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Al Horford and the Hawks will dance with Heat once again!

Al Horford and the Hawks will tangle with Heat plenty over the next two weeks!

HAWKSVILLE - Actually, the Hawks have already earned the right to host the Miami Heat in their first round playoff series.

But I’ve been waiting three weeks to use that line from Will Smith’s hit song (courtesy of our friends at YouTube. And I promise, this is the last time I use the words “Will Smith” and “hit song” in that order in this space) about one of my favorite hot spots.

And while others were dreading the thought of facing Philadelphia and frightened by the prospect of dealing with a hard-to-figure Chicago team in the first round, the same team that has been on a collision course with the Hawks for months now will be the foe starting this weekend at Philips Arena.

I love the matchup (my main man Chris Perkins of the Palm Beach Post and I discussed as much the last time these two teams played). Who doesn’t want to see the Hawks face one of the league’s most dynamic talents in Dwyane Wade in a best-of-seven series?

You’re worried about playing the refs too, huh? Get over it. Wade is going to get his share of calls. The superstars always do. But that hasn’t ever stopped the better team from handling its business.

And if the Hawks are indeed the better team, as their record and performance all season suggests, we should be in for a treat with this series.

I love the individual matchups. Joe Johnson and Wade, the two All-Stars and national team colleagues trying to see who can one-up each other on the big stage.

Mike Bibby and Mario Chalmers, the old and the new at the point guard position going head-to-head like Bibby and Rajon Rondo did (well … anyway) did last year.

Josh Smith and Mike Beasley, if they’re allowed to match up against each other, is a lefty air-up-there showcase that we should all enjoy.

And Al Horford and Jermaine O’Neal will get a chance to settle any debates about the best center in the Southeast Division not named Dwight Howard.

The subplots are endless, as always with a playoff series.

The bottom line, any way you slice it, this is going to be must-see-basketball for the fans of both teams. And that’s what makes Tuesday’s sneak preview (the Hawks’ regular season home finale) so intriguing.

My cousin Big Will is down with partying in the city where the Heat is on!

My cousin Big Will is down with partying in the city where the Heat is on!

Do both teams rest their big dogs, knowing that they’re going to each other again in a few days in hand-to-hand combat? Or do they go for broke and pull out all the stops to win the game no matter what, making sure to send a message of what’s to come?

I love it.

But there are other things to discuss this …

AWARDS SEASON IS UPON US - In the NBA, that means teams are sending out swag and propaganda that defies these harsh economic times. The Hawks have opted for a much simpler approach, one that caught the attention of good friend and esteemed colleague Steve Aschburner of si.com, and a recent president and of my crew, the Professional Basketball Writers Association. In this age of multi-media and complex techno-gadgetry, the Hawks went with strictly the facts. And that resonated with Steve, as I’m sure it will with many others who are appreciative but tired of the gimmicky stunts teams pull to impress voters.

“Not only shouldn’t voters be influenced by that sort of persuasion, it flies in the face of true journalism ethics — at least for those newspapers that still abide by that stuff,” Asch wrote in an email to the Mad VP. “Besides, I’ve never figured out what sending an iPod or a GPS system to a voter does to make a stronger case for a player or a coach deserving an award. (Think some team sent the conference coaches a GPS system to lobby for an All-Star berth for somebody.) My theory is, if you want to bribe me, come with cash. Lots of it. Or don’t come at all!”

Classic stuff from one of the very best in the business. And I never did get my iRoy so I had to buy my own iPod.

My iRoy never showed up so I had to buy my own iPod!

My iRoy never showed up so I had to buy my own iPod!

SPEAKING OF AWARDS - Some of you have weighed in with your own feelings about the Hawks and who on the roster (and coaching staff) should be in the mix. Flips Murray’s a no-brainer for inclusion in the conversation about the Sixth-Man award. And a case could be made for JJ to be included on one of the All-NBA teams as well (per the scouts and league executives si.com’s Ian Thomsen polled for his take on the awards season).

As for our in-house feedback, there was a bigger stir for Hawks coach Mike Woodson than anything or anyone else. I wasn’t surprised that some of you emailed me concerning Woody’s status in the conversation (he’s rarely mentioned by any of the “nation” types despite having a familiar season and profile to one of the recent winners, Sam Mitchell formerly of the Toronto Raptors).

Two items really stuck out for me.

