Hawks squawks: Hawks 127, Warriors 122

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.

68 comments Add your comment

The Truth

March 6th, 2010
12:14 am

Can’t believe I’m First!

hawkfan

March 6th, 2010
12:14 am

way to go marvin…

JeJe

March 6th, 2010
12:16 am

Wow, Woodson showed his true colors again, HARDLY using the bench in the 2nd half and burning out the starters in order to beat a pathetic team that was undermanned AT HOME.

Good job, Woody. Now watch us get destroyed by a Miami team that just beat the Lakers and will have had a day rest

FIRE WOODY

JeJe

March 6th, 2010
12:25 am

Would be nice if Smoove could box out on defense

Or Horford could not do these stupid iso fadeaways that never go in

Don’t let our record fool you — this team has no chance against Orlando or Cleveland, EVEN if the Hawks were fully healthy and you chose any player on Cleveland/Orlando besides Dwight/LBJ to sit out (could probably pick them and we’d still lose)

FIRE WOODY

The Truth

March 6th, 2010
12:41 am

Our will to win this game was stronger then those God Awful Bad Calls By The Referees.

Marvin didn’t even get this call

josh

March 6th, 2010
12:43 am

ya, calls were pretty ridic

northcyde

March 6th, 2010
1:11 am

Well JeJe . . it’s official then. The season is over. No need for you to follow the squad and watch for the rest of the year, because you already know how the season will end. Save yourself the trouble and the torment of watching the Hawks for the next 3 months.

JeJe

March 6th, 2010
1:14 am

northcyde,

was anything I said wrong or factually incorrect?

No.
STFU

JeJe

March 6th, 2010
1:16 am

Woodson’s distribution of minutes to the bench is horrendous. Just looking at the boxscore gives me headaches. You can all say I’m negative, but i know I’m right. The bench usage in the 2nd half is embarrassing and everyone knows it

JeJe

March 6th, 2010
1:17 am

http://espn.go.com/nba/boxscore?gameId=300305001

Mo Evans played 4 minutes. Are you !@#$ing serious?

rms

March 6th, 2010
1:17 am

Section 303

March 6th, 2010
1:41 am

The Truth, no doubt. I’ve missed four home games this season. Tonight’s game was by far the worst officiated game I have seen. There was a sluggish feel to the game, despite all the scoring. The officials saw to it that the game had zero flow to it.

JeJe, what? Why the worry about Mo Evans minutes? C’mon…some of you just need to learn how to enjoy this season. I’ve had season tickets for the past 7 years, I know what bad basketball looks like. This is not it (though, the D did suck tonight).

Also, how about some Mario West talk tonight! He was great, coming in and locking down Curry. Was surprised that he did not get more time. Especially, considering Joe was sick. So, I guess we should fire the whole staff for that oversight, right? (tongue frimly in cheek)

Was obvious that Joe was sick. He just did not look like himself at all.

Section 303

March 6th, 2010
1:49 am

One more thing….Jamal was slow to start tonight. Thumb problem the cause, I guess. Don’t forget, though, he turned it on at the end. Seemed like he went from having zero points to having double figures in a matter of seconds.

tjhook

March 6th, 2010
2:19 am

JeJe,

Relax, player. There will be a lot of nights to be mad at the Hawks’ game, BUT we are trying to allow the team to feel good about themselves before we go toe to toe with the heavyweights. I see holes in the team (offensive strategy too simple, developing young players offensively -Tyrone Hill deserves compliments for improvement of JSmoove and Horford) but the team has come a LONG way. Folks are just trying not to overly complain about a good thing. But we know that we are hoping the Hawks become a great thing.

Big Ray

March 6th, 2010
2:40 am

Would be nice if Smoove could box out on defense

Or Horford could not do these stupid iso fadeaways that never go in

Don’t let our record fool you — this team has no chance against Orlando or Cleveland, EVEN if the Hawks were fully healthy and you chose any player on Cleveland/Orlando besides Dwight/LBJ to sit out (could probably pick them and we’d still lose)

FIRE WOODY

Don’t let the facts fool you:

1) Josh boxing out helped Horford get 15 rebounds, Marvin get 14, and Josh get 9.

2) Josh and Al led the team in scoring and field goal percentage, each guy going 10 for 15 from the field.

