Joe Johnson to play vs. Charlotte

Hawks guard Joe Johnson will play Friday night against Charlotte after missing the last two games with tendinitis in his Achilles tendon.

Johnson practiced with the team Friday morning at the team’s shootaround at Philips Arena. Johnson said his Achilles had been bothering for the last month and a half or two months.

“I just felt it was time for me to get a little rest off of it and try and let it heal up a little bit,” he said.

Johnson said he won’t limit his minutes on the floor against the Bobcats. In his absence, the Hawks beat New Jersey but lost at Toronto Wednesday night on a last-second basket.

“It’s going to be good to get back out there with the fellas and start us a new streak,” he said.

More to come later.

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o.O-Mac-Town -Macon, Georgia- Westsider-O.o

March 19th, 2010
12:35 pm

<<<gettin it popped off

“It’s going to be good to get back out there with the fellas and start us a new streak,” <<<< being that confident…he better have a good game!!!

GeeMack

March 19th, 2010
12:37 pm

Good! Make sure the Hawks win the game. This is a tough stretch of game we have coming up.

Section 303

March 19th, 2010
12:59 pm

Nice! Glad Joe is back. Although, I have had this injury before. I surprised he is back so fast. Hope this problem does not linger.

Clyde

March 19th, 2010
1:20 pm

I real coach would tell JJ to sit this one out and get healthy for the playoffs. When Will Woody learn that the playoffs are more important than the regular season.

FIRE WOODY

O'Brien

March 19th, 2010
1:22 pm

Good to have JJ back. I just hope that he will be 100% for the playoffs, because we NEED him.

If I’m the Hawks, Charlotte is the one team I don’t want to face in the first round of the playoffs. They have guard depth and front court depth, and they have an NBA championship HC.

I hope the Hawks play well and beat the Bobcats tonight. With the Spurs coming in on Sunday (and Orlando winning again last night), this is not the time for losing streaks

Khao$

March 19th, 2010
1:23 pm

Glad to have JJ back. The Bobcats are a tough order. Hopefully, we’re up to the task. They are no longer a push over.

theZaZaguy

March 19th, 2010
2:04 pm

One thing that comes with age is that it becomes harder to play with nagging injuries. 6 days should be enough if it’s one of those soft tissue tears. These types of injuries are what’s hurting the celtics right now. I think Joe and Woody looked at the schedule and decided that this would be an opportune time to get a rest. He did this last year about this time so I’m not suprised.

The Truth

March 19th, 2010
2:17 pm

Is here the action plan for JJ: If the Hawks have not closed the gap on Orlando and subsequently lose to them in the rematch, than JJ should rest his tendonitis and become a role player for the duration of the season. That way he’s fresh for the playoff. Also if that action is implemented, Woody should also increase Teague minutes along with Collins and Morris giving his starters a break. If Woody isn’t forward-thinking and doesn’t execute this kind of plan he’s selfish and short-sighted. He would be perceived to be just playing for his new contract and a talking point of winning more regular-season games then last year. The CYA strategy would be covered after being pounced in the second round.

Joe Johnson

March 19th, 2010
2:52 pm

Im gonna resign with the Hawks this offseason becuz i luv atlanta!!!!!!

chem

March 19th, 2010
2:56 pm

He’s playing for $

JeJe

March 19th, 2010
3:27 pm

REGULAR SEASON IS ALL THAT MATTERS . AS LONG AS WE BEAT LAST YEAR’S REGULAR SEASON WIN TOTAL, THIS SEASON IS A SUCCESS. THE FACT THAT WE WILL LOSE IN 4 GAMES TO ORLANDO BY 30 PTS A GAME DOESN’T MATTER. WE WILL WIN 48+ GAMES AND THEREFORE ARE NBA CHAMPIONS

Sautee

March 19th, 2010
3:58 pm

I’ll be very interested to see the ball movement (or lack of it) tonight.

