Bring out your crystal ball…

Hey, folks-

Hope all are well. A few weeks back, after the Hawks reached Game 10, I asked you to predict the next 10. Some of you responded, and I am coming back with your winner. It is Dan, largely on the strength of a fairly prescient (I thought) prediction.

Here were the rules. I asked you to predict the Hawks’ record over the next 10 games (worth 10 points), the outcome of each game (one point for each game) and then to make a prediction (worth somewhere between 1-10 points, based on the likelihood of the prediction coming to pass).

Dan missed on the 10-game record (I think he picked 7-3; they went 6-4), got five games right, but correctly predicted that Josh Smith would have four double-doubles and Joe Johnson would have three 30-point games. For going with a combination prediction and giving a specific number for Smith and Johnson’s double-doubles and 30-point games, respectively, I gave him eight points for a total of 13.  (Only Big Al correctly predicted the Hawks would go 6-4, but didn’t include the game-by-game count and also missed on his prediction, that Al Horford would have eight double-doubles and lead the team in scoring in three times.)

So, Dan, if you want to e-mail me (I e-mailed you, but I haven’t heard back from you), we can figure out some sort of award for your prognostication skills.

Looking back,  some of you had a little bit too much Kool-Aid after their 8-2 start. Most went with 7-3 with a couple 8-2’s, one 9-1 and one 10-0. (Way to go strong, Ramon!)

Interestingly, five of the seven people who picked every game accurately forecast the Hawks losing to Detroit. Everyone predicted the Hawks to beat New York, and only Ramon called the Hawks beating Dallas.

Manny T came so close on a pretty strong prediction that would have won him the contest, that Marvin Williams would have a 30-point game. Marvin had 29 against Houston. I had scored that a 10 given the way he’d been playing to that point.

So, we’ll try this again. I’m asking for the Hawks’ record over the next 10 games, the outcome of each game (W or L is enough) and one prediction. Predicting the record is worth 10 points, each game is worth one point and the prediction will be judged somewhere between 1-10. You have to put it on the blog by tipoff against Chicago Wednesday.

A few things – you may have noted that New York beat Portland Monday night, though the Blazers were without Greg Oden and Nate McMillan, Rudy Fernandez, Travis Outlaw and Nicolas Batum.

Allen Iverson came back Monday before a full house. He kissed the 76ers logo at center court when he was introduced before the game, but Philly lost. How do tyou think this turns out?

The Hawks are sixth in the nba.com power rankings. Would you say this is accurate? Where would you put them?

A hoopsworld.com story about Jamal Crawford.

What do you think the impact of the Tim Donaghy book and “60 Minutes” report will be?

227 comments Add your comment

Ric Roc

December 8th, 2009
11:09 am

Hawks go 7-3 next 10…

dstdeelite

December 8th, 2009
11:10 am

dstdeelite

December 8th, 2009
11:10 am

Maybe not! Let’s Go Hawks!!

Ron E.

December 8th, 2009
11:11 am

I’m going with 5-5:

1. Chi: Win
2. @Tor: Win
3. NJ: Win
4. Memphis: Win
5. Utah: Loss
6. @Chi: Loss
7. @Minn: Win
8. @Den: Loss
9. @Ind: Loss
10.Cle: Loss

I predict 3 DNP for Jeff Teague.

allan in texas

December 8th, 2009
11:13 am

Hawks go 8-2 next 10…

Crashing the Glass

December 8th, 2009
11:39 am

Mac-Town'z Finest 478

December 8th, 2009
11:41 am

Hawks will be around 7-3, 6-4 again. They will have some loses at home again that have you thinking….WDF????

But then go on to beat someone like DEN on the road to ease you mind back into thinking the Hawks are legit again. In other words, the inconsistent yet somehow well above .500 overall record will remain.

Mac-Town'z Finest 478

December 8th, 2009
11:46 am

I think Mo Evans should get more of Marvin’s minutes. To me he plays harder, shoots it just as good if not better ( I think better), and he CERTAINLY is less clumsy than Marvin.

