Do they have anything left?

Do Joe, Josh and the Hawks have anything left? We're going to find out tonight at Philips Arena.

Do Joe, Josh and the Hawks have anything left? We're going to find out in a few hours.

HAWKSVILLE - The clock is ticking on this once miraculous season for the Hawks.

How much time remains is hard to tell, could be a couple games or a couple days.

No one knows for sure.

But one question about these Hawks remains.

Do they have anything left?

Fresh off two straight blowout loss in Cleveland, it’s all come down to this one showing, tonight’s Game 3 against Cleveland at Philips Arena.

If the Hawks can dig down and find something that works long enough to hold off the Cavaliers, maybe, just perhaps maybe, they can stretch this series out a few days longer.

We all know there have been far too many injuries to contend with for the Hawks to actually dream about springing an upset.

But there is still time to save a little face and make the NBA, the city of Cleveland and even the Cavaliers sweat a little bit.

Win tonight and waking up Sunday morning in a 2-1 hole gives people hope. Go to bed tonight down 3-0, however, and Monday’s Game 4 becomes 48 minutes of survivor. And with LeBron James smelling blood and the Hawks smelling vacation … well, it could be just enough to shove the Hawks all the way over the playoff cliff.

I took a seat in my barber’s chair a little earlier today and before he could even get started, one of his fellow barbers stopped him so he could ask the question that I’ve been getting non-stop the past 48 hours.

“Them boys gettin’ swept or what man?”

I’ll tell you like I told him, it all comes down to tonight.

The Hawks have been holding on to the aura of their own home court advantage, and all the cosmic energy that comes with it, all season long.

It worked for them in Game 7 against Miami. But that was a series clincher. And they weren’t missing three injured starters (only Marvin Williams sat that one out, Al Horford and Joe Johnson did not).

Johnson, Horford and Williams might play tonight (all three are officially “game-time” decisions) and it still might not be enough to hold off the Cavs. They’re that good. And that focused. And that serious about doing whatever it takes, whenever they have to and wherever they have to in an effort to win a championship.

I loved Wally Szczerbiak’s quote after Game 2 when he was asked about the Cavs’ six, double-digit playoff wins this postseason – “You haven’t seen the hard work we’ve been putting in,” he said, insulted that anyone would dare to think the Cavs are just good enough to show up and blow teams away without doing any dirty work to make it happen. “There’s a lot of work that goes into playing as well as we’re playing. We definitely put the effort in on the practice floor, in the film room and in the weight room. We’ve done it all season long, so we are going to continue to do that and it’s paying off during game time.”

This from the team’s seventh, eighth or ninth man, depending on Mike Brown’s playing rotation on a given night. That’s what winning big is all about, that attitude, that mindset and that kind of sacrifice.

And while this looks like hard work from the Hawks’ perspective, James is smiling at the opportunity to play in “another hostile environment” – if an arena filled with fans wearing his jerseys and gasping at his every move, from the powder toss at the start of the game to his headband toss to the crowd at the end, and everything in between, can be considered hostile.

“We have a 2-0 lead,” James said. “A series is never won in two games or three games. But Game 3 is going to be really fun.”

We shall see shortly.

845 comments Add your comment

Sam

May 9th, 2009
3:50 pm

Nobody circles the wagons like the Atlanta Hawks…

EAST ATLANTA HAWKS FAN 1971

May 9th, 2009
4:03 pm

CLEVELAND FANS I THOUGHT YOU GUYS WOULD MEET KOBE AND THE LAKERS IN THE FINALS,BUT THAT SEEMS LIKE ITS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN BECAUSE,A-TOWN`S OWN DWIGHT AND THE MAJIC LOOK LIKE THEY ARE GOING TO OVER TAKE LEBRON THIS YEAR?
ENJOY LEBRON FOR ONE MORE YEAR BECAUSE HE IS GOING TO NEW YORK AFTER THAT,SO GET YOUR LAUGHS IN NOW!

Lacsho

May 9th, 2009
4:12 pm

Yeah Hawk’s fans its do or die tonight. Keep in mind I want our team to win, but perhaps getting swept will be a blessing in disguise. Hopefully, that will stir up some much needed change. Its nice getting exploited on national television, everyone sees your flaws. The biggest flaw this year was not developing a confident bench, and placing them in a position to succeed, once the injury bug begins. Moreover, all of the top tier teams have a strong confident bench.

