Error without comedy

It would be easy to rant and rave about the things that went wrong in game 3. Heck, we did it nearly every game during the regular season. So instead of breaking down what went wrong (did anything go right?), I’ll just chime in with a few observations.

_ I didn’t get to watch the game live, as I had other pressing matters to attend to. Trust me, it looked just as bad on DVR at 1:00 a.m. I got so mad that I forgot to fast forward through the commercials. Or maybe it was just my subconscious, trying to give my ears a break from the sound of Jon Barry’s voice. Hmmmmm…

_ I don’t care what anybody says. Mike Woodson gets a pass on this one. All the way. There is not one single thing he could have done to help this game. His bench stunk it up in the first two games, so what were his options? After a while, he realized that calling timeouts wasn’t working. ESPN had the huddle wired a couple of times, and Woodson was doing his best to encourage his guys. He’s a better man than me. Had I been in his position, the mic would have picked up nothing but “beeps.” I’m talking, enough to make you think somebody was writing an essay in morse code. Mike Woodson kept his composure through it all, not panicking even once. In fact, I think he’s learned to be a bit smarter about this than in years past. Don’t believe me? Well, I know this: Joe Johnson played only 36 minutes, despite the fact that he was really the only reliable guy on the court on offense.

_ Joe Johnson probably thinks he walked into a time machine, because it sure looked like 2006-2007 all over again. As in, he gets 25 points, half a dozen rebounds, nearly as many assists, and no help whatsoever from his teammates. By the way, don’t let that box score fool you. Joe was getting his game on out there, and only the desperation of having to do it all caused him to shoot as badly as he did (9-22). That, and the Bucks finally starting really keying in on him once they realized nobody else was going to present a credible threat.

_ Josh Smith has found out that there are a couple of things to do in Milwaukee that he hadn’t done before. Sulk in a hotel room is one. Another is learning how to pronounce Mbah a Moute and Ilyasova. I hear that both names translated together mean “You had better hustle better next time.”

_ The lack of energy and execution was astounding. And just in case you couldn’t see that for yourself, Jon Barry made sure to point it out. 3, 719 times. In the first half. Just in case you might have gotten up for a snack, or gone to the bathroom, and missed it.

_ Al Horford was lucky that Kurt Thomas didn’t bring his cane. He would have really laid a whoopin’ on him if he had remembered it. Unfortunately for Al, Kurt did remember to bring his jumper, his rebounding, and his defense. Al only remembered to bring his jumper. What’s with kids these days?

_ This game was so bad that Marvin’s flops and flails didn’t look out of place. Yes, it was that bad. The Hawks missed more layups than a junior varsity boys team does when the varsity cheerleaders are practicing at the other end of the gym. If I’m Woodson, I say we skip the shootaround and just do layups all day at pre-game practice. You have to crawl before you walk….

Okay, had to stop there. It was all I could do just to finish the game, and with about 5 minutes left, the only “treat” was watching Zaza Pachulia go 6 of 7 from the field, when it no longer made a difference. The Hawks have been beaten on the road before. They are certainly no strangers to this in the playoffs. We looked for signs of a good team in the playoffs, and we were seeing them in the first two games. But this? This shouldn’t happen. Losing is one thing. Getting blown out by a clearly inferior team is something else.

How well with the Hawks bounce back in game 4? Are we too presumptuous in thinking that they will bounce back, or is a realistic expectation? There isn’t anything complicated about this. The Hawks beat themselves. Even on a night when it seemed like the Bucks couldn’t miss from 3 point range, they STILL did not have enough weapons to be as good as the Hawks made them look. Brandon Jennings hit a few 3 pointers, but the kid still only finished with 13 points and 5 assists. Four of the Bucks’ main rotation players were held to less than 50% shooting (Delfino, Ridnour, Stackhouse, Jennings). There really is not much else to say. Atlanta doesn’t need to get it’s mojo back. It needs to get it’s head on straight.

