Hawks squawks: Hawks 86, Magic 84

Greetings, all-

some quick thoughts -

- One of the plays of the game was Dwight Howard’s getting called for a moving screen on Jamal Crawford in the first quarter. Howard was having his way to that point and the Hawks looked tentative. It was 20-10 near the end of the first quarter. By the time he got back in, with 9:34 to go in the second, it was 24-23 and the Hawks had some confidence going.

- I’m with Najeh. The Hawks defended the 3-pointer better and the numbers would indicate as much. The Magic came into the game on a roll from 3-point range and shot 6 for 21. Howard got his – 19 points, 24 (!) rebounds – but he had to work for it. He was 4 for 11 from the field and went to the line 16 times.

Al Horford: “We did a good job on him tonight. We made him work, earn most of the stuff he got. But he’s an All-Star player, so he’s going to go out there and get his.”

- I echo some of the questions about why Jason Collins didn’t play. It seemed like a spot where he would have been useful.

- Magic players got a little salty afterwards, notably Matt Barnes, who was pulled with 5:38 to go. From the Orlando Sentinel:

“(Stan Van Gundy) obviously must not trust me down the stretch. Only thing I can think of. I’m knocking down 3s, I’m playing D, I’m rebounding. I couldn’t believe it,” Barnes said. “I could see it if the person I’m coming out for is cooking or something…but that wasn’t really the case tonight.

“It’s very frustrating to sit on the bench the last five minutes when I held Joe to 13 points. It’s very frustrating.”

- As I noted in my game story, Josh Smith’s heroics were necessary because the Hawks nearly gave the game away.  After Mike Bibby hit a 3-pointer to put the Hawks up 73-64 with 10:37 to go, they made just one out of their next 10 shots (until Smith’s putback) and turned the ball over four times. And Smith’s jumper was the only basket! (Excellent timing on MC’s last blog. I’ll be curious to see what effect that this has.)

Josh: “I’m just confident in my all-around game. If it’s there, I’ll take it.”

He also said that he doesn’t hear the fans shouting “NO!!!” when he sets up to take jumpers.

Al: “We have to execute better down the stretch, there’s no question about it.”

Second team did its job. Mo Evans (10 points), Zaza Pachulia (took his turn on Howard), Jeff Teague (filthy bounce pass on the break) and Crawford (11 points, four assists) all helped the cause.

Josh: “Definitely give credit to the second unit. Mo Evans was outstanding in the first half, guys like Zaza, who was in there doing dirty things that we need him to do (Josh laughed at this point). It really helped us out.”

- If you’re wondering, the Hawks are now 3.5 back of Orlando. If the Hawks run the table, they’d finish 57-25. Orlando would have to go 6-4 to finish behind them. Obviously, don’t see it happening.

271 comments Add your comment

Dub C

March 25th, 2010
9:43 am

This win will definitely help the Hawks confidence against Orlando. Hawks have a hard time scoring against them, and last night was no different.

David Smith

March 25th, 2010
9:45 am

David Smith

March 25th, 2010
9:46 am

Bah!! Second!!

Freshmaker

March 25th, 2010
9:46 am

Awesome, awesome game last night. So glad they were able to pull it out. As Dub just mentioned, this is a nice confidence booster for the Hawks.

josh

March 25th, 2010
9:51 am

glad the hawks were able to close this one out, despite the last minute basket – i don’t know how i feel about these close ones cuz its usually the hawks allowing a 10 point lead in the 4th to get that close or something – but gotta give em credit. played through it!

Ree Roe

March 25th, 2010
9:51 am

Bob Rathbun made a comment about our poor record in games in which we score under 96 pts. Does anyone know what that record is?

Solid game despite another disappearing act by Marvin. He had some nice dunks, but he’s just so inconsistent…I wonder how Mo would do as our starting 3

I liked how we grinded out the win even tho we had some terrible scoreless stretches (half of the 1st Quarter, half of the 4th). What can we do to get points when nothing is falling?

-REEquired by Roe!!!

Rock Preston

March 25th, 2010
10:04 am

The reason why we bog down at the end of games is there is no offensive philosophy. Late in the 4th qtr, Jamal ran down the floor and hoisted up a J with about 15-18 seconds left on the shot clock. Too much helter skelter at the end of games instead of heady smart basketball. My point of view.

