeBron, as if they hadn’t seen him before. And while LeBron is a much more likeable personality than the one we recently discovered in Wade, the level of media disrespect to our team is only going to grow, rather than shrink. Funny, I could have sworn we just WON a playoff series.

All that aside, there are key matchups to explore. To outline just a few:

You can’t start anywhere with the Cavs without discussing LeBron first. He is more potent than Wade, hands down. Where Wade had speed and skill, LeBron adds sheer strength and power. He can’t truly be guarded one-on-one. And yet, if we have a fully healthy Marvin Williams, we have a good chance of “containing” him. At 6′9″ 245, with a 7′3″ wingspan and good lateral speed, Marvin can’t stop LeBron, but he sure can bother him. And bothering is often the difference between 25-30 points…and 40+. On the offensive end, Marvin can be a tough matchup if he’s involved in the action early and often. Believe me, Miami was glad to see very little of him.

Horford vs. Ilgauskas. Big Z is crafty, tall, and has long arms. He possesses a smooth jumper out to 17 or 18 feet, a decent hook shot, and barely has to jump to get rebounds. It won’t be easy to deal with him, but if the Hawks can use Horford’s quickness to do it, he can be nullified some. Fact is, big Z can’t keep up with Horford across the length of the court, and if he can be drawn out from the paint, Horford is quick enough to drive past him. The biggest thing will be keeping Z from getting a high number of rebounds. He always manages to capitalize on them by executing quick put-backs on offense, and effective outlet passes on defense.

Mo Williams vs. whoever draws the assignment of guarding him. Common sense says it won’t be Bibby most of the time. Williams is too quick and has a knack for creating his own shot. He can get into the lane, hit the midrange jumper, and even nail the 3. Joe Johnson can stop him easily, but we can’t afford to have him chasing Mo all day. Bibby will have to shoulder some of the load, but a lot will fall on Flip Murray as well. And while it won’t be like guarding Wade, it will nonetheless be a challenge. Here is a spot that a healthy Acie would be great to have (on either end of the floor). However, between back issues and a severe lack of playing time when he WAS healthy, there are questions as to how effective he could be. Look for Mario West to maybe get a few minutes here as well.

Finally, there is the Flopzilla versus the Stormin’ Georgian. The former (for those who can’t figure it out) is none other than Anderson Varejao. The latter is our own belove Zaza Pachulia. If you think this isn’t a matcup, you’re crazy. Both guys give their teams a major boost off the bench, and they do it in both similar and dissimilar ways. Neither has especially favorable matchups against the respective opposing teams, but both will be sorely needed. The play of one or the other can seriously affect the overall play of their teams. Need an example? Pachulia provides a taller, heavier body against the likes of Big Z. And Varejao provides a quicker, more mobile option against Al Horford. Both guys will fight like mad for rebounds and try to make defensive plays.  Varejao will try to draw fouls on guys like Horford and Smith, while Pachulia will present a bigger offensive threat to the Cavs than his counterpart will to the Hawks.

Then there’s Josh Smith. Due to his inconsistent play, he’s about as much of an X-factor as there is for the Hawks. If the Hawks involve him early on, in ways that give him the most chance at success…and if he stays within such a gameplan and committs to rebounding and defending with ferocity…he’ll terrorize the Cavs. If he doesn’t, then the scope of Atlanta’s offense and defense is automatically weakened.

Lastly, there is Bibby and Joe Johnson vs. Mike Brown’s defense. Simply put, if the Hawks don’t find ways to free these guys up, the whole thing is a moot point. Joe can create for himself, but will struggle against sagging double and triple teams. Giving Bibby open looks is one way to keep the defense honest. The Hawks have to be ready for a defense that will not only try harder, but be more effective than the one the Miami Heat used to limit Johnson in 5 out of 7 games.

Do you think there are other key matchups in this series that bear watching? Can the Hawks do more than just provide the Cavs a tuneup for the next round? Sound off!

