Pump your brakes!

Hawks point guard Mike Bibby is preaching caution!

Hawks point guard Mike Bibby is preaching caution!

 

HAWKSVILLE - You’ve got to love Mike Bibby.

Aside from being hilarious, no player in a Hawks uniform is more likely to surprise you with what comes out of his mouth than the savvy point guard.

While most everyone else roaming the bowels of Philips Arena last night was either dazed and or confused as to what had just transpired (the Hawks’ 90-64 thrashing of the Heat in Game 1 of their first round playoff series), Bibby was already pumping the brakes.

That’s what veterans do, even after blowout wins. They provide gravity that others might not realize is needed.

Bibby surely remembers the talk in Boston last year after the Hawks were routed in Game 1. People there were proclaiming the series was over and the Celtics would sweep the Hawks.

Six games later the series was over. But it was much harder work than anyone could have imagined after Game 1.

Bibby is well aware that the Hawks need to pump the brakes today. Game 2 is Wednesday night and it’s every bit as crucial to the Hawks’ chances of winning this series as Game 1.

“This series is 0-0 as far as I’m concerned,” Bibby said. “It’s a brand new series Wednesday night.”

JOSH SMITH IS …

I stopped reading my text messages and emails midway through the third quarter. I didn’t think there was any other way people could express to me how stunned they were to see Josh Smith’s high-flying act.

My best friend, IvoryTwit” Brooks (a Seattle native and school principal in Oakland with a basketball jones like many of you here) hit me repeatedly with messages like, “Josh Smith is a #$%&! beast,” and “this is ridiculous, truly.”

And his notes were just the beginning. The onslaught came from every direction. It was hilarious reading the reactions of people watching all this stuff in HD while also seeing the reactions of the folks in the arena who were watching it live.

Like many people, Twit rarely sees the Hawks (when the Hawks play the Warriors in Oakland or one of the rare occasions when they’re on national TV. So he’s always taken aback by the Hawks’ wicked athleticism and penchant for alley oops and spectacular plays.

“Why don’t they play like this all the time?” his final text read. 

If he only knew how many times that phrase is uttered around here.

SOUTH FLORIDA REPORT

Mark Bradley has whipped up enough links and polls to make your head spin in the latest installment of Bradley’s Buzz (I was still snoring when he did all that work).

I’ve got a couple more interesting things you might want to read from our visitors from the MIA.

My man Chris Perkins caught up with Heat owner Mickey Arison and team president Pat Riley before the game, and as you might expect, they were still optimistic then.

I didn’t realize just how poorly Dwyane Wade played Sunday night until I read Mike Wallace’s story in the Miami Herald a few minutes ago. Wade had nearly half of Heat’s 19 turnovers. That’s crazy.

Ira Winderman highlighted former Hawks and now Heat assistant coach David Fizdale and the unique role he’ll play in this series going forward. Fizdale left the Hawks last summer after being one of the key figures in the development of many of the Hawks’ young players that abused the Heat last night.

Orlando is actually in “Central Florida,” but they’re in much the same predicament as their neighbors down South Beach way after Sunday’s humiliating home loss to the Andre Iguodala and the 76ers.

Orlando Sentinel columnist Mike Bianchi let the Magic have it after they blew not only home court advantage but also an 18-point lead.

FOR YOU STAT GEEKS OUT THERE

Much will be made about the Hawks’ balance in this series, and rightfully so.

It was on full display in Game 1, the folks at Elias Sports made sure of it with this little statistical ditty: The Hawks got double-digit scoring from all five of their starters in their 90-64 victory over the Heat. It was the third time in Atlanta’s last eight playoff games (dating back to last year’s series against the Celtics) that Marvin Williams, Josh Smith, Joe Johnson, Al Horford and Mike Bibby each scored at least 10 points. Prior to last postseason, the Hawks didn’t produce double-digit scoring from all five of their starters in a playoff game since 1999 (Steve Smith, Dikembe Mutombo, Grant Long, Tyrone Corbin and Mookie Blaylock).

192 comments Add your comment

Samuel

April 20th, 2009
9:34 pm

$12 dolla tics gone.

Blast

April 20th, 2009
9:35 pm

I am going crazy right now! Looks like Bulls will take Game 2 also! Ben Gordon is going nuts! And Derrick Rose has not even been a major factor. Go Bulls, Go! Hawks could not do it last season, But Chicago might just knock off Boston in the first round. Hah! Won’t that be poetic justice?

