Game time!

HAWKSVILLE - With the Hawks’ point guard ranks thinning by the hour, it might be time for desperate measures with the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers invading Philips Arena for the weekend.

It might be time for the Hawks to locate Speedy's No. 12 jersey!

Who is this unmasked man?

And desperate measures means a Speedy Claxton sighting – not necessarily in the game but at least in uniform for the first time in nearly two years.

Tony Parker’s shredding of the Hawks’ defense Wednesday night proved that a point guard that can guard another lightning quick point guard is definitely needed. And with Acie Law IV out with an ailing back, the Hawks have to go somewhere for relief.

Mario West saw spot duty and played well. And Flip Murray tried his hand at slowing Parker down but got into foul trouble and was needed more for his offense than anything else. Might Claxton, were he to actually suit up and possibly play, be the answer?

Hey, it can’t hurt anything. After all, the man is on the payroll. Claxton says he’s healthy. Why not give him a shot and see if he can give your team a spark? 

Who knows, he might actually slow Rajon Rondo down for the first a second or two. It would be the first time that’s happened since the Hawks and Celtics locked horns in the playoffs last year. And it’s something the Hawks desperately need to be able to do if they have any chance of beating the Celtics tonight.

There’s no guarantee it happens. But it’s at least worth thinking about considering the Hawks’ depth issues at point guard right now.

KG + STARBURY = LOVE

The Celtics’ arrival also brings former Georgia Tech star Stephon Marbury back to town for the first time this year (he missed those trips with the Knicks due to his estranged relationship with the team before he was jettisoned and allowed to link up with the Celtics).

While some people love to take shots at Marbury for all the drama that has transpired the past couple of years, at least one of his former and now current teammates, is showing him major love.

Celtics superstar Kevin Garnett praised Marbury, per my main man Marc Spears of the Boston Globe.

“Steph’s leadership has been sort of questioned and damaged if y ou will. But once a leader, always a leader,” KG told Spears and other reporters in Boston. ” I’ve told a lot of the young guys that haven’t seen a lot of Steph, I thought we got a steal in grabbing him. His different relationships with different ball clubs is a thing of the past. If you look at some of the guys on this team, they haven’t always had the best reps. We deal with each other on how we deal with each other. He fits right in. Not only is he versatile, but people forget that Steph was one of the premier guards in this league for a while.

“Other than him not playing for a year, we all expect good things out of him. He expects a lot of big things out of himself. He works extremely hard. You just don’t be the (man) from a point guard standpoint all them years of being who you are, obviously the facts are there, but you just don’t become that. You get that through hard work, watching film. I know dude and what kind of drive he has inside. I think he is going to help us in the long run. He’s definitely different from what everyone sees and their perception of him. But you make your bed, you lay in it. I’m not trying to defend him, nothing like that. But he’s a different soul. It’s about repetition, getting it down and moving forward.”

You talking to me KG?

You talking to me KG?

Garnett is only expected to play limited minutes, something like the first seven to eight minutes of each half (per my man Stevie “Crickets” Bulpett of the Boston Herald).

That means the Hawks will almost certainly need to start both the first and third quarters with their big boy lineup of Zaza Pachulia, Al Horford and Josh Smith with Smith dealing with Paul Pierce at small forward.

It’s not even a gamble in my eyes. It’s a necessity. Garnett, even in small doses, is enough to warrant a tweak in the lineup. Besides, Pachulia’s played well in whatever role that’s been asked of him this season. And with his history with the KG, it might not be a bad idea to have him on the floor early to see if he can disrupt what the Celtics might have in store.

More importantly, those lineups add more sizzle to this rivalry (I don’t care what Rondo says, this is a rivalry to me if only because both teams despise each other). And with the weather as lousy as it is today, I’ll take sizzle anywhere I can get it.

255 comments Add your comment

Sautee

March 27th, 2009
9:47 pm

Hey bigdave, he’s not TOTALLY worthless. He can always serve as a poor example!

Just kidding, but Joe HAS pounded the ball WAY too much tonight. If only he had an offensive minded head coach. His talent is to some degree wasted under Woody.