I think if he had Marvin’s minutes he would be more productive.

Teague needs Bibby’s minutes when his shoot is off.

RLP

December 8th, 2009
12:00 pm

My prediction: 7 Wins 3 Losses:

1. Chi: Win
2. @Tor: Win
3. NJ: Win
4. Memphis: Win
5. Utah: Win
6. @Chi: Loss
7. @Minn: Win
8. @Den: Loss
9. @Ind: Win
10.Cle: Loss

For a prediction – Jeff Teague will increase his minutes. In home games he will appear in both the first and the second half of every game but will only appear during the first half of at least three of the away games.

If I really wanted to win the contest then my prediction would be that Ken Strickland would find something to criticize Woody for after every game win or lose. But that is not my prediction.

Najeh Davenpoop

December 8th, 2009
12:03 pm

vs. CHI – win
@TOR – win
vs. NJ – loss
vs. MEM – win
vs. UTA – win
@ CHI – loss
@ MIN – win
@ DEN – loss
@ IND – win
vs. CLE – win

7-3 over the next 10 games. I think the predicted loss to the Nets should be worth 10 points in and of itself.

Ken Strickland

December 8th, 2009
12:04 pm

While I know this team is capable of winning all ten, this is a hard one for me because I don’t know which Atlanta Hawks team will show up over the next 10gms. Based on how we’ve played over the last 7gms, I will go with RON E’s 5-5 record, except I believe we’ll defeat Utah and pull another Knicks fiasco against Memphis.

Trainwreck

December 8th, 2009
12:11 pm

Chi: W
@Tor: W
NJ: W
Memphis: W
Utah: W
@Chi: L
@Minn: W
@Den: L
@Ind: W
Cle: L

Prediction:
J Smoove will have a 6 block night.

niremetal

December 8th, 2009
12:34 pm

Won’t do game-by-games, but I’ll say 6-4 total. I’ll also predict that Josh will shoot better than 70% from the free throw line, JJ will have a triple-double, Marvin will have 1-2 games with 20+ points and 1-2 with 9+ rebounds (though not the same game), and Crawford will have a 35+ point night.

(But I also have an ominous feeling that we’ll see way too much Woody ball with low assist numbers…)

299

December 8th, 2009
12:35 pm

Chi: W
@Tor: W
NJ: W
Memphis: W
Utah: W
@Chi: W
@Minn: W
@Den: L
@Ind: L
Cle: W

8-2

Joe will shoot over 50%, J-Smoove will shoot >70% free throws, Al will have seven double-doubles, Marvin will fail to score double digits 5 times, Bibby will take fewer than 10 shots in 6 games, Lebron will score over 40 in a loss, Josh Smith will have 3 technical fouls, Jeff Teague will have around 25 points total, Jamal Crawford will take 17 or more shots 1 time

299

December 8th, 2009
12:36 pm

Marvin for LVP!

spotatl

December 8th, 2009
12:42 pm

1. Chicago Loss
2. @ Toronto. Win
3. NJ- Win
4. Memphis Loss
5. Utah Loss
6. @Chi Loss
7. @ Minn Win
8. @ Den Loss
9 @ Ind Win
10 Cle Loss

I predict that the Hawks give up over 20 offensive rebounds in the game against the grizzlies.

Geddy

December 8th, 2009
12:46 pm

Chi: W
@Tor: L
NJ: W
Memphis: W
Utah: W
@Chi: W
@Minn: L
@ Den: L
@ Ind: W
Cle: W

7-3. Joe outscores LeBron. Bibby hits 5 threes in one game.

Truth-Serum

December 8th, 2009
12:47 pm

1. Chi: Win
2. @Tor: Win
3. NJ: Win
4. Memphis: Win
5. Utah:Win
6. @Chi:Win
7. @Minn: Win
8. @Den: Loss
9. @Ind:Loss
10.Cle: Loss

That comical guy who thinks that any team is going to winning all their games is a nut case.I think he missed his calling as an NBA Coach. I dont know how he was over looked by some many experts and GM’s- Go figure!

