Mario West to stick around

The Hawks signed Mario West to a second 10-day contract. West, a Douglas County and Georgia Tech product, has appeared in four games since signing on Jan. 12 and is averaging 7.8 minutes per game. He played in 117 games for the Hawks from 2007-09.

When West signed, Woody said “I’m not scared to throw him in the game and he has to defend the best player on the opposing team,” and West drew an extended assignment against Thunder forward Kevin Durant in the Hawks’ 94-91 loss on Monday.

The Hawks cut West in training camp last summer and he was playing for the D-League’s Maine Red Claws when he was re-signed. Under NBA rules, after the latest 10-day contract expires the Hawks can retain West only by signing him for the remainder of the season.

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Astro Joe

January 22nd, 2010
11:41 am

Congrats to Mario. And keep setting the tome in practice (and games) Rio… show them how to play and stay hungry!

Astro Joe

January 22nd, 2010
11:42 am

Astro Joe

January 22nd, 2010
11:46 am

Anyone else concerned that Stephen Jackson, Gerald Wallace and Flip will come in tonight and punk us in our own gym? I am… I still think that we are a soft team. Charlotte may try to take our lunch money tonight and the Hawks will go whining to the refs (as opposed to fighting back). I have a nasty feeling that the Bobcats will wear their bully hats and we’ll be grousing about another heartless efoort.

dstdeelite

January 22nd, 2010
11:56 am

Astro Joe…ditto

Lack of energy and scoring droughts will be the bane of our existence. I would love to return the favor of that massive beatdown they put on us earlier this season. Go Hawks!!

NDiiBaBii

January 22nd, 2010
12:03 pm

That’s Great!

doc

January 22nd, 2010
12:11 pm

aj said it in the previous blog ….. this is an important game psychologically. this is a team i dont want to see in the playoffs with confidence they can beat me. boris and acie would be jazzed to have any opportunity to win even if just cheering from the bench.

GeeMack

January 22nd, 2010
12:12 pm

Astro Joe

The way the Cavs punked the Lakers last night?

Traceman

January 22nd, 2010
12:21 pm

Joe, we have struggled with Charlotte’s toughness since Wallace has been there and I have no reason to believe that tonight will be any different. The guys had better put their hard hats on and come to play or we will be in serious trouble.

IMO, Horford and Mario are the only two guys on the roster who CONSISTENTLY play tough physically no matter who the opponent. Zaza hustles but he doesn’t play tough, physical D all the time. Smoove, Marvin and JJ play physically SOMETIMES but certainly not all the time. Bibby is definitely a finesse guy. Crawford is aggressive offensively and he’s not afraid to go to the rack but he is certainly not a physical defender. Joe Smith plays tough physically in spurts but he’s not as young as he used to be. Mo looks the part but he’s much softer on D than JJ or Marvin most of the time. Teague is a rookie PG who defends like a rookie PG – poorly.

For us to win, we need to take care of the ball, shoot it well and limit CHA to one shot. I will be VERY surprised if we are able to get out and run much but we need to do so when we can. This is going to be a tough game. They match up well with us because they counter our athleticism by playing physically. That said, I think gutting out a win against a physically tough (and smoking hot) CHA team will be a big confidence booster and a GREAT way to end our 5 game homestand.

a1andonly

January 22nd, 2010
12:28 pm

I think we’ll win. The Hawks know the Bobcats are hot right now, so they we’ll adjust. Smith and Al must dominate in the paint tonight. We need at least 5 blocks, 54/30 in rebounding, 20 fastbreak points and score at least 110 tonight. That’s how we’ll win tonight. Let’s go Hawks!!!!

Sautee

January 22nd, 2010
12:28 pm

AJ,

Does that mean you have no faith in Woody having them ready?

Astro Joe

January 22nd, 2010
12:52 pm

Sautee, tell me how a boxing trainer helps a fighter with a glass jaw. He can teachhim how to defend himself.. how to move, duck and cover himself up. But eventually, that boxer WILL get hit in the face. The response is not the responsibility of the trainer.

