Better pack some swagger Hawks!

The Hawks have played well in Florida this season. But it's been a while.

The Hawks have played well in Florida this season, including a season opening win in Orlando. They'll need to dial up another one, or two, in Miami.

HAWKSVILLE - The Hawks’ epic struggles on the road have been well documented this season.

From a fantastic start early in the season with wins over both Orlando and New Orleans to the end of the season, when the Hawks strung together gritty back-to-back wins (in Toronto and Milwaukee) to save their home court advantage fortunes, the Haws big hits on the road were few and extremely far between.

But if they’re serious about taking this first round playoff series over the Miami Heat, the Hawks better make sure they’ve packed some serious swagger for Games 3 and 4 in the house that Dwyane Wade built.

Play like the fragile, shell-shocked crew that got trounced in four games in Boston during last year’s series against the Celtics, and this series might end prematurely.

Show up like the supremely confident bunch that smoked the Magic and Hornets at the start of this season, and the control the Heat feel they have right now will disintegrate before the sun comes up Sunday morning.

I’ve heard nothing of from Hawks captain Joe Johnson or anyone else about a no-nightlife policy in Miami similar to the one the Wade and Udonis Haslem enacted for their teammates while in our fair city for Games 1 and 2 (granted, no one is certain the Heat lived up to that edict. But it sounded like the right thing to do at the time).

But if the Hawks need any reminders of how truly important this business trip is to their postseason fortunes … surely they don’t.

Spirit hanging with Hawks Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins during one of the bird's better days.

Spirit The Hawk hanging with Hawks Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins during one of the dirty bird's better days. Spirit's free flying days at Philips Arena are officially over, per a statement from the Hawks.

ENOUGH ABOUT BASKETBALL, for a minute at least. And we are allowed to discuss other things, briefly, when they make us laugh or are ridiculous enough that we just can’t ignore them. 

This item qualifies in both categories.

As if things couldn’t get any more ridiculous after the Spirit the Hawk fiasco from Game 2, that blasted bird is back in the news again.

He had his wings clipped by the organization Thursday evening. And this morning I get the news that Spirit is already “Tweetin” or whatever you call it when you spend too much time on Twitter.

In the pantheon of sports mascot disasters, Spirit’s unauthorized in-game flight and the resulting public relations nightmare (seriously, Spirit rivaled the Miss California-Perez Hilton flap for the most ridiculous thing you’ve seen on the air the past few days) could only have happened here.

Honestly, can you see this stuff happening anywhere else but Philips Arena?

It’s as tragic as it is comical.

WHILE WE’RE ON THE SUBJECT of tragic.

Has anyone seen the Hawks’ bench lately?

Flip Murray scored 15 points on 4-for-15 shooting in Game 2 and the Hawks’ reserves were still outscored 37-20 in that loss.

Both teams went four players deep into the bench in Game 2, but with far different results. Murray and his bench mates shot a combined 6-for-20 from the floor and managed just six rebounds between them. The Heat bench, led by Daequan Cook, shot a nasty 14-for-26 from the floor, including an insane 8-for-11 from beyond the 3-point line, and also grabbed 19 rebounds.

While studying the anatomy of the Hawks’ defeat, make sure to include the disparity in bench production up high on the talking points list.

In today’s edition of the SOUTH FLORIDA REPORT we have several items worthy of your time.

According to my man Mike Wallace of the Miami Herald the Heat is stealing a page from the Hawks’ playoff book and trying to stay humble after a big win in the series. We’ll see if they have better luck with that than the Hawks.

Wade apparently has more going on that just basketball, per the Herald. Of all the times to bring this stuff up … is there ever a good time for this stuff? Probably not.

My guy Ira Winderman from the Sun-Sentinel had some interesting statistical minutiae on his blog. In fact, he made several points that make even more sense a couple days after the game than they might have immediately after the game.

