In this together

53 wins.

That’s been the answer for any question or challenge in regard to what the Atlanta Hawks tend to do in games. It has worked for 53 wins. Should any of us be surprised at what we saw in game 5, or just disappointed? You would probably get a different answer from fans as you would from players, or coaches for that matter. The problem, of course, is that what has gotten the Hawks to 53 wins in the regular season, does not seem to be getting them to 4 wins in a playoff series. Or maybe I’ve got that backwards. It’s what they’ve managed to overcome for 53 wins that is hurting them now. That “what” seems to be a myriad of things. The usual buzz words are floating around- “energy”, “focus”, “execution”, and a host of others.

Cliches, all of them.

Yet in the midst of our doldrums, we have to remember that the series is not yet over, even if it feels like it is. Not officially, anyway.

Piecing it Together

After winning the first two games, it’s like the Hawks thought they had it all in the bag. Only, that doesn’t make sense when considering how they’ve played on the road this year. They proved they could lose in anybody’s arena, at any time. So they came out flat and disinterested for the most part in game 3, and got a royal spanking for their efforts (or lack thereof). Then came game 4, where they remembered to bring the energy and effort, but forgot execution. Fast forward to game 5, and the execution is there, but not for the entire game, much less when it counted most.

Atlanta just cannot seem to bring the total game all at once. In the regular season, a 3 game losing streak isn’t all that bad. In the regular season, you have time to bounce back. The playoffs are different. Lose three games, and you are on the brink. Lose three in a row and you are all but finished. Only the most mentally tough teams seem to be able to manage this, and even then, not many of them do. Are the Hawks that tough? A big question, and one that may already have the inevitable answer. Only one thing is certain in this series right now, and that would be that the Milwaukee Bucks’ toughness can’t be questioned. Down 0-2, the Bucks stormed back and took the fight right to the Hawks’ doorfront. Then they kicked the door down. Now the fight goes back on the road, in front of a raucous crowd that will cheer every good Bucks play, and jeer every Hawks gaffe. Oh, and they’ll probably have some very special signs made up for Josh Smith.

 

Against all Odds

Remember when this was supposed to be Milwaukee, what with the loss of center Andrew Bogut? The shoe is now on the other foot. Now it’s Atlanta that is trying to beat the odds. The odds that they can win on the road. That they can come from behind, late in a playoff series. They they can play the total game from start to finish.

You would think that an inspiring road win (if it happens) may lead to a triumphant return home, where the Hawks could close things out and head to the second round. But even if that does happen, will it be all that triumphant? Will the Hawks be the better for it? Or will they be tired, disillusioned, and ready prey for the Orlando Magic, possibly even succumbing to a second straight round 2 sweep? Maybe we’re just entertaining dark thoughts, rather than showing faith in our team, as Bucks fans showed faith in theirs (ok, maybe it’s just me with the dark thoughts here).

How about the team? What would their perspective be? Do they have enough moxie, enough heart, to want vengeance? Surely they want to prove that capturing the third seed in the playoffs was more about what they earned and gained, rather than what the Boston Celtics lost. Clearly they would want to show that they are indeed improved, and that 53 regular season wins was no aberration. Having missed the opportunity to do this in games 3, 4, and 5, the Hawks now find themselves with all of this and more on the line in game 6.

A tough lesson before moving on, or a swan song of a supposed bird of prey? Which do we get to see on Friday?

Whichever it is, the Hawks are in this together. Maligned coach, soon-to-be free agent star, and all.

 

 

232 comments Add your comment

doc

April 30th, 2010
9:35 pm

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doc

April 30th, 2010
9:38 pm

didnt get to see this one, got stuck in north ga town “watching” on a computer. wish i had. seems some things went right for our guys. maybe some confidence returns as well for game seven.

go hawks!

out of here.

doc

April 30th, 2010
9:39 pm

btw this is the first adversity this team has had all season. no injuries sometimes means the coach and team get complacent.