Mike is Back

January 22nd, 2010
1:05 pm

AJ, I share everyone concerns about the surging Bobcats…however, I believe the Hawks will still prevail. They have only loss one game on this home stand…and they had a chance to win that game. The Bobcats are on a nice roll right now…but the Hawks have stop winning streaks before in Phillips…its time for them to step up and do it again.

The crowds at Phillips has been sparse…but rowdy at times…the Hawks will definitely need the fans to be rowdy tonight…WE GOTTA RISE THA ROOF OFF THA MOTHA!!

If we attack the post early and often…we will put the Bobcats back on their hills. We were doing that earlier in the season…then we reverted to heavy perimeter play. When we reverted back to the iso plays…we lost our edge on defense…TO MANY GUYS STANDING AROUND…watching one or two guys taking a difficult shot…what is even worst is…no one is in position to get the offensive rebounds.

When the Hawks pick up their intensity on defense and pound the offensive glass…they can beat anybody…so the Bobcats do not scare me as much as our lackadaisical effort on defense. WE NEED OUR FOURTH QUARTER DEFENSE TO SHOW IN THE FIRST QUARTER. LOL

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

Traceman

January 22nd, 2010
1:07 pm

I agree Joe. The attribute that I like in Woody the most is that he CONSTANTLY stresses defensive toughness and effort. If the players don’t play with toughness and urgency, it is on THEM not him.

The reality is that we have a team of greyhounds not pit bulls. I’d like to see us turn into Dobermans (a nice combo of speed and aggresiveness) and we play like that at times, just not consistently enough.

O'Brien

January 22nd, 2010
1:14 pm

GeeMack,

The Lakers lost to the #1 team in the East, and they only lost by 6 points. I wouldn’t say they got punked.

AJ,

I think the Hawks are soft too. We give up too many easy layups (how many dunks have we seen opponents get, even when they’re blowing us out). And even when we do foul, we give up too many And ones . I want to see some hard fouls out there.

Give me somebody with a Charles Oakley mean streak. With ZaZa, Joe Smith, Collins, and RandMo, thats a lot of fouls to work with.

If Bibby is missing shots later, I hope Woody gets him out the game, because on defense, he will be no match for Felton and DJ.

Although the Bobcats are hot, they are only 3-15 on the road. And Woody probably wants to beat his old boss/mentor really bad, and he will stress how important it is to come out with some energy. After that, it will be up to the starters. And if they’re struggling, get the bench in the game.

Khao$

January 22nd, 2010
1:17 pm

This game worries me as well. It seems we let this team out hustle us. Now that they have bought into Larry Brown’s system, they will be tough to deal with. I’d hate the be the team that faces them in the 1st round of the playoffs. I’m glad someone brought up the fact we have scoring droughts. I’m tired of hearing about lack of defensive execution. Several of the losses we’ve had this year (Cleveland here, Orlando thanksgiving, Thunder) has been because we couldn’t score the ball. Our opponents have been scoring on our long misses. Our high scoring average is fool’s gold.

niremetal

January 22nd, 2010
1:35 pm

Charlotte always gives us trouble (but at least we’re not alone – they’ve won 6 of their last 7 against the Lakers), so tonight should be a good game. It’s superior talent against superior coaching. The good news is that the Bobcats don’t have anyone to cover JJ or Jamal. The bad news is that they have a roster full of physical players, and everyone on the Hawks outside of Horford and Zaza (and Mario – but I have a feeling he won’t be playing many minutes tonight) tends to shy away from that style of play.

