Rounding out January

Having gotten revenge against the Bobcats, the Hawks currently stand at 7-4 for the month of January. While this may be better than what some expected, or worse than others expected, it’s not over yet. The Hawks have four more games to go in finishing off the month, and all are against quality opponents. Three of these games are on the road, where they’ll face Houston and San Antonio on their homecourts, then return home to try and sweep the regular season against the Celtics, then finally traveling south to face their Boogeyman. We all know who the Hawks’ boogeyman (or should I say boogeyMEN) is, right?

The worst that can happen is a 4 game losing streak, leaving Atlanta with a 7-8 record in January. Best case scenario has them winning all 4 games and riding high into February with an 11-4 record for the month. Personally, I don’t really see either one happening, though I wouldn’t at all mind the Hawks proving me wrong. What the heck, let’s make predictions! Who thinks the Hawks will have a winning record for the month, and who doesn’t? Will the Hawks go 4-0, 3-1, 2-2, or 0-4 in the last four games? Who will they beat, and who will they lose to?

I’m kind of caught between 2-2 and 3-1 myself. San Antonio has struggled of late, and isn’t quite as tough at home as Houston is. The Spurs have Duncan and Parker, and we have serious trouble with both. Yet the Hawks have what it takes to beat both. I look for Atlanta to win at home aginst Boston, message sent clearly and completely, although the return of KG may turn into a revenge-fest that will test the Hawks’ focus. The game against Orlando in Orlando? Hope springs eternal, but history has a louder voice. Put me down, regrettably, for the Hawks to go 2-2, beating Houston and Boston, but losing to a disciplined and efficient Spurs squad, and of course, the Boogeymen. Even as I type this, I keep wanting to say the Hawks beat the Spurs at home, but with the trouble we’ve had with Tony Parker (and the way he ran all over us for 42 points last year), I just can’t do it. But who knows?

Moving right along….

 

HAWKS VS ROCKETS

These two teams last encountered each other back on the 20th of November, and the Hawks staggered away from the equivalent of a full 12 round fight, with a 2 point victory. Using this game, let’s break down how the Rockets match up with the Hawks.

Glassworks

Houston beat us on the glass by getting nearly as many offensive rebounds (20) as they did defensive rebounds (22). The main culprits? Scola, Hayes, and Landry. Landry and Hayes had 5 offensive rebounds, with Scola adding 4 of his own. But for good measure, Trevor Ariza and Aaron Brooks (that’s right, Mighty Mite) added two apiece themselves. While the Hawks did manage 15 offensive rebounds of their own, giving up 20 didn’t help at all. In fact, that is largely what kept the Rockets in the game. The Hawks won’t win the battle on the glass easily in this game, if they win it at all. However, they can’t allow that many offensive rebounds and expect to have a good chance at winning, unless they are shooting lights out. But it’s never a good thing to go into a game, relying on good shooting to overcome bad rebounding.

Foul Play

Part of the reason the Hawks couldn’t rebound as well as their opponent was because Josh Smith only played 23 minutes, due to foul trouble. In that relatively short span of time, Smith collected 8 total rebounds (3 offensive, 5 defensive), 4 blocks, and 3 assists. Though some of that was timely, late game efforts, it still showed the effect that Smith was able to have one the game. But he wasn’t the only one. Al Horford, who produced 17 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 assists, and 2 blocks, fouled out of the game. With Pachulia (4 boards, 3 blocks) and Joe Smith (1 rebound, 1 block) getting no more than a combined 19 minutes, the Hawks could only turn to Marvin Williams for production.

Shoot Your Way Out

Marvin Williams responded marvelously, chalking up 29 points on 13 of 19 shooting, and adding 9 rebounds. They saying goes that you take what the defense gives you, and Houston had no answer for Williams. Never was it more needed than then, what with Mike Bibby shooting 3 for 9, and Joe Johnson going 6 for 18. In addition to Marvin’s blitz, Horford came up  with a 6 for 9 performance, and the NBA’s new Sixth Man of the Year (seriously, who’s better?) poured in 21 points on 7-13 shooting.

