Hawks Squawks: Cavaliers 93, Hawks 88

It was more scowls for Smoove and the Hawks after another loss to Cavs. (AP)

It was more scowls for Smoove and the Hawks after another loss to Cavs. (AP)

Cleveland– What I saw was similar to what happened at Philadelphia, Milwaukee, Toronto, New York, Miami and Golden State. The details may differ somewhat but the bottom line doesn’t: The Hawks couldn’t make plays to close out a close game on the road.

– If the Hawks win just three of those seven, they would be 20-16 on the road and just one loss behind Orlando in the Southeastern Division. Instead, the Magic is running away from them and the Hawks haven’t proved they belong in the discussion with Cleveland and Orlando in the East’s elite.

– So I asked Woody about what I called a “persistent problem” with failing to close out road games since the All-Star break. He didn’t like that characterization. ““I wish I knew (why),” he said. “But I can’t say it’s been that way since the All-Star game, but it’s been that way against the Cavaliers. We’ve had close games against them and we can’t find any offense in the fourth quarter.”

– Woody also didn’t like it when Cleveland reporters kept up the (fair) line of questioning about the Hawks’ road woes holding them back. “It’s not easy to win on the road,” he said. “They’ve lost how many road games here? Can you tell me that? (Cavs are 33-4 here). It’s not like teams just come in here and win ballgames. We’ve had a couple games here where if things had gone our way, we would have come away with a win.”

– But you can say that about all those games I mentioned. The fact is things don’t go the Hawks’ ways in tight games on the road. They often cite their record of 41-5 when leading with five minutes or less but that doesn’t take into account games like this, when they were up 76-74 with 6:43 to go and didn’t score again until they were down 88-76.

– After LeBron and Mo Williams made consecutive 3-pointers for an 84-76 lead, the Hawks missed two free throws and three straight shots. “I thought their defense stiffened in the last six minutes and we didn’t respond,” Woody said. “We just didn’t answer.”

– That stretch featured the kind of plays that tend to doom the Hawks in tight road games: Mo Williams left wide open for a corner three on a missed switch. Ilgauskas standing under the basket for two offensive rebounds and a putback. Smoove coming out of a timeout and throwing the ball away. Horford hurriedly throwing up a jump hook despite no defenders near him and failing to catch rim.

– That’s three games where the Hawks had a chance to beat Cleveland and couldn’t do it. This time there was no shot clock screw-up to blame.

– A tight deadline prevented me from talking to Hawks players but Jamal was quoted by Cavs PR: “For whatever reason, we play good up until the last five or six minutes of each game. All three times, we gave ourselves a chanceto win. And this is a team we can potentially see in the playoffs. We have to figure it out. I don’t think we’re that far away at all, but we have to figure it out.”

– They could start by blocking out the Cavs on the boards. Time after time the Cavs soared in unchecked for rebounds, and that might have been a bigger problem than the stalled offense in the fourth quarter. The Hawks shot 9 of 22 in the fourth, not good but not terrible, but the Cavs beat them 14-6 on the boards.

– Their advantage for the game was 55-36. The Cavs got 20 second-chance points on 14 offensive rebounds. “That was huge,” Woody said. “That’s another area that we have to clean up.”

– The Cavs controlled the glass without big men Shaq and Varejao. What’s going to happen if the Hawks face the Cavs in the playoffs with those two back in the lineup?

– Jamal got the Hawks back in it by scoring six points in the final two minutes of the third. Then he shot the Hawks out of it by missing 5 of 6 in the fourth. He was 6 of 18 from the field and J.J. was 6 of 17 for a combined 34 percent. The rest of the Hawks were 25 of 55 (45 percent).

– “I thought they had good looks, shots they normally make, but we just couldn’t get them to go down,” Woody said. “Then we couldn’t get stops the other way. That’s a helluva tough combination.”

– The Cavs notched their second consecutive 60-win season. They clinched the East’s top seed when Orlando lost later in the night.

– I’m out, Hawks fans.


143 comments Add your comment


April 3rd, 2010
12:06 am

After 4th qtr meltdown….


April 3rd, 2010
12:13 am

The shot selection during crunchtime was just awful. Cavs force the Hawks to play one on one, let them shoot jumpers and deny them 2nd chance points the final 6 mins of the 4th and that decided the game.