The first was an early morning/late night (how does 3:08 a.m. strike you) message from one of my most trusted voices about all things basketball, you can just call him Pop. “In my opinion,(of course),when you look at all the playoff teams Houston and Atlanta standout as the least likely to have done so well,” he wrote in an email. “Who has gotten more out of their talent? My point, [Houston's Rick] Adelman and Woodson should be at the top of the list of candidates for coach of the year (maybe Chauncey Billups if he had been named player/coach).”

As it stands, few people outside of this space predicted the Hawks would have a winning season, let alone home court advantage. And some of us here weren’t that positive. And to his point, Woody stands fifth on the Hawks’ coaching list for wins, only Richie Guerin (327), Mike Fratello (324), Lenny Wilkens (310) and Hubie Brown (199) have more than Woody’s (152 and counting).

One of our founding members, the one and only Astro Joe, didn’t hesitate to offer up his own fresh take on things Sunday evening. He raised some other interesting points in addition to where Woody stands in this coach of the year discussion (and he wasn’t shy so read his email word for word):

So I was thinking this weekend. One of the cool and refreshing things about Woody is his willingness to state a goal at the beginning of the season and essentially place his career on the line. Last season, he stated that the team needed to make the playoffs.  The unstated consequence of failing to meet that goal was likely the end of his run as Hawks coach. After all, he was a lame duck based on his expiring contract.  He enters this season, with only the security of a ratty blanket (two year extension) and he declares that the team needs to secure a home court playoff seeding.  Again, with a new boss on board, the consequences of failing to meet that goal may have been yet another person visiting the Georgia unemployment office. 

Do we see this in other cities and in other sports? It seems we often get generalities … the team needs to take another step toward competing for a title” or “if things break right, we should be able to improve form last year’s performance.” But Woody put it right out there on the line for all the world to see. Last year and again this year. How can a fan of any team in any team sport NOT admire a coach who declares the goal for all the world to hear and then gets it done? Yes, dude has some massive warts, but [expletive], that’s the kind of [gutsy] move that would make other coaches a cult favorite.

Now here’s the but.  I hope that this team recognizes the fragility of this achievement, home court advantage. The Hawks are one lethargic first quarter from losing that which they fought 80 games to achieve. One game when they forget to share the ball from seeing this blow-up in their collective faces.  They are two first quarter fouls on Horford or Smith from flip-flopping with the fifth seeded team.  And because Woody abused his top 7 players with too many minutes, the team is one unfortunate injury from exposing an unprepared bench to maintain the advantage of having Game 7 in front of their sometimes rabid fans.

But all that said, I’m proud of my team and my coach.  With five of the top 10 players requiring a new contract (even Marvin needs to agree to some deal or he may be chilling with Chill next season), I’m not taking this for granted and assuming a return to this level of prominence next season.  Just like home court can be lost in a few minutes, so can the momentum built in the last two years be gone in a mater of a few weeks this coming summer.  Thanks for being the record-keeper of a pleasantly surprising and fulfilling season.

Astro Joe

359 comments Add your comment

Ariose

April 13th, 2009
12:40 am

Nice Blog sekou, Shout Out to Astro Joe!

Dante Fitzgerald

April 13th, 2009
12:50 am

aYo, Hawkz n 5!!!!

Ariose

April 13th, 2009
1:01 am

I don’t think the Hawks will fold to the likes of the Heat in the 1st round. We’re a lot better defensively(our scheme is too) than we were last season, We have more offensive weapons and better offensive sets. Not to mention a strong will to succeed. In front of the fans the Hawks will be almost unstopable. Just like their bold Head Coach, the Hawks probably already planned on getting to at least the second round way back in the off-season.

It’s game on now. With Everybody getting healthier Marvin/Zaza(He said his back is feeling better on his twitter today….and that he went to the gym and got some shots up), and hopefully Acie isn’t that far behiend, we will be a force to be reckond with.

I know that our bench hasn’t gotten consistant playing time, but I think that all of the injuries this season were blessings in disguise. It forced guys on the bench to get in there and get down with the big boys. They may not be fully prepared, buy they are defenetly ready for the challenge. Our bench guys this season defenetly have more experience and are a lot more prepared than the Bench last season. Acie, Flip, Mo, Solo, and Zaza is not to shabby. They will defenetly rise to the challenge when called upon.

There’s only one thing left to do guys….

RISE UP AND SHOCK THE WORLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BarkingBulldawg

April 13th, 2009
1:07 am

Thanks for a nice blog, Sekou.

What can we expect from Marvin going forward minutes wise? Will Woody increase his workload a bit this week to get him into shape for the playoffs?

