Atlanta Hawks Squawks: Hawks 105, Wizards 95

Washington– The Hawks never really did lock down on D. That might sound harsh considering the Wizards scored 17 in the final quarter but they missed a few open shots from my perspective. At one point I looked out there and Jamal seemed to be the only guy really getting after it defensively.

– But the Hawks pulled out a road win over a hot team (hey, hot by Washington’s standard), and that’s got to be the bottom line no matter how they looked doing it. The Hawks play a tough game at Milwaukee on Monday and carrying an eight-game road losing streak into the playoffs would have been a big burden.

– The Hawks improved to 6-8 in road games since the All-Star break when they have a lead or tie in the final period. “We’ve played well enough on the road to win but little things have been hurting us,” Woody said. “Tonight we buckled down when we had to. That’s how we did it early in the year. We’ve got to get back to that heading into the playoffs.”

– Crawford’s 28 points included 13 after halftime. The Wiz was up 64-58 when Jamal scored 11 points over the final seven minutes of the period to tie it at 78-78. Without that burst, the Hawks might have been in trouble.

– “It just felt like we were in a rut,” he said. “That’s understandable because we are on a back-to-back and we got in late. We were looking for any kind of energy, so I tried to energize us a little bit.”

– When Washington got within 97-90 with four minutes to play, it felt eerily familiar. This is when the Hawks would start taking bad shots, throwing the ball away, missing free throws, leaving 3-point shooters open . . .

– Instead, Zaza scored, Jamal converted his ninth four-point play and the Hawks put the Wizards away. “It feels good to finally close out a game on the road,” Crawford said. “We weren’t getting blown out. We’ve been right there but we haven’t been closing out games. We tightened it up when we needed to.”

– Let’s not pretend the Hawks played anything close to acceptable D when a poor offensive team shoots 57 percent through three quarters. Just for one example, I was shaking my head when the Hawks just watched Mike Miller stand at the 3-point line and launch away. He’s been known to hit a few.

– But from a confidence standpoint the Hawks needed this one after all the late collapses. “It was important for us to close out the game the way we know we can,” Al said. “We got stops when we needed to.”

– “It’s been frustrating to watch,” J.J. said. “For some reason we don’t seem to have the same enthusiasm or burst of energy (on the road) as we do at home. That’s something we’ve got to work on, now. We are 80 games into the season.”

– That brace on J.J.’s thumb is a bit bulky, so I figured it might cause problems with his shot. He’s insisted it won’t since he he only uses that portion of his hand for resting the ball and releases with his fingertips. Guess he’s right: 8 for 14 from the field, 20 points in 34 minutes.

– “The thumb is still really sore,” he said. “Toward the end of the season everyone gets a little banged up. We are trying to position ourselves to make some noise in the playoffs.”

Zaza has been very good lately. When his hip flared up at Charlotte I thought that might be the start of a nagging thing like in the past. So it’s a good sign that he keeps pushing through it.

– “Zaza is coming around,” Al said. “That’s been a big help. The last couple of games he’s been able to close out games. That’s a luxury that will come in handy in the playoffs.”

– Jamal, Zaza and Mo give the Hawks a legit eight-deep rotation. It’s less certain after those three, though I continue to believe Joe Smith will give them something in the playoffs.

– The Celtics beat the Bucks to stay within a game of the Hawks.

MC

139 comments Add your comment

Gilley

April 10th, 2010
11:15 pm

Gilley

April 10th, 2010
11:17 pm

Now that we have that out the way…Bucks and Celtics in the first round would be a great matchup and I guess I can watch another Heat-Hawks matchup (sigh) I am mad we dont get our respect and people still think the Heat will beat us in a 7-game series. I hope not.

Cali girl

April 10th, 2010
11:30 pm

gilley i agree with u and its so sad cause we got the better record better player-makers and they still say the heat can win only cause wade will get the calls from refs but whatever cause we just got to believe get more aggressive on d! hawks is going to shock everybody!