HarveyPritchard

March 25th, 2010
10:07 am

I knew the Hawks would win. The Hawks ALWAYS bounce back from a gut-wrenching loss. I thought they would win by 40 points but I’ll take a 1 point win anyday, especially against a team the Hawks always lose against, the magic. Josh’s slam at the buzzer has got to be the most emphatic and most electifying win the Hawks have ever had under Mike Woodsen’s regime. JOSH’S SLAM ESSENTIALLY MADE THE MAGIC DISAPPEAR!!!This win should give the Hawks confidence going foward. Go HAWKS! GO ALL THE WAY TO THE NBA CHAMPIONSHIP!

Dub C

March 25th, 2010
10:08 am

I think you’re right, Rock. The ball movement stops at the end of games and the iso’s begin. As stated so many times here, our offensive scheme is elementary, at best. These nail biters are killing me!!!

Ree Roe

March 25th, 2010
10:14 am

@ Dub C, I agree. The close games have made us better as far as late game execution goes, but we’ve got Philly tomorrow & Indy on Sun. We need to win those games as convincingly as possible.

-REElated to Roe!!!

Hawk n the Ham

March 25th, 2010
10:18 am

I love the camera shot where it looks like Smoove just came out of NOWHERE and defied all laws of gravity to put the emphasis in EMPHATIC on the put back slam!

Smoove = Hawks MVP

CinderellaStevenson

March 25th, 2010
10:19 am

I was appauled at the play where Dwight Howard elbowed Marwin Williams hard as he was driving towards the basket late in the game. “Starvin” Marvin was hurt so badly that he quit on the play (literally walked off the court and got out of Howards way for Howard to slam it home). At that point, the fans at Phillips arena started booing because they thought the Hawks were about to lose. The Hawks then got off the mat like a tough heavyweight fighter and continued to take their game to the Magic. It was an exciting game and a surefire classic game. That game should make ESPN classic instantly. It was one for the ages and then for the capper Josh Smith puts his signature dunk on at the end to put the icing on the cake. What an impressive win! Rock on–Hawks! Phillips was rockin and rollin last night! Wow! The Hawks have come a long way from being a bottom feeder in the southeast division. The Hawks last night knocked off the top gun in the division. Theres no one else left to beat. THE VIEW IS LONELY AT THE TOP!

Clyde

March 25th, 2010
10:21 am

“Clyde is like 28 year old wall-paper… Always the same…Never changes…Just turns yellow over tyme.
PLease Don’t feel sorry for this guy….He wants to add to the Unemployment %.” -drmaryb

LMAO. You right I never change drmaryb. I’m just like Woody running the same ole plays for 6 years. Grabbing a clipboard during a timeout to draw up a play and the team runs the same ISO Joe. Running a switching defense so that your big men are on the perimeter and the basket is left wide open.

Real basketball fans know that what Woody is doing isn’t going to fly in the playoffs. It might get us past the first round but against Orlando or Cleveland we already lost. To win a battle you have to catch your opponent off guard.

FIRE WOODY

The Truth

March 25th, 2010
10:21 am

Did anyone else notice D Howard coming back from a time-out cleaning his feet of a Hawks carpet mat? It gave us insight into his mindset during that moment in the game. Apparently the preconceive plan was for them to be up on the Hawks by a wide margin with victory assured and the carpet was suppose to represent Orlando rubbing it in. I GUESS THAT PLAN BACKFIRE D HOWARD, YOU JERK!!

cp

March 25th, 2010
10:26 am

Whats frustrating about these 4th quarters is that for 3 quarters we share the ball, everyone gets involved and we look great out there. The 4th quarter comes and we abandon everything we did great for 3 quarters. We stop sharing the ball and go one on one. I think that’s why we go those stretches in the 4th where we don’t score.. We have to stop going away from what worked for 3 quarters. I think the team racked up something like 21 dimes through 3 quarters and only 1 in the fourth. The game before that they didn’t have an assist in the 4th at all. Stop going away from whats working. Bob and Nique pointed it out last night how we were sharing the ball then we started playing conservative. They have to fix this before the playoffs. Really cant afford those kind of scoring droughts like that..

