Hawks at Rockets, AKA: Will this finally be the year they win in Houston?

Houston–The Hawks haven’t won at Houston since Feb. 25, 1999. That’s 10 straight losses. That’s pre-T-Mac and post-T-Mac. That’s with Lenny, Lon, Terry and Woody coaching the Hawks. And while this would seem to be the year for the Hawks to end the streak, with both T-Mac and Yao Ming sidelined and a considerable advantage in talent, remember the Hawks needed that Smoove tip dunk and Marvin’s 29 points to beat Houston at Philips back during their red-hot November.

The Rockets are a hard team to figure on paper. You look at their roster and there is nothing to excite you except Aaron Brooks and possibly super sixth man Carl Landry. You look deeper into the Rockets’ numbers and most are middle-of-the-pack–they share the ball fairly well and they are pretty good on the offensive boards but that’s about it. Yet they have managed to stay competitive by playing with effort and energy.

Except lately the Rockets haven’t always had good effort and energy (“This is the NBA, man”). Their six losses in 10 January games include a home defeat to the Bulls on Saturday, which came the night after they won at San Antonio. So you get a Houston Chronicle headline that reads “Rockets baffled by lack of intensity in loss to Bulls” and quotes like this one from Shane Battier:

“Our team has been very strange in respect to when you think you know, or when we have it all figured out, we lay a clunker down. And when you write us off, we come out with a great performance like (Friday) in San Antonio. I don’t have an explanation — it’s one of the most bizarre things I’ve witnessed in my nine-year career.”

So maybe the Hawks catch the Rockets on one of their weird nights. Perhaps the Hawks’ offense clicks like it did Friday vs. Charlotte, which takes the same hard-nosed approach as Houston but has better talent. And maybe, just maybe, the Hawks can finally win at Houston.

– Talk amongst yourselves, Hawks fans.

MC

266 comments Add your comment

GeeMack

January 25th, 2010
5:20 pm

I hope they win. The Rockets have giving every team in the NBA fits this year home and away.

NoleRick

January 25th, 2010
5:30 pm

MC, you keep churning them out! I am glad you are on board, always giving me something to read while i am at the office “working” Keep it up. Lets get this “W” tonight!

Astro Joe

January 25th, 2010
5:32 pm

doc, you out there? A chance to see our favorite Hawks head coach candidate from around 2006-07 in Rick Adelman tonight. He has done a stellar job and clearly won the battle with T-Mac a few weeks back. If I were a FA this summer (I think that Houston will have cap room with McGrady coming off the books) I would be thrilled to play with the Rockets. They seem to have great team chemistry and a coach who can change based on his personnel. I’m looking forward to the game tonight. I’d love to see the Hawks win with solid 4th quarter execution.

richbrave

January 25th, 2010
5:33 pm

Daniel

January 25th, 2010
3:48 pm
richbrave- thanks for the update.

O’B1:

“You wonder if Crittenton will get picked up by another team when his contract expires. And given his run-in with Arenas, is he good enough for a team to sign and develop?”

Off what he’s shown me herein D.C., I think he’s got game. I’d give him a shot. His record is clean, unlike ARENAS who had a prior gun conviction in CALIFORNIA.

roy

January 25th, 2010
6:10 pm

If the Hawks play like we know they can then we will beat the brakes off the Rockets.

Clyde

January 25th, 2010
6:17 pm

O'Brien

January 25th, 2010
6:32 pm

Thanks richbrave,

As a fan of GT, I saw him in college (on TV), and I liked what I saw from him.

Hawks need to win tonight to start the week off right.

Ernest

January 25th, 2010
7:38 pm

MC, great job with the blogs!

Ramon

January 25th, 2010
8:09 pm

!The important key tonight is none of the big men getting in foul trouble!

Mac-Town'z Finest 478

January 25th, 2010
8:13 pm

Houston is a scrappy team with quick guards and always brings it. The most important things tonight are matching our intensity…and limiting their ability and effectiveness of penetration.

Mac-Town'z Finest 478

January 25th, 2010
8:13 pm

their intensity I mean

BONE

January 25th, 2010
8:20 pm

Alright everybody the REAL Bone is here.

That imposter has been talkin about a bunch a people so I want everybody to know that wasn’t me.

Big Ray

January 25th, 2010
8:22 pm

BONE ,

Got your message from the last blog. I should have known that was not you posting. Probably was JeJe . :roll: No, really. It probably was…

Big Ray

January 25th, 2010
8:23 pm

Mac-Town ,

I agree. Match the intensity. And try to find a way to keep Josh and Al out of foul trouble.

NUNNA YO BIZNEZZ

January 25th, 2010
8:24 pm

this is gonna be a game.look for woody to pull out all stops and play a 6-7 man rotation..
look for hawks to be down early,often,and make it a game by keeping the defecit they are in under 10 midway thru qtr #2..

then,make a small push before halftime before succumbing to houston and its energetic team early to mid 3rd qtr..
then as always,make a small dent in the rockets lead by bringing it down between 11-14 points before losing it all and woody taking the starters who will all play between 33-42 mins tonite…

look for the hawks to lose this one in hawks fashion,tonite..
nothing is different yall,im not even gonna watch it..
BECAUSE I KNOW WHATS GONNA HAPPEN!!

THINK I’LL WATCH SOMETHING A LIL MORE EXCITING LIKE,LIKE,LIKE,”THE WEATHER CHANNEL”!!