7-3 with a three game losing streak and 7 game winning streak.- Im happy!

Trainwreck

December 8th, 2009
12:47 pm

So… for the people making a whole bunch of predictions, do you lose points for all that you get wrong? Or only gain when you get them all right?

Truth-Serum

December 8th, 2009
12:48 pm

Truth-Serum

December 8th, 2009
12:51 pm

I’m just doing what ken asked, My mortgages aren’t up. Just for fun.

dmortone

December 8th, 2009
12:55 pm

8-2!

1. Chi: Win
2. @Tor: Win
3. NJ: Win
4. Memphis: Win
5. Utah: Win
6. @Chi: Loss
7. @Minn: Win
8. @Den: Loss
9. @Ind: Win
10.Cle: Win

Jeff Teague will get 10-20 min against Min followed by a DNP-CD.
Josh gets two 30 pt games
JC gets a 30 pt game
Horford gets 5 double doubles

DITTO

December 8th, 2009
1:14 pm

If I really wanted to win the contest then my prediction would be that Ken Strickland would find something to criticize Woody for after every game win or lose. But that is not my prediction.

Mz. Hawkdafied

December 8th, 2009
1:15 pm

Mz. Hawkdafied

December 8th, 2009
1:20 pm

LOL! Just kidding, between 0-10 and 10-0!

No seriously though 8-2!

Panick

December 8th, 2009
1:21 pm

1. Chi: Win
2. @Tor: Win
3. NJ: Win
4. Memphis: Win
5. Utah: Loss
6. @Chi: Win
7. @Minn: Win
8. @Den: Loss
9. @Ind: Loss
10.Cle: Win

Josh will have 4 double doubles (and a technical)…Horford will get single digit points in 6/10 but double digit boards each time he fails to score 10+

theZaZaguy

December 8th, 2009
1:23 pm

Chi: W
@Tor: L
NJ: W
Memphis: W
Utah: W
@Chi: L
@Minn: W
@Den: L
@Ind: W
Cle: W

7-3
I predict Marvin will average 8 points a game with two games scoring 20 points or more.

Joe will have no 30 point performances.

Al will have 5 double doubles.
Josh will have 4 double doubles.

Mz. Hawkdafied

December 8th, 2009
1:28 pm

Outcomes:

8-2 with losses to Cleveland and NJ.

Westurd

December 8th, 2009
1:29 pm

Predictions are stupid and boring…….I’ll check back when Ken posts his usaual “Hawks vs Bulls” blog. (Sorry Ken, I’m not hating on you, this prediction stuff is all relative nonsense). Nothing to comment on.

I MUS WRITE

December 8th, 2009
1:36 pm

7-3 Losses at Chicago,Indiana,Denver

I MUS WRITE

December 8th, 2009
1:38 pm

I predict this blog is going to shyt

Mz. Hawkdafied

December 8th, 2009
1:39 pm

Can I change mine to 10-0? My official prediction is 10-0 cause I expect nothing but perfection. Besides the team can only lose 16 games if their gonna reach that 60 game mark.

Hawkomania

December 8th, 2009
1:41 pm

Chicago – W
@ Toronto – W
New Jersey – W
Memphis – W
Utah – W
@ Chicago – L
@ Minnesota – W
@ Denver – L
@ Indiana – W
Cleveland – W

Joe Will break 25 4 different times and Smooth with 13+ boards 4 times.

Trainwreck

December 8th, 2009
1:47 pm

I didn’t ask the question because I’m worried about who wins… just genuinely curious

Mz. Hawkdafied

December 8th, 2009
1:54 pm

Lets predict which home games will be full and which ones will be empty. Well not reallly empty but you know what I mean.

I predict a sellout for the Cleveland game. A decent crowd for the Chicago game. And all other games will be empty.

Mz. Hawkdafied

December 8th, 2009
1:55 pm

On second thought perhaps the NJ game will have a decent crowd since it’s kids day. But the Utah and Memphis games will be empty.

