Hawks Squawks: Warriors 108, Hawks 104

Stephen Curry and the Warriors took one from Hawks. (NBA.com Photo)

Stephen Curry and the Warriors took one from Hawks. (NBA.com Photo)

Oakland– That’s two games in a row where an all-systems failure led to a dispiriting loss for the Hawks. Same scene after each one, too: J.J. sitting dejectedly at his locker, still in uniform while his teammates hit the showers.

– Not hard to figure why he was bummed about this one. The Hawks did so much right to build an 18-point lead, then blew it by doing everything wrong.

– “We were too comfortable,” Al said. “We thought we could just let them make their run and come back and we would still win.”

– Instead the Warriors took it from them. They had just eight healthy bodies and probably no more than two players on the court who could crack the Hawks’ rotation. Yet they were poised while the Hawks fell apart.

– “We just failed to execute coming down the stretch,” Woody said. “We had a comfortable lead and we stopped doing the things that got us the lead. Defensively, we just shut down.”

– “We definitely stopped playing D,” Jamal said.

– They still had their chances to win. It was tied at 104-104 when Al missed a jumper and it went out of bounds off the Warriors. But Jamal was called for a technical foul, and the Warriors made the free throw for a 105-104 lead.

– “I thought I got pushed under the basket,” Jamal said. “He (the official) didn’t think so. I voiced my frustration and got the technical.”

– Crawford had a chance to make amends when he was wide open for a corner 3-pointer on a pass from J.J. He missed, the Warriors rebounded and Ellis made two free throws for a 107-104 lead.

– The last play for the Hawks: Smoove for a 3-point miss. Huh?

– For the second straight game, the offense stalled in the fourth quarter. Too much standing around and not enough ball movement. “I’ve got to get us out of that,” Woody said. “We are isolating too much now. I’ve got to get more movement, more ball screens, give the ‘bigs’ a chance to make plays.”

– Al is all for that. “The first three quarters we were great. We were unselfish and moving the ball. In the fourth quarter we got very stagnant. We can’t keep letting that happen. It happened early in the year, we fixed it, and now we can’t let it happen again down the stretch when the games are so important.”

– The fourth quarter Iso-Joe count: missed a shot that went off the rim and out of bounds; got fouled and made both free throws; made a 29-foot 3-pointer; missed a leaning jumper on the baseline that Smoove rebounded; and passed out to Jamal for that missed 3-pointer. That’s the most Iso-Joe plays in the fourth since I started keeping count.

– Rookie Stephen Curry ran circles around the Hawks, who never really figured out how to stop him from getting into the lane coming off picks. When they did slow him that way, he made shots.

– “He reminds me of his daddy (Del Curry) except he’s a better pick-and-roll player,” Woody said before the game. “And he’s got a jumpshot. That’s a tough combination.”

– The Hawks now head to Utah, where they’ve lost 15 straight, trying to get a split on the four-game trip. They couldn’t close out the Suns when Woody wouldn’t use his bench, and everyone had a hand in this debacle. “It’s a tough loss,” Woody said. “We are trying to stay at the top of the division. We are trying to stay .500 or better on the road, and now we have slipped under .500. We have some ground to make up.”

– I’m out, Hawks fans.

MC

231 comments Add your comment

BONE

February 21st, 2010
11:41 pm

The Hawks lost to a f.uckin DLEAGUE team basically.

What the Hawks need to change for them to be successful:

Fire Woodson and get Mike Fratello

Bench Bibby and start Teague

Tell Josh’s dumba.ss to never take a jumpshot again in his life and work on his freethrows.

Get rid of Marvin and Zaza for players who can actually PLAY

Did I mention fire Woody

If none of that happense ship this team to Vegas or somewhere.

BONE

February 21st, 2010
11:42 pm

Bibby is a walking corpse. Get his albino carcass outta here.

BONE

February 21st, 2010
11:45 pm

I’d rather get a handjob from Edward Scissorhands than pay to see the Hawks.

BILLY KNIGHT

February 21st, 2010
11:47 pm

Dam BONE why so serious its only basketball.
GO HAWKS!!!!!!!!