U KNOW SOMETIMES THEY SHOW DOCS AND MOVIES ABOUT STORMS AND “ISH”…

NITE..

NUNNA YO BIZNEZZ

January 25th, 2010
8:27 pm

I FORGOT YALL..
HOUSTON HAS THOSE FIESTY GUARDS,AND,IF THEY DO PLAY THE GAME I KNOW THEY WILL,LOOK FOR WOODY TO BE FORCED TO USE HIS BENCH..

HEY,WE MIGHT WIN AFTER ALL..

LET ME KNOW WHAT HAPPENS..
I’LL GLADLY EAT MY WORDS..

Sautee

January 25th, 2010
8:27 pm

Al and Josh have the shoe on the other foot tonight. They are use to being the “smaller, quicker” players, playing against bigger, slower opponents.

Last time, Landry, Scola and Hayes outquicked us for offensive rebounds which kept HOU in the game. Let’s hope our boys adjust.

bigdave

January 25th, 2010
8:29 pm

lets get it..

BONE

January 25th, 2010
8:37 pm

I’m glad everybody got the message becuz that imposter was getting on my nerves.

Lets get this thing started

BONE

January 25th, 2010
8:42 pm

Bibby’s frog azz is gonna get torched again

Big Ray

January 25th, 2010
8:44 pm

Was that Marvin throwing that shot? Dang…

BONE

January 25th, 2010
8:46 pm

Good job marvin

BONE

January 25th, 2010
8:47 pm

Here we go with Josh takin jumpers

BONE

January 25th, 2010
8:48 pm

Go Marvin the Duck

BONE

January 25th, 2010
8:50 pm

Brooks is a real PG

Big Ray

January 25th, 2010
8:50 pm

Brooks is going to kill us. Bring on the “Bibby sucks” deluge of posts….

BONE

January 25th, 2010
8:51 pm

I know.

WHY THE HELL DOES JOES WANNA TAKE JUMPERS???? I CAN’T UNDERSTAND IT.

Big Ray

January 25th, 2010
8:51 pm

Josh needs to drive quickly on Hayes, not back off and take the 20-footer.

BONE

January 25th, 2010
8:53 pm

I meant Josh not Joe

niremetal

January 25th, 2010
8:53 pm

Note to Woody: THE SWITCHING DEFENSE IS NOT WORKING, YOU DOLT.

Big Ray

January 25th, 2010
8:53 pm

Hummm, interesting. This time it’s Bibby who goes out first, not Marvin.

Big Ray

January 25th, 2010
8:54 pm

Nice move by Josh.

Lol@ Nire

niremetal

January 25th, 2010
8:55 pm

Refs letting the Rockets get away with a lot of contact. Then again, they’re letting the Hawks get away with some too…

Ree Roe

January 25th, 2010
8:55 pm

The hell happened to Woody’s eyebrows? He’s not dying is he? :-/

-REEcently Roe?

BONE

January 25th, 2010
8:55 pm

Maybe woody understands that Bibby is horrible.

BONE

January 25th, 2010
8:57 pm

LOL Nique pronounces Williams as “Wiyems”

BONE

January 25th, 2010
8:57 pm

LMAO @ woody’s eyebrows DAMN

Big Ray

January 25th, 2010
8:58 pm

Geez, a foul draws blood, but it’s not called? Sigh

Ree Roe ,

LOL! I thought I was the only one who noticed Woody’s eyebrows. Or the seeming lack thereof.

Sid

January 25th, 2010
8:58 pm

Woodys been to a spa and has become a metrosexual on us …..good lord lol

Big Ray

January 25th, 2010
8:59 pm

‘Nique and the word pronounce just don’t exist in the same universe.

Ree Roe

January 25th, 2010
8:59 pm

Hopefully Al is aiight…it’s been a disjointed last couple of minutes out there. Joe & Josh are both off to strong starts

-REEcently Roe!!

DSS82

January 25th, 2010
9:00 pm

what the hell happened to woodsons eyebrows

Hawks timeout

January 25th, 2010
9:01 pm

Hawks players:

“Coach, Chris Rock’s miniature brother keeps hitting 3s on us because we can’t play him and Shane with this kind of defense.”

Woodrow:

“Yes you can! Yes you can! You just have to switch harder and try harder! This sh!t works damit! This sh!t wooooooooorks!!!”

BONE

January 25th, 2010
9:01 pm

Woodson looks like a big azz thumb out there with no eyebrows lol.

BONE

January 25th, 2010
9:02 pm

Now Nique with sexual innuendos lol:

“Giving Johnson a much needed blow”

is there anything he can’t do lol

Big Ray

January 25th, 2010
9:02 pm

Say what? We’re down by five and Teague comes in? How about that?

Now let’s hope the kid plays halfway decently in out nonexistent offensive system so that all the Woody-ites don’t dog him again. Ok, I won’t hold my breath. :)

Big Ray

January 25th, 2010
9:06 pm

Oh, I forgot. End of the quarter. Teague will be back on the bench. Yes, I’m stirring the pot. It’s better than watching the difference between a team that actually runs offensive plays, and a team that….well, you know…

Big Ray

January 25th, 2010
9:06 pm

We must be following Chicago’s team jet or something. They just played Houston, now WE are. They’re playing San Antonio tonight, guess who we play next?

Ree Roe

January 25th, 2010
9:06 pm

Woody lookin like a FOOL with his ‘brows on the ground!

-REEcently Roe!!!

BONE

January 25th, 2010
9:08 pm

Does anybody think that Woody knows his eyebrows are gone lol