1. The Hawks fell for Golden State’s freestyle game but managed to pull it out. As for the “the Hawks shouldn’t let a team like Golden State stay in the game” logic, consider that the Warriors have beaten Dallas, Phoenix and Boston, lost by a point to Denver on the road and by three to Cleveland. True, given the way steam seemed to be coming out of the Hawks’ ears in the run-up to the game, I would have thought it would be an easier win. But, sometimes they come ugly.
2. Give the Hawks some points for winning a high-scoring game with Joe Johnson going 3-for-14 – he was apparently not feeling well – and Jamal Crawford off his game with a sprained right thumb. He said it got pulled back as he was going for a ball early in the game, and the injury affected him the rest of the way, which was why he took just 13 shots. (Note to Section 303 – I’m giving the Hawks credit for dealing with their own handicaps.)
By the looks of it, Jamal’s injury may linger.
Jamal and Joe didn’t make a basket in the first half – 0 for 11. Mike Bibby’s shooting kept the Hawks in the game.
3. Bibby either doesn’t like interviewing or is some sort of basketball savant. When he plays well and we ask him what was working, or why he played well, he can never really explain it.
Bibby: “It was going in. You take the good with the bad and you shoot the ball.”
4. Josh Smith played 45 minutes. Didn’t get to talk to him afterward. Mike Woodson sounded like he wanted to take him out, but felt like he couldn’t afford to. (Nice line, Marvin, about Josh not being able to walk to the bus afterwards. That was the funniest thing on the blog. Second place: Najeh’s line about Zaza.) 29 points, five assists, nine boards, and he must have missed three or four assists on passes where the recipient blew fairly easy shots.
5. I would have liked to see how Mario West could have done on Stephen Curry in the second, but he cooled off a little anyway. Curry makes it look so easy. On a semi-related note, as small as Davidson College is, every Davidson grad in the Atlanta area must have been at the game. He got a noticeable ovation at the beginning of the game. He played all 48 minutes, too.
6. Another good game for Marvin Williams – 14 boards and 12 points.
7. Golden State was without Monta Ellis. I’d think the Hawks would have won anyway, though.
We’ll leave it at 7. Heading home.