Najeh Davenpoop

February 21st, 2010
11:55 pm

Najeh Davenpoop’s Inaugural Eastern Conference Playoff Predictions: 1st Edition
——
First Round

(1) Cleveland def. (8) Miami
(2) Orlando def. (7) Charlotte
(3) Boston def. (6) Chicago
(5) Toronto def. (4) Atlanta

Second Round

(1) Cleveland def. (5) Toronto
(2) Orlando def. (3) Boston

Finals

(1) Cleveland def. (2) Orlando

Hawks Fan

February 21st, 2010
11:55 pm

And tell me again why we didn’t do anything at the trade deadline? I’m sick of the bs as a lifelong Hawks fan. When will we decide to put winning as our number one priority. This wait and see bs is way too old. Lets be honest guys. How many quality wins have we had this year. Most of our wins have come against sub, or slightly over 500 teams. Tayshaun Prince would have been a nice peice to add instead of Marvin “No fire or intensity” Williams. And yeah, Bibby is about as lazy as they come. Throw Teague in and see what he can do. Marvin should’ve been bench long ago. Bibby and Marvin are preventing us from succeeding. I would say Josh too, but he’s finally trying to come around.

heartofdarkness

February 22nd, 2010
12:03 am

this team does not appear to be bonding on the road. I have seen better offensive sets in a gym pickup game, which, by the way, is what the fourth quarter amounted to.

cp

February 22nd, 2010
12:03 am

Mike Bibby is done. Marvin Williams in the invisible man. Woodson has done all he can for this team.

smilence

February 22nd, 2010
12:05 am

damn bone,who do u think ur? wont u stop bitching here and there???

Rock Preston

February 22nd, 2010
12:18 am

Bone may be hot but he has legit points. Again…all of us have stated over and over again. Woody is clueless as a coach (offensively and momentum adjustments)…Marvin is a BUST who cant even crack the lineup at the end of games much less contribute during the 1st 3 qtrs and Mike Bibby has lost whatever he had coming out of Arizona and at Sacramento’s hi time in the early 90’s. It is time to get a coach in here who recognizes, in-game, what Woody states after games that costs us these close games. I cant believe this guy is still the coach of the HAWKS!!! He is a joke!!!

mr flea

February 22nd, 2010
12:19 am

I live out here in Sacramento but raised in Oakland and still a fan of Warriors. Curry is the real deal.
Your team has hope if you lose Bibby as a starter and build some better chemistry. Johnson is still a force . Loved the game by the way.

Rock Preston

February 22nd, 2010
12:25 am

As much as we have been givin Josh luv for his poise so far this season….he really reverted back to form on that pannicky 3 pointer at the end of the game. Our team is as undisciplined as ever on offense. Its like they do whatever the hell they want on offense…Playground pickup style….No team gets away with the junk when it counts…Woody…Your days are numbered my Mr. Potato Head lil friend. Catch the next thing smoking outta the ATL after we get bounced in the 1st round.

Rock Preston

February 22nd, 2010
12:26 am

Early 2000’s…my bad

Grandad

February 22nd, 2010
12:38 am

Wdsn “I’ve gotta get more movement [offense], set more screen, get the ball to our bigs so they can make plays…..”
I’m taken aback!
Ken Strickland might just have a stroke.
6 years and he just thought of this?
Did anyone else notice how we hit high gear for a few minutes with Teaguer pushing the ball. Once, he had to go around his own teammate,
who was unaccustomed to the ball coming lickity split down the court.
GS had to call a TO. I was fearful Wdsn was gonna pull him at that pt.
It’s time; we’ve got a shiny new vehicle, let the kid drive it.

Grandad

February 22nd, 2010
12:44 am

Josh didn’t panic, as I see it, he should not have been in the game @ that point. [5] shooters! I suppose Wdsn was thinkinh (rebounder) in case of a miss, possibility of kicicking it back out for a 2nd try???
It ended up in his hands and he had the nuggets to shoot the dang ball.

Rock Preston

February 22nd, 2010
12:55 am

He panicked!!! He had plenty of time to move the ball!! Tim Legler mentioned it too. He had time to move the ball for a better shot.

MsDee

February 22nd, 2010
12:57 am

I bet Rich Sund is sitting back licking his chop until the season is over to fire Woodson. He really couldnt do it in the middle of the season when the Hawks were doing good and he had to allow Woodson enough time (2 year ext) to see what he could do with the team he provided for him. The only way Woodson stays with the team if and ONLY IF we win our division and the way it looks, that’s not going to happen, esp after the Magic creamed the Cavs today. So good-bye Woodson, you wont be with out a job for long. You did good, just not well enough to carry this team as far as they could have gone.

