Atlanta Hawks at Heat, AKA A Good Talking To

Back on the beat (thanks to Ken for holding it down) to find things a bit different than when I left. The Hawks continue to win but they are doing it with consistent contributions from Marvin, Bibby and Zaza. That shouldn’t be a surprise since all three have shown they can play. It’s great timing, though. The Hawks are a much better team if those guys keep answering some of these question marks down the stretch.

Those three also happen to be guys Woody met with individually over the last week or so for candid discussions. His message?

“Pick it up, and quit succumbing and going through the motions like you don’t want to be out there,” Woody said. “They are starting to do that and they are going to have to continue to do it.”

If Bibby scores 10 points tonight it will be the first time since Nov. 29 he’s broken double figures in three straight games. That was back when he was playing heavier minutes.

Marvin says he has his “mojo” back. I knew something was up when he bucked up on Kirk Hinrich.

Zaza was in a bit of a funk for a minute. Now he’s back to being energetic and efficient.

When it comes to criticizing modern players, Woody said: “Some guys can take things you say, some guys can’t, and these are things you learn every day on the job.”

He doesn’t want them to take it personally.

“At the end of the day, it is just coaching,” Woody said. “These guys have got to understand that. I am for every one of those guys in that locker room because they have helped us be 40-21. How can I not be for them?

“But they have to understand, too: I am paid to do a job and when I see things that are not right on the basketball floor, we’ve got to talk about it. We’ve got to address it.”

J.J. is suiting up after feeling ill last night. Jamal will play on with a sprained thumb on his shooting hand.

“I have to concentrate more,” Jamal said. “I’ve got to focus and just get through it.

Dorell Wright (knee) is out for the Heat.

– Heat owner Micky Arison is confident Dwyane Wade will be back if he opts out of his contract this summer as expected and hits the free market. “The bottom line is he has publicly and privately said that this is where he wants to be,” Arison told the South Florida Sun Sentinel. “I believe him. I’m 95-percent sure that he would be here next year. You can never be 100.”

– Talk amongst yourselves, Hawks fans.

MC

303 comments Add your comment

sam'l

March 6th, 2010
7:04 pm

Welcome back. Good column.

Blast

March 6th, 2010
7:13 pm

This Miami game is gonna be a tough one!

Dennis G. Berdanis

March 6th, 2010
7:14 pm

If Marvin, Bibby and Zaza get fired up, along with JSmoove and Horford’s new looking to score attitude, the Hawks have all the tools to get to the Eastern Conference finals.

BONE

March 6th, 2010
7:16 pm

I don’t expect to much from Josh 2nite after Woody ran him ragged he deserves a rest for his good play. Hopefully marvin keeps up the good play.

Ree Roe

March 6th, 2010
7:19 pm

How severe is Jamal’s sprained thrumb? Is there any chance he could miss any games?

-REEspond to Roe!!!

KevinA

March 6th, 2010
7:24 pm

Last game against Miami

Marvin 3-11
JJ 7-21
Bibby 4-11

Josh 7-14
Al 4-7

Al 4-7? With Jamal and ZaZa out Al with 4-7? Give the kid his 15 attempts.

KevinA

March 6th, 2010
7:25 pm

Did you know Both Josh and Al have more shot attempts than Jamal since the All-Star break? Al is second in shot attempts to JJ? In the last 3 games even Marvin has gotten into the act getting 3-4 more attempts.

In the last 8 games we are averageing over 24 assists per game.

Good ball movement has improved and balanced scoreing is improved. Got to love these new look Hawks.

Feed a big – get a win.

Cannon

March 6th, 2010
7:28 pm

We gotta get this one tonight. Like Al said last night “we owe Miami” for the game they stole in Phillips right before the All-Star break. Plus the schedule lightens up a bit after tonight. Let’s keep this streak going and make this season special.

bigdave

March 6th, 2010
7:30 pm

lets get it…

smh

March 6th, 2010
7:33 pm

of course bone is here…pathetic

Sure Woody

March 6th, 2010
7:41 pm

LET US KNOW WHEN WOODY DECIDES TO PULL JJ ASIDE LIKE HE DID THOSE OTHER THREE GUYS. OR IS JJ THE ONLY ONE ALLOWED TO HAVE SUBPAR GAMES AND NOT CATCH HELL FOR IT.

