Hawks Squawks: 76ers 105, Hawks 98

–It had been a minute since you could say the Hawks opened with an unfocused effort and stayed in that mode. Maybe their last game at Washington but at least they turned it on in the fourth quarter to win that one. You might have to go back to the loss to the Heat before the All-Star game.

– Sure, the Hawks have had issues closing out games but they haven’t been sleepwalking. Until now. “I think from the start we just weren’t with it,” Al said. “I know it’s a long season but games like this are unacceptable, especially at this time of year when we have something at stake.”

– That latter part is why you can’t say this is just one of those games in a long season. The Hawks are playing for something. If they are serious about a special postseason they can’t still be using that crutch with 10 games left.

– The Hawks came crashing down after finally beating the Magic on Smoove’s tip dunk. ”You always know after a big game like Orlando can’t have a letdown,” Jamal said. “We should have handled our business from the beginning and been done with it.”

– Al really wasn’t trying to hear that. “I don’t think that (Orlando) game had anything to do with this one,” he said. “I feel like we overlooked (the Sixers) and that’s not the right thing to do. If you do that in this league any team can beat you.”

– This game and at the Wizards both fit my theory about the Hawks lacking energy when they play on the road in front of sparse crowds. OK, so the Nets W didn’t t mesh with that but, well, that was the Nets.

– These were the Sixers, who actually match up decently with the Hawks due to Iguodola and Dalembert in the frontcourt. I lost track of how many times those two got to the rim for dunks and layups.

– Nothing illustrated the Hawks’ effort issues like Philadelphia’s 58 points in the paint and 28 fastbreak points. Not hard for the Sixers to shoot 50 percent with all those easy points. And the Hawks’ 19 turnovers were due to poor focus against an athletic, scrappy team that tries hard. The Hawks could be twice the team if they consistently added those last two traits to their talent.

– Philadelphia’s points in the paint also highlight the potential issues with the switching defense when the Hawks face a team that also has long athletes. And those fastbreak points are what can happen with opponents who match the Hawks’ speed and surpass their effort.

– “From time to time we come out with a lack of focus,” J.J. said. “That team still plays hard. We didn’t show up. We acted like we could turn it on the fourth quarter.”

– Ah, yes, the fourth quarter. Presented with a chance to still pull out a W despite everything they did wrong, the Hawks’ focus faltered. When Iguodola and Dalembert turned it up a notch, the Hawks stumbled and fumbled around.

– Trailing 97-95, J.J. dribbled into Philadelphia’s long-armed interior and lost the ball. Jamal scooped it up and missed a 3-pointer. Dalembert then converted what seemed like his 37th alley-oop dunk as the Hawks watched, and finally Josh fumbled the ball away under the basket.

– The Hawks had so many lapses like that. “They played great so give them credit,” Johnson said. “But mentally we just weren’t in the game.”

– Iso-Joe: missed a turnaround jumper, made a 3-pointer, and had the aforementioned fumbled drive. It seemed like Joe used more high picks by Al tonight before probing the defense instead of the usual one-four flat.

– I missed Woody postgame but I’m guessing he used his reserves fairly liberally again tonight because of their re cent solid production. Or maybe he was looking for better effort. Zaza and Mo provided it. Teague only got four minutes but he did a good job of keeping his man from the basket even when he got caught on a couple bad switches.

– The Hawks appeared ready to take control when Bibby’s 3-pointer staked them to a 58-52 lead. But the Sixers responded with a 10-0 run, during which they just found a much higher gear than the Hawks.

– Bibby came to play, at least. He’s starting to come on late in the season. Remember he’s a guy who knows what it takes to make a deep playoff run.

– Just think how much worse it could have been for the Hawks if South Gwinnett High’s Lou Williams (back) had played. He’s yet another high-energy guy who can expose the Hawks when they are nonchalant.

– I figure the Hawks won’t have an energy issue against the Pacers on Sunday, if only because they are back at Philips. Looking at the schedule, you now have to wonder about those games at Detroit and Washington in the final two weeks.

– I’m out, Hawks fans.

MC

140 comments Add your comment

northcyde

March 27th, 2010
1:06 am

Look at the quotes. And ya’ll think I’m crazy about my opinion about this team?

O'Brien

March 27th, 2010
1:16 am

northcyde,

We dont think you’re crazy. We just think that you should not think that we are crazy because we expect better from the Hawks.

