Pacers at Atlanta Hawks: Attitude and Effort

So today we should find out if what happened at Philly on Friday was just a slip-up or a sign that the Hawks’ attitude and focus are indeed slipping. The Pacers probably don’t have the same athletic talent as the Sixers but they are playing better lately. They’ve got a hard-nosed attitude and a coach with a disdain for tanking. They are coming to play.

Will the Hawks match their intensity or will they figure their talent and homecourt will carry them? Lately I can tell Woody is weary of being the voice asking those kind of questions and looking for the answers.

“I am getting tired,” he said. “After a while, you have got to start figuring things out yourselves, man. We’ve got enough games under our belt. If we win 50-plus games we’ve made a step in the right direction but there is another level.”

Woody is ultimately responsible for the performance of the team. His plans and strategies are fair game for criticism. But he can only do so much when it comes to motivating and preparing his players. The rest is up to them.

It’s a topic I should have touched on more back when I blogged about how what you see on the court Woody isn’t always what Woody wants. Some might take that to mean Woody isn’t getting through to the players but, come on, these guys are pros. They make the big money. You’ve been watching too many cliched sports movies if you think it’s up to Woody to give a rousing speech that inspires his guys to do their jobs.

The NBA is a players’ league. When the Hawks sleepwalked their way through that loss at Philly and then admitted it, that’s on them. To hear Al say it was “unacceptable” is good. It’s cool when J.J. calls out the team for lacking focus. The Hawks are saying the right things and now they’ve got to put action behind those words no matter their opponent.

“That’s where we’ve got to learn,” Woody said. “The other night is a prime example of a team playing for nothing and we thought we were going to show up and win. You’ve got to go out and earn your win.”

MC

234 comments Add your comment

Blast

March 28th, 2010
3:31 pm

Go, Hawks!

Got to win this game!

VenomSpitter

March 28th, 2010
3:34 pm

I don’t know whats more heart breaking.

Knowing that this team has so much potential that isn’t being used

or

Boiling a Rabbit thats still alive

Blast

March 28th, 2010
3:35 pm

Got to earn that win, man. Been saying it all year. No NBA team will lay down for you. Any team can beat any team anytime any night.

adrain

March 28th, 2010
3:42 pm

People watch this Joe can Play but he is very selfish and when he play selfish they all play selfish. watch how he never pass out of the double team Watch and tell me how many time he does that …..

Marcus

March 28th, 2010
3:43 pm

focus. To meet team goal of > 0.500 on the road, we have to go 4-1 the rest of the AWAY games, facing CLE, DET, MIL, WSH, and CHA. Tough row to hoe.

VenomSpitter

March 28th, 2010
3:44 pm

Look at that great D by bibby LOL

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

March 28th, 2010
3:45 pm

Horford’s confidence is through the roof.

VenomSpitter

March 28th, 2010
3:46 pm

Again terrible 3pt defense

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

March 28th, 2010
3:46 pm

Marvin Abuse

Sleepy

March 28th, 2010
3:46 pm

I really dont want to hear anything else about Joes defense this year . Its been TERRIBLE !! Is there anyone hasnt came out on fire against him ?

O'Brien

March 28th, 2010
3:47 pm

MC,

I dont worry about the Hawks attitude and effort when they’re playing at home, because they will find a way. It’s when they play on the road, thats what worries me.

But some things are not Woody’s fault. He has been bringing Marvin into his office, but its not helping. Thats on Marvin.

He has talked about the rebounding and the effort, and thats mostly on the players.

Marvin was wide open. And he clanks it. And then got beat on defense.

Hawks need to step up their 3pt defense though. And how Hibbert (supposedly a real center), struggling against Horford?

VenomSpitter

March 28th, 2010
3:47 pm

Well i do remember when THE ROOKIE Stephen Curry embarrased Joe’s azz BADLY. I mean He made joe look like a b.i.t.c.h.

Sleepy

March 28th, 2010
3:49 pm

Earl Watson is a not a pg that can shoot so there really is no need to switch anything in games like this. Play them straight up and let Watson shoot over the top . Sometimes our switching defense makes it easier on the opponent than just playing them straight up

VenomSpitter

March 28th, 2010
3:49 pm

Here we go with Osh’s stupid jumpers

Sleepy

March 28th, 2010
3:50 pm

A 9pt (so far) quarter or Brandon Rush ? Where is the pride ?

VenomSpitter

March 28th, 2010
3:53 pm

Man this switching D is dumb

VenomSpitter

March 28th, 2010
3:53 pm

The hawks are gonna lose if they keep switching

Blast

March 28th, 2010
3:54 pm

3 point defence and the switch is killing Hawks.

