Contagious is the new word!

 

The Hawks opened up a can on the Wizards Monday night at Philips Arena, including this nasty dunk from Josh Smith.

The Hawks opened up a can on the Wizards Monday night at Philips Arena, including this nasty dunk from Josh Smith.

HAWKSVILLE – Mike Woodson is retiring his favorite word, for one night at least.

Huge is history. He’s caught the bug from Jamal Crawford, whose passing exploits in the Hawks’ blowout win over Washington Monday night at Philips Arena prompted Woodson to utter this bit of prose:

“It can become contagious,” he said of Crawford’s nine assists off the bench, a total that would have been well into the double digits if not for the greasy fingers and a couple of risky attempts. “We have guys that can, our perimeter guys can all pass the ball. It’s just a matter of guys sacrificing the ball for the sake of the team. There will be times when Jamal will have big scoring nights, and [Jeff] Teague’s going to have big scoring nights. And there will be nights when Mike Bibby and Joe Johnson and Marvin Williams and Josh Smith have big scoring nights. So I think there are enough scoring weapons that we don’t have to depend on one or two guys to score all four points this year. We’ve come a long way in that regard, and we have to utilize it as much as we can.”

The Hawks piled up 29 assists on the night while toying with the Wizards, who played without Gilbert Arenas (flu). Rookie point guard Jeff Teague showed out again (16 points and five assists) and there were nice contributions from veterans Joe Smith (four rebounds and two points) and Jason Collins (four points and four rebounds before going out late after rolling his ankle).

 Crawford’s passing, however, stood out above the fray.

“I had no idea you could pass like that.” one keen observer told Crawford to his face after the game. “Seriously, I didn’t know you could pass like that.”

Crawford defended his passing ability and made clear his approach during the preseason.

“You can’t go out there just shooting like crazy,” Crawford said. “Especially for me, I’m in a totally different role. I have to get used to coming off the bench and picking my spots. Coach wants me to come out aggressive. He’s like, ‘just go, go.’ But I’m taking a more measured approach. I’m feeling my way through it and seeing exactly where I can be effective for this team.”

One thing no one has to worry about is a tug of ward between Crawford and Teague (a subtle dynamic that eliminated the chance that Acie Law IV and Flip Murray could coexist on the second unit together last year). Crawford and Teague have already developed a sound chemistry working together, which each one knowing when to defer to the other in terms of initiating the offense or going into a more offensive mode.

“We love playing together already,” Crawford said. “It’s a mutual respect thing. I liked his game in college and he told me he’s admired my game for a long time. So it’s a smooth relationship already. We’ve got a lot of pieces. We really, really do. And I think the more time together and the more time on the court together, we’re going to be fine. I know it’s just the preseason, but we have a chance to be really, really good.”

HIGHLIGHT FACTORY ANYONE

OLD HEADS IN THE BUILDING

So you had to wait a while to see the old fellas? 

Al Horford and the rest of the Hawks did, too.

But it was worth the wait, seeing Joe Smith and Collins on the floor in uniform. Even Crawford has been tossed into the mix with the old heads, even though he’s yet to see his 30th birthday.

“I’m definitely excited to see Joe (Smith) get out there and play,” Horford said. “He’s going to be a big help for our team, as far as his leadership and the stuff he does on the court. And Jamal just makes the game easier for everybody else. I’m just excited to have those guys.”

FOOTBALL IN THE BLOOD

Count Zaza Pachulia among the converts to our brand of football.

His maiden voyage into the realm of domestic football, he took in Sunday’s Falcons-Bears game at the Georgia Dome, turned him into a true fan.

“It was tough for a while because I wasn’t sure about the rules and stuff,” Pachulia said. “My first time changed me from where I was before.  I have interest now. We sat on the 50 yard line, pretty good seats. And it was good energy. I felt it inside. I left the Georgia Dome knowing that I want to come back, when I have the chance.”

THE LAST WORD

The Hawks didn’t just run circles around the Wizards Monday night. They ran them ragged. So much so that Wizards coach Flip Saunders polished off the night like this:

“I hope our guys worked on their conditioning, because from the standpoint of our game plan, we didn’t execute anything tonight. What i thought was disappointing was that this was an opportunity for some of our guys to step up, but no one really did that. We have to do all of the little things offensively and defensively to stay in the game. We definitely won’t be able to play this team this way in the regular season.”

