Hawks at Magic, AKA They Can Get Four Ws in One

Orlando– If the Hawks beat the Magic tonight at Pyramid Scheme Arena, then a) they finally figured out Orlando b) Woody coaches the East All-Stars, c) the Hawks extend their lead over the Magic in the Southeast Division to 1.5 games, and d) they stay in front of Boston for No. 2 in the East through the weekend. Lose, and none of those things happen.

So while finishing this week 2-2 would be good, 3-1 means some national shine. And, as Hawks PR Man Arthur Triche notes, it means Woody will be forced to come up with a story to explain his missing eyebrows to the hundreds of reporters who will ask him about them for four straight days on All-Star weekend.

– The smallish Hawks might get a large dose of the Magic lineup featuring both Dwight Howard and Marc

He's not Dwight, but he's big too. (www.totalprosports.com)

He's not Dwight, but he's big too. (www.totalprosports.com)

in Gortat that was effective against the Celtics Thursday night. Then again, maybe not. Stan Van Gundy seems to think the lineup is good for matching up with bigger teams, but maybe he’ll see if he can use it to dictate to a smaller opponent.

– Van Gundy is one of the league’s unfiltered coaches. He speaks his mind and tends not to care who takes offense (though, after the way Shaq cracked back on him last season, perhaps sometimes he should care). And so even when he praises the Hawks for their season thus far, he does it like this:

“They’re a very talented team. Their first eight or nine guys are outstanding, and they’ve played the entire year injury-free. So, they’re one of the few teams that hasn’t had to make any adjustments. They get the same eight or nine guys out there every single night. They’ve been together for a long time. They’ve had no injuries this year. It’s rolling along. That has a lot to do with it. They’re a good team, and they’ve faced no adversity whatsoever.”

The Orlando Sentinel’s Josh Robbins says Van Gundy’s tone wasn’t jerky when he said that, he was just being matter-of-fact. I covered Van Gundy, so I know what Robbins means. Nothing Van Gundy said isn’t true (except maybe the “no adversity whatsoever” part) but it seems to me Van Gundy managed to get his digs in, too. He’s never boring, at least.

Al returns to Gatorland and gets some love.

– Talk amongst yourselves, Hawks fans.

MC

294 comments Add your comment

Sautee

January 30th, 2010
6:56 pm

Here’s hoping that Horford can make Howard work on defense.

KevinA

January 30th, 2010
7:02 pm

yep and – hit that jumper early and often and get Howard away from the bucket.

THIRD

January 30th, 2010
7:04 pm

bigdave

January 30th, 2010
7:04 pm

lets get it…

Melvin

January 30th, 2010
7:05 pm

Let’s Go Hawks…

KevinA

January 30th, 2010
7:07 pm

20 out of 45 games off the bench with 20 or more PT’s. nice stat Jamal.

Blast

January 30th, 2010
7:11 pm

Gametime.

Let’s Go Hawks!

BONE

January 30th, 2010
7:12 pm

Enter your comments hereLets do this

BONE

January 30th, 2010
7:13 pm

Come on hawks lets play effiecient Ball. And a shot clock violation

bigdave

January 30th, 2010
7:13 pm

why dont you let your all star center play one on one??

BONE

January 30th, 2010
7:14 pm

BONE

January 30th, 2010
7:18 pm

finally Bibby the frog is hitting some shots

bigdave

January 30th, 2010
7:18 pm

bigdave

January 30th, 2010
7:18 pm

everybody and they moma slapped down… no call… Lebron… Wade… Kobe… you woulda heard a whistle..

BONE

January 30th, 2010
7:19 pm

Go Marvin the duck

augustaATLfan

January 30th, 2010
7:19 pm

crucial match-up in that we must take that next step to become an elite, championship team. Run the fast break and incorperate J-Smoove and Horford. Crawford and JJ are a given.

Melvin

January 30th, 2010
7:20 pm

Nice to see the Hawks off to a good start.

Ree Roe

January 30th, 2010
7:20 pm

Great start Hawks…keep it goin

-REEcently Roe!!

Ryan

January 30th, 2010
7:20 pm

We need to keep making our shots while they are missing all these shots. You know they will start falling for them at some point.

BONE

January 30th, 2010
7:21 pm

Well thats the problem with the magic. They live and die by the jumpshot. If they are on they beat us. But iff thry’re off we win or we defend well we win.

KevinA

January 30th, 2010
7:21 pm

Marvin tied for chip lead

niremetal

January 30th, 2010
7:23 pm

D. Howard tackled at ATL 2 yard line by M. Williams.

bigdave

January 30th, 2010
7:23 pm

thats fine… good d…

richbrave

January 30th, 2010
7:23 pm

Nice start. Now let’s get that monkey off our backs. Remember HOWARD wears on you. Start giving HORFORD help as the game goes on just like the WIZ did with HAYWOOD. GO HAWKS.

vava74

January 30th, 2010
7:23 pm

Was that a foul?

bigdave

January 30th, 2010
7:24 pm

what a pass by Josh…

vava74

January 30th, 2010
7:24 pm

Double dribble!

bigdave

January 30th, 2010
7:24 pm

that man still knows how to play the center pos. i dont know why he doesnt get more mins?

BONE

January 30th, 2010
7:25 pm

The Hamburgurler Jason Collins lol

Melvin

January 30th, 2010
7:26 pm

Early sighting from Jason Collins….

Sleepy

January 30th, 2010
7:27 pm

No foul for Crawford but a bs call on collins

vava74

January 30th, 2010
7:27 pm

That was foul on marvin

Ree Roe

January 30th, 2010
7:27 pm

smh @ us doubling down on Dwight. Play him straight up Woody!

-REEcently Roe!!!

niremetal

January 30th, 2010
7:27 pm

Refs letting em play selectively, I see…

Melvin

January 30th, 2010
7:28 pm

That should have been a foul call on Marvin shot against Dwight

BONE

January 30th, 2010
7:28 pm

The 1st three. Uh Oh

BONE

January 30th, 2010
7:28 pm

Now Bibby missing shots

JB

January 30th, 2010
7:29 pm

WOW Collins is huge

vava74

January 30th, 2010
7:29 pm

Great Work refs!!!

vava74

January 30th, 2010
7:29 pm

Yeah! Anothet great Call!

BONE

January 30th, 2010
7:29 pm

Man what in the world. Refs rigging

bigdave

January 30th, 2010
7:30 pm

bs… pure bs.

Melvin

January 30th, 2010
7:30 pm

Collins arms look smoother than Beyonce thighs….

BONE

January 30th, 2010
7:30 pm

Can the hawks score

BONE

January 30th, 2010
7:31 pm

Here we go again. I thought we had a chance

BONE

January 30th, 2010
7:32 pm

Well we lose again to the magic. I had hope

vava74

January 30th, 2010
7:32 pm

See what a few bad calls make? Up by 10 and then all of the sudden even…

Howard receives an absurd star treatment. His skills are very limited and a good team of officials would have him out of the game in 15 minutes.

Melvin

January 30th, 2010
7:32 pm

I dont know why so many guys play off of Lewis. That plays to his advantage b/c he want to shoot the jumper. Press up on him and make him put the ball on the floor b/c he’s not as off the dribble…

fudd21

January 30th, 2010
7:33 pm

I would really like to see Woody not double Dwight. Those guys shoot the ball to well from 3 to leave people open from out there. Let Collinns, ZaZa, and Al take their turns guarding him and make him make foul shots.

J.J.M.

January 30th, 2010
7:34 pm

I think we cant beat the magic is because of howard…howard mind set is to play the hawks the hardest because hes from atl and he knows his family and friends are watching