BrittishAnger

March 19th, 2010
3:58 pm

Randolph has proven to me he deserves far more playing time than Jason Collins because he actually produces some form of stats other than personal fouls when he’s on the floor. You’re lucky to get a basket from Jason in every four attempts, and while his size can be problematic for the Shaq situation (his only good match up), defeating Orlando comes down to IGNORING Dwight Howard and COVERING everybody else. Look at the games against Orlando, and remove the other players scoring and leave his alone…how much does it account for? Respectively 22 points, 12 Points, and 31 points in total. The other players on the team accounted for 71, 101, and 73 points in those games…any discrepancy between Atlanta and Orlando comes down to an inability to defend anybody else on their squad, and that is a shame of a stat’ to look at. D-Up on everybody else and the Orlando conundrum is solved, because like Allen Iverson in his prime, if you defeat the rest of the team, his output is meaningless. Woody, I’m talking to you, oh yee of such defensive exuberance…

GO HAWKS!

Nacho

March 19th, 2010
3:59 pm

I have a feeling that JJ is going to play somewhere else next year in order to get the max contract. What are your thoughts?

Sautee

March 19th, 2010
4:01 pm

Or, put another way, the last two games, our starting bigs had TWENTY-FOUR assists between them. I’m HOPING that we’ll still run as much of the offense through them. They are making good decisions.

Najeh Davenpoop

March 19th, 2010
4:10 pm

Glad to see Joe back, but I hope he’s not rushing himself back. It’s a lot more important to have him healthy a month from now.

Sautee

March 19th, 2010
4:25 pm

Idiot Watch (truth-serum) said this:

“Josh had to guard the Center because the Horford cant and wont. ”

Now THIS ish is funny!

So Al is SO bad on defense that Woody moves him to cover, NOT their center who averages 17.2 pts. but has him guard All-Star Chris Bosh who averages TWENTY-FOUR points.

And instead of lauding Woody for a good move (since Horford held Bosh to 10 points UNDER his season average), Truth-serum thinks that somehow this was “hiding” Horford’s defense.

Although it’s not exactly clear how taking Horford off of a 17.2 scorer, and putting him on a 24 point All-Star scorer is “hiding” him.

Sounds to me like Woody made a great tactical move and truth-serum hates Horford so much that he can’t even give Woody credit.

That’s some powerful hate from someone who often accuses others of hating.

BrittishAnger

March 19th, 2010
4:28 pm

Nacho,
I can totally see him going somewhere else to try and max out his contract, but I also have a feeling that the Hawks can resign him for even less than what they think they’re gonna have to offer him. It will really come down to his (JJ’s) assessment of the team and their position in regards to getting a championship in the near future (i.e. whatever contract length he’s looking for), and the odds of other teams which are vying for his services. I don’t see Joe as somebody who just wants to walk away from this unless it is really obvious he can do better elsewhere (and in all honesty, the teams with a plethora of cap space aren’t in any real position to guarantee positive growth short of somebody getting Lebronenstein (and that will still rely on his supporting cast to carry him any further than he’s carried Cleveland on his own). I like what we can do if we lose him, and I’d like him to focus on his passing game next year the way Josh Smith did this year if he comes back, but these are questions that are better dealt with during the summer, when we will have nothing better to talk about….

BrittishAnger

March 19th, 2010
4:46 pm

Questions I have walking into Summer and Free Agency;
1) Who wants to buy the rights to Josh Childress so we can free up cap space and put ourselves in a better position to resign J.J. or sign another big name FA (I don’t see him coming back until the Olympiakos deal is up, and his contract is as useful to us as anybody else trying to free up cap space leading into summer)
2) If we were to lose J.J., some analysts assume that nobody’s contract is safe from trade and we’ll be in rebuilding mode again; I don’t see this as true, but if this is the case who do we trade away and who do we seek in compensation?
3) Who do we draft over the summer? We currently have slots at 24 and 54 according to nbadraft.net, and we stand to lose the services of Joe Smith, Jason Collins, and Randolph Morris, or the majority of our bench’s front court depth. We could also possibly lose Mo Evans if he doesn’t exercise his player option.
4) And probably the option which will be debated over quite emotionally leading up to the decision, do we rehire Woodson given the solid level of improvement the team has shown during his two year extension, or do we seek the assistance of another coach, such as my personal choice going forward to improve our PG situation; Byron Scott….