To ISO or not to ISO

Much is made of this offensive staple, both good and bad. The Hawks don’t always seem to know when to use it, and that has led to their undoing more than a few times. The most recent case was a barrage of ill-fated jumpers in the fourth quarter against the Bobcats last night. If you are winning and shooting well by sharing the ball, then why change that? Yet that is exactly what the Hawks did. The result? Ill-fated jumpers chucked early in the shot clock led to fast break opportunities for the Bobcats, who cut a healthy lead back down to single digits before the Hawks recovered some of their swag and pulled away for the last time. Going to ISO plays late in the game, or in tight games may prove to be a good, reliable strategy. Especially if a sudden screen is used to free the guy with the ball, if he can’t shake his defender by himself. But why go ISO when you’re up by several points, and spreading the love is what is working? Moreover, is this a coach problem or a player problem? Probably both. The question is, how do the Hawks learn when the ISO is a good idea, and when it is not. Based on what I saw in last night’s game, I’d have to put the blame on the players this time. I don’t see Coach Woodson asking certain players to stop doing what is working, and start doing something else entirely. Then again, maybe he didn’t say anything at all about it. Hey, maybe he really doesn’t care so much about the offense, to put it nicely….

Bottom Line

The Hawks would do well to remember what worked in the last meeting, and what didn’t. Getting Marvin Williams involved early is never a bad idea, and it will tell them two things early on. One, whether he is “feeling it”, and two, if Houston is going to have trouble guarding him again.

Getting Horford touches will also be key. Perhaps unnoticed by many has been Horford’s offensive production capability, which has improved over last season by 2.4 ppg. In addition, Horford has improved of late. While his 14.5 ppg this month (11 games so far) is slightly down from the 14.7 he averaged throughout December (14 games), there are 4 games remaining this month. And while he has only had seven games this season of 20+ points, three of them have been this month. Could Horford be on the upswing? If the Hawks want more steady production out of the post, feeding him the ball is the way to go.

Josh Smith is another guy who should get the ball steadily, and he usually does, even if he takes liberties of his own accord at times. Josh has proven that his much-maligned “basketball IQ” is not what many fear it is. And he’s done it by cutting his turnovers down to 2.1, and raising his assists to 3.9. How many power forwards in the league give you roughly 4 assists per game?

Al and Josh will need to stay out of foul trouble as best they can. If their playing time is limited, the Hawks will be in trouble. Don’t look for much reinforcement from the bench, as the emphasis will be placed on backcourt scoring. Read between the lines on that one….speaking of which…

The Hawks’ guards have to recognize quickly what is working. If the forwards and center are scoring at will, then KEEP FEEDING THEM! Take what the defense gives you and don’t force hotly contested jumpers just to get on the scoreboard. If not, then the bigs need recognize this and begin setting a series of screens to free up Joe, Jamal, and Mike for easier looks at the rim. Going into ISO mode too early can dig a hole that will be difficult to climb out of against a tough rebounding team. Also, turning the game into a three point shooting contest is a bad idea.

Your Take

You know the drill. Spout off about your personal keys to winning the game, who the X-factor is, and what figures to be the game-breaking element. Oh, and who thinks somebody on the roster besides Joe Johnson will get voted into the all-star reserve ranks? Is Joe a lock to make it?

71 comments Add your comment

niremetal

January 23rd, 2010
11:42 am

I say 2-2, losing to one West team and one East team. I will not make predictions as to which. It’s tempting to say we beat the Celts and lose to the Magic, but the Celts are going to be looking for some blood after dropping the first 3, and maybe the team has finally worked up the willpower to run with Orlando.

The Rockets played us too close earlier this year, and Adelman is one of the best in the league at making adjustments. But we haven’t beaten the Spurs since 2005, and now they have Jefferson (who always gives us trouble).

In any case, with these Hawks, it’s tough to make game-to-game predictions. Kinda hard to be consistent if you don’t have an offensive system :twisted:

niremetal

January 23rd, 2010
11:46 am

PS – There should be no candidates for Coach of the Year this season other than Nate McMillan and Rick Adelman. None.

Big Ray

January 23rd, 2010
11:49 am

Heh, heh! That’s what makes the predictions tough, Nire . And you know me, I don’t usually do predictions. Had to stick my neck out sooner or later, though.

