Atlanta Hawks at Wizards: Suspenseful Standings

Washington–The Hawks aren’t watching scoreboards in Milwaukee or anywhere else because, really, what’s the point? With just three games left in the regular season the Hawks still don’t know if they will get the Bucks, Heat, or Bobcats in the first round of the playoffs.

“We are just concentrated on what we need to do,” Woody said. “Everything else will take care of itself. I think this thing is going to come all the way down until Wednesday, I really do.”

Further muddling all the playoff jockeying is neither Milwaukee nor any of the “bad” teams are laying down.

The Bucks somehow have won four in a row since Bogut’s injury. The ramshackle Pistons followed up their victory over the Hawks by going into Miami and beating the Heat. The Wizards turned back the Celtics here last night thanks to Shaun Livingston (remember him?).

This game is shaping up like the last time the Hawks were here, and remember how hard they had to work for that W. In addition to Livingston, guys like Andray Blatche, JaVale McGee and Nick Young are giving the Wiz a lift. This is the kind of thing that can happen with bad teams when guys aren’t sure about their futures.

The Celtics are in Milwaukee late tonight. If they lose and the Hawks win, that will give the Hawks a two-game lead with two to play. But the Hawks have to finish ahead of Boston so they still wouldn’t have the No. 3 seed locked down. The Hawks play at Milwaukee on Monday and the Celtics don’t play again until Tuesday.

Eventually Woody might have to make a decision on resting his regulars for the season finale against the Cavs.

“It all depends on how it plays out,” he said. “I’m not big on resting guys but I did it last year and it didn’t hurt us.”

MC

216 comments Add your comment

Blast

April 10th, 2010
6:48 pm

A road win would be great at this point. Winning all 3 games remaining would be even better!

Go, Hawks!

vava74

April 10th, 2010
6:49 pm

With Milwaukee winning without Bogut and eventually keeping the 5th seed, we would pribably better off finishing 4th than 3rd, thus avoiding Miami…

bigdave

April 10th, 2010
6:49 pm

you have to rest them… prepare for a possible 7 in the first round.

vava74

April 10th, 2010
6:51 pm

“Probably be better” damn, I had the wrong dictionary selected

Darren Collison

April 10th, 2010
6:55 pm

I get to rest in NO while CP3 gives me foot massages.

VenomSpitter

April 10th, 2010
6:58 pm

I’m here lets get it on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Darren Collison

April 10th, 2010
7:00 pm

I was better than Teague going in to the draft

Mike Woodson

April 10th, 2010
7:05 pm

Man I hope that the Wizards will just let us beat em. I don’t want to have to do some actual coaching. Oh Well I can always count on ISO Joe.

Darren Collison

April 10th, 2010
7:07 pm

Glad I don’t play for your eyebrowless ***, Woodson. Id be on the floor for 4 minutes at most in a blowout like that Teague guy.

HATER watch

April 10th, 2010
7:11 pm

Truth Serum
Posted yesterday

“There are two kinds of blogger’s on this site, those that are happy that we’ve had such an outstanding season with the limited talent we have and the whining b!ttching Bubba crew type. Ask yourself which are you?”

IT IS OBVIOUS WHICH ONE THIS POSTER IS (A HATER OF THE WORST SORT). WANTS EVERYONE TO BE THANKFUL FOR WOODSON’S ACCOMPLISHMENTS BUT DOES NOT WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF THE PLAYERS. COACHES VOTE HORFORD AS AN ALL-STAR RESERVE NOT AS A REPLACEMENT, BUT THIS POSTER SAYS HE WAS A REPLACEMENT, NOT VOTED IN. THAT WAS LIE NUMBER ONE, AND THE HYPOCRISY DOES NOT STOP THERE.

richbrave

April 10th, 2010
7:12 pm

What the hello-pete, CUNNINGHAM, did you let the AJC put up ARENAS’ stats as WIZARDS leader for? The man’s doing penance in a government half-way house for God’s-sake. No matter that he is the leader. He’s suspended by the league and has been for months. His name shouldn’t be on the list. Watch out for SHAUN LIVINGSTON. He’s doing a pretty good job at the point. Otherwise my suggestion is do what the HAWKS always do to the WIZARDS. Jump on them early and stay there until the game’s over.

bigdave

April 10th, 2010
7:13 pm

early… out the gate… sheesh… lets see what happens…

will see a lot of this come playoffs…

Mike Woodson

April 10th, 2010
7:13 pm

Wow Marvin keep playing like this and you’ll graduate from a duck into a spider monkey

VenomSpitter

April 10th, 2010
7:15 pm

uh oh spaghettios

VenomSpitter

April 10th, 2010
7:18 pm

Froggaliscious Bibbaliscious Mike Bibby

Mel

April 10th, 2010
7:18 pm

Marvin with good energy tonight.. Lets hope he plays like this beyond the 1st quarter *fingers crossed*

VenomSpitter

April 10th, 2010
7:19 pm

oh no now these clowns will use that to justify why woody is a great coach lol

Mel

April 10th, 2010
7:19 pm

Why cant the Hawks run these “sets” in the 4th quarter

Najeh Davenpoop

April 10th, 2010
7:21 pm

Wow. Hawks actually ran a play, with off-the-ball movement and back screens, and they end up with an alley-oop dunk by Horford.