Former AJC staff writer Carlos Frias of the Palm Beach Post snapped me back from the silliness with this sobering story about Udonis Haslem and the tough time he and his family have endured and continue to deal with during this series.

THE LAST WORD today goes to blog regular niremetal, via Big Ray, who keeps the party jumping along with HB Ando on the Hawks Hack blog. When it comes to keen observations, no one does it better than you all (and I know it’s time to move on to Game 3 but for a rehash of Game 2, this is it):

Since they were easy to miss, here’s a compilation of my 4 comments about tonight’s game -

1) Where’s Mario?

2) Man. JJ bricks two free throws and Josh throws the ball into the seats on a breakaway. Clearly, clearly, clearly the focus wasn’t there tonight.

3) That being said, if the Heat can only win if they shoot 58% from deep and have JJ on the bench with foul trouble for the entire third quarter (and he had NO rhythm when he came back from that), then the Hawks definitely can bounce back.

4) And finally…Marvin goes on a tear in the 3rd and Woodson decides to bench him for the rest of the game? WTF??

To respond to your bit about JJ…this was the ultimate in Woody asking him to do too much and him breaking down.  He actually guarded Wade pretty [dang] well in the first half.  Most of Wade’s points when JJ was in the game came when either Flip or Mo was covering him; most of the rest came when Bibby switched onto him off a screen.  But JJ eventually got into foul trouble. And Woody is so [darn] terrified of leaving a player with foul trouble in the game that he benched JJ for almost the entire third quarter.  What the [HECK] is that about?  Like most shooters, JJ needs a rhythm to be at his best.  Benching him for a good 25 minutes of real time (even though it was just 9 minutes of game time) just iced him for the rest of the game. And then when JJ finally came back, it looked like Woody put him on Wade again while Flip guarded Cook (?!?).

He never tried putting Mario in to hassle Wade, even after it was clear that Mo and Flip were getting shredded and JJ was toiling and getting into foul trouble from having to chase Wade around screens.

And he benched Zaza right after he made a tough shot on one end and drew a charge on the other.

And here’s the worst one.  The one that makes the absolute least amount of sense.  He benched Marvin after Marvin scored 7 points in the quarter on 3-4 shooting and didn’t allow his man to score a single point for the entire quarter.  Jones scored less than 1 minute after Marvin went to the bench, after Jones/Cook/Beasley had been held scoreless for the entire third period while Marvin was in.  And Marvin was never seen for the rest of the game.

It makes no sense.  None.  NONE.

Pardon my French, but we are royally [screwed] if he can’t show the ability to make in-game adjustments, because the Heat WILL go on at least 1-2 runs every single game.

278 comments Add your comment

terrell barron

April 24th, 2009
12:05 pm

Hawks better not lose this series. If so, Woody has to go. PERIOD! Dont give me that crap about how we’ve won more games every year under his azz. I’m tired of hearing it. I’ve never seen such an up and down team in my life. Whether it be in college, the pros, or high school. This group has been together for years now. They’ve got better on experience alone, but they should be better than they are, IMO. It’s time to get it done Woody. It’s 2nd rd or bust! Come on guys, you better step it up in Miami, because you gave away your home court advantage. Go Hawks!

MannyT

April 24th, 2009
12:10 pm

I do expect the Hawks to win at least one of the next two road games. They have not suddenly become consistent because of the playoffs. This team is always up and down…or haven’t you noticed.

It is very important to stop the Miami supporting crew from their roll. Wade will do what he does.

When has Woody been good at in game adjustments? He can come up with a plan between games, but I wouldn’t bet a cup of water on his halftime adjustments or out of bounds plays with less than 5 seconds.

I believe that Bibby carries a case of cologne called Swagger. I am comfortable that we will go in there with confidence. Hopefully we can make better use of situational match ups. I do wonder about Marvin’s health. I recall that folks with bad backs have a much tougher time when they cool down. Maybe it is harder for Marvin to keep coming back if he has been on the bench for awhile.

Joe Cool will ice the Heat this weekend.

