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

MoBmo

March 26th, 2010
9:11 pm

were gonna hafta beat these guys.

Melvin

March 26th, 2010
9:11 pm

Why did Jamal double on Brand????

Big Ray

March 26th, 2010
9:12 pm

Smoove picking up assists, Joe and Bibby hitting shots, Al with a double double….but it’s all for naught if we keep letting Jrue and Iggy treat us like 2 dolla hookas, maaaaaaaan!!!

Hawk n the Ham

March 26th, 2010
9:12 pm

Woody just Tweeted……

“anyone on Hawks blog know what to do? I give up”

Taylor

March 26th, 2010
9:13 pm

I keep waiting for us to go on a run, damn it

Big Ray

March 26th, 2010
9:13 pm

Melvin ,

Jamal is truly clueless on defense. The last time anybody preached “D” to him was when Scott Skiles was running that team in Chicago, and it was a pile of rookies and “never have beens.”

Hawks Fan In Jax

March 26th, 2010
9:14 pm

Another close one, can a brotha relax for a change

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

March 26th, 2010
9:14 pm

nice switching D

Big Ray

March 26th, 2010
9:14 pm

I bash the man, he hits a shot. Maybe I should do this more often…

Big Ray

March 26th, 2010
9:15 pm

Adding a clueless defender to a concept like the switching defense is a recipe for ….well, you know…he might get it next year, if he’s still around.

Taylor

March 26th, 2010
9:15 pm

VenomSpitter

March 26th, 2010
9:15 pm

Seriously the Hawks are just trying to choke

Melvin

March 26th, 2010
9:16 pm

Dalembert walk….

O'Brien

March 26th, 2010
9:16 pm

Rebounding is mostly about effort. Why can’t we rebound better?

bigdave

March 26th, 2010
9:16 pm

Omar Samhan
7-17 15 pts.

his team is getting killed. for those that were goo goo over him… he faced a front line tonight folks.

Melvin

March 26th, 2010
9:16 pm

Hawks being out hustle…

Big Ray

March 26th, 2010
9:17 pm

Ugh…Holiday shooting like crap and STILL flirting with a triple double (11 points, 10 assists, 7 steals). Geez. Kid has potential, but can they truly gauge it in games like this? We’re vulnerable to ANY pg with talent.

Taylor

March 26th, 2010
9:17 pm

because we don’t have enough effort

J.J.M.

March 26th, 2010
9:18 pm

Here goes joe scared of contact…

VenomSpitter

March 26th, 2010
9:18 pm

Big Ray if Holiday was on the Hawks Woody would have his azz super glued to the bench

Big Ray

March 26th, 2010
9:18 pm

Okay, time for the motivational insult: Just call us Iggy’s B**ches…

J.J.M.

March 26th, 2010
9:18 pm

wonder why coach woodson wont tell the team to drive the ball so e can shoot free throws

Big Ray

March 26th, 2010
9:18 pm

Venom Spitter,

True.

bigdave

March 26th, 2010
9:19 pm

long way away from over folks..

Taylor

March 26th, 2010
9:19 pm

It’s going to be tough to win 50 games

Najeh Davenpoop

March 26th, 2010
9:20 pm

I took a nice nap starting at the end of the first quarter and woke up with 5 minutes left. What the hell is going on here? This blog is entitled “Making Progress”… this game is just the opposite.

bigdave

March 26th, 2010
9:20 pm

i wonder if they go to Al here..

Hawks Fan In Jax

March 26th, 2010
9:20 pm

unless Hawks get to the Eastern Conference round Woody is gone so why keep talkin about him

Hawk n the Ham

March 26th, 2010
9:20 pm

Woody just said….”alright guys, lets start taking jumpshots. If that don’t work, we will go to all ISO Joe until the buzzer goes HOONNNKK”

UGA

March 26th, 2010
9:20 pm

Just wonder if we can win on the road…………..
No Young, No Williams and…………
Go Bucks!! Beat the Heat!! We want the Bucks in a 4 vs. 5 match up.

bigdave

March 26th, 2010
9:20 pm

Joe stepping up once again when a basket is in desperate need..

Big Ray

March 26th, 2010
9:21 pm

Bigdave ,

I’m trying out the “motivational insult” psychology…it’s more fun than just simply complaining.

J.J.M.

March 26th, 2010
9:21 pm

ok its clear that the refs will give him every call

VenomSpitter

March 26th, 2010
9:21 pm

Taylor

March 26th, 2010
9:22 pm

Big Ray

March 26th, 2010
9:22 pm

unless Hawks get to the Eastern Conference round Woody is gone so why keep talkin about him

Because you don’t fire a coach when he’s on his way up (as in, his team is showing progress). You fire him when he shows he can’t do any better.

VenomSpitter

March 26th, 2010
9:22 pm

Thats probably game

J.J.M.

March 26th, 2010
9:22 pm

VenomSpitter

March 26th, 2010
9:22 pm

WTF was Josh doin just put it up

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

March 26th, 2010
9:23 pm

Taylor

March 26th, 2010
9:23 pm

what a sorry sorry effort

Big Ray

March 26th, 2010
9:23 pm

Lack of defense and hustle is negating the offense. Can’t win without the defense/hustle.

VenomSpitter

March 26th, 2010
9:23 pm

The hawks CHOKE CHOKE CHOKE

Najeh Davenpoop

March 26th, 2010
9:23 pm

sekousmith01 says: The Hawks are a lazy mess right now. They’re not playing all these close games for any other reason. Philly is waxing them on hustle plays!

Co-sign.

This game’s over.

bigdave

March 26th, 2010
9:23 pm

WTF?? are we fouling.. what are we doing..?

J.J.M.

March 26th, 2010
9:23 pm

76ers earned this game

bigdave

March 26th, 2010
9:24 pm

doesnt look like focus to me..

VenomSpitter

March 26th, 2010
9:24 pm

Man Josh made one dumb azz play. He passedf it right to the sixers. Wow after a game winning dunk u make an idiot play LMAO

J.J.M.

March 26th, 2010
9:24 pm

noooo this wasnt a choke 76ers just wanted the game more

Melvin

March 26th, 2010
9:24 pm

Sixers backcourt killed the Hawks…