The Hawks and Wizards will see each other again soon, Oct. 30 in the Hawks’ second regular season game of the year.

216 comments Add your comment

Trainwreck

October 19th, 2009
11:15 pm

I can’t Wait

Trainwreck

October 19th, 2009
11:15 pm

Wow 1st… 1st time ever

neshield

October 19th, 2009
11:17 pm

neshield

October 19th, 2009
11:17 pm

Crap beat again!!!

A Tribe Called Quest

October 19th, 2009
11:18 pm

“He’s like, ‘just go, go.’ But I’m taking a more measured approach. I’m feeling my way through it and seeing exactly where I can be effective for this team.””

Sounds like Jamal doesn’t listen to Woody. Ha

Sekou can you PLEASE correct this error: I see it in EVERY blog

“His maiden voyage into the realm of domestic football, he took in Sunday’s Falcons-Bears game at the Georgia Dome, turned him into a true fan.”

There should NOT be a comma after “football” — there should be a semi-colon or a hyphen. Please stop making this error

neshield

October 19th, 2009
11:21 pm

Does anyone else remember back in elementery school when the fastest kids in school were the coolest kids in school. With that said the Hawks should be the coolest team in the NBA this year if thy keep playing like this.

doc

October 19th, 2009
11:23 pm

i think sekou is beginning to get the same fever and vibe ive been getting ll summer about this team. it is preseason but there are still guys playing for pride and our guys have been smoking them.

Gilley

October 19th, 2009
11:29 pm

That was a great pass. I need someone to make me a gif of the dunk if possible

Trainwreck

October 19th, 2009
11:38 pm

Hawks have a chance to get 50-55 wins this year if everyone stays healthy… or maybe I’m just a big fat homer

rms

October 19th, 2009
11:44 pm

Missed the game….What happened???

cp

October 20th, 2009
12:05 am

I’m ready for this season to start. I will be ordering league pass again this year. I like how Crawford had 9 dimes off the bench. Teague is legit and is going to be very big for us this year and in the future. Its nice to have this kind of depth allowing Woodson to use different lineups. A lot of people are overlooking this team but thats fine by me.

Hawks Fan In New Orleans

October 20th, 2009
12:09 am

I saw the highlights it was an old-fashioned route. Six players in double figures and Crawford was an assist monster! This was a case of the faster team dominating every facet of the game. Bring on Agent Zero on Oct 30th!

Hawks Fan In New Orleans

October 20th, 2009
12:10 am

Dang Phife apply for editor at the AJC why don’t cha.

Melvin

October 20th, 2009
12:17 am

KC Ryan

October 20th, 2009
12:22 am

This team really has me believing that we will challenge both Orlando and Boston for the number 2 and 3 playoff spots in the East.

kwooden1

October 20th, 2009
12:27 am

Really good game, from all the guys! Even though Agent 0 wasn’t available, the HAWKS did what they were supposed to. (Take care of business!) I like the assists from Teague and Crawford, but Horford really impressed me. If he can play that way every night, then we can look forward to a great season. Having Teague and Crawford on the floor with Mo Evans will be a real luxury coming off the bench. Evans will have the opportunity to shoot a lot of open 3s.

GO HAWKS!!

Hawks Fan In New Orleans

October 20th, 2009
12:27 am

Right on KC Ryan. ‘Southeast Division Champs.’ I like the sound of that.

The Truth

October 20th, 2009
1:31 am

I was at the game and I had no idea the win would be so easy. I was thoroughly entertained. I know agent zero did not play, but the way the Hawks dominated, he probably would not have altered the game outcome much anyway. Execution wise, everything was accomplished. The Hawks played as a team and looked to be in midseason form while the Wizards played sandlot-style with no ball movement just a bunch of ISO shooters playing that way for four quarters. As BIG RAY WOULD SAY, I KNOW IT JUST PRESEASON, BUT:

Marvin is elevating his game and maybe prepping for a breakout year
JJ is still JJ; Mr. reliable, He seems to be on cruise control
Al is working on his offense in the paint and is improving his shot (a bit)
Bibby is beginning to return to form from 3-point land
Josh defense and steals were standouts. Still need some free-throw work
Joe Smith looked a bit rusty tonight
His defense looked to be a bud-light version compared to Josh
Crawford had some monster assists, still reluctant to shoot though
Impressed with Collins limited minutes; He will make a dig difference
Another monster game by Jet-Teague (I like that name)
Mo Evans is no flute, he continues to play well

With the way the Hawks played and beat the Wizards, we may have to give them a new nickname; THE FUN BUNCH. From what I saw, Agent Zero was lucky not to be a part of the rout.