Ariose

April 13th, 2009
1:28 am

This is great. Hopefully all of the U of Florida fans in Miami will Convert to Hawks fans in order to support Horford lol.

I’m pretty sure there are plenty of transplant Hawks fans from Georgia living in Miami so there should be a small cult down there in South Beach!

……Now Flip Really gets to flip the switch in front of the nation in the Playoffs(GOON-Squad!!). I’m Excited!!!!

Ariose

April 13th, 2009
1:59 am

Wow the Miami Heat have Injuries to guard Luther Head (broken hand), forward Udonis Haslem (right thumb) and guard Daequan Cook (right shoulder).

Ummm…….Sweep? J/K………seriusly though, I’ll have my broom ready…

calico

April 13th, 2009
2:21 am

I like our chances against the heat but d-wade scares me but if what i seen on abc is true we have a legit chance to make it to the eastern conference finals if we beat the heat in the first round orlando is waiting for us in the second round and i really think we can beat orlando

Ariose

April 13th, 2009
2:30 am

“The Heat, which stands 1-2 against Atlanta this season, doesn’t figure to test the Hawks’ confidence in Tuesday’s game at Philips Arena, with it likely that Wade, Jermaine O’Neal, Udonis Haslem and other regulars will be held out.”

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/basketball/heat/sfl-heat-michael-beasley-s041309,0,7398782.story

Ariose

April 13th, 2009
2:31 am

48 wins here we come!

Najeh Davenpoop

April 13th, 2009
2:50 am

“Do both teams rest their big dogs, knowing that they’re going to each other again in a few days in hand-to-hand combat? Or do they go for broke and pull out all the stops to win the game no matter what, making sure to send a message of what’s to come?”

Normally I’m a supporter of resting players at the end of the season when playoff seeding has been decided, in any sport. But the last thing the Hawks need is for Miami’s inexperienced supporting cast to gain confidence that they can win at Philips right before the playoffs start. I think the Hawks need to win this game to show Miami that they are not going to win games at Philips. And considering that Marvin is just getting back into playing shape right now, it probably wouldn’t hurt for the starters to play extended minutes together in a regular season game just so they can regain their team chemistry.

“Who has gotten more out of their talent? My point, [Houston's Rick] Adelman and Woodson should be at the top of the list of candidates for coach of the year (maybe Chauncey Billups if he had been named player/coach).”

I said this on a previous blog but I’ll say it again — Woody definitely deserves some credit for the Hawks being at the point they are right now. But no way has he gotten the most out of the Hawks’ talent, particularly on offense. If you’re going by the “more with less” criteria, I don’t see how Byron Scott, Jerry Sloan or even Erik Spoelstra haven’t done more with less this year. All three have had similar situations as Adelman — relying on one superstar to carry the team while filling in the blanks for the supporting cast thanks to injuries and lack of depth. The Hawks by comparison have stayed relatively healthy and have been able to build up continuity with their starting unit for most of the year. I’m not just trying to hate on Woody here, but I find it hard to believe that Woody’s been dealt a worse hand than those other three coaches. I think more than anything the Hawks don’t get enough credit from the media for the talent level of the roster, particularly once you get past Joe Johnson and Mike Bibby.

Anyway, if I had a vote, I’d vote for Jerry Sloan every year until he wins. Jerry Sloan with no COYs is like Jordan with no MVPs to me.

Oh yeah, nice take Astro Joe.

Clyde

April 13th, 2009
3:13 am

The key to the series is can the Hawks stop Dwayne Wade from getting to the basket. Horford and Zaza better be ready to block some shots.

MannyT

April 13th, 2009
3:14 am

Sekou, nice blog as usual. However, if you don’t think all that propaganda has some kind of influence for some voters, you should have stepped into a marketing class or two.

Face it, one of the business icons of this town consistently makes billions selling flavored bubble water. It IS about the marketing and the branding when done well. Take a peek in the crowd at a game. How much Hawks swag is floating around for a team that is at the tail end of its first winning season in the 21st century? The NBA spends more time selling personalities than great basketball.

Swag is like pharmaceutical reps…neither directly sells the product, but both keep it in the minds of decision makers who can influence the cash flow. That’s why pharma rep is probably the most appearance sensitive job for people that are not in entertainment. That’s also why arenas are always tossing t-shirts and giving away magnets. We got your $$$–wear the shirt and get your pals in here.

If they teams that are promoting players for awards are smart, the combine the iPod with a mini video (or audio) of the players accomplishments from this season. The personal highlight reel should keep that player fresher in your mind. Even if he doesn’t get your top vote, maybe he moves up to 2nd or 3rd on your ballot instead of being left off.

