Back from Boston

Greetings, all-

Just got back from Boston and am in the office, waiting to head over to Philips for practice.

Some links:

Two Boston Globe stories from last night’s game.

Game story that focuses on Glen Davis‘ flagrant foul on Marvin Williams, and what happened after.

“I was surprised,’’ Davis said. “I’m a big guy. I don’t feel like I did it intentionally. Really, when I was coming down, I was trying to hold him from falling. The refs made a decision. I can’t get mad and upset at them.’’

A column questioning the Celtics’ status at the top of the East.

(Joe) Johnson, who finished with 36, is a quiet assassin. The former Celtic – can you believe he was traded to Phoenix for Tony Delk and Rodney Rogers? – is one of the league’s best pure scorers and shows no emotion when he snuffs the confidence of opposing defenses. The Hawks are a young team and Johnson is only 28, but he has a veteran savvy that teammates pick up on.

From the Boston Herald:

“We still feel we’re the better team,” said an exhausted Paul Pierce, who like the rest of a closing unit that included Glen Davis, Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen and Kendrick Perkins, played the last 19 minutes without a substitution by associate coach Tom Thibodeau, who took over for Rivers. (Ed. note: That was pretty big. Brian Scalabrine had been eating up the Hawks but I don’t think he played in the fourth quarter.)

“The year we won the (2008) championship, we lost four times to Washington. It definitely bothered us, but we’re a better team, and it will show.”

Perkins seconded that emotion.

“It’s not like I fear them,” he said. “I don’t think anyone on this team fears them. They look at us like a rival, but I don’t think we look at them as a rivalry team.”
ESPN’s Daily Dime touts the Hawks as “legitimate playoff contenders.”

It’s funny to me, I may have said this before, but I’m going to guess that Joe Johnson, as well as the Hawks, are held in much higher esteem outside of metro Atlanta than they are in it, or at least by the various participants on the blog. It reminds me of the Bible verse about how a prophet has no honor in his own country and, no, I’m not comparing the Hawks to Jesus. It’s just the sense that the grass is greener on the other side and that, the more you can look at something, the more warts you start to see. I imagine there’s people in Paris who are like, “The Mona Lisa? My five-year-old could paint that.”

I was on a radio show in Cleveland before the Hawks’ two-game set with the Cavaliers, and we were talking about fans’ disenchantment with Johnson’s overdribbling, and the show hosts were saying how Cavs fans have the same gripe about LeBron James.

Now, frankly, I tend to think that my colleagues in Boston have overrated the Hawks a little bit – they certainly wouldn’t have called Johnson an assassin on Saturday. But I also think that maybe many of us underrate the Hawks, too.

Anyway, my take on what Pierce and Perkins said. I think they might be on to something. Yes, the Hawks have now taken three in a row. However, Boston’s record is better and I think you’d have to say they’re a better night-in, night-out team. If, for example, Boston finishes with 57 wins and the Hawks sweep the Celtics but finish with 50, wouldn’t you have to say that they’re better than the Hawks?

If you say that winning three in a row means that the Hawks are better than the Celtics, then couldn’t you make a similar argument that the Knicks are better than the Hawks?

Clearly, the Hawks have played with focus and determination against Boston that we haven’t seen against other teams. The Celtics, perhaps not surprisingly, haven’t been able to match the sort of playoff-type fervor that the Hawks save for them.

Thoughts?

119 comments Add your comment

Ernest

January 12th, 2010
11:44 am

Hawks are looking good! Here’s hoping for a successful homestand.

Dajackyl

January 12th, 2010
12:01 pm

Second now my bloglife is complete loved the effort last night need to harness that for the games like knicks etc.

