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Greetings, all-

Hope you are well. As things sometimes go in my life, I was just about to post a new blog but I was messing around with it and it all disappeared. That’s how I roll. So this will probably be not quite as in-depth. Trust me, it was awesome. (I am being cynical.)

Anyway, I’ll give you some links and invite you to join in a contest.

Links

1) Sekou has started at nba.com and has his blog up.

2) nba.com’s new power rankings are up. The Hawks are in the top slot. For some of you guys who’ve been around, that must qualify as mind-boggling.

3) nba.com’s David Aldridge caught up with Billy Knight. Knight looks back on the Marvin Williams over Chris Paul draft – “Sure, if you had taken one of those guys, there could have been a whole domino effect of things that happened. But that’s not what happened.” – and gives his take on the Joe Johnson trade.

4) Interesting story in the Oregonian about Brandon Roy and Joe Johnson. (One matchup to watch, obviously. Another is Greg Oden-Al Horford. Somewhat interestingly, the last time the two faced off in Atlanta was in the 2007 NCAA championship at the Georgia Dome, a game I happened to cover.)

The contest

I’m guessing most of you didn’t see the Hawks’ 8-2 start coming. So that got me thinking, what happens over the next 10 games? Here are the rules. Guess the team’s record over the next 10 (10 points), predict each game (one point each) and offer a prediction on something that happens over that span (1-10 points, to be judged by me on creativity and probability of occurence. For example, “Joe Johnson will lead the team in scoring at least once” is a 1. “Jeff Teague will average a triple-double” is a 10. Actually, if you make that prediction and it comes to pass, you’ll win the contest outright and Rick Sund may come calling for you.)

I reserve the right to decide that only entrants who pick the record accurate can win, depending on how busy/not excited about tabulating scores I am. Not sure what the prize will be, but I’ll try to come up with something good.

(Entering multiple times under different screen names is not cool and not sporting.)

Deadline is tipoff of tonight’s game.

Good luck to ya.

497 comments Add your comment

Acie Law news

November 16th, 2009
4:10 pm

The Bobcats sent shooting guard Raja Bell and forward Vladimir Radmanovic to the Warriors for Jackson and guard Acie Law

Grandad'sMom

November 16th, 2009
4:11 pm

Grandad’sMom

November 16th, 2009
3:53 pm

Ken Strickland

November 16th, 2009
11:38 am

GRANDAD-join with me in not responding to this extremely sick blog stalker. Like BIG RAY said, there’s nothing to be gained by adding fuel to the fire. Since we’re the ones this sick puppy likes to stalk

He doesnt talk to my son. Apparently its got something to do with the fact that your breath smells like Azzse.

Are you going to organically transform to Grand B!tch after the game? I was Hoping this time you could save your B!tching for after the season, Ho.

Hawks the best

November 16th, 2009
4:13 pm

Hawks putting it together, while Lakers plummet
By John Schuhmann, NBA.com
Posted Nov 16 2009 1:34PM
Sorting out the Power Rankings is supposed to get easier each week. But this week was more difficult than the last two, especially at the top.
The question is: Who’s the best team in basketball right now?
The Celtics? They have the best point differential, but they’ve lost two straight.
The Suns? They have the best record in the league and deserved the No. 1 spot last week, but got blown out by the Lakers on Thursday.
The Lakers? Like the Celtics, they’ve lost two straight.
The Nuggets? They looked incredible against the Lakers on Friday, but had lost three of their last four before that.
The Blazers have won six straight and deserve some consideration, but the teams they beat on that streak have a combined .233 winning percentage.
That leaves us with the Atlanta Hawks, who stand 1/2 game behind the Suns for the best record in the league. The Hawks have won four straight games by 10 or more points for the first time since April of 1999. By itself, a little streak like that is not enough to earn a No. 1 ranking, but two of the wins came over the Nuggets (at home) and Celtics (in Boston), and we love quality wins around here.
Of course, this four-game streak was preceded by a 20-point loss to the Bobcats, the one real blemish on Atlanta’s record. Their only other loss was to the Lakers at Staples.
So it’s Atlanta this week, but their hold on the No. 1 spot is tenuous, especially with the Blazers, Rockets and Heat on their schedule in the coming days

Joe Jizzle

November 16th, 2009
4:14 pm

Heres one for ya ken
1) the hawks will go 41-0 at home this year.
Fair Enough?

