Hawks pointing fingers again

As if you haven’t heard enough about the Atlanta Hawks and their chemistry issues, here is just a bit more. The mean mugging has turned into finger pointing, with some heated exchanges here and there. What is wrong with this group of guys? Do they just not like each other, or is it only a problem when things aren’t going well?

 

QUESTIONS ABOUND

1) Should the Hawks have hired a different coach? Already we are hearing so many of the same things coming out of Larry Drew’s mouth, that came out of Mike Woodson’s mouth. It’s uncanny, really. If that alone is not enough to convince management that the problems involve the guys wearing the jerseys, then I don’t know what else can be said. Drew seems to have a good plan on both sides of the floor. But even now, the way these guys are playing (or not playing), some people are beginning to question his abilities. Some called for the hiring of Dwayne Casey, Avery Johnson, or some of the top assistants who were coming up the coaching pipeline. Would any of these guys have the Hawks playing better? Would they have been able to adjust the culture in a positive way? Something tells me that the Little General would have gone all but crazy dealing with the issues the Hawks have, and may have turned them off even worse than they are now. Or, maybe he would have had the opposite effect. What do you think?

2) How soon must Sund make a move? Everybody has a trade idea, and the Hawks are struggling as an entire unit. However, key positions are suffering, and the latest losing has only magnified the problems that we already knew were there. Can GM Rick Sund afford to wait until around the trade deadline, or must he make a move now? Of course, we do not know that is available in the trade market, and making a move for the simple sake of making a move is never really a very good idea, unless the assets involved are expendable and depth is not an issue. But since when is that ever the case? So….when does Sund make a move, and what moves should he put the most priority on?

3) Which one of “the core” needs to go? The core concept exists with every team, even if it seems like the Hawks are the only one completely stuck on the idea. However, it has become glaringly clear that the Hawks need to make some hard decisions on their core. With this much unrest and finger-pointing, clearly the issues involve more than the bench, and are actually bleeding from the starting unit as well. Like it or not, major changes must occur, and the less emotion involved, the better off the Hawks will be. Oh, and this is a trick question. I said which ONE must go, but there is nothing to say that more than one shouldn’t go. Who do you pick to be shipped off, why, and in return for whom (or what position)?

4) Is Jordan Crawford good enough to take on a part of Jamal Crawford’s role? While it may seem like this question is coming out of left field, the fact remains that Jamal Crawford is a popular pick for making a trade, and many believe his days in Atlanta are numbered. Then again, there are trade rumors involving Josh Smith, too, so take it all with a grain of salt. Either way, trading Jamal makes sense on a number of levels if the right assets can be had in return. If Jamal goes, the Hawks may want to consider getting  a small forward in return, allowing the Hawks to use Mo Evans at shooting guard, along with Jordan Crawford. Or, the Hawks could stick with Evans platooning time at both shooting guard and small forward, and using Jordan Crawford as the backup shooting guard. The rookie has absolutely no fear, no lack of aggression, and has the killer instinct of any true scorer. While his defensive capability is a work in progress, could he be any worse on that end of the court than Jamal? We haven’t seen the rook play a whole lot, but lately he has gotten in some PT. What do you think? Does he have enough of the goods right now to help justify a Jamal trade? Can he step into a 10 minute per game or so role?

Of course, there are a slew of questions behind all those, and you should feel free to add/ask your own.

5) Do other teams have these kinds of problems? Nothing is fun when you’re losing, but I’ve seen teams with worse records doing better than this. The Hawks have a winning record (for the moment), and they look and sound like a hot mess. Is it mere panic to be talking like this less than 15 games into the season, or is the sky really falling? How about those teams that experts predicted would be better than the Hawks this season? The experts are looking more and more right every day, proven so by your very own Atlanta Hawks, which is a sad commentary in and of itself. If the other teams are better, it’s because they are actual teams, not simply a group of guys wearing the same jerseys. Among the many disturbing comments I’ve read to date, this was the worst, from guard/forward Mo Evans:

The Celtics know who they are,” Mo said. “We don’t have an identity, unless it’s when things go bad we go the other way. Maybe that’s out identity and we don’t know it.”

What does that say to you? Is this a player speaking out of frustration, or a guy trying to use a media outlet to justifiably call his teammates out? Does it even matter? Is this really our Atlanta Hawks?