Eman

March 27th, 2009
9:49 pm

If you wanna see the Hawks play good basketball you have to wait until they play the lesser power houses of the NBA.

Astro Joe

March 27th, 2009
9:55 pm

Unbelievable!

bigdave

March 27th, 2009
9:56 pm

Sautee,
agreed…

bigdave

March 27th, 2009
9:58 pm

peirce needs his ass whooped…!!!

bigdave

March 27th, 2009
9:59 pm

peirced needs to be knocked out…

Big Ray

March 27th, 2009
10:00 pm

We’re getting beaten by Glenn “Big Baby” Davis. Not Paul Pierce. Not Ray Allen. Not KG. Big Baby. Yep. With a 20 and 10 night, no less.

This is what happens when you take a guy who shouldn’t be much more than a bit player, and infuse confidence and steady playing time, effectively encouraging a strong work ethic.

Gee, I wonder what that would do for a guy like Solomon Jones?

Big Ray

March 27th, 2009
10:02 pm

Hmmmph. A flurry at the end. There always is. Will we win? No. Too little, too late, despite a 4th quarter surge.

bigdave

March 27th, 2009
10:03 pm

we couldnt score inside…. Al gave us nothing in the paint… i actually was pleased with Za Za offensive efforts…

dmortone

March 27th, 2009
10:05 pm

Well, at least the Hawks showed they have the ability to play hard when they want to make game respectable.

Jason

March 27th, 2009
10:07 pm

**sekou what are the insurance implications if speedy plays? plz let us know**

Elijah

March 27th, 2009
10:09 pm

Reasons why we lost:

1) This team, when down, does not try. Simply does not try. No one goes for rebounds.

2) Josh Smith — I don’t care what numbers he puts up–he goes for steals, costing us layups, his transition game is putrid–when the hell is he gonna learn to make a layup? He does stupid spin moves and has no idea where the hell he is shooting from. Even Nique and Holman are sick of this trash

3) Free throws

4) Officiating sucked for both sides…Just thought I’d mention that

5) Not enough offense for Flip

6) Stupid Bibby shots in 1st

FREAKING TRY, YOU MORON ATHLETES. BASG PAYS U MONEY FOR A REASON. SO EARN UR FRIGGIN MONEY AND BEAT A GOOD TEAM FOR ONCE. U WERE FREAKING AT HOME

AND WHERE DID ALL THESE CELTIC FANS AT THE GAME COME FROM

Ed

March 27th, 2009
10:11 pm

As long as Woody’s the coach this is the best we can hope for. I only hope he hasn’t already saved his job again for next year as we will once again have no hope of going deep in the playoffs.

JohnGTFan

March 27th, 2009
10:12 pm

Well, we all knew that Atlanta doesn’t belong in the same sentence with the NBA elite…but hey, after 10 years of garbage…I’ll take a fairly good team…and that’s what Atlanta is…fairly good. They can beat the sorry teams…hang with pretty good teams…and probably 50/50 with the average teams. Much better than what we’re used to..so I’ll take it!!!

otrhawksfan

March 27th, 2009
10:15 pm

al was 3 for 12 he shot alot of j shots around the free throw line i would like to see him a lil closer at least get a drible from that area and get some contact so he aleast gets to the line

Big Ray

March 27th, 2009
10:19 pm

Smith and Horford did well on the boards. Unfortunately, not so well from the field (that being mostly on Horford).

Bibby scored 19. Yay. His defense still sucks like a…nevermind.

Josh took and missed one three pointer. I’m sure that’s why we lost. If he had not taken that 3, then we’d be 7-20 from 3 point range, instead of 7-21. That one shot attempt turned the whole game against us. He only blocked 3 shots. Played no defense whatsoever, despite the fact that he was assigned SF most of the night. Who told him to play SF?! Oh he must have come up with the idea all on his own. I’m sure it wasn’t Woody’s idea. Damn that Josh Smith! He only made 6 of 9 free throws. He had 3 turnovers. Whatever it was, he cost us the game. All by himself.