I understand what you’re saying about the Rockets, that was a real tough one for me. The difference to me was the foul trouble that Josh and Al got into, and the bad shooting by Bibby and Joe. We can survive the second (and have many times), but the first is a killer, as those two guys are two of the biggest reasons why we have survived the second scenario.

San Antonio has Jefferson, but they also have George Hill starting at the 2. Jefferson is trouble for us, but won’t Joe be trouble for them?

Big Ray

January 23rd, 2010
11:50 am

Wow. Not even Scott Brooks in OKC?

niremetal

January 23rd, 2010
12:18 pm

The young talent in OKC is too good for Brooks to be given the award. I mean, Durant is already a top-5 player in the league (at least on offense), Westbrook has become a borderline All-Star, Green is a top-flight defender, and Sefolosha is one of the more underrated players in the game (I’d say he’s one of the league’s 5 or 6 best perimeter defenders). They have a roster stacked with lottery picks, including 4 guys drafted in the top 5. Everyone had this team pegged as a playoff contender in 2011. They just arrived a year early (not unlike the Hawks).

Houston’s roster is way, way less stacked than OKC’s. Adelman has taken a team whose best player is Aaron Brooks (no slouch, but no All Star) and whose center is 6′6 and kept them consistently in the top 6 in the West. Think about this – of their starting 5, only one (Shane Battier) was a first round pick. Brooks, Ariza, and Scola were second rounders, and Hayes was undrafted. And 3 of the top 4 players off their bench (Andersen, Landry, Budinger) were second rounders. The fourth (Lowry) was a 24th pick and is a third-year player. In fact, of the players on their active roster, Battier is the only lottery pick and Battier and Lowry are the only first rounders. Now draft position is, of course, not at all the final word on a player’s talent. But if you even eye-ball their roster, it should be obvious that this is not a team that has any business to be on pace for 50 wins.

As for Blazers…well, I mean come on. They have seen a rash of injuries unlike any team has seen in the past decade. Their starting center is Juwan Howard, a nearly-37 year old 6′9 player who only played 42 games last year and has next-to-no experience at center. They’ve played Andre Miller at SG for most of the past 6 weeks and have had to get significant minutes from their second-round draft pick for the past few weeks. The only starter from the end of last year who is playing most of the team’s minutes at the same position is Aldridge. In the past 6 weeks, they have suited up only 8 or 9 players in nearly every game. The lineup has changed from day-to-day and guys have been playing with nagging injuries that otherwise would sideline them simply because the team is so desperate for bodies.

Sorry, but those things trump simply exceeding expectations with a roster stacked with lottery picks.

Big Ray

January 23rd, 2010
12:38 pm

Never disputed the mentions of Adelman and McMillan.

Is there no credit for making a stack of lottery picks work together, well in advance of “coming of age?”

Two things on that note, if going by the stash of lottery picks logic:

1) We know what a roster stacked with lottery picks looks like. Perhaps then, the GM in OKC deserves the kudos, since his lottery picks have panned out better early on, than SOME we could think of, eh? SOME teams don’t even have some of those lottery picks anymore. That wouldn’t sound like anybody we know, would it? Or does that coach deserve some credit (didn’t say he wins the COY award) for making it work. I can think of some who would screw the pooch.

2) The Thunder may indeed make the playoffs this year. But with a winning record. As in, they really earned it in the notoriously tough Western Conference. They didn’t stagger in with a losing record, after the team that WAS ahead of them, found a way to give up the 8th seed.

Sorry, I know that last two parts make me sound like anything but a Hawks fan, but I didn’t make up the factual parts…

Ree Roe

January 23rd, 2010
12:38 pm

You’re an idiot if you don’t believe Scott Brooks is on the shortlist for Coach of the Year. He & his staff have transformed a 23 win team last yr into a legit playoff contender this season. Coach Brooks has been great. As for the Hawks, 2-2 would be what I go with. We have to maintain & extend our Southeast Division lead.

-REEcently Roe!!!

Big Ray

January 23rd, 2010
12:43 pm

Ree Roe ,

Idiot? Come now, difference of opinion is not idiocy….well, not in most cases, anyway. There are plenty of exceptions, we know. :)

niremetal

January 23rd, 2010
12:51 pm

I didn’t say he wasn’t on the shortlist. Just that he shouldn’t be.