3) 10-15 = 67%. So if all you can come up with is “Cleveland and Orlando are better” and “Al missed a fadeaway”, and didn’t notice the WIN, perhaps you’re better off just not watching and commenting.

‘Tis one thing to be thought a fool….

Volman

March 6th, 2010
2:54 am

What is this SECTION 303 going on here? I’ve got season tickets in row 2 of section 303…so I am curious.

Good win though by the Hawks. BENNET SALVIDORE is a punk referee though. Some of those calls were miserable.

Would have loved to see Joe Smith get some run, but this kind of up and down game would have not worked well for him tonight.

Beautiful game by Smoove…continues to prove he is our MVP. Marvin with a double double… Haters can quit hating!

Go Hawks.

northcyde

March 6th, 2010
3:37 am

I’m just saying JeJe. In your eyes, we have no shot, and Woody will never play the bench. So why torment yourself? You know how this movie will end. I’m just trying to help you out.

Big Daddy

March 6th, 2010
3:47 am

Good game, the guys showed their grit by not going crazy with the pace but playing within their capabilities. I guess the game was so close and Woody did not want to lost to GS on our floor that he kept the starters out there as long as he did. J. Teague continues to improve even though they are baby steps.

Most of all, I am happy to see that if some of our stars do falter other members on the team can step up their game and make a difference. Hats off to Mike B. and Marvin (despite a couple of really silly turnovers) for what they did to help us get the win. The fact that only twice since the Hawks have been in Atlanta have they reached 40 wins this early in the season is HUGE. GO HAWKS!!!!!

E43

March 6th, 2010
5:02 am

Big Ray- we have a 19th ranked 86pct attendance fanbase. dont waste your time on him. haters love all the attention they can get and feed off hating in general. i guarantee you this wont be his last post.

northcyde

March 6th, 2010
5:34 am

And for all of you dissing the captain . . it’s a dual perspective. He no doubt stunk it up from a shot perspective, going 3 – 14 FG and missing his first 7 shots. Sick or not, he didn’t have a good shooting game at all.

The other perspective . . he got 8 assists tonight, which led the tea, We got 19 points off of those 8 assists.

10 pts by JJ + 19 points from assists = 29 created points by JJ tonight . . . on a night where he was reportedly not feeling well.

Great players find a way to affect a game, even when they’re struggling in other areas.

Marvin grabbed 14 rebounds . . . 9 OFFENSIVE BOARDS . . . people should be overjoyed at that. That’s the kind of energy that could make this team a legit threat to Cleveland.

Smoove and Horford were outstanding tonight with their post offense and running the floor.

Crawford struggled like JJ did, but came alive in the 4th when we needed him the most.

And Mike Bibby was fantastic tonight. Raining 3s from everywhere. When he’s making shots, we’re an extremely dangerous team.

Clyde

March 6th, 2010
7:33 am

FIRE WOODY

What happened to playing defense and protecting the paint? The Hawks can play that run and shoot game with the Warriors but against Cleveland and Orlando that stuff ain’t gonna work. And how bout Horford? He seems to score a lot of points against teams with small front lines.

FIRE WOODY

danny

March 6th, 2010
7:48 am

Jesus, what is with f’n atlanta fans. If you’re not bagging on Michael Vick once a month like some new bizarre tradition, you’re bagging on a fun basketball team that is actually winning games. Fire Woody chants typify a city of fair weather fans who are never satisfied with just winning games. I hope they do fire Woody (not really) and they hire Bob Weiss again just to punish you idiots.

Clyde

March 6th, 2010
8:01 am

Danny having one major sports championship ever will do it to you.

FIRE WOODY

thomas22

March 6th, 2010
8:15 am

Great game last night by the “TEAM”. We look great when we focus on that aspect. Marvin, Marvin you go boy! Great effort.

Where are all the people that post on this blog when we lose a game? Seems you are MIA when we win……..Man and Woman up!

justahawkfan

March 6th, 2010
8:20 am

This pre-occupation with Cleveland and Orlando is really getting on my last nerve. You FANS, and I use the word loosely, are are worried about them way before you have to. The end of the season is ways off and lot can change before then. Like injuries, slumps, marital problems, rape charges and improved team play which the Hawks are experiencing now whichcan help them over the hump. I will allow that both teams are hard nuts to crack and we will have to be focused and play inspired ball to pull it off, but ica be done. The hawks are not push overs, they have hammers on this team to crack a nut or two. So why don’t you try something new? Talk up your team for a change, give them something credit for being a good team.