Marcus

January 12th, 2010
12:03 pm

There is some hubris and hurt pride in the statements by Pierce and Perkins, but there is truth: The one thing BOS avoids and the Hawks can’t shake is the unfathomable ability to have stinker games to teams you should BEAT silly. BOS may get caught off-guard, as everyone does, esp. at less-than-full strength, but even when we are fully-loaded (e.g. no starters hurt) we lost to NYK multiple times, lost to a depleted DET team minus 3 starters and blow 2 big 2nd half leads vs. teams ahead of us in the Eastern Conf. (ORL on Turkey Day; CLE @ CLE- 2nd half of 2-nite HOME/HOME). Lets not even mention the noodle performance vs. MIA last week.

We have to solve the inconsistency of performances.

jean

January 12th, 2010
12:11 pm

huge win those boston announcers shouldnt have jobs…..iam fron ny die hard crawford fan….so i watch all his games …..knick announcers do a fair job..those cletic announcer r like 2 fans calling the game……ithink hawks can beat boston and cleveland in playoffs i really do…orlando is a problem due to lack of size

Dap01

January 12th, 2010
12:13 pm

Pierce is easy to dislike. Ray Allen is easy to like. They can say that they think that they are better but are they?

They look old against the Hawks. They are constantly looking at the refs to bail them out of situations. Paul Pierce does not really sound that confident to me.

Dan

January 12th, 2010
12:18 pm

Ken, I have to ask this, do you even like the Hawks? Aside from you suggesting the Celtics have overrated them, you are constantly trying to cheapen their wins….ever since you have taken over for Sekou, I’ve read “well, the Hawks were lucky that so-and-so was not playing….”

Ken, let me help you with this, the Hawks are a good team. They have a shot to win the East. Other than Orlando, I really do not think there is a team in this conference that they can’t beat in a playoff series.

At somepoint, you have to just say we have a good team. Stop trying to suggest otherwise.

God…I miss Sekou. This blog has sucked ever since he left.

Fundamentals

January 12th, 2010
12:20 pm

Best way to shut them up will come at playoff time. Hopefully they’ll go home early or we’ll get to send them home. If we outlast them after beating them all year they’ll have to admit defeat. 30 years of beat-downs can’t be overturned with 3 straight wins. They’ve got a point, but the conversation means they’re on the downward slide!

Good job ATL! Keep it up.

Fundamentals

January 12th, 2010
12:24 pm

Two sides to every story. I think Ken tries to point out the facts, he expresses the opinions he’s heard and then he stays out of it. I love Sekou, but don’t bite the hand that feeds you the opportunity to express your opinion. Even if Ken has an opinion you dislike he’s entitled to it.

Maybe you’ll like Ken’s replacement. I’m looking forward to hearing from him. Thank you again for your work Ken!

Ree Roe

January 12th, 2010
12:42 pm

Ken, most fans are so emotionally invested & over critical of their teams that of course we as home fans will say things that will be looked at as irrational. We matchup well with BOS & will beat them in the playoffs, but they are a better team day in & day out. I still don’t think we’re elite b/c elite teams are much more consistent vs the dregs of the league, which we sometime struggle with.

It’s amazing to think Cavs fans would complain about anything Bron does, but Im guessin fans of other NBA teams would be amazed at the criticism Joe & Josh get on here on a daily basis. C’est la vie

-REEcently Roe!!!

ATLNative

January 12th, 2010
12:42 pm

Consistency! I believe Hawk’s fans are looking for consistancy. Its as if we’re still rubbing the crude out of our eyes from a deep sleep and in disbelief of the changed imagery around us. Nonetheless, the obvious 08′ spark was just what the Dr. ordered for the Hawks. If it took pushing the limits of a preluding championship team to create a “one-sided” rivarly, further creating a will to win in a team (Hawks) who’s preceeding players seem to be happy with just a paycheck, then SO BE IT! In the sports world, a win is a win is a win (notice the 3 W’s). Ok, say Boston is technically and statisically “better” than the Hawks, if I’ve got the “pedal to the medal” I need to check my rear view for the one closing in on me because something’s giving him the extra “umph” to catch me. Its human nature and the design of life to conquer and re-conquer. Boston as well as every other “elite” team in the league is aware of this. So, to elude to the fact that “no one on the team fears them” is a self-deception imposed by pride. I’m sure all of us hard working people are aware of the guy in the cubical next to us…speaking of which, let me chime out. lol

Dan

January 12th, 2010
12:42 pm

I hope I will, Fundamentals. I think I got spoiled with Sekou.