Lastly, this will be a make or break summer for Sund. If we keep Woodrow, we must trade Acie. He’s definitely killed this kids confidence.

Mos

May 9th, 2009
4:13 pm

I love the Hawks, and even i didn’t think they would win this series, I’m ok with that, its just the effort that is soooo embarassing, hopefully they will come out and show some heart tonight, thats really all i ask for, its the playoffs, yes we are down with injuries, but man up and show you aren’t afraid of these guys, win or lose

mykhalc

May 9th, 2009
4:20 pm

i hope WOODSON is a game time decision!!! flat out sucks!!!

Hawk Fan In New Orleans

May 9th, 2009
4:29 pm

Time for serious introspection into our lack of motivation. It starts with coaching.
Coach Woodson has a lot of postives and fewer negatives IMO.
HOWEVER!!!
My biggest gripe with Woody is his deficiency of developing his bench which goes hand in hand with his knack for over-working his starters. Burnout and injuries are inevitable with his selfish insistence on running his top 7 players into the ground ( I feel its selfish b/c he is putting his job security first at the expense of playing and developing his youngsters and underplayed role-players.) Now – that injuries have caught up with us, the 2nd unit are thrown up the creek without a paddle. I love the hunger they display – but that obviously cannot be coached or else the 1st unit would display that same characteristic that’s rarely displayed when they play on the road – Mike Vick said it best when he said “sometimes you have to overcome coaching.”

Steve

May 9th, 2009
4:29 pm

Like I said earlier…it would be better if Sucku, Bradley and Schultz would be game time decisions…better yet done for the year. Hacks

Grammer 101

May 9th, 2009
4:40 pm

“Them boys gettin’ swept or what man?” Was that english?

Mz. Hawkdafied

May 9th, 2009
4:45 pm

So Sekou are you saying the Hawks haven’t been working hard all season and now?

Well if that’s the case, you can say since the Hawks haven’t been giving it their all, then they have something left and we Hawks fans will see it tonight! Well alright! LOL

The most hardworking team in the NBA is the Cleveland Cavaliers every other team has been chilling the whole time. Wow, I never knew that, thanks Wally. And thanks Sekou for bombarding us with even more news on how great the Cavs are. I mean they have Lebron and he’s a god. He is so perfect. He never fouls but maybe one time, didn’t you see it in Game 1 and 2. He never misses a shot that he takes. Lebron is god everyone should bow down to him. What’s the use for the playoffs the NBA should just give the Cavs the championship trophy they’re the only team that deserves it anyway. Thanks for opening my eyes. HAHAHA.

They should call the NBA, Lebron and em cause he’s the one who gets to decide if the game should be fun. No wait, they should call it the NLA- The National Lebronball Association. Just cause Lebron is so great and can’t no one else play basketball they’re just there to make him look better.

Fudge Lebron and the Cavs. They gets no love from me. I’m gonna boo them every chance I get.

A Tribe Called Quest

May 9th, 2009
4:54 pm

Wtf? I made a 5 part post and it doesn’t show up…Wtf is wrong with this place? You post stuff then 5 minutes later it doesn’t even appear.

Another thing that pisses me off is how coaches like Phil Jackson (he’s the best at this) will publicly challenge players to do better.

Woodson, on the other hand, will come up with every excuse possible for everyone besides Smoove, reasons why they didn’t do well. PUT MY PREVIOUS POST BACK UP.,

Rollins Tree

May 9th, 2009
4:59 pm

PREDICTIONS FOR THE HAWKS -

GAME THREE – We show up looking like a playoff team full of energy and playing for the home crowd as we do so well. Great game but we lose in the final minute because of missed free throws.

GAME FOUR – The Hawks refused to get swept and actually blow out the Cavs.

GAME FIVE – Its over by the end of first quarter and we lose saying goodbye to the playoffs. Josh Smith sits the whole second half.

OFF SEASON – Woodson is giving a key to the city of Atlanta and a three year extension.

NOW YOU KNOW!!!