Here’s to hoping that the Hawks turn this back into the series that it should be. Fear not the deer. Fear the mirror.

151 comments Add your comment

Big Ray

April 26th, 2010
9:58 pm

Great defense by Marvin that time…we need more of that.

Big Ray

April 26th, 2010
9:59 pm

O'Brien

April 26th, 2010
10:00 pm

Did we have the option of signing Kurt Thomas last offseason? Because clearly, Joe Smith has not given us much…

Melvin

April 26th, 2010
10:07 pm

Hawks offense is terrible…

O'Brien

April 26th, 2010
10:09 pm

Mevin,

Hawks defense is not looking so great either

Melvin

April 26th, 2010
10:12 pm

Have the Hawks attempted a shot in the paint this quarter?

doc

April 26th, 2010
10:12 pm

o’b wasnt kurt thomas available for nothing except his salary a few years ago, but we were confident we had solo, lorenzen wright and zaza? whoever is supposed to box him out on switches uh aint doing it.

nice three by bibby. want to see less of iso when joe is falling away from two defenders from 20 feet or backing himself into a corner with two on him. good pass to bibby.

doc

April 26th, 2010
10:13 pm

what has skiles come up with to shut us down so well after the debacles in atlanta. it aint just emotion of the home crowd is it?

Big Ray

April 26th, 2010
10:15 pm

Missed free throws hurt.

Another foul drawn by baby A.I.

And another foul called by a ref who was not in position to make the call accurately.

Big Ray

April 26th, 2010
10:16 pm

O'Brien

April 26th, 2010
10:17 pm

2 bad games by Horford on the road.

doc,

Hawks always seem to be too late when they sign these players. We needed the Joe Smith from last year.

And a breakdown on defense again.

I wonder what our offense will look like in the fourth…

Big Ray

April 26th, 2010
10:26 pm

Ugly, ugly, ugly…

Kiki

April 26th, 2010
10:26 pm

The Hawks were lucky they did not have to play Charlotte. If the Bucks are doing this, the Bobcats would be 3-1 up!!

Melvin

April 26th, 2010
10:26 pm

Hawks better do more than resign Joe this offseason….

niremetal

April 26th, 2010
10:27 pm

They have exploited the switching D so many times, it’s sick.

O'Brien

April 26th, 2010
10:27 pm

Burned on the switching again.

Big Ray

April 26th, 2010
10:28 pm

O’brien ,

Like it or not, Bibby just beats that same curve. Barely. And by now ?

Meanwhile, I don’t know if there is a release valve for us on defense. Teague is not getting into this game, we can’t afford to have JJ on Ridnour or Jennings, and nobody else can keep up with those two.

niremetal

April 26th, 2010
10:28 pm

S’ok, he called glass.

Melvin

April 26th, 2010
10:28 pm

Crawford has gone cold…

O'Brien

April 26th, 2010
10:29 pm

nire,

The $hit works, remember? The Hawks are the most predictable team on defense

Melvin

April 26th, 2010
10:34 pm

What do you know? We trap the dribbler on the pick and roll and the Bucks turn the ball over..

Melvin

April 26th, 2010
10:35 pm

Dang it. Everytime we try to cut the lead to under 6, we take a rush shot….

Big Ray

April 26th, 2010
10:39 pm

Man, we are only down by 6, but it feels like it’s 16.

Big Ray

April 26th, 2010
10:41 pm

There we go. We’re done. Beaten by simple ball movement again. And this time it’s Joe who didn’t rotate over. That’s right. JOE…

niremetal

April 26th, 2010
10:43 pm

O'Brien

April 26th, 2010
10:43 pm

What kind of possession was that? Its like Josh made up his mind to shoot no matter what…

We have no answer for Jennings. Wow.

