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

Don't Get Your Hopes Up

May 9th, 2009
9:49 pm

Can Big Z of the Cav’s learn a different dance? It gets a bit annoying seeing always the same 1-2-3-4

Melvin

May 9th, 2009
9:50 pm

Here we go again. No emotion coming out of the lockerroom..

vava74

May 9th, 2009
9:51 pm

my goodness… I am admired that they didn’t call us a defensive foul on this one… talk about killing our fast break…

bigdave

May 9th, 2009
9:52 pm

IF YOU LEAVE MO EVANS ON JAMES HE WILL KILL U… JOE HAS TO PLAY JAMES THE ENTIRE GAME… EVANS IS NOT LONG, STRONG, OR QUICK ENOUGH TO GUARD HIM.. MO CANT GUARD SHYT… WHY IS HE OUT THERE… WHY ISNT MARVIN STARTING THE HALF ANYWAY…

kirkinga

May 9th, 2009
9:52 pm

One improvement is having Hubie work the game instead of Jackson and Van Gundy.

RealSquawk

May 9th, 2009
9:52 pm

so now i think we should make him to go the basket and knock him on his @#! each time

vava74

May 9th, 2009
9:52 pm

offensive foul! damn it! how can we play like this?

mykhalc

May 9th, 2009
9:53 pm

no attitude…

NoleRick

May 9th, 2009
9:53 pm

can someone put lebron on his azz? i mean they are going to call a foul anyway, so may as well make it count.

bigdave

May 9th, 2009
9:56 pm

WAS THAT NOT A JUMP BALL OR TRAVEL…? WTF…?

Don't Get Your Hopes Up

May 9th, 2009
9:57 pm

How many times can one roll his body over the ground before a travel is called? Sekou? Any news?

RealSquawk

May 9th, 2009
9:58 pm

now that you mention it

Don't Get Your Hopes Up

May 9th, 2009
10:00 pm

Who is paying for all those Cleveland commercials? Stern or King LBJ?

CaliHawks

May 9th, 2009
10:01 pm

LOOKEN WEAK AGAIN … DAM THESE JUMPSHOTS

macaroni tony

May 9th, 2009
10:01 pm

Z that was three seconds

Don't Get Your Hopes Up

May 9th, 2009
10:05 pm

Mac tony – didn’t you know the King’s bunch gets double counts?

CaliHawks

May 9th, 2009
10:05 pm

J SMOOVE WITH THAT BLOCK!!!!!!!!

Don't Get Your Hopes Up

May 9th, 2009
10:05 pm

now Flip didn’t get an AND 1

Melvin

May 9th, 2009
10:05 pm

Yes Sir.. Josh sent the take shot back to the sender Lebron….

bigdave

May 9th, 2009
10:05 pm

DARE I SAY THIS HAS A BOSTON FEEL TO IT…?

bigdave

May 9th, 2009
10:07 pm

JOE AINT GONE LET U PUNK HIM QUEEN JAMES…

Melvin

May 9th, 2009
10:07 pm

That foul was Offensive LEBRON JAMES….

RealSquawk

May 9th, 2009
10:07 pm

finally somebody called LE BROWN FOR ALL HIS GAY HEAD FAKE ATTEMPTS TO GET THE FOUL

macaroni tony

May 9th, 2009
10:07 pm

wow a foul on LJ

Don't Get Your Hopes Up

May 9th, 2009
10:07 pm

NOOOOOOO – an offensive foul on LBJ
Oh – sure retaliation on Bibby!!!!

macaroni tony

May 9th, 2009
10:08 pm

I seen that too bigdave

le brown james THE KING OF ATLANTA

May 9th, 2009
10:09 pm

biby can’t shut you need real men on your team no little girls

Don't Get Your Hopes Up

May 9th, 2009
10:09 pm

oh – New Rules!!! let yourself falll into someones feet and you get a foul – if you are a Cav’s clown

RealSquawk

May 9th, 2009
10:10 pm

WASN’t that a shot clock violation

bigdave

May 9th, 2009
10:10 pm

HE LOWERED THE SHOULDER.. SHYT…?

macaroni tony

May 9th, 2009
10:10 pm

that was a charge

Melvin

May 9th, 2009
10:10 pm

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RealSquawk

May 9th, 2009
10:11 pm

that was the quickest ejection in the world.

niremetal

May 9th, 2009
10:11 pm

Look out folks. The Hawks have gotten uppity, so the refs will rediscover their whistles now.

Melvin

May 9th, 2009
10:11 pm

That was a quick ejection…

le brown james THE KING OF ATLANTA

May 9th, 2009
10:11 pm

don’t cry move to cleveland problem solved.

bigdave

May 9th, 2009
10:11 pm

Enter your comments here

RealSquawk

May 9th, 2009
10:12 pm

ejection really? he must have said i am going to make sure le braun does not get back up

macaroni tony

May 9th, 2009
10:12 pm

man we’re getting robbed just like dallas

le brown james THE KING OF ATLANTA

May 9th, 2009
10:12 pm

your head coach is so ugly .

Don't Get Your Hopes Up

May 9th, 2009
10:12 pm

IS ANYONE AROUND HERE STILL BELIEVING IN THOSE REFS?????

vava74

May 9th, 2009
10:13 pm

this is a f*cking charade!

rob

May 9th, 2009
10:13 pm

LBJ be for real, why would anyone willingly move from the Atl to Cleveland?

CaliHawks

May 9th, 2009
10:13 pm

DAM LOSING ZAZA WAS BIG

RealSquawk

May 9th, 2009
10:14 pm

i really need an explanation for this ejection he didn’t even hit anybody

niremetal

May 9th, 2009
10:14 pm

Uh oh, a fly just landed on LeBron – *whistle*

le brown james THE KING OF ATLANTA

May 9th, 2009
10:14 pm

IS ANYONE AROUND HERE STILL BELIEVING IN THOSE REFS?????
i do.the are honest.

macaroni tony

May 9th, 2009
10:15 pm

joe want let lb punk him

le brown james THE KING OF ATLANTA

May 9th, 2009
10:16 pm

LBJ be for real, why would anyone willingly move from the Atl to Cleveland?
because atlanta is a joke punk a## city.

NoleRick

May 9th, 2009
10:17 pm

I have seen Lebron yell more than that at an official and not get thrown out. I mean geez…