Come in, Houston

Question: Who is Houston’s leading scorer? (Answer below)

What’s up, folks?

Sorry to jump on so late today. I have to get cranking on a couple different things – a story about the Hawks’ second team for tomorrow and then a notes column for Sunday – so not much time today.

Hope you all are doing well.

A couple links:
Sekou’s blog off of last night’s game.

Ken Berger’s column for CBS Sportsline. (I met Ken after the game last night at Manuel’s with AP writer Paul Newberry and former AJC staffer and now nba.com freelancer Matt Winkeljohn. Ken bought my Sprite, so kudos to Ken.)

Matt’s story for nba.com.

A little shout-out to the Hawks in Ball Don’t Lie.

A Fox Sports column by Charley Rosen.

The view from South Florida and the Sun-Sentinel.

Lastly, you can check out Al Horford on TNT tonight at 8 p.m. for the pregame with Kenny Smith, Charles Barkley and Ernie Johnson.

Looking ahead

Mike Woodson’s take on the Rockets:

The fact that hey don’t have Yao (Ming), they have become this solid team that, defensively, they get after you and offensively, they get up and down the floor making shots. They can score the ball too. We’ve just got to be in ready to defend for 48 minutes because they can score. They’re averaging, I think, over 100 points a game, too. (Ed: 103.7) Somewhere along the line, somebody’s going to have to defend to win this game. I like the makeup of their team because you don’t know who’s going to get you. They’ve got a few pieces that they all can make offensive plays.”

Sorry I don’t have time for much more. I’ll have more tomorrow.

Ken

Answer: Props to you if you knew it was Trevor Ariza, a free-agent signee from the Lakers last offseason. After mostly coming off the bench with 8.9 points per game last season, Ariza is averaging 18.4 per game for the Rockets, who are the fourth team he has played for in his six NBA seasons.
(Apologies if that difficulty of that question was WAY beneath you. I’m still learning the waters here. Maybe the question should what teams has he played for.) (Wikipedia fact: Ariza’s high school team had five future NBA players on it – Hassan Adams, Brandon Heath, Bobby Brown, Gabriet Pruitt and Ariza. That’s crazy. You could have been a Division I player on that team and would have had to come off the bench.)

324 comments Add your comment

Dekaturkingz

November 19th, 2009
4:03 pm

Go Hawks! Uno

Dos Hawkquis

November 19th, 2009
4:19 pm

first? or second

Dom "the Don" Wilkins

November 19th, 2009
4:20 pm

HEAT CHECK BABY!!!!

Dos Hawkquis

November 19th, 2009
4:21 pm

AAAAAARRRRRGGGGGG!!!!! I have been trying to be first for the longest, but 2nd will do. Just like the Hawks, I want them to finish 1st in the East, but if they finish 2nd, I will be just as happy.

“I don’t always watch basketball, but when I do, I prefer the Hawks. Stay thirsty my friends.”

Marcus

November 19th, 2009
4:43 pm

Lets keep it up. I am interested to see where we stand after 20 games. According to the Hawks schedule, we will have played ORL by then, and game 20 is vs. DAL. We don’t play CLE until games 30 and 31 (back-to-back, city-swap game) so that will give us most of the games vs. top-performing teams by game 31, outside of PHX.

richbrave

November 19th, 2009
4:48 pm

For those of you drooling over acquiring J-Mac stop salivating. He’s not on the block. I sure wish they’ed work a deal for ARENAS though.

Volman

November 19th, 2009
5:18 pm

Great work, Ken. You’re doing a great job. Keep it coming!

Nique

November 19th, 2009
5:36 pm

Hawks have nimbers! Jamal Crawfit with the heat check!

Tony from Stone Mountain

November 19th, 2009
5:41 pm

It was weird having so many Hawks articles to read.

mountain_jim

November 19th, 2009
6:23 pm

Thanks for the links! Good reads!

Clyde

November 19th, 2009
6:34 pm

Dec. 5th at the Georgia Dome mark your calenders.

ROLL TIDE

rms

November 19th, 2009
6:51 pm

no one blogs much since Sekou left. Wonder how long the Hawks can sustain this. I am more interested to see how they react when they start to slump. Its all smiles now (which I like by the way), but when they run into some adversity I think that will really show what kind of team this is.