What I do like is how Bibby has seemed to have found his shot again. I have been tough on him this season but he looks like he has found his rhythm. Good time to find it with the playoffs coming. Regarding Marvin well I don’t even know what to say. Like I said in the last blog, why not just try Mo at the starting spot since we have clinched a spot in the playoffs and there are not many games left. I don’t think it could hurt at all seeing how inconsistent Marvin has been.

Mike is Back

March 25th, 2010
10:30 am

@MC, I was going post on your previous blog…but the tone was so negative I took a pass. I’m starting to agree with Astro Joe, on some of the scope of your topic. Okay Josh needs to be more selective with his jump shot…the ISO JJ plays needs could use some tweaking…over the course of the season I have seen improvement on both fronts…these are guys that has given BLOOD, SWEAT, AND TEARS to this organization. You would never know that by some of the comments I read.

Yeah, they all most let another game get away, however we should also be able to acknowledge the passion and energy this team has been playing with of late. This had to be one of the biggest win of the season. This team is starting to peak at the right time…they look pose for big push going into the playoff…can we get something on that.

GREAT WIN…GO HAWKS!!!!

NUNNA YO BIZNEZZ

March 25th, 2010
10:32 am

i gotta admit that woody did a nice job on the matchup’s last night and so so with his subbing. My issue with him last night is, why does he still sit the bench down when they perform well in the 1st half??

but when the 1st unit is slow and not clicking he will wear them down with burn time for them to get back into a flow.

i don’t think he see’s that sometimes they may be actually..whats the word im looking for???…ummmmmmmmm….TIRED!!

im one who will give props on losses and get on u when we win…
and give u props win we win and get on u when we lose..

i can guarantee you that most of you on here will lose it the day we are out of the playoffs this year..and the fire woody bandwagon will be rolling down peachtree street/spring street/northside drive,and all around phillips arena..

even if we don’t make it all the way to the finals,and even win it i’ll be one to congratulate our team and coaches on the job that we did this season,but with the pattern that they follow now:
1.inconsistent play
2.inconsistent coaching
3.heavy minutes all season for jj and most starters
4.exposing the lack of knowledge of playing against a zone defense
5.exposing the truth of our M.O.(from the bulls color commentator)that we will blow big leads and will let u back into the game,and you have to be patient and wait for us to let you back in.

by my comments,you all can tell by now that im not very knowledgeable about the game of basketball,as far as the x’s and o’s..
but i do know the element of strategy and execution..

and i hardly doubt that our coach and some of his staff not,have even that knowledge..

i say that because i see no in game adjustments,and the same issues game after game after game after game..

can someone just name me more than one issue of our play that we had during the season,that costs us games,or nearly costs us games, that we actually addressed and the issue is no longer a concern??

im excited about this team,but,im not gonna let it get me too hyped and be let down once our season is over..

O'Brien

March 25th, 2010
10:46 am

from the previous blog,

Wabe,

I think Stan got outcoached last night. How do you not play Ryan Anderson, who has good games against us, considering Rashard was struggling as you mentioned? And Matt Barnes has a point. Not sure what SVG was thinking there either.

And what was Orlando thinking? Hawks were in the penalty with about 10 minutes left in the fourth. The Magic should be driving constantly, or get the ball to Howard every time down. But they took a lot of bad (jump) shots.

And then the zone was working against the Hawks, but Orlando eventually went back to man to man defense. Why?

That being said, the game changed in the first quarter when Howard went to the bench with 2 fouls as Ken pointed out.

Our bench has been criticized a lot this year, but they have played well the last few games. They deserve a lot of credit, because they contributed to the 30 point second quarter, which got us going. But it would be nice to see the bench in the second half, especially when they played so well in the firs half. Fortunately, our starters were able to hold on for the victory.

The thing that bothered me in the fourth, is Woody calls a time out, then we come out, and Crawford gets the ball to JJ, and then he goes ISO. Did we really need a time out for that? Especially since once again, we didn’t have a time out at the end of the game?

Hawks need to let somebody else initiate the offense, and then hopefully the ball will make its way back to JJ, with a better scoring opportunity.

And I’m not sure why we didn’t see Jason Collins. Wasn’t that one of the reasons we got him? ZaZa and Al could easily have fouled out, and then what would we have done?

