Another unkind cut for Wizards: They get back-to-back-to-back instead of Hawks

The league announced that the Hawks’ game at the Wizards that was postponed due to weather on Saturday has been rescheduled for March 11 at 7 p.m. at the Verizon Center.

That means the Wizards will play on three consecutive nights: vs. the Hawks, at Detroit, and vs. Orlando. Worse for the Wizards, two nights after that they head out for a four-game West trip. When it’s all said and done, the Wizards will have played five games in six days and seven in 11.

Of course getting screwed by the schedule barely even rates as adversity for the Wizards this season.

MC

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ant banks

February 8th, 2010
5:17 pm

ant banks

February 8th, 2010
5:18 pm

ant banks

February 8th, 2010
5:21 pm

when it rains, it pours. poor wizards fans. as a hawk fan, i feel your pain. the previous 5 yrs were not easy for us, either. priest lauderdale, reshawn mccleod,shelden williams were our draft picks that were garbage

O'Brien

February 8th, 2010
5:22 pm

MC,

Thanks for the update. But I would prefer if you would have just updated the other blog you posted this morning.

With 2 new blogs in less than a day, it makes it harder to follow some conversations and posts that were posted on the other blog.

O'Brien is queer

February 8th, 2010
5:25 pm

Shut up O’Brien

Ree Roe

February 8th, 2010
5:25 pm

Hawks games that week

March 8: @ NYK
March 11: @ WAS
March 13: vs. DET

March sets up VERY nicely for the Hawks. If we can stay within a game or 2 of Orlando during the rest of this month, March could be the month we make our move

-REEscheduled Roe!!!

Michael Cunningham

February 8th, 2010
5:32 pm

@o’brien: not sure i follow you. you want three unrelated topics on the same post so you can talk about them all in one place? why not just talk about the subject in the post you are commenting on? why would those need to continue to another post? what does it all mean???

and, wait . . . you are complaining about too MANY posts? that’s new, at least.

Ree Roe

February 8th, 2010
5:44 pm

Ignore him MC. You’re doing a great job. ESPN.com has the Hawks ranked #6 this week & they brought up the possibility of David Stern selecting Josh Smith as a reserve if KG and/or Paul Pierce were to sit down. MC, when it’s all said & done do you think Josh will be an All Star by this wknd?

-REEcently Roe??

D Hawk

February 8th, 2010
6:16 pm

Good news for the Hawks! This almost makes up for the shot clock decision going against us…no, not really. At least it seems that the league considered that the Hawks are actually playing for something and the Wizards aren’t.

Traceman

February 8th, 2010
6:16 pm

In a situation where one team or the other was going to have to play 3 in a row, glad it was the OTHER team who got the short end of the stick for once! If it were CLE and not WAS, I’d bet my paycheck that we would be the ones playing back to back to back.

Traceman

February 8th, 2010
6:22 pm

MC,

I think where O’Brien is coming from is that converstions that were started based on the post you made this morning were still ongoing and those conversations may get lost as people move from one topic to the next.

For what it’s worth, I MUCH prefer the frequent updates (keep up the good work), I just have to remember to go back to the previous posts to see if I missed anything that was meant to be continued.

O'Brien

February 8th, 2010
6:30 pm

MC,

Traceman did a better job of explaining what I was trying to say.

But hey, I prefer dealing with too many updates compared to too few.

vava74

February 8th, 2010
7:25 pm

MC,

you have to understand that your posts are a mere excuse for us to launch personal attacks and complain :-)

so, whever you update us with useful info you are getting in our way :-)

to most of us you could just post 3 or 4 lines filled with “x” every two days and we would be perfectly happy and ready to start another round of “let’s bash JJ”, “fire Woody”, “trade for Biedrins”, “Marvin sucks”, “Bibby looks ancient” ranting!!! :-)

vava74

February 8th, 2010
7:30 pm

It’s a shame that we do not have the Nets’ winning record… We would be so happy if we did… All the worrying about who we will presumably face on the second round of the playoffs… The sad fact that we no longer win by 15+… Will we get to the #2 seed and win the division… Oh if only we could dream about the lottery!!!

Astro Joe

February 8th, 2010
7:35 pm

MC is trying to test our multi-blogging skills. :lol:
Let’s see who can juggle 3 Hawks blogs… two by MC and Ray’s Nest all at the same time.

vava74

February 8th, 2010
7:39 pm

Seriously: I think O’Brien meant that you could update your original post on Sund’s thoughts about the trade deadline with this info as a secondary topic on the same blog entry.