BONE

April 10th, 2010
11:45 pm

change ur name to atl girl and ill co-sign your post

UGA

April 10th, 2010
11:46 pm

Bibby, Smoove didn’t even play in the 4th. We have got to add to our bench next year. We need a back up point and not Teague. Teague is gonna be good, but he’s not ready just yet. I like Joe Smith also, but we need someone who can produce and hit that shot also. I thought he would be a good mid range shooter but he has not hit that consistently yet this year.

Gilley

April 10th, 2010
11:47 pm

You have to get PT to hit mid-range shots. BLAME MIKE WOODSON

UGA

April 10th, 2010
11:48 pm

Right now, we have the Heat first. IS that what we want???
Bucks would get the Celtics now.

Don’t think we want the Heat.
Bucks don’t want the Celtics either.

UGA

April 10th, 2010
11:49 pm

Good point, Joe could play a couple minutes at least in the 2nd half.

Najeh Davenpoop

April 11th, 2010
12:03 am

Nice recap MC. Agree with everything — nice confidence-booster, but the Wizards are nothing special, and the Hawks didn’t exactly put on a basketball clinic.

Boston and Charlotte both won tonight, while Milwaukee lost and Miami was off.

Right now, remaining schedules look like this:

Hawks: @MIL, CLE

Celtics: @CHI, MIL

Hawks are still 1 game ahead of the Celtics, which means their magic number for clinching the #3 seed is 2. They need either 2 wins, 2 Celtics losses, or 1 win and 1 Celtics loss to clinch the #3 seed.

Looking at that schedule, given the Hawks’ road woes, I wouldn’t guarantee either of those wins, and both of those games are winnable for the Celtics. It wouldn’t surprise me too much if the Hawks go 1-1 and the C’s go 2-0, which would give the C’s the #3 seed. The C’s have been up and down, of course, so a loss to the Bucks in the rematch is not out of the question either. The wild card is whether or not Cleveland chooses to play LeBron in the final game of the season; if they rest LeBron, it’s possible the Hawks could go 2-0 and clinch the #3 seed regardless of what the Celtics do. But there is no question the Hawks have a tougher road ahead of them than the C’s.

The potential first round opponents look like this:

Bucks: ATL, @BOS

Heat: @NY, @PHI, NJ

Bobcats: @NJ, CHI

My guess is that the Heat and Bobcats win out with the Bucks going 1-1, although with the Bucks really anything is possible. If that happens, the Heat would get the #5 seed, the Bucks would get the #6, and the Bobcats would get the #7.

I’d definitely rather see the Bucks than the Heat, and more importantly, the Hawks need to be doing everything they can to avoid Cleveland. That requires that they build on this road win and go get a win at Milwaukee. If they can do that, it puts the pressure on an inconsistent Boston team to win out.

richbrave

April 11th, 2010
12:33 am

richbrave

April 11th, 2010
12:15 am
Big Ray

April 10th, 2010
8:47 pm
This Washington team is going to be trouble next season. Especially if they can remain healthy and get rid of Gilbert Arenas (maybe that’s hoping for too much, if you’re a Wiz fan).

RAY:

Google to “hoops hype WIZARDS salaries” and look up the contracted players for next season. There are eight including a team option on JOSH HOWARD, a player option for QUINTON ROSS, and an 80% scale offer on RANDY FOYE. I don’t expect any of the three to be in a D.C. uniform next season for various reasons.

ARENAS will be in a WIZARDS uni for at least the next two years when he has a player option. If he exercises that he’ll have 45 million left for two years, and the WIZZIES may be able to do something. Until then, no.

Hawks vs. Wizards

April 11th, 2010
12:38 am

so the Hawks have a 1 game lead over Boston with 2 to play.

Hawks play Mon and Wednesday ; Boston plays Tues and Wednesday. I hope they can lock up the 3rd spot before playing Cleveland.

Rooting for the Hawks and Bulls next week!

Benjamin

April 11th, 2010
1:10 am

Miami isn’t beating us in a seven games series.

Good win for the Hawks tonight, if anything because it got the road monkey off our backs. A win at Milwaukee in a couple days would be big, however.

Jamal Crawford, in my book, should be the hands-down Sixth Man winner at this point. I’ve seen reports of late touting Varajeo and Jason Terry, but neither of those guys have had the impact he’s had.

