Hawks Squawks: Hawks 105, Jazz 100

Salt Lake City–Forget that Deron Williams and Andrei Kirilenko sat out with injuries for the Jazz. Remember that the Jazz had won 17 of 19, the Hawks had lost 15 straight in Utah and of course they were coming off that debacle at Golden State on Sunday night.

– “It’s big, especially with that long flight home,” Jamal said. “You don’t want to be sitting there thinking about a loss the whole time.”

– The Hawks showed resiliency in winning this one. They were down 85-79 and 95-94 but lots of guys made plays: Al (that blocked shot to stop a fastbreak layup), J.J. (that 3-pointer from the corner and a fadeaway jumper), Josh (blocked shot) and Crawford (the steal and two free throws).

– The Hawks went 2-2 on the trip. “It was a big win after an upsetting loss last night,” Bibby said. “We could have won 3 of 4 but .500 is pretty good.”

– Blowing that 18-point lead at Golden State tested the Hawks’ mettle. “After last night we could have folded it in,” Al said. “Especially with the last game of the road trip, we could have just came out with no focus.”

– “We did a good job of staying together when times got tough,” Bibby said.

– The Hawks came back from deficits in the second and fourth quarters. There wasn’t much of the panicked play that marred the end of the Warriors game. “I thought we were very composed tonight in the fourth quarter when we got down,” J.J. said. “We were able to not get rattled and made a run of our own.”

– The Hawks last won here on Feb. 13, 1993. “‘93? I was 15,” Bibby said.

‘Nique was in uniform that night. “I didn’t even realize that until today,” ‘he said. “Like I told them, records are made to be broken.”

– ‘Nique scored 43 points to beat the Jazz back then. “We had three ‘bigs’ hurt and I had to play power forward,” he said.

– J.J. poured in 28 to finally beat the Jazz again. “It fells great, man,” he said. “It’s been along time since the Hawks won in this building.”

– It wasn’t easy. The Jazz still gave a spirited effort and Energy Solutions Center is notorious as a tough place to play. “You saw the guy waving the little umbrella when I was shooting free throws?” Josh said. “They get under your skin, I’m not even going to lie. You can hear them. They are right there. They don’t stop the whole game. I’m glad I only have to play here once a year.”

– Marvin kept the Hawks in it early. Then Woody went to his bench. He got nothing until Mo gave the defense a lift and Jamal (4 of 8 on 3s) started making shots. “That was a total team effort by everybody who played,” Woody said. “That’s what we need the rest of the way.”

– After the offense bogged down in the third quarter, Smoove spoke up. “He kept harping on us to share the ball, share the ball and make it easier for each other” Al said.

– “I just noticed that we were passing the ball one time and taking a shot,” Josh said. “They were catching our misses and getting out on the break.”

– It was redemption of sorts for Jamal, whose technical foul late at Golden State was costly. It was awful timing for only his fourth career technical. “I rarely lose my composure,” he said. “I’ll take the blame for that loss. When good things happen I get credit so I’ve got to take blame when things go bad.”

– That and everything else about the Oakland meltdown was easier to forget after this rare W at Utah. “Yesterday was yesterday,” J.J. said. “We pulled together and got this one. That’s how we’ve got to think. That’s got to be our mentality: Whatever happened yesterday is yesterday.”

– I’m out, Hawks fans.

MC

276 comments Add your comment

doc

February 22nd, 2010
11:34 pm

can it be? naw.

psycho team and fans

Freshmaker

February 22nd, 2010
11:34 pm

Nice to see the Hawks come back from that awful performance against GS and get a win. Granted the Jazz were without D-Will and AK-47, but hey I’ll take it. :)

doc

February 22nd, 2010
11:34 pm

wow it was … FIRST.

doc

February 22nd, 2010
11:37 pm

had thought 3 and 1 was what w.as in the cards, didnt expect the win to keep them at 500 for this trip was going to come in salt lake city. good win but these guys hsve got to find the urgency to make it real.

3Klub

February 22nd, 2010
11:49 pm

Good win. If only Marvin can stay agressive like he was in the fourth quarter. Him and Bibby tend to disapear too much. No reason why Marvin can’t get you 6-8 boards a night. And is it just me or does Jamal look a little tentative out there since the shoulder injury? Not as explosive as he was before.

Astro Joe

February 23rd, 2010
12:02 am

Jamal is definitely not playing like he was pre-injury.

MC, did he get an MRI done or any other formal examination? Can you ask him if it is still sore or if he maybe is just being cautious (or something else)? Something appears amiss.

Nice win by the self-managed Hawks. Let’s hope for no letdowns at home on Wednesday.

