Nets shredded, Celtics next

Nothing like a blowout in our favor to stave off the drama for a few seconds, eh?

Be honest. You know it was against the worst team in the league, but you’re still glad it was a blowout. Because anything less would be an indicator that the recent problems plaguing the Hawks had not gotten any better, and may have gotten worse. So a moment’s reprieve, and another win. Would it have felt better if it was a road win, rather than a home win? Maybe, maybe not. It wouldn’t have mattered to the New Jersey Nets, who are losing no matter where they play. But it might matter to the Hawks. Or, maybe they are just glad to get back to playing the way they should and winning. Of course, the true test of mettle awaits, and it comes in the form of the Boston Celtics. But more on that later. For now, let’s indulge in a diversion of sorts.

We’ve discussed (and will continue to do so) all the things that we see happening in games, and like the collection of broken records that we are, we keep posting them. Sometimes we manage an artful “theme and variations”, but in the end it can get repetitive. Of course, such is our nature as fans.

Fellow Hawks fan Astro Joe offers another take on things and writes the following:

How about a “why do you think?” blog?  Instead of asking folk to judge or criticize, challenge them to think of why?
 Why does Woody run the iso play in close/late games? Why does Josh whine to the refs? Why does Joe turn into a ball-hog at certain points in the game? I don’t know, maybe that’s just a silly game that I like to play… not always judging but trying to gain an understanding from the perspective of that player/coach. Of course, it starts with a base assumption… that no one intentionally wants to fail. 
Very insightful, I think. It IS so much easier to judge and criticize. Every fan is a critic if he/she has an opinion at all.  Attempting to gain understanding from a different perspective, now that’s a change of pace, and not a silly one. So let’s look at the three questions above. I’ll start off by giving some of my own guesses, but don’t be shy….add yours.
 
Why DOES Woody run ISO plays late in the game? 
A coach is going to do what he is most comfortable with. If he is most comfortable with putting the ball in the hands of his most potent offensive players, that is what he’s going to do. It doesn’t matter if it works all the time, it has to be something the coach thinks has the best chance of being successful. Perhaps Woody feels that sharing the ball and running different plays is all well and fine for the bulk of the game, but if the chips are down…he wants the ball in the hands of the guy or guys he is most comfortable doing that with. Not all teams have more than one guy who is equally as dangerous as another. For instance, the Spurs have Duncan, Ginobilli, and Parker. Any one of the three spells trouble for the opposition. Do the Hawks have a trio of assassins? Mike Woodson may not think so. He’ll want the ball in Joe Johnson’s hands. Failing that, maybe it will go into Crawford’s hands, or maybe Bibby’s. But nine times out of ten, it will be Joe.
 
Why does Josh whine to the refs?
This one isn’t going to be easy. Or maybe it is. Personally, I don’t know what Josh is thinking, but I do know that he has to stop thinking it sometime soon. If not, it’s going to be a fairly long rest of the season. Josh Smith has worked on his game, and he has improved. On top of that, he has matured and learned to make better decisions with the ball. Does Josh feel that he’s good enough to be entitled to some calls? It’s possible that he sees how the officials tend to treat Joe Johnson, and doesn’t want the same thing happening to him. I don’t think Josh realizes how he sounds or how he looks to the refs. He wants respect, but he doesn’t know how to get it from the officials. And it seems that nobody is lending a hand in this matter, though on occasion his teammates have realized that when he lets fouls and foul calls take him out of his game, the team suffers from it. On top of all of that, aggression is Josh’s game. Emotion is Josh’s game. Both have to be channeled in such a way as to benefit the individual and the team as a whole. Perhaps this is just another step in the maturity and growth of Josh Smith. He has improved on fundamentals and decisions. But he also has to learn other nuances of the game, such as player-to-referee “politicking.”
 