Gimme your best…

gwite

March 19th, 2010
4:51 pm

I’m a big Marvin Williams fan, and even though he’s not turning out to be what one hopes for from a number 2 draft pick(yet), his first 4 years were decent. He earned his starter’s role, and his new contract.

However, his play as of most recently, has been lacking for whatever reason. I do believe that after tonight, win or lose, if Marvin has another “bad” game, Woodson will seriously consider benching him and start Mo, Crawford, or Teague. Crawford has filled his 6th man role so well, that it may be better for him to continue in that role.

That moves Marvin to the 8th spot, starting Teague, so as to get a better look, and Mo as number 7 because he is stepping up.

Marvin has to step up, produce at least to his seasonal averages of this year, or sit down, realizing that he has had his chances. Without making too big of a shakeup, Woodson really has to find a lineup to consistently beat the average teams, and compete with Orlando and Cleveland.

J.J.M.

March 19th, 2010
4:54 pm

smh @ all these sites calling josh gay because of that video

Sautee

March 19th, 2010
5:01 pm

BritishAnger,

Sorry man, but that’s for after the playoffs. Too many things could happen between now and then to talk cogently about it.

But I will say this. I don’t think Chills “rights” can be sold to anyone, or traded. As I understand it, he’s still a restricted free agent, and we can either sign him to play with us, or do a sign and trade. And nothing else.

Nacho

March 19th, 2010
5:02 pm

Has anyone heard a report on Chills is doing? Has his jump shot improved? Any changes/improvements in his game?

BrittishAnger

March 19th, 2010
5:16 pm

Thanks Sautee, that’s a totally lame condition considering how frickin’ worthless he’s been for us recently and that it counts against us to hold onto his rights at all.

Nacho, I haven’t watched a Olympiakos game this season, though it looks like they’re still a secondary thought behind Panathiniakos, but from the looks of his stats out there he’s doing pretty decently and starting consistently as well. Like to Euroleague stats below;
http://www.euroleague.net/competition/players/showplayer?pcode=001225

HawksFan11

March 19th, 2010
5:48 pm

Anyone coming to the game tonight, stop by section 119, row D and say hello.

GO HAWKS!

gwite

March 19th, 2010
6:02 pm

Childress. Still not a shooter. Never was, apparently won’t be. Shoots free throws even worse than his Hawks stats.

So we know what kind of player he is. Good, but not worth half what he thinks he’s worth. Good for him the Greeks did.

terrell

March 19th, 2010
6:11 pm

Never Clyde. Never! Joe will probably play 40 plus.

gwite

March 19th, 2010
6:27 pm

Kobe will play 40 plus. Lebron, Carmelo, Dirk, Durant, Roy, Wade(if he could).

They all play the same amount. And Joe appears not to play “all out” as much as some of the others do.

They all play just as much as they are needed. Maybe if Joe would develope a killer instinct, and help the Hawks bury teams well into the 4th quarter, he could get more rest. That is, if he even wanted it. Kobe doesn’t.

Clyde

March 19th, 2010
6:40 pm

Why would play your star player 35 plus minutes on a sore Achilles tendon weeks before the start of the playoffs? Teams that plan on going deep into the playoffs would allow their star player to rest.

FIRE WOODY AND SELL THE HAWKS TO DAVID MCDAVID

KevinA

March 19th, 2010
7:01 pm

My bracket was bad the first day at a lousy 16%. Today has been much better and am at around 63%. Anybody doing well? The president is in the 98% range. Anybody able to compete with the Prez?.

KevinA

March 19th, 2010
7:02 pm

Clyde,

You want Larry Brown? – The teacher?

Najeh Davenpoop

March 19th, 2010
7:11 pm

“I have a feeling that JJ is going to play somewhere else next year in order to get the max contract.”

According to the rules of the current CBA, the Hawks can offer Joe more money than anyone, because they can throw an extra year on the contract.

Clyde

March 19th, 2010
7:26 pm

Money ain’t gonna matter to Joe Najeh. Joe will go where he has the best chance to win a championship.

FIRE WOODY

Sautee

March 19th, 2010
7:29 pm

Clyde,

If THAT’S true, why did he leave Phoenix just when they were on the cusp?

O'Brien

March 19th, 2010
7:32 pm

gwite,

If you think Marvin earned his 5 year $37.5 mil contract, then you and I are on very different pages.