As a long time fan and season ticket holder (as I know many of you are), I am so tired of people talking about the Hawks as if they just might be ok, but can’t measure up to the elite. Well, they can measure up. And, they have measured up. Ask Denver, Boston, Utah, Portland and others how fun it was to play at Philips this year.

At somepoint, we have to stop with all this “gee, we might be good..” adn realize that the Hawks are good, really good actually. We’ve all been there for dark days, with bad teams. We should be happy as heck to have a team rolling like the Hawks are right now.

I still think they will get the #3 spot in the east before it is all said and done. Anyone really think Boston is done having injuries? I don’t.

Fundamentals

January 12th, 2010
12:50 pm

Isn’t having real conversation about how to get by CLE or ORL enough to validate this team for you? A few years ago folks laughed at the mention of playoffs. Nobody is going to talk about the ATL as elite until they reach the ECF. Just the fact that we’re projected a solid 4 and nobody argues is enough for me.

I don’t care what anyone thinks about our team. I’m a firm believer if we bring 100% effort every night of the playoffs we might just be wearing rings. Folks will bash it, but most nights we essentially beat ourselves.

You have to earn respect. That’ll come with consistency and a trip to the ECF. Even then folks second guess. How bout folks second guessing CLE w/ Shaq? ORL with Vince? Does that mean they aren’t a great team?
Doesn’t the media question the Lakers? Didn’t they bash the returning Celtics?

We’re the best we’ve ever been in 30+ years.

Fundamentals

January 12th, 2010
12:52 pm

Boston will be lucky to elude significant injuries by season’s end. This may be their last year together as an effective unit. After that age is too big a factor.

niremetal

January 12th, 2010
12:52 pm

The foul on Marv wasn’t flagrant. It’s one of those examples of a Shaq-flagrant – the fact that Davis is so damned big makes any foul with a lot of body contact look flagrant simply because the dude is built like a defensive end. I remember he got whistled for a flagrant against Utah last year for a foul on (Okur? Kirilenko?) that wasn’t particularly hard, but looked that way because of Davis’s mass.

niremetal

January 12th, 2010
12:55 pm

If, for example, Boston finishes with 57 wins and the Hawks sweep the Celtics but finish with 50, wouldn’t you have to say that they’re better than the Hawks?

If you say that winning three in a row means that the Hawks are better than the Celtics, then couldn’t you make a similar argument that the Knicks are better than the Hawks?

I agree. It’s the same reason why Federer is better than Nadal :)

Fundamentals

January 12th, 2010
12:56 pm

I was just happy to see Marvin involved and in the middle of things. He gave some nice effort last night. I’m hoping it continues to grow like it has the past month. If he stays injury free he’ll be a vital assett to our playoff run. The kids got skills, he just needs to maintain the energy & confidence to prove folks wrong.

Astro Joe

January 12th, 2010
1:01 pm

nire, based on the standard that the refs set when they called Zaza’s foul on Perkins a flagrant, then Davis’ foul was a flagrant. IMO, neither should have been called a flagrant… but once the refs opened that can on Zaza, it needed to apply to Davis.

Big Ray

January 12th, 2010
1:02 pm

I hope Perkins and Pierce jump off a cliff

Fundamentals

January 12th, 2010
1:03 pm

Rules are rules, too bad the home court fans didn’t like it too much. It put us over the hump, but we were on our way back regardless. I think we would’ve made it a game regardless of the free throw situation.

northcyde

January 12th, 2010
1:06 pm

Astro Joe

January 12th, 2010
1:07 pm

If my math is correct, winning around 54-56 games means that the Hawks would lose 3 of every 10 games. Or, close to 1 of every 3. With this fan base, losing like that would result in frequent “fire Woody, trade Joe, bench Bibby, Horford is too small, Josh is too inconsistent, Marvin is a bust” comments on the way to a very successful season.