Hawks fans make some noise

February 23rd, 2010
12:12 am

How many Hawks fans thought we would win in Salt Lake tonight? I’m guessing probably no one, I know i didn’t, especially after the gave up the early lead and went down 11. Woody got more players involved in the win, Joe Smith had a big jump shot in the 4th, Mo Evans was key off the bench. Where were those two guys the night before? Marvin had a great start. Mike had a big 3 in the 4th. We need more total team effort wins like that.

Astro Joe

February 23rd, 2010
12:15 am

@MC, any sense for what Sund may be looking for in terms of veterans who are bought out. Obviously Z appears to be at the top of his wish list, but does the list include only centers or do you know if he is looking for the “best available player”? Inquiring minds want to know, please. I suspect that the buy-outs will begin sometime in the next 3-5 days, so it should be interesting to read “what’s up”.

Gwinnett Fred

February 23rd, 2010
12:16 am

Can’t get too excited about this win, just like you can’t get too carried away with last nights loss. Looking at the odds, we figured to come out of the trip 2-2, and that’s what we did.

However, if we are to take the next step, these 2-2’s have to turn into 3-1’s!!!!!

Kop

February 23rd, 2010
12:17 am

Where’s that idiot “BONE” who would blogging lastnight that the Hawks would get killed by the Jazz?

jerrywest

February 23rd, 2010
12:28 am

MC – you were on NBA TV. You got to keep one liners ready to put those in when they ask questions. That’s how you get your break in this business.

jerrywest

February 23rd, 2010
12:29 am

We could use both Big Z and Mike James.

BirdDawg

February 23rd, 2010
12:34 am

Nice adjustment from last night. Hopefully this game becomes a blueprint and not an aberration.

wiseman

February 23rd, 2010
12:44 am

Woody! You won. It’s team ball. Pass that rock around. It’s pretty easy to see that when the Atlanta Hawks play as a team they tend to do better.

KevinM

February 23rd, 2010
12:50 am

Woody needs to use the bench regularly and go with the hot hand. And I agree, no reason Marvin should play 30 min, and not get his share of the rebounds.
Not too excited here, the Hawks were able to save face after the GS disaster.

Melvin

February 23rd, 2010
1:00 am

Wow, could it be the guy with the lowest IQ on the team possibly be the one that lead the troops to the comeback win….lol.. take that Astro, take that..

“After the offense bogged down in the third quarter, Smoove spoke up. “He kept harping on us to share the ball, share the ball and make it easier for each other” Al said.

– “I just noticed that we were passing the ball one time and taking a shot,” Josh said. “They were catching our misses and getting out on the break.””

Pinball34

February 23rd, 2010
1:07 am

Mo Evans… Good to see you hit a couple big ones!

wiseman

February 23rd, 2010
1:12 am

Yeah Woody it’s that easy

Stoned Mountain

February 23rd, 2010
2:10 am

Nice show, Marvin… Maybe we’ll hold off on that search for “a real duck…” LOL

MsDee

February 23rd, 2010
2:13 am

Is it me or is ever since Joe barked at the refs the other game for a no foul call against GS, he has been getting key foul calls of late?? Its about time, now Joe needs to draw the fouls more often like LeBron and Wade does in tight games down the strench.

Big Daddy

February 23rd, 2010
2:52 am

Great road win. Play team ball, pass it around and good things happen. Good showing tonight by Marvin and the usual cast. Jeff still seems like he is afraid if he makes a mistake he is going to get pulled. All in all a good game. Hopefully, this will serve as a lesson learned as much as the loss at GS.

tjhook

February 23rd, 2010
2:52 am

glad to see Mo Evans get some burns. A lot of people diss him on the blog, but he is was he is supposed to be: a guy bringing energy and athleticism off the bench. He won’t be able to beat everybody but he will bring strong professionalism and gamesmanship. Congrats to the Hawks players for offering up such a gritty performance tonight. I can’t high-five Woody for nothing more than not making a bad situation (Golden State) worse. He still needs to bring in a coach to help run offensive sets. Why not make Mark Price a full time coach – maybe he knows how to teach some set plays.

David Smith

February 23rd, 2010
3:46 am

Much better offering than that travesty last night. I hope Woody sees the value that comes from utilizing his bench properly and continues to do so (fat chance but wishful thinking). I said before that this team has enough talent to beat anyone on any given day if Woody would listen to reason and develop a deep bench full of role players. We have some winnable games coming up at the Highlight Factory that could put us back into contention for the number two seed in the East (lets just hope Woody doesn’t continue to cost us games by coaching scared).

k-townman

February 23rd, 2010
5:08 am

All you southern fried road apples know that your Hawks are not good enough to beat a full strength JAZZ team. Enjoy your win, it will be another 17 years before you get another one You SUCK. Your town SUCKS, and your team SUCKS.