And you really think Woody would bench Marvin this late in the season? I wish he would. but I dont think Woody would make such a move this late.

gwite

March 19th, 2010
7:32 pm

Why does Kobe play with a “fractured” finger(for basically 2 seasons), and a bad ankle? If you can play, you play.

O'Brien

March 19th, 2010
7:40 pm

No surprise. Woody said if JJ says he is 100%, then he will push him like he is 100%.

VenomSpitter

March 19th, 2010
7:44 pm

Damn Marvin sucks

VenomSpitter

March 19th, 2010
7:45 pm

Oh now Marvin wants to score

rob706

March 19th, 2010
7:45 pm

VenomSpitter

March 19th, 2010
7:46 pm

Josh stop gambling and just play D. DAMN

VenomSpitter

March 19th, 2010
7:48 pm

I seriously think if we face the Cats in the playoffs we’ll struggle.

gwite

March 19th, 2010
7:49 pm

O’Brien, if he has many more nights like Toronto, and especially if they go into a (more) losing mode, it wouldn’t be such a hard choice.

Now if they continue to win at the same clip with him scoring 2 pts…but I don’t think they can.

I pretty much support Woody all the way, and like Marvin a lot, but he would have to be benched, at least just temporarily for motivation, if his poor play continues. I think even Marvin would agree with that. If he doesn’t loose his starters role, he will have to be pulled much earlier when he starts poorly.

Hopefully it won’t come down to such measures, but the way things have been going for Marvin this season, it just may have to.

VenomSpitter

March 19th, 2010
7:54 pm

Man Marvin is just pitiful. Joe just shook his head at him.

VenomSpitter

March 19th, 2010
7:55 pm

Hmm Mo comes in 1st not Crawford, I guess woody is sick of Marvin too

rob706

March 19th, 2010
7:57 pm

Bobcats out for blood, Hawks wake up

VenomSpitter

March 19th, 2010
7:57 pm

The Hawks have no heart. The Cats hungry and they’re about to eat these chickens(The Hawks)

Najeh Davenpoop

March 19th, 2010
7:57 pm

@ BrittishAnger @4:46:

1. I would shop Marvin first and see if there are any takers, even if the return is relatively little. I’d much rather bring back Childress to start at the 3 at this point, seeing as how we know he has some well-defined skills (floor spacing, athleticism, defense, offensive rebounding) whereas Marvin doesn’t seem to contribute anything consistently right now. Not saying Marvin can’t develop into a better player than this, but I don’t think it’s worth $37.5 million to see him try. The Hawks are better off without his contract clogging up their books.

2. The Hawks should do everything in their power to keep JJ, and I’d be surprised if he did leave (especially to join a sorry ass team like the Knicks) but if he does leave the Hawks won’t let him go without pulling off a sign-and-trade. Seeing as how the Knicks have relatively little of value to offer the Hawks in return, it would be up to Rick Sund to bring in 1 or 2 other teams to ensure that the Hawks receive a player of value to fill in at the 2 or 3. If JJ leaves for no compensation it would represent gross incompetence on the part of Rick Sund.

3. Best player available with the first pick, best fit for Woody’s system available with the 2nd pick. Outside the lottery (and in most drafts, outside the top 5) if you try to reach for a guy that fills a need, chances are you will get burned — look what happened to the Mavs, who picked BJ Mullens 13 picks ahead of DeJuan Blair just because he’s half a foot taller and traded him to OKC. Both of those teams could use a player of Blair’s caliber, but instead they are left with a project. With the 2nd pick, you want a guy who has a chance to actually make the roster, and that’s only going to be someone Woody likes.

4. If the Hawks can luck out into someone who has proven he can coach and develop players better than Woody, like how the Rockets lucked out into Rick Adelman, then by all means get rid of Woody and go after that guy. But if that guy is not available, the Hawks are a lot better off giving Woody a short-term extension rather than going after other coaches with similarly mixed track records.

Sautee

March 19th, 2010
7:58 pm

The last time we played this passively at home, the Knicks blew us out.

And why all the iso’s? AJ?

rob706

March 19th, 2010
8:00 pm

the hawks are standing around alot