The sixers had won 11 or 12 games at home all year, their coach had called them out for not showing any leadership on the court, Sports illustrated mentioned them as teams that have cashed it in.

So is it too much to expect the Hawks to take care of business? Now we are basically 2 games behind the Celtics for the 3rd seed.

MC,

Based on the type of team that gives the Hawks trouble, Cleveland fits the bill. They will exploit the switching defense, and they are an athletic team too. We should be trying to avoid them at all costs.

I think we have a better chance at beating Orlando in 7 games…

Grandad

March 27th, 2010
1:18 am

[FROM PREVIOUS BLOG]

Big Ray:
I don’t wish Wdsn to be fired either. It’s like you said recently,
him being fired means we were unsuccessful in the play-offs.

As for predicting: I fear they will attempt to gracefully let him go.
That’s where the fireworks begin. Wdsn will come unglued/snap/go postal;
you name it, but grace will be nowhere to be found.

I sincerely think he ‘Must’ win ‘2′ play-off series to be re-signed.
Two series? Does that put us in the Eastern Finals? Brain cramp!

I blog for fun [hobby]. No strokin’ out here.
My career equaled stress x googleplex.
Now that I’m retired, I’m mellow.

Grandad

March 27th, 2010
1:25 am

At least Big Al tells the truth. ["We overlooked 'em"]
Top notch talent/top notch team. Not ‘YET’ elite.

Atlanta Fawks

March 27th, 2010
1:33 am

“I feel like we overlooked (the Sixers) and that’s not the right thing to do. If you do that in this league any team can beat you.”

Yep! And that is whats going to happen first round of playoffs. This team should be past this point from all the hype two years ago. Didn’t happen. Or was the goal to be 4th in eastern conference? I feel like we are the 90’s Kings. All that talent but no one really gives a S*IT!!!

Maavelous

March 27th, 2010
2:08 am

I wasn’t as maavelous as usual tonight, but you pimple faced computer geeks know you love me anyway. Ain’t I a handsome stud or what? Imagine a night with me.

Look at the bright side, kids. When we do the one and done playoff thing, we can all forget hoops and work on our golf swings. Of course mine already is simply maavy. Toodles.

northcyde

March 27th, 2010
2:28 am

They simply believe ( like most of the fan base ) that they’re better than what they really are. Even if the coach tells them that they have to work on a nightly basis, the team ( whether consciously or unconsciously ) feels that they can just flip a switch, start playing well, and everything will be OK.

LOL . . . Woody should forbid any of them from reading a newspaper or listening to their friends and family.

you so crazy

March 27th, 2010
2:32 am

“And I know some of you don’t like me telling you how to feel or act . . . but the minute some of you just simply ACCEPT the Hawks for who they are . . and not WISH for them to be something else . . your life as a Hawks fan will be so much easier.”

Just accept us for who we are and your blogging life will be so much easier.

northcyde

March 27th, 2010
2:34 am

And we’re not going one and done in the playoffs . . . lol. If we play Miami, they definitely won’t overlook them, seeing that we were in a battle with them last year. D-Wade will try to will them to victory though. They’re the biggest threat to us, but we should be able to close them out in a series.

Milwaukee can’t beat us 4 out of 7 games.

Charlotte could, if they played all 7 games at home. But they can’t win on the road.

Toronto’s defense is too horrible to win a playoff series.

So I’m not worried about the Hawks in the 1st round. At worst, we’ll be in a situation like what we put the Celtics through 2 years ago. But Game 7 is in our building, and none of those teams, except Miami ( and only because they have a superstar ), could win a Game 7 in Atlanta.

farcyde

March 27th, 2010
2:34 am

“They simply believe ( like most of the fan base ) that they’re better than what they really are. Even if the coach tells them that they have to work on a nightly basis, the team ( whether consciously or unconsciously ) feels that they can just flip a switch, start playing well, and everything will be OK.”

TRANSLATION – THE TEAM AND THE FANS ARE IDIOTS, WOODROW IS THE ONLY PERSON WORTH KEEPING AROUND. WATCH OUT, GENIUS MIND AT WORK.

i lika do da cha cha

March 27th, 2010
2:37 am

Atl needs a real center who can block shots thats all there is to it. Trade that power forward they keep callin a center.

his momma

March 27th, 2010
2:38 am

cha cha, great post! You are absolutely right!

weirdcyde

March 27th, 2010
2:40 am

“LOL . . . Woody should forbid any of them from reading a newspaper or listening to their friends and family.”

