Show Flip the Money

Rod Tidwell and Hawks sixth man Flip Murray both rolled the dice and won.

Rod Tidwell and Hawks sixth man Flip Murray both rolled the dice and won.HAWKSVILLE - Flip Murray's made his case.

HAWKSVILLE -Flip Murray’s already made his case.

The Hawks aren’t yet done with this regular season or even the playoffs.

But one thing has become clear, the Hawks’ sixth man of the present needs to remain their sixth man for the future.

Flip Murray's made his mark with the Hawks this season.

Flip MurrayMurray is the Rod Tidwell of this Hawks' season and they'll have to show him the "Quan" this summer.

Someone just jokingly asked me if I was Murray’s agent for writing something like this. Of course, I’m not. But if I were, this would be one client I wouldn’t be worried about heading into the summer.

Some team will show Murray the “Quan” this summer. And the Hawks need to be that team.

After all, Murray’s performance this year isn’t that of some mercenary on his latest job. I asked him after his season-high 30-point night against Minnesota Monday if he was upset about coming out before he could get one more bucket and set a new career high.

He gave me an are-you-serious look I wish I could have frozen and shown to you.

“I don’t care about nothing like that,” Murray said. “That wasn’t about me showboating or trying to get stats. We were trying to win that game and take care of our business. That’s all.”

Murray’s affinity for this team and for Atlanta has been obvious from the start. He was on his way to Russia before the Hawks had to scramble for replacements when Josh Childress bolted for Greece (they got Murray and valuable veteran pick up Mo Evans).

Murray’s history with Hawks GM Rick Sund (in Seattle, which isn’t nearly as colorful as his rise from Philly playground legend to NBA regular ) no doubt played a role in his choosing to remain stateside and play on a one-year deal (at a bargain basement price of $1.5 million). But give Murray credit for making the most of the opportunity.

And as for this summer, when suitors will be lining up to inquire about his services for the future, the Hawks will have one major chip on their side (not that these things are always valid once negotiating time begins).

There weren’t 29 other teams calling him and asking him to delay his departure for Russia.

There was only one.

HAWKS AND SPURS GO AT IT LIVE HERE IN JUST MINUTES

No Tim Duncan for the Spurs as the Hawks try and extend their home winning-streak to nine games and clinch a playoff berth on the same night against the four-time champs.

Duncan is sitting out the second night of a back-to-back for the second time this season, per my Spurs counterpart Mike Monroe. Something about resting the big fella to make sure he’s feeling just right come playoff time.

What a novel approach!

Game time.

262 comments Add your comment

Melvin

March 25th, 2009
7:27 pm

Resign Flip ASAP….

Melvin

March 25th, 2009
7:30 pm

Did I mention we need to resign FLIP…

Blast

March 25th, 2009
7:34 pm

Hope Mike is crazy. What a crazy 1 quarter.

KevinA

March 25th, 2009
7:36 pm

Flip comes in to save the half.

Sekou K. Smith

March 25th, 2009
7:37 pm

Right on cue, Flip comes in and clowns the Spurs. Dude has crazy swagger.

Melvin

March 25th, 2009
7:39 pm

Timely blog Sekou….

welikebaseball2

March 25th, 2009
7:40 pm

So let me get this straight, Flip contests the shot by throwing his arms up & jumping AWAY from Manu? The Hawks’ help defense is non-existent tonight. ZaZa was guilty on the drive by Parker when he got by Horford. Defensive lapses dig huge holes!

welikebaseball2

March 25th, 2009
7:42 pm

Oh yeah, thanks for the fresh blog Sekou!

welikebaseball2

March 25th, 2009
7:44 pm

There’s the help defense ZaZa! Good contest…as if he can hear me :-) .

Blast

March 25th, 2009
7:45 pm

Bibby should be fine. As I blogged earlier, Sekou, I want to see Flip retire a Hawk. Hawks haven’t had a bench gunner like him for years.

Prediction? Hawks beat Spurs tonight.

Whaddup, Melvin?

bigdave

March 25th, 2009
7:47 pm

leave Bibby in the locker room…

MAC-TOWN

March 25th, 2009
7:48 pm

I’d rather have Flip Murray than Josh Smith

welikebaseball2

March 25th, 2009
7:49 pm

Earth to Josh: We could use a little interior defense tonight!

bigdave

March 25th, 2009
7:50 pm

boy Mario needs more mins…

MAC-TOWN

March 25th, 2009
7:50 pm

I couldn’t even get finished typing my previous comment before josh smith took another ugly shot, hittin the deck and complaining

Sekou K. Smith

March 25th, 2009
7:50 pm

Matthew Stafford is here sitting two seats over from me (he’s the dude in the Reds hat that you should see every time they show Mike Woodson on the broadcast). And he agrees with my Flip Murray theory.

Melvin

March 25th, 2009
7:54 pm

Mario… the defensive stopper…

bigdave

March 25th, 2009
7:55 pm

DA BOY NEEDS BURN!!! HE’S GETTING A REP AND THE REFS ARE LETTING HIM PLAY…

JMar

March 25th, 2009
7:56 pm

Does Josh honestly believe he is fouled on every poor shot he takes? Or is he just trying to deflect blame for taking those shots in the first place?

bigdave

March 25th, 2009
7:56 pm

I saw him Sekou…

bigdave

March 25th, 2009
7:57 pm

not a Lions fan but will be once he teams up with Calvin, a UGA GT connect…

ValdostaMike

March 25th, 2009
7:57 pm

Awesome steal! First lead of the game. Then got schooled, but that is okay. Love Mario.

