Hawks at Jazz, AKA Woody Says No Need To Panic

Salt Lake City– After the Hawks’ collapse at Golden State last night, Woody said he needs to diversity the offense late in games because the isolation game has made the Hawks too stagnant.

After watching the video, he backed off from that stance a bit.

“We’re good when we are moving the ball,” he said. “But we’ve won a lot of games. I am not going to take them out of their domain. We’ve won a lot of games early with Joe and Jamal making plays off the dribble, either for themselves or for other people. When it works, it looks good. When it don’t work everybody thinks you are standing around and not getting anything accomplished.”

To Woody, the stagnant offense was kind of besides the point to the Hawks blowing that 18-point lead.

“That didn’t beat us last night,” he said. “We give up 35 points in a quarter when we’ve held this team to (73) points in three quarters. That’s a problem. We had breakdowns defensively on transition defense. Our court balance coming back, it was awful. I bet we gave up eight points from guys getting behind us and not picking up the ball.”

Is that a lack of focus?

“(It’s) that, it’s effort,” he said. “We had two guys that played really significant minutes last night. The bench played well; the bench did adequate last night. It’s mainly the guys that have carried us to this point that’s getting us beat in the last two games. Go back to the Phoenix game (and) we had our best players on floor against their second unit and couldn’t get it done. It’s not a need to panic or anything like that. It’s things that are correctable. As a coach I’ve got to help them get over the hump.”

If the main guys aren’t getting it done, would he look at changing up his rotation?

“My rotations are based on who is giving me what on the floor,” he said. “When they made their run, I had the ‘rook (Teague) and Zaza in the game. And then I came back with our (main) guys, which is the right thing to do. It’s our guys that’s got to carry it home. They can’t have the slippage they had and let games like that get away.”

So Woody thinks it’s on him to get them over the hump, what can he do?

“I don’t like blaming players,” he said. “I don’t single out players. I feel like I’m in charge as the coach, and I’ve been around long enough that I can take the heat. In taking the heat, I’ve just got to help them. I’ve got to get them through those stretches where things are not going well for them. I’ve got to get them to relax and doing the things I know we can do to win games.”

– Question: What plays would you like to see more of from the Hawks? I don’t say that to mean they shouldn’t try something else, just interested in what you think it should be.

The Bibby/Josh pick-and-roll seems to work a high percentage of the time as long as the result is a pass to Smoove rolling to the basket. Because right now Bibby isn’t much of a threat to turn the corner and he’s not making shots, either. So what you see lately is both defenders cheating to prevent Josh from getting the pass and instead taking their chances with Bibby driving or shooting. Bibby sometimes can thread the pass through anyway but so far he’s not making defenders pay for dropping off of him.

J.J. can turn the corner and he can make shots, so he draws a lot of attention from defenders. But he would have to be decisive coming off screens. J.J. is partial to what another hack calls the “slow-drip” game: holding the ball on one side of the floor, methodically sizing up his defender, deliberately working his way to the rim and shooting a pull-up or that runner. He’s dang good at that but if the goal is to create more movement then slow-drip isn’t going to get it done.

Pick-and-pops with Horford are an option. Most fives have to back off of him because he’s quick enough to go around them, so he usually has room to get off his shot. Al is shooting 44 percent on jumpers and a little more than half his attempts come from outside the paint, according to 82games.com.

Many of you are calling for more burn for Teague and that’s a reasonable view. He can defend on the ball and the Hawks need that. But could he run the pick-and-roll effectively? Woody praised Stephen Curry for already knowing how to play the pick-and-roll game coming out of college, something he says isn’t all that common. Teague says he ran a bit of pick-and-roll at Wake Forest but that the Demon Deacons mostly ran dribble drive motion under coach Dino Gaudio.

I know that’s not a full list of OOTI (Options Other Than Iso) but just wanted to get a discussion started.

– My Iso-Joe count in the fourth quarter of eight games: 15 possessions, 16 points, one turnover, three missed shots by teammates, and three offensive rebounds of his misses.