Why does Joe turn into a ball-hog at certain points in the game?
This can be a controversial subject. You have to ask yourself, is Joe really a ball hog? Is it ball-hogging when he takes the most shots in a game, or throughout a period of the game? Maybe that’s part of the normal game plan. As versatile as this team is, Joe Johnson is still the leading scorer and the best player on the team. Right? Heh heh heh. There will be some argument as to that particular statement alone….some will say that Joe is no longer the best player on the team. Others will say he is no longer the best player “head and shoulders above the rest.” But back to the original question: why does he do it? Again, this is very likely a staple of the normal routine. Give the ball to your leading/best scorer. What’s abnormal about that? The ensuing question is probably this: WHEN should Joe dominate the ball during a game? And this goes back to the first question. A coach is going to implement what he feels most comfortable with. Joe “hogging” the ball may be that comfort zone. Is it the best formula for success? Probably, if you have the right caliber of player, and use this tactic at the right time. Does this apply to the Hawks? Hmmmmm.
On the other side of the coin, what about Joe? Maybe Joe dominates the ball because he feels most responsible for providing offense. After all, that’s one of the biggest reasons he was brought here. Maybe he feels that if the ball is in his hands, he can get done what needs to be done, whether it’s scoring or making the play. Knowing when to do it and when NOT to do it is no cake walk. Look how long it took Kobe to figure it out. Lebron James still may not have the concept down pat.
Now it’s your turn. Why do YOU think those things happen? Don’t be shy. Blast away!
 
HAWKS VS CELTICS
 
Boston just survived an overtime thriller against the Heat in Miami, and will be flying in to meet the Hawks in the Highlight Factory. After that is another flight to Toronto, where they’ll face the Raptors, before flying back home and playing the Hawks again. No doubt the Celtics plan on making this a 3-0 road trip, but the Hawks will have other plans.
Fresh off a demoralizing loss to the Heat in Miami, the Hawks mopped the floor with the New Jersey Nets and got back to doing mostly what tends to work best for them: playing defense, outrebounding the other team, and running the break when the opportunity presents itself. The starters got to sit down for a good chunk of the second half (mostly the 4th quarter) and the bench got some burn. Now both teams take Thursday to prepare for each other.
 
In the last game…
The Hawks beat Boston for the first time since game 6 of the first round in the ‘07-’08 Eastern Conference playoffs. Even better, they did it in Boston. How did the Hawks manage this? Well, with Boston shooting a little bit better percentage, Atlanta had to gain advantage elsewhere. And they did just that by hammering the Celtics on the boards with a 47-29 advantage, including 16 offensive rebounds. The loss put the Celtics in a moment of doubt, where they lost games to Indiana and Orlando (sandwiched around a win against Golden State) before they embarked on an 11 game winning streak and rose back to the top of the Eastern Conference heap.
The Celtics will be looking for some payback. The best way to get revenge against a team who has beaten you on your own court? Beat them on theirs.
 
Keys to The Game
 
The Celtics are absolutely bent on being the best defensive team in the NBA. Few things demoralize a defense more than a three point play, but one of them is an offensive rebound. The Hawks will have to pound the Celtics on the boards as much as they can, and on the offensive end especially. Atlanta will want to limit fast break opportunities for Boston and get second chances when bad shots are taken offensive rebounds will do that. Defensively, it should be a titanic struggle. Both teams are/can be good at contesting shots, denying passing lanes, and creating loose ball situations. The Celtics are far more consistent where this is concerned so again….rebounding will be key.
Jamal Crawford is a weapon to be used against the best of teams. In the last contest, he came off the bench to score 18 points, which was just 6 points shy of what the entire Boston bench managed to muster. Crawford provides what he was brought here to provide: Joe Johnson level scoring, when Joe Johnson is not in the game….at a quicker pace and in less time, at that.
Rajon Rondo is the new Celtics Linchpin. Oh, Garnett is the heart of the defense and Paul Pierce is the team leader. But this year, Rondo seems more and more to be the one who puts the Celtics over the top when all else is equal. Don’t be fooled by his mere 13.2 points per game. Rondo can and will explode for 20+ points at any given time. More importantly, he’s shooting over 52% from the field. Oh, and he’s averaging just a hair under 10 assists per game, and 4 rebounds per game. This from a point guard?
 