HB Ando

April 20th, 2009
9:36 pm

Sam, I suspect there are some options for you on Craigslist, under the heading “any way?”

As far as Woody not getting the respect some feel he should, with COY voting, it’s probably more a matter of the perceived talent on this roster. Would have been pretty funny if BK had been eligible for GM/Exec of the Year, and had ended up with a better showing than Woody.

TB, you wouldn’t have “waited a long time for this team to mature” if BK had drafted Igoudala, Paul and Roy (but there’s no doubt, ironically, that Billy’s massive mistakes made the otherwise implausible opportunity to draft Horford possible). I’ll never, ever, understand how someone can get credit for a pick like Horford when the only reason the Hawks kept that pick was that Billy failed so famously that the Hawks had the fourth-worst record in the league, and then still beat the odds to snag the 3rd pick, foiling what would have been the catastrophe of giving the Suns the fourth overall pick that summer. It will never happen, but I’d love to hear Billy honestly state what pick he thought the Hawks would have that summer, when he only protected the top-3 picks in the Johnson deal. Given his outward arrogance regarding his rebuilding plan, I’m confident that he was certain that pick wouldn’t be any higher than mid-first round.

Giving Billy credit for drafting Horford is roughly the same as calling a lottery winner a financial genius.

While Bill Simmons didn’t name every player on his MVP rankings, from 450 all the way to 1st, it’s notable that Joe Johnson’s rank of 15 had him sandwiched by five, COUNT THEM FIVE, players who Billy either traded or clearly whiffed on with his draft choices: Diaw, 34th, Jason Terry, 16th, Deron Williams, 11th, Brandon Roy, 7th, and Chris Paul, 2nd, behind only Lebron James!

I defy anyone to find another GM who either gave away, or failed to draft, 5 of the top 34 players from this past season.

All credit to the current players, coaches and front office, for the success of this past season. But the fact that this team succeeded, with no contribution from the asset values of Childress, Stoudamire and Speedy, along with the names Billy passed on, is pretty strong evidence of the Hawks emergence IN SPITE of Billy’s leadership, NOT as a result of it.

Billy’s best two picks were “gimme’s”, in Josh Smith, who fell to him a good ten picks later than he had been projected to go, and Horford, who the Hawks never should have been in position to draft if Billy’s “plan” had been anything but an absolute flop.

Hawks show up for game 2 with the same kind of intensity, balance and “chip”, and they’ll go down to Miami up two and finding a Heat team already calling their travel agents for a quick spring get away.

Nothing quite like Josh Smith on a mission!

Melvin

April 20th, 2009
9:38 pm

Big Ray,
The halftime crew (Ando, Doc, MannyT) and I was debating where Derrick Rose rank amongst PG’s … I think the consensus was 4/5th.
1. Paul
Tie Parker/D.Williams
4. Devin Harris

Big Ray

April 20th, 2009
9:38 pm

Melvin,

Right on!

Blast,

Gordon is straight up nasty. Actually, Rose has been a major factor. Instead of taking over like he did last game, he’s been all over Rondo and the Celtics on defense, and has recognized when his teammates have been hot, and helped them stay that way by deferring to them.

What poise. What presence. I’m impressed with the young fella.

Big Ray

April 20th, 2009
9:40 pm

Melvin,

I hear ya. Rose is going to rise past Harris, I think. Not yet, but just wait. This kid is really something.

Meanwhile, Boston has gotten some BS calls to go their way.

Blast

April 20th, 2009
9:48 pm

Ben Gordon is cold blooded! I knew he was good, but this is the playoffs! Now you know why he felt he deserved 50 mil. Play for your contract year, Ben!

Big Ray

April 20th, 2009
9:51 pm

Boston really escaped in that one.

Blast

April 20th, 2009
9:52 pm

Celtics were lucky, and they should not celebrate for two long. Ray finally found his shot. Bulls lost simply because of second chance points of off offensive rebounds. And Rose wasn’t aggresive. If Celtics have to play this hard to beat the Bulls, then they are in trouble.