Sautee

January 23rd, 2010
12:56 pm

I’ve got a bad feeling about this week. I’ll say 1-3.

I’d love to be as wrong as Astro Joe was about last night.

niremetal

January 23rd, 2010
1:02 pm

Kevin Durant, folks. Kevin Durant. I have a tough time giving credit to a coach who has Kevin Durant on his team. Other than LeBron, there probably isn’t a player in the league who is tougher to defend than Durant.

I never said Brooks wasn’t doing a good job. But looking at OKC’s roster, it’s much less impressive what he’s done with a roster led by Durant, Westbrook, and Green than what Adelman has done with Brooks, Battier, and Scola.

As for McMillan, he has the talent thanks to Roy, Aldridge, and Miller. But they have used 20 different starting lineups in 43 games, and both Roy and Aldridge played through a lot of games in a lot of pain. And did I mention that the Blazers owner and an assistant coach has cancer and that McMillan himself tore his achilles tendon? Getting that team to band together through a season that most teams would write off…well, it’s an apples and oranges comparison next to teams that do “more with less” when it comes to talent, but it’s incredible when you consider how hard it is for coaches make adjustments from game to game even when everyone is healthy.

i_am_soulstar

January 23rd, 2010
1:18 pm

If the Hawks don’t beat Orlando, I’ll cry myself to sleep

Ree Roe

January 23rd, 2010
1:36 pm

@ Big Ray, I didn’t mean to offend anybody, but Brooks has done a wonderful job transforming a losing atmosphere in OKC into a winning team with one of the youngest teams in the NBA. Larry Brown deserves mention as well.

-REEcently Roe!!!

Hawk Str8Talk

January 23rd, 2010
2:01 pm

i wouldn’t mind having Scott Brooks coaching the Atlanta Hawks. That’s just me, though

Big Ray

January 23rd, 2010
2:07 pm

True. Kevin Durant is an all-world talent.

Of course, he’s also an example of what you do with a high lottery pick (like a #2). Get the guy who plays like a star. Not the guy who looks like he might play like a star someday, maybe. Like I said, sometimes you have to credit the GM for doing the smart thing. Even if it means that the coach doesn’t receive a chunk of the credit.

Big Ray

January 23rd, 2010
2:09 pm

Ree Roe ,

I agree. Brooks has done a good job. I’ve seen coaches do less with young talent. A LOT less.

Crashing The Glass

January 23rd, 2010
3:22 pm

“There should be no candidates for Coach of the Year this season other than Nate McMillan and Rick Adelman. None.”

Sounds like an ultimatum from an armchair.

richbrave

January 23rd, 2010
3:47 pm

Big Ray

January 23rd, 2010
2:09 pm
Ree Roe ,

I agree. Brooks has done a good job. I’ve seen coaches do less with young talent. A LOT less.

Anyone on the local sports scene come to mind RAY?

Sautee

January 23rd, 2010
6:12 pm

nire,

Not to dismiss, by any means the job Adelman has done but…..

relative to the talent level Brooks has, I think you lose that argument.

Check this link: http://www.cbssports.com/nba/playerrankings/regularseason/OVERALL

BTW, I didn’t use Hollinger’s chart for credibility reasons.

You’ll see that Houston has 5 players (Brooks, Ariza, Scola, Landry, and Battier) in the top 100 players in the league. And you’d have to agree that this group is FAR more experienced than OKC, who has only 3 players (Durant, Westbrook, and Green) in the top 100. BTW, the Hawks have 4 (JJ, Al, Josh, and Crawford).

So, despite their relatively low draft positions, the Rockets have plenty of talent. I still think that Adelman, AND McMillan are worthy of discussion, but if OKC keeps winning at their present rate they will DOUBLE their win output in a year.

It would be the equivalent of the Hawks going 52-30 the year after going 26-56 in 05-06. Of course, we didn’t QUITE do that (30-52).

I’ll go out on a limb and say that if voting were held today, that Brooks would easily win. Does that mean he’s done the best coaching job? Not necessarily, but that’s what the result would be, IMHO.