Communist alert.

northcyde

March 27th, 2010
2:42 am

The fans aren’t idiots. Just unrealistic at times. Wishing this team to be “elite”, isn’t going to make it happen. The Hawks are what they are. A very good team. A mentally tough team. But a team who can easily lose focus on the road.

very good + mentally tough – lose focus = 50+ win team ( see Atlanta, Utah, Denver, Phoenix, etc )

i lika do da cha cha

March 27th, 2010
2:44 am

Blame Sund! he uses a fake center at center and wont get a real one!

i lika do da cha cha

March 27th, 2010
2:44 am

who is woodrow? what position he play?

i lika do da cha cha

March 27th, 2010
2:47 am

northcyde

March 27th, 2010
2:49 am

There are the 7 teams in the NBA who have a winning record on the road, listed by their Defensive Rating and their road record.

Boston: 2nd . . . 24 – 13
Orlando: 3rd . . . 22 – 15
LA Lakers: 4th . . . 21 – 14 . . although they’re shaky as hell on the road lately
Cleveland: 6th . . . 26 – 12
Oklahoma City: 7th . . . 20 – 15

See a pattern?

The other two are Dallas: 14th . . . 22 – 14 and Portland: 15th . . . 19 – 16

The Hawks actually rank 12th in defense, but our road record is 17 – 19 . . . and a good chunk of that has to do with our poor defensive rebounding and our poor transition defense.

Gotta bring that defensive intensity, if a team wants to win on the road.

northcyde

March 27th, 2010
2:49 am

OK . . I’m done. You kids can have the blog now.

Najeh Davenpoop

March 27th, 2010
3:00 am

“And the Hawks’ 19 turnovers were due to poor focus against an athletic, scrappy team that tries hard. The Hawks can be twice the team if they always added those last two traits to their talent.”

The Hawks should know. Four years ago, they were an athletic, scrappy team that tried hard and occasionally beat superior teams by forcing turnovers.

BONE

March 27th, 2010
3:04 am

NORTHCYDE IS A FUCIN LOSER LOOOOOOOOOOOOL

BONE

March 27th, 2010
3:05 am

GET A LIFE YOU ACT LIFE THE HAWKS ARE YOUR WORLD LMAOOO, WHAT A NERD

Najeh Davenpoop

March 27th, 2010
3:07 am

“Wishing this team to be “elite”, isn’t going to make it happen. The Hawks are what they are. A very good team. A mentally tough team. But a team who can easily lose focus on the road.”

If “losing focus on the road” is what keeps this team from being elite, that’s unacceptable. It’s not like the Lakers or Cavs were born with an innate ability to focus better. Maintaining focus on the road is just a matter of paying attention. It’s not a talent. Jason Kapono will never jump as high as Josh Smith, but nothing stops either one of them from focusing. There is nothing stopping the Hawks from maintaining focus. If that’s actually the reason, we would be idiots not to hold them accountable.

The only thing keeping the Hawks from being elite is that they don’t have Cleveland or LA’s talent. That’s why nobody expects them to win 70 games and the championship. But it is perfectly fair to expect them to maintain focus on the road and beat an inferior team, especially when playoff seeding is on the line. And the fact that Denver and Phoenix can’t focus on the road doesn’t make the Hawks’ lack of focus any more excusable. Those fans have every right to be disappointed in their respective teams in that regard as well.

Grandad

March 27th, 2010
3:09 am

northcyde:
sometimes I think what you and others forget, is, it’s not about
how good individual players are, or can be.
It’s all about the ‘team’. Yeah I know, I’m old fashioned, but the
day that ‘team’ ceases to be the central focus & individual skill
exceeds the complementary performance for the greater good,
then I’m out.
Therefore, the Hawks have plenty of skilled players.
Whether or not they can fuse into a balanced organism with the
‘WILL’ of a champion, I do not know.
Do they have a player/players with said ‘will’ & drive, we have
yet to see.
Is Wdsn capable of managing his team through the intense pressure
and scrutiny of the play-offs? Perhaps Mr. Sund is looking for the answer to that query. I hope Wdsn has the chops to pull it off.