Big Ray

April 20th, 2009
9:52 pm

Blast,

They offered the man $50 million. He turned it down. Foolish…

Melvin

April 20th, 2009
9:53 pm

Ando,
BK could have done a Joe Dumars and drafted Yi…lol.. Speaking of Joe D, as much praise he received for putting a team together to win the Championship in ‘04 and being close to winning a 2nd title. I think the media has giving him a pass for the Darko fiasco. Just think, how many titles could Detroit won had Joe D drafted Carmelo, Wade or Bosh….

doc

April 20th, 2009
9:54 pm

wow, what a game in boston tonight. it is easy for me to see why the college game has lost so much luster for me and march madness pales in comparison to this. hard to believe this goes on for two months rather than three weeks.

gordon essentially went out, did the unbelievable only to be matched by the old guard ray allen once he made his mind up to be the man. good stuff!

Melvin

April 20th, 2009
9:56 pm

Celtics stole that game…lol

Melvin

April 20th, 2009
10:00 pm

Big Ray,
Look like the Bulls will need to put that 50mil back on the table for Gordon…. Although I can’t seeing him getting that type of money from another team. Especially with this economy…..

doc

April 20th, 2009
10:01 pm

classic line ando and without the vitriol:

“Giving Billy credit for drafting Horford is roughly the same as calling a lottery winner a financial genius.”

really good stuff dude.

sometimes winners are the lucky ones that can find a way, any way, to stay in the game.

Samuel

April 20th, 2009
10:06 pm

PG Rankings

1. Parker
2. Billips
3. Paul
4. Rose
5. Rondo

Ando, anybody who ranks B Diaw as the 34th best player in the league can’t be taken seriously. I’ll check craigslist.

Woody=COY

Melvin

April 20th, 2009
10:09 pm

Samuel, you like Rondo better than Deron Williams…. I can live with Billups in the top 5…

Samuel

April 20th, 2009
10:22 pm

I like both ends of the floor and playoff performers. Williams is a great player but I’d rather have Rondo because of his defense and speed.

I also think that Tony parker always gets lost in conversations about the best PG’s. He’s having his best year but nobody gives him any respect. He’s one of the best of all time in my opinion.

Paul has the “sexy” numbers but hasn’t really done much in the playoffs.

Rose is the total package.

Billips is also very under rated IMO.

Woody=COY

Najeh Davenpoop

April 20th, 2009
10:34 pm

While we are rating point guards, my rankings would go like this:

1. CP3
2. Billups
3. Parker
4. D-Will
5. Rondo

…with Harris, Rose, and Nash (in that order) not too far behind.

I think there’s one thing we can all agree on: the league is much, much better off at the point guard position now than it was five years ago, and it’s no coincidence that ball movement and offensive schemes around the league have gotten better. And with John Wall entering the league in two years, it only figures to get better.

Follow up question: where would y’all rank Bibby? Ahead of any of the players I mentioned above?

Melvin

April 20th, 2009
10:39 pm

Najeh, maybe 10th behind Baron Davis.

kentrell

April 20th, 2009
10:41 pm

bibby played good defense last night some thing nobody mention. he had a block.

Melvin

April 20th, 2009
10:41 pm

Moe Williams deserve some consideration to being in my Top 10 as well..

Samuel

April 20th, 2009
10:45 pm

Bibby and Nash are pretty much a wash. Nash is more flashy but not as good a defender as Bibby. He needs to hook up with D’Antoni fast, just like his sidekick “The Matrix”.

Najeh Davenpoop

April 20th, 2009
10:58 pm

Oh yeah, does anyone else think it’s f-cking retarded that the Hawks have to play the LeBrons in Round 2 regardless of whether the Celtics and Magic win? If all the Game 1 winners end up winning their respective series, the 6th-seeded Sixers would get to host the 7th-seeded Bulls in Round 2 while the Hawks have to play the top-seeded Cavs with no home court advantage, unless they changed that rule while I was sleeping. In other words the Sixers get the easiest draw of the four remaining teams, which isn’t fair to the Hawks OR the Cavs. Why the hell doesn’t the NBA adopt the NFL system where the lowest seed plays the highest seed in each round?

Samuel

April 20th, 2009
11:06 pm

Wanna hear an amazing stat? Tony parker is only 26 years old. 3 years older than Chris Paul.

otrhawksfan

April 20th, 2009
11:09 pm

i hate that team in boston!!

Samuel

April 20th, 2009
11:16 pm

Chicago missed a serious chance to upset the Celtics. The C’s will find a way now.

It really doesn’t matter that much to me. Any game we win past the first round is gravy. I’d just as soon have LeBron and Company come in and give the Hawks that extra exposure. You gotta go thru the best anyways. Bring em on.