Truth and Clarity

April 3rd, 2010
12:15 am

It’s Time,
Congratulations Hawks management! You’ve officially rebuilt this team! But we will never be elite(have a real shot at the title) unless we go over the luxury tax and get someone else(players) in here. If Childress does not want to come back, then trade his rights to Denver for the rights TO Linas Kelzia since they both play for olympiakos and neither want to go back to their respective NBA counterparts. We need another big wing to guard LeBron…..Mario west and Mo evans are not serious options. Then we need to get Mo Williams Jr. from Indiana (A.J Price) who we should have drafted in the second round anyway(or get Patrick Mills or Bayless from Portland). If we can’t draft Gani Lawal to be our backup PF then we need to trade that 1st rd. pick to Houston for the rights to that Jordan Hill kid out of Arizona who the Knicks traded to the Rockets at the deadline. He is long and can replace Joe Smith. Then you have a few options. 1) Either trade Bibby and Mo Evans to NJ(Assuming they get John Wall in the draft) for Devin Harris. 2) Trade Bibby(or Mo Evans) and Zaza to Memphis for Hasheem Thabeet 3) or Trade Bibby(or Mo Evans) and Zaza to Golden State for Biedrins(or to The Clippers for Chris Kaman). Since we will own the rights to Klezia we don’t need the MLE to sign him. Use up the full MLE to sign Manu Ginobili to a Max MLE contract. Then Use the Vet min and Bi-Annual exceptions to fill out the rest of the bench. Obviously you re-sign Joe Johnson as well. I know it’s risky and a lot, but if we want to win this is what needs to be done. We WON’T WIN a title without spending the $$$$ and Either get an Offensive Coordinator in here or Give Woody the Boot. He has grown on me the past two seasons, but he been riding the organic growth of our players these past six years (specifically on the offensive side of the ball). I’d much rather get a coordinator in here though. I don’t think this team can grow anymore from the inside. It’s really time to shake things up and time for the ASG to pony up the cash. GO HAWKS!!!!


April 3rd, 2010
12:25 am



April 3rd, 2010
12:25 am

The Hawks are simply not good enough. Thats all that needs to be said.


April 3rd, 2010
12:36 am

I wish Bibby could take people off the dribble like Deron Williams


The Truth

April 3rd, 2010
12:44 am

“JJ on the road this year vs playoff teams:

@ Lakers: 27 points – 9 rebounds
@ Boston: 24 points – 7 rebounds
@ Dallas: 31 points – 7 rebounds
@ Chicago: 40 points – 6 rebounds
@ Cleveland: 35 points
@ Boston: 36 points
@ Houston: 20 points – 6 rebounds
@ San Antonio: 31 points
@ Oklahoma City: 37 points
@ Utah: 26 points – 6 rebounds – 6 assists
@ Milwaukee: 27 points – 6 rebounds”

Are these stats more important than the road record of 17-20 for a 3rd place team? We all know in most of the losses who had the ball for the Hawks during crunch time. I mean we should thank Joe for keeping us close. But at the end of the day, that might be the last word for the Hawks, WE WERE CLOSE!!


April 3rd, 2010
12:50 am

Another fourth quarter meltdown.The play I believe that lost the game for the Hawks was Lebron stealing the ball before the half and getting a layup and foul.Stupid pathetic loss of concentration.When will this team ever learn to play 4 quarters of basketball? They’re going to continue to get mauled on the road until they learn to play 4 quarters of basketball!


April 3rd, 2010
1:01 am

No shame in losing this game tonight. No shame at all. The Hawks played a good game tonight, they were just beaten by a team that played a better game. They didn’t beat themselves, they didn’t stop executing offensively until desperation time and most important, they never stopped fighting. It’s a shame that it resulted in a loss because JJ and JC had off nights (as all players do at times), but it doesn’t diminish what, to me, is a clear indication of growth by this team. The fact that the Hawks hung tough with the best team in the league despite their best players not being on their games is a testament to the teams growth. If they keep working and progressing, this will be a real championship contender in no time. Also, gotta give Josh Smith special props for abusing Cleveland with his inside game.