Hawk n the Ham

March 6th, 2010
7:41 pm

I hope Marvin drank his Go Go juice again tonight!

J.J.M.

March 6th, 2010
7:43 pm

Josh should still be tired hope he plays ok

Big Ray

March 6th, 2010
7:45 pm

I hope Joe is feeling better tonight. We are probably going to need him.

BONE

March 6th, 2010
7:50 pm

Woody standing up like hes about to do some coachin lol

J.J.M.

March 6th, 2010
7:51 pm

Hawks already look a lil tired

bigdave

March 6th, 2010
7:52 pm

there he goes… taking Marvin out…

bigdave

March 6th, 2010
7:53 pm

no that was Bibby with the exit..

JObJO

March 6th, 2010
7:53 pm

Al, point center!

Hawk n the Ham

March 6th, 2010
7:53 pm

DWade misses a dunk LMFAO

J.J.M.

March 6th, 2010
7:54 pm

wow heat crowd look worse then ours

JObJO

March 6th, 2010
7:55 pm

It’ll be interesting to see how Cleveland does in Milwaukee tonite. go Milwaukee!

bigdave

March 6th, 2010
7:57 pm

wow… Joe doesnt even get that call…

JObJO

March 6th, 2010
7:58 pm

Crawdads thumb must not be too bad!

bigdave

March 6th, 2010
7:58 pm

Marvin really needs to work on his low post game..

Hawk n the Ham

March 6th, 2010
7:59 pm

I would like to see Crawford play some streetball. This cat has some crazy mad skills.

bigdave

March 6th, 2010
7:59 pm

great pass, catch, and finish… Josh to Joe..

KevinA

March 6th, 2010
8:02 pm

5 assists on 8 made shots – very nice

J.J.M.

March 6th, 2010
8:04 pm

so joe gets bump and he doesnt get a foul call…typical refs

JObJO

March 6th, 2010
8:06 pm

Miami got two offensive rebounds on that sequence. arrgghhh

JObJO

March 6th, 2010
8:07 pm

JObJO

March 6th, 2010
8:08 pm

Zaza needs to finish strong.

JObJO

March 6th, 2010
8:09 pm

good first frame for Hawks

Big Ray

March 6th, 2010
8:10 pm

Joe looks good so far. So does Jamal. We’re going to need both guys the way things are going, but at least we started the game off decently.

Big Ray

March 6th, 2010
8:11 pm

Joe still not getting calls…not a surprise.

Wade is on the floor, therefore a call is made…again, no surprise.

Big Ray

March 6th, 2010
8:12 pm

Us shooting over 50%, them shooting just 40%. This is indeed a good start.

JObJO

March 6th, 2010
8:14 pm

dam Z throw it at the rim

bigdave

March 6th, 2010
8:14 pm

your teammate right next to you Za Za..

JObJO

March 6th, 2010
8:16 pm

Z with some good D Oneal

Wabe

March 6th, 2010
8:16 pm

I don’t think JT0’s gonna see the court tonight.

Blast

March 6th, 2010
8:16 pm

Hawks looking in good shape so far.

Hawk n the Ham

March 6th, 2010
8:16 pm

Where’s JT0?

Wabe

March 6th, 2010
8:16 pm

Unless the Hawks get a commanding lead.

JObJO

March 6th, 2010
8:17 pm

Jto tired from so many minutes last nite. Wabe. lol

Big Ray

March 6th, 2010
8:17 pm

Hawks playing well….I guess that’s why certain regular posters are being quiet, eh?

What’s the matter guys, hate it when we’re winning? LOL

vava74

March 6th, 2010
8:19 pm

Man, hideous proof of resistance to hear the Heat broadcast…

Big Ray

March 6th, 2010
8:19 pm

Strange. You’d think Teague could learn in a game like this. It was ok for him to play against Golden State’s guards, who have torched us each time we’ve played them. What’s wrong with the kid going up against Wade and whichever pg happens to be allowed on the court with him?

DelrayBeachFLJacket

March 6th, 2010
8:20 pm

Joe Smith is Ballin

NoleRick

March 6th, 2010
8:21 pm

Howcome nobody call miami out about their crowds? Looks worse than Atlanta

vava74

March 6th, 2010
8:22 pm

We should really work on finishing plays with authority. We lack killer instinct when we drive.

Zaza, Al, Marvin, JJ, Mo, all go too soft to the rim.