Najeh Davenpoop

February 22nd, 2010
1:00 am

Josh’s 3 strikes me as a panic shot, since there were 6 seconds left and he has refrained from shooting 3’s this year unless there was no other alternative. That said, this game was lost because of terrible defense and even worse strategy, not because of one errant 3. If the Hawks came out of the gate feeding the ball inside, they would have been up by 40 going into the 4th and half the Golden State team would have fouled out.

Grandad

February 22nd, 2010
1:04 am

N D – Would you have Josh in the game in that situation?
Personally, I would not.

Rock Preston

February 22nd, 2010
1:08 am

Najeh….u made my point. We wont go far b/c of a stubborn coach’s inability to want or be able to make necessary adjustments…IN GAME!!!!

Rock Preston

February 22nd, 2010
1:15 am

Watching the Jazz carve up the Blazers rite now…The Hawks are toast on Monday if Woodson continues to “zone” out during games like he did Sunday nite. We lost to a young team (GSW) with only 8 healthy players after being up by 16+ late in the game.. Please tell me….WHOSE FAULT IS THAT???

Woody's Pretenders vs G. State

February 22nd, 2010
1:17 am

Woodson is not fit to be the coach anymore.

2 games in a row he was either directly (zero use of the bench) or indirectly (allowing his players to even utter the words “We were too comfortable”) responsible for the loss.

Woody won’t be capable of leading the hawks far into the playoffs. They start to do some good things or get put in a serious pressure situation and Woody loses all sense of coaching ability.

What kind of coach allows players to get into their minds where:
“We thought we could just let them make their run and come back and we would still win.”

MsDee

February 22nd, 2010
1:19 am

Woodson should have had Mo Evans in the game instead of Josh in that situation..wait..did Mo even play tonight??

Rock Preston

February 22nd, 2010
1:22 am

Next thing smoking Woody!!! Next thing smokin!!!! Be gone!!

Clyde

February 22nd, 2010
1:23 am

I’m suprised its taken yall this long to figure out Woody is trash. Curry ran circles around Bibby tonight and teams have figured out he can no longer hold his own on the defensive end. When Teague was in the game he did a pretty good job on Curry in the first half.

The past two games Woody has finally realized he needs to use his bench more and that he need more ball movement in the 4th quarter. The problem with this is we needed this last year and this year nothing has happened.

Woody quit making excuses and get things done.

Clyde

February 22nd, 2010
1:24 am

Woody = COY

^^^^^^^^^^ smh

Najeh Davenpoop

February 22nd, 2010
1:32 am

“N D – Would you have Josh in the game in that situation?
Personally, I would not.”

That’s an interesting point. You gotta have Bibby, Joe Johnson, and Jamal Crawford on the floor at that time, obviously, since they are your best shooters. So the question becomes, in a late-game situation, who among Marvin, Josh, and Horford to keep on the floor. I think Horford has to be one of them since you need someone to crash the boards to give you a second chance opportunity, and since Horford will sink his free throws if he’s fouled. Then do you keep Marvin out there, since he is a better 3-point and free throw shooter, or do you keep Josh, who is a much better all-around player who is more likely to score if he gets a rebound? Or maybe you go with someone like Mo Evans who shoots 3’s better than either of them but doesn’t contribute much else.

To be honest, I don’t know. If the Hawks continue to have no offensive philosophy and come out of late-game timeouts desperately passing the ball around the perimeter hoping for a shot, it doesn’t make much sense for Josh to be out there since he will invariably find himself in a situation like tonight where he’s putting up a bad shot. On the other hand, think back to the Houston game early in the year, when Josh swooped in and put back a Bibby miss at the end of the game to win it; neither Marvin nor Mo Evans could make that play in a million years.

I don’t know. I’d rather see the Hawks get a coach that will draw up intelligent plays in end-of-game situations and use the athleticism of Josh and Al to divert defensive attention away from the perimeter. Maybe that’s too much to ask.