Ramon

January 12th, 2010
1:09 pm

Ken S, one of the seasons the Lakers won the title, 4-5 teams finished with a better record than they did. Yet at the end of the season who was the better team? Right now, head to head the Hawks are better than the Celtics. Even if you look at the division, the Southeastern Division is the ONLY division in the east with 3 teams playing over .500 ball. To date, the Hawks strength of schedule (if you follow Hollinger) is tougher than the Celtics. In head to head match up, the Boston Celtics aren’t as good as the Hawks.

However, Boston is one of Stern’s favorite born in the league. Stern watches out for the Lakers, Boston, and Cleveland LeCavs like he gave birth to them. So the referees are going to give the benefit of the doubt to those three teams before anyone.

As far as the Knicks, the Hawks can’t consistently beat the Knicks, because the Hawks have the talent to run offensive fast breaks all day long, but that talent comes from the front court. The Knicks fast breaks often times are initiated by their back court. And the Hawks doesn’t have a back court that is made for defending the up and down game that the Knicks like to play. If you notice on many of the Hawks fast breaks, Bibby and Joe rarely go past the half court line and inside the perimeter. Majority of the times its Smoove, Horford, or Williams who are the point attack on the break. The Hawks have no one who can defend an up and down back court at the moment. And I truly believe the Hawks are truly hurting without the presence of a shut down PG. As much as I love Bibby, I even think Alston is going to give Bibby problems, now that he’s with Miami. But the Hawks are missing that back court mate who will get in your face all the way down the court and back.

Astro Joe

January 12th, 2010
1:10 pm

Let me think for a second, would I rather be considered better than a team or would I rather beat that team? I don’t think that is a very difficult one.

Fundamentals

January 12th, 2010
1:14 pm

I’ve spent my whole life beating people who thought they were better than me. Who cares? Proof will be when we’re playing in May/June and they’re at home. Till then, let them chatter. Pride comes before the fall.

GeeMack

January 12th, 2010
1:16 pm

Excellent read Ken,

There are a few team the Celtics get up for…Cle, LA, Orl. & SA. These are the teams they fell they could meet in the finals or ECF.

The Hawks must prove they can win in the playoffs against the elite teams before anyone takes them seriously.

Fundamentals

I agree that if we bring 100% every night we can play with anybody, but this being the best Hawks team in 30 years is stretching it. This team couldn’t touch they 87 -88 team that won 57 games. The east was alot harder in the 80’s. The east won 5 rings during that era (Bos: 3, Philly:1, Det:1. That was the Hawks problem back them.

niremetal

Flagrant or not who knows, but they made the same call on Zaza in the 2nd period. Funny how none o the Celtics mentioned that questionable call.

mountain_jim

January 12th, 2010
1:18 pm

Ken – thanks for all the links! I knew to just wait for your blog, then I could quickly read all about the game.

Appreciate your work on this temp assignment.

I watched the game on NBA channel, and wanted to stuff a sock in Tom Heinsohn’s mouth. Even before the Doc ejection, I thought he was the worst crybaby homer announcer I had ever heard. I saw in the Boston comments that some Boston fans agree he needs to be replaced for ruining such good games as that one.

I must admit he goes right along with the haughty Celtic attitude, similar to all Boston teams, they act like they are so much better than the rest, an elite if you will, and deserve all praise and all calls their way.

Ramon

January 12th, 2010
1:36 pm

GeeMack, the only reason the teams were harder back then were there weren’t nearly as many teams as there are today. In today’s league theirs no way John Salley, Mahorn, and a young Rodman would all be able to fit under the salary cap to just rotate between the four spot (and when Bill got tired). There’s no way the young AC Green wouldn’t have been started for a team that isn’t worth much like Minnesota. Salary cap, free agency, and expansion has diluted the level of play from what it used to be. In other words, MONEY greeted franchise owners, commissioners, and agents have ruined the game from what it used to be in the 80s. Also majority of those teams were teams that had original players that they drafted or players who were past their prime just playing for one more ring.