Hawks are hanging in against a true professional basketball team. No street ball tonight. More of a cerebral affair.

bigdave

March 25th, 2009
8:02 pm

Hawks matching the intensity and physical play…

Blast

March 25th, 2009
8:02 pm

Josh getting hammered tonight, but he’s drawing fouls. Needs to make the free throws.

MAC-TOWN

March 25th, 2009
8:05 pm

Josh Smith has such a pure stroke

cp

March 25th, 2009
8:15 pm

Yea give Flip his money. Great game so far but man Josh is struggling. I hope he gets it together in the second half or stops shooting and focuses on rebounding and defense.

Blast

March 25th, 2009
8:18 pm

Tony Parker is on a mission tonite. Spurs need to win thie game as much as Hawks do. If Tony stays hot and gets some help from Manu or Finley, Hawks will be in trouble.

KevinA

March 25th, 2009
8:20 pm

I hope Bibby gets a little more bench time. Eleminate a couple of mistakes and Josh gets the ball to fall and give Al a few more atempts – we can win this one. lol Great game against a very good team. Can someone tie Parkers shoe laces?

Melvin

March 25th, 2009
8:20 pm

Blast, just read your post on the last blog and Agreed with it all….
At what point to do we double team Parker to force the ball out of his hands. The Spurs clearly not as effective on offense when the ball is out of Parker’s hands..

Sekou K. Smith

March 25th, 2009
8:20 pm

Josh is 0-for-6 and and that includes a missed dunk. Dude has to finish stronger to deal with these Spurs, because they are not afraid to foul someone (whether the officials call it a foul or not).

KevinA

March 25th, 2009
8:22 pm

Guys like Parker and Nash, what do you do.

ben

March 25th, 2009
8:24 pm

WTF!! We can’t even beat the Spurs without Duncan! Get it together Smoove you clown! There is no excuse to lose this game whatsoever

O'brien

March 25th, 2009
8:24 pm

I wish JJ complained half as much as Josh does (to the refs). The ironic thing is I think one reason Josh doesnt get some of these calls is because he complains too much. And JJ would get more calls if he complained some more.

The Hawks need to find a way to slow Tony Parker down. And we need Josh and Al to step it up, because I dont know if they realize this or not, but there is no Tim Duncan.

ValdostaMike

March 25th, 2009
8:26 pm

Just sit Josh for a little while, PLEASE!!! Let him get his head together.

A-TownDown

March 25th, 2009
8:29 pm

“Plus, the market is going to be extremely tight this summer. Bibby’s greatest value was at the trade deadline, when a team could have used his expiring salary to facilitate other things. As a free agent, there’s going to be a limited number of teams interested in a guy that still shoots as well as Bibby does but is a defensive liability. They certainly won’t be able to find a replacement in free agency that’s already entrenched in that system and has that kind of chemistry with the rest of those guys that Bibby does. So why risk it?”

It’s a tough call either way. Had the Hawks groomed Law the way they needed to, they might have avoided this dilemma altogether. But they didn’t. And now they don’t have that luxury.

This sure sounds like something Mr. Loudmouth HB Ando was saying back before the trade deadline. A loud mouth he is, but it looks like he isn’t as stupid as the people who said he was wrong. Watch, we end up paying too much for a no defense point guard who can shoot some of the time but will brick you to death at other times. All because that woody woodpecker doesn’t like Acie Law. How stupid is that. Yeah we are going to win big this year if we get past the first round of the playoffs but what if we have a letdown next year. Its not like the no defense bibby is going to get better. Something to think about if folks is into thinking about winning more than just one year. Me for one I don’t like one year winning teams.

ValdostaMike

March 25th, 2009
8:30 pm

Dude is drilling us like we are desperate housewives!

MAC-TOWN

March 25th, 2009
8:30 pm

Roger Mason is a nice player….I noticed that while with the Wizards as well.

ValdostaMike

March 25th, 2009
8:32 pm

A-TownDown, I hear you, but “Me for one I don’t like one year winning teams.” What is with that?

Are you some kind of front runner? Why not wait until late June, then you can pick the team you like.

MAC-TOWN

March 25th, 2009
8:32 pm

Smith cryin again about a free throw HE missed.

ben

March 25th, 2009
8:34 pm

Why in the world do we keep giving this team WIDE OPEN shots!! The only way they can beat us without Duncan is from outside. We have the DUMBEST coach in the NBA. Good grief.

ValdostaMike

March 25th, 2009
8:35 pm

Tony Parker needs to start kissing this guys as he _____s them. He is putting on a clinic, and using 22 seconds every time down the floor.

Blast

March 25th, 2009
8:35 pm

Who in hell is guarding Mason?

Spurs are winning this game by making an incredible numbers of jump shots. All jump shots.

ValdostaMike

March 25th, 2009
8:36 pm

The outside is open because Parker is breaking us down and the defense is having to help leaving the wing open. We do not have the dumbest coach, possibly a few of the dumbest fans.

ValdostaMike

March 25th, 2009
8:37 pm

Josh passed it!

ValdostaMike

March 25th, 2009
8:38 pm

Man, do we miss Marvin on the defensive end

bigdave

March 25th, 2009
8:38 pm

Bring back Mario and Za Za…

welikebaseball2

March 25th, 2009
8:39 pm

Think Woody will make the adjustment to keep Horford off of Parker on the switch before the final buzzer? You’ve got to be kidding me…

MAC-TOWN

March 25th, 2009
8:40 pm

On a night where Smith is struggling so much, why is there not much of Solo?

Blast

March 25th, 2009
8:41 pm

Well, plus a few drives by Parker.

Fred

March 25th, 2009
8:42 pm

I agree Mac-Town, was just thinking the same thing.

What a bunch of scrubs San Antonio has put together. It is amazing what a great coach can do.

By the way, our coach sucks. It is so evident on nights like tonight. He is just in over his head.