112 comments Add your comment

calico

May 5th, 2009
3:03 am

I think the Hawks can win but they have to be really determined and locked in, they have to steal home court to have a shot. i think we match up pretty well with the Cavs but you never know which Hawks team will show up but i say work the post until the floor starts to open up.
Nobody is giving us a chance so all the pressure is on Cleveland so make them uncomfortable by beating them on there home court. Lets Go Hawks!!!!!

niremetal

May 5th, 2009
3:43 am

No predictions here. I’ve learned my lesson.

But the last few lines of one of my favorite poems are perfectly apt for the Hawks now if they think they can afford to “savor the moment” of winning against Miami:
The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

cavsfan

May 5th, 2009
6:49 am

calico…..you stated the obvious difference in these two teams. The Hawks are really…really good, when they decide to be. The Cavs are really…really good, because LeBron demands it each and every game. LeBron does not take his team mates to task per M.J. but through his own actions. His team mates never want to let him down.

doc

May 5th, 2009
7:44 am

was there any mention of a coaching match up in there or is it a given one out shines the other? in the playoffs to keep it close it is often about the coaches even when out manned.

KevinA

May 5th, 2009
8:49 am

Speaking of the Woody coaching style suggests a very tight control and demanding the players respect the role he lays out for them. What is more revealing to me is the fact that Bibby is a veteran pg and still does not have the free reign to change the play to match up with the situation on the floor. Woody still demands his imprint.

I could be wrong but the reason JJ, Bibby and Flip buy into this system is they know they will get their shots, they have earned their version of court freedom. Woody seems to be a back court first offense. Our slow growth philosophy comes from the old school where you have to prove it to me first. Al is a team guy, Marvin the best, ZaZa gets the scraps and playing time he can get. Acie, Mario, Solo and the rest are just looking for a job next year.

So who is the huckleberry, the tough nut to crack. – we all know it is the famous or infamous Josh Smith.

Woody and Josh are tied into a volcanic struggle witch will just have to blow off from time to time. He is the wild card – a wild card that Woody can’t bench. Josh cares as much as anybody on the team and has determined that speaking his mind is important to the team. In Woody’s world this is a problem that breaks down the relationship between players and coaches.

Some head coaches believe that ultimate control is necessary. Some (players coach) give more freedom. I am not exactly sure where Woody fits in. I believe this is still a work in progress.

With every 20 pt game along with a couple of blocked shots and a couple of steals Josh knows he does not have to put up with what Bibby does. After 5 years of working, Josh feels he deserves respect from Woody. Josh feels he has the freedom to gripe, shout, whatever. Like a kid he is not afraid to push the envelope of defiance.

Here is the rub, Woody has given Josh the respect he deserves on the floor by not taking him out after dumb plays. Woody doesn’t do ego. Josh needs ego boosts. Over time Josh is learning the does and don’t’s by hanging with players like Flip and Evans. We could throw in Marvin and Al. I know Josh, I have met Josh many times in life. He doesn’t understand the implied rules and is determined to be a free spirit.

I could be wrong but in my view he has the makings to be the true leader of the team. At the moment he will have to be satisfied with being a Hawks superstar.
He will still defer to veteran leaders for a time. When he becomes the star of the team I think he will mature.

What is funny about maturity is when he finally has so much power to rule his own destiny, he will defer to the team and the coach and lay the law down for the new rookies.

Astro Joe

May 5th, 2009
9:21 am

KevinA, interesting and I could see that scenario playing itself out. Josh maturing only when he has the load of team leader on his shoulders. But I can’t envision a GM planning to make that happen. It could happen if Bibby isn’t resigned and Joe walks the following season. But I don’t see Sund looking at his current demeanor, attitude and personality and saying “okay, time to give the team to Josh”.

40-foot free-throws

May 5th, 2009
9:32 am

No one sees us challenging the Cavs, but the Hawks will steal Game 1.

And they’d better keep John Barry far away from a TV camera when that happens (sucker).

BC

May 5th, 2009
9:48 am

“level of media disrespect to our team is only going to grow, rather than shrink. Funny, I could have sworn we just WON a playoff series.”

Oh please. Any level of disrespect from the media was surely earned in that first series. The Hawks went up against what was basically a one man team and it took them 7 games to finish him off. The Heat with its rookie coach, its rookie point guard, its rookie 6th man and assortment of NBA journeymen should have been a far easier matchup for any serious NBA playoff team. The 7 blow out games point to a team that is either wildly inconsistent or, even worse, a team that has no heart.