That being said, a win is a win is a win, especially against a team who beat us by an average of 22 ppg the first 3 games. Maybe that will help us get over the mental hump against the Magic.

northcyde

March 25th, 2010
10:48 am

The Hawks are a mentally tough ballclub. I keep telling you guys that, but there are always skeptics. The win proves that we can beat Orlando, but isn’t indicative of how we’ll play in the playoffs. We’re definitely going to have to play better than what we did last night to beat them in a 7 game series. But it was nice to see the defense be the driving force behind a victory for once.

This game was comparable to the Dallas game in Dallas. A hard fought, grind it out game in which defense was the difference. I’d rather for the Hawks to play games like these, than those 108 – 106 games in which they’re not defending at all.

SWAT Native

March 25th, 2010
10:55 am

Cinderalla Stevenson,

I was at the game last night, and we weren’t booing after Marvin got elbowed in the grill because we thought the Hawks would lose, but because the ref let Howard get away with it. I agree it was a great game and I hope to catch it again on NBATV this weekend.

Wabe

March 25th, 2010
11:04 am

I completely agree about the bench. I think you’ve got to credit what they’re doing when they’re on the floor, and it’d be nice if Woody would reward good play with MORE PLAY, particularly in the 2nd half. I honestly think that a lot of these 4th quarter meltdowns that we see are a result of the limitted bench play. We tend to get tight as soon as the 4th quarter starts, and we don’t really rotate guys in and out. Woody might do what he did on that last Magic possession (rotate for defensive purposes for a possession), but I hardly ever see Woody rotate guys in and out in the 4th quarters, even when guys are struggling.

I wish we’d seen a little more of JT0 last night too, but I’m not gonna complain too much about that right now. We just beat the freakin’ Magic, nobody should be complaining bout much.

Wabe

March 25th, 2010
11:09 am

And to northclyde’s point about the Hawks being mentally tough, have yall taken note as to how well the Hawks bounce back from tough losses? The Hawks seem to play with extra intensity when they’re coming off a loss, which is great to see. I remember earlier in the season, we lost to the Bobcats, but came back home and beat Denver by 25 at home. There have been so many gut-wrenching losses that we’ve suffered, but none of which have killed this teams confidence.

I remember back when we played Cleveland on that back to back. Now, I know we lost both games, but the way we lost that first one was heart-breaking. You would’ve never thought the Hawks would go up to Cleveland on the next night and push them at all, but they did. And truthfully, I’m still a believer that if we didn’t get JIPPED WITH THE SHOTCLOCK THAT NIGHT, we would’ve walked out of that with a split.

It’s just pretty crazy how we manage to bounce back after tough losses. Definately a sign of a mentally tough team.

I just hope they get the 4th quarter woes figured out. We can’t walk into the playoffs ignoring this. It happened again last night, but luckily, Smoove bailed us out.

WolfmanJack

March 25th, 2010
11:32 am

THE HAWKS WERE LUCKY TO WIN LAST NIGHT. I am proud of the Hawks for the way they played for 3 quarters. The fourth quarter by the Hawks was an abomination. The Hawks will have to somehow fix these continual FOURTH QUARTER MELTDOWNS where the leads EVAPORATE and the Hawks play sloppy and let the other team back into the game. I couldnt believe what I was watching. The Hawks kept turning the ball over, over and over again and giving the ball back to the Magic. The Magic kept missing jump shots. I have never seen anything like that because the Magic are an excpetionally great jump-shooting team, but they were ice cold in their jump-shooting last night (3pt shooting and 2pt shooting), which is why the Hawks won the game.

Ree Roe

March 25th, 2010
11:48 am

From Hoopinion (Hawks blog)

“When the other team immediately attacks your defensive specialist, attacks him to a degree they didn’t even attack Mike Bibby, perhaps it’s time to reassess your perceptions. And this substituting Mario West for defensive possessions at the end of close games has to stop. Because Orlando scored on their last possession of the game, and because the Hawks had used their last timeout to get Mario West out of the game so they could play offense after Orlando’s previous possession, the Hawks had the ball for the final ten seconds and Mario West on the floor. Mo Evans, Jeff Teague, these are actual basketball players available for Mike Woodson to use in these situations. If he continues to refuse those options this is going to end badly some night.”