April 3rd, 2010
1:04 am


Marvin Williams steps up but . .

April 3rd, 2010
1:05 am

makes big mental mistakes (i.e. giving the ball to Lebron for 3 points when we could have taken a lead into half-time, not switching quick enough to Mo Williams on the dagger three at the end (mentioned above), & passing the ball into Al Horford’s head when he was two feet away from the dude late in the 4th qtr).

But honestly Joe & Jamal could have made up for those mistakes, but both had an off night. We can beat the Magic & Cavs, but in the playoffs we’re gonna have to steal one on the road.

Rockets helped us out though . .

April 3rd, 2010
1:10 am

but Hawks need to prove it against these weaker foes coming up.


April 3rd, 2010
1:12 am

i usually love js but there are times in this game that he showed no desire to do any think on offense or defense but stand 15 feet from the hoop. there is no excuse for this woody should sit his ass down.jj never comes up big for big games inspite of what northcyde says ( he is one guy who really thinks he makes sense even tho nobody else thinks . jj & jc do not play well together. let jj & woody both go this team really has no ball movement what so ever & just seems to prefers to play iso ball. woody doesnt have a clue


April 3rd, 2010
1:14 am


April 3rd, 2010
1:24 am

Came home. Just watched the game on my DVR. Thought we played them tough right up until we hit the 76-74 mark. We’ve played Cleveland 3 x’s, and in all 3 games, we’ve hit lulls in the 4th quarter. It’s frustrating to watch.


April 3rd, 2010
1:25 am

Mike Woodson is the worst coach in the history of basketball. He’s just like a politician – he doesn’t DO his job ( apparently, he doesn’t know how ), he spends all his time trying to say the things that will help him KEEP the job. He is a complete sham…


April 3rd, 2010
1:27 am

Although I admire the effort, there’s absolutely nothing preventing us from beating the Cavs talent-wise. We play them tough enough to win, but we can’t seem to play up to the level of our talent down the stretch. As much as I dislike Jon Berry, I think he makes a good point when he says that we’ve seen the same game 3 times now out between these two teams.

I don’t get how we got beat up on the boards at some points in this game. We looked absolutely lazy on the boards at times.


April 3rd, 2010
1:36 am

Are these stats more important than the road record of 17-20 for a 3rd place team? We all know in most of the losses who had the ball for the Hawks during crunch time. I mean we should thank Joe for keeping us close. But at the end of the day, that might be the last word for the Hawks, WE WERE CLOSE!!

Truth . . . you were the one making emotional statements talking about how a “spiritless JJ” doesn’t show up in big games. All I was doing was blowing that notion right out of the water.

You guys simply have to stop being so emotional after these losses. The Hawks played a bad 2nd half, after looking great the 1st half. JJ and Crawford couldn’t make shots. We couldn’t rebound as a team. Then Lebron hit a few late shots to put the game out of reach.

Hawks lose. But I don’t think that loss put in the minds of the players that we can’t beat them. If anything, the Hawks beat themselves tonight.


@ rusty . . . so those games on the road that I listed weren’t “big” games? Was the Laker game on Wednesday night a “big” game? I flat out proved to you that he comes up big in big games. It’s not my fault if you don’t think he didn’t come up big in those “big” games.

And I could care less what people think about what I post on here. But when I post FACTS, you better come up with something better than “he is one guy who really thinks he makes sense even tho nobody else think”.

It’s the same old song and dance from this crowd everytime we lose. Just come to grips that we had a chance to beat the best team in the NBA, and the team COLLECTIVELY couldn’t get it done. Why not admit that, instead of going into “crying mode” like some of you love to do?


April 3rd, 2010
1:38 am

And rusty . . why rip Josh Smith? He played the best out of everybody tonight.


April 3rd, 2010
1:39 am

Hawks nation relax. I know we have stumbled against Cleveland and Orland, however we can beat anyone if we get out and run and get into early offense in the fourth quarter. And continue to move the ball. BALL MOVEMENT HAWKS AND FORTH QUARTER EXECUTION. And dont be so hard on Woody I think he had a lot to with the maturation of Josh Smith and Al Hordford. And we will win 50 games for the first time since 99. Go Hawks the A town is behind you!!!!!!!