Najeh Davenpoop

March 27th, 2010
3:12 am

Like I posted on the previous blog, if you look at the Hawks’ schedule, they probably won’t go any better than 7-3 over the remaining 10 games. If that happens. they need the Celtics to go 5-5 or worse in order to take the 3rd seed. Looking at the Celtics’ remaining schedule, the chances that they lose more than 4 games over that stretch are pretty slim. If the Hawks had won this game, they would only have to gain one game on the Celtics down the stretch, which is a much more manageable goal.

So yes, this loss matters, and yes, we have every right to be disappointed and hold the Hawks accountable for their lack of focus.

Big Ray

March 27th, 2010
4:55 am

Things are slow out on patrol.

Najeh ,

Excellent points, as usual.

Grandad ,

My sentiments exactly. Woody must be judged by the playoffs (this time with a healthy team) and the performance therein. The Hawks will probably win north of 50 games. That is an improvement, but it isn’t the entire body of work, and it’s not what management will judge him by. In fact, winning more than 50 games may be diminished in light of the injuries we suffered last season. With much better health and more firepower, it’s possible that 50+ wins is exactly where we should be (and may have been last season), making this season’s playoff performance the real deciding factor, or at least something that will not receive the pass it got last season. We shall see.

Big Ray

March 27th, 2010
4:57 am

I don’t want to concede the 3rd seed to the Celts just yet, but as Najeh points out, it requires a subpar effort on the part of the Celtics, and a near-herculean effort on the part of the Hawks at this juncture. And that can be blamed squarely on losing focus (or whatever we’re calling it these days) in games we had no business losing. It is what it is…

darrell starks

March 27th, 2010
5:39 am

You mean 2 tell me we lost 2 a team with out LOUIS WILLIAMS AND THADDEUS YOUNG and with 26-47 record that them hawks.
GO HAWKS!!!!!!!!!

darrell starks

March 27th, 2010
5:57 am

MARVIN 6 points with only 3 shots taking again M.I.A what role do marvin have on the hawks.
1.Is he a offensive rebounder ? no
2.Is he a deffensive rebounder ? no
3.Do he score for avg ? no
4.Do he play good deffense ? avg
5.Is he a leader ? no
6.What is he, what role he play ? like billy knight would say, i dont no lets wait and see.
7.Marvin 5th year in the nba still have no identity.
GO HAWKS!!!!!!!!!!

darrell starks

March 27th, 2010
6:07 am

Why is it so hard 2 try somthing new if a player is not performing you have 2 recognize that as a coach and try somthing different, o whale i guest woody want be back next year waiting for the next star 2 come by.
GO HAWKS!!!!!!

cdbgolf

March 27th, 2010
7:38 am

Hawks fans,we will look back at the regular season and wonder why we didnt secure the 2nd or 3rd seed.No need to look further than this,3 l’s to the Nicks,one big L to GS after having an 18 point lead,O.T. loss to Dallas after having a sizeable lead in the 4th qtr,and losing to Toronto at the buzzer after having that game in control. and last night,losing to a pitiful Philly team.You guys see the pattern here?The Hawks dont have what it takes to close teams out in the 4th qtr.

wordy

March 27th, 2010
8:50 am

maybe they miss their mommy when they aren’t at home. Way to suck all yea on the road!

NCBravesFan

March 27th, 2010
9:10 am

If you look at the past two games, you’d rather win both obviously – but in terms of the big picture (the season will ultimately be judged by the playoffs, not the regular season), I’d say you’d rather win against Orlando (if you’re not going to win both games).

My guess is ATL will play very well in the playoffs – but I will be very surprised if they get past the second round. A combination of not enough depth, not enough focus – and from the looks of things from this casual fan’s perspective, not enough coaching.

Mr. Turnip-Green Jeans

March 27th, 2010
9:20 am

Teams that pick and choose when to play hard never go anywhere. You need TRUE professionals, who bring it EVERY NIGHT, to scale the highest level. This team has not, and will not, ever reach that point.