Astro Joe brings up a good enough point that I will give Woody credit for being goal focused. The tricky part is at what cost? Would we be better off as a 5th seed that had developed its younger players so that the team is significantly better in April than it was in November? Woody has done some good, but he gets graded almost like amateur boxing in the Olympics used be be done. Last playoff season, the Celtics knocked the Hawks down 4 times in the fight, but they got up before getting counted out. We got in 3 good shots. Judge’s scorecard went to Celts 4-3, but it really wasn’t that close.

This year should be better as long as our major players have enough left in the tank for the playoffs.

BWAF

Mike

April 13th, 2009
8:33 am

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Westurd

April 13th, 2009
8:36 am

Heres a thought: Should Woody not put West on Wade Tuesday night and see what transpires. Bibbys a liability on D and West has the quickness and energy to shut Wade down. Should Tuesday night be a “test/experiment” with some match ups?

doc

April 13th, 2009
8:40 am

astro, preach brother, preach, and i say amen to that!

now maybe you can look for something other than warts on our true mr. mvp, josh!

heh heh

Khao$

April 13th, 2009
9:08 am

Bottom line is, we’ve got to protect home court. As long as Dwayne Wade is on that team, it’s possible they can beat us. I’m not in agreement that Philly would have presented a harder matchup. I honestly believe our zone defense would have stifled them in the playoffs. Look at what Detroit did to them last year! They stopped Philly’s game and made them take jumpers. You can only hope to contain Mr. Wade and he has the energy to pump up the guys around him. You cannot underestimate the effect a superstar can have on a team. Philly doesn’t have that and I believe, pound for pound we’re a better team than them. I believe we’re better than Miami too. However, the Wade factor terrifies me (plus the refs will be on his side…we know this). Joe MUST try to match him (if that is possible). I’m already worried about officiating in this thing.

KevinA

April 13th, 2009
10:25 am

Did I miss something? ZaZa has a back problem? I understood it to be a light tweak. We need to have ZaZa ready for the playoffs. Great chance for Sole to get ZaZa’s minutes the next game.

I know it won’t happen but I’d like to see JJ come off the bench against Miami. I would love to see Mario start again and put him in on Wade. Then put Flip/Evans on Wade through the first half. Play JJ when Wade is on the bench. Then have JJ match Wades minutes the rest of the game and guard him. JJ could use the rest and the 2nd half match up would be fun.

Do you think JJ and Bibby should play about 25 min in the last two games even if means we lose? Or is momentum more important than rest. It would be great to see the bench get more involved in the last two games. I don’t think Marvin will play more than 20 min as we need to ease him back in.

It’s been great to see Al and Josh getting the ball and playing at a high energy level. Our playoff success on the road will depend on these two young studs. When these two guys are excited and pumped the entire team plays better.

Even with a healthy Marvin, (when that happens) I hope Mario continues to get at least 5-7 minutes. Same with Solo. We are slowly but surely rounding into a more balanced team.

Woody’s coaching style will probably dictate the opposite player substitution but what the heck, just ideas.

Astro Joe

April 13th, 2009
10:48 am

Ariose, thanks for the shout out. doc, you’re a trip. Sekou, thanks for putting my name in lights, I feel as famous as Young MC (one-hit wonder). But what’s up with the Will Smith diss? Funny, how many from the hip-hop world would give their right (rhymes with tall) to have Will’s money? I find it ironic that a gansta rapper like Ice Cube would follow in the foot-steps of a “wannabe” rapper like Smith. Will Smith probably made more money on that awful “Wild, Wild West” movie than Lil Wayne made in the past 3 years.

Regarding tomorrow’s game. I’d play my big dogs no more than 30 minutes. Sometime around the 8-minute mark of the 4th quarter, I’m pulling all of the top 8 players with the exception of Marvin (assuming he’s well enough to continue to work on his timing, energy and overall game). I don’t want our starters anywhere near Magloire toward the end of the game… I’m not calling him a goon, but, well, okay, I lied, I am calling him a goon.

doc

April 13th, 2009
11:04 am

one quarter and that is it for the first liners. get marvin some quality time. tell the young guys to go out and play hard and show me what i have been missing is how i wold handle the miami game. i agree with aj, dont put our guys in harms way to our opponent until it means something. now if dwade was going to get in the way of say of randmo, well that is his problem.

if the spurs can rest a duncan in an important meaningful game completely, then i think we can afford to sit some guys for extended minutes. they might develop bad habits from the game not meaning much.