O'Brien

April 26th, 2010
10:45 pm

The Oscar goes to….Kurt Thomas

Hawks need a player like that on their team. Dirty…

niremetal

April 26th, 2010
10:45 pm

What the hell is Josh complaining about? He got caught in the air and came down on MaM’s back.

niremetal

April 26th, 2010
10:46 pm

Yeah, Jamal had reason to be upset on that one. FINALLY they call a moving screen on KT.

niremetal

April 26th, 2010
10:47 pm

And then KT flops AGAIN and the refs fall for it AGAIN.

niremetal

April 26th, 2010
10:48 pm

I normally am a proponent of taking it strong if the lane is open…but Jamal had a wide-open in-rhythm three there…

doc

April 26th, 2010
10:48 pm

kurt thomas strikes again, again and again.

Big Ray

April 26th, 2010
10:48 pm

That was one incredibly stupid play by Jamal Crawford. He took an open shot (or at least a stop and pop) into no man’s land, where he had no shot

O'Brien

April 26th, 2010
10:49 pm

Am I the only one who thinks Kurt Thomas and the refs are going out to celebrate after the game?

That being said, I wish he wsa on our team

niremetal

April 26th, 2010
10:50 pm

Skiles clearly teaches pump fakes in practice. And the Hawks clearly are not taught to not bite on them.

niremetal

April 26th, 2010
10:52 pm

Orlando about to polish off a sweep of the ‘Cats, btw…

Melvin

April 26th, 2010
10:56 pm

Did Marvin even play in the 4th qtr?

O'Brien

April 26th, 2010
10:59 pm

Give the Hawks credit though. They outscored the Bucks in the fourth, and they have not quit.

Orlando sweeps Bobcats, Cleveland up 3-1 going home for game 5. Boston up 3-1 going home for game 5. Hawks tied 2-2. going home.

Melvin

April 26th, 2010
11:00 pm

Bucks only committed 2 fouls in the 4th qtr… Yeah, right…

niremetal

April 26th, 2010
11:00 pm

Melvin: Woody put him in after Horford fouled out. It was Bibby/Mo-Jamal-JJ-Josh-Horf/Zaza the rest of the time.

Big Ray

April 26th, 2010
11:04 pm

Game 5 is now a must-win game. Lose it, and the series is all but gone.

Big Ray

April 26th, 2010
11:08 pm

This team looked like “Joe and the hawks” from 2007.

O'Brien

April 26th, 2010
11:09 pm

And once again, the switching was very ineffective. Why did we not try the man to man defense?

How many shots did their guards make over our bigs?

Melvin

April 26th, 2010
11:10 pm

Did Horford committ any fouls on his own man…

niremetal

April 26th, 2010
11:13 pm

Remember what Sekou said in the Psycho-T article: Effort is a skill in the NBA.

If “Effort” were a skill in NBA Live scale of 50-99, the Bucks’ team average would be 95. The Hawks’ would be 55. As much as I deride Woody for his continual need to explain losses by a lack of energy and effort, it was absolutely true Saturday and tonight.

The saddest thing is that I’m so unsurprised that this loss didn’t really affect my mood.

O'Brien

April 26th, 2010
11:18 pm

nire,

What can the coach do to help the team get over that hump?

I’m not putting it all on Woody, but at some point, he has to figure out a way to get through to these players. because clearly, they are doing the same thing over and over.

niremetal

April 26th, 2010
11:19 pm

O’Brien,

Your guess is as good as mine. But say what you will about the Hawks: These Bucks have earned my respect and admiration for the heart they’ve shown in this series.

O'Brien

April 26th, 2010
11:23 pm

Even JJ knows we are 1-9 in our last 10 road playoff games.

But I am tired of hearing Hawks players talking about how “we just need to figure it out”.

I dont think they know how to figure it out, and I dont think Woody knows how to figure it out.

doc

April 26th, 2010
11:37 pm

skiles figured it out in three days, it is time for these guys to do the same. they are the vets in this one except for thomas. a durn 19 yr old is doing them in.

Big Ray

April 27th, 2010
12:02 am

New blog up, fellas…