Saint Richt

March 6th, 2010
8:55 am

Fire Mike Woodson: “The Hawks fell for Golden State’s freestyle game…”, this because the coach is not capable of motivating/preparing his team. There are too many of these and too many coming out flat games…….

dap01

March 6th, 2010
9:42 am

Woody needs to realize that one advantage of using the bench in the second half, is that your crunch time players are rested at the end of the game.

Who lets a team get into a wide open game with the Golden State Warriors without even trying different combinations of defensive players.

Marvin, Josh and Al were great tonight.
We are handicapped by our coach.

Jody

March 6th, 2010
9:48 am

After the performance from Al and Josh last night, It makes sense to me why Woody wanted Big Z. Golden State chose to play a small lineup and Al and Josh took advantage. With Big Z, the Hawks could have forced that type of mismatch for Al and Josh more regularly.

macaroni tony

March 6th, 2010
10:02 am

WHO IS THE DIRTIEST PLAYER IN THE NBA?

Reggie Evans, Raptors F 21%

Ron Artest, Lakers F 13%

Andres Nocioni, Kings F 6%

Anderson Varejao, Cavs C 5%

Kobe Bryant, Lakers G 4%

FAST FACTS

Only Varejao (85th, 5.2 fouls) and Nocioni (89th, 5.1) are among the top 100 in fouls per 48 minutes. Evans has been injured and doesn’t have enough playing time to qualify…. Three of the top six vote-getters, including Hawks center Zaza Pachulia (4%), have played internationally…. The NBA’s leading fouler, Wizards forward-center Fabricio Oberto (9.1 per 48 minutes), received zero votes.

Based on a survey of 173 NBA players

Ken Strickland

March 6th, 2010
10:54 am

Why all of this doom and gloom about what will happen when we play Cleveland or Orlando? Didn’t we play Cleveland tough on a back to back with both Bibby and Marvin playing poorly? Granted, in a playoff series, we’ll need more than we’ve gotten from Woodson as far as strategy, adjustments and bench utilization is concerned. But, with Bibby and Marvin playing well of late, it could make Woodson’s shortcomings and liabilities less of an issue.

Let’s face it, Woodson is who and what he is. He’s not going to change or make any changes, and he’s what we’re going to sink or swim with as our HC for the remainder of the season. Do all of you WOODY LOVERS remember the promise he made after the Phoenix loss about never trying to win another gm by ignoring his bench again in the 2nd half? Do you also remember his statement about giving any player who takes good advantage of whatever opportunities he decides to give him more mins? Well, Woodson is a obvious lier and a create of habit who has some very bad habits, and is locked into those habits.

If Marvin and Bibby continue to produce, the biggest adjustments will have to come from JJ and Crawford, rather than the opposition. They’ve got to adjust their roles and become facilators rather than scorers. The thing I really like about Marvin’s game of late is he’s playing more like Chills use to play. He’s still not hitting his jumper, but he’s doing such an excellent job of moving without the ball and cutting to the basket, and his teammates are doing an excellent job of finding him.

The lack of movement and sending cutters to the basket is something Hubie Brown and a few other observant commentators have said was missing from our OFF. To me, what’s even more crucial to us advancing in the playoffs than utilizing our bench more, is the need to get more from our starting PG. We all know Bibby is useless if he’s not hitting his 3’s. OUR STARTING PG IS 2ND ON THE TEAM IN APG WITH 4.2, WHICH IS FALLING AND OUR PF, AT 4.1APG AND RISING, IS ABOUT TO OVERTAKE HIM FOR 2ND PLACE.

If your PG lacks speed, quickness, athleticism, doesn’t play DEF, doesn’t penetrate and create, and is limited and inconsistent offensively, his APG should be on the rise, not on the decline. Virtually every other NBA team has a starting PG that can create scoring opportunities for themselves and/or others, while ours needs to have others create scoring opportunities for him, not to mention cover for his NO D. BOTTOMLINE, WOODSON NEEDS TO USE MORE STRATEGY, HIS BENCH AND BACKUP PG MORE, AND HIS STARTING PG LESS.