Joe Jizzle

November 16th, 2009
4:14 pm

if not close to that.

Espn

November 16th, 2009
4:18 pm

Thanks in large part to Josh Smith’s improved shot selection and the addition of Jamal Crawford, the Hawks’ offense has been very efficient.

Lazy Sam

November 16th, 2009
4:24 pm

Reposting someone else’s post with a time stamp is about as annoying as FIRST!

I don’t want to re-read things you bunch of trolls!

jerrywest

November 16th, 2009
4:26 pm

Ex hawks line up in Charloot

Acie – Flip -Stepehen Jackson – Diaw – Nazr Mohammad.

They could give a decent game to our starters.

RA

November 16th, 2009
4:26 pm

Not just efficient Espn, lethal. I’ve been reading in the Boston Globe and the Boston Herald. I was amazed and somewhat impressed at the amount of respect that the Celtics players and Doc Rivers gave to the Hawks after Friday nights game. And as noted above, the Hawks are in the top slot in the power rankings. Now does that mean that the Hawks are the best team in basketball, no. What it does mean is that people who know are beginning to think of the Eastern elite in terms of four, not just three.

Truth-Serum

November 16th, 2009
4:26 pm

The Hawks have bought in to Woodson’s style of play. Like it or not, complain,b!tch, renew your subscription to the Bubba Crew hate tabloid, what ever.

At the end of the day, What you see on the court winning is Woodson’s orchestration. You cant blame him when that lose but say its organic growth when they win.

Kiss my ….

What you see in the Hawks is a group of young men who listen to Woodson about life and about how to play the game. They are successful first because they work hard and take responsibility for getting better,and second, because they believe in Woodson’s style of play and have no problem with switching. It works for them. They are happy, playing hard and winning. The only one b!tching about it is Grand B!tch and the Bubba posse. The true hawks fans and the Hawks too are enjoying this season and are 100% in to Woodson style of play.

This is Woodson’s team as are the results.

The players and most of the fans outside of this blogging hate cell, dont have a problem with the Hawks style of play.

B!tch on Bubba crew.

Atl vs Portland

November 16th, 2009
4:28 pm

Outlaw had 19 points off the bench in the loss to Atlanta, but he wasn’t the most impressive reserve to see key minutes. Jamal Crawford had a game-high 27 points for the Hawks, and has averaged 17.7 points while shooting 47.6 percent – seven percent better than his career average.

Crawford had 21 points Saturday and Joe Johnson scored a team-high 26 in a 121-98 win over New Orleans.

“Honestly, now I’d rather come off the bench,” said Crawford, who’s averaged 20.7 points in his last three home games. “I like to see how the flow of the game is going.”

Crawford was the biggest offseason addition for Atlanta, which is in the league’s top five in points per game (108.0) and field-goal percentage (48.6). The Hawks have won all four home games by double digits – including a 25-point rout of Denver – and have two of the league’s most impressive road victories, at Portland and Boston.

The last time Atlanta won its first five home games was in 1997-98, when it opened 7-0 en route to the franchise’s last 50-win season.

Along with the addition of Crawford, the biggest difference so far has been the Hawks’ interior play. They lead the league with an average of 54.0 points in the paint – 20.5 more than 29th-place Portland.

“They’re growing up,” coach Mike Woodson said of his team. “We have size this year. With Zaza (Pachulia) and Joe (Smith) coming off the bench, we have a lot of size. We’re not scarce this year for big guys.”

Atlanta outscored Portland 50-34 in the paint earlier this month.

RA

November 16th, 2009
4:28 pm

I like Law with the Bobcats. He’s finally in a place where he can be brought along and can grow. I think that Coach Brown is going to do good things for him. Maybe not great things, but good things.