Let’s go Hawks.

BWAF

ZULU

April 24th, 2009
12:11 pm

Every game has to be played like you are going to win. In the after game analysis, if you are a Hawk, don’t let it be said by or about you; that you coulda, shoulda, and maybe you woulda. Wade is good (and even better) when he has his back-up. Everyone of the Hawks has too be on their game from the coach(es) to the last man off the bench. Don’t be the “trooper’ at the Big Horn found with bullets still in your rifle. GO HAWKS!

doc

April 24th, 2009
12:17 pm

home court advantage is only for game seven, it doesnt matter how you get there. this year as others have seen some falter coming out of the gate only to rebound, like the celts did last night. i expected this team to win a game in miami and still do. the sooner the better as if they wait too late then they are faced with the prospects of winning three in a row. we got to say right now it is best to concentrate on coming home with the series tied.

Reality

April 24th, 2009
12:19 pm

It’s going to be very tough for Atlanta to steal one of these 2 games in Miami. The entire city is pumped, it’s going to be ELECTRIC at the AAA with everyone in black.

I will be there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Is Mario West really that good of a defender? What other player(s)would you compare him to? Height?

I keep hearing, well if Miami can only win by shooting 58% then the Hakws are fine. Well, no one knows yet if Miami can or can’t win that way, and it wasn’t like Miami just barely won. It was very decisive. Sure, Atlanta made a late game run but that’s always expected from the home team in the playoffs.

So in my opinion, Miami can shoot worse, and yet still win. The main factor is forcing the Hawks to play their brand of basketball, which is slow, grind it out, halfcourt basketball.

Don’t get me wrong, Miami must bring their A game to win. But that doesn’t mean the only way they can win is if they shoot lights out like they did on Wednesday. Insensity, defense, and dictating the tempo and style of the game are the key factors here.

O'brien

April 24th, 2009
12:20 pm

Let’s face it. 5 years in, Woody is who he is: A head coach who cannot make adjustments during the game, a head coach with no offensive system, and head coach who does not develop his bench. In my opinion, Woody is a really good defensive minded assistant coach. If we’re concerned about him getting exposed now (by a rookie head coach), wait until we play Cleveland.

Another issue I have with the Hawks is when a player is hot, they dont look for him. Bibby was shooting well, and JJ refused to pass the ball before it’s too late. Marvin can be hot, and he doesnt see the ball for a few possesions. I think it starts with the coach, but the players are to blame as well.

Adjustments I would like to see: Play Mario, give Marvin more minutes, run some plays through the front court early to see if we can get them going (maybe get JON a quick foul or two). We also need to run a couple plays to get JJ easy shots early. And obviously, we have to play defense, and run run run.

Maybe I’m expecting too much lol.

If we struggled with FT at home, I wonder how we will do in Miami with the crowd?

Woody and the players need to step it up though.

WHO DIED ......?

April 24th, 2009
12:24 pm

SEKOU wish you were in south florida great work!!!!! it seems to me that hawk fans are living in a fantasy,they dont want to believe they are in serious trouble,like i said give woody benefit of doubt on coaching plan,but at same time you have to be worried b/c he looks like he might not have answer,kinda like pick ur posion,next everybody want johnson to be something he’s not which is elite,nba full of nice players but so few elite i.e. kobe d-wade,lebron in that order,johnson has be in league how long has he ever been that,i dont think so not night in night out, yea a game here a stretch there but not all the time,and finally the bench is much weaker than hawks fan realize evident by your stats of game two anybody can get points run fastbreak,but as you can see heat slowed the pace,now they have no option on wade,will keep fresh body with different abilities on jonhson to wear him down,live with what everybody else give which you really cant depend on,and keep them from fastbreaking and that’s a win every nite!o’yea game 1 was to be expected but dont think t will happen agiam

doc

April 24th, 2009
12:29 pm

aj, carry over. always thought that the hawk flying in was a lame idea. his appearance for sure didnt secure that folks would be in their seats for the tip off as fans here are notorious for being late or stuck in the “party room” as the game starts opposite to the players benches and below the premo boxes. as i commented on yesterday spirit was a severe distraction and an omen of things to come. besides i think they changed his venue to be flying in from a different vantage point is how one person next to me saw it. not sure, as i could never see him in flight anyway unless it was on the big screen. if they changed his flight routine then it is their bad as well. anyway it is stuff for the animal lovers to debate whether he should be there or not. no offense to the hawk, ground him. it is time to find another way to get folks in the seats and hollering.