 

HAWKS VS. NETS

Tonight’s affair will tell a lot about the team. What good will a closed door meeting have? That works for teams who are together already, and know who they are, as well as what they’re capable of. It doesn’t work for teams who have yet to figure themselves out, and don’t seem at all committed to each other. All the same, the Nets are still one of the worst teams in the East, and a game against them should be a good opportunity for the Hawks to put another notch in the win column. Yet, nothing is guaranteed. The Hawks could get through this on talent alone, or they could play the way they are capable of playing. Or….they could go through a single tough stretch during the game, and fold like a deck of cards. If this happens, it might be time to find that panic button.

Key Matchups

It could be the growing pains of the league, or adjusting to life under the Little General, but Nets center Brook Lopez hasn’t looked as good this season. His shooting percentage is dismal for a big man who spends a good amount of time near the basket (42%), and his rebounding is way down from last season (6.3 rpg). This makes him an easy target for the surging Al Horford, who could work his counterpart for another 20 and 10 performance, or close to it. To put that into better perspective, rookie sensation Derrick Favors is averaging just a smidgen more on the boards in roughly 15 minutes less per game. Meanwhile, the Nets rely on tough man Kris Humphries, who is giving them just under 8 points per game on 66% shooting, and 7.3 rebounds in about 21 minutes per game. In fact, out of all of the Nets front court guys, Humphries could be the key. If the Hawks reserves (Pachulia and Powell) don’t ante up, Favors and Humphries will beat them like a drum on the boards. Let’s also not forget Troy Murphy, who the Nets may decide to employ against the Hawks more than his usual playing time.

The Nets also aren’t shy about shooting from the perimeter. Troy Murphy figures in here as well, along with Travis Outlaw, and Anthony Morrow looking to go deep from time to time. In fact, the Nets have six guys who like to chuck it up from 3 point land, and only Murphy is truly struggling (27.3 %), although Devin Harris (31%) and Jordan Farmar (30%) aren’t exactly hot from that distance. Still, the other guys are anywhere from 36% to 43%. What does that mean? New Jersey will try to stay in the game or win it with their jumpers, and if the Hawks let them have uncontested shots, look out. Perhaps more key here will be Josh Smith and Marvin Williams keeping the bigger New Jersey shooters under wraps. This has been a real problem for Smith, lately.

At point guard, Mike Bibby needs to continue his admirable efforts on both ends of the floor, to make Jersey guard Devin Harris work hard. Harris is a bit under the radar as far as point guards go, but the guy hasn’t lost a step of speed, and his stats this season (16.8 ppg, 6.8apg, 46.7% shooting) are healthy enough. Backing him up is the heady Farmar, who manages to make enough of the right passes (4.2 apg) to offset his horrendous shooting (34% from the field). Jeff Teague will get another good lesson, but will Jordan Crawford see some playing time?

And who knew that in the midst of a stormy season, that Mike Bibby would be steadier than most?

114 comments Add your comment

J from the A

November 23rd, 2010
6:44 pm

Big Ray

November 23rd, 2010
6:49 pm

Indeed you are, J from the A .

Big Ray

November 23rd, 2010
6:50 pm

Be back in a while….trying to get rid of this kidney stone, and it ain’t cooperating…

Luke Cage

November 23rd, 2010
6:59 pm

Hawks just need to drive more to the basket, try getting to the line when things go awry.

gary

November 23rd, 2010
7:09 pm

you sow what you reap – Management is tied to Joe Johnston for the next five years, What a waste of money. No one will take on his contract so Hawks fans get use to this for the next five years way to go Hawks Managment team.

chuckw/deadjournalist

November 23rd, 2010
7:12 pm

Drew isn’t the issue here, the players are. I wish someone would have the stones (no pun Big Ray) to come out and say who the guy(s) are that are the cancers. From reading the media reports it seems to be Al and Josh constantly saying the right things but does that not mean they aren’t the biggest culprits? Is it Bibby? Is it Joe? Marvin?

Inquiring minds want to know…

J from the A

November 23rd, 2010
7:18 pm

Why is everyone playing so timidly on offense?

mdonnel34

November 23rd, 2010
7:21 pm

The problem the Hawks can’t seem to get is that; there is no floor leader on this team. Josh Smith is only exciting when he is agressive going to the basket “rather than the referee’s, Marvin Williams is a bust, he walks around like a woman who lost her purse in the store and doesn’t know what to do. His basketball accumen is so low it can’t even be measured. Joe Johnson is a good player but he’s afraid to get in the face of players and get on them for poor performance, maybe because he doesn’t speak good english (have you heard him in a one on one interview, he needs speech therapy). Al Hortford is the only true professional on the team. Mo Evans is a horrible shooter, who said this guy can shoot…..give me a break. Pachulia shouldn’t even be in the league he’s someone that management needs on the staff to breakup the color barrier. Look at the kid from the clippers he’s destroying other players but he just has a bad squad around him but he is still playing with heart. The owners of the Hawks need to build a team and stop looking for a tax write off for their millions of dollars, the fans don’t care if you guys have a lockout at all, join the line of the unemployed and lets’ see if you will play with heart if and when you get your jobs back…pitiful excuse for a team and for people who call themselves professional athelets….get a real job.