John

April 13th, 2009
11:47 am

Sekou – great job as always. But…

“You’re worried about playing the refs too, huh? Get over it. Wade is going to get his share of calls. The superstars always do. But that hasn’t ever stopped the better team from handling its business.”

You watched the 2006 Finals, right?

SouthAfrican09

April 13th, 2009
12:35 pm

Just got a message from Speedy. Might play tomorrow and might be on playoff roster

SWAT Native

April 13th, 2009
12:42 pm

I agree, John. You know the league prefers a D Wade vs. LaBron series. The Hawks are going to have their hands full.

kgbsfinst

April 13th, 2009
12:52 pm

2 things are going to determine this series. Josh Smith and the refs. Smith was the one that helped bring energy to Philips last playoffs with some huge plays. Think about home court advantage, think about the crowd erupting so loud, it feels like the roof is coming off, think about what type of play makes that happen, and what player on this team can make it happen. Like SWAT says, Stern wants Wade Vs LaBron, kind of like he wanted the Lakers in the championship a few years back, not the Kings.

cp

April 13th, 2009
1:32 pm

The only regular starter that should see big minutes in these last two games is Marvin so he can get his rhythm back. I would send Hunter and Gardner out there and tell them to play some ball…….I think this series might be a lot tougher than some realize. I think it goes 6 games with us winning.

tiger woo

April 13th, 2009
2:28 pm

Mario West cannot/will not shut down D-Wade . . . trust me.

SouthAfrican09

April 13th, 2009
2:52 pm

tiger woo, no one said Mario is going to shut down Wade.

If you watch the sparse minutes Mario has played, he has done a fine job on Kobe, Deron, and others. Woodson only has been playing him about 7 minutes a game, so we haven’t seen much. Also, with Duck back, Mario’s minutes will be even less

SouthAfrican09

April 13th, 2009
2:53 pm

Hawks in 5, as Dante said. CHea

Melvin

April 13th, 2009
3:56 pm

Tomorrow game vs the Heat is meaningless (outside of extend our current win streak and winning the last home game). I say Woody shouldn’t play the regulars no more than 12 mins. 6 mins each half.

As for the Playoffs, those fans that are worry about the favoritism for D.Wade. I would like to invite you out to Philips arena during the playoffs and so you could take your fustrations out on the Refs during those games. As long as WE the Atlanta Hawks fans pack the arena and cheer the hometown team on, then we will put the pressure on the Refs to call the game fair or at least in favor for the Hawks. I will be there, screaming to the top of my lungs. Will you????

Go Hawks….

SWAT Native

April 13th, 2009
3:58 pm

Melvin,

To answer your question, yes I will.

Melvin

April 13th, 2009
4:04 pm

Good Swat Native. I think we can neutralize some of the favortism that D.Wade and Lebron will/would have received is to create a hostile environment for the visiting teams and REFS… 2nd round here we come…

kgbsfinst

April 13th, 2009
4:10 pm

Melvin, good point, I wont be able to because I live in another state, but I’m sure my neighbors wont like me because I will be cheering (yelling) at my TV.

Samuel

April 13th, 2009
4:13 pm

Cuz,

Gotta agree with Pop.
I also gotta say that the main reason Woody get’s no respect from the “Nation” types is that the “Local” types don’t give him any respect. Cuz, you are both(Nation and Local)show the man more love.

How does JJ get a mention and Woody not. JJ has been very inconsistant. Woody has been steady and unwaivering. Flip should get mentioned but by no means is he a no-brainer any more than Woody.

Joe, you have been my only partner in the Woody=COY campaign(sorta). Your email was good however, how is our achievement any more fragile than anybody else. Wade goes down or gets into foul trouble and the Heat become the Grizzlies. The same can be said for 90% of the teams in these playoffs.

Again, our Hawks will never be respected until we “fully” respect them ourselves.

Woody=COY

DeadManWalking

April 13th, 2009
4:22 pm

I wonder what ASTRO JOES lips are more sore from. His own little horn or Woodsons hindquarters.

DeadManWalking

April 13th, 2009
4:34 pm

What kind of stupid azz idiot thinks that national media doesnt respect a coach because local media doesnt. Local media goes off of national media. Woodson is the reason so many didnt expect the hawks to do well. Well that and the way this team has been managed.

jhan

April 13th, 2009
4:40 pm

Melvin, I’ll be at every game for sure!!

I’m also concerned with the refs – probably the worst season of officiating I’ve ever seen. Nothing we can do but be VERY loud for our Hawks.