Blast

February 8th, 2010
7:41 pm

I just feel that Stern is trying to punish the Wizs some more for that Arenas gun stuff. He stiffed them pretty badly. In those bad ole days, Hawks would have been getting the short end of the stick!

Hawksfan

February 8th, 2010
8:06 pm

The Wizarrds suck anyway its not like they are fighting for playoff positioning.

MannyT

February 8th, 2010
8:10 pm

@Astro, do I get partial credit for calling this one on the fan blog ;-)

BWAF

Blast

February 8th, 2010
8:14 pm

MC,

This is what O’Brien and Traceman were trying to say:

We appreciate the daily blogs. But we are so used to Sekou’s way of doing things, that change is hard. You dropped a blog about Sund not looking for a mix up this season at 4:53 pm. The last response on that blog at time of writing is 7:52 pm. Then at 5:08 tonight, you dropped another blog about the Wizs having to play a 3 game back to back.

O’Brien was only saying that the 5:08 blog could have been dropped into the 4:53 blog as an aside, and the thread would have continued, maybe with a new slant.

Then at 2:27 pm today, you dropped another blog about JJ making the trip and Zaza not doing so, and I just don’t have time tonight to read that blog. It was only one page anyway.

My suggestion? Let your none game day blogs run 3-4 pages. Just update as you get it and we will feed off of that. Game blogs you can run as you want. It’s up to us to keep track. Love your work, though! Keep it trucking!

Ken Strickland

February 8th, 2010
10:40 pm

While watching the Hornets/Magic gm, I was very impressed with the play of Hornets PG Collison, who replaced CP3. Then I started wondering if it’s anyway possible he could be as confident and productive under Woodson, considering the limited mins, opportunities and certain uneven, heavy handed treatment he’d receive.

BONE

February 8th, 2010
10:42 pm

Man we mos def can’t beat the magic now. Vince has 48 in this game. He’s on fire.

Benjamin

February 8th, 2010
10:45 pm

VC is the one “superstar” in the league I would want no part of if I were an NBA GM.

Grandad

February 8th, 2010
10:51 pm

Any chance Wdsn considers bringing in Del Harris as an experienced;
Asst., Off. Coordinator, or just a consultant? Nah, he [Wdsn] would become a paranoid basket case. Thoughts, anyone. Clyde?

Rock Preston

February 8th, 2010
11:23 pm

Ken Strickland…..Woodson wouldnt play Colliso….just like he wont play Teague. He is as stubborn as they get. He is protecting his bald head arse at the expense of Teague losing his confidence while riding the pine.

RLP

February 8th, 2010
11:33 pm

If Vince Carter continues to play like he did tonight in the second half of the game against New Orleans then the ECF will be a fun match-up between the Magic and the Cavaliers. And this comes after claiming two blogs ago that Hedo had been the Magic’s best player in the playoffs last year AND that Carter was a big downgrade.

So from that who knows what will happen between now and the end of the season?

I agree with Sund that this year’s Hawks team is better than last year’s team.But given the ownership’s lack of resources I do not see how the team could acquire the kind of help that will put them ahead of either the Cavs or the Magic this year. But then maybe the playoffs will bring something totally unexpected just like the Boston series two years ago.

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Fritz

February 9th, 2010
6:59 am

Ken Strickland….did you really WONDER whether Woody would play Collison??? The obvious is the obvious.

Clyde

February 9th, 2010
7:51 am

No comment Granddad.

O'Brien

February 9th, 2010
7:56 am

Blast, 8:14 pm, cosign.

Ken Strickland,

I wouldn’t mind if Bibby had to miss a couple games (non-injury related). That would force Woody’s hand at playing Teague, and I think it would be very valuable experience for Teague to get some minutes with the starters.

As far as Woody playing Collison, its hard to say. Woody gave Acie minutes early on, but at the time, we didnt have Bibby and Crawford. But I would not be surprised if Woody is telling Sund that he wants a vetern PG for when Bibby leaves (and there’s nothing wrong with that).

But with the salary cap structure, and the Hawks having to spend money on Horford’s extension, JJ’s increase, and hopefully resign Crawford, I hope Teague can develop into a reliable starter so the Hawks can spend money elsewhere.

dap01

February 9th, 2010
8:12 am

I like Bibby but the Bibby is fading as a starter. With the current players, the one with the most growth potential is Teague. When Teague develops, the Hawks can get to another level. Teague will help the great athletes that we have run the other teams to death!

Come on Woody, develop someone.

GeeMack

February 9th, 2010
8:31 am

Ken Strickland

I agree Collinson is the truth.