I agree with this assessment wholeheartedly. I still don’t understand Woody’s fascination with Mario West

-fREEquently Roe!!!

northcyde

March 25th, 2010
11:54 am

Wabe . . . they’ve been doing it all year, as you pointed out. It’s the main reason why they only have one losing streak over 2 games this year ( the 4 games we lost during the Christmas/New Year’s holiday ).

Yeah, they have their troubles with focus at times ( especially on the road ), but they make up for that with their ability to beat just about anybody at home.

Najeh Davenpoop

March 25th, 2010
11:58 am

““Starvin” Marvin was hurt so badly that he quit on the play (literally walked off the court and got out of Howards way for Howard to slam it home). At that point, the fans at Phillips arena started booing because they thought the Hawks were about to lose.”

Actually, we were booing because it was an egregious no-call. I was confident that the way they were playing defense, they would at least get it to overtime.

northcyde

March 25th, 2010
11:59 am

The guy at Hoopinion has never liked Mario though. He’s on point with most of his analysis, but when you’re talking about guarding a quick guard, Mario . . no matter how he doesn’t like it . . is the best defensive option to go with. Even when Mario did that great job on Durant back on Martin Luther King day, he still criticized Woody’s decision to play him, nit-picking on other mistakes he made.

Mario playing defensive spot minutes doesn’t bother me. Just don’t foul in those situations.

ILL-logical

March 25th, 2010
12:01 pm

A little noticed but highly significant point in last night’s game was when woodson pulled Joe after he drove the to the baseline,got trapped and then threw the ball away. Got to be consistent with the meteing out of punishment for bad behavior on the court.

The other key play was that because the Hawks where out of time outs,Woodson could not call one and give the Magic time to set their defense,as josh pointed out. Although the play was still iso Joe, Josh was able to crash the boards rather than stand 30 feet from the basket as called for in the now classic iso Joe set. Ironic:the Hawks may have won because woodson was not able to”coach”.

Najeh Davenpoop

March 25th, 2010
12:02 pm

Y’all are missing the point when you talk about the Hawks’ “4th quarter struggles”. The Hawks’ struggles are not caused by the 4th quarter — they are caused by the zone defense. It just so happens that teams have recently been employing the zone against the Hawks in the 4th quarter. Don’t get me wrong, this is a serious issue that has to be fixed soon, but calling them “4th quarter struggles” implies that the Hawks don’t have the mentality to execute in the clutch, which I don’t think is true. It is a matter of adjusting offensive tactics, not mentality.

Section 303

March 25th, 2010
12:07 pm

Josh Smith might say he does not hear the crowd groan when he is about to shoot a jumper, but I don’t believe him. No way he can’t hear that.

Really, I thought the officials reffed the Magic back into that game last night. There was a stretch where there were several fouls in a row called when the Magic had the ball. Take that sequence out and the Hawks win by 7-8 points.

You talk about key plays, Ken…how about Crawford stepping out of bounds (assuming it was the right call) right before he knocked down a 3-point shot late in the 4th. Would have put the the Hawks up 10, again, with around 5-minutes to go, I think? Instead, the call is made, the Magic score and instead of being up 10, the Hawks only up 5.

Najeh Davenpoop

March 25th, 2010
12:08 pm

Big shout out to the bench too, which was decisively better than Orlando’s last night.

Hawk n the Ham

March 25th, 2010
12:14 pm

Section 303 – I was at the office during the game, so I had to listen to the radio broadcast. After the refs gave the Hawks an offensive foul at one point Steve Holman said, “….well I guess the refs thought we had too much momentum, so they called us on a bogus foul.”

Moe luv

March 25th, 2010
12:17 pm

How come JJ can never find his game against the Elite teams but other elite players can always find their game against us?? With that being said, at least the hawks looked like they came to play lastnite. U could see it in their faces that they were determined to play up to those guys. My only gripe is when we are up in the 4th by playing team ball….great ball movement, but it seems as if in the last 7 or 8 minutes that great offense stops becaue Crawford comes down and jacks up shots..no one eles touches the ball!

Play Teague more to set up your great scorers…Granted, Bibby was on lastnite so I wasnt overly concerned about JT0 comin in but that pass to he threaded to MOE was SICK!