Mikki Moore had 10 rebounds. I bet the Celtics wish they had kept him on the bench. They didn’t need 10 boards from a bench player. Nobody does. Especially not us.

JJ tried, but the Celtics knew EXACTLY what to do with him, and that it could not be countered from the Hawks sideline. It’s impossible…

No Marvin? No problem! We don’t miss him one stinkin’ bit! He sucks and there’s no way he could have been another offensive threat or source for rebounds! No way!

Flip/Mo was off tonight. They can’t be on EVERY night.

Some of my comments would be considered sarcasm. Some would not. It all depends on your point of view.

Gilley

March 27th, 2009
10:22 pm

Joe Johnson and the Hawks still can’t exploit double teams and Mike Woodson is still a horrible coach. ZaZa was ineffective and Horford played bad but at least he rebounded. I am angry at the Hawks but blame myself for expecting too much from them and thinking they could beat the Spurs, Celtics or Lakers….Even at home.

Why can’t he put a player in..say Mario West, to provide a spark off the bench since no one else was doing it…SMH…UGH!

Sautee

March 27th, 2009
10:23 pm

Elijah,

about this: Reasons why we lost:

1) This team, when down, does not try. Simply does not try. No one goes for rebounds.

We were out rebounded by ONE 45 to 44. Our starting bigs had 14 and 11 rebounds respectively. What game were you watching?

bigdave

March 27th, 2009
10:24 pm

“coach said some of the guys that are nicked up are going to have to strap it up…”

who is he referring to, Acie?

Ariose

March 27th, 2009
10:26 pm

Maan we played well defensively all night…….the Celtics only had 76 points at the end of the third quater(We were tied with San Antionio 74-74 on Wednesday) BUT WOODSONS OFFENSE SUCKS!!!!! We HAVE to find a way to generate more points offensively. We didn’t start scoring until woodys set offense was thrown out the window in the 4th and we just ran and took three point shots at will. If we played freely like that on offense every night, we’d have won our division instead of Orlando.

Big Ray

March 27th, 2009
10:27 pm

Agreed with JohnGTFan. We’re a playoff team that’s middle of the pack.

Looks like Milwaukee and New Jersey aren’t going to make the playoffs after all. Season isn’t over, but like I said before, the Bulls were making a move. Now they have tied with Detroit for the 8th seed and may yet take the 7th. Philly slid back one game tonight and will remain locked in a struggle with Miami for 5th. They won’t catch us unless they surge again and we continue to slide. Both are possible, like it or not.

Charlotte can be tough, and they just beat Philly tonight, but it’s an uphill climb.

Elijah

March 27th, 2009
10:31 pm

Sautee rebounds is just one of the reasons. This team was asleep for 2.5 quarters. Same thing vs. Knicks.

Get your mind rite fam

Ariose

March 27th, 2009
10:31 pm

Let those idiots know Ray! You tellem!……tch, dummies……..

Big Ray

March 27th, 2009
10:32 pm

Elijah. We outscored the Celts 33-22 in the 4th quarter and lost by 6. You’re right, we never try to get back into the game. And they had one more rebound than we did. Yep, between that and Josh Smith, we were destined to lose. Take Smith out, and we win.

Did I mention we clinched a playoff berth?

Big Ray

March 27th, 2009
10:34 pm

I agree. The team was asleep for 2 and a half quarters. Against an elite team missing a superstar PF. For the 2nd game in a row.

Too bad, because we have the COY candidate on the sidelines who was coaching his a$$ off, and we just ruined his chances of taking home that plaque. Dammit man.

Ariose

March 27th, 2009
10:38 pm

It’s too hard for our players to score. The hawks get almost NO easy baskets other than in transition, whereas the Celtics keep passing untily they get wide open looks.

Smoove was right. Guys were selfish offensively, not making the extra pass.

kirkinga

March 27th, 2009
10:39 pm

The Hawks miss Marvin. They simply aren’t going to be able to beat elite teams without him. They may win one or two, but not much more.