jlewis

November 23rd, 2010
7:34 pm

It does not take a genius to figure this out, you’ve taken the ball out of your best players hands for the sake of “ball movement” maybe those guys shouldnt have been getting it. Your problem is Josh Smith, he’s a hard head, I know he’s making some this year, but the guy is still shooting a lot of jumpers, he’s a momentum killer. He killed the Hawks with his comments in Milwaukee last year, the team went south after then, watch the body language on the floor, if the guy couldnt fix himself after all this time, no coach can.

Melvin

November 23rd, 2010
7:40 pm

Just turn on the game and Hawk are down 10 at the end of the 1st qtr by the Nets…My goodness.

Melvin

November 23rd, 2010
7:48 pm

Ok hopeful that dunk by Josh can wait this team up (for the rest of the year)… although he travel….lol

HB

November 23rd, 2010
7:49 pm

Josh is good when he wants to play but when things are not going his way he is very bad and shows no effort

O'Brien

November 23rd, 2010
7:49 pm

Quick. Trade jamal while he is hot

HB

November 23rd, 2010
7:50 pm

Travel? He ran

O'Brien

November 23rd, 2010
8:00 pm

nire, From the previous blog.

Although other teams might have been interested in our players, I dont think they were offering what the Hawks did.

I dont think Philly (or any other team) was offering Bibby a third year guarantee. We did.

That’s like when Mo Evans thought about signing with GS, but they offered him 2 years, Hawks offered him 3 years. So he signed with us.

Marvin was restricted, and we gave him 4 years with a player option for a fifth. So once again, its not like the Hawks got great value.

But I see your point. I just wish Hawks would have done things differently.

O'Brien

November 23rd, 2010
8:06 pm

Big Ray,

1) I was ok with the LD hire because I felt like he knew the issues first hand. However, I would have gone with the little General.

2) I think Sund should make a move now, but I dont think there is one available. So i think he will wait until the trade deadline.

3) I think Marvin needs to go. He will always be the guy who was picked instead of CP3 and Deron. And he has not done enough to justify his 5 years, $37.5 mil contract.

4) I think Jordan Crawford is good enough to take part of Jamal’s role, with Mo Evans taking the other part. I would like to see JC2 get minutes this year so that next year he can handle the backup SG spot on his own.

5) Do other teams have this problems? Miami might be the only good team with these problems. The teams that have these problems are perennial lottery teams.

Rob

November 23rd, 2010
8:21 pm

We have all this money commited to Joe Johnson, Josh Smith, Al Horford, and Marvin. This reminds me of the Hawks back when they were 2nd round wonders with Steve Smith, Mookie, Christian Laettner, and Dikembe Mutumbo. They couldnt get past the second round and they were sometimes kicked out of the first. This team may have a coaching problem, but this core stuff has gone on too long now. We need a star, and Joe is not it. I feel like the only untouchable person on this roster is Al Horford because Joe Johnson is not getting traded because of his MEGA deal. Trade Josh, Jamal, Marvin, and Twin to Nuggets for Carmelo and Nene.

Melvin

November 23rd, 2010
8:31 pm

What make me mad about Joe is, he wore that stupid brace on his hand against Boston and Dallas (after a 3 day break from previous game) now against the Nets he decide not to wear it… Conspiracy…

Ray

November 23rd, 2010
9:14 pm

Hey Big Ray could you tell us more about this finger pointing going on like whom it may be.

Have you and MC done any investigating on this matter cause I’d be nice for the rest of us to know. I will say I already have my suspects of who’s doing it though.

Big Ray

November 23rd, 2010
9:21 pm

Huh. Hawks find themselves going to overtime. Some would say they earned their way back to it. I’d say they shouldn’t be there in the first place.

