Atlanta Hawks at 76ers: Making Progress

Time for me to be macro again. The Hawks won 47 games last season. Beat Philly tonight and they’ll have 47 victories with 10 to go. Any way you look at it at right now, barring a complete and total collapse down the stretch that’s progress.

“Right now” is the hedge, of course, because it means more if the regular season leads to something better and not as much if it ends up going nowhere. But it’s something for now, and Woody deserves a moment to say he’s glad to see it.

“I am very, very proud,” he said. “I couldn’t be more pleased with a basketball team, considering where we started and I knew we would struggle because we were 18 and 19-year old kids trying to play a man’s game. And we grew. Ownership was patient, they let me and my staff continue to teach a system I believe in and now we see the benefits.”

Woody said matching last season’s victory total isn’t enough. Winning the division would be something to talk about. That’s likely not going to happen so the Hawks will have to put up 50 wins and take the next step in the postseason.

“Our goal was to win 50-plus games and win the division,” Woody said. “We are not outside of the realm of winning the division. Like I’ve been saying, Orlando is playing great we are probably going to have to win out and they are going to have to fall on their face for that to happen. But the goal is to still try to win our division, and in doing that win 50-plus games.”

A reporter actually asked Woody how would he prevent the Hawks from becoming complacent. Shoot, I can’t see how that would be a problem for the Hawks.

For one, the goal should be winning a championship and they haven’t come close to that. They also haven’t shown they are on the same level as the Cavs, Magic and Celtics.

“We haven’t done anything,” Woody said. “Last year we made a positive step based on two years ago when took Celtics to seven. Then we were able to host homecourt last season and win a first-round series. The next step to me is winning the division and getting to the Eastern Conference finals.

“So we haven’t done anything. Orlando, they have done something. Cleveland, they have the best record in the league the last two years. We still have a ways to go, man. We are still trying to learn to win at a high level, and as a coach I’ve got to continue to try to push them.”

– Woody’s message to the team at the shootaround was about finishing games strong. As noted in another nice piece by Ken S. the Hawks are having issues with that. They are “sloppy in that area,” Woody said, and “get so comfortable” with leads late. The Sixers, who are missing South Gwinnett High’s Lou Williams (back), should offer the Hawks a chance to see if they can keep a foe down once they get them there.

MC

330 comments Add your comment

VenomSpitter

March 26th, 2010
7:05 pm

Lets get this win.

Ree Roe

March 26th, 2010
7:07 pm

Looking fwd to tonight. I hope the confidence & national attention we gained from Wed’s win over ORL carries over into a thorough annihilation of Philly. Isn’t Lou Williams out of this game as well?

-REEconfigure for Roe!!!

O'Brien

March 26th, 2010
7:07 pm

Lets get it Hawks. Win #47

VenomSpitter

March 26th, 2010
7:08 pm

Thankfully Lou Williams ain’t playing. Last time he torched us.

VenomSpitter

March 26th, 2010
7:11 pm

Please Duck show me somethin in this game

rms

March 26th, 2010
7:14 pm

Duck Duck GOOSE!!!!

drmaryb

March 26th, 2010
7:15 pm

Who’s My Grand-Daddy?

Hello Poppy! I bet you didn’t know I could do it like that? (spoken with my Spanish accent)

Here goes: I posted you up last night while you were watching Big-Red -vs- Big Blue and I copied to paste in this page:

“It was so bad with all the Spirit-Belkin In-Fighting.

The funniest part of the whole thing was that picture of BK refusing the Out-Stretched Hand of the ENEMY in the Court-House Lobby! LOL! Pure & Classic Day Time DRAMA! I became a Billy Fan that day!

Its nice to see how far we have come even though the DIVORCE is all but almost forgotten.
Shouldn’t the next Owner sign a Pre-Nuptual or something?

Were LUCKY Joe still wanted to come here? And it’s still not settled? If Joe leaves? That may be the reason.
I wish that David Last-Name?? Guy bought our team, but he was shafted by the Seller.”

Breaking News: today in the Business section in regards to my very comments, and I have no inside track, but the story just broke a few minutes ago at 645pm – so please read the article:

COURT OF APPEALS AWARD $281M to DUPED – BUYER of ATLANTA TEAMS
David McDavid awarded that money in a ruling. TNT Ted Turner ordered to pay the man.

Q: How will the affect the current ownership status of Spirit Group that bought the teams out from under David McDavid (FLA Car Dealership Tycoon), when he clearly had right of first refusal to not buy the teams. Hawks and Thrashers?

Are the teams still for sale, due to the Spirit Group in-fighting and all? How will this affect Joe Johnson desire to re-sign here. Or, as a professional due you just play basketball and not worry about who owns the team?

Blue-Ray & Others
Please free to jump in with an opinion. This is huge!
I can’t believe I was still thinking about all the old stuff last night, A walk down memory lane is all I was doing, trying to re-trace the steps of how we got Joe & Woody here in Atlanta, and why people on here are so eager to see those two leave us. We need the coach and the player!

VenomSpitter

March 26th, 2010
7:16 pm

OMG I found a revealing photo of Marvin stealing money from a woman:

http://www.guy-sports.com/fun_pictures/duck_pickpocket.jpg

I’m so dissapointted in him

Najeh Davenpoop

March 26th, 2010
7:17 pm

Hey Hawks, I love the close finishes, it makes for great basketball, but please blow this team out. Y’all need the rest, mentally and physically.