Daniel

February 9th, 2010
9:00 am

dap- Isn’t that a little like saying c’mon you 19 year old kid who at best is considered talented and raw coming out of college with no jumpshot to hurry up and get older, more expierenced and become a better shooter? And, the way to do this is for you to play more and more even if it costs the team? The truth is Teague was drafted with the idea that he might develop into a starter after two seasons. We need to keep this in mind.

GeeMack

February 9th, 2010
9:24 am

Daniel

Good point, but remember on here it can’t make sense. It has to be about player developement at all cost. If we lose fine….as long as Teague is developed, and we use our bench 20 minutes per game. I wonder if JJ or Josh will go for playing 28 min. per game to give Collins some time?

Astro Joe

February 9th, 2010
9:29 am

Why is Collison playing? Oh yeah, because the starting PG is out for 4-6 weeks after missing about 2-3 weeks previously. And if Bibby were gone for 6-8 weeks of the season, Woody would move down the depth chart.

You know why Jason Snelling started for the Falcons last season… was it because he needed development? No, it was because Coach Smith was forced to move down the depth chart.

The question remains will Teague do what the coaches need him to do to move up the depth chart, because clearly, there is no reason to just hand him playing time on a silver platter if he isn’t going to earn it.

Astro Joe

February 9th, 2010
9:39 am

And if the missing piece of Teague’s game is his inability to make a jumper, then shouldn’t he first demonstrate that skill in practice? If he can’t consistently nail jumpers over Mike Bibby in practice, then why would we think that he could do better in a real game? Let him keep working with Mark Price and Larry Drew until he earns some second half PT. Until then, I think he should continue to be 1HT = 1st Half Teague.

GeeMack

February 9th, 2010
9:46 am

Astro Joe

1HT; Thats to funny.

MsDee

February 9th, 2010
9:54 am

I say Teague should get the Royal Ivey treatment where Woodson would start Ivey in the 1st and 3rd quarter. After seeing the Hornets vs Magic game last night (BTW, Carter creamed the Hornets all by himself!!) that PG Colision looked like a polished player. He is so very confortable out there its amazing. Teague should be just the same.

Mr. M. Cunningham, could you look into Teague development. Is he working with Mark Price on his jump shots? Is he working on his lay-ups? Is he learning how to draw fouls as he drives to the basket? That Colision PG made all the right decisions last night, just came up short with Vince coming out of his shell. Thx M. Cunningham in advance!!

Daniel

February 9th, 2010
10:00 am

Thanks Gee and AJ, you guys know what I am talking about. Ms. Dee, always good to hear from you.

I wonder if it is somewhat unfair for us to be expecting more from Teague at this point in his career. Shouldn’t we give him the time he needs to develop? People were clamoring to trade Josh just last year and he was already 10x the player Teague is. A little patience and big picture thinking is in order here. BTW- the team is doing VERY well. Let’s not forget that.

MsDee

February 9th, 2010
10:05 am

Thx Daniel..good to hear your views as well!!

GeeMack

February 9th, 2010
10:08 am

Hawks fans

With all the complaining about Woody’s coaching ability, player developement, and offensive and defensive philosophy…could it be that Orl & Cle are just better than the Hawks?

Keep in mind these teams made some of the same offseason moves as the Hawks. The challenge in Hawksville, we were expecting the other teams moves not to work, but they have.

Cle is on pace to win 60+ games again, and Orlando is off last years pace by 2 or 3 games. This is good since they added 2 or 3 new player to their rotation (Bass, Barnes, & Vince)

Boston may not win 60 games, but they will win 56 to 58, which is still good with all the injuries they’ve suffered (KG, PP, & Daniels).

I know alot of Hawks fans were hoping the moves other teams made wouldn’t work, but the have.

The coaches and player from the Hawks could all improve, but we should not single out the head coach when the team is on pace to be 3 to 5 wins better than last year, and have a legit chance at getting to ECF.

That’s improvement. for those who think improved talent don’t matter as Phil if he would have won his 10th ring with Kobe, Kwame, and Smush.

O'Brien

February 9th, 2010
10:19 am

GeeMack,

Another thing to look at, as AJ has talked about, is payroll. The Hawks payroll is about $65 mil, while the Magic, Cavs and Celtics all have payroll between $75 – $80 mil.

Imagine how strong the Hawks’ bench would be if we spent an additional $10 – $15 mil? Woody would have more options off the bench.

As for Teague, I hope he develops into a starter to replace Bibby. But we just dont know. Maybe he develops into a solid backup, and thats fine too.

