Happy New Year, Hawks fans!
Hope everyone made it back safe and sound to their beds last night. A couple quick things about Cleveland. One, the protest has been sent. If I understand things correctly, Cleveland now has five days to submit what would essentially be their own paperwork.
Also, in some way, this may work to the Hawks’ advantage. Obviously, the best result would be for the Hawks to have won, but now they’ve got a pretty fair-sized chip on their shoulder because of all this, plus the knowledge that they know they can play with Cleveland.
And, to answer JeJe from the previous blog, with the shot clock at 12, I said that would constitute an 8-second violation because if the clock read 12, that would be a violation because that would have meant, normally, it had taken the Hawks 12 seconds to get over the halfcourt line.
On to game #32, against New York.
I’ll give you some stuff from Mike Woodson’s pre-game and Thursday, and we’ll let it roll.
On New York:
They’re playing better because they’re scoring the ball. Again they like to go up and down the floor with the ball. They run a bunch of pick and rolls. We’ve got to be better. You look at the score there (he had the last Hawks-Knicks gaem up on his TV and it was stopped with the Hawks up 13-2), we came out, we were ready to play and we went into the tank in terms of our defense. They got hot. Smoove didn’t help matters by getting kicked out of the game and we still had shots down the stretch (to win). We’ve got to bottle up how we’ve been playing defensively in these last two games, in Cleveland and the game here against Cleveland. The second half of that Cleveland game here was good defensively and we were pretty good the other night defensively in terms of being able to control tempo and do the things we set out to do.
On Mike Bibby (who is three assists shy of 5,000):
That’s great. Couldn’t be more proud or happier for a guy. Mike has been a steady point guard in our league. You look at all the great point guards that have played, he might not be at the very top, but people know who Mike Bibby is and what he’s contributed to our league.
If he’s become more of a coach than player:
I didn’t know him in his young days but since we’ve had him, I tell you, we wouldn’t be in the position we’re in without Mike Bibby.