We’ll be one-and-done in the playoffs, just wait and see…

[...] Michael Cunningham writes about the Sixers’ effort and the Hawks lack their of: Nothing illustrated the Hawks’ effort issues like Philadelphia’s 58 points in the paint and 28 fastbreak points. Not hard for the Sixers to shoot 50 percent with all those easy points. And the Hawks’ 19 turnovers were due to poor focus against an athletic, scrappy team that tries hard. The Hawks could be twice the team if they consistently added those last two traits to their talent [...]

lewis

March 27th, 2010
9:47 am

i like marvin a lot and I want him to be the best he can be, but he along with woody probably need to go next year. Evans plays twice as hard and puts up the same numbers at 32. disappointing. Mo Evans and Joe Smith and Al Horford want to win a championship, but they have little control over it…..Josh Smith does too but until he stops walking so much on the court and giving it all he’s got every game, i can’t call him dedicated. Van Gundy and M Brown can say whatever they want because they have a disciplined team who knows what coach says goes, no matter what. Everytime a Hawks player makes a miserable play, Woody just does that staring thing, probably because he doesn’t feel like getting in a fight with a team that doesn’t seem to listen to or respect him. Woody would be a great assistant coach.

listen now or listen later, dont matter to me

March 27th, 2010
10:31 am

“58 points in the paint and 28 fastbreak points. Not hard for the Sixers to shoot 50 percent with all those easy points.”

i lika do da cha cha

March 27th, 2010
2:37 am

Atl needs a real center who can block shots thats all there is to it. Trade that power forward they keep callin a center.

his momma

March 27th, 2010
2:38 am

cha cha, great post! You are absolutely right!

listen now or listen later, dont matter to me

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10:33 am

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listen now or listen later, dont matter to me

March 27th, 2010
10:49 am

“Wishing this team to be “elite”, isn’t going to make it happen.” it takes personnel. The Hawks need a C E N T E R.

Joseph Allen McWhorter

March 27th, 2010
11:07 am

I love this article and it makes great sense. It seems like the Hawks have so many problems winning on the road even against weaker teams due to a lack of focus and energy and playing at a higher level. They have so many wins in their home arena at Philips because they have the big crowds getting into the game to help give them that needed spark. The Hawks have go to learn how to take that same high energy level and focus on the road and play the same way. And, until they figure out how to do that and produce a lot of wins on the road, they will still be a long way from the league with the Cavs and the Lakers. Those teams play at a high energy level every night they play a game no matter who it is against or where the game is played!

NEED TO KNOW .....

March 27th, 2010
11:22 am

HEY WHAT TIME IS THE HAWKS INDIANA GAME IT IS SUPPOSE TO BE AT 3:30PM BUT I AM HEARING 7PM WHAT IS IT DOES ANYBODY KNOW…….

O'Brien

March 27th, 2010
11:51 am

@northcyde,

Your view implies that because other teams are doing it (Denver, Phoenix, Utah etc), then we should understand when our team does it (struggles on the road, loses focus etc). Who cares about those other teams? I only care about the Hawks.

There is no excuse for losing focus this late in the season. Like Woody says, what gives them the right? Have they won 50 games? Won a division title? Been to the ECF? No. These Hawks have accomplished nothing.

The Pistons used to think they could turn it on and off, but that was after winning the NBA championship, and reacing the ECF on multiple occasions. And they found out the hard way in the playoffs that they couldn’t.

I agree with northcyde though, that I dont see the Hawks losing a first round series no matter who the opponent is, because we will have 4 games at home. However, whoever it is, we need to put them away early so we can rest for the second round. And I would hate to see the injury bug bite us this late.

@Grandad,

I think for Woodson to be retained, the Hawks must play well in the second round, and they must win at least 2 games in the 2nd round.

The Hawks won 47 games last year with Flip, and they dealt with injuries. This year, we added Crawford (SMOY), we have been the healthiest team in the NBA all year, and we will improve our win total by 5-10 games. I’m happy for the Hawks, but there would have been no excuses if they did not improve on last year’s record.

And as for the game last night, although I blame the players for their horrible performance and lack of energy, my impression is that Woody did nothing to hold them accountable. Why not give the bench more burn in the second half?

Maybe that would have lit a fire under the starters behind. And even if you lose with the bench, the starters would have gotten the message that their lack of focus will not be tolerated (like when Bobby Cox pulled Andrew Jones in the middle of a game).

Because we dont want these kind of games to be a recurring theme this late in the season. But instead, Woody just lets the starters do what they do, and hope they will play better.

Section 303

March 27th, 2010
11:55 am

NEED TO KNOW, the game tomorrow tips at 3:30PM. I’m not sure why the TV commericials kept saying 7:00PM last night.

Tough loss. This team is still up and down. I still do not trust them on the road. I do not know if sparse crowds have anything to do with it. That might be a factor, I guess. I tend to think it is more a maturity issue. When you read quotes like “we thought we could turn it on in the 4th quarter”, I think it shows a team that thinks it is better than it really is. The Hawks are really good, but few teams are good enough to just roll out of bed and beat another NBA team, especially on the road.