With some (on this blog) yearning for an up-tempo running team, this year with our new pieces, you just might get your wish.

The Truth

October 20th, 2009
1:49 am

Correction: Mo Evans is no fluke

Nicholas

October 20th, 2009
2:56 am

tribe –

“Sekou can you PLEASE correct this error: I see it in EVERY blog

“His maiden voyage into the realm of domestic football, he took in Sunday’s Falcons-Bears game at the Georgia Dome, turned him into a true fan.”

There should NOT be a comma after “football” — there should be a semi-colon or a hyphen. Please stop making this error”

actually, sekou did it CORRECTLY

“His maiden voyage into the realm of domestic football turned him into a true fan.” works without the NON-ESSENTIAL EXPRESSION (google it) that he put in between commas

that info was informative, but not crucial

in case you don’t believe me, here is just one link: http://iws.ccccd.edu/jmiller/A%20Brief_%20No-Nonsense%20Guide%20to%20Comma%20Usage.htm

don’t quit your day job?

Mac-Town

October 20th, 2009
3:14 am

With the way this team is built now, I’m not settling for “I think we can now get close to the big 3″

I think that if THIS team, BUILT THE WAY IT IS, plays up to its potential on a consistent basis…there’s no reason we SHOULD NOT be competing for the Eastern #1 spot.

we’re deep and talented, with many guys who can beat you. As sekou said, 5 or 6 of these cats can be “they guy” on any given night.

Ariose

October 20th, 2009
3:41 am

Big Ray

October 20th, 2009
5:46 am

Tribe ,

Not trying to be a prick, but Sekou actually did that sentence right. In the meantime, can you find the error in this ?

Sounds like Jamal doesn’t listen to Woody. Ha :twisted: ;)

Big Ray

October 20th, 2009
5:53 am

I agree with many here. If these guys play with more unity and cohesion (as they’ve demonstrated so far in the preseason), then this “huge gap” between us and the big 3 isn’t so huge.

Talent is talent, but look at the advantages this team has if exploited properly by the coach, and executed by the players (and yes, both elements must be present for success to be possible). What really has been the difference between us and Boston? Team chemistry, leadership, cohesion, coaching. Woody coaches his butt off and our guys play together and execute, imagine what we can do. We took those guys to 7 games on their championship run without having what we have NOW, when guys had less experience (most with NO playoff experience), and Boston was healthier. How about NOW?

I’m not saying it’s a given, but between the design of our offensive/defensive schemes and our cohesion, that has been the source of the biggest gap between us and the best of the East. Seriously.

We didn’t play together against Miami very much, yet we beat them. Had we played more together, we would have swept them (okay, Wade and the refs would have stolen ONE game). And we take one or two from Cleveland by the same logic if all of our guys were healthy as well.

Can’t de-emphasize coaching, though. What happens when Cleveland’s Shaq and Lebron show isn’t enough to beat us? What happens when our multiple-headed attack and superior speed causes them problems? Is Mike Brown smarter than Mike Woodson? If you’re a Woody fan, stop using the Shaq and Lebron alibi (they’re both beatable, even on the same team) and ask yourself that question.

Big Ray

October 20th, 2009
6:08 am

I say he’s NOT smarter than Woodson.

Bandwagon

October 20th, 2009
7:04 am

This is gonna be a fun year! If these guys keep buying into Woodson’s team concept and go on the floor and give it up to the hot hand watch out league. They have so many weapons they are bound to create a mismatch somewhere every game. Team work figures out how to exploit it.

JJ is just smiling inside and letting it gel, when the season starts he is going to put his foot on the pedal. This team can go places and it is a long season, we need JJ at the end when superstars step up.