I can’t understand why they don’t do this more often. If they did, they would never have those extended scoring droughts they have so often.

Mel

April 10th, 2010
7:22 pm

is Joe the biggest/strongest 2 guard in the league?? too bad he’s not a high flyer/slasher.. he’d avg at least 26-27ppg

VenomSpitter

April 10th, 2010
7:22 pm

Damn bibby is feeling frog

Najeh Davenpoop

April 10th, 2010
7:22 pm

You know the Wizards suck at defense when they allow Bibby to split a double team and get a layup.

b.j.

April 10th, 2010
7:23 pm

umm we need 3 seed so we wont play the cavs in the 2nd round,thats the focus-go HAWKS

Darren Collison

April 10th, 2010
7:26 pm

Mario West is a better shooter than “Teague”

JC

April 10th, 2010
7:28 pm

Unbelievable shooting by the Wizards thus far (78.6%). The Hawks defense needs to pick up.

Grandad

April 10th, 2010
7:28 pm

Grandad *[from previous blog]*

April 10th, 2010
7:23 pm
Mad Hatter:

My apologies to you as well.

Big Ray

April 10th, 2010
7:29 pm

Najeh,

Easy answer. You have to practice it (a lot) to be disciplined enough to do it frequently. But that doesn’t happen when you “don’t give a s**t about the offense.”

VenomSpitter

April 10th, 2010
7:30 pm

should we go after shaun livingston this summer?

Big Ray

April 10th, 2010
7:31 pm

Gee, I can’t imagine who “Darren Collison” is….

Big Ray

April 10th, 2010
7:33 pm

Bibby and Smith are on it early. Me likes.

Big Ray

April 10th, 2010
7:33 pm

Both guys will be needed badly in the postseason.

Najeh Davenpoop

April 10th, 2010
7:33 pm

“should we go after shaun livingston this summer?”

With the problems Arenas is having, I’d be surprised if they let Livingston go, although he would help any contending team.

Darren Collison

April 10th, 2010
7:34 pm

Shut up Big Ray you fag

Sleepy

April 10th, 2010
7:35 pm

To add to what Big Ray said . the players have to be disciplined enough to do it as well and I just dont think Woody trusts Al and Smoove to execute that much over 48 minutes . They would pick up a bunch of offensive fouls setting screens and be out of the game . A coach will gravitate to what his players does well.

Gerald

April 10th, 2010
7:36 pm

Mike Bibby is still one of the best pure shooting point guards in the league. If he can get open shots, he’ll know them down about 80% of the time. That’s one of the reasons I prefer to have him on the floor over Teague who needs a lot of work on his shot.

Gerald

April 10th, 2010
7:36 pm

*knock them down*

Najeh Davenpoop

April 10th, 2010
7:36 pm

Damn… nice drive by Teague, too bad he couldn’t finish.

Gerald

April 10th, 2010
7:38 pm

Well, at least Teague is showing some promise and consistency on that floater.

VenomSpitter

April 10th, 2010
7:39 pm

Damn I just saw Sam Cassel. Now I’m gonna have nightmares.

Darren Collison

April 10th, 2010
7:43 pm

I think its time for Zaza to get a new hairstyle

Najeh Davenpoop

April 10th, 2010
7:44 pm

I think a mohawk would suit Zaza pretty well.

Najeh Davenpoop

April 10th, 2010
7:45 pm

If Joe Smith would just move in like a foot when he spaces himself, he would probably knock down most of those jumpers. He is extending himself beyond his range.

VenomSpitter

April 10th, 2010
7:48 pm

damn Nick Young is killin us

VenomSpitter

April 10th, 2010
7:48 pm

Thats what Joe should do. Nick Young is 2 small

drmaryb

April 10th, 2010
7:51 pm

LOL. Maurice does a cross-over behind the back & nails a jumper!

That’s Crawford’s Pet-Move! Hehe

Iravano Newbille

April 10th, 2010
7:56 pm

LOL….I GUESS SMOOVE THINKS THAT THE CAMERAMAN IS ON HIS TEAM………..!!!!!!

bigdave

April 10th, 2010
7:58 pm

ill take the free throw line jumper from Josh… drive/shoot/pass option…

J.J.M.

April 10th, 2010
8:00 pm

lmao@mike miller

J.J.M.

April 10th, 2010
8:01 pm

nice D by josh

VenomSpitter

April 10th, 2010
8:03 pm

LOL @ Marvin the terrible