I’m surprised you would make such a bold declaration without calling it an opinion. Not like you at all. ;-)

MannyT

January 23rd, 2010
10:46 pm

The fan in me hopes for 3-1 to finish the month. The Vulcan blood says that’s illogical, 2-2 would be a fortunate ending with 3 of 4 on the road. :-|

I do respect Nate McMillan, but the cancer stuff and the blown achilles are off the court intangibles that might swing a close vote, but most of his cred will come from working through the player injuries which include Roy missing several games. Last I checked, one of you bloggers might be getting time at center for Portland. :lol:

@Sautee–I think your top 100 data actually works for Adelman. If you were to pull these guys up individually for evaluation prior to this season, it would be a surprise to think that they were as talented as they are ranked. It seems that Adelman has gotten more out of his team than the average coach would.

In the reality used to be a friend of mine bucket, giving credit to OKC for picking Durant (after Oden was gone) is like giving a guy credit for talking to the only other attactive woman in a bar after the other hot babe just left. Now if Durant had been taken first over the big guy, that would have shown some cojones.

I know we are dancing around the Marvin #2 pick again. Let’s add some perspective to the rest of that draft. Bogut #1, Bynum #10–similar stats, but Bynum is 3 yrs younger. Danny Granger lasted until #17, David Lee went #30 and Monta Ellis went #40. Jose Calderon & Kelenna Azubuike were undrafted. We like to gloss over how inexact the draft is. There are always clear favorites at the top of the draft, but many of those sure hits fall in between Peyton Manning & Ryan Leaf.

Portland HAD the 3rd pick and traded it to Utah. If they take that pick instead of rolling it into a Martell Webster/Linas Kleiza deak, they may have had a great PG, but never had the chance to roll into the deals that got them Aldridge & Roy in the next draft. You never know until it’s well known.

BWAF

doc

January 23rd, 2010
11:58 pm

sautee i second both of your comments … ;-) .

MyView

January 24th, 2010
12:15 am

Hawks win 2 0f 4. San Antone and the BoogeyMen. Houston will outwork the Hawks in Houston, and Boston has a chip on their shoulders. Just ask Ray Allen….

The Hawks will play one of thier best games of the season against the BoogeyMen to break the streak.

niremetal

January 24th, 2010
12:19 am

Sautee,

How was it not clear that I stated an opinion? Doesn’t the fact that I said “should be” instead of “are” kind of cue you onto that?

MannyT said my thoughts exactly: Adelman is getting the most out of the players on his roster. I don’t know anyone – fan, “expert,” or otherwise who thought that the Yaoless and T-Macless Rockets would be competetive for their division title this year or any other with that roster.

Oh, and did I mention that Brooks has Kevin Durant? Winning comes just a wee bit more easily when you have a healthy superstar. Just ask Miami and Cleveland fans (especially Cleveland fans c.2005/2006).

Big Ray

January 24th, 2010
7:57 am

Bulls beat the Rockets last night. We need to take notes on how it was done. One thing that stands out: Bulls outhustled the Rockets on the boards, with a 42-32 advantage. Also, they only allowed 9 offensive rebounds. Oh, and they shot quite well from the arc, and the field overall. Not that we need to go into the game chucking it from the arc, but guess how that was a successful venture?

They went inside to Miller and Gibson first, who actually were the leading scorers (besides Rose). What a concept…

Big Ray

January 24th, 2010
10:09 am

Bulls even did it without Joakim Noah, the team’s leading rebounder with 12.3 per game….

duker64

January 24th, 2010
10:50 am

Hope we go 3-1 but 2-2 more real if we play the way we playedfri night this week 3-1 very poss.bench fell off a little but JC hes not really bench player just res. starter. If we go inside against HOUSTON we should be ok .

O'Brien

January 24th, 2010
4:31 pm

I think Brooks will get some votes as well. This is his first full season as a head coach, and OKC only won 23 games last season. And they are relying on a guy who played 1 year in college, in his 3rd season in the league. And their roster is stacked with young guys.

But Adelman and McMillan are definitely on the short list. I’m sure Woody will be on the list just because of our record, but I dont think he is in the top 3.

Ray,

Its amazing how Aaron Brooks has developed. He was drafted 26th and the Rockets felt so good about him, they traded Rafer Alston away. There is no substitute for good coaching, and PT (and hard work of course). I hope our 19th pick will develop so that he can be our starter (if not next season, then definitely by Bibby’s last year).