The Atlanta media and fans are embarrassing themselves with all their whining and complaining. They should go into this series acknowledging that they have very little chance of even making it to game 6 much less any pretense of being able to win it. Cleveland is not Miami. The Cavs actually have some quality players surrounding their superstar and their superstar is better than the one they just had so much trouble finishing off in 7 games.

But, by all means continue to cry about the lack of respect given to your mediocre team. Atlanta is quickly becoming known as Dallas East for the amount of complaining they do about the officiating and their treatment by the media.

K-Town Dawg

May 5th, 2009
10:32 am

BC,
sounds like your the crybaby!

Anyway,
Josh Smith is the X-factor, he determines the tone of a game. In the games I’ve seen when Josh is composed and making good decisions the Hawks roll (no more 3-point shots from the corner or any where else!). He also provides an emotional boost to the Hawks when he plays well. If he can continue to take the ball to the rim, draw the foul, and make the free throws the Hawks can win game 1.

Astro Joe

May 5th, 2009
10:37 am

K-Town, Smith AND Horford in this series (IMO). We MUST have tremdendous production from our starting bigs (on offense and defense) to be competitive, especially on the road.

czervik

May 5th, 2009
10:51 am

If we can do this…. or if we can do that…. and we get this guy going… or that guy doesn’t take off the series.

It sounds like the Hawks need to play the perfect series and get production of EVERYBODY to have just a shot at beating the Cavs.

Your predictions of a Hawks series win, or even taking the Cavs to 6 games, sound a lot like prayers.

Maybe Swine Flu will sicken the Cavs starters. Then the Hawks could take the Cavs to a Game 7…maybe.

Melvin

May 5th, 2009
10:55 am

Nice blog Ray.
Here we go again. Facing another NBA Poster Child. Unlike DWade, Lebron has a great supporting cast. However, I think defending those two superstars require different tactics. DWade has a score first mentality. Lebron is a natural playmaker. He looks to get his teammates involved first then defer to his offense 2nd or out of need. I think our best chance of beating the Cavs is to force Leborn to be a scorer. If we can get him to shoot 25-30 shots a game that will limit his playmaking abilities and neutralize his teammates. When Lebron is on top of his game, he’s scoring, rebounding and getting assists. Unlike DWade, Lebron is not a great shooter so we need to limit his shots in the lane. Also, he’s a better slasher than DWade so we need to keep a body on him off the ball b/c they like to run alley oops plays for him. Again the more Lebron look for his shots, the better chance we have to beating the Cavs…. These are just my thoughts….

Rod from College Park

May 5th, 2009
11:09 am

Coaching is the key to this series. We must push the tempo and make Ilgauskas move his feet, and defend on the perimeter. BIG RAY, Verajao starts for them, he does not come off the bench. The matchups are Bibby and Mo Williams (advantage Mo), Joe and West (Advantage Joe), Lebron and Nobody (Big advantage Lebron), Josh and Verajao (Advantage Josh), and Horford and Ilguaskas (Advantage Ilgauskas in a half court game, Horford if we run). Bench, Atlanta – Mo or Marvin, Flip, Zaza,West, maybe AC. Cleveland – Gibson, Szerbiak, Hickson, Smith, I think Ben Wallace is out. (Advantage Hawks). I feel like the key matchup for this series is Horford vs. Ilgauskas. If Horford wins that matchup, with help from the coach by pushing the tempo, we can win this series. HAWKS IN 6.

LBJ23

May 5th, 2009
11:28 am

cant stop me guys! i’ll send you home fishin….

czervik

May 5th, 2009
11:29 am

Rod from College Park: “Bench, Atlanta – Mo or Marvin, Flip, Zaza,West, maybe AC. Cleveland – Gibson, Szerbiak, Hickson, Smith, I think Ben Wallace is out. (Advantage Hawks).”
Are you serious?

“Coaching is the key to this series.”
ROFL! Mike Brown is not going to be taking on Woody.

“HAWKS IN 6″
I’m coughing up a lung! This is much better than Leno.