Big Ray

November 23rd, 2010
9:21 pm

Ray ,

I honestly couldn’t say for sure, but I too have my suspects. MC may know, but I don’t know if he is going to tell…

Shakespeare S. Shakespeare

November 23rd, 2010
9:24 pm

Don’t worry about Atlanta, the Heat will be the team to beat at the end of the season. Old Boston, Orlando and Chicago will bow to the Heat. Never you mind how they are looking now. Wad is hurt, but he will be well soon! Like cream heat always rises to the top. “Let’s Go Heat. By the way, check out Tuxedoabe on U Tube.

Big Ray

November 23rd, 2010
9:24 pm

mdonnel34 ,

Color barrier? Really? Come on, man…

O’brien ,

Enjoyed reading your answers to my questions…..

Big Ray

November 23rd, 2010
9:27 pm

I say Al Horford doesn’t need any fingers pointed at him. He’s a pro. He makes his share of mistakes, but he plays with effort, and he has solid skills.

I’m guessing Al points at Josh sometimes. I’m also guessing guys point at Jamal. And Marvin.

I’m tired of Teague getting across the court and looking for somebody to pass it to. Not for an assist, just to get rid of the ball, it seems. And once the ball is out of his hands, he doesn’t get it back. He just kinda hangs out and stands around. What good is that?

Big Ray

November 23rd, 2010
9:29 pm

Josh is giving minimal effort out there at times. Too many times, to be exact.

I say we lose in overtime. Why? Because we won’t maintain the intensity we had in the last two minutes of the game, until the last two minutes of overtime. By then, half the guys will have given up, and it will be too late.

Here’s my rule: Overtime is won within the first two minutes, not the last two minutes.

jlewis

November 23rd, 2010
9:34 pm

I’ll still say it, for all of Josh’s positive plays, his negative plays and attitude kills this team, just look at the body language.

Ray

November 23rd, 2010
9:40 pm

You know what at this point blow up the roster even if it’s also along with Josh.

None of them are caring at the moment I know fingers want to be pointed at Josh, but at least he’s been trying harder this season. Jamal acts like he starts and doesn’t come off the bench too it seems.

Every time Teague is on the floor with him I cringe because I still feel like Teague is getting bullied out there, and needs to take control of that, and needs to do something about that.

Melvin

November 23rd, 2010
9:42 pm

Hawks never had the lead in this game and the game was only tied 3 times… Oh yeah, this was against the Nets…

Big Ray

November 23rd, 2010
9:44 pm

Top 5 reasons we lost:

1) Shoddy execution on offense. One major issue here : setting screens. This team sets some of the sorriest screens in the entire League. I mean that. Ever notice how hard our guards have to fight to get through screens set by the opposing team? Well, we never make other teams fight that hard. We set sh!tty screens.

2) Failure to close out and pick up open shooters on defense. Smith is notoriously bad about this on perimeter-capable forwards. However, Marvin has been bad about it, Jamal is bad, and Bibby is bad. Bibby gives the most effort out of the three, however, and has the slowest foot speed. That speaks volumes about Marvin.

3) Joe continuing his struggles from the field. This is a tough one to understand, as this offensive system is supposed to give him better looks. Refer to point #1 as part of the issue. In the meantime, he has been racking up the assists, showing that he’s not hogging the ball.

4) Josh Smith’s inconsistent effort and intensity. When he felt like it, the stat stuffer played well. When he didn’t, he disappeared into the same nowhere land that Marvin usually inhabits. That’s also how he deals with frustration. He also took too many ill-advised jump shots. His effort was truly lacking out there. I can think of maybe 6 or 7 actual possessions where he played with any level of intensity. I’m serious about that. This team does badly when he plays this way. They need his intensity, he didn’t bring that tonight.

5) You cannot have a starter be a non-factor in a game. If this happens, you have to have an adequate performance from a backup. Jamal can make up for some of JJ’s lack of shooting/scoring. He cannot do this and make up for both Joe and somebody else. Bottom line – Marvin was a non-factor in this game, by and large. He played some rather good defense on a number of possessions, but not often enough. He got almost nothing done on the glass, and I would not have even known that he scored had Bob Rathbun not mentioned that the 3 pointer he hit was only his third of the season.

And that is a problem. Because we don’t have somebody on the bench that we can substitute for Marvin, and have them make up for his inadequacy.

Big Ray

November 23rd, 2010
9:47 pm

jlewis ,

I’m afraid that you are correct. There was a time that I would have disagreed, but that time is past. Josh’s attitude and play is so pivotal to the team at this point. Be looking for a blog on this…not sure exactly when I’m going to put it out, but be looking for it….