Mark

May 9th, 2009
5:04 pm

Hey EAST ATLANTA HAWKS FAN 1971, sounds like sour grapes to me.

scottbravesfan

May 9th, 2009
5:07 pm

I love how our three best players are maybes for the biggest game of the year. Nice

braveshater

May 9th, 2009
5:09 pm

Yeah Hawks Fan in New Orleans you’re right, but there isnt a MIKE VICK on this Hawks team. Lol. They’re done. Time to go fishing. I only wish we didnt have to watch two more blowouts.

5Titles4daU>State of GA combined

May 9th, 2009
5:22 pm

Yea seriously. Man up. Would Kobe or Lebron sit out a game down 0-2. Of course not but our 3 starters may miss the game. Get some cajones and try not to get blown out again

John

May 9th, 2009
5:31 pm

I love my Hawks…but the Hawks are done! but they’ve improved EVERY YEAR since the 13 – 69 season…so my hopes are high for next year. I’ll still be pulling hard and hoping for the best tonight…but that will probably end by halftime.

franchot fraley

May 9th, 2009
5:47 pm

Hawk Fan In NO, you are so right, I totaly agree with you, the man is not developing his bench, why have one? Wear out the starters and send the bench home smellin like Irish Spring. Has Morris played more than 2mins? Woodson has done all that he has the skills to do, keep the team, find a new teacher.

The Truth

May 9th, 2009
6:15 pm

Ive seen more talent from the A Town dancers…Time for the Cavs to declaw, tar and feather them there hawks,lol game over….so now YOU know!

cp

May 9th, 2009
6:15 pm

I love this team but its over. Only a few guys have bothered to show any heart this series. I know we are at home and all but to be a great team you have to be able to win on the road too and this team has shown it cannot. A healthy Joe was giving us nothing so a injured one wont be much better…. Woodpecker ignored his bench all season but now he has to use them because of injuries. Guys were on here screaming since the beginning of the season that you have to develop the bench because you never know when injuries will happen . Some felt that since we were winning we shouldn’t complain or that who cares if JJ plays so many minutes. Well now you see why we were complaining…Going 7 deep is just not going to get it done…. I was trying to look at the upcoming draft and free agents but its hard to evaluate that with The Woodpecker still in charge. I just hope that more than Josh and Bibby come out tonight showing some damn heart.

Badmoon

May 9th, 2009
6:26 pm

I just want one… Hopefully these guys can step up without Joe tonight. I would like to see a double double from Josh and Bibby hitting shots all night and we have a good shot. See yall after the game, headed out now… section 111… ya gotta be loud.

le brown james THE KING OF ATLANTA

May 9th, 2009
6:49 pm

yeah girls is over 4-0 knotout.

BravesFan79

May 9th, 2009
6:56 pm

Woodson is such a idiot for playing the starters (especially Joe!) while down 32 in the 2nd half last game. Also giving Horford starters minutes the first game was a equally dumb mistake.
If we loose this game, its 100% on Woodson because he put his star player on the court to possibly get hurt in a blowout game.

brent a.

May 9th, 2009
7:12 pm

It’s time for the Cavs to play a play-off game in which they do not get all the calls.

Let’s get at least Horford back, keep guys like Smith out of referee created foul trouble, hit our shots like we usually do at home, and make this happen tonight.

The Hawks were 1-1 against Cleveland at home this season, and should’ve won both games (again, with James getting a favorable whistle down the stretch).

If Horford is out, then the Hawks are in big trouble; but, if Al is in there, it helps our defense immensely.

I fully expect for the Hawks to not get blown out tonight. They will have a chance to win.

brent a.

May 9th, 2009
7:12 pm

Lebron James has 6 fouls in 6 play-off games.

So, does he play defense, or not?

macaroni tony

May 9th, 2009
7:32 pm

Lebron is having one of the most dominant post-season of all-time, but the fact that he has only been whistled for 6 fouls is a travesty. In today’s game against Atlanta there were mutlip[le occasions where he hacked a driver and should have gotten called. Also, there have been more than a few block calls that were clearly offensive fouls on Lebron.

If Lebron gets this kind of whistle, the league has essentially made the Cavs an unbeatable team.
http://espn.go.com/

6 fouls in almost 250 minutes. Thoughts?

macaroni tony

May 9th, 2009
7:33 pm

I saw some of the last blowout. He trained over Josh smith once, Smith slightly moving backwards, outside the restricted area, and Lebron going 100mph… and yes, blocking foul.