Najeh Davenpoop

March 6th, 2010
10:57 am

Melvin, I think Ken Sugiura just called you a duck.

j

March 6th, 2010
11:33 am

Hello,
I agree about the Cleveland worries being unfounded. Provided the Ref’s are not completely in the pocket of Stern et al. We could and should have won both Games in that back to back and got screwed. Especially the Shot Clock fiasco that the League Office did not deem worthy of a replay.

Orlando has had our number this year. No doubt. However, with Game Planning and hopefully some different Lineups, perhaps we can do better against them.

However, whoever says we cannot beat Cleveland clearly did not watch the Games that were played and just how far the Ref’s went to ensure that Cleveland won said Games.
Cheers,
J

Section 303

March 6th, 2010
11:43 am

Volman, I’m in row one (D) of 303.

Is Michael back doing the blog next week?

Section 303

March 6th, 2010
12:04 pm

I can’t believe that people are actually getting on Josh Smith for his play last night. Really? You knew the game was played at Philips last night, right? You didn’t goto the wrong arena?

Josh was one of two players (West the other) who played solid D. There were several times last night that Josh was left on an island to defend a cutter that Marvin, Joe, etc. could not stay with. Not to mention the sequence when Josh was left in a 1-on-4 position out of a half court set. It was not even a fastbreak for the Warriors! It was a half court set!

C’mon, guys….take a basketball class or something. Some really do not understand this game.

ken

March 6th, 2010
12:40 pm

y is it every time joe play like s#@t he gotta be sick

sam'l

March 6th, 2010
12:48 pm

Jeje: Lot of what you said makes sense…..but the Hawks can beat Orlando and Cleveland. If Detroit can gain a 21-point lead on Cleveland, the Hawks can maintain a 1-point victory.

Orlando has to be figured out. But the Hawks are an impressive team. You are right tonight SHOULD be a struggle. Personally, I don’t think the Hawks or the journalists should be telling everyone that Jamal; won’t be able to shoot, JJ may be ill or that Josh was so tuckered out he couldn’t walk. I think some players used to have a policy never to admit physical problems so at least they could be used as decoys in upcoming games. Didn’t KG do that for a while? After 52 years as a card-carrying KMOX St. Louis and Atlanta Hawk fan, I have figured the Hawks out. They will do exactly the opposite of what you expect. So, tonight I’m looking for a Hawk victory even though rationally it doesn’t make any sense.

While we collecively were pining for Z, hoping for Finley and I had a brief fantasy AI would show up, help did arrive from just a few feet away. The real Marvin Williams has entered the lineup for the first time this year. .

.

northcyde

March 6th, 2010
1:03 pm

One of the best moments of the year is going to be when Mike Woodson wins NBA COACH OF THE YEAR. It’ll be validation that most of the decisions he’s made this year, has paid off and made the Hawks a legit contender this year.

It’s also going to be great, because all of the Woody haters will continue to scramble to discredit the man for whatever reason. At that point, all Woody would have to do, is go in his closet and find some of those old Kool Moe Dee glasses that he probably used to wear . . hold up his COY trophy . . and sing “how you like me now” . . while doing “the jerk” dance.

Hawks have 2nd best record in franchise HISTORY after 61 games, and people are still in crybaby mode.

Gotta love it.

JeJe

March 6th, 2010
1:15 pm

“One of the best moments of the year is going to be when Mike Woodson wins NBA COACH OF THE YEAR. It’ll be validation that most of the decisions he’s made this year, has paid off and made the Hawks a legit contender this year.”

This is coming from the person who, after the Hawks lost to the Bobcats before the 2008 All Star Break, declared he wanted Woody fired on HawkSquawk. Good job, northcyde

NCBravesFan

March 6th, 2010
1:31 pm

The only thing that is really worth questioning from last night *might be* why Joe was left in the game for such a long time (or played much at all), especially since it was against a team like GS. Hopefully he’ll be ready to go tonight.

northcyde

March 6th, 2010
1:32 pm

I still can’t get over the fact that Marvin grabbed 14 rebounds, mainly because he grabbed 9 OFFENSIVE REBOUNDS. Other than Bibby’s 3 point shooting exhibition, that was the most unlikely event of the night.