Itsmeyall

October 20th, 2009
7:56 am

Woodson is a very Good coach! I think he is licking his chops at the fun this team will have this year. Obviously the team has new swagger and confidence I dont remember a Hawk team having since the Dominique, Willis, Rivers and spudd days.Look for teams to play slow down ball control defense in fear that we will light up the score board, and they are right! GO HAWKS!

Now if we can get or develop and real center and teach Sund how to effectively spend resources we will be true contenders for the title and not “also rans”.

dap01

October 20th, 2009
7:59 am

If the Hawks play together, utilize ALL of their weapons and continue to move, distribute and run, I like our chances against ANYBODY!

rainman

October 20th, 2009
8:11 am

I just love hearing Josh say his main goal is to be on the ‘all defensive team’. Now, if Al, Zaza, and Collins can be above average in the hole, the Hawks could have a very good season — assuming Teague continues his stellar play.

Rod from College Park

October 20th, 2009
8:26 am

Quote from Josh,

I’ve heard people say, ‘Well blocking shots doesn’t always mean someone’s playing great defense.’

“I disagree. It’s hard work, too. It’s a game changer as well. If you do it right, you can change the game on any play. And if it was so easy to do, there would be a lot more guys blocking a lot of shots.”

I agree!!!! Best defensive player on the team, besides Mario.

Daniel

October 20th, 2009
8:31 am

Truth- I was at the game last night, too. Where are your seats?
It was difficult to tell how good the Hawks are, because they were toying with the Wizards from the start. Teague can get anywhere on the court he wants. At least in the preseason, I don’t see the shot happy Crawford that we have all been warned about. Jason Collins is BIG! Josh needs to work on his free throws (I know it is an old story, but dang 50% from the line is going to wreck his stated goals). Marvin looked like butter.

Well, maybe I could make some observations from the game. My daughter’s new favorite player is JT0. (he gave her a high-five after the game!) Randolph, Randolph, Randolph, he had some decent board work, but man he has bricks for hands.

Willie Coyote

October 20th, 2009
8:35 am

The same experts that are saying there is a wide gap between the Hawks and the “Big 3″ will be the same ones explaining why they always saw the Hawks as an Eastern Conference contender. The fact that these guys get paid so much to give shallow commentary is just amazing to me. News Flash: Watching highlights is not doing your research.

The only thing the Hawks don’t have going for them is the reality of the NBA officiating. It is a factor (unfortunately) and the Hawks don’t get calls. We’ll see how good they are if they can play through the bad calls and still come out with wins against the flyin’ (& cryin’) Lebrons & Wades.

Willie Coyote

October 20th, 2009
8:36 am

Oh yea, and Josh not getting ANY consideration for the all defensive teams the past few years is a joke.

Daniel

October 20th, 2009
8:45 am

Willie- I totally agree with your assesment that the Hawks need more “respect” from the league officials. It is unfortunate, but true.

BBgenie

October 20th, 2009
8:51 am

Damm!! Now You know. Hawks in 7!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Crawford is my new Hero, he’s going to break someone’s ankle real soon. Can’t wait to see JJ & Crawford in the backcourt together. Mr. Smith as in (Joe) will be a great asset for this team when it comes to match-up. We can put him at the(5). His soft touch from 10ft will be Deadly. And Marvin could become most improved player this season. What about Josh Smith wanting to be on the All Defensive team!!! I’m not worried about the Cavs, Boston, or Orlando, They Better be concerned with us. How about you????? Let’s see more Woody Ball!!

Sekou Smith

October 20th, 2009
9:06 am

Zaza has a hip injury, by the way. He’s resting it and getting treatment and will continue to do so the remainder of the week, per Woodson. Doesn’t sound like anything terribly serious.

Big Ray

October 20th, 2009
9:08 am

Heh.

I think Sund has done a fab job with the resources available (as if we really know just what resources are available).

And where are the “OMG, Crawford is gonna be a shot-happy chemistry killer” fans at? I’ll tell you where some of them are right now: complaining that Crawford isn’t shooting much.

Too damn funny….

A Tribe Called Question

October 20th, 2009
9:08 am

Nicholas,

It doesn’t classify as an essential or non-essential expression.

