What’s up, folks-
Not that it’s a long wait, but I am ready for the Boston game to get here, and I imagine the players are even more so. It was, obviously, all the talk in the locker room. I’ll give you some stuff from interviews and some links.
Al Horford comparing Boston with Cleveland and Orlando.
“That team, they’re just solid every night. I feel like Cleveland and Orlando can have their slippage like we’ve had, but for some reason, Boston, they have a good coach and veteran palyers and they’re just so consistent every night that you know what you’re going to get out of all of them.”
Joe Johnson on what it will take to beat the Celtics.
“I think we have to do what’s worked for us. We have to use our athletic ability. That’s got to be our strength, getting stops and getting out and getting easy fast-break points.”
Jamal Crawford on Boston:
“Their strength is their chemistry. They always cover for each other on defense. Always. It’s almost like playing against a college team in a zone. They’re always there to cover for each other. You never beat them just on one side. You have to move the ball to get clean, open looks.”
Jamal often has pretty interesting observations, I think. It’s obvious he watches a lot of basketball. Someone else – I don’t remember who – also mentioned what Crawford did about moving the ball and not going at Boston from just one side, which leads me to think it was talked about in practice. So, something to watch for.
A Comcast New England story about Rasheed Wallace, which says that Mike Woodson tried to get him to sign with Atlanta this summer. Interesting if true.
A New York Post story about the Hawks-Nets game, which has two excellent lines.
Yi fed Courtney Lee for a layup in the third quarter to record only his fourth assist in 378 minutes this season. No truth to the rumor that “Yi” is short for “Yinka.”
The Nets were down 17 after the first quarter and the body language ranked somewhere between “My puppy ran away” and “No more whining, we’re going to the opera.” The Hawks never let the Nets get closer than 13 in the second half.
Lang Whitaker at Slam magazine sent me a link of Joe Smith’s rap about the Hawks, which is played before games. Thought you might want to give it a listen.
The Hawks marketing folks made some videos plugging upcoming games featuring Zaza Pachulia and Jamal Crawford in the “This is Sports Center” style. They’re on the Hawks’ web site.
Lastly, Steve Hummer was working on a Josh Smith story this week for Sunday’s paper. Steve is one of the best writers at the paper, in my opinion, so I am looking forward to reading it. I can assure you that it will have at least one pretty interesting detail about the Smith-Woodson relationship. Ya gotta read his story to find out, though.