The Flip Side
Okay, we all know that Josh and Al are big keys to this game. Who is the X-factor in this matchup, though? Who puts Atlanta over the top. Crawford? Or somebody else?
 
Hate is Good
 
In this case, it really is. No really, just hear me out: The Hawks hate to lose to the Celtics. And I think that’s why they play them so hard. I don’t know whether it was because THIS Hawks team cut their playoff teeth with the Celtics or if it was the fact that after taking them 7 games in the first round of the playoffs, nobody even remotely involved with the Celtics (except Doc Rivers) would give the Hawks the credit or respect for being anything remotely close to a rival. While Boston is clearly “Big Three” and Atlanta is still “best of the rest”, it seems that the Hawks come ready to do battle at the very mention of the Green Machine. Maybe if the Hawks hated to lose to other teams as much as they seem to hate losing to the Celtics, they’d win even more games. I don’t know. What do you think?

179 comments Add your comment

Big Ray

January 8th, 2010
4:57 pm

1) Who says Miller outplayed Blake? Did someone from the Blazers organization come out and say “Miller outplayed Blake in training camp. But we don’t want him to start. We want him to sit on the bench and be confused.”

2) Clearly, somebody figured that Blake fit better into the starting lineup. And I’ll venture a guess here. I’m guessing Miller came in thinking he had the starting gig in the bag, and training camp confirmed the decision he had made in his own mind. Better individually (statistically) doesn’t mean better for the starting lineup, or the team. Strange, the much bally-hooed Jamal Crawford never had that issue, and how many of you think Bibby is better than he is, individually? What does Jamal think?

3) What’s confusing about “You’re not guaranteed to start every night, we’re going to start you as needed?” I guess in the 37 games he’s played, the 21 games he has started in weren’t confusing, but the 16 he didn’t start in were utterly confusing. Uh-huh.

4) I’m having a hard time drawing parallels here between McMillan and Woodson. Woody has had his scrapes, but never has a player leaked that kind of mess to the press while playing for the Hawks . That’s right, not even the often hated-on Josh Smith, who has had the most public dust-ups with him. Not even Anthony Johnson, who actually left the facility one time (I believe THAT was during practice). Even the players who seemed to have issues weren’t even remotely as vocal about it (Childress, Stoudamire).

5) Andre Miller was unhappy about the arrangement from the get-go, right from the moment he was notified that guaranteed starting every single game was not going to happen. Lucky we didn’t sign him, eh?

Astro Joe

January 8th, 2010
5:05 pm

Yeah Ray… sounds like a player who is frustrated by a lack of playing time. A guy who feels that he flat out beat the incumbent for a starting nod but was sent to the bench anyway. And a guy who feels that he can do more for the team than he has been allowed to prove (not to mention a player with a proven track record over 8-10+ years). And a coach who decided that his personal history with the incumbent (Blake) means more than any recent performance differences.

That’s my interpretation. And I know that Nate is often listed as among the best coaches by some of the folk on this (and Ken’s) blog.

My opinion? Sometimes, a coach’s instincts are an integral part of a decision and a coach will ultimately win/lose by using his instincts to make a decision. But I think most every coach uses that in the equation (and so do most bosses/execs).

Astro Joe

January 8th, 2010
5:13 pm

If there were a report (from virtually any source regardless of credibility) that player B (who is a well-regarded crafty vet) had out-played the incumbent starter (another crafty vet) and Woody chose player A as the starter, I’m fairly sure that few would give Woody the benefit of “who said that player B outplayed player A).

I posted it mostly because I thought that some bloggers should see that ish happens between players and coaches on other teams. Even well-repsected coaches like Nate (and well-respected players like Miller) can have beef. And I fully expect that they will quickly squash the beef because they each want to win (more than they want to be right).

doc

January 8th, 2010
6:13 pm

ray, what took you so long arent you supposed to be monitoring this 24 hours a day to take thgings off that are obscene?

