Hawks at Suns, AKA Stoudemire’s Still With Suns

Phoenix– There’s no doubt the Hawks caught a break on Wednesday when the Clippers traded away half their team and Baron Davis decided his back was too sore to play. Props to the Hawks for handling their business, but they will get no such break tonight.

After what seemed like months of speculation, the Suns didn’t trade Amar’e Stoudemire before the deadline. He talked with Suns brass over dinner last night and says he has no hard feelings.

So the Suns are at full strength except for Leandro Barbosa (wrist). They are also trying to hang onto a playoff spot in the Western Conference. No doubt they also remember this (dang that was my first game as beat guy and it seems like a year ago.)

The Hawks have to know what’s coming.

“We can’t come in here thinking it’s going to be like it was the other night,” Woody said.

– The Hawks want Zydrunas Ilgauskas. A lot still has to fall in place for that to happen. First, Ilgauskas has to be bought out. He’s not playing for the Wizards tonight, a sign that he will get his wish.

Once that happens, Z (don’t make me spell it anymore) somehow has to decide he doesn’t want to return to the Cavaliers, who drafted him 14 years ago and are tops in the Eastern Conference. If Z surprises everyone and passes on the Cavs, he then has to decide he wants to play for the Hawks.

And if that happens, it will mean less playing time for the Hawks’ current Z, Zaza. He said he wants burn like all guys do but he’s a pro and so he’d be cool with the another Z around.

“I know ‘Z’ personally,” Zaza said. “He’s a great guy, a good person. Everyone knows what he can do. He’s been in the league a long time. If the (Hawks) organization thinks that’s the right thing and it will help us, that’s fine with me.”

– More ASG drama this week. The AJC’s Kristi E. Schwartz reports that Bruce Levenson thinks Steve Belkin is evil. And Belkin must pay $2 million by Thursday to keep his stake in ASG, which he plans to do.

The most interesting part to me, because I’m not into drama, is that Schwartz reports “court documents say the Hawks and Thrashers have lost more than $174 million since the 2002-03 season, including $50 million in the past two years alone.”

That’s something to remember if the Hawks must decide whether to pay J.J. max money this summer.

– Talk amongst yourselves, Hawks fans.

MC

332 comments Add your comment

bigdave

February 19th, 2010
9:03 pm

lets get it…

bigdave

February 19th, 2010
9:06 pm

ZaZa needs to get on his recruiting game…

O'Brien

February 19th, 2010
9:12 pm

Woody needs to keep a close eye on Bibby. If he doesn’t have it, get him out the game.

Coach D

February 19th, 2010
9:14 pm

3RD, 4TH OR 5TH! GO Hawks!!!!!!!!! Win the next 2 of 3 games & you’ve had a great road trip & awesome start to the second half of the season.

Big Z would be an awesome addition, but still realisticly, wouldn’t put us over the top.

BONE

February 19th, 2010
9:18 pm

This is gonna be a tuff game

MannyT

February 19th, 2010
9:22 pm

uh oh. I get nervous when I see the red unis.

@MC…the Mr. Evil link is a year old. Not that he’s nicer now, just not new.

I think Belkin needs to find someone to take his stake before he has to pony up the other $23.8 mil. The value of these teams isn’t on the rise and the Hawks are struggling to draw even in a good season.

That $2 mil could make him the king of an obscure sport. He could be Mr. Curling USA for that type of coin. Might even get his face on the unis ;-)

BWAF

KevinA

February 19th, 2010
9:22 pm

MC

post game thread an hr earlier please

Hoops

February 19th, 2010
9:24 pm

I hope I’m wrong, but Marvin has a bad look in his stride. IMO he needs to stretch more. His hamstrings are tight and that leads to undue pressure on his lower back. I hope I’m wrong.

Blast

February 19th, 2010
9:28 pm

Subs come in and Hawks have two back to back turovers.

Sid

February 19th, 2010
9:29 pm

if joe cuts to the basket he has a dunk there………

Sid

February 19th, 2010
9:30 pm

omg are they terrified of craw or what ??

niremetal

February 19th, 2010
9:30 pm

Alright, who slipped crack into Joe Smith’s morning coffee?

Hoops

February 19th, 2010
9:31 pm

Joe Smith looks energized!

Sid

February 19th, 2010
9:32 pm

Joe smith was starting to play well before the hand injury.He is really just now getting back into game shape after missing quite a few games

bigdave

February 19th, 2010
9:34 pm

thats the 2nd time this year thats happened… get a pg in the game..

bigdave

February 19th, 2010
9:35 pm

Joe Smith saying Z who..?