Big Ray

April 3rd, 2010
1:42 am

Cleveland has been beaten just 4 times at home this season.

Mike Woodson doesn’t know why we couldn’t answer offensively when the Cavs stiffened up on defense? Easy answer, Woody. If you DVRed the game, you can listen to Hubie Brown tell you.

1) Little or no spacing on offense.

2) Whether you’re a Joe Johnson fan that hates Jamal Crawford, or a Jamal Crawford fan that hates Joe Johnson, they are our two best scorers. They both laid an egg, combining or a 12-35 shooting performance. That’s right. Even with Josh Smith’s horrible free throw shooting, Al Horford’s bad game from the field, and us standing around on offense, those two guys helped shoot us right out of the game. Sorry, but it’s just plain true.

3) J.J. Hickson had 16 rebounds. No excuses, the kid is just not that good. He’s a hustler, true. But he’s only had a double figure rebound game 4 times this season. He got his career/season high against us. Inexcusable, and that blame goes mostly on Josh Smith, who had just 7 rebounds.

4) Lebron James is arguably the best player in the league, with only Kobe Bryant as a true rival. He just is. He got his teammates in the game early on. Then, he just hits a switch and he’s on . Nothing you can do about that, though Marvin played him pretty well at times. He’s also a very tough defender when he chooses to be.

5) Cleveland is 10 solid players deep…. without Shaq and Varejao in uniforms . They are better than us. They damn well should be, they’ve paid for it.

I’m not ashamed of these guys. Woody even coached well. You can’t overcome such awful offense (and we played some pretty good defense, the Cavs only shot 41%) against the best team in the league, on their own turf. You can come within 5 points, though. And that’s what happened.

I still liked watching that game. Go Hawks.

Big Ray

April 3rd, 2010
1:52 am

Tell you what. A few of those 3 million jumpers we took in the 4th quarter fall, and we’re talking about a different outcome. Besides the fact that we fought and scrapped with those guys as well as anybody, I found other things I liked about the game, particularly with it being on ESPN:

1) The ESPN crew called the game pretty good. They gave the Hawks players and coaching staff decent props in between gushes about LBJ.

2) Same crew noticed some of the BS calls and the no calls, like when Mike Bibby got him on top of his head.

3) They asked some pointed questions to each other about whether or not the Hawks could make the next stop, and what the Hawks problems were in the game. Note that defense was never an issue, it was the nature of our offense.

Some of us have been saying things about that for months or even years. The ESPN crew called it on the dot, I felt. But they still gave this team a lot of credit. That was refreshing to hear.

4) We really did defend pretty good, and we ground it out for the most part. But you simply cannot beat the best team in the league with that kind of offensive performance, and against a player who can literally take over ANY game, at ANY time. And Lebron is just such a player. Don’t feel bad. He’s done that to every single team in this league.

Cleveland fans should be thankful for him. Why? Not just because he’s arguably the best player in the league. But because his presence alone forced their management to build around him the way they have.

Few players force you to do that, or risk having them walk away from you. Kobe is one. Dwight is another, though it’s only because he’s a franchise level center who cannot carry a team offensively. Other than that, there isn’t such a player.

Not Wade, or anybody else.


April 3rd, 2010
1:58 am

i liked woody for a few years, but i can’t honestly say the guy is a good coach anymore. The assistant coach with the new yorkian accent that they do in-game interviews with sometimes instead of woody sounds like he doesn’t know much about basketball. Starters played too many minutes, he failed to utilize the bench an we looked tired in the 4th as a result. bibby looks decent tonight and gets no playing time when jamal and joe are struggling. inability to change things up on offense, every elite team in the NBA knows how to exploit the hawks inability to move the ball in the 4th.


April 3rd, 2010
2:19 am


Najeh Davenpoop

April 3rd, 2010
2:28 am

“They often cite their record of 41-5 when leading with five minutes or less”

I wouldn’t cite that if I were them. Five blown leads in the last five minutes of games is a LOT for a team that aspires to be elite.

Najeh Davenpoop

April 3rd, 2010
2:43 am

Even if they don’t melt down offensively in the 4th, the Hawks probably lose. LeBron’s jumper started heating up in the 4th, as it so often does. The Cavs started stepping it up defensively. And as was the case the entire game, they were dominating the glass and getting all kinds of second chance opportunities.

