Hawks vs. Magic – Playoff Preview, part I

Barring an incredible 8 game collapse on the part of Atlanta, coupled with an incredible 8 game performance by Philadelphia, it seems that the Hawks are fated to meet the Magic in round one of the NBA Playoffs. However, as the saying goes, “never say never.” Or maybe a more applicable one is “be careful what you wish for.”

The Last 8

The Philadelphia 76ers are currently four games behind the Hawks and have a semi-favorable schedule that does include 4 games against opponents with winning records. The Hawks have it worse, facing four top 4 seeds in their last 8 games. Maybe it’s a moot point right now. After all, Orlando is about as far behind Miami as Philly is behind Atlanta. So, the matchup most likely stands. However, the difference may indeed be how the Hawks and Magic play over their final 8 games.

In the case of the Magic, they already know their bread is buttered with Dwight Howard. If he’s happy and the perimeter jumpers fall, Orlando will go into the playoffs with a good attitude and will be very hard to deal with. The Hawks? Well, if they can’t find ways to beat teams with winning records, they will go into battle with a severe handicap, one they won’t be able to overcome.

Here Comes the Cliche…

Yes, it’s a “statement game.” It’s not a message to the Magic, although I’m sure they intend to send one to the Hawks. This game is a message from the Hawks, to the Hawks. Winning tomorrow night doesn’t give the Hawks a guarantee that they’ll be successful against the Magic when the playoffs start. What it hopefully does do, is help stabilize this team’s shakey frame of mind. Orlando hasn’t enjoyed the historic-level blowouts against Atlanta as they did last season, but as we all know, there is a difference between winning and “losing close.” So, tomorrow’s game simply can’t be approached as just another game. It’s a bit of a precursor, even if both teams don’t have all of their rotation players, much less at full strength.

Joe Returns

Larry Drew will be happy to have his star guard back in the lineup, and he’ll also likely throw Jason Collins in there as a starter against Dwight. Of course, that will send Marvin Williams to the bench, so there is that. But what about changes in game plans?

Dwight has been on a tear for his team, and it’s probably a good idea to get Zaza and the other guys ready to help deal with him. Might the slender-but-athletic Hilton Armstrong get any minutes against the Beast of the East? How about the rarely-utilized-but-very-physical Etan Thomas? Drew may want to strongly consider how he’s going to approach this, particularly if Al Horford struggles in the game.

We can pretty much rule out another 30+ point performance from Marvin Williams, seeing as how he’ll be coming off of the bench. But…wouldn’t it be prudent to let him see as many or more minutes off the bench than say….Jamal Crawford? Fact is, Jamal is not playing well, and plays less well when he’s asked to be a point guard. Marvin, on the other hand, has historically performed well off the bench (certainly for the most part) when asked to do so this season, and contributes in many more areas than Jamal regularly does (rebounding, defense, etc).

Does Jeff Teague “find minutes” in a game like this, or will Drew stick with the point guard combination of Hinrich and Crawford? I almost hate to ask this question of some of us, but what should LD do with the backcourt in this game, and ultimately, with this impending playoff series? Now might be a good time to get a firm indication of who will be the most effective, or at least who will be the most effective in various scenarios. As much as we may hate to see LD tinkering, meaninful tinkering…well, it might just mean something a couple of weeks from now.

Part II of the preview will be based on the results of tomorrow night’s game, along with the end of the season and the down-and-dirty details of the playoff matchup. In the meantime, let’s see just how this game goes.

236 comments Add your comment

niremetal

March 29th, 2011
10:08 pm

Good write-up, Ray. In a lot of ways, the Magic are the perfect playoff matchup for us because they are a team in disarray too (though obviously not as…ummm…obviously as the Hawks). I think tomorrow night’s game will tell us a lot. I feel like both teams will (should?) be trying to make a statement.

Unfortunately, I see Teague getting a DNP-CD. I don’t say “unfortunately” because I think Teague specifically needs minutes at PG. I say it because no Teague means lots of Jamal as backup PG. Ugh.