– Suddenly the Hawks not only have to worry about the Magic pulling away from them but they also have to watch the Raptors creeping up from behind. Toronto seems to be playing with the kind of urgency the Hawks lack lately. Jarrett Jack scored seven straight points in the fourth quarter last night to help the Raptors overcome a nine-point deficit and beat the Wizards:

“We know how desperately we need these wins coming down the stretch, making this final push at the end of the season, especially the ones at home,” Jack said. “They’re very crucial, they’re very vital to how things are going to play out in the standings. We can’t let these opportunities slip through our fingers.”

– Will you forgive and forget if the Hawks win at the Jazz tonight for the first time since ‘Nique scored 43 on on Feb. 13, 1993? The Jazz have won 17 of 19, after all, and a W gives the Hawks a split on the four-game trip. Would a big victory cancel out two bad losses?

– After the Jazz traded Ronnie Brewer, All-Star guard Deron Williams complained ownership isn’t really shooting for a title but is interested only in staying good enough to make money. Shoot, he should take a look around the league lately. He’s got it pretty good here.

– Williams was a late scratch with a thigh bruise and Andrei Kirilenko is out with back spasms. I want to say the Hawks caught a break with those guys out, but I was at the game in Oakland last night, so I can’t.

– Talk amongst yourselves, Hawks fans.

MC

279 comments Add your comment

bigdave

February 22nd, 2010
9:06 pm

lets get it…

think the guys come out pissed…

bigdave

February 22nd, 2010
9:12 pm

AND1… give him his whistle!!!

jOEbJOE

February 22nd, 2010
9:15 pm

they should be pissed. bigdave.

BONE

February 22nd, 2010
9:17 pm

It’s not how u start, it’s how u finish. So this early run means nothing to me. They better close this game out right.

BONE

February 22nd, 2010
9:20 pm

Duck has turned into Darkwing Duck

Astro Joe

February 22nd, 2010
9:21 pm

BONE, we know… you’ll complain every minute of a 48 minute victory… and then find a reason to complain about the win. But hey, you’re consistent.

BONE

February 22nd, 2010
9:22 pm

Astro Joe this ain’t the time. Don’t test me. Otherwise I’ll sic Duck on YOU.

JeJe

February 22nd, 2010
9:22 pm

WOODSON SAID HE WILL SHORTEN ROTATION IN PLAYOFFS (NATURALLY) BUT WILL GIVE COLLINS AND JOE SMITH MINUTES

LOL THIS GUY IS AN IDIOT

SERIOUSLY

READ WHAT I JUST WROTE

Rod from College Park

February 22nd, 2010
9:22 pm

Marin actually look like a professional basketball player early. Anybody want to bet that he disappears in the second half?

jOEbJOE

February 22nd, 2010
9:23 pm

gotta admit I like the isoJoe when it works. esp when he gets the short shot in the lane.

Rod from College Park

February 22nd, 2010
9:24 pm

Hawks should destroy Utah without Derron Williams.

Najeh Davenpoop

February 22nd, 2010
9:25 pm

“Sic DUCK on you”… now THAT’s a phrase you don’t want to commit a typo on.

Sautee

February 22nd, 2010
9:26 pm

Rod,

Props to you for giving Marvin his.

BONE

February 22nd, 2010
9:26 pm

LOL @ Najeh. I double checked b4 I pressed submit

IREPATL

February 22nd, 2010
9:27 pm

marvin must b lookin @ the blog n reading how he gets bashed cuz he seems motivated

Rod from College Park

February 22nd, 2010
9:27 pm

No one to really worry about but Millsap and Boozer. It would be nice if someone chose to check them.

Sautee

February 22nd, 2010
9:27 pm

Najeh,

Made me LOL two nights in a row.

bigdave

February 22nd, 2010
9:27 pm

joe b joe…

its the most efficient offense we have…

Ree Roe

February 22nd, 2010
9:28 pm

Utah has no Deron Williams, no AK 47, but watch us still find a way to lose. With that said, Go Hawks!

-REEticulated Roe!!!

Dylexics Untie

February 22nd, 2010
9:29 pm

Y’all are just bein’ nasty!

jOEbJOE

February 22nd, 2010
9:30 pm

sad but true, big dave.

jOEbJOE

February 22nd, 2010
9:31 pm

Joe is doggin on D.