I have ranked Marvin, (he is not in the top 15 as far as SF are concerned, in my opinion). But I wonder where Bibby would rank among PGs in the league? Top 10? Top 15? Maybe thats a story for another day.

I see the Hawks going 2-2. Beating Houston, and beating the Celtics.

Big Ray

January 24th, 2010
5:14 pm

O’brien ,

I agree, Scott Brooks deserves some good consideration. I think Woody will pass Eric Spoelstra and a few others on the list of vote getters for the award, but to be honest….I don’t care much about that award. Getting COY is fine and good, but it shows what you managed to do for a single season. In the end, what matters is what you’re able to accomplish over your stay with an organization, and over a year. Adelman probably gets it this year (I still think Brooks is a very strong darkhorse though), but he also has to get past the stigma of not being able to get the Rockets out of the first/second round, despite numerous Tracy McGrady guarantees. Hell, Adelman would probably be glad to see the overpaid McGrady gone.

I too, hope that our #19th pick can soon develop into a very solid, if not quite good pg for us. I don’t care about all the scoffing that goes on about his development and how it can’t come at the cost of wins. I have yet to see one loss that was because he got to play, or got to play significant minutes. I’m a bit weary of that old straw-filled argument. It’s always some extreme or exaggeration on such subjects…

KevinA

January 24th, 2010
8:27 pm

Bibby is not int he top 20. time and youth have passed him by. btw Raptors just beat LA.

KevinA

January 24th, 2010
8:29 pm

Fact is there is much more parity in the league than there has been for awhile. At least for the first half. We are in the senond half – was that leagle?

doc

January 24th, 2010
10:10 pm

dont like the chances of getting houston for the second time in a row. i cringed when i saw they lost last night.

vava74

January 25th, 2010
6:44 am

I think we will go only 1-3 and contrary to doc, I think our best chance at a win is HOU.

BOS will want to show us that they can beat us if they want to and they will no longer come overly confident as they were on the previous games (and undermanned in 2 of them). They will probably get a helping hand by the refs.

ORL will continue to frustrate us because we have trouble guarding perimeter shots, in particular since Howard makes them a strong inside-out ball club. Also, there is a mental superiority which I believe difficult to overcome (the refs won’t help either).

SA will torch us: Duncan is playing well and will be too much for Josh or Al and Parker will burn Bibby to the ground with his speed with Jefferson providing the outside shots to give them a complete package.

I think Pop will want to use the game against us as a good test to SA’s ability to play quick and physical.

HOU will be tough, but I think that Al and Josh will play well and wear out their inside men. Ariza is strictly a streak shooter and his main asset will be his defense on JJ, however, ultimately, I think we are deeper and the season should be taking its toll on HOU who are over achieving technically and in particular physically.

O'Brien

January 25th, 2010
7:57 am

These are the Hawks, so I wont be surprised if they go 1-3, or 3-1. What is the identity of this club? Inconsistency.

Ray,

True. COY is not that big a deal. After all, if I’m not mistaken, Jerry Sloan has never won the award (and if it wasn’t for Jordan, he would have probably won a title or 2).

The Spurs beat us last time (with no TD or no Ginobli), because Parker ran wild, and Woody and the players did nothing. This time, we have Crawford (and maybe Teague gets some burn), and Bibby will not get as much PT. But I look for Al or Josh to be in foul trouble, because TD has an array of moves.

Against Houston, you know what you’re going to get. But the Hawks have much better talent, and hopefully Josh wont be in foul trouble.

Boston will be determined to win against us, because they dont want to be swept, especially since we are right behind them for the #2 seed.

Orlando can be beat. Play Dwight Howard one on one (do not leave the shooters open), and foul him hard. He shoots less thsn 60% from the line, and we have Al, ZaZa, Collins (I hope he gets more PT against D12), and RandMo to use up some fouls.

Daniel

January 25th, 2010
8:32 am

I am going with the 2-2 wins over Houston and Orlando, making a .500 trip feel very succesful.

Sautee

January 25th, 2010
10:03 am

O’Brien,

“But I wonder where Bibby would rank among PGs in the league? Top 10? Top 15? Maybe thats a story for another day.”

28th according to this site:

http://www.cbssports.com/nba/playerrankings/regularseason/PG

O'Brien

January 25th, 2010
10:23 am

28th? Thats even lower than where Marvin ranks among SFs.