That had to be the strangest game of the year:

- Bibby’s 3 point barrage ( he hit 6 in a row at one point )

- Marvin’s offensive rebounding

- Smoove going almost exclusively to the rim and not taking a single long jumper ( that I can remember )

- JJ and Crawford shooting a combined 0 – 11 FG in the 1st half . . but shot 8 – 16 FG in the 2nd

- Teague making 2 lay-ups and looking decent . . but still somehow managed to post a (-10) on the floor.

Those were the Bizzaro Hawks. Still produced a win. That’s the mark of a real good team.

Section 303

March 6th, 2010
1:47 pm

Teague was a -10 on the floor last night? I like him, but am really wondering if Eric Maynor would have been the better choice. Not giving up on Teague at all, but right now Maynor is the better player. Of course, to be fair, Maynor gets more time, too.

I still think Teague can be a good defender. He has had some good moments. Thinking he would help a lot on a fast, Rondo type, PG in the postseason. Bibby really struggles with those kind of players. Teague could lift some of the burden.

Though, I doubt Teague will see much time in the playoffs. Woodson likes to tighten the rotation too much.

Najeh Davenpoop

March 6th, 2010
2:12 pm

“One of the best moments of the year is going to be when Mike Woodson wins NBA COACH OF THE YEAR. It’ll be validation that most of the decisions he’s made this year, has paid off and made the Hawks a legit contender this year.”

I’ve said all year that Woody deserves some credit for the Hawks’ record despite all his faults, and I’ll be the first to congratulate him if he does win (although I’m guessing he finishes either 3rd or 4th). That said, keep in mind that 8 of the last 10 Coach of the Year winners either resigned or were fired within two years of winning the award. With that in mind, I’m not sure that winning COY really “validates” a whole lot.

Najeh Davenpoop

March 6th, 2010
2:18 pm

“Teague was a -10 on the floor last night? I like him, but am really wondering if Eric Maynor would have been the better choice. Not giving up on Teague at all, but right now Maynor is the better player. Of course, to be fair, Maynor gets more time, too.”

I preferred Maynor over Teague before the draft too (before anyone thinks I’m tooting my own horn, I also preferred Maynor over Ty Lawson), but it is way too soon to make the judgment that he’s better than Teague. Maynor came into the league with a better understanding of the PG position and has the advantage as a pure point guard. But in terms of athleticism, Teague definitely has the upper hand, and he has plenty of time to learn how to run an offense. And anyway, it’s not like he has embarrassed himself as a PG this year. I wouldn’t read too much into +/- considering that Teague gets very few opportunities to play with the other starters.

JeJe

March 6th, 2010
2:23 pm

“One of the best moments of the year is going to be when Mike Woodson wins NBA COACH OF THE YEAR. It’ll be validation that most of the decisions he’s made this year, has paid off and made the Hawks a legit contender this year.”

This is coming from the person who, after the Hawks lost to the Bobcats before the 2008 All Star Break, declared he wanted Woody fired on HawkSquawk. Good job, northcyde.

northcyde of JJ's jock

March 6th, 2010
2:59 pm

All of this for our favorite player who played worse than anybody

And for all of you dissing the captain . . it’s a dual perspective. He no doubt stunk it up from a shot perspective, going 3 – 14 FG and missing his first 7 shots. Sick or not, he didn’t have a good shooting game at all.

The other perspective . . he got 8 assists tonight, which led the tea, We got 19 points off of those 8 assists.

10 pts by JJ + 19 points from assists = 29 created points by JJ tonight . . . on a night where he was reportedly not feeling well.

This for the guys who actually carried the team

Smoove and Horford were outstanding tonight with their post offense and running the floor.

Biased much?

teague's hate bandwagon

March 6th, 2010
3:04 pm

quit picking on the rookie who gets the least amount of time and at the most inopportune moments. does lawson get stuck playing in the backcourt with jamal crawford, who has his coaches blessing to shoot whenever he wants? does maynor have to do the same thing? no they don’t and they get more playing time as well. they don’t get dnps and 2 minute games. they don’t have a coach who wants to play them only a little bit then apologize for it when the season is over. they are both luckier than that.