Scoop

February 22nd, 2010
1:40 am

What bothers me most about Woodson is his failure to make adjustments. For one, Curry and ellis ran all over us for most of the game. Their quickness made getting into the lane easy on Bibby, Joe, and even Crawford who isnt the quickest laterally. The one time I felt comfortable with our perimeter and pick and roll defense was when Teague was playing. But Woodson didnt play him because of his athleticism and quickness, he only played him because of his sub-on-schedule philosophy. There is a difference. Also, This game would of been perfect for Mo Evans to do his thing. Usually he is forced to guard much bigger small forwards, but tonight he could of stuck Ellis or Curry and really made them work. Sadly, he didnt see a second of pt. I feel that if Woodson used a lineup in that game of Teague, Mo Evans, Joe, Marvin, and Smoove, or something there of, we would of shut down the Warriors rally. I feel that Woody constantly fails to recognize the necessary adjustment needed to give our team the best chance to win. I also feel that we arent taking advantage of our size against most teams. It seems that early our game plan is to give everybody a touch early, bu we should really be attacking the mismatches. Most teams put their small forward on Joe leaving a guard on Marvin or they have to switch a forward on one of our guards. If this happens, and it usually does, That player should get the ball to post up or penetrate. Also, I feel like our spacing is horrible when opponents double team Joe. Guys can be productive even when we go to iso-joe. Specifically the guy who’s man leaves to double Joe. This player should find an open spot on the floor that gives Joe an easy pass to get an open look, or drive, at the basket. This is purely fundamental. The Hawks have a lot of talent but they arent utilizing their strengths as well as they should.

MsDee

February 22nd, 2010
1:45 am

N D,

That game where Josh won it with a put back dunk was when we were only 2 points down..tonight we were down 3 points..a put back would not have a us the game..Since Josh is converting back to his ole self where he is not making smart decisions at the end of games where 1 mistake can cost us the game such as the other night when in dribbled all the way to the other end just to turn the ball over. As much as Josh means to the team, a win is what all is seeking. Woodson needs to do whats best for the team and in that situation, leaving Josh in was not a smart idea.

BirdDawg

February 22nd, 2010
1:59 am

I don’t see any reason to keep Josh Smith on the bench at that point in the game, but the only reason I would have him anywhere near the perimeter would be to set a pick which Woody obviously isn’t going to do. Makes too much sense. P & R with Crawford and Smith would be force the D to make a hell of a decision, but I’ll bet any amount of money that’s it’s never covered in practice. Teams have figured out that in that situation it’s going to be Iso-Joe or Iso-Jamal and if you double the one with the ball, you’ve got a 97% chance of shutting down the offense. That’s what happened tonight, that’s what’s happened in the past and that’s what will continue to happen as long as Woodson is the the coach. In “Rock Preston’s” words, NEXT THING SMOKING, WOODY!!!!! BE GONE!!!!!

Clyde

February 22nd, 2010
2:46 am

Time to make a fresh batch of t-shirts.

Mac-Town'z Finest 478

February 22nd, 2010
3:14 am

Things I’m concerned about:

We are in a very very very tough position with Woodson. Most of us know the man is just not efficient enough as a coach, but as long as Hawks are as high above .500 as they are, the organizatrion cant just let the man go. I mean hey, with as bad as the Hawks have been since 2000, even if we slipped to 5th this year and lost in the first round, people still would have gripe and alot of people would buy it. I want him gone too, but that’s just how it is.

There’s something else that bothers me, which proves the “experts” and ESPN dont know wdf they are talking about. All I’ve heard was these “young hawks” and their “young talented nucleus” thats gonna fix us as a playoff team for years. How for certain is that???

Bibby is old, and done. Johnson is pretty much in his prime age and who even says he’s gonna stay? Marvin Williams is a scrub, bench player at best. Teague has potential but is unproven. Josh Smith is an athletic freak of nature, but he hasn’t shown that he can “carry” a team (or some anywhere near it). Horford is a pretty good big man, that should be playing PF.

Considering that Joe may leave, our “young core” = Josh, Marvin, Horford, Teague(and he even might be gone in possible trade scenarios) Sorry, but I dont see anything about that which “spells playoffs for years)

Without Flip last year and Crawford this year, we’re barely an above .500.

59bulldawg

February 22nd, 2010
3:51 am

“Too comfortable” is exactly right. The Hawks have the talent to play with anyone in the league. They’re not just good . . . they’re very good. But having talent is not good enough. They need focus. I don’t think they want a championship bad enough . . . at least bad enough to do the small things right. They’re not hungry! And Woodson is not the man to lead them. It’s a real shame because if this team played up to its potential every time they took the floor, they could really challenge for the championship. There’s nothing worse than wasted potential!

Big Daddy

February 22nd, 2010
4:01 am

I would have to lay this loss at Woody’s feet. His substitutions and lack of providing guidance at a critical point was what sunk us on this. When the lead got down to 12 and Stephen Curry was really starting to heat up, Woody should have called a time out and make adjustments to make Curry have to pass the ball. This was Nate Robinson Pt 2. I believe Woody thought the effort GS was making would tire them out against the subs and when he brought back the starters they would just run over the exhausted GS guys on the floor. However, GS played unselfishly and with heart and they had someone who stepped up when needed and his energy fuled the others.