Westurd

November 16th, 2009
4:30 pm

Here is my predicition…….You will see less Heat jerseys and more Hawks jerseys on Wednesday night….. and the trend will continue until there are no more Laker, Celtic, or Nugget jerseys anywhere inside Phillips Arena. GET IT DONE TONIGHT HAWKS!

Truth-Serum

November 16th, 2009
4:34 pm

Dont expect the Hawks to do anything tonight but play team basketball move the ball around finding the open shot.

Watch the Hawks penetrate in the paint and finish in the post.

This is what you can expect from the hawks tonight and for most of the season.

By the way, the person responsible for Teague’s and Marvin’s confidence level’s and over all game is…Teague and Marvin. Make good on what ever time you are in the game. Thats how you get better and gain confidence. The coach can give you the chance, you have to make good.

Truth-Serum

November 16th, 2009
4:35 pm

Atl vs Portland … Good post!

"Chef" Tim Dix

November 16th, 2009
4:41 pm

Ken, are you going to the game tonight?

"Chef" Tim Dix

November 16th, 2009
4:44 pm

Talk Hawks and more tonight at 9pET with me, The Chef @ “The Sports Buffet” blogtalkradio.com 1-347-324-5735

kwooden1

November 16th, 2009
4:45 pm

I don’t think to much of Power Ranks, but the HAWKS #1!!!! I can’t believe it!

GO HAWKS!!!!!!!

Truth-Serum

November 16th, 2009
4:46 pm

The best part about the Hawks is no distractions! No, b!tching, whinning or complaining! Nothing but team unity. How cool is that?

RA

November 16th, 2009
4:51 pm

I don’t care for them much either kwooden1 , but it’s nice for the Hawks to get some props!

Robert

November 16th, 2009
4:57 pm

About time the media outside Atlanta is looking at what the Hawks are doing and not the so called big three

Alien in ATL

November 16th, 2009
4:58 pm

Second that, Thruth-Serum!

kwooden1

November 16th, 2009
4:58 pm

Tonight should be a good test for the HAWKS because it will be the first time ever that this group will considered a top tier team in this league! I’m with most people that still says Orlando, Celtics, Cleveland, Lakers are the cream on top, but the HAWKS right now are playing like they should be part of the discussion.

Last time the Hawks and Portland met, the HAWKS won the rebound battle 46-36, don’t expect Portland to let that happen again. Horford and Smoove are going to be tested, so they need to play their game and fight in the paint. Looks like Portland is starting Blake and Miller, which probably puts Bibby on Blake, which I will take any day! I think the match-up of the night will be Marvin vs. Roy. If Marvin can hold his own in that match-up the HAWKS should do well. Portland will have match-up problems with JJ, they will probably have to play Roy on defense against him sometimes, which leaves Blake or Miller to guard Marvin. Marvin needs to attack the basket and shoot over the shorter defenders. GO Marvin!

GO HAWKS!!!

Jamaaliver

November 16th, 2009
5:01 pm

7-3

Marvin Williams will lead the team in scoring in exactly one game.

blonju

November 16th, 2009
5:05 pm

I expect the hawks to be as good as they appear – when we play together and play smart.. let’s keep this thang rolling Hawks Fans! Look for me on TV as usual, right behind our beloved Hawks in Sec. 116 – RISE UP!

blonju

November 16th, 2009
5:09 pm

oh, my predictions – Hawks will go 8-2 over the next 10! J-Smoove has a triple double at least once.. JJ leads in scoring 6 times, JC leads in scoring 4 times and BIG AL has at least 12 boards & 3 blocks, 5 times!

chonkyfire

November 16th, 2009
5:14 pm

I’ll play along here…

Next 10: 7-3
Prediction: J-Smoove gets a triple double for one of the home games.

Josh

November 16th, 2009
5:14 pm

Man, this is a time-consuming contest, but I’ll try to spend more than 1 minute on it, despite having to work on a project, 2 papers, and study for 2 tests within the next 3 days [Ken, do I get extra points for the sacrifice I'm making?!:D]

Team’s Record in next 10 games: 8-2
Game Predictions:
Portland – W – 110-103
Miami – W – 95-88
Houston – W [they better win, I'm going to be at this game]
@New Orleans – W – 114-97
Orlando – W – 90-87
@Philadelphia – W – 117-101
@Detroit – L
Toronto – W
NY Knicks – W
@Dallas – L

Sorry Ken, gotta start doing my assignments now, haha. My surprise prediction is that Teague won’t get a triple-double avg, but I think he’ll get at least a >20 point game!