You all can complain about the 4th quarter meltdowns all you want, and it is a legitimate concern, but that’s not why the Hawks lost. The Hawks lost because the Cavs are better. Plain and simple. If these teams play 100 games, the Cavs probably win 99. There is too much quality size and too much athleticism on this Cavs team for the Hawks to be able to pull off victories against them, unless the Hawks play a perfect game and the Cavs sleepwalk.

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

April 3rd, 2010
3:09 am

I dont know how to feel about this one. Like in the previous 2 games, we didnt play our
best ball….but we still were able to hang right in there….and colossal collapses happened.

I feel good about how we can hang with Cleveland and can probably beat them if it werent for those collapses, and you dont expect those to happen usually.

BAD NEWS? Well they HAVE been happening? I mean, surely the Hawks cant STINK that bad in the 4th in a 7 game, intense playoff series against them…right????

Conyers Hawks Fan

April 3rd, 2010
4:06 am

Same old story. The Hawks maybe win the first round and then are out of the playoffs.


April 3rd, 2010
4:47 am

It doesn’t help when our 2 best scorers have terrible nights. Josh missed a bunch of free throws. This team still does not know how to do simple things such as box out. The shot selection in the 4th was down right terrible. Hubie Brown in one night described the Hawks 4th quater woes perfectly yet the head coach still cant figure out how to make adjustments to fix them. Enough said.

Rick Sund

April 3rd, 2010
5:00 am

Once again you fans must realize that all we STRIVE for is PROGRESSION. It takes A WHILE to build a CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM. As you all can tell we are still YOUNG, with great POTENTIAL and UPSIDE and we have to continue to take BABY STEPS to become that road team that we need to become. For now, me and ownership are SATISFIED with what we see. The cleveland game wasn’t bad. I mean we HUNG right there with them until the end. Last year we were blown out twice against this team in cleveland, so that’s PROGRESS which is our goal. You fans EXPECT TOO MUCH. Isn’t winning 50 games ENOUGH for you people. That all it takes to be an ELITE team. No REAL FAN should base our SUCCESS on the PLAYOFFS, but the REGULAR SEASON.


April 3rd, 2010
5:44 am

Josh Smith – practice free throws – please!

Why not get Mario West to come in and disrupt things defensively? We simply can not keep up with quick guards on opposing teams. Mario can at least come in and cause some temporary damage…he knows how (and wants) to play defense.


April 3rd, 2010
6:26 am

Don’t understand how the Cavs lost a game this season. If gambling was legal, I’d bet my paycheck on them every week. They are MJ and the Bulls from the ’90s. They challenge every shot, most times with someone helping from the backside, and NEVER get called for fouls. At the other end, if the Hawks challenge ANY shot, a foul is called. Just call off the first 3 rounds of the playoffs and give the Cavs the trip to the finals. Boy, the refs will surely have trouble deciding who to not call a foul on there, huh, the Lakers or the Cavs? They can just put the whistles in their pockets.

Big Daddy

April 3rd, 2010
6:29 am

I thought, like most post here that the Hawks played a good game until the final 6 minutes. Normally, you could say that the other team’s defense really turned up and that is what stopped us. However, it appeared we stopped ourselves. There were enough opportunities where we had wide open jump shots and missed them. Woody leaves Jamaal in because at any given moment he can turn on his switch and shoot like Lebron was the last six minutes. It did not happen. Jamaal and Joe had horrible games and we did not box out. Something I noticed in the switching offense is that too often if the other team has someone who is good at driving to the basket they can take whoever switched on them around the elbow and down the lane where they either make the shot, get fouled or both. Only if Smoove can leave his man and come over to block can they stop this. It is killing them. I saw that a lot last night with Mo Williams, Lebron and JJ Hickson.

I truly believe the guys got tired last night and there were way to many times when someone threw up a 20 footer with nobody under the basket, but everyone out on the perimeter. I agee with another post in that only on limited occaisions do Jamall and JJ seem to play together well. We need Bibby or Rook to come in and play with them. By the way, like it or not we are going to need Rook come playoff time. Plus if a guard goes down we are going to have to use him. If that the best time to give him the extended time he will have to play?