RealSquawk

December 8th, 2009
1:57 pm

Predicts.

Win vs. Chi by (5 points) Al double-double, marvin 18pts 5reb Bibby 5ive fouls
Win @ toronto Al by (12 points) 20 points, joe 30,
Win vs. New jersey by (8 points)
Win vs. Memphis by (15 points) josh smith has double double with 5 blocks
Loss vs. Utah by (8points) joe johnson 15 points, Al Horford 5 fouls
Loss @ Chi by (2 points) buzzer beater missed by Bibby for three
win @ Minn. by (8 points) marvin williams 20 points
Win @ Denver by (4 points) Marvin holds carmelo under 25, Joe goes for 30 and Teague has 10 points
Loss @Indiana
win vs. cleveland by (10 points) Marvin 15 and 8 rebounds, Joe 28pts and 5 assist, Bibby 15

that is 7-3, josh smith will have a triple double, bibby will be held under 12 for 3 only three of the contest, Jamal Crawford shooting percentage will be an even 40% at the end.

is that too much predicting?

Wink

December 8th, 2009
2:15 pm

Hawks will go 6 & 4

Prediction: They will infuriate us with their inconsistent play; play up to better team and down to lesser teams; win one we should probably lose and lose one we should have won. Jeff Teague gets 4 DNP’s.

Mz. Hawkdafied

December 8th, 2009
2:15 pm

Well I sure hope they don’t lose tomorrow against Chicago. I really hate when they lose at home. I don’t wanna have to go ham on another opponents fan. Because when their team wins, they really do try to rub it in. Waving around their Vince Carter t shirt and pointing at their Knicks hat talking about Knicks and David Lee. Yeah your team won but you don’t have to rub it in. I make sure they respect the Highlight Factory. This our house take that shiznick back to Orlando and NYC. You can celebrate when you get up out of the Highlight Factory. I don’t like the fact that the NY fans booed my team when they went to the locker room at half time either. ATL needs to show up for these games man and stand up for their team and arena.

nunna yo biznezz

December 8th, 2009
2:17 pm

Chi: L
@Tor: L
NJ: W
Memphis: L
Utah: W
@Chi: L
@Minn: L
@ Den: L
@ Ind: W
Cle: L

WOODSON STILL COACHING???????

3-7 OVER THE NEXT 10 GAMES…
LUCKY TO BE 4-6…

THE REASON,TIRED LEGS ON YOUR STARTERS…

CLOSE GAMES WHILE THEY’RE LEGS GIVE OUT…

BIBBY PLAYING HURT AND BEING LIABLE ON THE DEFENSE,AND WE BRING IN TEAGUE EVERY 2 GAMES..

TEAMS GOING BIG ON US WHILE WE KEEP MARVIN IN AND HORFORD AT CENTER,INSTEAD OF MAKING HORFORD MOVE TO PF,JOSH AT SF,AND RANDMO CENTER..

AND DID I MENTION WE’D LOSE IF WOODY IS STILL COACHING??

IF NOT,WOODY COACHING…

3-7 IS DA PICK OF NUNNA YO BIZNEZZ

Mz. Hawkdafied

December 8th, 2009
2:20 pm

All that support given to Mike Vick on Sunday and you telling me they can’t show up at Philips Arena. That BS.

nunna yo biznezz

December 8th, 2009
2:30 pm

my bad,here is a game by game recap..

Chi: L(limited bench time,resulting in staters legs going out,and 40+minutes for jj,bibbs,and marvin..)

@Tor: L(toronto is at home,and will get major calls,and,woody will respond in a close game all the way to the end with extended starter minutes,teague gets 4 minutes..

NJ: W(come on,we’re at home and its da nets)

Memphis: L(we’re @home and this team will be competitive and the hawks are looking past them)

Utah: W(they have a better offensive scheme,and we’ll use our bench a little to late)

@Chi: L(its in chicago,and we’re giving starters playoff minutes)
@Minn: L (we’re in minnesota,and prince will get more playing time than teague..plus,teague won’t even be a factor,it won’t matter this is a blowout against a worser team,and they will blow us out!!)