Come back Woody!!!

March 29th, 2011
10:13 pm

LD’s inconsistency in the lineup will put us at a disadvantage. He should use Wednesday to gauge how Teague, Zaza, and JJ at 3, line up against the Magic. If he continues to force Jamal to play the 1 it will be a short series.

Come back Woody!!!

March 29th, 2011
10:14 pm

he CANNOT wait untill the game is out of reach to put Teague in

Vesper

March 29th, 2011
10:15 pm

I say surprise the Magic and have Joe coming of the bench. Let Marvin start at the two! Then Joe can destroy Orlando’s bench!

Vesper

March 29th, 2011
10:17 pm

We have no draft pick next year so Teague needs to play more now!

kwooden

March 29th, 2011
10:44 pm

I’m confident LD is going with his normal rotation because he’s trying to get the guys in some kind of rhythm for the Playoffs. So as Nire has already stated, Teague will get next to no playing time and Jamal is going to get a lot of time at PG. Overall, I think the team is playing better and I understand the short rotation, but I don’t agree with it. Personally I would like to see Marvin come off the bench first for Al and then have Damien come in next for JJ. This would put Smoove at the PF and put Damien on the SG. Then bring Jamal in for Hinrich and let Jamal do his thing one-on-one.

Hopefully, the lose against Chicago woke this team up. They have to keep posting-up and keep attacking the basket. They get way too discouraged when their jumpshots stop falling and they actually stop rebounding the ball. Will see tomorrow night, if they’ve learned their lesson.

GO HAWKS!

Najeh Davenpoop

March 29th, 2011
11:29 pm

Teague and Kirk should get all the minutes at point guard. Collins should start, with Zaza also getting plenty of minutes guarding Dwight. (I’m OK with Al playing center for stretches here and there as a change of pace, but the Hawks have enough backup big men to where that shouldn’t be necessary for more than 10 minutes.) Jamal should be limited to playing 2 guard and be limited to 25 minutes or less. The Hawks should run the ball through the post, particularly posting up Smoove on Turkoglu. The Hawks (Jamal in particular) should avoid double teaming Dwight at all costs.

As we have seen this year, though, what the Hawks should do and what the Hawks end up doing don’t always match up, even when LD recognizes what the Hawks should do pre-game.

Ed

March 30th, 2011
1:52 am

Good work Ray…the only thing that has been consistent about LD this year is his inconsistencies. He has tinkered with the lineup all year and has never settled on a set rotation. It appears to me that he will go the rest of the way with a 7-8 man rotation coaching scared all the way. Fortunately, for the Hawks, the Magic bear small resemblance to their past teams that have owned Atlanta. As Nire mentioned they are in disarray also which gives us a puncher’s shot at winning the impending series. Atlanta winning tomorrow would do quite a bit to both team’s psyche and would bode well for the Hawks.

magicfan

March 30th, 2011
2:22 am

HA, a “statement game.” It’s the regular season folks, never put faith in regular season games (whether success or failure) because they do not represent even a fraction of what kind of energy and mental toughness is required in a playoff run.

However, lets look at the matchups. The hawks are virtually unchanged except for hinrich, and the Magic have replaced Vince Carter and Rashard Lewis for Hedo/J-Rich/Arenas. Now lets take a look at the Hawks playoff resume: swept by the magic in historical blowout fashion, struggled to put away a weak Bucks team without Bogut, the year before swept by the cavs and struggled to beat a weak miami team. The magic have had much better playoff success reaching the finals and the conference finals in the last two years.

So even if the Hawks win tonight, it won’t mean much come playoff time. their playoff history indicates they have trouble putting away teams and are mentally weak.

JohnGTFan

March 30th, 2011
7:01 am

Let’s be honest…Hawks lose by 21 tonight. JJ will go 6 for 20 and score, maybe, 15 points (some will blame it on his finger). People need to stop referring to him as the Hawks “leader”. He’s got the leadership qualities of a gerbil. Talent…absolutely…it’s all there. The mental aspect of the game…doesn’t have it. Hesitates way too much, which helps defenses recover when they double team him. The only true leader on this team is Al Horford.