KevinA

January 8th, 2010
6:13 pm

My take on the Joe Johnson and Woody conundrum.

I would love to see JJ and Woody stay but am increasingly dismayed by the style of play that keeps the Hawks from realizing their full potential. Simple team concepts like pushing the ball to take advantage of our big’s speed is just one problem. Getting the first couple of passes early in the shot clock is another. Why Bibby and JJ like to walk the ball up the court with Woody’s blessing is unacceptable.

When we attack the rim with ball movement and unselfish play the Hawks can beat anyone. When we allow ISO and individual play to dominate we go stagnant on offense and defense.

Both Josh and Al are the corner stones of our future. They both pass well and play team ball. Why Woody and the guards do not utilize their skills more is puzzling.

We still have over half the season to prepare for the playoffs. I would like to think Woody and the guards can turn it around.

If not – somebody has to go.

shyt talker

January 8th, 2010
6:29 pm

Home NBA Stats More NBA Stats Points per Game Average Scoring Margin Fastbreak Points per Game Points in Paint per Game Average Biggest Lead Average Points Unanswered 1st Quarter Points per Game 2nd Quarter Points per Game 3rd Quarter Points per Game 4th Quarter Points per Game Overtime Points per Game Offensive Efficiency Points from 2 pointers Points from 3 pointers Shooting Efficiency Average 1st Quarter Margin Average 2nd Quarter Margin Average 3rd Quarter Margin Average 4th Quarter Margin Average Half Margin Average Margin Thru 3 Quarters Average Overtime Margin Field Goals Made per Game Field Goals Attempted per Game Three Pointers Made per Game Three Pointers Attempted per Game Free Throws Made per Game Free Throws Attempted per Game Effective Field Goal % Free Throw % Free Throw Rate Three Point % Three Point Rate FTA per FGA Two Point % Two Point Rate Shooting % Offensive Rebounds per Game Defensive Rebounds per Game Team Rebounds per Game Total Rebounds per Game Offensive Rebounding % Defensive Rebounding % Blocks per Game Steals per Game Block % Steal % Assists per Game Turnovers per Game Turnover % Assists per FGM Assist / Turnover Ratio Personal Fouls per Game Technical Fouls per Game Personal Foul % Opponent Points per Game Opponent Average Scoring Margin Opponent Fastbreak Points per Game Opponent Points in Paint per Game Opponent Average Biggest Lead Opponent Average Points Unanswered Opponent 1st Quarter Points per Game Opponent 2nd Quarter Points per Game Opponent 3rd Quarter Points per Game Opponent 4th Quarter Points per Game Opponent Overtime Points per Game Defensive Efficiency Opponent Points from 2 pointers Opponent Points from 3 pointers Opponent Shooting Efficiency Opp Average 1st Quarter Margin Opp Average 2nd Quarter Margin Opp Average 3rd Quarter Margin Opp Average 4th Quarter Margin Opp Average Half Margin Opp Average Margin Thru 3 Quarters Opp Average Overtime Margin Opponent Field Goals Made per Game Opponent Field Goals Attempted per Game Opponent Three Pointers Made per Game Opponent Three Pointers Attempted per Game Opponent Free Throws Made per Game Opponent Free Throws Attempted per Game Opponent Effective Field Goal % Opponent Free Throw % Opponent Free Throw Rate Opponent Three Point % Opponent Three Point Rate Opponent FTA per FGA Opponent Two Point % Opponent Two Point Rate Opponent Shooting % Opponent Offensive Rebounds per Game Opponent Defensive Rebounds per Game Opponent Team Rebounds per Game Opponent Total Rebounds per Game Opponent Offensive Rebounding % Opponent Defensive Rebounding % Opponent Blocks per Game Opponent Steals per Game Opponent Block % Opponent Steal % Opponent Assists per Game Opponent Turnovers per Game Opponent Turnover % Opponent Assists per FGM Opponent Assist / Turnover Ratio Opponent Personal Fouls per Game Opponent Technical Fouls per Game Opponent Personal Foul % Games Played Possessions per Game Win % – All Games Win % – Close Games Opponent Win % – All Games Opponent Win % – Close Games NBA Team Points in Paint per Game
Gainers Rank Chg Rating
New York 19 — +0.1
Toronto 17 — –
Denver 6 — –
Miami 26 — –
LA Lakers 4 — –