Hoops

February 19th, 2010
9:35 pm

How’s that a foul on Zaza???

BONE

February 19th, 2010
9:38 pm

LMAO @ Collins. Damn he made Marvin look super athletic LOL

KevinA

February 19th, 2010
9:38 pm

Joe smith – OMG – a nice suprise

Melvin

February 19th, 2010
9:38 pm

My gosh. Did Collins even leave the floor on his layup attempt…LMAO

Hoops

February 19th, 2010
9:38 pm

Collins looks winded after 30 seconds!

BONE

February 19th, 2010
9:39 pm

Yea Melvin I saw it too

Astro Joe

February 19th, 2010
9:42 pm

Dang, has Jason Collins made it to the basket yet? It took him about 23 seconds to get to the rim after he caught it from 8 feet out.

And y’all want him checking Howard? YIKES!

Ree Roe

February 19th, 2010
9:42 pm

Joe looks spry so far. Hope he keeps it up. Go Mavs & Blazers tonite as well. LMAO @ the Cavs tonite. Jamison JUST realized he’s playing for a title contender

-REEleasing the Roe!!!!

Melvin

February 19th, 2010
9:42 pm

I can’t wait to see the Dancing Cavs highlights to night. Say what? They won’t be dancing b/c they lost to the Bobcats……

Melvin

February 19th, 2010
9:44 pm

Look like we wont be seeing Teague tonight…

Melvin

February 19th, 2010
9:44 pm

Mo Evans defensive specialist my @$$…

iREPATL

February 19th, 2010
9:44 pm

MO EVANS IS SHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHYYYYYYYYYYYYYTTTTTTTTTTTT!!!!!!

bigdave

February 19th, 2010
9:46 pm

lol… Bob… “maybe they allow that in Slovenia”

BONE

February 19th, 2010
9:47 pm

If the defense doesn’t improve we will lose

Blast

February 19th, 2010
9:48 pm

Hawks getting to the rim but not converting.

Sid

February 19th, 2010
9:48 pm

We are getting some good looks . We have got to start knocking them down

Astro Joe

February 19th, 2010
9:49 pm

Sund needs to offe Mo Evans $2.6M to turn down his $2.5M option. He can’t shoot and can’t defend.

And Woody wasn’t about to put Teague in there with Nash. Wise move.

Melvin

February 19th, 2010
9:49 pm

Yep. This team couldn’t use a player like Frye. The 2 million we are spending on Joe Smith and Collins was a better investment.

Astro Joe

February 19th, 2010
9:50 pm

Oh yeah, has Collins made it to the rim yet?

Hoops

February 19th, 2010
9:51 pm

Josh got all of that one!

Melvin

February 19th, 2010
9:51 pm

Just when I gave Frye some props he misses a dunk…. Please omit my 9:49 post…lol

bigdave

February 19th, 2010
9:52 pm

Bibby contest the shot as its going in the rim…

J.J.M.

February 19th, 2010
9:52 pm

.
wtf is bibby doin josh was wide open

BONE

February 19th, 2010
9:53 pm

Instead of passin’ the ball to an open Marvin, Bibby takes a dumb shot

Melvin

February 19th, 2010
9:53 pm

Astro,

And Bibby defense is better than Teague…

BONE

February 19th, 2010
9:54 pm

Why do all of Ducks shots rim out?

iREPATL

February 19th, 2010
9:54 pm

MARVIN SUCKS

Hoops

February 19th, 2010
9:55 pm

That’s a horrible call!

J.J.M.

February 19th, 2010
9:55 pm

come on refs

Melvin

February 19th, 2010
9:55 pm

Offensive foul! That should have been pass interference on Phx…

Blast

February 19th, 2010
9:55 pm

Hawks not getting the breaks from refs right now. As usual.

niremetal

February 19th, 2010
9:55 pm

Melvin,

When are you gonna get over Frye? He is Arizona born, bred, and college-educated. The Suns could offer him more minutes than the Hawks could. Only in your mind was there ever a prayer of him coming here.

Hoops

February 19th, 2010
9:56 pm

Get Teague in some!

Big Ray

February 19th, 2010
9:57 pm

Teague guarding Nash? Oh heavens, no. He might learn something. Besides, why get your rookie torched when you can watch it happen to your veteran? :)

Truth is, Nash isn’t hurting us tonight. Yet. That honor belongs to Stoudamire.