For all of you who keep calling for Woody’s head, how many teams do you remember who fired a coach who had increased the wins every year, and significantly? That is not going to happen. I expect we will have a 50+ win season and we would look like real dweebs if we fired the coach who got us there. Realistically, who would we replace him with at this point. All of the names I see out there and were mentioned tonight are not coaching for a reason. Don Nelson, who coached a great game with the players he had spent years in Milwaukee having his team reach the playoffs only to get eliminated in the 1st or 2nd round. He is still considered one of the best of getting the most and best out of his players as at Dallas and now Golden State. Right now, to me, Woody has an undisciplined team who win despite themselves but as someone stated against the sub 500 or marginally above 500 teams. In order to be one of the elite teams that they aspire to be, it will be necessary for them to become more discipline in the 4th qtr, when the tide has started to turn, when the outside shots have stopped falling and most importantly when the game is on the line. We all love seeing those highlight videos where improbable shots fall to win the games but that is not the norm. The norm is that the really disciplined teams turn up the defense, run their plays to perfection and do what is necessary to disrupt the rythmn of the other team. Sort of like what happened to us tonight.

In the end this is going to fall on the coaches and it may be that Woody is going to have to get some different people in for his staff. Barring an unexpected meltdown, he will be back. And, a lot of what is going to determine how we are moving forward will be what we do to keep JJ and what kind of moves we can make with the money left. With the players we are all gripping about who would want them? If nobody else wants them we are stuck with them and there contracts unless we mortgage our future on giving up top draft picks. But that would be inconsistent with what we did to get the team we have.

We need a few tweaks for sure, but what we really need is a more disciplined team and better strategy in certain situations.

3eyedHawk

February 22nd, 2010
4:04 am

“let one get away”, Sheeeeet, we need to be letting JOSH get away, theres no reason why a guy can be in the LEAGUE and not be able to use both hands, he has a lot of work to do, what in the hell propelled him to shoot that 3 with time running down we had a thousand shooters on the courtat the time, had not made a 3 all season then try and be the hero with a three

Stoned Mountain

February 22nd, 2010
4:55 am

We lack sustained energy and urgency over four quarters. Time to give Teague a shot. We NEED a man with something to prove. Lose the training wheels. Let’s go.

Mike r

February 22nd, 2010
5:07 am

It am going to say this for the last time. The hawks will NEVER win. The play like a high school team. J. Johnson shouls leave and go play for a team with heart. You start Bibby and Williams who do NOTHING. Josh Smith will never get it. Let’s face it he is a second tear player who feels he is a superstar. He takes stupid shoot after stupid shot. He is 6′10 wanting to shoot jumpers like he is a guard. This team doesn’t have that killer mind set to be a champion. Your up 25 and lose shows that you don’t know how to close out a game. It’s not the coach what can he do. You can tell these clowns all day long but as long as you have this core group they will always be average. Crawford and Teague are good and Horford plays hard all the time. Even Joe Johnson drifts off from time to time. This teams will never win in the playoffs. I am from Atlanta and I have just come to accept it. THEY WILL ALWAYS BE AN AVERAGE TEAM.

Question of the Day

February 22nd, 2010
5:33 am

Worst hawks loss in the last decade. And that’s saying a lot, and on national TV no less. The announcers struggled all game to cast this as an competitive basketball game. They couldn’t believe it! 35 to 14 in the fourth quarter?

MC, Has Woody lost the locker room?

Marcus

February 22nd, 2010
6:32 am

ugh!
Thats all I can say.

thomas22

February 22nd, 2010
6:50 am

Very disappointing game-I’m usually not that critical of the team because I’m a diehard fan, but I was really embarrassed last night and beginning to lose faith (I’m a season ticket holder-Sec 114).

**Yes ultimately it’s the coach’s fault, but the players sort of make you wonder sometimes- they are not high school seniors/college junior’s.

Marvin and Bibby definitely should not be starters-look at their stats, and game contribution’s during the last 28 games- does it prove they are better than any other bench player we have?

What will it take for Josh Smith to realize that he does not, and I repeat does not have a jump shot? Maybe coach W should bench him or something to make a point……I’m really getting tired of seeing him trying to play like a guard and lead a fast break after a rebound too! We support you Josh, but stay with your game bro…….