Fundamentals

January 12th, 2010
1:42 pm

Ramon is on point with my thoughts. But I still say the east is full of quality teams now like it was in the 80’s. Everyone talks about the Big Three and then the Lakers, not the Best of the West anymore.

theZaZaguy

January 12th, 2010
1:43 pm

A flagrant foul, according to the rules, is when a foul is made without going for the ball. Zaza got the ball before he got Perkins’ face. Therefore, by rule, not a flagrant. Big Baby got nothing but shoulder and arm. In football, that would’ve been a horse-collar personal foul and in baskerball it was a flagrant.

Having said that, a lot of refs don’t call it and I agree that it wasn’t necessarily the right call.

I think we got in their head a little bit. Like the boston article above mentioned, big baby got dunked on in the previous play by Smoove and in turn he commited a frustration foul, if not flagrant.

This team is for real. So what if we lose to New York, Miami, or Detroit. Cleveland lost to Washington without Arenas. Orlando lost four in a row to teams under .500. Boston is 0-3 against one team (us).

And GeeMack. in 87-88 Nique was 28, Doc 27, Randy 29, Kevin Willis was 26, and Tree Rollins was 33.

On average our guys today are about 3 years younger. And I think we’re already better than that team.

All we have to do is avoid a Jon Kontract and we are on the way to a ring.

Ramon

January 12th, 2010
1:48 pm

Have you guys noticed the league hasn’t made ANY kind of statement about the shot clock incident that happened between Atlanta and Cleveland? But I bet if it happened between LA and Cleveland David Stern would’ve had his Peter Pan looking self on NBATV saying what would happen to fix it.

Fundamentals

January 12th, 2010
1:56 pm

Now & Then

Bibby & Doc running the show – edge to Doc for his D, his ability to run the offense & choose his shot.

Whitman & Joe – edge to Joe, but Joe could use the plays Fratello ran for Randy

Nique for Marvin – Nique was one of a kind, though time will tell.

Kevin Willis vs Josh – Edge Kevin for his rebounding & offense, but Josh has time to surpass him.

Tree – Edge to Al for his offensive game, though I’d love to have a Tree for this year in the playoffs.

Spud & Teague – Spud got a chance!

Battle & Crawford – Almost even, but my heart’s with Battle.

Joe Smith – Levington & Carr – Joe has more skills

ZaZa & Kontract – I hate it, but Kontract might have ZaZa.

Overall Team = 88 for heart and experience, 2010 for potential to do great things and surpass. Edge 2010.

John Drew

January 12th, 2010
1:58 pm

People seem to forget that the NBA is all about matchups. The Hawks create matchup problems for the Celtics with their switching defense. I have to agree with Ken. The Celtics are a better team than the Hawks. Remember they played without KG and Sheed and the Celtics were in control for most of the game, before Big Baby flagrant foul was called. I just don’t see how the Hawks, who lost to Orlando by 32 points without VC, lost to the Knicks at home twice, and get blown out in Miami, think that they are an elite team.

Fundamentals

January 12th, 2010
2:01 pm

Excellent point ZaZa guy. Time will tell, but I think we’re poised to do great things! Maybe not this year, but keep it together for 3-5 more years and watch out NBA!

Shot clock statement was made by our protest. Nothing more will be done, at least we said our piece and Stern looks like a game fixer for not even addressing it.

Hawk n the Ham

January 12th, 2010
2:02 pm

Perkins (Happy Feet), “They look at us like a rival, but I don’t think we look at them as a rivalry team.”

Two years ago, if the sub 500 Hawks would have eliminated the Celtics in their championship season, first round of playoffs, that statement would have never been said.