Losers Rank Chg Rating
Charlotte 16 — -0.3
Okla City 15 — –
Memphis 1 — –
Atlanta 3 — –
Phoenix 13 — –

shyt talker

January 8th, 2010
6:30 pm

Opponent Win % – All Games Opponent Win % – Close Games NBA Team Points in Paint per Game
Gainers Rank Chg Rating
New York 19 — +0.1
Toronto 17 — –
Denver 6 — –
Miami 26 — –
LA Lakers 4 — –

Losers Rank Chg Rating
Charlotte 16 — -0.3
Okla City 15 — –
Memphis 1 — –
Atlanta 3 — –
Phoenix 13 — –

shyt talker

January 8th, 2010
6:46 pm

Pts in Paint
edge Won Lost Win%
1-5 323 279 53%
6-10 464 347 57%
11-15 221 131 62%
16-20 211 105 66%
21+ 170 61 73%
Any Edge 1389 923 60%

So at a glance it can seem impressive, but keep in mind you would expect an advantage since we know the team with more points in the paint has at the least outscored its opponent in that one department, which means the opponent has to make up points elsewhere (free throws, field goals made outside the paint) to win.
Another way to examine the issue is to look at season long totals and whether they have much correlation to overall team success.
Team Points in the Paint Stats
The table below shows the per game points in the paint for each team during the regular season.
Team Pts in Paint
(Off) Pts in Paint
(Def) Pts in Paint
(Net) Won-Lost
Orlando 43.2 34.0 9.1 40-42
New York 45.2 38.1 7.0 33-49
Utah 43.1 38.2 4.9 51-31
Miami 40.6 36.1 4.5 44-38
New Orleans 41.8 37.8 4.0 39-43
Golden State 46.8 43.9 2.9 42-40
Houston 35.3 33.0 2.3 52-30
Cleveland 40.3 38.1 2.2 50-32
Denver 46.7 44.8 1.9 45-37
Milwaukee 45.3 43.5 1.8 28-54
Phoenix 43.8 42.3 1.4 61-21
New Jersey 36.6 35.6 1.0 41-41
San Antonio 39.9 38.9 1.0 58-24
Chicago 35.7 35.1 0.6 49-33
Seattle 42.6 43.6 -1.0 31-51
Philadelphia 39.9 41.2 -1.3 35-47
Dallas 35.3 36.9 -1.6 67-15
L.A. Lakers 42.1 43.7 -1.6 42-40
Detroit 35.3 37.2 -1.9 53-29
Indiana 36.7 38.7 -2.0 35-47
Boston 39.0 41.7 -2.7 24-58
Washington 38.9 41.6 -2.7 41-41
Memphis 42.5 45.4 -2.9 22-60
Charlotte 39.1 42.0 -2.9 33-49
L.A. Clippers 36.9 40.0 -3.1 40-42
Portland 38.1 41.2 -3.1 32-50
Sacramento 38.5 41.8 -3.3 33-49
Atlanta 38.7 43.0 -4.4 30-52
Toronto 35.3 40.0 -4.8 47-35
Minnesota 35.0 40.4 -5.5 32-50

Astro Joe

January 8th, 2010
7:44 pm

KevinA, but the Hawks are among the league-leaders in fast break points. I’m sure that they could do better but they are not likely going to score significantly more fast break points than they are now. And while it isn’t pretty, the offense has been effective for the vast majority of games. We definitely need to improve our half-court sets, which will be tested during the next 3 games. All I know is that Smith and Horford are scoring more than in previous seasons… so something is seemingly getting better, right?

niremetal

January 8th, 2010
8:22 pm

AJ,

Yup. I love how people talk about Bibby and JJ walking the ball up the court all the time when we’re top 3 in fast break points, and were #5 last year. I guess all those fast break points come in spite of having a backcourt that doesn’t push the ball. Yeah, right.