Dan

April 24th, 2009
12:33 pm

I usually dread watching the Hawks play on the road. I’m not sure how I feel about games 3 and 4, though. The Hawks have won in Miami this year, but that was before O’Neal and Moon, plus Beasley did not play in that game. It’s going to be tough.

Tired of hearing about how the Heat were just hot in Game 2. A number of the shots they hit were open looks. If the Heat get those looks again tomorrow they will shoot just the same percentage, if not better. The D has to pick up.

I b#tched about the FT shooting all season long. You had to know that it would jump up and bite this team in the a$$ at somepoint.

Also, how will the Hawks respond to being in a tough spot? Last season they had a big game at NJ, late in the year with a playoff spot on the line, and were blown out. We all remember the beating that was put on by the Celtics in game 7. The Hawks did, however, manage to win Game 6, but were at home….

I really don’t know what to expect. If I learned anything from the Game 2 debacle on Wednesday, it’s this: The Hawks are still a bunch of headcases. You never know when they will have the mental ability to lock in on a game/situation or mentally check out like they did on Wednesday.

Josh Smith is right. They lose this series and this whole season was for nothing. The purpose of this season was to get the 4th seed (check) and get into the 2nd round. Fail to do that and the season was a failure.

terrell barron

April 24th, 2009
12:44 pm

Who died, you lost all crdibility when you said D-Wade was better than King James? You’re either a Heat fan, or a fool? Which is it?

WHO DIED ......?

April 24th, 2009
12:49 pm

its sad for you to only think about second round of playoffs,why not conf. finals or finals with all the talent they have or is that talent fools gold

Astro Joe

April 24th, 2009
12:51 pm

Reality, I have to take your word for it. But this would be the first time that a city was “pumped” about playing the Hawks. And I must admit, I kind of view Miami is being indifferent to their sports. Marlins can’t get 10,00 fans to show up when they’re a top team. The U doesn’t get much love. But again, you’re there and I’m here, so I’ll take your word that the city is abuzz with Heat-Hawks talk.

Mario is a very athletic 6′4″ super-energy guy. I think he won a dunk contest in college. He was a walk-on at GA Tech and an undrafted FA who came to Hawks camp and earned an NBA job by out-working everyone in the gym. He has one mission in life, to stop the opposing G. If there is a loose ball, he will get it or die/kill trying. Stray rebound? He owns it. His offense is restricted to lay-ups and offensive rebounds. If allowed, he will use up his 6 fouls in 12 minutes. He is likely the hungriest NBA player in the league. He treats every minute on the court like it will be the difference between his children going hungry, homeless and school-less and his kids having a comfortable life. He attacks offensive players like they’re taking food away from his kids. I hope that provides a helpful description of Mario West. He can’t stay on the floor for extended minutes but you will feel his impact during his brief stint.

Spirit = MOY

Dan

April 24th, 2009
12:56 pm

Who Died….?

What are you talking about? Your analysis of this series is very JV’ish. You simply paint the Hawks with the “they can only win when they run” brush and leave it at that….you work for ESPN? Try watching more than two games before you give your insights.

The Hawks can win when the game is slowed down. They just can’t win when they allow millions of open looks, like Wednesday.