Melvin

April 30th, 2010
9:44 pm

Great road win by the Hawks. Bring it back to the “A” babe…

vava74

April 30th, 2010
9:52 pm

well, we won, but we sure tried to f**k up this one as well.

I know that Astro will be back with usual load of crap, but the simple fact is that we had no offense again in the 4th and survived this time on account of Crawford.

Let’s hope that he is really back and he plays like this in the 7th.

Good to see Horford aggressive again.

HOWEVER, we were in trouble again and launching stupid shots when we should have tried to rotate the ball.

One of the most incredible things we can always witness in our Hawks games is our typical outcome off a time out:

1 or 2 out of 10 times we get a alley hoop dunk (always when the game is not on the line), the rest 8 or 9 out of 10, we either lose the ball or launch a bad shot with zero quality ball movement.

Sautee

April 30th, 2010
9:57 pm

This could be a defining moment.

Unless we lose Sunday.

Or unless we go down 4-0 to the Magic.

But….otherwise, this could be a defining moment. ;-)

Melvin

April 30th, 2010
11:38 pm

Nire,

Watching the OKC/LA game. Mark Jackson just said he would choose great offense over great defense any day. See, I’m not the only one with that perspective…..

jlewis

April 30th, 2010
11:46 pm

Will somebody mention the defense JJ played tonight please. Other than Jamal Crawford, no one on this team can get their own shot, please realize this. The roster sucks

M.C.

May 1st, 2010
12:04 am

first I would like to applause the Atlanta Hawks for a job well -done ! they did what was expected from them. They eliminated the mass volume from the crowd and stayed focus on winning.
the hawks came together as a unit and shared the ball without any reservations the energy on the court came from all directions. the support came from the bench cheering them on with standing ovation and waving of the logo-towels. the hawks played excellent defense with blocking the bucks key players, in nut-shell this is call process of elimination (GO HAWKS ! ) now if they can use that same MOMENTUM in game (7) the hawks can go forward in the (2) round with that being said I challenge all readers and Hawk’s fans to come-out and support the Hawks wearing white on Sunday May 2, 2010 @ 1:00pm . “lets the bucks know that we don’t fear the deer” the deer fear the bird”"

from a true fan M.C. (Jonesboro)

Big Ray

May 1st, 2010
12:31 am

Had to watch the game from the DVR recording again.

Good road win. I wasn’t feeling too good after that first half.

Second half was much better.

Thank good ness Mike Woodson scrapped that damn switch defense long enough for us to clamp those guys down. Traps worked much better, as did man-to-man defense. I’m not however, impressed with his 2nd half offensive adjustments. All I heard was “I want to see 3 or 4 passes before a shot goes up.” WTF is that? Is that all there is to offense? All the same, he must have gotten some kind of message across, because the Hawks remained tough on defense, and managed to get a few things going on offense. I’m sorry, but I just can’t give him credit for much here, as there weren’t any different play calls that I could see. We played largely the same way, we just finally started getting the ball in where it needed to go, and stopped the circus of ISOs. Why did it take this long to make these adjustments? Didn’t we know what worked in games 1 and 2? All the same, Woody had those guys doing defense they way they needed to. Thank goodness for the defensive wrinkes.

Why? Because the Buck’s gameplan was simple: wait for us to do that stupid switch, then exploit it. I have no freakin’ clue why it took 3 WHOLE GAMES to figure out how that was happening.

After we stopped the dribble exhibitions by JJ and Jamal, we went to the post more, and that created some better looks and opportunities. Meanwhile, Mike Bibby and most notably Jamal Crawford made shots. Jamal was Mr. 4th Quarter. Horford helped out some there as well.

Good thing, too, because Joe was doing everything but what we needed him to do, since his hot start. I’d like to give him props for still managing to get 22 points, but the fact is…he took 24 shots to get there, and he was only 4-4 from the line. That’s not being aggressive, that’s just taking a bunch of shots. Some of those shots were just plain awful. I think he’ll have a much better game 7, though. In fact, I’m all but sure of it. Glad to see his teammates step up and take the load in the second half. His defense looked pretty damn good though, bottling up Salmons like it was nothing.