Melvin

April 20th, 2009
11:21 pm

Since we are on the PG topic, maybe we should trade the rights to JChill this summer and pickup and 2010 1st rounder. Than package the 2 picks to be in a position to draft John Wall. Im sure he’s 1 and done in with College. Check out the site below b/c I don’t know how to link it here under this new site format…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKe8Dl3qKew

Najeh Davenpoop

April 20th, 2009
11:48 pm

And since we are still on the point guard topic, it seems like an appropriate time to mention that Ricky Rubio has declared for the 2009 draft.

Snowman

April 21st, 2009
12:50 am

Samuel great take earlier (your 1st blog entry…top of page)!!!…Why don’t more people get that about coach Woodson?…How did Erik Spoelstra get 3 times more votes than Woodson?…P-A-L-E-E-S-E!!!!…

By the way, what is the deal with Jeff Schultz?…Why is he so negative when it comes to the Hawks and especially coach Woodson?…Is there history between the two?…Seriously can anyone explain?…Every time I read his stuff about the Hawks it drives me crazy?…I’m in DC and our Wizard columnists don’t dog the local basketball coach every chance he gets?…Crazy? (there has to be an explanation?)…I don’t know why the owner of the AJC tolerates it. He can and should be replaced or moved to another part of the paper (at least for the playoff run…smile).

SouthAfrican09

April 21st, 2009
1:07 am

I’m sick of this talk from our idiot GM (who says our goal was to win 5 more games [winning record] and to make playoffs) and from fans that our only goal is to just win a series.

WTF? The goal is to win a championship. We’ve beaten every elite team in the NBA besides the Celtics this year. We have beaten the Lakers and Cavs. Why would we set our goals so low? We need to make it to the championship. We didn’t work hard for 6 months so we could lose to LeBron and the official and their superstar treatment

Come on people

SouthAfrican09

April 21st, 2009
1:08 am

With our current owners, this team is set up for futility.

The morons have no PR skills and will hold out on any extension offers (seems like we owe 3/4 of the team new contracts this offseason). They will alienate all our FA’s, but that’s okay, according to our ownership, most of whom don’t even live in Atlanta…A Washington resident was sighted wearing a Smoove jersey! That’s all that matters!

Ariose

April 21st, 2009
1:09 am

“He’s a freakish athlete,” said Miami’s Dwyane Wade, the NBA’s leading scorer during the regular season but a mere onlooker as Smith led the Hawks to a 90-64 blowout in the opener to the best-of-seven series. “There’s no one on the court, really no one in the NBA, who can match his athleticism. That’s tough. You can’t practise it. You can’t scout it.”

“He can be a dynamic player,” Spoelstra said. “When he gets out in the open court like that, he changes the game for them. He really can. A lot of those plays are above the rim. Not a lot of guys can beat him up there.”

“One thing that really would define him is being a better jump shooter,” Miami’s Jermaine O’Neal said. “If he keeps working, he can be one of the top 10 guys in our league. He has that much athleticism. The only thing is his jumper. He’s very, very streaky and very, very inconsistent with his jump shot.”

“We really don’t have a lot of televised games,” Smith said. “People don’t get to see what I bring to the table for 82 games. When I don’t get it going offensively, I’m in there grabbing rebounds, getting assists, playing good at the defensive end.”

“His athletic ability is right there or above everybody else,” Wade said. “After that, you have to put the work in to become a great player.”

http://www.google.com/hostednews/canadianpress/article/ALeqM5gkVut3qgulBmhsvB8BByA9ZJn8jQ

Ariose

April 21st, 2009
1:49 am

The Hawks not only switch the pick-and-rolls, they will occasionally trap the ballhandler, go under the screen or just make stuff up as they go. As Udonis Haslem put it, “I don’t even think they have any idea what they’re going to do sometimes.”

http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/story/1009189.html

Ariose

April 21st, 2009
1:52 am

…..Thats Just rock solid defense right there. Way to go Woody.

Dante Fitzgerald

April 21st, 2009
1:55 am

“20 cent towels which I used to blow my nose last night”

SouthAfrica, homeboi u is funny!