The Celtics are deeper and more talented than the Hawks, and I’d rather have Doc Rivers coaching us than Woodson. I wish I could blame it all on this player or that, and it feels good to blame the coaching, but this is not going to be a rivalry until the Hawks show they can beat the Celtics on a consistent basis.

The Sixers lost tonight so it wasn’t a total bust.

Go Hawks!!

dmortone

March 27th, 2009
10:43 pm

Naw, I’d rather have Thibedou coaching us than Woodson.

GeeMack

March 27th, 2009
10:45 pm

This sucks. We lose 2 games that should have been blow outs without their main guys. This team has no heart at all and to many young players that can’t play. We need to make some changes in the off season for a real big man and a nice young PG.

Sautee

March 27th, 2009
10:58 pm

Careful kirk, you’ll have SamRod all over you if you think Marvin’s any better than a benchwarmer.

heh heh ;-)

Ray, we lost WITH Josh, surely we could have lost without him! Oh yeah, that’s right, there would be no one to blame. ;-)

Harry Hawk

March 27th, 2009
11:40 pm

I don’t think we learned much tonight that we didn’t already know:

We can’t beat the best. This is why we are a fourth seed. To me, the best-case scenario from a performance standpoint is a first-round series win followed by an inspired effort against the Cavs in the Eastern Conference Semis. The worst-case scenario is that we get knocked out in the first round and Woody gets fired.

Wait a second.

The worstest case would be if we get bounced and Woody keeps his job.

eric

March 27th, 2009
11:42 pm

Ray you are a moron

cp

March 27th, 2009
11:59 pm

The Hawks supposedly offensive system + Niques fantastic analysis = one long azz night.

niremetal

March 28th, 2009
1:26 am

The stats just don’t tell the story tonight. From where I was sitting, it looked like the 2 players that killed us the most were Smoove and JJ (not nec in that order).

Smoove always seemed to take a bad shot or make a bad pass every time we made a run, and it would stop us dead in our tracks. The most damaging thing was that he gave NO effort on defense for most of the night. Yeah, he was playing out of position, but that doesn’t explain why he seemed to be allergic to pressuring the ball or helping on D.

JJ got frustrated early and just stopped looking to shoot at all after awhile. On D, he was invisible, but Ray Allen missed an uncharacteristically high number of open shots, which was something of a saving grace – Mr. Shuttlesworth should have had 35 tonight on 12-17 shooting, but he bricked some wide open shots.

Flip had a bad shooting night, but he was at least making an effort on both ends. Sometimes you just can’t get the rock to fall.

JJ and Smoove turned it on midway through the fourth, but by then it was too little too late.

Woodson made NO adjustments. Most obviously, he didn’t even try to bring in Mario to provide a spark and/or slow down Pierce and Allen.

Bah.

Tree Rollins

March 28th, 2009
1:44 am

Ray,

I love your posts. Its dumbfounding to me how guys can have such terrible nights yet idiots like elijah continue to talk about smith. I can only imagine the uproar on these post if josh had dribbled the ball off his leg twice like joe did or if he had shot as poorly as al….yet for some reason though he was our only player to post decent numbers people are still blaming him. I think deep down inside elijah you love josh thats why u cant stop talking bout him bc it seems no matter what happens you bring up his name. I bet when he is on the bench and our guys miss shots its bc josh distracted them with a funny face from the sideline. I mean smoove had a pretty good game…wasnt flawless but lets be honest he put up pretty good numbers which cant be said for anyone else on the team. I bet if Sekou titled a blog everyone on the team other than josh ….. 90% of the post would be the same 4 or 5 idiots focusing on Josh…u all claim joe is the leader of this team yet u expected josh to be the blame for every loss. and for the comments on his defense ton he had 3 blocks at the SF postion…..what are u talking bout

Najeh Davenpoop

March 28th, 2009
3:45 am

I was at tonight’s game. There are two simple reasons why the Hawks lost. First of all, they got killed on the boards in the first half, which allowed Boston to take a double digit lead into halftime despite the Hawks playing pretty good defense. Secondly, Mike Woodson apparently has not realized that the Celtics are going to double Joe Johnson every time he gets the ball. After seeing this strategy from the Celtics in each of their last six or seven meetings, Woodson still has made no adjustment whatsoever to his offensive scheme to attack the inevitable double team. This is absolutely inexcusable to me.