Sorry, but it’s complete and utter BS. KevinA, I know you love to hate on the backcourt, but you’re becoming to Bibby/JJ what Rod is to Marvin and Clyde/Truth to Horford – a blind hater. The worst part is that you’re not alone.

And while I’m sniping, WTF is up with the ESPN announcers. It’s painfully obvious that they haven’t watched a single damned Hawks game this year.

Big Ray

January 8th, 2010
8:31 pm

I like that we’re neck and neck with these guys so far, but that doesn’t win you the game, and they have better “close game” tactics than we do.

My vote for “what in the heck?” plays so far goes to two plays:

1) ISO Josh at the top of the arc, off the dribble.

2) Lob to Mike Bibby.

And what gives with the ESPN announcers? Gushing all over the Celtics like they’ve already won the title for 2010. Kendrick Perkins, best low post defender? Gimme a break….

niremetal

January 8th, 2010
8:34 pm

I’ve seen that Bibby lob 3-4 times this year, Ray. If nothing else, it has the element of surprise :-D

Big Ray

January 8th, 2010
8:34 pm

Perkins is one of the toughest matchups for Al Horford. He’s just quick enough to stay with him on some plays, but more importantly, he’s got about 35-40 pounds on Al. Case in point? Al has played all first quarter and still doesn’t have a rebound. Of course, part of that is having to switch on defense, which takes him away from the paint area….

Big Ray

January 8th, 2010
8:42 pm

Jeff Teague hit the mark on his only shot attempt. Does that mean he gets to stay in 30 seconds longer? Maybe he’ll even get to come back a second time. Maybe that’s pushing his luck. :)

Big Ray

January 8th, 2010
8:43 pm

Nire ,

As in “SURPRISE….the recipient of that lob CANNOT JUMP!” ? :) I just couldn’t help it, sorry….I did see your point, I just….hell, I don’t know…had an Astro Joe moment….

:lol:

Big Ray

January 8th, 2010
8:44 pm

Ummm, is anybody seeing the defensive effort Teague is putting in against Rajon Rondo?

Big Ray

January 8th, 2010
9:00 pm

That’s one thing I like to see. Joe backing his defender down in the post, drawing defense, making a good pass to a teammate who hits the shot.

Something I don’t like seeing: Josh getting the ball so far from the paint, where ‘Sheed is sure to pick his pocket.

Kiki

January 8th, 2010
9:09 pm

i really do not like the way we “abuse’ of the switching defense. It just not work against some teams (like the celtics). The bigs guarding guards, at the periphery? and Bibby guarding Perkins at the paint? are you kidding me?

Big Ray

January 8th, 2010
9:14 pm

Kiki ,

You said it…

Subpar game for Al Horford is hurting us. Zaza has been little to no help off the bench. Perhaps time to give Collins or RandMo a try?

Kiki

January 8th, 2010
9:20 pm

Cosign you all the way big Ray. Will Woody get out of his confrot zone and be a little creative?

Kiki

January 8th, 2010
9:21 pm

niremetal

January 8th, 2010
9:29 pm

Ball movement is slowing down a bit…

niremetal

January 8th, 2010
9:30 pm

Big Ray

January 8th, 2010
9:34 pm

Sweet block by Smith.

Big Ray

January 8th, 2010
9:36 pm

Great decision by Josh, great shot by JJ.

Big Ray

January 8th, 2010
9:36 pm

Big Ray

January 8th, 2010
9:38 pm

Come on, Joe, the rest of the team hadn’t even caught up with you yet, meaning absolutely no chance at an offensive rebound, or even an option for you to pass! Don’t do that…please….

niremetal

January 8th, 2010
9:39 pm

The starters have been playing great tonight. They look like a team that’s been playing together for several years.