It looks like the advantages are swaying in the Hawks favor. Might as well give up that dream of having my Cavs in the Finals. Woe is me.

Astro Joe

May 5th, 2009
11:52 am

czrvik, you should recognize where the Hawks are currently if you’re a Cavs fan. Remember the Mark Price, Brad Daugherty teams? Or maybe the early LeBron teams that couldn’t get over the hump? Instead of talking ish over here, why not act like you’ve been to a Finals before or you understand the process of going from a team that sucks (as the Cavs have most of their existence) to a team that is a legit contender. Or maybe you’re just a 12 year-old who’s cutting class in Shaker Heights.

Ariose

May 5th, 2009
12:10 pm

Solo is going to get tons of burn…..trust me. He’s more moble and Longer than Zaza and with the oressure that LBJ will put on our frontcourt, expect to see a lot Of Solo. I think it’s a good thing though. I beleive if he was given the chances and oppourtunity that Smith, Zaza, and Al are awarded he would potentially be a better overall shot-blocker and force in the paint than Smoove.

Rod from College Park

May 5th, 2009
12:31 pm

Czervik,

Please tell me where I am wrong. There is not a player on your bench comparable to Flip. Mo Evans or Marvin (depending on who starts) are just as good as Wally. Zaza and Joe Smith are about a wash. What’s so hard for you to believe? If you actually watched the Hawks this year, you would understand what I mean by coaching is the key to the series. I agree with you, give up your finals dream. If you do happen to get by Atlanta, you will not beat Orlando. Sorry.

Phil

May 5th, 2009
1:43 pm

Rod, your Hawks are going at 40-1 right now. If you really think they’ll take it in 6 I’d like to hear you say you’ve put ten dollars down on them to win. You’ll get 400 back when your sure bet pays off, but somehow I doubt you are as sure as you claim to be. Nobody’s throwing their money at the Hawks, and its because their situation is hopeless.
If you want to compare the teams benches you should look at the records. Wally, Joe Smith, Gibson, Wallace have all played hug roles in getting the cavs to 66 wins. Lebron has played the lowest number of minutes of his career, and it’s still the best team he’s been on. You can point to stats (or just make claims based on who you like better) but the Cavs have the wins to back up their team. 39-2 at home and you’ve got the Hawks beating them at least 2 out of 4 times at the Q? Is this a joke?

K-Town Dawg

May 5th, 2009
1:50 pm

Phil,
I guess we should just go ahead and give you and the Cavs the championship trophy, huh!?!

If memory serves me right, didn’t the Lakers and Celtics both just lose at home?

That is why they play the game!

K-Town Dawg

May 5th, 2009
1:51 pm

And I would hardly call the Hawks situation hopeless.

The Hawks are one of the best young up and coming teams in the NBA

K-Town Dawg

May 5th, 2009
1:53 pm

And I would hardly call the Hawks situation “hopeless”

They are one of the best young up and coming teams in the NBA

Phil

May 5th, 2009
1:56 pm

I’m content to wait until they win it themselves for the Cavs to get their trophy. Don’t compare the Lakers-Rockets and Celtics-Magic series please, it’s ridiculous. First of all, Lakers and Celtics have not been so utterly dominant at home as the Cavs. Secondly, the Magic and Rockets do NOT suck, whereas the Hawks do. I’m happy to let them play the game… all four of them that it will take for this series to be over.

JR

May 5th, 2009
1:56 pm

Even a Hawks fan like me has to congratulate the Cavaliers for a great season, and Lebron James for being a gentleman as well as the best player in the NBA. What a refreshing difference from the snearing,egotisical, almost-felon Kobe Bryant. If a miracle happens and the Hawks win the series, it will be fantastic. If as expected, Cleveland wins, I hope they become the Champions.

Phil

May 5th, 2009
1:59 pm

K-Town, don’t compare the Celtics-Magic and Lakers Rockets series’ to this one. First of, neither Boston nor LA have been as utterly dominant at home as the Cavs. Secondly, the Rocket and Magic are actual contenders, not simply fodder to fill up the playoff brackets. I’m happy to let them play the game…. all four that it will take to finish off this series.