RA

November 19th, 2009
7:48 pm

richbrave, sometimes the best move, is no move at all.

Mychelfromatl

November 19th, 2009
8:14 pm

Horford’s on TNT. Hawks starting to get MAJOR press. Also Charles say he’s disgusted with the Atlanta fanbase. Support the team people. I also heard the ESPN announcers say the same thing yesterday.

bfred

November 19th, 2009
8:30 pm

For those of you drooling over TMac, don’t. I live in Houston now and can testify firsthand that he is not a difference maker. His stats are like Andruw Jones’ – king of the meaningless 30-point night. Doesn’t want the ball in the cruch and can’t put the team on his back when it needs a spark.

Did I mention he’s hurt all the time? Like he was most of last season, and is right now? Look elsewhere.

SWAT Native

November 19th, 2009
8:40 pm

I was just thinking, does anyone remember else all the junk that D Wade talked about how he couldn’t wait to match up with Mo Evans this summer? I wonder how he felt last night?

Sautee

November 19th, 2009
8:41 pm

bfred,

You misunderstood. richbrave was talking about Javelle McGee.

j-mac, not t-mac.

As Emily Lutilla would say “Never Mind”

MyView

November 19th, 2009
8:45 pm

I saw Horford on TNT also. I too am embarassed by all of the National Media dogging the Hawks fans for not showing up. We really need to get behind these guys. I remember all those days in the barber shop, the NBA was always big conversation. Though whenever the conversation switched to B-Ball I always got quiet. Once, someone noticed that and asked if I did not like b-ball or something. When I said yes I do, he asked me “who’s your team”. When I said “I’m a Hawks fan”, he just turned away, and they got back to talking basketball like I was not in the building. I sure do wish that shop was still around because I would love to join them in conversation now.

cdog

November 19th, 2009
8:53 pm

THE HAWKS WILL LAUNCH THE ROCKETS RIGHT BACK TO HOUSTON WITH A LOSS. THE ROCKETS CAN’T STAND TO THE HAWKS AWESOME PRESSURE.THEY ARE MINGLESS TRYING TO BEAT THE HAWKS. IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN. WE ARE ALREADY 11-2 AND DOMINATING THE EAST. THE HAWKS ARE TOO STRONG FOR THE ROCKETS

don't get too hyped

November 19th, 2009
9:16 pm

Before everyone crowns us champions because we beat a couple of good teams, maybe we should beat some other teams that are contenders like…Lakers (who destroyed us), Cavaliers, Spurs and some more quality teams.

I’m all for the Hawks and we have all waited a long time, but shessh let them get 20-25 games in the season and lets see where we are…

bfred

November 19th, 2009
9:18 pm

Thank God. McGrady’s a free agent this year and I’m sure some sucker will pay up for him. I just don’t want it to be the Hawks.

Pardon my reading skills.

richbrave

November 19th, 2009
9:23 pm

Yes-s-s-s. My eldest grandson just made the high school bb team as a freshman. And at only 6′1″, small forward. And this is not his sport. He just wants something to do between wooden-bat fall-ball and spring.

richbrave

November 19th, 2009
9:29 pm

For any wondering about JaVALE McGEE, he’s signed through next season with a team option in 2011-12 and a qualifying option for 2012-13. ERNIE GRUNFELD thinks he got the steal of this decade, and I tend to agree. He’s still might raw though. Misses a lot of defensive assignments. Improved from last year, but getting less burn.

doc

November 19th, 2009
10:47 pm

richie, congrats to the boy. enjoy it for sure.

A Thinking Fan

November 19th, 2009
10:57 pm

Good win! Looooong season…

O'Brien

November 19th, 2009
11:22 pm

I look forward to seeing David Andersen play tomorrow night.

And with Trevor Ariza being the Rockets leading scorer, I look forward to seeing how Marvin does defensively.

And do the Rockets put Battier on Joe Johnson?

doc

November 19th, 2009
11:31 pm

Ken Strickland

November 19th, 2009
11:35 pm

RICHBRAVE-congradulations to your grandson, I know you’re feeling really proud about now.

TOO HYPED-the Lakers defeated us 118-110. That’s hardly getting destroyed. Even though they had a 25+ pt lead on us at one time, we made such a furious 2nd half comeback, and cut the lead to 6pts, they had to bring their starters in to finish the gm.