Should be interesting…

Astro Joe

January 22nd, 2010
1:43 pm

Is Tyson Chadler healthy? They also have Diop coming off the bench. Two big bodies to add to Wallace (who has been known to block a shot or 3). I hate to put the game on any one player (because I truly believe that we are best as an ensemble unit) but Josh Smith is the only one I see with a clear advantage (and yes, I do have a bias against Diaw). The Bobcats can throw out a very potent 3-guard line-up with any combo of Felton/DJ, Flip and Captain Jack to match-up our 3-guard sets. If Nazr is playing, then we should feed Horford often in the post. I just have a sick feeling about this game, given our history of underestimating lesser teams when we’re playing at home, the fact that Charlotte plays us well when they straight-stink and then add that Charlotte is playing quite well with a core of players who seem tougher than we could ever dream of being. This will be a double-digit win for one of these teams.

Traceman, I agree with both of your previous posts.

No doubt, I hope that I am wrong and that this will be a game with Bibby picking his fingernails on the bench with the Hawks up by 20 and Teague and Law going head-to-head in garbage time (with the Hawks winning of course).

Astro Joe

January 22nd, 2010
1:56 pm

nire, but at least Captain Jack and Flip will foul Joe and Jamal hard… real hard.

O'Brien

January 22nd, 2010
2:09 pm

The first 30 games of the season, the Hawks were averaging over 105 ppg, and their record was 21-9. Thats when they were running and gunning, blowing people out.

Their last 11 games, they are averaging over 97 ppg, but their record is 6-5. Our problem is timely offense. And I know that Woody preaches defense and rebounding, and he’s right, but there are times where we are going to have to score 100 points to win. We need to defend, rebound, and run.

Bobcats have played us tough. Although we went 3-1 against them last year, the games were decided by an average of 5 points. In the first game this year, they beat us by 20. And I think a big part of it is because Larry Brown has a strategy. As somebody else mentioned, we have superior talent, but they have superior coaching.

However, Woody coached well the last game against the Kings, so I hope he coaches a good game again tonight.

AJ,

Hawks need an enforcer out there…

NDiiBaBii

January 22nd, 2010
2:20 pm

Poor Boris Diaw & Acie Law , those are two former Hawks I actually liked!

Antonio

January 22nd, 2010
2:35 pm

I understand this is a good Charlotte team but last time I check we beat some strong teams as well. ITs not like we are going into this game afraid of Charlotte they better watch out for us. I know this team is Helter Skelter at times but the Hawks are a team no one wants to play either….

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BrittishAnger

January 22nd, 2010
3:18 pm

Lord this game is gonna be a mean one…with Atlanta seeking revenge and Charlotte just clicking on a level not seen since those other Wallace’s hooked up in Detroit, I predict nothing and expect everything except a peaceful, run of the mill basketball game….I think Josh must come out swatting and driving for this game to be winnable, short of a 20-20 night from Horford or Jamal’s first 50 Point Game in a Hawks uniform…Jim Ross would call this a slobberknocker, and I’d be hard pressed to disagree, but I hope it’s a good game; it will strangely define the future character of this conference…Dobbs save us all…

Sautee

January 22nd, 2010
5:22 pm

Astro Joe,

Nice reply, but did you answer the question?

Ken Strickland

January 22nd, 2010
7:01 pm

OBRIEN-If a team plays its starters heavy mins and there’s little to no intent of utilize the bench extensively and consistently, especially the Bigs, the team can’t afford to be physical and make hard fouls.

Remember when Ken S had us make predictions on the teams record over 10gm stretches? Do you remember the number of predictions that fell between 7 and 10 wins. How many would honestly venture to make such a bold prediction the way we’ve been playing over the last 16gms stretch, in which we’re 8-8. The half gm lead we have in our division isn’t because we’ve demonstrated we’re the better team. It’s because the other teams in our division are currently playing much worse than we are.

Unlike some, I don’t take any pride in the fact we’re leading Orlando, as poorly as they’ve been playing, when we’ve yet to prove we can even be competitive against them. I don’t take any pride in our improved position in the Eastern conference when we’re still struggling to win on the road and have yet to prove we can be consistently competitive against the Cavaliers.

I guess unlike some of our Hawk fans, I’m not content with settling for consolation prizes or moral victories.