RickNole

May 5th, 2009
2:02 pm

Hawks in 6. Bank on it Cavs fans.

sh!ts and giggles

May 5th, 2009
2:05 pm

This is going to be one HELL of a series, no matter how homosexual Jon Barry is.

Poor guy, he doesn’t realize his opinion (and NBA career) are entirely irrlevant!!

Not a fan of that girly-boy Wilbon either, for that matter.

Jo Bling

May 5th, 2009
2:14 pm

Seems pretty clear there are several Cleveland fans posting here (or maybe one in disguise) who are rather easily dismissing a Hawks team they seem to know very little about – especially czervik who seems to think Cleveland’s bench is stronger than Atlanta’s. Hmmm. Well, we’ll just see about that.

I don’t know if the Hawks can win this series (it’s awfully hard to win a seven-game playoff series in the NBA when you don’t have home court advantage), but I have a real sense that a lot of people are going to be very surprised by this Hawks team.

Melvin

May 5th, 2009
2:18 pm

Phil, your Cavs haven’t it won the Championship yet/ever. So stop talking like yall have experience of being the NBA Champs. No one is just going to hand you all the trophy. You gotta earn it and it continues tonight against the Hawks. You need 16 wins before you are awarded the trophy not 4. Get your other 12 and then talk your trash….

woodywoodpecker

May 5th, 2009
2:30 pm

keep it cool guys! but i think hawks really have a slim chance to win this one. the key here is to steal a game in cleveland. it’ll surely boost the confidence of the team and JJ really needs to bring out all he’s got. and even if the hawks past cavs, im sure they’ll be so worn out to face magic or celtics and even teams out west like LA, houston, etc… but still hoping for the best for the HAWKS!

Phil

May 5th, 2009
2:30 pm

Haha you Hawks fans are funny, you think because I’m so sure the Hawks will not be a challenge for Cleveland that I think the rest of the league won’t be either. I don’t. The difference is: the Hawks suck compared to Boston, Orlando, LA, and even Denver. The Cavs won’t waltz to a championship, Cleveland teams never do, I know that. All I’m saying is that this year, Atlanta is far from being the team that will trip them up. Atlanta’s more of a practice squad for the Cavs to play until the real teams come forward. You can get as mad as you want, but after a week, you might understand how a Clevelander can be so confident against the Hawks this year.

Rod from College Park

May 5th, 2009
2:36 pm

Phil,

I put a little bit more that $10 dollars down. $10 dollars would be like me not betting. I don’t live in Cleveland, I live in Atlanta. Economy is a little better here. I don’t eexpect us to win 2 out of 4 at the Q. That is why I say 6. We will win 1 out of 3 and sweep at home. Check your addition. No its not a joke. It’s an opinion. Please tell me you actually live in Cleveland, because I refuse to argue with Lebron bandwagon riders. I used to live there, so trust me, I know how terrible it is.

markanthony

May 5th, 2009
2:43 pm

i have this feeling that hawks will win tonight. i made a bet w/ a friend that we will cook my beloved dog (shitzu) if the hawks lose and i’ll be eating it. that’s how strong my faith is for the hawks.

Melvin

May 5th, 2009
2:59 pm

Phil, we ran hecklers from other teams off our site before so you want be the first nor the last. However, since you are feeling so confident about your team then I can only respond in the great words of Dennis Green “If want to crown Cleveland then go ahead and crown the azz”. We as Hawks fans prefer you to back your talk up on the court…..
WE READY, WE READY…..

markanthony

May 5th, 2009
3:02 pm

im eating my dog alive if hawks lose!

Phil

May 5th, 2009
3:03 pm

hahah for all those Hawks fans predicting Atlanta in six, we’ll see whose talk is backed up on the court. adios amigos.

mary walter

May 5th, 2009
3:07 pm

hawks are a good team. but good is for losers

Melvin

May 5th, 2009
3:09 pm

Mary, you Cleveland fans should know all about losing or being the 1st loser (2007 runner ups)…

mary walter

May 5th, 2009
3:20 pm

go cavs! beat them in 4! in their own arena all in blowout games

mary walter

May 5th, 2009
3:41 pm

melvin, that was in the past. we’ve left that behind and now this new cavs team w/ Mo Will, Joe S, big Ben, etc. and still LBJ but the MVP now, they’ll surely brutally knock you out like what pacquiao did to hatton.