But again, Hawks lose by 21 points tonight. Orlando is at full strength and they’re gonna remind our lowly Hawks, that what happened in last year’s playoffs, is here again. I think tonight I’ll watch paint dry.

But hey, BASEBALL SEASON STARTS TOMORROW!! GO BRAVES!!!!

O'Brien

March 30th, 2011
7:57 am

This season, we have a 2-1 edge, including a victory in Orlando without JJ. Therefore, knowing SVG, I think the Magic will want to send a message to the Hawks (lets not forget they wanted to send us a message in the preseason before the ’09 season). Hawks need to be ready.

In the first 3 Orlando meetings, Collins, ZaZa and Etan have combined to play 43, 32, and 40 minutes, so I expect a healthy dose of our 3 headed center rotation tonight. And with Marvin coming off the bench, I dont expect Damien to get more than 5 – 8 minutes.

“Fact is, Jamal is not playing well, and plays less well when he’s asked to be a point guard.”.

In a previous game, LD said he specifically did not play Teague because he wanted more minutes to try and get Jamal going. I expect the same thing tonight, more Jamal at Point (MJAP, so I won’t have to keep typing it later). I hope I’m wrong.

I hope Josh and the team don’t get jumper happy (assuming they are are not falling), and I hope JJ is more decisive with the ball. We need to pick and choose our spots, but we also need to go at Dwight. And hopefully, the refs wont be pro Magic.

I dont know if we win tonight, but I hope the Hawks will not be down double digits by the 3rd quarter. And it’s kinda sad that I have to say that about the #5 team SMH.

JohnGTFan

March 30th, 2011
8:11 am

O’Brien…I think we’re all hoping for that. I think the reality is, whether they’re falling or not, you’re going to see a TON of jump shots. Whether it’s because of Dwight or not, they’re not going inside. Jumper after jumper after jumper…and I believe they’ll be building a house with all the bricks going up tonight…Orlando by 21 :-(

Ken Strickland

March 30th, 2011
8:35 am

Why can so many of us fans see why Jamal is struggling and Drew cannot? He keeps trying to force that square peg into that round hole, and his stubbornness, or lack of insight, is hurting the team. I’ve noticed how JTeague’s recent play has stopped Drew from making those lame excuses for not playing him.

We certainly haven’t heard any more comments of late about his lack of aggressiveness, confidence and/or decision making. He just decides not to play him and that’s that. DWilkins and JTeague might not produce consistently on OFF, but they certainly do on DEF, while Jamal isn’t consistently producing on either end.

When Bibby acknowledged he was suffering from fatigue, Drew stated and demonstrated he wouldn’t change anything. Now we have Jamal acknowledging that his scoring issues are due in part to him playing so much PG, which isn’t his strong suit. And once again we have LDrew ignoring the obvious and continuing to force that square peg into that round hole.

We all know that Teague and Wilkins will consistently give us solid DEF, yet they continue to get limited mins, or none at all. When it comes to the playoffs, DEF has always trumped OFF.

Ken Strickland

March 30th, 2011
8:45 am

GTFAN-Even with DHoward, Orlando is still primarily a jumpshooting team. Dwight is the sum total of their DEF, and we have to make him work his butt off, which involves relying less on shooting 3’s, and more on ball and player movement. We need to consistently get into the lane and attack the basket, as well as utilize our midrange gm.

If we can’t get to the rim, pull up and shoot.

JohnGTFan

March 30th, 2011
8:59 am

Ken…I understand that. But I also know the Hawks…and we will be seeing (well not me, won’t be watching) a lot of jump shots b/c that’s what they do. There will not be much attacking of the rim. I truly hope I’m wrong, but I don’t think I am

JohnGTFan

March 30th, 2011
9:00 am

Ken…I also COMPLETELY agree with your assessment on LD. Teague and Wilkins HAVE TO PLAY MORE…they’re the best defenders on the team (noone say Josh Smith…he’s only a great “help” defender). But I’m sure we wont say much of them.