AJ,

I’m okay with him being 1HT, but I would like to see Woody give him more consistent minutes in the first half (instead of the 3 or so that he gets inconsistently).

The good thing for the Hawks though, is we have a security blanket of guards. And I would hate to see Bibby go down for 4-6 weeks like CP3 did. Sure, I want more PT for Teague, but not that way. We need Bibby healthy.

Clubber

February 9th, 2010
10:21 am

Lang Whitaker posted a nice article about how to fix the problem with the Magic. Good read.
http://tinyurl.com/ycyksk7

GeeMack

February 9th, 2010
10:25 am

O’Brien

I’m with you on the payroll that is an ownership decision. The good thing about the NBA is the salary cap is the same if you’re the Lakers or the Clippers. If winning is important spend the money, and pay the luxury taxes. The Laker & Spurs don’t care about luxury taxes they won’t to win championships.

Daniel

February 9th, 2010
10:25 am

Gee- I am going to go strong here and say that Clevland and Orlando are not better than us. Do they have our number? Seems so. I think the biggest difference between us and them right now is just more expierence at being successful. Both of those teams have been to the finals and that breeds a lot of confidence and maturity in knowing what it takes to win, but I think we are on that track.

Melvin

February 9th, 2010
10:38 am

I’ve seen folks repeatedly say give Teague time to develop. Just how do you expect for him to develop if he’s not receiving playing time? Do you really expect for him to develop by playing 5 mins a game or receiving DNP-CDs? If Bibby goes down (ala CP3) for any length of time, do you feel confident to rush him into playing starter mins? Yes, Collins is playing extended mins now but he was also playing consistent mins before Paul’s injury. What’s with this myth that playing rookies mean losing games? Also, so what Teague is not the shooter Bibby is (matter fact, what other PG is)? There’s other ways to be effective without shooting jumpers. You know like penetrating to the rim for a higher percentage shot. Parker, CP3, Rose, Kidd are not good shooters but they are all All-Star level players. No jumpshot, so what

Traceman

February 9th, 2010
10:41 am

Gee Mack,

Well said. We are actually on pace to win 53-54 games which would be a 6-7 game improvement over last year. In addition, I don’t know that BOS wins 56-58. They certainly could but they are looking older, slower and more injury prone by the day. It won’t surprise me at all to see them win less than 55.

As for CLE and ORL, they each have one of the top 5 players (arguably top 3)in the NBA on their roster. Overcoming the kind of talent that LeBron and Superman possess will be no easy feat for anyone. We have struggled mightily with ORL but we have played CLE as well as anyone else (we should be 1-1, the loss in CLE was a travesty).

I like where we are and I don’t particularly want to see any trades before the deadline. If someone blows Sund’s doors off with an offer, great. Otherwise, be patient, stay the course and keep getting better. As is, this team has a better chance of getting to the ECF than any team we’ve had since Nique and Bird battled it out in one of the greatest playoff games in NBA history.

Grandad

February 9th, 2010
10:43 am

Everyone seem’s to be worried about Teaguer’s Jump shot, or this or that. Has everyone forgot how excited I/we were coming out of camp about this young man. I watched video of this youngster
(as did many of you) and regardless of age and maturity, he has skill. His release on his shot is flawless…look at his free throws. However, on his jump shot, he is a little slow from the point of catch to release and sometimes his mid-range jumper is more of a set shot. But those things can be fixed. Experience is a great teacher. I like the way Ken Strickland put it when he called Wdsn’s method “heavy handed”.
This kid is an asset. During exhibition season he played with a great deal of confidence, and it appears that his [JT] demeanor has changed on the court. Next year is he gonna be more experienced and better just by the mere fact that a calender year has passed us by.

Daniel

February 9th, 2010
10:50 am

Melvin- You get to develop with you know PRACTICE. Also, really did you mean to say Tony Parker and CP3 are not good shooters? So the fact that Jamal Crawford is on pace to be 6th man of the year and when he and JJ are on the court together the Hawks have a match up unlike any other team in the EC, we should sacrifice that? Good grief.

Grandad- every rookie gets more time and plays better in rookie camp(with players that don’t make the team) and the preseason. That is why it is the preseason.

Bibby is already getting significantly less minutes this year, so I guess we want less of Crawford? That is the only position that it can come from. Oh yeah, did I mention he was leading the 6th man of the year….

Astro Joe

February 9th, 2010
10:54 am

Melvin, actually, Collison did NOT play prior to the first CP3 injury. Remember, CP3 missed the game against us earlier ths season during his first stint out of the line-up. And I think Collison was a college senior, another difference.