Melvin

May 5th, 2009
4:46 pm

Mary, yall words dont intimidate us. your regular season record and awards don’t impress us. yall still have to beat us on the court. may the best team win…

Chip

May 5th, 2009
5:12 pm

I love both the Cavs and the Hawks, both are my top 2 favorite basketball teams. However, while Atlanta is also my home team, I’m pulling for the Cavs, simply because I am hungry for a LeBron/Kobe matchup, and I just want it for the whole Cavs team. However, if the Cavs go all the way this year, I’ll pull for the Hawks at the start of next season (even if they don’t, I might). I’m not a bandwagoner or anything, I’m just a fan of both teams. Joe Johnson is my 2nd favorite player after LeBron.

Melvin

May 5th, 2009
5:25 pm

Chip, how can one possibly have two favorite teams. Unless they play(ed) or have a relative/close friend that play for another team then I can understand. Other wise, you may be a bandwagoner…heh,heh

Rod from College Park

May 5th, 2009
5:59 pm

Agreed Melvin. I resided in both cities growing up, but am a Hawks fan. Screw Lebron!!!!!

MannyT

May 5th, 2009
6:02 pm

Can I take this thing in small pieces.

Goal 1 – Still be in the game at the end of the first quarter.
Goal 2 – Still be in the game at halftime
Goal 3 – Come out strong in the 3rd quarter.
Goal 4 – Be close enough to strike at the start of the 4th quarter
Goal 5 – Steal the freakin game because we were still in it.

How does it happen.

1. Marvin is disruptive to Lebron. He does not have to outplay him, just make him work on both ends of the court for whatever he gets.

2. Hide Bibby in the passing lanes. That’s where he plays his best defense–with his hands, not feet.

3. Get a solid offensive performance from Josh. Enough to make the Cavs worry about the lane.

4. None of those guys can guard Joe. He needs to put on his Now You Know face and constantly apply pressure WHILE also sharing the ball. He doesn’t have to score all the points, but he does need to get some easy points for others while getting his points.

5. Woody needs a wrinkle. I don’t care what it is, but something to make the Cavs think for a minute instead of using old tapes.

Let’s give those national media clowns something to laugh about.

BWAF

MannyT

May 5th, 2009
6:05 pm

I see what Chip means. If you enjoyed your time in both cities, maybe he can be happy regardless of the winner.

When Magic was with the Lakers, I always rooted for the Lakers, but I also enjoyed rooting for the Sixers with Dr. J. You cannot attend many Laker games if you live in the east.

Wabe

May 5th, 2009
6:06 pm

Im sure Cleveland wasnt too busy not to have checked out two road teams winning yesterday..

They’ll show urgency. Will the Hawks?

A good start is key. Set the tempo. BALL MOVEMENT!

Cleveland wont lay down at home – we all know how solid they are at home – if the Hawks want a realistic shot of winning this series..they must steal one in Clevland. Coming in here tonite and seeing how the Hawks play this game tonite will show what the Hawks will be capable of doing in this series.

Will they play like their hungry? Or are they satisfied?

LETS GO HAWKS!!!!!

atlrayzd

May 5th, 2009
6:59 pm

Joe must be an impact from tip off. If and when he gets doubled teamed he must find the open man, be decisive when there is no double team, get to the free throw line. Leave that passive agressive in the locker room and set performance bar for his team. Doesn’t have to try to be better than Lebron just needs to be the best Joe Johnson and if that happens it will be a competitive series and his hawks teamates will fall in line.

cavsfan

May 5th, 2009
7:09 pm

IF….and it’s a BIG IF …the Hawks are going to steal a game it had better be tonight. If the cavs win in a blowout…this series is over!!

MannyT

May 5th, 2009
7:41 pm

Cavsfan, Boston had to blow us out 4 times last season to win that series. Miami even blew us out 3 times during these playoffs. If you think a blowout is going to take our resolve, you must mistakenly take your cavalier attitude from that team you support.

We are like the weebles from hell. We wobble and keep coming back.

You want an easy series, ask Detroit for a rematch.

LET’S GO HAWKS!