Horford didn’t have the stats in the first half, but he and Josh have done a phenomenal job keeping the Celtics out of the paint. No stat for forcing a team to take long jumpers instead of shots at the rim.

Big Ray

January 8th, 2010
9:41 pm

Josh, you have to be ready for a missed shot. Both hands up, man. that could have been rebound number six, and a fast break opportunity.

Big Ray

January 8th, 2010
9:41 pm

True that, Nire

niremetal

January 8th, 2010
9:42 pm

Refs swallow the whistle when Pierce hits someone, I swear.

Big Ray

January 8th, 2010
9:43 pm

Joe goes into the teeth of the defense and gets a no-call, Pierce is allowed to travel, then gets a jump ball (or whatever). Welcome to the NBA.

Kiki

January 8th, 2010
9:46 pm

As soon as Joe gets the ball movement dies. It’s the same play over and over, and is frustrating to see how the other 4 players clear the way to watch the play. This offense won’t carry this team anywhere but 2nd round.

Kiki

January 8th, 2010
9:48 pm

Well Big Ray, looks like Big Al decided to fire it up!!

niremetal

January 8th, 2010
9:51 pm

WHY THE HELL WAS NO ONE BESIDES MO TRAILING THAT PLAY

Big Ray

January 8th, 2010
9:52 pm

Nice block by Horford. Too bad it was against a Celtic, which means an automatic foul.

niremetal

January 8th, 2010
9:54 pm

Hawks have been whistled for twice as many fouls as the Celtics despite the facts that the Hawks have taken a higher percentage of their shots in the paint.

JUST SAYIN.

Big Ray

January 8th, 2010
9:55 pm

Kiki,

It’s nice to see Al come alive, isn’t it? A bit too late perhaps.

As for the clearout ISOs, I wonder if maybe just maybe they are executing the plays they have been taught? I mean, all four guys (since Joe or Jamal is the one with the ball) thinking the same thing at once? Nahhhh….

Dawgs Man

January 8th, 2010
9:55 pm

15 point lead which was nice, but now down to 8. The choke begins.

Big Ray

January 8th, 2010
9:58 pm

Hey look, Sheldon still sets illegal picks. I guess it wasn’t Woody after all….

niremetal

January 8th, 2010
9:58 pm

My goodness, JJ cannot get a foul call to save his life.

Dawgs Man

January 8th, 2010
9:59 pm

Yay. JJ to the bench.

niremetal

January 8th, 2010
10:01 pm

Yeah, but that was a foul on Zaza. Ok.

Hubie calling it like it is, surprisingly.

Big Ray

January 8th, 2010
10:03 pm

Marvin is having a decent game. 11 points, 3 steals, 6 boards. Meanwhile Pierce has 12 points, 2 steals, and 5 boards.

Not bad at all, Marvin!

Big Ray

January 8th, 2010
10:04 pm

JJ NEEDS to go to the bench. The ESPN gods won’t give him a foul call….

niremetal

January 8th, 2010
10:07 pm

Alright, come on Woody. Time to bribe the refs.

Big Ray

January 8th, 2010
10:08 pm

Bad defense and all, Crawford is an outright assassin.

Uh-oh…Woody’s nerves just can’t take it anymore, here comes Joe.

niremetal

January 8th, 2010
10:08 pm

Oh my god. That was the most ridiculous shot I’ve ever seen.

Big Ray

January 8th, 2010
10:09 pm

OMG….Jamal Crawford…best recovery I’ve seen all season. Notice I said RECOVERY, and not “best PLAY”

Doc

January 8th, 2010
10:09 pm

Sitting courtside well almost. Need tohold onto this lead As the c’s are not invincible inthisbuilding. Gottangomand get my thunderstick on . Btw fewest c fans. Ever nice to see a hawk dominant crowd. Let’s go hawks and Jamal sweet.