What stood out to me most was:

Al Horford’s constant battling in the paint, on the glass, wherever he happened to be on the court. We really, really needed it.

The energetic defensive play of Josh Smith, who eventually began intimidating the Bucks, making nearly all of them stay outside for their shot attempts. He stayed calm, played under control, and helped Al fight on the boards. The way those two guys play together and feed off of each other can be beautiful to watch. Loved the blocked shots, but that steal he made that ended up in a basket and foul was pure fuel for the Hawks. Call him a dummy all you like, we need that guy, and he’s headier than you want to believe, as long as he’s focused.

Mike Bibby impressed me with his defensive effort as well, believe it or not. He bodied up to guys, taking away their dribble moves. As bad as he can be defensively, that worked, and Jamal should take a page from that book.

Jamal was composed, aggressive, and effective on offense. Aggressive is not taking a bunch of shots (particularly contested fall-aways). Aggressive is attacking the defense.

Good win, and way to withstand the Bucks final run in the 4th. Now let’s take this thing back to Philips, beat the Bucks, and shut their fans up for good.

Big Ray

May 1st, 2010
12:50 am

Heh, heh, heh…..

Ando STILL gets some of you by the tail…..

Funny comments by the nearly equally long absent MannyT (though I can’t and don’t blame you)…

Big Ray

May 1st, 2010
12:53 am

“Ando STILL gets some of you by the tail…..”

Or did I get that backwards? ;)

Sautee

May 1st, 2010
10:47 am

Wow. Like someone would read this drivel and actually change their mind?

One has to wonder about the purpose behind THAT amount of hate.

MannyT

May 1st, 2010
11:38 am

Be on the look out 8:02 AM

Yet another village has let their idiot wander into the internet.

Hopefully we can return said individual to original, non technical habitat.

O'Brien

May 1st, 2010
12:13 pm

Name me one starter from the Bucks who would start on the Hawks right now?

This is the reason why everyone was so frustrated with the Hawks losing 3 games to the Bucks. The Bucks are not that good (in terms of talent). What they have over us, is coaching, heart, and execution.

Great defense by the Hawks, and it was good to see Woody make some kind of adjustment defensively. Unfortunately, our offense is still bad.

I expect us to come out and win game 7 big, in front of the home fans. However, we will need to be better on offense to have a chance at beating the Magic.

niremetal

May 1st, 2010
4:59 pm

Melvin,

Remind me how many rings Mark Jackson has? ;)

Melvin

May 1st, 2010
6:03 pm

Nire,

I heard ya but how many guys who played during the Jordan era and wasn’t a teammate of Jordan who rings??? There were guys that was better than Jackson that didn’t win a ring either. So are you really going to use that to question one’s knowledge of the game?

niremetal

May 1st, 2010
6:17 pm

Melvin,

1) I was hinting at a broader point: Mark Jackson’s teams routinely got their asses kicked in the playoffs in large part because of Jackson’s atrocious defense. He was routinely called the NBA’s worst defensive guard. So citing him as a source for saying that defense is important has a certain irony to it. It’s kind of like hearing Don Nelson give the same analysis.

2) Mark Jackson played for 3 years before and 6 years after Jordan’s first title (not to mention the 2 years of Jordan’s first retirement) and never won a ring. His team only lost to the eventual champion three times (and one of those was in the first round). They only lost to Jordan’s Bulls once. It’s not like Malone and Stockton, who sniffed the title multiple times as their team’s stars but never made it.