Najeh Davenpoop

February 22nd, 2010
9:31 pm

Here’s a little Chinese riddle:

If Woody doesn’t care about the offense, and the defense is terrible, then WHAT THE F-CK IS WOODY DOING?!!???!!?!?!?!

jOEbJOE

February 22nd, 2010
9:33 pm

y have Joe do the foul? where is the coach?

Najeh Davenpoop

February 22nd, 2010
9:34 pm

Wow, that was a dumb foul.

Rod from College Park

February 22nd, 2010
9:36 pm

You guys can believe that those guys don’t read the blogs if you want too. I promise you someone with the Hawks does.

BONE

February 22nd, 2010
9:36 pm

And the way we ended that QTR is exactly why I said it doesn’t matter how we start only how we finish. AND I WAS RIGHT.

bigdave

February 22nd, 2010
9:37 pm

leave him in coach…

Ree Roe

February 22nd, 2010
9:38 pm

Good first quarter, but Woody’s substitution patterns have been so terrible recently I don’t kno what to expect from ZaZa, Teague, Mo or Joe Smith anymore. SMH @ Teague

-REEligiously Roe!!!

BONE

February 22nd, 2010
9:38 pm

Pachulia SUCKSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

Rod from College Park

February 22nd, 2010
9:38 pm

Korver would average 25 ppg on the hawks.

jOEbJOE

February 22nd, 2010
9:38 pm

wasn’t gaines in our camp before the season?

Najeh Davenpoop

February 22nd, 2010
9:38 pm

Rookie mistake by Teague.

Here’s another situation where double-teaming backfires. The Hawks’ rotation out of the double team was actually pretty good, but a good shooter will bury a shot even with a hand in his face if he’s in rhythm. And of course, it doesn’t help if you slap him while he shoots either.

BONE

February 22nd, 2010
9:39 pm

Again PaFOOLIA

Najeh Davenpoop

February 22nd, 2010
9:39 pm

Zaza — 2 possessions, 1 shot blocked, 1 turnover.

Please, for the love of God, get him out of there.

Najeh Davenpoop

February 22nd, 2010
9:40 pm

“The momentum has swung” says Bob Rathbun.

I think we need to call Zaza the Human Pendulum, because that seems to happen an awful lot when he comes in the game lately.

BONE

February 22nd, 2010
9:40 pm

This game is over already

rob

February 22nd, 2010
9:40 pm

what is ZaZA good for falling over himself? Woody is so inconsistent he never plays the bench players all together at the same time, no cohesiveness for the group

BONE

February 22nd, 2010
9:40 pm

Everytime zaza comes in the other team goes crazy

Rod from College Park

February 22nd, 2010
9:40 pm

I forgot to add that they have S. Gaines, and Korver also.

Mac-Town'z Finest 478

February 22nd, 2010
9:41 pm

Hawks lettin teams 2nd units punk em

bigdave

February 22nd, 2010
9:42 pm

Nique from deep!

Najeh Davenpoop

February 22nd, 2010
9:42 pm

Ran-dolph Mor-ris! (clap clap clapclapclap)

BONE

February 22nd, 2010
9:42 pm

zaza is like a taller bibby

Melvin

February 22nd, 2010
9:43 pm

Does ZaZa have on a Jazz jersey under his uniform….

rob

February 22nd, 2010
9:43 pm

Mac-Town'z Finest 478

February 22nd, 2010
9:43 pm

LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO who is that tall white dude…..hawks makin buddy look like Tim Duncan or Shaq

bigdave

February 22nd, 2010
9:43 pm

Woodson should punch Za Za…

BONE

February 22nd, 2010
9:43 pm

I WAS RIGHT AGAIN. THE HAWKS MELTDOWN CONTINUES. WHERE ARE ALL THOSE FOOLS TELLING ME TO SHUDDUP. NO YA’LL SHUT THE HELL UP.

Najeh Davenpoop

February 22nd, 2010
9:43 pm

If Big Z can suit up for the Cavs after they trade him, can Nique suit up for the Hawks after this commercial break?

I don’t think he can be any worse than Zaza at this point…