Reall, not sure any team in the league right now is good enough to do that.

NEED TO KNOW .....

March 27th, 2010
12:01 pm

what time is hwks game sunday

NEED TO KNOW .....

March 27th, 2010
12:02 pm

thanks section 303

kwooden1

March 27th, 2010
12:07 pm

The HAWKS will always struggle in games that they don’t bring a lot of energy because they really can’t easy points in the paint. Horford and Smoove really work hard in the post but neither has the moves to get easy shots. Also, for the last few games, at least one of our main scorers has been completely off. Clearly Cleveland and Orlando are better at this point, but the season isn’t over and we have a lot of room for improvement.

GO HAWKS!!!

Rick Sund

March 27th, 2010
12:19 pm

kwooden1 is a REAL fan. He understands that we are still LEARNING HOW TO WIN. REAL fans appreciate where we are. Having a top ten record means something. I know we are struggling to close out games, but the POTENTIAL is there. Marvin is going to show his UPSIDE when the playoffs come. Even though I have don’t know all my bosses because it’s eight of them, I do know they are happy. We have IMPROVED every year. Rome wasn’t built in a day. Getting to the second round isn’t so bad.

Wabe

March 27th, 2010
12:33 pm

I didn’t get to catch the game last night, but was pretty damn bummed to hear we lost to the sixers. This is the inconsistency that I’ve come to expect from this team. They play up or down to the level of competition.

They just beat Orlando on WED night, but turn around and get beat by a bad sixer team. We have no business losing these games, but we still do. It sucks because we were just talking about how mentally tough the Hawks were a couple days back, but then they pull this last night?

Rick Sund

March 27th, 2010
12:39 pm

If Josh continues to HIT those JUMPERS, Marvin continue his CONSISTENCY and finally Mike Bibby continues to play his HIS USUAL SMOTHERING DEFENSE we will accomplish our goals. We wanted to win 50 games and play A LITTLE BETTER in the SECOND ROUND. You fans should realize that we are PROUD TO GET TO THE SECOND ROUND. Maybe you fans EXPECT too much. You all should be like BIG RAY and BIG DAVE who are SATISFIED with where we are. BIG RAY and BIG DAVE accept us for what we are and that is an UP and COMING force in the NBA. Hope to see you all tomorrow for Kid’s day at Phillips and remember CHIK FILA FAMILY NIGHT is on wednesday when we play the LAKERS.

northcyde

March 27th, 2010
12:44 pm

From O’Brien

Your view implies that because other teams are doing it (Denver, Phoenix, Utah etc), then we should understand when our team does it (struggles on the road, loses focus etc). Who cares about those other teams? I only care about the Hawks.

There is no excuse for losing focus this late in the season. Like Woody says, what gives them the right? Have they won 50 games? Won a division title? Been to the ECF? No. These Hawks have accomplished nothing.

I only mention those other teams to dispel the notion that this has something to do with coaching. The coaches know what the problems are. But when you see a team play like we do, it’s almost always about the players.

Jerry Sloan stays on his players about this. But they do the same thing we do. Look at the quotes from them:

“They played excellent in the second half . . . Our defense was non-existent. They did a great job getting people open and they got on a roll. We couldn’t shut them down. I was disappointed in our energy level in a game as important as this. I didn’t know if they need a memo to tell them where they are.”" – Jerry Sloan

That’s a future Hall of Fame coach saying that about his team.

I list those other teams, because this phenomenon isn’t unique to Woody, like everyone wants to believe ( not necessarily you ). Even with you saying that he could’ve played the bench more, do you mean play the bench as in play Teague? Because Craw, Evans, and Zaza got burn in that 2nd half. Smoove played the entire half, but mainly because he was the one who had it going in the 3rd quarter.

- Mo played 8 minutes in the 2nd half, and didn’t take a shot
- Zaza played 5 minutes in the 2nd half, and didn’t take a shot
- Crawford was erratic, but made 2 of 5 shots in the 4th quarter

Joe Smith gave us nothing in the 1st half. So I guess you mean that Teague should’ve played in the 2nd half.

Oh . . one other significant thing about the 2nd half . . . JJ ( uncharacteristically ), got to rest for almost 7 minutes. Maybe if Woody played him like he usually plays him, we pull the game out.