There are 2 things that should have every Hawks fan excited about this team and what it can and will accomplish this yr.

(1)We’re ranked 4th in the NBA in scoring at 107.0PPG.

(2)Our DEF has gotten so much better over the last 4gms, we’ve held each opponent under 100PPG and reduced our PPG allowed from 103PPG to 98.8PPG. A strong OFF and a strong DEF that’s getting better, along with strong rebounding, especially OFF rebounding, will allow the Hawks to compete with the Cavaliers, Spurs, Magic etc.

jloofatl

November 19th, 2009
11:41 pm

Hawks officially have the best record in the entire NBA at 10-2.

rms

November 19th, 2009
11:42 pm

Phoenix lost, so does that give the Hawks the best record in the NBA right now??

gwite

November 20th, 2009
12:00 am

Yeah, the great Nashes got thier butts kicked tonight by the lowly N.O. Hornets.

MyView

November 20th, 2009
12:45 am

For those still in doubt. The Hawks have yet to play a single last place opponent outside of thier own division. So I see a lot of W’s when I look at the upcoming schedule.

MyView

November 20th, 2009
12:52 am

Of course that last place team did run us out of their building. But still…

meah

November 20th, 2009
12:56 am

Rockets have the ability to beat anyone in the nba. I can guarantee the rockets will keep this game close, and, might even get a W in the process

Najeh Davenpoop

November 20th, 2009
1:02 am

Do NOT underestimate Houston. They may not have a star on their team right now, but they play hard and smart every night and they are not going to go away. This is a game the Hawks cannot win solely with athleticism.

hawks_4_life

November 20th, 2009
1:45 am

Im impressed with the job Woody is doing with this team. Not to be a homer but I believe in loyatly and it’s good to see the loyalty our ownership have shown in him pay off especially when it wouldve been justified firing him in the past years. Right now Im just going to enjoy the ride this team takes me on this year and hope it ends with our last playoff game being a victory.

KevinA

November 20th, 2009
6:14 am

rms

November 19th, 2009
11:42 pm
Phoenix lost, so does that give the Hawks the best record in the NBA right now??

At least for a few hrs. there is no team with a better record. If we play with high energy and good defense look for the Hawks to add days instead of hrs. to this impressive start of the season.

richbrave

November 20th, 2009
7:56 am

Thanks to doc and ken strickland. Planning a trip to a summer camp for him at the UNIVERSITY of TEXAS for baseball. Whew, those guys know how to run up the bill.

CANT SILENCE THE TRUTH!!

November 20th, 2009
8:16 am

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TURKEYS

hawks_4_life, I feel you. A lot of the haters in the Bubba posse are trying to justify the venom they spewed over the past few years. Denial is a B!tch.

The reality is most of the narrow minded hate factory workers in the southern chapter of the grand knights of hate, lacked the foresight, understanding, and patience to wait on the Hawks to grow and develop under Woodson.

Woodson took this team as a rebuilding project and began with the youngest team in basketball, which should have keynoted most basketball wise people that we are looking at 4-5 years to respectability.

Instead of showing patience in waiting for these boys to mature and learn not just Woodson style of play but how to compete in the NBA, as well as how to be a responsible man, the Bubba’s went on a ” Kill Woody” campaign that is only now beginning to subside as we are seeing the fruits of Woodson’s labor.
Jump right on this Woodson bandwagon; leave the hate baggage behind, destination championship basketball.

Woodson has done a remarkable job. We should have known there was something special here when we took Boston 7deep with at that time the 3rd youngest team in the NBA. The job Woodson is doing now is no different than the job he was doing then. The only difference is now he has more tools and talent to work with and the boys have grown and now understand Woodson’s program.

Clearly all this anti Woodson hate was predicated on a lack of knowledge. I have single out Ken Strickland and stayed in his face about it because he was the leading crew chief and stroked the flames of hate with vigor. It must be noted that although he was the ring leader he had lots of help from other ignoramuses.

The bottom line is Woodson and his Hawks, are special and in for a great year. I hope they stay healthy and go deep in the play offs. Yes, how can Woodson not get serious consideration for COACH OF THE YEAR?