3) In my view, at least, history pretty much settles this argument. Teams that score a lot but don’t play at least better-than-average defense never, ever win titles. Teams with average-to-below-average offenses and stifling defenses do win titles, and routinely. QED, IMHO.

niremetal

May 1st, 2010
6:37 pm

*that defense isn’t important

Big Ray

May 1st, 2010
6:45 pm

A friend e-mailed me and let me know the troll broke in the back door again (imagine that, him going “back door”). Well, the door is closed again for the moment. Man, the hobbies some people have…

Interesting back-and-forth on Mark Jackson (and any other potential head coach candidates). Not sure we can link how a guy played, to how he will coach, or what kind of coach he will be in the NBA. I think it goes without saying that an objective view is different than a subjective view. Once you’ve had a chance to step back and analyze the game, rather than having the subjective view of playing in it, you may begin to change your philosophy.

Having said that, not every player makes a good coach (or even a good GM for that matter). We have to account for learning curve, external influences (Michael Jordan influenced by Larry Brown, for example), and so much more.

A guy can be known for being a heck of an offensive player. Doesn’t mean he can coach. A guy could be known for being a good defensive player, but won’t coach that way. You just never know. I wouldn’t turn my nose up instantly at Mark Jackson as a head coach, but I wouldn’t be jumping up and down with a sign that says “Fire Woody, Hire Mark NOW”, either.

You’re seeing it more and more around the league, though. The Bulls went with Del Negro, and I’m still not sold on that one. Pistons went with Curry, and it bombed. Minnesota tabbed Kurt Rambis. Considering how he used to play, would you worry about his ability to coach the offensive side of the ball? Dude was never much on offense, making his name as a defender/rebounder/hustler. Maurice Cheeks didn’t last long. Neither did Avery Johnson. Scott Skiles got fired from one job, but is in another one now. Reggie Theus, what about him? Does that make them bad coaches or good ones? The only thing I could prove is that it makes them either employed or unemployed.

Even saying that guys like Avery Johnson and Mo Cheeks don’t have current job offers (that we know of) is misleading. They could have had job offers that they weren’t interested in. You also have to take into account that a guy may not have a job offer because either A) Teams are currently sticking with the devil that they DO know, or B) Maybe the current GM for some teams doesn’t like them, and wants to go in a different direction.

You just never know.

For now, I’m not worried about any of that. Game 7 is tomorrow. That’s what’s up.

MannyT

May 1st, 2010
6:56 pm

@Ray

You can delete my 11:38 AM Comment. It is so out of place now that the 8:02 is gone.

Yes, we are all in this together, but some days it is an odd place to hang out. I’ll still drop in and out. More in than Ando, more out the Niremetal.

For all the angst, one day you bloggers will admit that being a Hawks fan is like being a NASCAR fan. You want to see a good event, but the unpredictability of the wrecks also draws folks in. The low of game 5 increased the interest in games 6 and 7.

Looking forward to seeing which Hawks team shows up tomorrow. Some days, I think the Hawks logo should look a lot like this one :twisted:

To those lurking buck fans, FEAR THE DEERHUNTER. Looks just like a crazed hawk.

BWAF

MannyT

May 1st, 2010
7:02 pm

@BIG RAY Say it again…it’s all about game 7. We can play Sundevil (or Sund angel depending on your perspective and preferred shoulder) most of the summer.

Besides, you are right about type of coach is not related to type of player. Otherwise, Phil Jackson would have been in the hall of fame based on his playing career. :roll:

BWAF

O'Brien

May 1st, 2010
7:11 pm

I dont think a player’s credentials has anything to do with his coaching abilities. Magic tried to coach the Lakers, and that didn’t work. MJ might be a horrible coach.

And if I’m not mistaken, Woody was known more as an offensive player. But as we know, he doesn’t give a $hit about offense.

But If I’m Marc Jackson, I would take a job as an assistant HC first, to learn some more about the league.

Ray,

I’m thinking Hawks win big tomorrow (like our game 7 win over Miami last year). Hawks and Woody already had their wakeup call, and the crowd at Phillips will be rocking.