Joe Johnson not elite? You must not have seen the organization before he got here? Just because he does not pose for the cameras every two seconds (LeBron and Dwayne, I’m looking in your direction here) does not mean he is not one of the elite players. The guy works hard, keeps his mouth shut, and doesn’t need his nuts sucked by ESPN and TNT to reassure himself he is a good player. I’m glad he is on our team. You continue rooting for the media darlings. And, try watching some basketball, for once, while your at it…

WHO DIED ......?

April 24th, 2009
12:56 pm

better shooter,better defense and is not bigger than everybody he pays against so yea d-wade is better right now,but you like espn give the kid the keys to the world, lebron is only player in recent memory not to win a ring to get so much pub. nobody said he wasnt good but dont give him everything hell he jus hit his first game winner what last year u must have man crush on him,besides kobe rise his game over the summer like he did d-wade on the defensive end,besides kobe, you mean to tell me you what lebron jumper over wade’s for the last shot. be real

Dan

April 24th, 2009
1:01 pm

Who Died…? It’s not sad. It’s a process. The Hawks are building. Last year, it was make the playoffs. This year, have homecourt and advance to 2nd round. Next year, the bar will be set higher. By then, you will probably have a new favorite team. Let me guess…you have a Wade jersey, a Kobe jersey, and a LeBron jersey all lined up in your closet?

Again, you are a JV basketball fan. You really think your Heat are a threat to make the conference finals or NBA finals? Oh, wait….you probably have three other teams that you are a “fan of” on the back burner. No doubt that one of ‘em are making the finals, right?

doc

April 24th, 2009
1:04 pm

spirit is in the coop.

JOSH = MVP!

20/10

WHO DIED ......?

April 24th, 2009
1:08 pm

no my thoughts are grown man and obvious let them run they capable of 40 fastbreak points but if you slow them down and reduce that number to say like 14 to 18 thats 20 points lacking, and once you get them in a half court set with no clear cut go to guy it can be a problem, true bball head no johnson great player but he very well can disappear too,so he’s not an elite player,and if u gonna double wade of course so one is open are u kidding me,if u guard him str8 up then you already know the outcome,i jus wish for once you would show confidence as a hawk fan and stop crying first the refs,now coachin, next players, even the bird got so blame,i mean what’s next! see you expect to win but deep down inside you very nervous right now,o’yea beasley will dominate at home,so now who,s gonna check him

Lacsho

April 24th, 2009
1:13 pm

Sekou, thanks to responding to Big Ray. He had some excellent points, and you provided great feedback. Like O’brien said,

“Let’s face it. 5 years in, Woody is who he is: A head coach who cannot make adjustments during the game, a head coach with no offensive system, and head coach who does not develop his bench. In my opinion, Woody is a really good defensive minded assistant coach. If we’re concerned about him getting exposed now (by a rookie head coach), wait until we play Cleveland”.

O’brien you nailed it.

Doc, you’re right we have to win in Miami. The question is which Hawks team is going to show up? Here’s another question Doc. If the Hawks refuse to run Woody’s offense, do we blame the players or do we blame the coach?

I think we blame both, but I blame our point guard and bwaf the most. The point guard has to be the coach on the floor, and our point guard play has been very inconsistent. If you’re not going to run the offense, Woody needs to put somebody in that’s capable of running our offense. Honestly, I think Bibby would be better at the two guard; He’s nice coming off those picks shooting his jump shot in rhythm. Don’t get me wrong he played a great game one, but can we get that on a consistent basis. I just don’t think so.

Baba O'Riley

April 24th, 2009
1:14 pm

I am a Georgian living in Jupiter, FL so I listen to talk radio in SoFla all the time. The stations down here were all over Holman’s call of the game the other night. They are requesting fans bring rubber chickens to the game to mimick Spirit the Hawk.
WHO DIED……? Apparently your grammar teacher before you could take the class.

Ariose

April 24th, 2009
1:14 pm

……Hawks in 5.

WHO DIED ......?