Oh yeah, and you are out of your damn mind if you are going to fault Josh Smith for tonight’s loss. Without him in the game, the Hawks lose by 30. He’s the only player who played consistently well throughout the game, aside from a couple of bonehead plays at the very end.

DeadManWalking

March 28th, 2009
6:07 am

JSmoove is considered to be of low Bball IQ, but he sure garners a lot of attention, puts up a lot of stats, and the Hawks cannot seem to play well without him or when he does not play well. Yet he will be trashed as if he were the top paid guy on the team and the all star team leader or captain. If he is such a bonehead then why does anybody expect any different? He makes mistakes, but not more so than others. I will never understand it. People will always hate on him no matter what and blame him for losses. Blaming Joe along with him THIS ONE TIME is a thin disguise for the common repeated refrain. Bibby continues to escape criticism at his position. He hides well in that area just like he does on defense.

doc

March 28th, 2009
7:13 am

okay, best move of the night …. i left after the third quarter with our boys down by 17.

game was one of those we didnt make our open looks and they did. it was uncanny how the ball seemed to bounce their way when it looked like we should have had perfect position for rebounds. the thing that made it for them they took advantage of the second chances.

as far as i am concerned josh was the only guy coming close to his best last night. everyone else was off. al had so many shots to make and missed/ they also made big baby look like an all star in comparison. jj was so bad it was sad, looked like a poor man’s acie. flip had no switch and mo got pushed around.

folks were asking if speedy was dressed, i wondered if the same could be said for bibby. problem is he was our second best option and played better than the others except josh. plain and simple for the second staright night we got stomped on by a team of premier quality not playing with their best player of players. uh NOT GOOD.

agree with kirk that marvin is hugely missed. i also point out he was one of the most undeterred of the regulars at the idea of playing without chills this year. maybe now he sees some of the short sidedness in the decision of basg to not truly compete without him especially without marvin. for some reason these are the types of games and moments that his absence has really hurt the team. he had a spark and a very big body for a relatively small frame. try as he may, mo does not make up for it and i like the guy.

sund says we wouldnt have had a bench of 15 if we signed chills. i say we would have been better without randmo, gardner, mo and oliver as we never see them anyway for the most part. one guy is either under utilized or will never be a player in solo who should have had some moments in the second half but woody goes to being woody and shortens the bench and we fall down by 17 to start the fourth. i also emphasize we would have been much improved if we had chills and flip, instead of the never seen bench, over last year. woody does not play the bench so unless sund was talking about it makes practices better to have a complete squad it has been a huge mistake to have played that card so poorly. he didnt make much sense with those comments the other day on 680. second we got mo for three years and flip for only one, shouldnt it have ben the other way around?

it is times like tonight that makes me uncomfortable with the true leadership of basg and sund as they try to reason their luck that all positively fell around us. are we really this good or is it the also rans are really that bad this year? that will be a question to be discussed later.

dap01

March 28th, 2009
8:14 am

The Hawks have no offensive system. A PROFESSIONAL team with no offense. High school teams have better systems. Our only offense is for Flip or Joe to go one on 5, or Bibby take 30 ft jumpers.
If those options don’t work, well…..

We are a running team, yet we don’t run.
Woody is a defensive coach, yet our PG is probably the worst defensive guard in the NBA.

The Hawks are not one of the elite teams. We are very flawed and we are not progressing on any of those flaws.

Our system is no system.

Our coach is clueless.