Another time he blocked Smith… and also fouled him from behind. No call, Smith complains and gets a tech.

jc_dawgs

May 9th, 2009
7:36 pm

Woodson is looking more and more like the Bobby cox of the nba. Does a reasonably good job during the reg season. Only to fall flat on his face during the post season.

My wish for next year…(yes…thats right I dont like our chances against the cavs)

Keep Johnson…Bibby…Mo…Flip…Josh…Horford…Marvin and ZaZa.

What you do with the rest…I really dont care.

Also…add a stud center to the above 8 by trading away your 1st and 2nd rnd draft picks this year. That will do it because Horford will be even better at the 4 spot!

But…if you dismantle any of the top 8…we will be taking a step backwards and I personally do not want any part of that.

Do you want this team to get better? You will then do the above.

bigdave

May 9th, 2009
7:45 pm

Brandon Bass is a monster…

NoleRick

May 9th, 2009
7:56 pm

Win tonight, Series is on!

macaroni tony

May 9th, 2009
8:14 pm

Dallas got robbed tonight big time

Sekou Smith

May 9th, 2009
8:15 pm

Just saw BIlly Knight walking down a corridor on his way to a luxury suite where he planned to watch the game. Last dude I expected to see walking these halls tonight. Said he was here as a guest of Hawks’ GM Rick Sund. Tonight is officially nuts and they haven’t even tipped off yet.

rob

May 9th, 2009
8:24 pm

Dawg and New Orleans fan are absolutely on point. Get Woodson outta here.

le brown james THE KING OF ATLANTA

May 9th, 2009
8:31 pm

wow my men are killing your girls, time to pack hawks, bahamas is waiting.

D.Carter

May 9th, 2009
8:31 pm

This is why Woody recieves so much flack….. MAKE A FRICKIN ADJUSTMENT DOUBLE LEBRON!!!!!!!!

D.Carter

May 9th, 2009
8:32 pm

WE RUN PLAYS FOR JUMPSHOTS

Melvin

May 9th, 2009
8:33 pm

Get Mo Evans out of the game….

le brown james THE KING OF ATLANTA

May 9th, 2009
8:33 pm

stop your pain move to cleveland.

CaliHawks

May 9th, 2009
8:40 pm

LETS GO HAWKS. QUIT TAKIN THEM DAM JUMP SHOTS AND DRIVE THE HOLE!1

preston

May 9th, 2009
8:41 pm

JJ is looking good tonight…..and just like Hubie Brown observed, he is actually more active tonight than he was b4 his injury.

preston

May 9th, 2009
8:44 pm

Nice jumper by JJ…………looks like he wants to carry the hawks tonight!!!

bigdave

May 9th, 2009
8:45 pm

LETS GO…!!!

bigdave

May 9th, 2009
8:46 pm

WOW.. THEY ARE REALLY PRESSURING THE BALL…

ACIE LAW PLEASE…!!!! HE WILL DESTROY THAT PRESS…!!!

bigdave

May 9th, 2009
8:48 pm

ILL LIVE WITH THAT FROM LEBRON.. LEAVE JOE ON HIM.. JOE TURNS HIM INTO A JUMP/FALLAWAY SHOOTER…

CaliHawks

May 9th, 2009
8:49 pm

WHY DO THEY KEEP LETTIN LEBRON MAKE THEM SHOTS AT THA END OF THA QUARTERS…. COME ON NOW!!!!!!

Melvin

May 9th, 2009
8:50 pm

Dang. Big shot by Lebron….

Bigdave, I hoping Woody would put Acie in the game especially since Mo has 2 fouls and the Cavs have Gibson in the game…

bigdave

May 9th, 2009
8:53 pm

THE HAWKS NEED TO TAKE A LEAD IN THIS GAME.. 2 POINTS EVEN.. THATS A CONFIDENCE BUILDER…

bigdave

May 9th, 2009
8:54 pm

JOE WITH ANOTHER STEAL..

bigdave

May 9th, 2009
8:55 pm

GOOD BASKETBALL… LETS GO!!! LETS GO… RUN THEY A$$ PUT LAW IN THERE FOR BIBBY ON SUBS…

Melvin

May 9th, 2009
8:55 pm

Joe is playing well…

Melvin

May 9th, 2009
8:56 pm

Lets Go HAWKS…..