JohnGTFan

March 30th, 2011
9:07 am

doc

March 30th, 2011
9:10 am

magicfan, both teams are on the slide to being irrelevant in the east. your windowwas last year only your team got vince carter and senthedo packing. they tried to overcome their mistake and got him back only to make another mistake in getting gilbert. what a joke you guys are. accpet it and go on, gloating will be short lived. btw, we never were given the window because of terrible management of resources of draft picks and an onwnership group in divorce from day one.

how do you compare your what 85 mil budget to our 68 mil budget and come here and want to express superiority? you have none as you are now fourth in the east and falling as dwight will be gone in due time. you sir are the sucker just like all the cleveland cav fan base. you owned us the last two years and dont anymore is how far you have fallen. i do congratulate your gm for recognizing how poorly the team was constructed as you went into a swoon and made wholesale changes, however your ship is still leaking. you know, so what if you beat the hawks, most good teams do, the great ones dont make it close and the magic just arent there anymore.

have a good day magicfan. see you at the game tonight? need tickets? ;-)

btw, rationally i liked your team when it made its run, once you got vince and then “corrected” the mistake by getting arenas i knew you guys were panicking. i think i will put a bulls hat on once my team is done and keep the magic hat on the shelf.

drmaryb (*_-)

March 30th, 2011
9:57 am

A No Show!

Cavs beat Heat!

To his credit though, LeBron did take the hard questions after the game. My question is where was he during the pre-game introductions?

They called his name, but he was not the court. Oh! He said he was using the latrine / the facilities / the john/ the urinal. Yeah right, mmmh hmmm … OK.

TKO

What do the Hawks players have to do to win this game?
Well, if coach don’t play Teague and the Hawks are getting their collective heads kicked in? Fight dirty!

Get under Dwight’s skin, like “the worm” did. Pull his chair out from under him in the paint, when he goes to sit un the bench, rig his chair so that it fold up, when he goes to sit down. Drop his butt on the floor.
If that don’t work? Talk trash about his Mamma and his Grandma too.
Elbow him in the eye, pull his pants down to the ground.

Do something! Don’t just lay down.
______________

I Got Tricks!

O'Brien

March 30th, 2011
10:08 am

When LD wants to win, he makes offensive substitutions (like Jamal) without considering the defensive impact. If Jamal is struggling on offense, and his defense is consistently bad, how is that the recipe for winning games down the stretch?

LD needs to pick his spots with Jamal, especially now that Marvin is more reliable coming off the bench (imo) off the bench.

Doc,

Orlando’s salary (for this year) is $89 mil. Hawks are at $71 mil, so I guess the extra $18 mil bought Orlando 5 extra wins. Those must be some really expensive wins.

One thing both teams have in common (imo). If they flop in the playoffs, both HC could be out of a job.

JohnGTFan

March 30th, 2011
10:09 am

But they lay down SO WELL

O'Brien

March 30th, 2011
10:12 am

dmb,

I think the key to the game will be how many assists do the Hawks have compared to the number of FGs.

I think the play of JJ and Jamal will go a long way towards that. The team will continuously look to JJ regardless of whether he is playing well or not, so we need him to either shoot a high percentage, or to be decisive with the ball and make the right pass, hopefully leading to a high number of assists.

We also need LD to monitor Jamal’s minutes.

vava74

March 30th, 2011
10:16 am

LD will not play Teague because for him Arenas is too big and a bad match up.

Instead, he will play Jamal who will make Arenas look young and springy again.

I foresee bad things for tonight. Also, our brass saying that this is a “statement game” is committing harakiri.

These guys don’t manage pressure well and will crap their pants (I also believe that JJ will have one of his 5-20 nights, playing without any emotion after he sees Smoove launch 5 jumpers in the first quarter and Al shy away from the rebounds – ie. the total Hawks’ crap package).