““His maiden voyage into the realm of domestic football, he took in Sunday’s Falcons-Bears game at the Georgia Dome, turned him into a true fan.””

I am referring to “he took in….Georgia Dome.” Every blog I see this same egregious error of comma usage as well as the usual errors. What is a tug of ward?

Mike N.

October 20th, 2009
9:20 am

Love the comments from the game last night…did not get to see it living in Florida. Looking to forward to watching Fridays nights game vs. Orlando.
Anyone know if there have been anymore cuts yet? Siler, Wilks and Dixon were DNP coaches decision. Is that a sign that they might be leaving?

Daniel

October 20th, 2009
9:24 am

Sekou- anymore of a vibe on who is going to make the team? Looks more and more like Mario to me. Where is Siler now?

Big Ray- I just said the same thing about Crawford.

Tribe- you gotta push it along, push it along

ILL-logical

October 20th, 2009
9:56 am

Crawford has the skills and experience to not only start but to be a leader. The question is whether or not he can but if he will be allowed to be.Some have questioned whether the Hawks have the star power to get to the top. Well Jamal has it ,IMHO, and if he is given the chance good things will follow.

BTW,Daniel the box score from last night that I saw had Josh 3 for 4 from the line. was that incorrect?

rms

October 20th, 2009
9:57 am

Did I just hear Rick Sund say that Teague is going to have to deal with being the 4th guard? The 4th guard? I assume that means Bibby, Joe, Crawford and Teague but hopefully you only got Bibby and Teague rotating PG play and Joe and Crawford playing 2 guard. No need for someone playing someone’s position such as a SG playing PG while your other PG sits on the bench? Just wondering…..

ILL-logical

October 20th, 2009
9:59 am

Crawford has the skills and experience to not only start but to be a leader. The question is not whether he can but if he will be allowed to be.Some have questioned whether the Hawks have the star power to get to the top. Well Jamal has it ,IMHO, and if he is given the chance good things will follow.

BTW,Daniel the box score from last night that I saw had Josh 3 for 4 from the line, was that incorrect?

Rod from College Park

October 20th, 2009
9:59 am

Marvin and Horford on 790 the zone now. They have already interviewed Woody and Sund.

Mike is back

October 20th, 2009
10:14 am

Sekou, I agree it is very contagious. Finally got a chance to see Teague, JTO is an accurate description. Really like what I seen…I said man…the second unit will be very potent with Crawford and Teague…I just smile said yeah…NO DOUBT this team will CHALLENGE THE BIG THREE!!!!

It looked like the Hawks was cruising out there…then you look at the scoreboard and Hawks are up by 18 at the end of first quarter. The biggest different I see is the SWAGGER THE GUYS HAVE…THEY BELIEVE…with the different line up Woody can throw at you…the Hawks will be able to come at you in waves.

I’M SOLD…GO HAWKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Seven

October 20th, 2009
10:27 am

Hey i cotinue to say JT will get rookie of the year.
Juan Dixon should does NOT deserve a roster spot.
Marvin is gonna be a beast this year, but i think most on the team are gonna have break out years.
Hawks are showing CHAMPIONSHIP form right now as a whole team who can match in the east player for player?

Rod from College Park

October 20th, 2009
10:53 am

Jmaal Crawford on 790 the zone just stated that he has 9 game winning shots in his career. Sounds like a guy who wants the ball in pressure situations. No way you can keep that guy off the floor in crunch time. I will state agian that our best and most productive lineup will be with Joe and Jamal on the floor together. There will be no way that Woody will be able to stay with our normal starting lineup this year.

A Thinking Fan

October 20th, 2009
11:20 am

It is still preseason, but good moves by Coach Woody so far. Pressure of the regular season is yet to be experienced by coach & team…

Daniel

October 20th, 2009
11:33 am

Ill- he was 3 for 4, but just watching his FT shot it is lucky to go in. He has no confidence in it. Same as it was last year. I hope he gets it fixed but it is one negative that I really see in his game right now. He definitely is working the inside more, which is great, but he is going to draw a lot more fouls if he keeps it up.

vava74

October 20th, 2009
11:34 am

ESPN:
Expert predictions: Atlanta Hawks
What a massive load of cr*p!