But luckily, the Celtics did have to win in a game 7 in Boston to keep their season alive. Against a sub 500 Hawks team. Now the Hawks have another year or so under their belt’s, they OWN the crew from bean town.

I second what some of you have said. The Celtics look their age against the Hawks. The Hawks are so young and athletic and can ball, which makes for a terrible mismatch against the AARP Celtics.

Hope we see you guys in the playoffs again this year. I will enjoy the sweep. Go Hawks!

doc

January 12th, 2010
2:03 pm

good column ken, as always.

Hawk n the Ham

January 12th, 2010
2:08 pm

Oh and one more thing. Teams, including the Celtics last night are making their offensive game plan around the Hawks man2man switch style play. When the Hawks switched to zone later in the game, the Celtics had no answer for it, thus the defensive dominance began.

Nice call Woody (Fear the ‘STACHE!) :)

Hawk n the Ham

January 12th, 2010
2:16 pm

Also, I’m sick of hearing about the flagerant foul call.

A horrible foul call was the one on Crawford when he came out of nowhere and threw Ray Allen to the floor blocking (All Ball) on the 3 point line.

I came out of my seat laughing at Ray Allen, til I heard the whistle (then just got mad, LOL).

rusty

January 12th, 2010
2:21 pm

the key to the rest of the season will be our ability to get better ball movement
& to get the whole team involved in the offense. we need to stop all our switching defense,woody in his post interview said that in the 4th quarter he went to a zone. the switching defense puts no accountability on anyone & puts everyone in bad situations. we also will need jj to play the hell more consistanly,we dont need him to take 20-30 shots to get 22 points. i have about given up on woody playing our bench. he needs to play the bench a couple of men at a time. this bench isnt good enough to play together. he needs to always have js or ah in the lineup.

theZaZaguy

January 12th, 2010
2:23 pm

Fundamentals: I say watch out NBA… this year. If not now when?

And don’t forget Scottie Hastings and MiKe McGee. I’ll take Cheesburger Collins and Randolf (the Happy meal was my idea) over them any day.

With that 87-88 team I always felt like they didn’t believe that they were better than Boston, even if they were. This team believes. They get knocked down and come right back. And I guarantee you that there will be no Cliff Levingston like running jump hook this year.

Fundamentals

January 12th, 2010
2:23 pm

At least they gave Crawford a call when he got fouled on his 3 pt attempt later. Definitely an all ball block. They were just shocked as I was that Craw played D and thus figured he did something illegal to come up with such a play. Definitely shows Crawford can play D, he just doesn’t always choose to. Awesome display of defense last night!

Ken Sugiura

January 12th, 2010
2:39 pm

Thanks for the kind words, everyone. for what it’s worth, here’s the definition of flagrant foul: “If contact committed against a player, with or without the ball, is interpreted to be unnecessary, a flagrant foul–penalty (1) will be assessed.”
a pretty good breakdown of the play, if you’re interested.
http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/post/_/id/12226/not-a-play-on-the-ball

and excellent breakdown, fundamentals, comparing the dominique and current-day hawks.

Hawk n the Ham

January 12th, 2010
2:48 pm

So Ken, have you now become a big Hawks fan now compared to before you had the beat?

Melvin

January 12th, 2010
2:55 pm

That flagrant foul happen at the midway point in the 3rd qtr with the Celtics up 10 pts. Why did the better team(former champs) lose their cool while playing at home? They still had a 6 pt lead and 1-1/2 qtrs to make up for that call. Heck, like someone mention, that foul call on Crawford against Ray was BS in which resulted in 3 free throws for them.

As for flagrant, it was a good call. Big Baby made no attempt on the ball. If you look at the play from the front angle, you will notice that Big Baby grabs Marvin around the neck….