Our GM…., we don’t even know his plans or goals.

darrell starks

March 28th, 2009
8:57 am

Again no WEST, who can be your dennis rodman of nba and SOLO who played only five min, WHEN will WOODY learn I GUEST never its like playing the drums backward going in one ear out the other this team will not get out of the first round period under WOODY. GO HAWKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Truth

March 28th, 2009
9:04 am

I was at the game and as a season-ticket-paying fan I was disappointed. Yes, disappointed that we lose but even more frustrating, I sensed a lack of preparation or a lack of readiness by the Hawk players. Yes, we only loss by 6 points but the stats don’t really reveal the whole story. The stats might suggest that the points scored by the Hawks were respectable for a 4th seeded team playing against the Celtics, but what the rose-colored glasses aren’t showing is the timing of those missed shots associated with the players who launched them up. A sample of the scoring sequence went something like this:

We score a basket, they score a basket
We missed scoring a basket (by jacking-up a 3 pt shot),
They score off our missed shot (scoring an easy lay-up)
We missed scoring a basket, they missed scoring a basket
We failed to capitalized off their missed shot,
They responded and score a 3pt shot.

Based on this scoring pattern, guess who wins the game? We got down early and often and stayed down the entire game. We made several runs and repeatedly kept the game close but were never able to advance because of this scoring pattern. Defensively, I’ll give it a draw. But it was their supporting cast, not their stars that killed us on offense. When we got scoring opportunities from missed shots or turn-over by the Celtics, the ball seems to always end-up in the hands of players like Mo Evans, AL or Josh to take the critical shot. Even Bibby was his usual inconsistent self when he had his chances. Time-out; I must send an urgent message to these players and tell them this:

Mo Evans – Who ever told you that you were a good 3-pt shooter was lying to you. You are way too inconsistent to make that a staple part of your game. Since you are a very good free-throw shooter, you should consider attacking the basket more and getting to the line. You could then consistently become a 14 – 16 point player a night.

AL Horford – You do a yeomen job on the boards most nights, thank you. However, you need to spend more time in the gym working on your offense. As you know, this is the NBA. In big games, it’s crucial that you do the work before taking the critical shot. I know this assessment of you is speculation, but your offensive game is beginning to speak louder than your words about your game.

Josh Smith – I saw that your spirit was willing in this game and you put forth some effort but your jump shot, free throw shooting and lack of focus still need more work for the next level. Playing in hometown Atlanta maybe a curse and blessing at the same time for you in this regard. I know sharing your accomplishments with your family members and local friends are invaluable, but maybe the added distractions from close proximity relationships are perhaps an unmanageable liability for you. Once again, my assessment maybe speculation, but your inconsistency has already spoken louder than your words

Mike Bibby – As you should know, you are the floor general and perhaps the one player that is the most responsible for setting up plays, the tempo, and running the offense based on your veteran leadership. The scoring pattern as described earlier is a reflection of your school-yard style game. That sizes it in a nut shell about you; enough said.

With the hallmark spin from Woody about the Hawks yester-year seven-game series performance against the Celtics and the emerging playoff looming, I expected the Hawks to bring their A game, send a message and it didn’t happen. Instead, they laid an egg. It was as if they played poker, drank beer the night before (perhaps celebrating their next playoff appearance) and skipped practice shoot-around. There were miscues after miscues with occasional boos from the fans. The game was played as if the Celtics was at home and the Hawks were on the road. Even though the game ended close, the Celtics body language suggested they never really doubted the outcome. I’m sorry but I expected more from the Hawks playing at home. They are beginning to show themselves as pretenders and still not yet ready for primetime.

darrell starks

March 28th, 2009
9:16 am

OH YA we have no guard who can penetrate and break down defense and create easy baskets and play defense on the perimeter OH i forgot ACIE is hurt and when healthy WOODY NEVER PLAY HIM SO IT DONT MATTER. GO HAWKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ILL-logical

March 28th, 2009
9:38 am

22 points(8-17 from the field)-11 rebounds-4 assits-3 blocks -4 turnovers(Joe had 5 officially).This was Josh’s stat line ,yet to hear the announcers he spit on Jesus.

We finally got to see the “big’ line up that many had called for and what happened: Joe didn’t go inside early to the bigs; Al had 6 points( but as the paper said,14 rebounds) and the usual suspects blamed the designated scapegoat.