April 24th, 2009
1:14 pm

no i expect them to make second round but with a superstar anything is possible and at the rate you have the hawks progressing might as well root in 2011,all that talent hawks have in 2011 they will make finals my heat wasnt even suppose to be in playoffs let alone 5 seed but here we go with a favorable matchup with hawks and for you to think hawks are so superior to heat why all this chatter

Mac

April 24th, 2009
1:14 pm

Your level of distress over a little incident of a bird spending a few minutes away from its trainer is over-the-top. Tragic? Turn on the news if you want to see real tragedy. Maybe some Valium or Xanax should be in your future. Tragic? Geez.

Mac

April 24th, 2009
1:16 pm

Disaster? Nightmare? Geez.

Jt

April 24th, 2009
1:16 pm

Right on about Woodson’s adjustments!!!! I remember him taking Marvin out of the game when he was the only one to have any success shooting in the first quarter. I figured it was because of lack of conditioning but he had shown NO signs of fatigue. Quite the contrary. Also, it occurred to me why did he not put Mario in the game to aggravate DW? Evans was abused by DW. It’s not like they would miss his offensive output because there was none. If you can’t shoot (the Hawks clearly sucked in game 2), you can at least try to keep the Heat from scoring and nothing else was working defensively.

As far as taking Zaza out of the game. Woodson has a much lower tolerance for mistakes for some players than he does for others. He has virtually no tolerance for any lapse made by Zaza or Acie. Usually one mistake by either and they are OUT!!!!

Ariose

April 24th, 2009
1:19 pm

I do beleive the revfs were blowing quick whistles (Biased ones at that), but that’s no excuse for our poor peremeter defense. It is encouraging to hear that the Heat didn’t get to play to their strength, which is attacking the basket.

We always score enough points, this was really just a defensive breakdown. I am sure the hawks will be fine after studying the tape and fine-tuning their rotations.

Also, Our bigs got punkd’ under the baske on wednesday. We will have to clean that up also.

WHO DIED ......?

April 24th, 2009
1:19 pm

and i guess you were never taught to finish your thoughts

Bigeasy830

April 24th, 2009
1:20 pm

They lose one game and you people start to panic, hang in there with them, we will get Saturday night. It will be 1:30 in the morning over here but, I do not have to work Sunday and will DEBO the TV at the rec center. We will win, GET’EM HAWKS, GET’EM.

HOLLA………..

Ariose

April 24th, 2009
1:20 pm

I do think doses Mario and Acie (if he could go) would preally have helped with that peremeter onslaught that we took…..

WHO DIED ......?

April 24th, 2009
1:22 pm

thats why he is sitting on your bench b/c he is limited

Baba O'Riley

April 24th, 2009
1:26 pm

Heat weren’t supposed to make the playoffs??? Based on what? How incredibly deep the East is? If you have 1 superstar on your team, you are a playoff team.

WHO DIED ......?

April 24th, 2009
1:28 pm

where’s dan, he funny to me, hawks got him gone

Lacsho

April 24th, 2009
1:29 pm

My hat goes off to Udonis Haslem. I’ve always liked him, and to read this story about his family is very humbling. I have nothing but respect for him.

Reality

April 24th, 2009
1:29 pm

Astro Joe,

Miami fans are indeed fair-weather, but when their teams are good they get behind them to the fullest. They get rowdy. That’s just how it is in Miami. I don’t like it, but at least they go all out when the team is competing.

The Dolphins are the aberration here. They actually have strong tradition with a huge and very loyal fanbase….all over the world.

The Hurricanes have a very strong loyal fan-base (which are all the fans currently going to their games). When they’re good, then the rest of the city hops on. The orange bowl used to be INSANE when the ‘Canes were competing for championships. Just insane.

The Heat do have a strong, loyal fanbase but it’s certainly not as large or widespread as the Dolphins or Canes as Miami is afterball a football town…no doubt about it.

The Heat’s fanbase really kicked off with the arrival of Pat Riley. He changed everything and made Miami actually matter in basketball. He brought in Zo, built contenders, and then did again after everything collapsed. The 2006 championship really brought the city together and made many die-hard Heat fans for life.