Lastly, any statements by Kendrick Perkins can’t be taking serious. Dude is a walking turnover. There was a player poll done last year were they chose Kendrick Perkins as the “player who is not as good as he think he is”. That bum. Before KG & Ray, Kendrick and Paul Pierce was part of perennial losing teams… Please

ILL-logical

January 12th, 2010
2:56 pm

Ken:
Thanks for making the blog a lot more interesting by asking some pretty tough questions to the Hawks’ principals ,including some generated by the participents on this blog.Amazing!

Hope that you got some stuff out of this experience that has enriched you both personally and professionaly. Best of luck and please check in from time to time.

What about Bob?

January 12th, 2010
2:58 pm

Ken, look at me, look at me- I need, I NEED!

MannyT

January 12th, 2010
2:58 pm

A few thoughts…

The Celtics are right in saying they don’t fear the Hawks and think they are better. That is the fundamental differnece between the Hawks and other contenders. The Hawks are the least feared good team in the NBA. Not taking anything away from the team because they are just as likely to beat you by 20 as to lose to you by 20.

At the same time, the Hawks are now in the big 4 of the east. What matters is how you match up. Recall last regular season. Cavs beat Celtics. Celtics beat Magic. Magic beat Cavs. The problem came in the playoffs. Without KG, the Magic beat the Celtics. Then it was a better matchup for them to beat the Cavs. This time around the Hawks are proving they can beat the Celtics but no other major eastern power. Hopefully we can rise up against Cleveland later this year to show that we can have a chance with 2 of the 3 other top teams.

FLAGRANT

Remember all the chatter about Marvin when he got the flagrant foul in the 2008 playoffs vs the Celtics. Davis hit him in the head and didn’t make a convincing play on the ball. I was surprised that the Celitcs bench had such a melt down. If clamer, argumentative heads prevailed, it may not have been such a momentum shift. Celtics must be southern slang for suckers…at least this time ;-)

There are still several tough games in January. The good news is that 6 of the 9 are at home. Also the only back to back left this month is the husker du weekend–Celtics here, Magic there.

Ken, thanks for the memories. I understand that you are dropping this pack of electronic fanatics at someone else’s door soon.

BWAF

GeeMack

January 12th, 2010
3:03 pm

Fundamentals & Ramon

You guys made some good points. I guess I’m looking at it from a different point of view. If we are this close to being a contender. Why are we looking down the line instead of going for it all now.

This is the year, JJ & Woody may not be here next year.

Fundamentals

There are 4 teams in the east .500 or better. Compared to 11 .500 or better teams in the west. The west is still the best of the west, but the East still pails in comparison. I thought it would be better this year, but its not.

thezazaguy

I agree that 87-88 team didn’t think they were better. That’s one of the reasons they never got past the 2nd round.

Ramon

January 12th, 2010
3:03 pm

Ken S, I’m sorry to see you go. For what Sekou had in experience with NBA, you made up for it with energy and your interviews! I loved the way you constantly interviewed homegrown talent who were in town to play against the Hawks. Its good to get a taste of other players who aren’t full time employees at Phillips. Thank you!

antman

January 12th, 2010
3:15 pm

We have a very good team, but we struggle against the teams that have superstars, Lebron, D. Howard. Dawayne wade, boston is a great team, but right now they don’t have anyone that wants to and can score thirty or forty, come playoffs we will need joe to play like last night if we are to go far

Mike is Back

January 12th, 2010
3:31 pm

KenS, I don’t post much…I usually read, laugh and drink-kool. lol
Boston is the better team…we have more athlete. The Hawks take a different approach to Boston than they do Orlando. If we would take the mentally of putting DHoward on the free throw and quit double-teaming him…their perimeters guys would struggle to score.

It has been a pleasure…much success with your future endeavors!!!

I’m not a link master…but someone needs to post the link to the SICK DUNK by Travis Leslie of UGA on Kentucky. Bradley got the dunk on his UGA blog about FOX. It’s on YouTube…this is the young cat at UGA they say that can fly like Nique. I watch him and the kid Storrs at GT play together in high school. HE CAN JUMP OUT THE GYM!!!!

GO HAWKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!