Big Ray

May 1st, 2010
8:24 pm

MannyT ,

Great comments (and I always appreciate your sense of humor). We’ll chop it up in summer, in the meantime I’ll look for a good win tomorrow. At least I hope so. I could do without a dramatic one, my nerves are frayed at the edges, LOL. I like the Hawks logo… ;)

O’brien ,

Not that I’m in any way qualified to do so, but if I was judging the merits and potential of a guy to be a head coach, I’d go EXACTLY where you suggested. Has the candidate got any meaningful experience as an assistant, and under whom? Jackson isn’t the only one who needs to go that route if he wants a job. I’d even suggest doing that for a number of years (not just one or two).

As for tomorrow, I’m hoping and looking for a big win as well.

Kudos to Woody for finally adding wrinkles to the defense, and to the players for buying into and executing it. Get into the 2nd round, and we will have to adjust again. Can coach and team do it again? We’ll see. But first, game 7…

vava74

May 1st, 2010
8:41 pm

Woody finally making changes to his defense only when we are with our backs against the wall gives me absolutely no solace.

Just shows how much better we could be with a better coach instead of that stubborn fool.

Our offense still sucked and we were 3 or 4 jumpers for the bucks going in and 3 or 4 of ours not going in away from a loss.

Our offense was slightly better in the 3rd quarter only but it only looked better because some of the bad shots (which were still there) went in.

Astro Joe

May 1st, 2010
8:48 pm

Ray, next time you talk to your long-winded ex-partner who just accused me of mis-remembering the wager from 2008, please reference the following:

By HB Ando
October 13, 2008 10:46 PM | Link to this
Last season, the difference between 7 and 10 was six games. While six games isn’t an insignificant number, my point was that Joe uses a six-game difference of opinion to paint himself as reasonable and optimistic and to castigate me as the purveyor of “doom”?
That’s a bit of an overstatement, don’t you think?
My exact point wasn’t that there is no difference between 7 and 10, but that the difference was hardly great enough to continue this ridiculous assertion that I seek to be the grim reaper of the Hawks fortunes.
In other words, Joe, why don’t you try something a little more valid, to build yourself up, than opportunistically jumping on Lacsho’s rant about how my lower expectations are a buzz kill?
In classic Joe fashion, lacking any substance, your response to a detailed rebuttal, regarding front-line rotations, and the issues I highlight, is to, as I predicted, dismissively state that “we have nothing left to discuss” if I think that the difference between 7 and 10 is not that great. This is now four straight years of you calling me out, me responding with actual basketball-related perspectives, and you bailing out and failing to ever finish anything you started.
You did exactly what I predicted you would. You arrogantly dismissed the point, without actually objectifying the facts (six games), and did so as if the very idea was beneath you. Regardless of the basketball issues, you absolutely validated the exact traits I highlighted, regarding your substance-less, and always predictable, style.
Thank you for making my point that much more obvious.
So, Joe, why don’t you put your money where your mouth is: $100 the Hawks don’t make the playoffs. After all the blather we’ve heard from you, regarding your history of corporate management, I have to assume you can afford to risk a measly $100, since you’re opinion is beyond reproach, and you’re so certain I don’t know what I’m talking about (and the difference between 7th and 10th is great enough to tsk-tsk me).

http://www.ajc.com/blogs/content/shared-blogs/ajc/hawks/entries/2008/10/10/new_additions.html?cxntfid=blogs_hawks

Astro Joe

May 1st, 2010
8:50 pm

http://www.ajc.com/blogs/content/shared-blogs/ajc/hawks/entries/2008/10/10/new_additions.html?cxntfid=blogs_hawks

If you read Ando’s 10:46 PM post on 10/12/08, tell me how much of a wager he offered up to me. Maybe my reading skills aren’t what they used to be.

Astro Joe

May 1st, 2010
8:51 pm

My bad, 10/13/08.