Anyways, Miami fans can get very passionate and loud when motivated. Think back to the Heat’s 04,05,06 playoff runs. Those crowds were electric.

Having a once in a generation superstar like Dwyane Wade only adds fuel to the fire. Dwyane Wade is already challenging Dan Marino as Miami’s favorite sports legend.

So yes, I can guarantee you the city “pumped” because their beloved D-wade and the Heat are back in the playoffs fighting. Don’t matter who their opponent is (although if it’s the Cavs next series, it will be extra crazy).

Dan

April 24th, 2009
1:32 pm

Who Died….? You’re not worried about the Hawks? You’re the one with the finals aspirations, right?

From GoodFellas: “How am I funny? How do I amuse you?”

WHO DIED ......?

April 24th, 2009
1:33 pm

that’s not true,with team full of 1st and 2nd year and rookies playing,outside of wade what do heat really have outside of promise, yes we expecting bigg thing for beasley,and if he was defensive ready which seems like he is now the he would be second best player on court which hawk has shown they can stop him he’s getting everything he wants jumpers drives

WHO DIED ......?

April 24th, 2009
1:35 pm

since you wanna quote movie in the words of smokie “DEBO COMING’

Eddie

April 24th, 2009
1:35 pm

Here it is and most who follow sports are aware of this, talent wins out in the end. Energy, excitement and even luck can push a team to some quality wins but the good “teams” usually win out. The Hawks have three things going aginst them. First, they are a below average basketball IQ team. All the physical talent means little when trip after trip down the court take bad shots and attempt bad passes. Josh Smith is a prime example of a low basketball IQ player. Great on talent low on smarts. Second, they are a poor freethrow shooting team. The give up probably 5-10 points a game at the freethrow line. Third, their coach is in over his head. Like the current Whitehouse administration but I wont get into that here. Woody seems like a good guy but far too much physical talent on this team over the past few years for them not to have accomplished more. However, running the coach out of town isn’t always the right answer either. They have gotten better for 4 or 5 years in a row but looking at where they were coming from that isn’t saying too much. If the Hawks get bounced in the first round and I believe they will I would try to land a free agent or two before I moved to fire the coach. I hate to bash on the Hawks because I am really proud of them this year but to deny the obvious would limit me as a fan. Good luck Hawks. Hope you prove me wrong? Oh by the way, Woody is far better than some of the other amatures we’ve had here that past several years “Terry Stotts” So, Woody thank you for being average I guess????

Reality

April 24th, 2009
1:35 pm

Lascho, and right you should. Haslem is the ultimate team player, competior and leader. The guy is a warrior, never complains and he’s clutch. He will always be loved by Heat fans….he’s 305 born n’ raised.

Baba O'Riley

April 24th, 2009
1:36 pm

Who Died? The East is extremely thin. Maybe the worst conference in all of pro sports. With 5 players on the floor at a time, 1 makes all the difference needed in what has become less and less of a team game over the years. Given the weakness of the East, it shocks nobody that the Heat are in the playoffs.

Baba O'Riley

April 24th, 2009
1:39 pm

Where would Woody be with Chris Paul? Who drafted Shelden Williams? I am by no means a fan of Woody’s, but Billy Knight was pathetic.

WHO DIED ......?

April 24th, 2009
1:40 pm

SO WHY DOES IT SEEM SO FAR FETCHED FOR HEAT TO WIN YOU ARE NOT SAYING NOTHING I ALREADY KNOW, BUT FOR SOME REASON HAWK FAN WANNA TURN JOE JOHNSON INTO SOMETHING HE’S NOT!!! IS HE IN TOP 10,20 OR 25 I’LL LET YOU CALL IT

Baba O'Riley

April 24th, 2009
1:42 pm

I never said it was far-fetched for the Heat to win this series. Maybe some are saying that based on the Game 1 result.

WHO DIED ......?