Ree Roe

February 23rd, 2010
5:19 am

@ ktown, we destroyed a full strength Utah team in ATL back in Dec.

-REEmember the Roe!!!

Fire Horford

February 23rd, 2010
6:15 am

Fire Sund Too! he could have got us a center by now and whats this stupid Woodson Ideal of letting Josh Play center the previous to games, that chyt aint gonna work!

Get a frecking center.

Gray Mule

February 23rd, 2010
6:48 am

k-townman: We love you too!

Again the Hawks prove, “On any given night.”
Hawks can lose – see Sunday night – And Hawks can win – Tuesday night.
Wow, and Marvin stepped up. Way to go!

Gray Mule

JeJe

February 23rd, 2010
7:07 am

Good win, but on that block toward the end, did anyone else notice the Jazz shoot that corner 3 (which Boozer rebounded and made for a layup) and everyone on our team not boxing out, and just standing around? Horford kinda bodied up Boozer, but Bibby and Smoove just stood there.

Really annoying.

BOX OUT

thomas22

February 23rd, 2010
7:15 am

Way to recover Hawks! If we could just play team ball the whole game the rest of the season who knows how far you’ll go.

Marvin must be reading this blog because he played a little more agressive

Way to bench Bibby Coach W, and give others a chance when it was clear he was having another off night

Joe-thanks for not holding the ball so long during your iso

Josh Smith-STOP TRYING TO PRACTICE YOUR JUMPER DURING A GAME AND GIVE THE BALL TO A GUARD DURING FAST BREAK OPPORTUNITIES!

Way to go bench, you are proving your value, and as usual Big Al continued to do what he do!

ILL-logical

February 23rd, 2010
7:19 am

God-and timely -win in the context of a long road trip but it still doesn’t obviate the glaring challenges poor coaching continues to create.

When the fans on this site criticize players decision making,excecution or performance it reflects on the coaching. The mantra of sharing the ball that appears to be one of the few areas agreement between the fans,players(some)and the head coach and a solution is to immediately bench anyone not sharing. but that rarely happens and almost never happens to the main culprit-Joe. This is a coaching issue.

A solution to some of the issues of bench strength and ball sharing is to move Joe to the 3 and start Mo in his place. It would strenghten the bech and slow the iso Joe’s somewhat. And as was evidenced again last night, when a big ,physical center hampers Al, play Randolph/ Jason. The coach has got to be held accountable for his actions or inactions that continue to cost victories either now or in the long term through attrition.

#1 GT FAN

February 23rd, 2010
7:35 am

I dont see why some of you guys bash coach Woodson so much………………..

If he could get an offense started, and not just give the ball to Joe and Jamal to go of screens, the Hawks would go a good team to a GREAT team.

GO HAWKS!!!!!!

Clyde

February 23rd, 2010
7:41 am

dap01

February 23rd, 2010
7:42 am

Bibby was hot! He was 3 for 8.

His legs are non existant.

O'Brien

February 23rd, 2010
7:44 am

Great win for the players and coaches. And good for Josh speaking up and telling his teamates to share the ball. We seem to respond better when it’s coming from our teamates.

These Hawks are like a roller coaster. Lose at home to the Knicks, win at Dallas the next night. Blow an 18 pt lead to the Warriors, win in Utah the next night.

That being said, great win last night. The goal is to be at least 21-20 on the road for the season, and this keeps us close to where we wabt to be.

It also shows that we do have the focus needed, we just have to bring it every night. I hope we can start a 3 or 4 game win streak to keep the pressure on Orlando.

dap01

February 23rd, 2010
7:53 am

The Jazz are a well coached team. Many of their points were scored off of plays ran to perfection where there was a pass and a very close shot, no dribbling.

All of the plays ran by the Hawks included dribbling until someone stops you, then passing to someone else who dribbles until someone stops him, then,,,,,

ntrigue

February 23rd, 2010
8:16 am

Good game Hawks!!! For all you Josh Smith Haters leave that man alone yeah he took a couple of bad shots but definitely all the good that he does outweighs the bad by a long run….He shouldve been an all-star and he is our MVP and our Leader in the making eventhough he’s been in the league for a couple of years he’s still young. I still think Woodson needs to utilize Mario more when they are playing against quick guards and not just the last 35seconds to close the half. He has to continue to let the bench play eventhough they didnt look all that great except for Mo…I think thats because they really haven’t gotten enough burn as a unit to this point if Woody would have been playing them like should’ve earlier in the season they would definitely be playing better as a group!