We were just outplayed in that game and like Boston, we are just going to have to learn how to overcome those guys. The team still has my support. Go HAWKS!!!!


April 3rd, 2010
6:31 am

A sign of a championship team is playing 4 quarters of ball. The Hawks have no idea how to do that. They are way too inconsistent. Bibby has not contributed since signing a new contract nor has Williams. Williams is just another wasted 1st round pick like Sheldon was.


April 3rd, 2010
7:34 am

If i counted right, we are 15-9 since the “midway point” of the season ……… not bad, but not PHX like either. Looking back at those scores and how those games went down….were it not for 4Q meltdowns and or playing down to the competition, we could make the case that we should have had an undefeated March with an outside chance (if couple of balls bounced our way) to be unblemished since the All-Star break.
Realistically, that would be near impossible, but ponder on how many leads we lost or close games we have had. We haven’t had a blowout loss since the mid-Feb. MIA game going into the All-Star weekend, with a few 2-3 losses by 3 pts or less (close games not point make-up in gar-bage time, as Skip Caray used to say).
Luv this team and I didn’t have as much issue with this loss as I did with the GS comeback or last loss to MIA where M. Beasley went off in the last 2 minutes of a tight game…. but we got to figure this thing out …… and we have 2 prolific scorers/finishers, whereas most teams only have 1.

Mike Hunt

April 3rd, 2010
7:41 am

Joe Johnson doesn’t show up for the big games. Hawks will struggle to win in the first round, then will go quietly in the second to either Magic or Cavs. They have no leader. JJ has had a good run here, but it’s time for him to move on.

Miked Up But Nothin to Say

April 3rd, 2010
7:47 am

OK its crunch time. The Cavs are making a move. Hawks call time out. Woody has a microphone on him. What does he say? Lets listen: (I paraphrase) ” OK guys….we need to play D….everybody needs to rebound….lets go”. Thats lt? I mean its good advice and all but where is the COACHING? How about telling them to pound the ball inside because we score every time we do.How about reminding them to NOT take the quick jumper because nobody is hitting. How about drawing up a play to take advantage of a mismatch.



April 3rd, 2010
7:51 am

woody is gonna ride the dates he comes with..and thats joe and jamaal..they won’t be knocked or pulled because of bad plays or mistakes..neither will smoove when he is arguing with the refs coming up the floor, because of a “no call”on the other end..nor bibbs for not keeping up with the opposing PG after letting him get by him time after time..

but the rook,mo evans,or any one but crawford make the inkling of the same above mistakes and they are yelled at and or yanked!!

do any of you think that the same questions that hubie brought up,that sund might be asking the same??
i do….

we’re gonna see the same results with this team come playoff time..
i expect the norm with this team..
and,if they play like this now against the cavs,they will in the playoffs..
if they play like they do against the magic now,they will do the same in the playoffs..

we won’t even see the cavs come playoffs..we’ll be out against the magic..

woody won’t make any adjustments yall..and u know it..
stop hoping and wishing..go wit what he does and how he prepares his team to play, now!!



April 3rd, 2010
8:03 am

miked up,
thats jacked up!!
he did the same “coaching”last year when we played the cavs in game 3 here last year and he was miked up..

he told the “crew”,”we need to stop shooting jumpers,go inside and get some fouls on these guys and get to the free throw line and get back into this game”..and after they cut from that,they went on and missed 3 straight jumpers!!
hubie then said,”ok,you tell them what they need to do and they go out and miss 3 jumpers..one thing i would have done was drawn up a play to get them set up to execute what i just told them”..

woody nor his staff know what they are doing..the players are the coach..woody is just the guy who tells you when to come in and come out


April 3rd, 2010
8:20 am

Some you on this blog need to get real about what the hawks can and can not do. We were 17-19 on the road this year before last night. We were in cleveland playing the team with the best record in the entire league and you expected them to win that game, get real. Yeah, it would have been nice to pick up a win and yeah it was disapointing, but did you really think they was going to come out clevland on the plus side? If you did, you deserve to be distraught. Now they have a game coming up(with Le’Bron) in Phillips arena that should have a better ending. The Hawks have won 9 straight there and I would be very disapointed if the lost, maybe even distraught!