Ray

November 23rd, 2010
9:49 pm

So far to sum this season up in terms of core players

Horford, Bibby, Teague, and JC2. The rook may not hit all their shots, but they bring a lot of energy same for Teague.

Josh is floating inbetween somewhere he wants to be a core player, but he takes his frustation out on the wrong things.

chuckw/deadjournalist

November 23rd, 2010
9:53 pm

the team needs on the court leadership, plain an simple. i keep going back to battier. although his stats aren’t much different than marvin’s what he could bring to the team in terms of leadership can’t be underscored.

Big Ray

November 23rd, 2010
9:53 pm

Ray ,

Josh tries sometimes. It’s not about trying hard initially. It’s about perseverance when things don’t go well. Josh tries hard, but after a few busted plays, some blown defensive assignments, and then some calls that don’t go his way, he stops trying unless he sees an opportunity for a big play (dunk or block).

I notice that the Nets had a game plan that took him out of his element. He could have done some things for us on offense, but he choose to shoot from the outside. He got fouled on a couple possessions, but instead of taking it right to the hole again, he gave up after the refs failed to call the foul.

The Nets also didn’t give him a chance to block shots from the weak side. They either took it from the outside, or they went right at his chest, so he couldn’t use his length and leaping ability. As a result, there were no big plays to make. Josh became disinterested on defense, and it hurt us badly. He has GOT to realize that playing good team defense is not about just blocking shots or getting steals. It’s about making it hard for the opposing offense to do anything. Making them work like a dog for everything. That’s what Horford does. Wish Josh would do the same….and do it more often, not just when he’s in the zone.

As for Teague, I’m not going to blame Jamal Crawford. Teague is a pg. No point guard should allow himself to be bullied. If you’re a pg and you’re giving the ball up like that, you better be playing with Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, or Michael Jordan. And any of those guys will tell you right away, “don’t defer to me, just get me the ball when and where I need it.”

One more time…..Teague is a point guard. Distribution and facilitation is HIS job as point guard. Jamal isn’t a starter, he’s a reserve. EVen then, Joe has said “don’t defer.” Either Teague gets this one day, or he doesn’t. What he’s doing right now is forcing us to play 4-on-5 on offense. If he doesn’t take control, then Crawfor has to .

Scramble_J

November 23rd, 2010
9:54 pm

So, the highest paid player in the NBA doesn’t rank in the top 20 in any statistical category other than field goal attemps and minutes (the two categories that SHOULD guarantee success in the other categories)

UNBELIEVABLE!

Big Ray

November 23rd, 2010
9:56 pm

ChuckW ,

Man, what I wouldn’t pay to have a guy like Battier here….

Yes, we lack floor leadership, although I’d argue that Bibby and Horford should have been co-captains. Both guys know what to do, both guys are pros. Bibby has shown more energy and defensive effort this year than in the last two, if you ask me. Horford is who/what he is. They are our leaders, but instead we have three captains. One probably could care less if he is captain or not (JJ), another should have been one last year (Horford), and another seems to not know the difference between being team captain, and “Cap’n Crunch Cereal.”

Ray

November 23rd, 2010
9:58 pm

I understand that Teague is PG and he shouldn’t allow himself to be bullied, but……well I guess there isn’t much to say on that subject.

I still say Teague needs more time before we just ship him out hey we gave Marvin 6 years to see if he really was a #2 pick. So why can’t we give Teague at least another 2. He might turn out to be a better Josh Smith which I mean without the attitude problems of course.

Ray

November 23rd, 2010
10:02 pm

Well the hawks are 8-7 this is disappointing losing to a team that’s really still rebuilding a team that’s where we are in our second year under woodrow. Basically.

Big Ray

November 23rd, 2010
10:03 pm

Well, this cinches it. The Hawks are all but cooked. Barring a serious collective push by the team, the losing streak continues, and we will be watching a 53 win team reduced to sub .500 ball here directly.

Washington is not an easy out these days, let alone for teams who are not going to execute or play together. From there, it only gets worse. The Hawks continue to shoot themselves in both feet, then wonder why they can’t win a foot race.

I truly believe this is it, guys. Either the team suddenly learns how to overcome adversity, or it’s pure downhill from here. No, I’m not trying to panic. I’m just calling it like I see it. Road game or not, little rest or not, this team is unprepared. If you can’t compete with a team that has fewer wins than you have losses, then you’re destined to continue your losing ways.

And tonight’s game was NOT a competition. A team this bad has no business maintaining a lead for the vast majority of the game. Inexcusable. Makes me want to barf.