Big Ray

May 1st, 2010
8:52 pm

And as I was pontificating about coaches who are employed vs unemployed, this article was written. Huh, guess ol’ Avery isn’t as unwanted as some of us might have thought, eh?

http://www.ajc.com/sports/johnson-to-talk-with-512103.html

Astro Joe

May 1st, 2010
9:00 pm

And yes, Woody did add some wrinkles to the defense and he did the right thing by not disclosing those wrinkles to the media prior to the game.

Astro Joe

May 1st, 2010
9:06 pm

From my vantage point, the Hawks (or Woody in many cases) can’t satisfy some around here unless they win 4 more games in the post-season… 1 against the Bucks and 3 against Orlando. Anything short of that and it feels like some will still b-tch and moan.

vava74

May 1st, 2010
9:28 pm

the Bucks are easily the least talented team of the 16 that qualified for the playoffs (due to Bogut’s injury).

yet, they managed to expose all of Woody’s coaching deficiencies.

it was ONLY when Woody made changes to his scheme (on the 88th game of the year and facing elimination) that we managed to look able to control a “strong” opposing back court.

I think that winning a 7 game series against the Bucks in 7 games will avoid the “laughing stock of the NBA” label we were about to get if we lost the series in 6 games, however, it will still be – if it does happen – embarrassing.

Truth is Told

May 1st, 2010
9:29 pm

HB Ando
10/13/2008
10:46 PM

So, Joe, why don’t you put your money where your mouth is: $100 the Hawks don’t make the playoffs. After all the blather we’ve heard from you, regarding your history of corporate management, I have to assume you can afford to risk a measly $100, since you’re opinion is beyond reproach, and you’re so certain I don’t know what I’m talking about (and the difference between 7th and 10th is great enough to tsk-tsk me).

vava74

May 1st, 2010
9:33 pm

by the way, the Celts are in command of game 1, however, they are being heavily loaded with fouls.

I only saw a few minutes up until now, however, with the Celts up by 8 or 9, they called a charging foul on Rondo instead of a +1 which was outrageous…

A few other commentaries: Mo Williams D sucks like hell. I would say that he is looking like Crawford on D.

Mike Brown seems in the same league of Woody, more or less. Very poor coaching from what I could see.

Astro Joe

May 1st, 2010
9:46 pm

Am I mis-remembering that the Lakers struggled with the Rockets last season sans Yao and T-Mac? Didn’t that series go 7 games?

vava74

May 1st, 2010
9:49 pm

It was embarrassing for the Lakers anyhow. Furthermore, the Lakers’ problems were a clear lack of focus, not a lack of coaching.

Obviously the fact that they went on to win the championship wiped that out, however, are you confident that IF we win the Bucks’ series we will win at least 2 games against Orlando?

I’m not.

O'Brien

May 1st, 2010
9:51 pm

vava,

I have listened to a Cleveland radio station, and hear fans (and the host) talk bad about Mike Brown. Basically, they feel like the only thing holding Cleveland back is Mike Brown. He is a very good defensive coach, but they say he is so focused on defense (Cavs are usually near the top in team defense) that he doesnt pay as much attention to offense as he should (sound familiar?).

And with a loaded roster, they wonder if he will be able to put the right players in the game, and make the right adjustments.

As for the game tonight, I am rooting for the Celtics.

AJ,

It’s not just about wins and losses. I think its also about effort. Because if the Hawks play well, and lose 4-2, most fans will be satisfied.

But if we lose 4-2, and we had double digit leads in 2 of those losses, only to see the offense go ISO oriented, and struggle, then yeah, fans will not be satisfied.

Or if we lose 4-2, but the average margin of defeat is 20 points (in our 4 losses), then fans might not be thrilled either (even if we do win 2 games).

One of the Hawks owners (Gearon Jr) said he expects the Hawks to go far. I wonder what his definition of “far” is.

vava74

May 1st, 2010
9:53 pm

maybe by the 4th game Woody will ditch again the switching D and we snatch a win… since we all know that tomorrow he will get us to play again the switch.

he I am pretty sure that he is now thinking that this way he will surprise the Bucks.