April 3rd, 2010
8:41 am

I think the team is not mentally prepared to compete.

The Cavs seemed to feel that whenever they wanted to they could make a run and we felt the same, but on the contrary.

The team implodes when the game is close in the 4th quarter, continously making poor decisions with the ball, either bad shots, bad passes or simple lack of ball and player rotation.

The reason for this is simple: our offense consists almost exclusively of free wheeling ISO or two men plays with little or no contribution from the rest of the players who are left out to the point of them not even acting as decoys or being active crashing the boards.

When JJ and Craw are not clicking we easily stopped and rapidly lose our composure.

This way we will have huge problems doing a splash in the playoffs and takes us back to why we took the Celts to seven, 2 years ago: Chills energized us with his hustle and baseline cuts who got us baskets which importance was transcent to the mere 2 points the brought: they erased a some of those “bad possessions” which we always have and that usually are pivotal in a negative way.

Whithout these 3 or 4 possessions going our way, we tend to lose those tight matches which annoys us so much.

Conversely, in the games which Marvin was active on the offensive boards and getting this type of plays done, we won.


April 3rd, 2010
8:50 am

NBA basketball sucks. Bring on the Stanley Cup playoffs!!


April 3rd, 2010
8:57 am

It’s funny how the cavs just play with the hawks for 3 quarters and then they know ok times up. time to run away. it’s like when you were young and you were better than the kid a little younger than you and you would let him hang around until the end. and shaq and varajao didn’t even play. they play and it’s not this close. i think the bucks will beat the hawks in the first round. they don’t play defense.


April 3rd, 2010
8:57 am

Matt, so why are you posting here? Don’t you have anything better to do?


April 3rd, 2010
9:01 am

Andy, I actually think that Shaq doesn’t make the Cavs better and that if he had played the rebounding differential would be smaller.

We have more trouble with mobile rebounders like Hickson and Lebron than with stationary ones.

Varejão I agree since he is perpetually hustling and looking for his “leftovers” around the rim.

Sacramento redux

April 3rd, 2010
9:31 am

Is this team Sacramento redux? Good, but not good enough. Does Joe Johnson = Chris Webber at crunch time?


April 3rd, 2010
9:40 am

“I wish I knew,” he said. “It’s been that way against the Cleveland Cavaliers. It’s been a close game in the fourth and we can’t seem to find any offense.”

LOL so Woodson still has NOT figured out how to beat the Knicks, Magic (besides that one game), and now the Cavs. This guy DOES NOT MAKE ADJUSTMENTS FROM GAME TO GAME. You HEARD Hubie and Jon Barry say it last night — we lost the exact same way last night we did the 2 previous times vs. Cleveland. Look at those Orlando losses — same thing.

WOODY DOES NOT MAKE ADJUSTMENTS. He DOES NOT “give a !@#$ about the offense” and that shows when we go ice cold in the 4th quarter.

We were OUTREBOUNDED BY 19 WITHOUT Shaq and Varejao (who is an absolute PEST on the glass) playing. Where was Collins to guard Ilgauskas?

This is a !@#$ing joke. This is NOT an elite team. Cleveland is so physical and they go for rebounds. We settle for these !@#damn jumpshots, DON’T box out, and we have NO OFFENSIVE PLAN — JUST A FEW TALENTED SCORERS.

This is the BEST and most accurate post I’ve made on here.



April 3rd, 2010
9:42 am

The Hawks shy away from physical teams.

You see Marvin foul LeBron then help him up.

THIS IS A REFLECTION ON WOODSON. The guy boasts about his Detroit Piston days. That team had Rasheed and Ben Wallace, who were physical and rugged guys. The only physical player on this damn team is ZaZa, whose minutes are so inconsistent.




April 3rd, 2010
9:49 am

It’s also sad that we have been the healthiest team in the NBA this year, and we are only 1 game ahead of Boston, who has had major players in and out all year.

Shows how “elite” this team is.

LOL @ Rick Sund

darrell starks

April 3rd, 2010
9:58 am

The hawks just don’t match up with orlando, cavs because of there low post size.
GO HAWKS!!!!!!!!