Hope you enjoyed the game Saturday night.
- No matter how the Hawks shot the ball, holding Dallas to 75 points in its building is an impressive feat. It’s Dallas’ season low.
- As I made mention in the game story, the Hawks played far better defense than they did against New York and perhaps their best in awhile. Dallas had their runs, but didn’t get that many easy baskets.
- Dirk Nowitzki is ridiculous.
- The Hawks, at times, moved the ball really well to get open shots. But it went stagnant at times – a decent number of possessions where one or two players touched the ball, or players jacking up jump shots early in the shot clock when better shots could have been worked for. They had 16 assists on 32 baskets, an OK number.
- Love him or hate him, Joe Johnson did what he does best, make a lot of baskets, many of them crucial. He took 24 shots to make 31 points.
Some extra quotes:
Mike Woodson: “[Joe Johnson] got off to such a hot start and then we hit the spell in the second quarter where we just couldn’t make a shot. We had some good looks, but to come in (at halftime) up one (was a good thing).”
On the first 20 games: “It’s been a good run. Our schedule was not favorable to start the season and we withstood it. We’ve just got to continue our winning ways on the road and continue our ways at home in terms of winning.”
Joe Smith, on energy level: “It was good, from start to finish. We came out first half, did a good job of building that lead. Unfortunately, we didn’t close out the first half in the way that we would like but I think in the second half we did a good job of getting back to what got us that lead, and we were able to maintain it the rest of the game. The energy was good and our aggressiveness was good.”
Joe Johnson, on Dallas going small: “I think it played a little bit to our advantage, playing small ball with me, Mike and Jamal in the game. I think it’s kind of a win-win for us. Tonight, I think we played pretty good defense. We made shots when we needed to. We got stops down the stretch when we needed to and we pretty much opened it up. We played like we had been earlier in the season.
A couple links:
My updated story with quotes. Jamal Crawford: “If you asked people, they probably would have thought we’d win [Friday] night and lose [Saturday]. It flip-flopped. The league is funny like that sometimes.”
“Great defense and even better offense,” Shawn Marion said of either the Hawks or Joe Johnson in the Dallas Morning News game story.
You may have seen this, but Toronto guard and former Georgia Tech star Jarrett Jack stopped during a game to tie his shoes while holding the ball. I’m not sure what’s worse, that he did it, or that the Bulls let him.
Game story from nba.com.
This is neither here nor there, but former Nebraska football coach Tom Osborne was on my plane from Dallas to Atlanta. I walked past him and knew I recognized him, but didn’t know who it was until someone who was on our plane walked by him after we got off and said, “Safe travels, Coach.”
I suppose you can take away my sports writer card for not recognizing him (there are plenty of other offenses to add to the list). The kind of funny thing is that he and his wife sat in coach. I asked him a couple questions in case our Tech writer could use it. He was cooperative.