Every time we win a close game game people say this ought to be a confidence booster, but they come right back out the next game and start how they always start….slow…sluggish…..pick up defense….ahead by ten in the 4th…..stop playing defense in 4th…turn the ball over in the 4th Jamal Crawford doesnt pass the ball in the 4th….offense becomes stagnant….other team gets back in it in the 4th….other team ties the game or take the lead in the 4th……only a few seconds left…..JJ or Crowford dribbles the clock out while everybody else watches…Fans are pissed yet again that we are in this situation….Shot goes up……..U choose the out come

vava74

March 25th, 2010
12:22 pm

As anyone thought that we only won the game because Josh was able to pull that miracle slam at the end…

And that Josh only pulled that trick because he was fresh and sharp…

And that he was only fresh and sharp because he had a breather in the middle/end of the 4th quarter…

And that he had a breather in the 4th quarter solely because he picked up his 5th foul…

And not because Woody recognized that having your best player fresh and sharp to end the game is ESSENTIAL??

VenomSpitter

March 25th, 2010
12:28 pm

HawksFan11

March 25th, 2010
12:29 pm

Someone posted a parody the other day comparing Mike Woodson’s coaching to that of Michael Vick and it got me thinking about these 4th quarter scoring droughts.

It seems that Coach Woodson is trying to play the 4th quater like a football game, trying to run out the clock while his team has the lead, vs continuing the attack, or as we old folk say “dancing with who brung ya”.

Rock called Jamal shooting a jumper with 15 seconds left on the 24 “helter skelter”, but it’s how the offense runs, how it functions. Our bigs run with the guards and most of the offensive rebounds, not to mention most of Jamal’s points, come from plays like that. I agree with most like Ree & Najeh that the abandonment of 3 quarters of successful ball movement in favor of attempted clock management is the key to the late game meltdowns.

Fast breaks and assists are not forbidden in the 4th quarter.

vava74

March 25th, 2010
12:31 pm

Even Josh understands that Woody’s tactic of calling a TO to set up an ISO play is dumb and that it is better just to let the game flow.

“It may have helped that we didn’t have a timeout. They were sort of discombobulated [defensively],” Smith said minutes after combobulating the Hawks and their thoughts. “But we know we can play with anybody as long as we give a full 48 minutes like we did tonight.”

Woody has called at least two stupid TO in the last few games after a miss by the opponent team rebounded by ATL with the Hawks ahead in the scoreboard.

Instead of taking advantage of the adversary’s increased nerves and jitters after a miss, Woody has been calling TO to set up ISO plays which go against fully set, rested and focused defenses.

vava74

March 25th, 2010
12:34 pm

Venom,

I had already posted that on the previous blog.

Charley Rosen is my favorite NBA analyst and he is right 95% of the times.

He also has showed great appreciation in the past for Woody’s work saying that he obtained better results than would be expected with the groups he had.

However, it is clear that his article is a testament of his opinion that Woody is not keeping up with the organic growth and has adopted a very limited game plan.

Michael Cunningham

March 25th, 2010
12:50 pm

@ Mike is Back: first, i didn’t post this blog, it’s Ken S.

second, not sure which AJ comment you are referencing, but he tends to see what he wants to see. in one recent case he picked one sentence out of a 600-word post and used that to characterize my opinion or “scope” while ignoring the many sentences proceeding it that plainly contradicted his conclusion. it’s like taking a couple sentences out of a four-star movie review that point out what the critic considers a couple minor flaws and concluding that the critic didn’t like the film.

on Iso-Joe, i will say this one more time: i started tracking them to make an honest attempt at measuring its effectiveness instead of jumping on the anti-Iso bandwagon. i did so after my blog people rained scorn down on me for a post defending Iso-Joe. i explained all of this when i started the count–you can look it up in the blog archive. when the count showed that fourth quarter Iso-Joe wasn’t as prevalent as perceptions and was working at an efficient rate, i said so more than once. for AJ to ignore all of this while insisting that my aim is to unfairly criticize J.J. or that i only focus on the downside of Iso-Joe just isn’t true.

i have no problem with reasonable disagreement and in fact encourage it. if you think that what i write is off base, then go ahead and let me know. sometimes i’m off. all i ask is to make sure you are correctly characterizing my takes, and lately AJ hasn’t done that. he’s one of the better commenters on the blog, imo, so that’s what makes it disappointing. but like Smoove, we all have holes in our game, doesn’t mean we still can’t be ballas ;)

Michael Cunningham

March 25th, 2010
12:55 pm

dang it, there’s that lame emoticon again . . .