VenomSpitter

March 26th, 2010
7:19 pm

Bibby has been playing better lately

Truth-Serum

March 26th, 2010
7:20 pm

Samuel

March 26th, 2010
7:20 pm

Bibby must have taken his Geritol, he’s all over the place.
50 wins=COY
50 wins=extension

BONE

March 26th, 2010
7:20 pm

did josh just pull up for a jumper in transition loooooooooooool

HawksFan11

March 26th, 2010
7:21 pm

Did Mike Bibby drink some Jason Kidd juice before the game?

terrell

March 26th, 2010
7:22 pm

LMAO at Marvin not even looking for the pass.

Najeh Davenpoop

March 26th, 2010
7:24 pm

Two things stand out about Ken S.’s article.

1. Not one of the Hawks mentioned the actual cause of the late-game struggles — that teams have been shifting to the zone in the 4th quarter. That is disappointing. As soon as they find a reliable way to attack the zone, the “late-game struggles” will magically disappear.

2. Al Horford came about as close to calling out his teammates as any Hawk has all season. That gives some ammo to the blog people who complain that the guards hog the ball.

J.J.M.

March 26th, 2010
7:25 pm

why when the ball hit the rim its a extra loud sound

VenomSpitter

March 26th, 2010
7:27 pm

Wow Duck made a shot

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

March 26th, 2010
7:29 pm

listenin to Rathbun and Nique…you’d think the Sixers were a playoff team….everybody’s “solid” on Phila. to them.

BONE

March 26th, 2010
7:29 pm

lol they got some tight ass rims looool somebody needa loosen them joints up @ halftime cuz aint gon be any bounce…lol if it misses its an instank cllaaaaaaaaaaankkkkkkkkkkkkk

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

March 26th, 2010
7:32 pm

lol that place IS DEAD. I thought Philly fans were such loyal, passionate, “real” fans.

KevinA

March 26th, 2010
7:32 pm

Bibster cooking with bacon grease

HawksFan11

March 26th, 2010
7:33 pm

Now we’ll get some qhuck scores

KevinA

March 26th, 2010
7:33 pm

Moooooo – is still around – wtg

J.J.M.

March 26th, 2010
7:34 pm

lol yea them rims are horrible

KevinA

March 26th, 2010
7:34 pm

HawksFan11

March 26th, 2010
7:34 pm

J.J.M.

March 26th, 2010
7:35 pm

and the crowd is super quiet you can here a pin drop

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

March 26th, 2010
7:35 pm

Inner City Youth league games at Unionville Gym here in Macon are more alive than this building. I’m shocked@Philly

They must still be bummed about Villanova.

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

March 26th, 2010
7:36 pm

VenomSpitter

March 26th, 2010
7:36 pm

Josh calm the f*ck down man damn. It ain’t that serious.

VenomSpitter

March 26th, 2010
7:37 pm

Andre CHokedola lol

J.J.M.

March 26th, 2010
7:37 pm

lmaoooooo wow the miss free throws were super loud

BONE

March 26th, 2010
7:38 pm

loooooooooooool

KevinA

March 26th, 2010
7:38 pm

Hate the all bench thing – a sprinkle thing is better

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

March 26th, 2010
7:39 pm

lol@philly havin rims like those basketball goals they have set up at fairs and theme parks…..$5 for 3 shots for a chance to win a squirrel sized stuffed animal

almost have to bank everything in…

J.J.M.

March 26th, 2010
7:40 pm

Hawks not taking this game serious

VenomSpitter

March 26th, 2010
7:41 pm

Damn Joe SMith has bricked almost as many shots as Marvin the Great LOL

northcyde

March 26th, 2010
7:43 pm

Truth . . . I will give you this much in the Horford defensive debate.

82games.com has another stat on there called iFG% ( inside field goal % ). Unlike the eFG%, which adjusts 3 point shooting into the regular FG%, the iFG% only takes into account shots taken at point blank range around the rim.

When you look at Horford’s opponent iFG% . . . . it’s 61%

That’s pretty bad for Horford, defensively speaking. Guys like Howard, Okur, and even Dalembert, all have iFG% of less than 50%.

Even when you take Zaza into account, whose defensive eFG% is 53% ( much better than I thought ) . . . I believe ( if memory serves me correctly ) his iFG% is also 53% . . 8 percentage points less than Horford.

Now no one in their right mind would say that Zaza is better defensively at center than Horford. But the numbers do who that if an opposing center gets within point blank range at the rim, Zaza may have a better chance at deterrng a shot than Horford.

( Zaza’s “nimbers” may be a little misleading though, seeing that he mainly plays against backup centers. )

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So while overall, the numbers show that Horford is a top 5 defensive center, you have a valid point about Horford’s defense around the rim and inability to alter shots. That 61% number is high. I’ll have to look through al the other centers, to see if it is about the norm, or way too high.

In case anyone is wondering, Smoove’s defensive iFG% . . . . is 41%

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

March 26th, 2010
7:43 pm

HawksFan11

March 26th, 2010
7:43 pm

The Rook shows up

VenomSpitter

March 26th, 2010
7:44 pm

TEAGUE YEAAAAAAAAAA BOYYYYYYYYYY

LOL nique droppin hints to play him some more

HawksFan11

March 26th, 2010
7:44 pm

Crawford’s dhot looks funky early

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

March 26th, 2010
7:45 pm

Dalembert is crashin those boards.

HawksFan11

March 26th, 2010
7:45 pm

His shot, that is

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

March 26th, 2010
7:46 pm

another down to the last possession game?

HawksFan11

March 26th, 2010
7:47 pm

Who in the hell is OOgwadala?

KevinA

March 26th, 2010
7:48 pm

northcyde,

nice to see fairness – good perspective.

HawksFan11

March 26th, 2010
7:49 pm

The oligatory foul call on Zaza

KevinA

March 26th, 2010
7:49 pm

I like this line up