Ariose

April 21st, 2009
2:05 am

This article has good suggestions on how the HEat ca play better against us…..

http://mvn.com/leavingitallonthecourt/2009/04/goin-back-to-basics.html

darrell starks

April 21st, 2009
4:46 am

GO HAWKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

DeadManWalking

April 21st, 2009
5:48 am

Yeah, Dumars has been getting a pass for Darko. He doesnt deserve it. But I also say that he did not screw up high lottery picks back to back with a team that needed all the help it could possibly get. And his teams have pretty much been winning teams that made the playoffs year after year despite his gaffes. I can think of some that cant claim the same but its too late to care about that right at the moment. As it is, BK is gone and we have one here who isnt exactly a draft wizard himself. A possible problem for another day.

It is amazing that Tony Parker is not that old. Whats more amazing is how a top, established coach like Popovich managed to have the patience and ability to mold a wild, out of control young Euro French kid into one of the NBAs best point guards. It took some hard work and TRUST on his part. But thats what GOOD coaches do. Take raw, unfinished projects with good potential, and help mold them into good or great players. On that same note I dont see any point in drafting a point guard this year or any other year. Obviously would be a waste unless he is a obvious superstar guard and we already proven we dont know that when we see it.

doc

April 21st, 2009
7:36 am

ariose two good articles you posted. interesting take at the end of the first:

‘Spoelstra also has to figure out a rotation to counter a Hawks group that rarely allows anyone under 6-7 to touch the floor. On Sunday, his answer was to exclude Jamaal Magloire entirely, which might not have been the wisest choice against a sizable frontline.

Maybe the coach was just as lost as his superstar was. But if the Heat is going to find its way before it’s too late, the onus will be on him and Wade to awaken from the malaise of a miserable Game 1.”

the second pretty much left it at the feet of spoelestra to get his act together and do what ando suggested in his concerns going into the series, start beasley and let him attack. what do they have to lose? someone pointed out they had a big who could hurt us, instead spoelestra stuck with a clearly overpowered o’neal while the big sat the whole game. maybe spoelestra is crazy like a fox as samuel says of woody when he tries to convince us it was woody’s plan all year to ramp it up in the playoffs and do what so many have suggested and has been holding us back for the playoffs so he could unleash the animals in the playoffs at full speed. yeah, not!

woody = top 10 coy when you put it like that, unless he wins the nba big ring. woody did out coach his young opponent in spoelestra, as that was pointed out in suggesting strengths and weaknesses before the series, it would be one of our advantages for a change. let us see if the team can hold service in the e game.

O'brien

April 21st, 2009
8:01 am

I agree that if Josh Smith develops a consistent jump shot, he will be (almost) unstoppable.

And good job Bibby, who actually played some defense (although Miami’s PG’s are not much to write home about). We will need even more defense from Bibby when we get to Mo’ Williams

kwooden1

April 21st, 2009
8:44 am

Doc, personally I think Magloire has lost two or three steps because he’s a one time All-Star but now can’t even break into any NBA teams rotation let alone starting lineup! But he also only needs to be effective for 10-15 mins a game to have a significant impact, especially against the Hawks backup centers. Overall though Zaza and Solo can hold their own against Magloire in terms of rebounding, so I don’t think its a huge concern.

Clearly Miami is going to play better and Wade will have less turnovers. The HAWKS are going to have to shoot better from 3, especially Evans! JSmoove and Horford have to continue to attack the paint, they really set the tone last game. With all of JSmoove’s dunks, we all missed how well JJ played. He was taking his man off the dribble and scoring in the paint at will. He played great defense, he was as quick on that end as I’ve seen him. I think he will have to make a little more of a statement this game, because we’ll probably need more of his offensive. Also, as stated earlier by many, GREAT GAME BIBBY!! KEEP IT UP!

GO HAWKS!!

Astro Joe

April 21st, 2009
9:35 am

If Magloire is the savior of the Heat, then it’s time for the Hawks to start chilling the champagne. Yes, Magloire may not allow the Hawks to grab 15 more boards than the Heat, but we will likely see 8-10 more free throw attempts as Horford spins past him each and every time. The way the Heat will win is by getting Jones, Cook and Moon to get hot from 3-land. That will force the Hawks to move out of the paint and create driving lanes for Wade. The Hawks don’t like to defend the 3-point line because it keeps them from defending the rim. As long as their 3-point shooters stay cold, this should be a relatively easy series for us (regardless of what Magloire does).