Hawk n the Ham

March 25th, 2010
1:07 pm

Dang, stupid emoticons………..

drmaryb

March 25th, 2010
1:13 pm

CLYDE

Your’e right some things never change. You & Woody do run the same play over & over. You & he may be related. Maybe you two should vacation together & give us FANS some “Change we can BELIEVE in?”

LOL! I do agree with you that Mo should get that start. Were like what 6 – 0 when Mo starts?

Nice Post today except for the last two words! Please let that man feed his wife & kids.
We don’t need another BROTHER out of work…not in this economy.

tyger

March 25th, 2010
1:23 pm

Falcoons Easy Button 2.0

1.19 Golden Tate, WR, ND
3.81 John Jerry, OL, Ole Miss
3.98 Brandon Lang, DE/OLB, Troy
4. 115 Greg Hardy, DE, Ole Miss to I/R
5. 150 Anthony McCoy, TE, USC
5. 165 Danario Alexander, WR, Mizz to I/R
6. 163 Myron Lewis, CB, Vandy
6. 179 Ted Larsen, C, NC St.

GoldenRetriever

March 25th, 2010
1:24 pm

After last nights game, I think the Hawks should be careful and REALIZE exactly what their potential is this season and attempt to SEIZE THE MOMENT if you will when the playoffs rock on. Simply put, whether the Hawks like it not, whether they have been delegated or not, BASED ON THE HAWKS RELATIVELY CONSISTENT PLAY OF WINNING BALLGAMES THIS YEAR AND BASED ON THEIR RECORD, the Hawks standing in the nba community is of an elite status (the Hawks record-wise have made the top elite 8 teams) of the nba. Out of the top 8 teams in the league the Hawks are among them. EAST-Cleveland, Orlando, Atlata, and Boston. WEST-Lakers, Nuggets, Mavericks and Jazz. The Hawks have cracked the upper echelon of the NBA based on their record and their great play this year. I sincerely hope that they understand that they have the potential to do, and that is to WIN AN NBA CHAMPIONSHIP THIS SEASON. Like I heard standout sixth man of the year, Jamal Craford say, “I know when the playoffs come around I wont take it for granted.” I am hoping that the Hawks realize that you dont get many chances to do something special and the Hawks definitely have a special team this year, one capable of hoisting the Larry O’Brien trophy this year. The fans should stand behind the Hawks and encourage them and PUSH them to a title, because it would be a great, phenominal thing for the city of Atlanta, especially after the New Orleans Saints got one in pro football. The Hawks need to get a championship in basketball. Enough said.

tyger

March 25th, 2010
1:28 pm

Perhaps Jsmoove is more Dan Roundfield than Dominique?

Roundfield was an All-star defender/rebounder and scorer but didnt have the sweet outside game like Nique. Smoove’s play above the rim is reminiscent of Nique, but I believe his game is more akin to that of Roundfield’s who also didnt get as many All-star bids as he deserved.

O'Brien

March 25th, 2010
1:29 pm

The ISO has its place. But I didnt like the fact while the Magic was making a run in the fourth, Woody calls a time out. When we get back on the court, the ball is inbounded to Crawford, who hands off to JJ, who pounds the ball for 10-12 seconds, and then takes a tough shot. No creativity at all.

MC,

What’s your ISO play count/result from last night’s fourth quarter?

Fresh

March 25th, 2010
1:31 pm

GoldenRetriever,

I concur…Also, I hope Jamal Crawford bring some of his 50pt games magic with him to the playoffs.

Michael Cunningham

March 25th, 2010
1:35 pm

@o’brien: 3 possessions*, two points: missed fadeaway when Hawks led 74-64; missed turnaround J when Hawks led 78-75; fouled by VC on a strong drive and made both free throws for 82-79 lead.

* i decided not to count the final play as an Iso since it was a scramble situation and not a full possession.

Hawk n the Ham

March 25th, 2010
1:44 pm

Where on earth can I get Josh’s red alternate swingman jersey? They didn’t have any at Phillips & NBA store website only carries Joe’s.

SWAT Native

March 25th, 2010
1:53 pm

Hawk and the Ham,

You can find most of the starter’s red jerseys on EBay and at much better prices.