Thanks for all the great blogging!
josh

Sautee

November 16th, 2009
5:15 pm

Truth serum,

About this:

“They are happy, playing hard and winning. The only one b!tching about it is Grand B!tch and the Bubba posse. The true hawks fans and the Hawks too are enjoying this season and are 100% in to Woodson style of play.”

Are you a true Hawks fan? I’ve come to believe that you are and that’s why you defend your positions so vehemently. But yet you contradict yourself when you say this:

“Now if we can just get a center this team is ready to take it to higher levels.”

Like higher than the best record in the league? Why are YOU b!tching about the Center position when we are currently ranked #1 in the league?

Our “Center” has done a wonderful job this year. And all you can do is pi$$ and moan that we don’t have a “true center”.

You said this about Woodson: “Im more a fan of justice and I think its unfair to him to ignore the work he has done” I agree with that statement. I think he’s getting better, as are the players.

However, I think you and your sense of justice should look and see the good work Horford has done, despite being overmatched physically. Are you not being equally unfair to Horford, given that we have the best record in the league at this point?

You said you’d be delighted with Horford if he could give 15 and 10. Right now he’s at 13.4 and 10.2. Getting very close to 15 and 10, and yet all you can say is that he’s a “second string power forward”. This from the person who was co-signing the STFU about Woodson because we are winning.

Why can’t you give Al his due? Do you not think he’s been part of our success?

And why shouldn’t YOU STFU about needing a center when we are, as you put it “happy, playing hard and winning” ? I said before that I believe that you are a true Hawks fan. So why is it so hard to get behind the job Horford has done this year?

hansoal

November 16th, 2009
5:24 pm

Team’s Record in next 10 games: 7-3

Game Predictions:
Portland – W –
Miami – L
Houston – W
@New Orleans – W
Orlando – L
@Philadelphia – W
@Detroit – W
Toronto – W
NY Knicks – W
@Dallas – L

Josh Smith just misses out on a quadruple double (9 assists, 8 blocks)

KevinA

November 16th, 2009
5:32 pm

Ken I will give it a go.

7-3 over the next 10 games. For a total of 15-5
Josh will lead the league in blocks. Jump big man.
Josh top 20 in steals. Stay active all star
JJ out of top 15 in minutes.Help me Woody
JJ in top 20 in pt’s. Drive the ball.
JJ regains lead in assist totals for the team.
6 players will be in double figures in points. Marvin!! I need you.
Al will avg a double double. Al I need you!!
Al top 20 in rebounds. Fight for them Al

Truth-Serum

November 16th, 2009
5:40 pm

To Sautee, (Opa waarom uw ademgeur zoals een ezel?)

Anthony’s second cousin twice removed
November 16th, 2009
8:33 am
Ken for Angry Old Man of the Year

KevinA
November 15th, 2009
11:53 pm
Bitching?
November 15th, 2009
11:26 pm
We are 8-2 and yall are still BITCHING? Give me a break. STFU and enjoy the great bball being played.
You are mean. Check out the Boston blogs. They are arguably a better team and still have a great record. After 2 losses in a row they are none to happy. Rasheed was a hero and now he is a heal. Like Marvin it all comes down to a dozen missed shots. Doesn’t he have the same game? We are never as good as we think we are when were winning and never as bad as we seem when were losing. Why do you call it bitching, why not commenting. All is good.

Big Ray

Ken Strickland

November 16th, 2009
5:42 pm

When Orlando acquired VCarter, BBass, JWilliams, MBarnes and RAnderson, and Cleveland acquired Shaq, LPowe, DGreen, AParker and JMoon, and Boston acquired RWallace and MDaniels, a lot of you said the Hawks weren’t in the same league with these teams. In fact, some of you, along with most of so called experts, said the Hawks will be hard pressed to hold off Washington and Chicago for the 4th seed.