Section 303

February 23rd, 2010
8:25 am

Nice win. But, I’m still thinking the GS loss is not one that should just be forgotten. They did lose to what was basically a D-league team. Add that in with the beating Miami gave them before the All Star break and I’m not ready to say all is well.

Three games coming up at home. Need to go get all three.

Astro Joe

February 23rd, 2010
8:47 am

http://www.790thezone.com/instantreplay/Episodes.aspx?PID=1346

Check out the Ric Bucher interview. It may surprise some of you.

dangerousdan87

February 23rd, 2010
8:59 am

I really don’t want to hear the excuse that Utah was missing two players when Golden State only had 8 healthy players dressed when they beat us. Way to step up Hawks!! I didn’t think you’d beat Utah ( I just can’t call them the Jazz – that name should’ve stayed with New Orleans like the Colts name should’ve stayed in Baltimore) Maybe the Hawks can win a 7 game series with anyone.

Astro Joe

February 23rd, 2010
9:00 am

Melvin, Teague probably has the lowest IQ on the team.

niremetal

February 23rd, 2010
9:06 am

Summarize the interview, AJ. My boss wouldn’t be too happy with me listening to a 15-minute sportstalk interview today ;)

mike

February 23rd, 2010
9:17 am

great win.. BUT what was zaza doing last night.. i counted he made like 4 bad plays in a row.. on both ends of the court.. everytime he gets the ball in the paint with a clear shot to the basket he either loses control or gets stripped.. i think he is bringing the ball down too low when he catches it instead of just catching it and putting it up.. enough with the double pumps just dunk it or lay it up already

Terrell

February 23rd, 2010
9:25 am

Astro Joe,
I listened to the interview, and I’m not suprised by what was said. You have guys that are average at best at what they do talking about the NBA. I heard a lot of bias towards the “elite teams” of the East. The Cavs, Magic, and Celtics have lost games they should’ve won just like us. They’ve given up leads and lost games just like us. I also heard old men talking about how the game use to be. At the end of the day it’s just a game. If you can’t have fun doing what you love to do then why do it? As much as I hate the Cavs the on thing I do enjoy is how they all get along and just seem to enjoy the game. If the only joy you find in the game or life is winning the big, as the interview seems to point out, then you will be miserable more than you’ll be happy.

Coach D

February 23rd, 2010
9:43 am

The NBA is so predictable. If I were a betting man I would have more cash in my pocket after last night’s game. N.ational B.usiness A.ssociation. I still love the Hawks and like the NBA, but come on….

dawn

February 23rd, 2010
9:44 am

It amazes me that basketball fans cant see that the hawks play ISO Joe and Iso Jamal, and then play the bench spot minutes and expect productivity. For example Mo Evans EVERYTIME he plays and gets touches he producues as well as ZAZA, yet they rarely get a chance to play. U cant be effective playing 3minutes and then get yanked ..Woody has no clue playoffs will expose that..

Astro Joe

February 23rd, 2010
9:44 am

nire, he said that given Wade’s injury history and the possibility that he won’t be able to play with reckless abandone, that Joe may not be that far off the D Wade level in terms of free agent SGs. And that no team would feel embarrassed to add Joe to their roster next year.

My takeaway is that Joe is very well respected and coveted around the league. A 4-time All Star who isn’t yet 30, wshoots, scores, passes and defends and plays every game… coveted? Hmm.

Kelvin

February 23rd, 2010
9:45 am

A surprise win by the Hawks last night. This team is good, but are too often hurt by lack of production at the three spot (Marvin Williams) and Mike Bibby is a liability on the defensive end of the court. I see this team possibly making it to the eastern conference depending on who they draw in the second round. I think they could beat Boston, but I don’t see this team getting past either Orlando or Cleveland.

Lacsho

February 23rd, 2010
9:47 am

Man you love Teague, don’t you?

DecDawg

February 23rd, 2010
9:47 am

I heard the interview with Ric Bucher yesterday. The man should have his credentials revoked for even suggesting that Joe is better than D-Wade.

Astro Joe

February 23rd, 2010
9:53 am

Terrell, I agree with you there. I hate it when Karl Malone is “dismissed” because he didn’t win a ring. Meanwhile, Robert Horry has 5 or 6? Come on, Horry was a nice role player. Guys like Karl Malone played every game for like 37 years and was a 20/10 guys for about 30 of those 37 years. He should NEVER feel bad about his career and should never be considered less than an elite all-timer. That Kings team with C-Web, Peja, Bibby and Doug Christie was fun, entertaining, and really, really good. And they played excellent ball for about 5-6 years and were constantly featured on national TV. I’m sure they wanted a ring, but they appeared to love playing together and seemed to be enjoying themselves on the floor. I’d take that right now for our Hawks.