VenomSpitter

March 28th, 2010
3:54 pm

Big Ray can go back to bashing bibby cuz he sucks

VenomSpitter

March 28th, 2010
3:55 pm

JOE HOLDIN THE BALL TOO LONG. Then duck is just OMG

Sleepy

March 28th, 2010
3:57 pm

What type of pass was that Joe ? good lord ………….

VenomSpitter

March 28th, 2010
3:59 pm

Seriously the Hawks are just……. I don’t know how to describe them

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

March 28th, 2010
4:00 pm

LMFAO…these boys droppin em from deep

JeJe

March 28th, 2010
4:00 pm

What a pitiful first quarter.

Marvin and Bibby are showing their true colors: useless basketball players who are lost on defense, can’t guard anyone, and who spend more time falling to the ground than actually contributing anything to this team.

Can we please just release Marvin? Seriously. He is a bigger asset to this team not being on it than he is being on it

VenomSpitter

March 28th, 2010
4:00 pm

See the Hawks, like I said, are the worst 3pt defensive team in NBA history

JeJe

March 28th, 2010
4:00 pm

All Indy has to do is play a zone.

They know the Hawks will keep taking jumpshots

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

March 28th, 2010
4:02 pm

VenomSpitter

March 28th, 2010
4:02 pm

The hawks are just awful

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

March 28th, 2010
4:02 pm

i mean get serious..wdf was that

Blast

March 28th, 2010
4:03 pm

Hawks not playing smart basketball. Doubling when they don’t need to, fouling jump shooters, not defending the 3 ball…

VenomSpitter

March 28th, 2010
4:03 pm

LOL @ people who think the hawks are gonna do any damage in the playoffs

LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

VenomSpitter

March 28th, 2010
4:05 pm

31 pts in the 1st qtr to the pacers. Seriously????

Sleepy

March 28th, 2010
4:06 pm

30Pt quarter to pacers on 57% shooting talking about a bounce back game .

O'Brien

March 28th, 2010
4:08 pm

Can’t blame Woody for our defense so far. Thats on the players.

Man, Marvin looks so clumsy out there.

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

March 28th, 2010
4:10 pm

Crawford a beasts

Blast

March 28th, 2010
4:11 pm

See the difference between Jamal and Joe’s offence?

VenomSpitter

March 28th, 2010
4:11 pm

Star Jeff Teague

Najeh Davenpoop

March 28th, 2010
4:11 pm

Bench bringing the Hawks back in the game.

VenomSpitter

March 28th, 2010
4:11 pm

Joe takes to long to make a move. Jamal just goes.

Damn Jamal>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Joe

Najeh Davenpoop

March 28th, 2010
4:11 pm

That was an amazing pass by Teague in to Zaza, setting up Jamal Crawford’s 3.

northcyde

March 28th, 2010
4:12 pm

I’m watching this game sporadically, and it looks like a replay of the Milwaukee 4th quarter so far on defense. LOL @ Rush shooting the ball like he’s Reggie Miller.

I wish I could watch this game, but my VOLS are in a straight up DOGFIGHT vs Michigan St. So I’ll give the Hawks my full attention after this game is over.

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

March 28th, 2010
4:12 pm

Teague is gonna be pretty nice

VenomSpitter

March 28th, 2010
4:12 pm

Joe looks like he’s depressed when he plays.

Jamal is the opposite.

O'Brien

March 28th, 2010
4:12 pm

Crawford is on fiiiiaaaaahhhh. Keep feeding him.

I like how our bench has been playing. Teague with the great block (should have been a foul on Teague) from behind on Granger. Another good pass from Teague to ZaZa to Craw.

Hopefully, when our starters come back in, they will pick up where our bench left off..

VenomSpitter

March 28th, 2010
4:13 pm

Teague should start becuz he just pushes the tempo. Which favors us. Bibby makes us worse. I don’t care who disagrees he makes us worse.

Najeh Davenpoop

March 28th, 2010
4:14 pm

Mavs rookie guard Rodrigue Beaubois scored 40 points yesterday against the Warriors.

Amazingly enough, the Mavs are a contending team, and playing the rookie guard actually made them better and carried them to a win.

What a shock.

VenomSpitter

March 28th, 2010
4:14 pm

Don’t put the starters back in. They don’t deserve to play. Well Al does.

Sleepy

March 28th, 2010
4:15 pm

That was 10 points in 3 minutes for Crawford . Iv been saying this for months but PACE is so important for this team we are not a walk it up the floor team but we do it because of the starters being dependent upon the isolations .

Blast

March 28th, 2010
4:15 pm

“Joe looks like he’s depressed when he plays. Jamal is the opposite”

So true and so funny.

VenomSpitter

March 28th, 2010
4:16 pm

Do ya’ll know how good we could be if we played like this all the damn time. But with a pg like bibby it ain’t possible.