I stuck to my guns and said the Hawks would compete for the 2nd seed and likely beat Orlando out for the 3rd seed. This is when I gave my reasons of ORGANIC GROWTH, fewer adjustments or chemistry issues and the underestimated impact that Crawford, JSmith and JTeague would have on our bench, as my reasons. Needless to say, I was called crazy and irrational. DO THE HAWKS LOOK LIKE THEY’LL HAVE ANY TROUBLE HOLDING ON TO THE 4TH SEED NOW? DO YOU STILL THINK THE HAWKS AREN’T IN THE SAME LEAGUE WITH LAST YRS TOP 3 EASTERN TEAMS?

Anyone thinking or hoping the Hawks will collapse during the course of the season, barring any serious prolonged injuries of course, is either stupid, a hater or both.

GRANDAD-you said you disagree with me about Crawford being a better fit than JJ because of JJ’s superior DEF. Yes, JJ is a superior DEF player, but Crawford’s superior speed, quickess and penetrating ability, and PG skills, make him a better fit OFF. His ability to penetrate quickly, breakdown DEF’s and dish, instead of pounding the ball until the clocks runs down, looking for an opening or clearer shot, makes the overall OFF more effective. Most of JJ’s assists don’t come from penetrating and dishing.

JJ’s size and strength is better suited to put pressure on defenders below the FT line, while Crawford’s size, speed and quickness is better suited to put pressure on defenders above the FT line. When we play the lineup featuring JJ, Bibby and Crawford, with Crawford controlling the ball, everyone gets easier more open scoring opportunities.

Yr before last, I gave my explanation for why Marvin had trouble driving to the basket. I said he was a vertical jumper that needed his feet under him to get lift. I believe the same holds true for JJ. Since he’s been playing a lot of SF, he’s been jumping really high to get rebounds. However, you don’t see him driving hard to the basket, or finishing strong at the rim or dunking, yet we’ve seen Teague do it. JJ can’t use speed or quickness to blow by a defender because it would require him to lean too far forward, and he couldn’t get his feet under him to finish. So he pounds the ball and tries to get the defender off balance before going by him. If a defender is off balance, there’s little reason for having to lean forward and/or blow by him, which would compromise JJ’s ability to finish.

Truth-Serum

November 16th, 2009
5:42 pm

Big Ray
November 15th, 2009
7:40 pm

There are certain people you are never going to agree with, regardless of the subject of conversation. And with some, the subject never changes. So what is the point of engaging in conversation with them? You know the outcome before you type the first word.

Truth-Serum

November 16th, 2009
5:45 pm

Kevin A , bare with me I just wanted to republish a rich message of yours. Thanks.

Najeh Davenpoop

November 16th, 2009
5:47 pm

Tonight vs. POR – Win
Wednesday vs. MIA – Win
Friday vs. HOU – Win
Saturday @NO – Win
11/26 vs. ORL – Loss
11/27 @ PHI – Win
11/29 @ DET – Loss
12/2 vs. TOR – Win
12/4 vs. NY – Win
12/5 @ DAL – Loss

7-3 over the next 10 games.

Prediction: Josh Smith will average a double double over the next 10 games.

KevinA

November 16th, 2009
5:48 pm

7-3 over the next 10 games. For a total of 15-5
Portland – W –
Miami – W
Houston – W
@New Orleans – W
Orlando – L
@Philadelphia – W
@Detroit – L
Toronto – W
NY Knicks – W
@Dallas – L
6 players will be in double figures in points. Marvin!! I need you.

Najeh Davenpoop

November 16th, 2009
5:49 pm

Dang KevinA, great minds think alike huh?

Truth-Serum

November 16th, 2009
5:56 pm

Every body and his mother, picked the hawks to finish in the top four teams in the conference. Thats where they are after four games, number 1 by less than .100 of a percentage. I cant take any glory in this prediction, it was rather obvious to most people, I heard some one say Steve Wonder could see that. If there is any glory, – LOL its to Sund,coach woody and his hawks. You think they could have saw this too?