The best strategy would be to say the opposite and in the event of a win recant. In sports and politics to come back on your word is typically seen as normal so I would not feel ashamed to see our guys saying that this was not a statement game before and change the tune after a win.

Rufus1

March 30th, 2011
10:47 am

O’Brien

We we good get a very good players or 2 with that 18mil…Maybe a real coach.

Rufus1

March 30th, 2011
10:49 am

correction…We could get a very good player or 2.

doc

March 30th, 2011
11:31 am

yeah o’b, it got them gilbert. they are the laughing stock of the nba. people try to make jj salary and contract look bad? shoot, look what they got then want to come over here and talk trash? too funny with a big F.

magicfan

March 30th, 2011
12:20 pm

doc, I am looking for tickets! haha

But as long as we have Dwight Howard, our championship window is not closing in at all. J-Rich is expiring this season, so 14 mil off the books. And if Arenas opts out of his contract next season like some rumors are suggesting, then we’ll be at a cool 54 million salary. Nelson could opt out of his contract too for a longer but less money deal. So really, our only bad contract is Turkoglu which we’ll have to live with, just like you guys will live with Marvin. Unlike the Cavs, we have some flexibility before dwight can opt out and you can bet management has already thought about what it’s going to do a year from now. Had we stayed with Rashard, we would have no possibility of any financial flexibility.

Mike is back

March 30th, 2011
12:29 pm

What’s up Big Ray, great prelude to the game against the Magic…you make the game intriguing to watch…I have to commend MC, KS, and yourself for the quality of the blogS being churn out in these desolate times..that’s been the one consonant for me this season…I can go the blog for some solace…I can only hope that the darkest days are behind us for the remainder of the season…dang…it already feels like the LD coached Hawks have played 8200 fing games.

Even if we win tonight..I’m not expecting much…the rest of the season…I think LD has pretty much set his rotations…and we will continue to see JC1 playing the PG…and JJ playing hurt…those are guys LD rely on for offense…and we all know how ole FlipSide love his offense.lol

I look forward to reading your post game observations of the game tonight.

KEEP DOING YO THANG BRO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

O'Brien

March 30th, 2011
12:33 pm

Magicfan,

According to hoopshype, Jameer does not have an opt-out clause, so he will have 2 years $15 mil left after this season (which isn’t bad, imo). But why would Arenas opt out of the last 2 years of his deal, when he would make $45 mil those 2 years?

With Jason Richardson expiring, do you think the Magic will start Arenas at SG next season?

And I think Dwight will opt out in 2012 if the Magic don’t make it back to the NBA finals (imo).

O'Brien

March 30th, 2011
12:34 pm

And as for the Magic having flexibility, that will only happen if guys opt out. If nobody opts out, Magic payroll next year AND the year after that is $75 mil, which is already over the luxury tax line (not to mention the new CBA which will probably lower salary caps).

doc

March 30th, 2011
12:40 pm

magicfan cool, legit but we dont need hubris around here

magicfan

March 30th, 2011
12:47 pm

hoopshype is incorrect, it even lists Earl Clark’s projected salary which is untrue because phoenix declined his option before the trade, making him a FA this offseason. I use shamsports.com

http://www.shamsports.com/content/pages/data/salaries/magic.jsp

This is just rumor, but part of Arenas coming to Orlando and “saving him” from the Wizards was that he would opt out of his deal. And it might be true, if you think about who made the trade, Otis Smith, and his past connection with Arenas as his mentor or “father figure.”