Ken Sugiura

March 6th, 2010
3:17 pm

One thing I forgot to mention was the officiating. i’m generally not one to call out officials, but the gray shirts didn’t do so hot yesterday. both of the calls that maggette complained about, for instance, he had a legitimate argument, i thought.

another thought while driving home – maybe small-ball teams are the hawks’ kryptonite? (that and the magic) new york, phoenix and golden state, for starters. maybe because you have to defend well on the perimeter, and that obviously is not the hawks’ strength?

i don’t know if this is necessarily a condemnation of the hawks. i think just about every team will have a style or player that gives it fits.

as far COY goes, I’d have to think Woody will at least gets votes. He’ll be a very strong candidate if the Hawks win the division. I’d think Scott Brooks and Scott Skiles would be his chief competition, as it looks like, in recent years, COY has been a division winner or a coach whose team that’s made a significant jump in wins.
http://www.nba.com/history/awards_coachofyear.html

northcyde

March 6th, 2010
3:28 pm

And what was our record back then Mr. JeJe?

After having a pretty good start of the 07 – 08 season, the team had really started to fall off in that 07 – 08 season after Jan.

What made me think it was time for a change after the Charlotte game, was Woody’s decision to put back in a terrible playing Anthony Johnson back into the game, after Acie Law was pretty much running the team beautifully that night. If memory serves me right, he had played Acie the majority of the 4th quarter and we’d built almost a 10 point lead.

But for some crazy reason, he put AJ back into that game to close it out, despite him having a bad game. We promptly lost that lead and that game, mainly because of Woody and AJ.

I believe that loss put us 4 or 5 games under .500

If a change was going to be made, that was the perfect time to do it.

Instead, the ASG decided to let Woody coach out the rest of the year, instead of paying long term for a coaching upgrade. And they did the most important move they could to improve the team . . . add Mike Bibby to the squad.

Since that point, the Hawks have almost won 100 games total the past 2+ years, made the playoffs twice, and won a playoff series for the first time in over a decade.

And I’ve seen Woody mature as a coach AND gain the respect of his players . . even the player he was most at odds with.

So while some of you can whine and complain about him not playing sorry bench players more minutes . . or not benching Bibby to play a rookie PG that is one of the worst shooting % PGs in the game . . or his lack of offensive creativity . . all I know is that we’ve won over 65% . . is the #3 team in the East . . is still in a dogfight with Orlando for the divison . . and is considered one of the ELITE TEAMS IN THE NBA by the national sports media.

So keep whining. Whine and cry your eyes out about the “poor and pitiful state of the Hawks”. Or how we have no shot in the playoffs.

Like I said before. For all of you who feel like that, take my advice and simply save yourself some grief. Don’t watch the team for the rest of the year. It’ll save you sme pain.

But WHEN we reach the Eastern Conference Finals, don’t even act like you believed that this team could get there.

Like I said, I can’t wait to see Woody’s COY announcement at Philips Arena during the playoffs. I just wonder how many people in that arena will give that man the respect he deserves at that moment.

JustChillFans

March 6th, 2010
3:36 pm

Why do everybody want joe gone? He has single handedly won us at least 8-10 games. This guy is a proven all-star. U guys really want crawford instead of joe? Why not get behind your all-star so he can resign and u can have both, crawford and joe. Why would you only want one??

Big Ray

March 6th, 2010
3:41 pm

The eternal question – Which is more annoying? “Fans” that bash the team, or fans with pseudo piety who bash other fans? Ehhhh…..

Ant ,

The point of a blog is for all of us to talk our noise. That’s why it’s a blog, and not the decision-maker’s table at Hawks Headquarters, lol. Whether Woody stays or goes, along with who his replacement would be IF he goes, is up to somebody who would know how to replace him. And since when do you know what the ASG is willing to spend money on, or how much? Sounds to me like you don’t know what the heck you’re talking about either. Heh….join the group….we love it here….LOL.

I figure Woody will get COY votes just like he did last year, but this team is way, way too inconsistent and lacks focus all too often for him to win COY. Now if I’m wrong, then so be it, but I don’t think I am. The Hawks have to make a very significant improvement for people to even think about voting him in the top 5, much less the top 3. Better win 55 games or more, or something.

This team looks better on paper than it did last year. Can’t give Woody that credit, it goes to Rick Sund, sorry….

Whether or not we can get the most out of it is down to Woody. That’s where he earns the COY plaque. No disrespect to him, but Adelman, Brooks, McMillian, even Carlisle…they’ve captured the attention of the media and what not. Listened to NBATV and some other sports channels/shows, and NOBODY is talking about Woody. Didn’t even mention him once.