– Greetings, all. Ken Sugiura sitting in for MC.
– Not a pretty game. Mike Woodson: “We played pretty well in spurts, but we played well enough to win the game.”
– Detroit was outmanned, but hung in. I’m still not sure how, as they shot 37 percent from the floor. The two players who took the most shots — Tayshaun Prince and Charlie Villanueva — were a combined 10 for 31. Ben Gordon didn’t even score. Said Jamal Crawford, “They compete. They play hard. They have a lot of talented guys. They’ve got (Rodney) Stuckey, Gordon, (Will) Bynum’s capable of putting up some numbers.”
– Joe Johnson was out with a sprained right thumb, which may explain why he was 6-for-17 against Cleveland on Friday. Before the game, Woodson wasn’t sure if he’d be ready for Charlotte on Tuesday.
– Al Horford on Joe being out: “He’s usually our go-to guy and a big part of our team. I know they’re missing a lot of guys, too, but we’re so used to playing together.”
– Not a great night for Jeff Teague. He got some extra minutes with Johnson out, but couldn’t take advantage. He had a couple nice plays – he hit a floater and set up an alley oop to Josh Smith — but also had two turnovers and didn’t seem to get the offense going.
– Looking ahead, Hawks are on the road four of the next five. They’re all winnable – @ Charlotte, @ Detroit, home against Toronto, @ Washington, @Milwaukee – but Hawks have lost their last four on the road. (If you weren’t aware, Andrew Bogut injured his elbow Saturday night, which, obviously, would be a tough loss for the Bucks.) Final game of the season is home against Cleveland. A tough home stretch.
Boston, if you’re wondering, has Cleveland at home, @ Knicks, @ Toronto, Washington, @ Milwaukee, @ Chicago, Milwaukee.
I’m out. Happy Easter, everyone.