April 24th, 2009
1:44 pm

EDDIE NOW THEY GONNA BLAME YOU

WHO DIED ......?

April 24th, 2009
1:50 pm

my thing is this die-hard heat marlins and DOLHPINS FAN,now like i said in playoff you need superstar we got that d-wadem, atlanta dont have that least in my mind, next bench is a must starting 5 wont always show up,and the bench for hawks is horrible,20-25 points aint enuff,and next tempo is key, u keep a team from the things they like to do and your chance of winning improve,that’s why this is bad recipe for hawks!believe it or not you stand better chance of beating cavs than the heat for that reason alone bench the same

Hawks Over Heat In Five

April 24th, 2009
1:50 pm

Too bad Spirit got grounded. Cause he was my clue as to what the outcome of the game would be. Wednesday night was not the only game that I recall Spirit doing his own thing. There was another game this season that Spirit did the same thing and the Hawks loss the game. I wish I could remember who the Hawks played my guess is between the Celtics, Magic, or Spurs. And it was at the end of the season too. So that makes two, if only he was allowed to fly a third time with the same behavior, then I could confirm or deny my stupidstition. I blame Spirit the Hawk for our loss. He didn’t stick to his game plan and neither did the Hawks. I also blame the fans, the fans at game 1 was way more crunk than the fans at game 2. I didn’t feel the energy/electricity that I felt on Sunday. We booed the heck out of Wade on Sunday and I think it threw his game off. But on Wednesday something was off and not just Spirit the Hawk and the team.

And I’m starting to get tired of people saying that we don’t come to the game on time. When we leave home/work we are on time. By the time we get near the arena or at it, we have to contend with the freaking no traffic directing cops. Find a parking space. And then the slow let me search your purse, check your pockets workers, and then have our tickets scanned. And I have to mention the not so bright fans who clog up the aisle getting in one line when there are about five or six lines to get into the arena. It’s enough to drive a sane person mad. Not everyone can get to the game early cause some of us are just now getting off of work, especially during the week.

Is it possible for the Philips Arena to get a no leaving the arena rule until half time. Because it’s so irritating to have to keep getting up for people who wish to come back and forth the whole game. I’m like dang sit your behinds down you are ruining my game. I’ve missed a few exciting moments in the game because of people who won’t stay seated. I got a solution, get an aisle seat. Everything about Wednesday’ game irritated and aggitated me. And the loss to the Heat on our homecourt just made everything worst.

And what do you know, I got tickets to Game 5 and that’s on a Wednesday night too! The Hawks owe us fans a win on Saturday. We got violated in our own house and I want justice/revenge. It’s war time. I wanna see the Hawks taking this series personally.

GO HAWKS! STOP PLAYING AROUND!

Hawks Over Heat In Five

April 24th, 2009
1:51 pm

Don’t hate on my paragraphs.

Baba O'Riley

April 24th, 2009
1:55 pm

Any truth to the rumor that Joey Crawford is throwing out the first pitch at a Marlins game this weekend?

WHO DIED ......?

April 24th, 2009
2:01 pm

reality they dont understand the madness,you dont have to give out t-shirt for the arena to be certain color in AAA like other arenas, the fans will wear black on their own to show faith in team and support, like when the craze started with black theme in 04, white-hot in 06 really jus set the tone for all others to follow, yea we started THAT

NOEL SANDOVAL JR

April 24th, 2009
2:03 pm

THE HEAT IS TAKING THIS SERIES IN 5 OR 6 GAMES. HAWKS HAVE NO ANSWER FOR D.WADE. I KEEP SAYING THE KEY TO THIS SERIES IS TO PLAY PHYSICAL AND LET J.ONEAL DO THIS THING DOWN LOW. GO HEAT’

WHO DIED ......?

April 24th, 2009
2:04 pm

what difference it make who ref game get u a superstar and you wont have this problem, gonna be tought to figure out who gonna get call between d-wade and lebron though,lol