Big Ray

November 23rd, 2010
10:05 pm

Ray ,

Don’t get me wrong, bruh. I’m not saying “ship Teague out.” He definitely needs time. It’s just frustrating to watch him defer after everybody in the world tells him not to do that. I mean, what did he suppose was the point of Larry Drew announcing that he would be competing for the starting job back in training camp? Believe me, these guys want to see Teague succeed. It’s really up to him. Now I said I’d evaluate him after the first 20-25 games, and then again around the all-star break.

I just don’t like what I’m seeing at the moment. He’s hardly the reason why we’re losing games.

niremetal

November 23rd, 2010
10:11 pm

HB ≠ Ando, right??

johnr

November 23rd, 2010
10:20 pm

The only way fans can do anything about it is with their wallets. Time to stay at home.

doc

November 23rd, 2010
10:23 pm

did not see game only score sick to my stomach. celebrsting oldest child’s 25 th.

nire good travels tomorrow. i can appreciate ur plight though not from flying. dont put me on a ledge. enjoy thanksgiving with family. need tix thursday?

Miles D

November 23rd, 2010
10:44 pm

Part of the problem is that Josh Smith is our power forward but has the mind of a small forward. He just isn’t physical enough mentally and physically to get the job done, neither is Marvin or Zaza! Those three players, cost us, and cost us dearly, on a nitely basis! We get rid of those three plus and bench Mike Biddy due to his lack of speed, cause in ANY sport speed kills, and we’re a differnt ball club! WE NEED TOUGHNESS DOWN LOW!! Jump shooters are going to have off nites, but when that happens, u need to have CONSISTENT INSIDE PRESENCE, and we don’t any besides Al! LD is a good coach, just needs to put his foot down firmly, and not relent! Sorry Hawks fans, but thats the truth, no matter who’s coaching! How long can we blame the coaches? Its the players and mangement! I bet NONE of our owners came down and spoke to the team bout their dismal efforts! And that says alot! I think that us REAL fans should protest the NBA to do something! Cause they’re really losing money with noone is coming out to support this BS! WE need a REAL KNOWLEDGEABLE “OWNER”, thats committed to winning, or NOTHING is going to change! All winning organizations do this! Not once have u heard ANYONE from our organization has offered an apology to its fanbase and said that they would work tirlessly to fix the problem! Now, to me, THAT IS REALLY DISTURBING! I am a Hawks fan that was born and raised in this city and I know we deserve better! But we have got to demand better in order to expect better! Go Hawks!

Bangladesh

November 23rd, 2010
10:45 pm

Al and Josh are the only players worth keeping. Sund should consider trading Joe, Jamal, and Marvin in a three way deal for Melo nd a point gaurd, perhaps Moe Williams or even Arenas.

jlewis

November 23rd, 2010
10:47 pm

Joe was trying to tell everyone what the problem was but no one would listen, you could see it in his body language. The team didnt need a new coach, it needed:
1. Point guard that can defend
2. A big in the paint, other teams tend to have 3-4, we cant get one, the big kid they cut last year is playing minutes for Phoenix
3. Ship out Josh Smith, bad b-ball IQ and bad attitude.

I’m glad you’ve seen the light Ray, it was on all the time.

Astro Joe

November 23rd, 2010
10:54 pm

This is getting worrisome.

Melvin

November 23rd, 2010
10:56 pm

Hopefully the Lakers will beat the Bulls tonight and at least we are guarantee a loss by Orlando or Heat tomorrow…

O'Brien

November 23rd, 2010
11:08 pm

Big Ray,

Josh was 1-6 from outside the paint.

The last play in regulation where Josh hounded Devin Harris shows that he has it in him to play that kind of defense. But he chooses not to, and instead he focuses on blocks and steals.

And when was the last time JJ scored 20 points or more? Against Utah. his last 5 games? 16, 6, 11, 11, and 17. His last 5 shooting percentages? 33%, 20%, 29%, 33% and 42%.

I dont know what the problem is, but if he insists on playing, then he needs to produce like a guy making $124 mil.

Melvin

November 23rd, 2010
11:16 pm

uga-brave

November 23rd, 2010
11:24 pm

how long does it take? seriously.

we have a power forward that cant play with his back to the basket.

his footwork blows.

his idea of defense is the blocked shot.

the heck with off the ball defense.

he cant go right.

he has done zero in any off season to improve, and he pout all the time.

besides being to jump high and being left handed, he is a disappointment.

this team would be so better off with horford at the four.