Just a question – when the Falcons were winning with Vick did that make Mora a good coach?

Astro Joe

April 13th, 2009
4:41 pm

Samuel, clearly, any team is vulnerable if they lose their top stars. But in the case of someone like Acie, we seemingly don’t even have a viable 3rd PG. Our vulnerability seems to be more than just amongst our best player or 3. For all the love Mario gets, I don’t want him playing more than a few token minutes in a meaningful game. Same with Solo. If either has to play more than 6 minutes in a playoff game, then I think we’re in deep crap.

MBZ

April 13th, 2009
4:54 pm

I am more concerned with the off-season than our upcoming playoff series. Who is our future at pg? Will Acie finally lead this ball club? Will Childress come back to the team and make us that much deeper? Is this dysfunctional ownership group willing to spend the money to resign Flip? Looking at the draft, it seems Eric Maynor as well as BJ Mullins are falling into our range. Do we draft a project big and wait for him to reach his full potential? I’m a little scared that the guys on top arent willing to spend the cash to keep the momentum towards relevance going.

kgbsfinst

April 13th, 2009
5:21 pm

Most of the awards are a little bogus anyway. It would be nice if Flip and Joe would get something, but after Al didn’t win ROY last year, other than the MVP and defensive MVP, it’s more of a popularity choice.

The thing about Woody is, the playoffs will determine what type of coach he really is. I am not a fan of Woody, but if he out coaches his opponent and does a great job in the playoffs, I might be able to overlook his shortcomings. The thing is, he doesn’t have a good offensive scheme, he doesn’t play or develop his bench, and I don’t ever remember him making an adjustment after halftime. For those reasons, I don’t see a bright future for the Hawks if he is still the coach.

SouthAfrican09

April 13th, 2009
5:27 pm

The question is: if Speedy plays, do we just pay him for the game or does insurance cover it? Sekou, do you know? Also, Woodson does not mention Speedy for the playoffs

SouthAfrican09

April 13th, 2009
5:27 pm

Does Speedy practice with our 1st unit at all? From what he said last month, doesn’t sound like it. Woody said it himself: Acie isn’t healthy

SWAT Native

April 13th, 2009
5:58 pm

On the Hawks and Woody getting respect around the country: the announcer on NBA TV was asking Eric Snow last week if he felt that people were sleeping on the Hawks. Snow said that they won’t get real respect until they win 50 or 60 games; as long as you’re winning 45 you’ll only be “kinda known”.

Clyde

April 13th, 2009
6:00 pm

Since I said I would not say anything negative till the offseason, Hawks in 7 over Miami.

Macaroni Tony

April 13th, 2009
6:02 pm

Speedy does practice with the team according to JS, and like he said on Twitter that he’ll get some playing time tommorrow (and he said that he’ll be on the playoff roster). We don’t have another pg besides Bibby. I’m all for him playing…

Macaroni Tony

April 13th, 2009
6:06 pm

Who cares what Rick Snow have said, because the Bulls is getting alot of respect with a 40-40 record. The Cavaliers have been getting alot of respect with only a 52-32 record in 2007. The Hawks will just have to earn there respect.

dap01

April 13th, 2009
6:10 pm

SEKOU: How much will Speedy be used? Is AC playing at all? What is ZaZa’s status?

Macaroni Tony

April 13th, 2009
6:14 pm

dad01

on twitter Zaza said that his back is better and he’s back working out with the team.

AtlSouthside

April 13th, 2009
6:17 pm

If the Hawks come out and play to full potential, it’s a Sweep. I don’t wanna see Wade shown any respect. If he comes in the paint I want him challenged and fouled hard if necessary. We need to make a statement. Make Wade beat us from beyond the arch.

Jo-Jo should attack early, he needs to take the first shot in the game for the Hawks. If Joe can attack and get some points in the paint, it will open up some 3-point shots for Bibby & Co.

It’s actually funny to me how the Hawks aren’t getting any respect from the national media. Everybody is blinded by D. Wade, under the assumption that he will be able to carry the Heat on back against the Hawks (a better TEAM) in a 7-game series

Macaroni Tony

April 13th, 2009
6:20 pm

what is the national media saying? that the hawks will fall in seven?

SWAT Native

April 13th, 2009
6:30 pm

Barkley and Kenny Smith called it a toss-up series – you never know what can happen with D Wade.

AtlSouthside

April 13th, 2009
6:40 pm

They are sayin that Wade can beat the Hawks by himself