I whole-heartedly agree with Samuel about Tony Parker. He is almost ALWAYS left off the list of elite PGs. And he is surprisingly young and still getting better. Bibby doesn’t rank high amongst PGs across the league, but he was the right available PG for this team. You have to remember how many leads this team lost in the 4th quarter pre-Bibby. He gave the team confidence that we had a great “closer” to help them finish the contest.

doc

April 21st, 2009
9:43 am

kwooden i didnt say start magloiore though i was surprised beasley wasnt in the starting line up. i was surprised to think he hadnt seen any action at tne end of the game. yeah they can hold their own against mag only no one on the hat was able to put up any resistance against us and that was what their coach didnt alter his game plan to stop. it might not have worked but you cant find out until you try.

i mentioned it erlier that i was not impressed with the body language of beasley and his young cohorts. they cam off the floor looking like they were tired, done and dint want to go back in and this was at the end of the second quarter. will see but they dont look to have the guts to climb back in.

yeah, jj was energetic and making some major moves i havent seen since the start of the season. he didnt convert as often as i would expect from him on a good night, he did keep the defense honest to help out the interior guys. team play is where it is at for these guys just like it was for the pistons of late before the changes this year. bibby probably played his best point guard game of the season, hope he continues.

doc

April 21st, 2009
9:52 am

aj agree with your assessment about magliore. he wont change things but it seemed they wanted o’neal to bring the offense not the guys you listed. that will only fall into our hands if they continue that. i doubt o’neal will have any more presence in the paint on defense so why keep him in there. we have trashed him from the first game he was with the raptors when i thought they would be stronger only to end up losing by 20 or so. it was the first major blow out of the year for us to show he way. i look forward to seeing more of o’neal at that rate.

surprised that samuel gave cred to a euro punk like parker that was brought along and coached up from his primitive skill base. he is a major reason they are still in it without his running mate ginobli another foreign threat with duncan, truly, an international american team.

vava74

April 21st, 2009
10:00 am

Several dangers have to be considered:

1. The NBA wants Wade to proceed and match up against Lebron, hence the officiating might kill us.

2. Excessive confidence: the team must really realise that they absolutely must come out of the gate on Wednesday fully focused and then keep it until the buzzer.

3. Josh Smith might now think is the king of the world when in fact he only – and in a brilliant way – did his share of the job after a team effort in the defensive end lead to some easy baskets. He absolutely must refrain from shooting 3s and concentrate on defense (good help defence and not exactly shot blocking) and in rebounding. We need to win the battle of the boards since we are bound to have lapses in which the ball will not go in and on the other side Wade might get some fast break oportunities and get his mojo going.

4. In general, keep the ball moving and find the free man, avoiding forced shots.

Ariose

April 21st, 2009
10:12 am

LOLOLOLOLOL!!!!

Peachtreehoops has named all of smooves dunks!

http://www.peachtreehoops.com/2009/4/21/847102/naming-josh-smiths-dunks

Sekou Smith

April 21st, 2009
10:17 am

The point guards in this draft intrigue me. From Rubio and Jennings to Lawson and possibly Mills. This could be an extremely deep PG draft and the Hawks could have a good pick to snatch one that falls out of the lottery. Or they could target someone like Jarrett Jack and go after an established player.

Blast

April 21st, 2009
10:26 am

I did talk about Bibby’s defence in the first game, and he had two blocks.

Tony Parker is an elite point guard in this league, and he rarely gets the credit he deserves. Parker is the highest scoring point guard in the paint in the NBA. He can get to the rim at will, and finish. If I was asked to pick an all NBA team, it would be hard for me to leave him off that list.

I don’t think Hawks will come out over confident. They pretty much said so themselves, and Bibby won’t let that happen anyway. The beauty about this Hawks team is you never know who the hero will be every game. You never know which player will hurt you. Joe scores only 15, Josh was the hero and they still blow out heat. Next night it might be Joe dropping 30 on ya, or Bibby scoring 25, or Marvin putting in 28, or Flip going crazy with 30 points. You just never know with the Hawks. One thing I know is, so long as they bring the intensity and defence needed, the offence will take care of itself. Go Hawks!

So the 1st 3 teams that dropped the home opener redeemed themselves. But home court is still lost.

doc

April 21st, 2009
10:39 am

okay it is a rhetorical qusetion but after seeing how poor a team the heat are why would stern and co. want a poorly competitive team like the heat in it when they want advertising dollars. if the heat couldnt make it a series then dollars in revenues would sink because of a shorted series. certainly at some point their cpa’s, lawyers, programming specialists and advisory committees that look at such stuff would see the hawks as the more competitive team and tell the officials the rules have changed. heh heh