I think the plan all along was for Arenas to start at the 2 spot next season. I don’t think J-Rich will be back with us.

doc

March 30th, 2011
12:51 pm

also magicfan you havent been around here very long, which is obvious, by what you point out as weaknesses in the hawks. heh heh, we have heard it all and live it daily as fans who have not been part of a winner ever. so stay real bud, we do. only you are on the downside bro, fact. you can talk contracts all you want but you have been sliding as fast as the hawks and you were close enough to smell it, must hurt a little.

magicfan

March 30th, 2011
1:01 pm

why do you keep saying we are sliding? because we don’t have a top record? because we overhauled our roster? fact is Dwight has improved his game so much this season, and we essentially have the same parts we did during the finals run (and upgrade from last season just from the fact we moved Vince Choker, err excuse me Carter). Boston seems to have some chemistry issues after moving Perkins, the Bulls are untested in the playoffs, and the big 3 will all have to play 48 minutes. We have just as good a chance as anybody.

TBH, I don’t think the hawks are sliding. I just think they will be in a perpetual limbo for the next few years, meaning they wont make a huge jump or a huge slide, but most likely stay put.

magicfan

March 30th, 2011
1:14 pm

question: would you guys trade josh smith, even if it meant getting pennies for him?

doc

March 30th, 2011
1:30 pm

magicfan, 1st to fourth is sliding, hawks 3rd to 5th is sliding (as is 53 wins down to my projected range at the beginnig of the seaason of 44 to 48 wins) based on standings which is all we have now. yes, the post season is coming and things can change as the celts proved last year. i just dont think you have the horses or lightening in the bottle to do it again. i think the celts are holding their own by holding shaq and o’neal on the sidelines to see if they can get some run out of them in the real time while holding close in the standings. i still dont have a clue as does anyone else in the media or anywhere else why they got rid of perkins. i dont think the hawks and magic are playing opossum at all.

you are right bulls are untested but will be very tough for any and all teams but you have to start somewhere. i dont think they are as soft as the cavs were to go from number one seed to out easily, better coached. heat may wilt and celts will beat dwight into a few more techs unless he gets his guru hat on soon and learns to meditate.

sorry, you are not considered relevant in my eyes and have slid from where you were two years ago, but be happy and delusional if you wish. hawks fans have no reason to be and if by now you havent noticed are pretty realistic. the magic will be a haul to get over and not many of us here are probably running to vegas to check the odds because we know our team can fold better than a jerry jones tent in a windstorm. dude we are sliding, bad and knicks and sixers are just waiting to push us to the side.
as i said i put down my magic hat and have put on the bulls hat as i like underdogs and thibs and rose and the style and way they play getting after folks. move over kobe, look out. maybe two new sherriffs in town in durant and rose. no, i dont think the queen, bosh and d wade have it in their collective bodies to win it this year, unless stern gets involved which he just may have to and as we know can and does pull many strings and is vindictive as hell….. buried bodies. wow!

good chatting with you and keep it real. see you tonight, be over around 111. maybe diggind into some hagen daz, gave up the pretzels. ;-)

Ken Strickland

March 30th, 2011
2:38 pm

DRMARYB-I simply love your approach and the attitude you bring to these blogs. On a personal note, I’m scheduled to have this SILENT ASSASSIN cut out of me on the 25th of April, so wish me luck. I was told that my cancer was too aggressive to wait any longer, or try any alternative approach other than surgery.

GTFAN-We can be a very effective jumpshooting team, as long as we don’t try to be a 3pt shooting team, like Orlando. JJ and Josh are our 2 best postup players, as well as 2 of our best passers. We should focus our OFF on posting them up, and when double teamed, have them pass out to Hinrich, Marvin and Horford, who are all excellent MIDRANGE jump shooters, with Marvin and Hinrich having 3pt range.

MAGICFAN-As you should know, your beloved team is almost totally dependent, both offensively and defensively, on DHoward. And if Dwight decides to leave, you’d probably be worse off than Cleveland was after Lebron bolted. With no backup center, you won’t go far in the playoffs.

Fact is, the Magic will have a hard time getting past us, becaue we’ll have AHorford, ZPachulia, JCollins, EThomas and HArmstrong available to deal with Dwight.