What a slam dunk that would be on the Bubba crew!

Crew

November 20th, 2009
8:30 am

Can’t Silence: Try to make a point without the “Bubba Crew”. It would help your credibility.

Dan

November 20th, 2009
8:37 am

Remember when this blog used to be worth reading? I miss Sekou.

KevinA

November 20th, 2009
8:39 am

Dan,

Try NBA.com. Sekou alive and well.

richbrave

November 20th, 2009
8:40 am

CAN’T SILENCE THE TRUTH:

“The reality is most of the narrow minded hate factory workers in the southern chapter of the grand knights of hate, lacked the foresight, understanding, and patience to wait on the Hawks to grow and develop under Woodson.”

Disingenuous comment sir. Are you inferring skin color and ethnicity here? Not that I’m a WOODY hater, but I had my moments last year. So you could call me a camp follower if you like, but don’t infer where I come from because of my vitriol for MW, or my lack thereof.

Daniel

November 20th, 2009
8:52 am

I really can’t stand the way Charles and Kenny dog Atlanta. I like both of them as individuals, but it seems that they have a bone to pick with the city that they are in. Last year, it was the Hawks are over hyped. Now, it’s the city is not supporting the team. I have been to half the home games this season, and yes, the Portland game was a small crowd, but those of us there made quite a lot of noise. Also, the city gets behind the team on big games and the playoffs. Seems like sour grapes to me.

Daniel

November 20th, 2009
8:57 am

We are currently ranked in the middle of the pack in attendance figures, and we have not had as many weekend and conference rival home games, yet. I bet after the Thanksgiving weekend will be in the upper third in the league in attendance. No, we are not going to out draw LA, Chicago, NY of course. Then you have Utah and San Antonio who have nothing else to do. But, we should be above Washington, etc. Currently we are equal with Orlando (who were just in the conference finals, and don’t have pro or college football to compete with) Why is no one yelping about them?

Truth-Serum

November 20th, 2009
9:00 am

richbrave, I reread the post in question. I did not call you by name, sir, however you did say in your response that you were a part of anti woodson sentiment. OK. I acknowledge your statement.

As for the question of ethnicity, I don’t think that valid or relevant. Hater is a spiritual entity not limited to the flesh.

Good day sir.

Crew , thanks for the acknowledgment.

Truth-Serum

November 20th, 2009
9:02 am

*that’s valid
*A hater

YesIAmAHawksFan

November 20th, 2009
9:04 am

I agree that Woodson gets too bad of a rap by too many people. This is a guy that has been coaching under an embarrassment of an ownership group for years now. That being said, any true Hawks fan that has been watching this team knows that Woodson is an average coach at best. So many games I’ve found myself yelling at the TV for some bone-headed substitution, or lack thereof. But now that he has a deeper bench, he is doing a much better job, and he deserves all of the credit for this fast start.

I don’t think Bubba even watches NBA.

KevinA

November 20th, 2009
9:06 am

Josh – He averaged 14.0 points and 6.2 rebounds through the first six games but has averaged 18.5 points, 12.5 boards and 2.7 blocks during the win streak
We had nice wins against Boston, Miami, Blazers, and Denver but have yet to play, teams like PHX, Houston, Spurs, Dallas, Clev and win on the road. Woody “coach of the year?” It’s a nice thought but the season is way to young to presume anything.

So far we have avoided the injury bug. Look at what Adelman is doing in Houston. His two biggest stars out and are still 7-4. Could we be without JJ and Josh and be 7-4? I do think Woody is coaching and growing in skill. Much like the young team he is coaching. Long live the streak. 6 in a row.

side note – Me being one of the Josh fans who think he and Al need the rock more.

Josh – He averaged 14.0 points and 6.2 rebounds through the first six games but has averaged 18.5 points, 12.5 boards and 2.7 blocks during the 6 game win streak.

Must have been a shot of miracle grow to his organic growth.

Truth-Serum

November 20th, 2009
9:20 am

KevinA , yes, it is a hopeful statement and yes, it early with a long season ahead.

I think Josh and Al get the rock enough. I like the balance this team has and the way the motion of the offense feeds off JJ and Crawford. We seemed well oiled to me. Like you, Im a Josh fanatic, but I think he works best with the offense coming to him rather than being the initiator.