@ Den: L(now,the papers will be looking into the rumors of woody getting fired and the expectations of this team and its great start means nothing now..what have u done for me lately will be the theme of this team)p.s.,its the nuggets and they are elite,and now everyone will be 2nd guessing this team as we fall in the power rankings..

@ Ind: W(we get lucky,and they don’t play well..solo will be a nice suprise,but,thats it..we win anyway..
Cle: L(lebron,shaq,west and boys will blow us out in our on gym..josh will get hot and he and woody will have an on court fued..look for trade rumors and firing rumors to be at an all time high..this time with coaching replacement names surfacing..)

3-7 in the next 10…

nunna yo biznezz

December 8th, 2009
2:55 pm

mz.hawkdafied,
u got to realize something,people had gotten these tickets the minute vick signed with the eagles..

the hawks are a playoff team,but,they are only as good as their coach will allow them to be..he holds the reigns to this horse..and he is constantly choking da life out of them,nightly,even when they are not playing..

and,within the last 2 years we see that..we see just what kind of coach he is.

he has a team who won’t listen to him.
he does nothing to develope his bench.
he does nothing to develope a young gifted point guard.
and he will let his starters get away with the same thing he tells the non-starters not to do by taking them out and decreasing their playing time..

he is biased..

and,he can’t coach..

vick was a legend in the time he was here.
we did not have no one whom the league feared and stayed up nights to counter on any team in atlanta,not even with deion or nique..

this guy won games that were out of reach for us,and he always gave u the feeling that with 1minute left and 99yards to go,that he’d get us into the end zone..you always had that feeling..

plus,we never had anything close to a rowdy crowd who gave the visitor rooting for the opposite team a hard time..and we did..shouts out to section 107-108!!

we gave them heck!!!!!!!

no respect for the visitors at all..in their face!! rowdy negros and wiggers!! we were all one back then..

in other words,u have contenders and pretenders..

we conteded and had big games and he showed up for all of them..

we don’t get that with da hawks..

JerkOnAjc

December 8th, 2009
3:06 pm

This “blog” tells us absolutely nothing about the Atlanta Hawks team and what they’ve done the last 3 days.

What a joke.

theZaZaguy

December 8th, 2009
3:35 pm

Well I sold my tickets for the Chicago game, so I’m sure there will be a good turnout for that one.

J. Bonds

December 8th, 2009
3:36 pm

Can you guess tell me where all the real hawk fans are? This place seems to have alot of anti hawks sentiment. Dont you guys like this team?

Ken Strickland

December 8th, 2009
3:44 pm

NUNNA YO BIZNEZZ-Wow, you’d better watch what you say and how you say it, expecially when it’s about the COY. If I said some of what you’ve said, one of our WOODY LOVERS would have split into multiple psychotic entities and gone off on a tirade.

It’s really revealing how some of you feel compelled to reference myt frequent complaints about Woodson and the negative impact his coaching liabilities and inconsistencies are having on this team. However, not once has anyone addressed and proven a single accusation as being wrong. You like him as our HC, fine, I don’t, but don’t get bent out of shape with me just because I can present more logical and varifiable reasons in support my position than you. I’m not creating this stuff, he is, I’m just recognizing, instead of denying.

JERK-THEY’VE BEEN PRACTICING, DUH.

Blast

December 8th, 2009
3:44 pm

Funny to read all the predictions, but fact of the matter is that Hawks are a very difficult team to predict, as we all know. If Good Hawks show up, (you know, the Hawks that hustle, defend, rebound and share the ball) they could potentially win all ten games. But if Bad Hawks show up, which likely will rear it’s ugly head in at least 3 of those games, hope Hawks can go 7-3 in the next 10.

J. Bonds

December 8th, 2009
3:54 pm

Would some one explain to me what Woodson has done wrong? I thought we were doing great considering the level of talent and inexperience this team has.

rms

December 8th, 2009
4:04 pm

J. Bonds:

“He was born”, thats what he has done wrong!