O'Brien

March 30th, 2011
2:54 pm

magicfan,

If Dwight orchestrates a trade to the Hawks in 2 years (wishful thinking for Hawks fans, I know), but IF it does happen, would you convert to a Hawks fan?

As for trading Josh, I think Hawks management need to trade somebody to shake up the roster, because players are too complacent. JJ and Marvin are almost untradeable because of their contracts, so I think the Hawks will have to trade either Josh or Al.

Boston made a mistake trading Perkins (imo), but can Orlando get by the Bulls in the second round? That’s the question. Bulls have the best home record in the East, and although they are not as experienced as the Magic, they have all been to the playoffs before (even if its only the first round).

Win or lose later, feel free to jump on here to talk about the game. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Hawks got blown out, but then again, we’ve lost by 41 to Hornets, and 34 to Philly, so blowing out the Hawks wouldn’t be much of an accomplishment for the Magic :smile:

But in honor of the NCAA tournament, maybe Hawks shoot lights out and pull off the upset later.

joe white

March 30th, 2011
3:15 pm

Just show up and play hard is all i ask, not get blowed out by 30 plus at home

magicfan

March 30th, 2011
3:30 pm

@ O’brien,

Even though I’m from Orlando, I do casually support the hometown teams just because, well, the only pro team in Orlando is the Magic (and it’s kinda the right thing to do if you will). So hypothetically if Dwight were to come here, I would root for the hawks sure (just like I did versus Boston) but the Magic would still be my team. I’ve lived through shaq, so I could live through Dwight. Who knows, we may even get lucky again in a few years and draft his cousin :D

As far as Josh, I think he is the only moveable piece you guys have to shake things up. The hinrich trade was a clear upgrade, but that alone isn’t enough. I would trade Smith while he still has perceived value around the league b/c moving marvin looks to be a longshot, and JJ is not going anywhere. AL is untouchable, he is the best thing you guys have going. Still a team like

AL
(Center)
(forward)
JJ
Hinrich

is good for 50 wins. And you guys have tons of depth at the big spots.

O'Brien

March 30th, 2011
7:24 pm

I still dont understand how Orlando’s GM did not get a backup Center. Dwight is out of the game, and they dont have a center.

Good start by Twin. if he was in shape last year, I wonder if Woody would have played him.

Meanwhile, Hawks taking alot of jumpers early. 8 of 13 shots from more than 16 feet out.

meanwhile, MJAP (more Jamal at Point).

magicfan

March 30th, 2011
7:49 pm

It doesn’t hurt us as much as you think. Anderson and Bass can play C for just enough minutes to give Dwight a breather.

O'Brien

March 30th, 2011
7:51 pm

Marvin looking good off the bench again. 8 pts, 4 rebs in 11 minutes.

magicfan,

Keep in mind that one more technical and Dwight has to miss a game. When he got 16 technicals, he missed a game, and Orlando lost that game.

Lucky for Orlando, the rest of the teams behind them are not very good.

O'Brien

March 30th, 2011
7:57 pm

Doc,

How you liking Collin’s performance against Dwight so far? I think he is doing an awesome job on him…

doc

March 30th, 2011
8:38 pm

o’b yeah pretty impressive job on dwight thus far.

you likin jodh’s game too? :-)

go henrich

not many miami folks here

O'Brien

March 30th, 2011
8:50 pm

Hawks have been playing well, and an added bonus is that Josh is 3-4 from 3..That has helped.

niremetal

March 30th, 2011
9:00 pm

Yeah, I guess Josh was saving his good jumpers for Orlando. It’s cool, I’ll take it :)

niremetal

March 30th, 2011
9:25 pm

Best win the Hawks have had since that monster comeback against Chicago. Great to see.

magicfan

March 30th, 2011
9:25 pm

good win for you guys, see you in the first round.

niremetal

March 30th, 2011
9:27 pm

Josh 4 of 9 on the perimeter jumpers, but he did ok and stayed inside in the 4th Quarter.

And our much-maligned big man corps did a hell of a job tonight. Even ‘tan