Astro Joe

May 1st, 2010
10:01 pm

Sounds like a lot of reasons to be dissatisfied to me. I wonder if y’all go to your favorite restaurant looking for reasons to hate the food, drinks or service.

vava74

May 1st, 2010
10:04 pm

the celts melted on the 3rd period and are now down by 1…

shooting from outside instead of going in. ‘Sheed plays on account of what? the size his contract or the size of his belly?

niremetal

May 1st, 2010
10:05 pm

Ando,

Not for nothing, but you need to suck up your hurt pride, admit you were wrong, and get back to making posts. You were wrong about the Hawks trading Bibby, wrong about the Hawks making the playoffs, and wrong about the Hawks’ payroll. Fine. Everyone around here has been wrong. But we don’t run away with our tails between our legs when it happens. We man up and admit we were wrong. Yeah, you made the mistake of putting money on it and blustering more than usual, but enough time has passed that you should be able to separate yourself from that and man up.

Come on, man. Enough is enough. Just get it over with, pay any debts you have (and deal with that OFF the blog) and get back here. Because no matter how many clashes people have with you, you were a good contributor to the blog.

niremetal

May 1st, 2010
10:06 pm

I’m with those who say they were satisfied that Woody made adjustments. The biggest thing that I noticed is that we were trapping and staying on some screens involving Jennings and Ridnour instead of outright switching. That was huge. So yeah, I give Woody a lot of credit for the win.

That being said, it won’t cut it to wait until game 6 to make an adjustment like that against Orlando.

vava74

May 1st, 2010
10:11 pm

Hickson is by FAAAAR the best CAV inside and Brown rewards him – after another bucket (5 for 7) by replacing him for Shaq (4 fouls in 10 minutes, 1 for 6 from the field)

O'Brien

May 1st, 2010
10:21 pm

Vava,

Also, shaq can’t run the floor like hickson either.

I hope Celtics can pull it out, because this might be their best chance to win 1 in Cleveland.

vava74

May 1st, 2010
10:33 pm

OB,

the refs just botched a call: it should have been the 6th on Shaq. Instead it was a block by Lebron and 4 second on shot clock with the Cavs up by 3…

It’s obvious that Shaq still commands a respect from the refs that Hickson doesn’t.

nire,

I am not saying that I was not happy with Woody’s changes, it is just they make me even madder at how he has made us play the switching D all the time.

vava74

May 1st, 2010
10:36 pm

now Shaq got away with an offensive goal tending call… a clear one.

vava74

May 1st, 2010
10:42 pm

well, PP shot Boston out of the game, the refs gave a huge boost and the Lebron finished the job.

1-0 cavs

OB, you were right, this was their best opportunity to surprise the Cavs and they blew it.

Also, although I never had any particular sympathy for Garnett, it’s kind of sad looking at him so washed up…

I’m off

Big Ray

May 1st, 2010
10:55 pm

I’ll agree that Woody’s adjustments sufficed in game 6. We still have game 7 coming up, and I’m just refusing to look past that. No talk of Orlando or anything else until then. Milwaukee won’t lay over and play dead.

Niremetal ,

Doesn’t get anymore straight-forward than that. We’ll see what happens in response, eh?

O’brien ,

Curious what Cleveland fans had to say about Mike Brown. I say he’s looking for a job if they can’t at least compete hard in the NBA Finals. Seriously, that team has no business missing out on the Finals like they did last year.

Here’s two big differences between Brown’s situation and Woody’s:

1) Brown has Lebron. ‘Nuff said.

2) If #1 wasn’t enough, he also has one heck of a stacked roster, a solid 10 deep.

Woody has neither, regardless of how similar they seem.

niremetal

May 1st, 2010
11:08 pm

Ray,

Absolutely right re: not looking past game 7. Shouldn’t have said anything that even remotely hinted that tomorrow’s game was a foregone conclusion. You never know which Hawks are going to show up…

Big Ray

May 2nd, 2010
1:14 am

Nire ,

We’ll find out. :)