Coach W:

(1) it is time to bench Marvin immediately if you want to win and be taken seriously by other teams-

(2) Bibby’s better days are behind him- how many times is he going to fall on the floor after a layup/shot? Teague gives the impression that he is coachable and can/will play, he just needs the minutes to get in sync with the team.

(3) If you are going to use the iso Joe play- tell him if he cant get a shot off between 6-8 seconds to give the ball up.

(4) Al Horford plays consistent every night

We have a good team that really has the pieces to be a “great” team -it’s time to call players out when they lose games we should win. I’m down with the Hawks, but beginning to reconsider if I’ll renew my season tickets, or just go to select games…….

JoeBjoe

February 22nd, 2010
6:55 am

Well, nobody got hurt. It could have been worse!

CHRIS PAUL

February 22nd, 2010
7:06 am

Don’t you wish you drafted me…..suckers!!!

SHELDON WILLIAMS

February 22nd, 2010
7:09 am

I’m very happy you drafted me and I got paid!!!!…considering you could have taken Brandon Roy…..suckers!!

AG

February 22nd, 2010
7:16 am

Woodson fails to make adjustments during the game. He should have changed his defense when Curry was hot. Putting in Evans to stop him would have showed the fans he is trying. I fault Josh for taking that shot, but everybody is forgetting who threw him the ball and passed up a wide open three – Bibby! We did not make trades, but Woodson needs to start Teague and Evans and let Bibby and Marvin come off the bench. I would consider starting Joe Smith over Marvin to give the Hawks a big lineup.

AG

February 22nd, 2010
7:37 am

I am not going to be that critical of the three point shot Josh took. He is an NBA player and he has taken a lot of those shots. He should be able to make it. He rushed the shot because time was running out. Bibby did pass him the ball. If he would have hit the shot it would have capped a great night for him. I do agree that Marvin or Evans should have been in the game at that point. Looking at the box scores, Evans nor Smith played?? An adjustment while Curry was heating up is putting M. West on him. Lastly, Bibby 1-5 3pts 5 assists. Teague 1-3 3pts 4 ast. Bibby played 29 minutes – Teague 13. If we are losing, what will it hurt to make the change.

ant banks

February 22nd, 2010
7:47 am

i wish that i had held up on my deposit for next season, damn!!

dap01

February 22nd, 2010
7:51 am

Does our coaching staff inspire confidence by anyone? Look at them during games, their is nothing there.

jg

February 22nd, 2010
7:52 am

What a frustrating game last night. I was so mad I could hardly sleep. We lose to a team with 8 players who are not very good. We get out hustled, outshot, out coached by a horrible organization. There’s no excuse for this loss! NONE!!!

How do you let Stephen Curry shoot open jumpers? How does the so called sixth man of the year get a technical foul called on him when we have the ball in a tie game with :34 on the clock? How does Coach Woodson not mop the floor with a team that has eight healthy players with what’s considered an Eastern Conference elite team? UNBELIEVABLE!!!! I’ve seen this game way too many times as a die hard fan of the Hawks, Braves and Falcons!!!

Woodson please take your notepad and a pencil with you to the game tonight against the Jazz and write down every set play that Utah runs. Or at least have Larry Drew write them down for you–then try to copy at least three of those plays and use them. We don’t have one set play other than the ally oop play to Josh or the pick and roll from Bibby to Al…COME UP WITH SOMETHING ELSE PLEASE!!!!

A 1-3 road trip is a disgrace! We have to find a way to get this one tonight–but I truly don’t see us winning against a very smart and fundamentally sound and well-coached Jazz team. Look for about a 101–77 loss by the Hawks. Hope I’m wrong but like I’ve said I’ve seen this game a bunch of times.

Chris Murphy, Atlanta, GA

February 22nd, 2010
7:57 am

BONE, you got it, except you didn’t mention Barkin’ Marvin: he needs a live cattle prod up his hind end.
But, as I say, this team cannot- can not- win games consistently with Block Of Wood on the bench. The man is not sharp. If I’m Joe Johnson- who is not good enough to be a top five player, but a damn good one nonetheless- big money would not keep me putting up with the major flaws and frustrations of playing for the Block, because he knows they will go no where.

Chris Murphy, Atlanta, GA

February 22nd, 2010
7:59 am

Bibby’s legs are gone- the heart is willing. Teague has enough pride that he wouldn’t let a lesser player and contemporary like Curry to burn him. Curry is also a fine player, good basketball mind, but Teague would turn into Rondo if he played for Doc Rivers.