My post on yesterday’s blog was intended to give josh an oppurtunity to hear how he could and must improve his image because in the enterrtainment industry-yes the NBA is in the entertainment business period- perceptions count.

The BASG is putting Al’s poster all over town for a reason-the joe ones didn’t work. But they are IMO missing the point.True fans don’t want tunas that have good taste.Fans admire the work of players like Joe and Al AFTER they get to the game.They come to see a player who will bring them to their feet with high light reel plays. And they @#$sure don’t come to see a coach who frankly doesn’t do a good job with the talent on hand.

To bring it on home, if I wanted to be politically incorrect I would point out that Blake Griffen already has more offensive skills than Al and he is a legit 6′10” and 250 lbs.

The bottom line is the team needs leadership equal to its talent to get to where twe all believe they cn go. Part of it must come from the players because they have to own their challenges and not blame inept management,refs or coaching. Once they individually and collectively arrive in that space then the team will be a force mejor.

O'brien

March 28th, 2009
9:39 am

The good news is both the Sixers and Heat have 34 losses. (I feel like this situation is similar to last year in that the Hawks will be able to hang on to their position because the teams below them keep losing).

The bad news is Woody is still Woody. Solo plays 5 minutes, and Mario didnt even play? I agree that with Acie hurting, we should have Speedy play 5-10 minutes (if he is healthy, which he says he is) to see if he can provide some defense. But this is the same Woody who kept Tony Delk on the bench until the trade deadline.

Sekou, others have asked the question, but there has been no response. Do you know what are the financial implications (insurance wise) of playing Speedy? If Acie is still hurt, maybe Speedy could help slow down Mo Williams in the second round.

Samuel, where are you? I think Woody needs a “COY” pep talk.

Ernest

March 28th, 2009
9:48 am

Was Speedy in Uniform?

If he was not, the heading for this article was misleading….

I am becoming concerned about the ‘lack’ of help defense by the team when a man is driving to the basket. Those kind of uncontested layups would not be allowed back in the day.

Ernest

March 28th, 2009
9:50 am

Where can one find the ‘codes’ for WordPress for bolding, italics, hyperlinks, etc.?

O'brien

March 28th, 2009
9:50 am

Some good quotes from Sekou’s article.

“The big lineup — Zaza Pachulia, Al Horford and Smith across the frontline — the Hawks used to combat the Celtics strength and size was never a factor. The Hawks never attacked inside.

“That was the plan, but it never panned out,” Horford said. “And I feel like when we attack inside out we have good stuff. But if we’re not established early, it’s kind of hard to get it going in the third and fourth quarter. We had the matchups we wanted and just didn’t take advantage of them.”

What’s the point of having a big lineup if you never go inside and establish them? When will Woody, JJ and Bibby learn that basketball is played inside out?

cheese

March 28th, 2009
9:51 am

what i dont get is why alot of people are still bashing woodson the way they are. look the guy has won more games each season he has been with the hawks. in reality the hawks are not one of the elite teams in the nba, but they are one of the best in the next tier. woodson has our hawks in position for the 4th seed what else can we ask for? especially what has happened in recent years. i dont agree with all of his decisions but i still support them.

Sautee

March 28th, 2009
10:37 am

Hey cheese, sometimes ignorance is bliss!

If you don’t get why people are being critical of Woody, maybe it’s for the best. You’ll suffer less that way.

Elijah

March 28th, 2009
10:45 am

Josh’s 22 & 11 was the worst 22 & 11 you will all ever see. He gets his points and boards (sometimes he rebounds but sometimes he doesn’t) but the guy makes so many boneheaded plays, it’s not even funny. He missed 3 driving layups last night. Well they would’ve been layups, but he jumped AWAY from the basket and shot some wild left handed hook shot that barely struck iron. Then he goes for stupid steals on defense that cost us layups. he can’t shoot, yet thinks he can, and his man defense is the worst I’ve ever seen. Seeing him guard any post player as good as Drew Gooden is a joke. Josh just waits till the guy pulls a spin move then tries to block the shot.

Idiot