Truth-Serum

November 16th, 2009
5:56 pm

8-2 Kevin, make the Detroit loss into a win.

Truth-Serum

November 16th, 2009
5:59 pm

Ok, Kevin, Name me 2 powerforwards in our conference better than Josh?, I cant name one…

Truth-Serum

November 16th, 2009
6:01 pm

While 10 and 10 qualifies as a double double, Id rather see a stat of 14 and 14 to qualify.

Grandad

November 16th, 2009
6:09 pm

K.S. – from previous blog; agreed and amen.
Also, about our offense, dtto (sorry RL ref.). Any player movement w/o the ball plays well to our speed. Plus allows Josh et al to shoot in rhythm, coming off screens.
*It’s odd that Woody played for CBK (passing game/motion off.) that he
does not implement more of that style. However, V. Bos. we ran the flex
beautifully.

Terrell Barron – Also from prev. blog. “not so fast my friend”
I hope this is a rebirth for ‘Acie’.

vava74 – [prev. blog]:
I must agree about Young Mr. Teague And his confidence.
Now, lets see our how our HC handles the situation.
Build or destroy?

Rod f. c. p. – [pr bl]:
I don’t think Marv’ a bad player at all. Quite the
opposite. I think he has tried to make himself into
a slasher. His strengths are: spot up shooter,
very good on ball defender, Great Teammate!

KevinA

November 16th, 2009
6:14 pm

Truth-Serum, Josh is the man this year.

If Joe and Jamal give up a few 3 pt shots to Al he could do 14 pt’s per.. Joakim Noah is averaging 12.2, the league leader. Al is in 9th place with 10.2. While I would love Al to have 14 rebounds a game – I was hedging my bet.

terrell barron

November 16th, 2009
6:15 pm

Lets pick up AI for some loose change. I think he’ll play hard for Woody and the surging Hawks. After all, who would you rather have on the bench? AI or Randolph Morris? Hell, he wont play Teague anyway. Might as well bring in another veteran. He might have 1 last run left in him. If he comes in here and acts a fool, we can just cut his azz. Just a thought.

Dan

November 16th, 2009
6:15 pm

Lets get to buisness :D

vs Blazers: I think we win this game because we are on a roll! We are to good at home so we win this one 103- 96

vs Miami: Win but its going to be a grinder 99-97

vs Houston: Win by 13 105-95

New Orleans: win by 17 112-95

Orlando: Lose by 7, 97-90

Philidelphia: Win by 8, 105-97

Detroit: win, 103-94

Toronto: lose 99-97

NY: win 112- 98

Dallas: lose 104-97

Prediction: Josh Smith is going to have 4 double- doubles and Joe is going to have 3 30 point games

terrell barron

November 16th, 2009
6:17 pm

Cant wait to see how David Anderson plays against us.

terrell barron

November 16th, 2009
6:19 pm

Grandad, rebirth for Acie? He’s basically going to be playing for the same coach. Seems like he woulda had a better chace of succeeding in Nellie’s system. Just my opinion of course.

bigdave

November 16th, 2009
6:21 pm

Hawks 9-1

Josh smith will catch an elbow or hand to the face tonight and scowl… make the face where he sniffs his top lip…

MannyT

November 16th, 2009
6:23 pm

Ken, you are the man! I love contests…especially those where I am not concerned that they want all of my personal info to resell across the internet.

Let’s start wuith another 8-2 for the next 10 games.

WIN (111-105) vs Portland
WIN (103-101) vs Miami
WIN (95-92) vs Houston
WIN (90-88) @ New Orleans
LOSS (104-106) vs Orlando
WIN (99-97) @ Philadelphia
WIN (94-91) @ Detroit
WIN (118-109) vs Toronto
WIN (125-114) ) vs New York
LOSS (99-105) @ Dallas

…and my prediction is that Marvin goes berserk toward the latter half of these 10 games and drops 30 points on someone. (That should ge me more psychic hotline points than a Josh Smith triple double.)

…and Ken, mention to one of those ASG insiders that they need to bring back the Jumbo sized popcorn at the fresh popcorn stand next to Team Gear II

BWAF