Thats another reason why Teague needs more PT. Bibby is clearly on the decline, although he is signed for 2 more years after this one. We need to find out if Teague will be able to take over his role.

I know Teague has been very inconsistent (jump shot, finishing at the rim), but if he doesnt get consistent PT, then we will never know for sure what he’s capable of.

I sure hope JJ resigns with us, because if he doesn’t, the Hawks will take a step back, and JJ is a great security blanket.

richbrave

January 25th, 2010
5:37 pm

richbrave

January 25th, 2010
3:19 pm
doc:

For those of you still interested, JAVARIS CRITTENTON pled guilty today to a misdemeanor” to wit; unlawful possession in D.C of a properly licensed firearm . Looks like our boy was either goaded or threatened by ARENAS into bringing a properly licensed, unloaded hand-gun into D.C. for his personal protection. The gun was not loaded at any time. The assumption is that he did carry ammunition for the firearm on his person. This was evidently not admitted to at any rate. He’ll probably get off with probation or some voluntary community service work.

niremetal

January 25th, 2010
7:24 pm

Sautee/O’Brien,

You do realize that page says Monta Ellis is the best PG in the NBA, right? ;)

(And in case you think that’s just an isolated slip, it has Tony Parker at 18th – 8 spots behind Rodney Stuckey.)

Big Ray

January 25th, 2010
8:28 pm

Richbrave ,

The only thing dumber than getting caught with a weapon when you’re not supposed to have one, is carrying one for the purpose of protecting yourself, and then storing the ammunition away from the weapon. So if he gets attacked, the assailant will allow him to get the ammunition out of whatever he’s keeping it in, then load it into the magazine, then load it into the gun….. then resume the fight? Idiocy all the way around. Sorry, that’s the practical/tactical side of me talking.

He shouldn’t have had the gun. He clearly doesn’t know when, where, or how to use one in a legal and reasonable fashion. If he’s lucky, he’ll get clear of this sometime soon, and somebody else will take a chance on him. If he’s not, he’ll be bagging groceries in the local supermarket (much like John Starks before he got into the NBA full time), or get caught in another criminal act because he now has more expensive living habits and no college degree. Hope it’s the former, and not one of the latter options. At any rate, game on…..

Sautee

January 25th, 2010
8:34 pm

Al and Josh have the shoe on the other foot tonight. They are use to being the “smaller, quicker” players, playing against bigger, slower opponents.

Last time, Landry, Scola and Hayes outquicked us for offensive rebounds which kept HOU in the game. Let’s hope our boys adjust.

Big Ray

January 25th, 2010
8:47 pm

No, Josh! Outquick him!

Big Ray

January 25th, 2010
8:50 pm

Brooks is going to kill us. Bring on the “Bibby sucks” deluge of posts….

Big Ray

January 25th, 2010
8:54 pm

Nice move by Josh that time.

Sautee

January 25th, 2010
9:18 pm

I’ll feel like Woody has grown up as a coach when he will call a :20 to get in Joe’s face for taking possessions off. He’ll call Teague out in a heartbeat but the Captain gets carte blanche.

Big Ray

January 25th, 2010
9:22 pm

Yeah, um…kinda glad we didn’t sign David Andersen, particularly for what he was wanting.

Big Ray

January 25th, 2010
9:22 pm

Sautee,

His eyebrows will grow out before that happens….

Big Ray

January 25th, 2010
9:34 pm

Joe shooting pretty damn well tonight, and we need it from him, too.

Big Ray

January 25th, 2010
9:42 pm

Didn’t particularly like that shot by Joe, but he’s been hot as fire tonight, and I can’t begrudge him on that one.

Rockets will adjust in the second half, if an adjustment can be made. Hawks have to come with the same fire, stick with what’s working, and continue to impose their will. If our bigs can’t keep it going, then we don’t need to resort to jumpers unless we are going to SET SCREENS TO GIVE OUR JUMPSHOOTERS GOOD LOOKS AT THE BASKET!

Big Ray

January 25th, 2010
10:21 pm

Hawks continuing to beat the Rockets at their own game (hustle).

Big Ray

January 25th, 2010
10:33 pm

Beautiful turnaround jumper by Horford.