RomeDawg

April 11th, 2010
1:19 am

We HAVE to have that win in Milwaukee! Maybe the Cavs will rest some of it’s starters in preparation for the playoffs?

Benjamin

April 11th, 2010
1:22 am

It’s possible, Rome, that they do that. I do think that, if we go into that game still a game up on Boston, they play the starters, considering Boston gets the tie-breaker. Most teams won’t lay down like that to affect a playoff race.

Greg

April 11th, 2010
1:39 am

The Cav’s will play hard against the Hawks for their own selfish reasons. They’d rather see the Hawks as the 4 seed and as their 2nd round playoff opponent than the Celtics. If the Hawks have any shot at all at doing some damage in the playoffs, they need to win both of these last two. The Bucks are without their best player and, if they are ever going to win a game vs the Cavs, they’ll do it when it doesn’t mean anything for Cleveland.

The Hawks defense is just atrocious. That’s why they can’t be taken seriously. The Wizards are one of the lesser offensive teams in the league yet they got pretty much any shot they wanted time after time and shot over 50% for the game. Fortunately, Crawford bailed us out.

i_am_soulstar

April 11th, 2010
1:50 am

the Hawks need to knock out the 1st round opponent in 5 games. With some rest, we could surprise the Magic in the 2nd

Cannon

April 11th, 2010
2:38 am

I don’t want anything to do with Miami in the Playoffs. While I agree that we are a better team, I just know The refs will be giving Wade every call. They took us to 7 last year, and they too have improved. Plus Miami has playoff experience. Milwaukee has almost no playoff experience. just my 2 cents

Hawks Fan In New Orleans

April 11th, 2010
2:55 am

I ain’t scared of Miami or the Buckaroos. i am scare of our starters being gassed and limping come the 2nd round, lol.

Big Daddy

April 11th, 2010
3:05 am

I will take the win tonight, especially considering that the Wizards blew out Boston the night before. All of you who pointed out our poor defensive effort are correct. However, at this point, I don’t see any magical turnaround for the playoffs. Hopefully, the coaches will take some really good looks at the film on whoever we play, notice some tendencies and try to exploit them.

Jamaal should get the 6th man of the year award and that will be one highlight of the season. What I am hoping is that when we look at the home crowd during the playoffs that it is overwhelmingly Hawks fans and not the other teams. With this being our 3rd year in the playoffs, I hope we have better support than in the pass in the stands. It does make a difference. Also, let’s hope everyone stays healthy. Unlike other teams we have shown how fragile we can be when a key piece goes down. Go Hawks!!!!!!

KAI

April 11th, 2010
4:11 am

@Hawks Fan In New… I myself isn’t scared of the Heat too. I see what everybody else is saying as far as Dwayne getting calls from the refs BUT the Heat has been HOT cause they have been playing teams that aren’t even anywhere near going into the playoffs.

At least the Hawks have been playing against playoffs team (although we lost in Detroit, we were w/out Joe & that team won’t be in the playoffs). So the Heat has been on the streak because of that. And we have the better players and players that can make plays. Unlike the Heat. Name 1 Heat player right now–uh, I can’t! except for Dwayne, so yeah he’s going to get his calls. He’s Dwayne.

If our team plays with confidence, mental/physical toughness & momentum we will win! Besides our home record is great! We have won 11 consecutive wins at Philips, so this will def. help.

However, I just think if we def. don’t want a game 7 w/ the Heat, bring that momentum they get from home to Miami or wherever, Milwaukee as well and play like the 50+ win team that they are. Get rebounds, box out, be aggressive, make them work for every shot don’t feel as often & just make sure everyone is well rested.

And Woody needs to stop being so stubborn as I am realizing. He needs to give mins to those bench guys cause Joe Smith is a vet and we could benefit from that!

Now the thing that frustrates me w/ the Hawks if we were to match up against the Heat is we are going to need to steal one on the road to give them momentum going into the second round that they can win outside of Philips so we can continue rolling on to June or else–we are going to be reminiscing back to last yr when the Cavs got us 4-0. It worries me that they have only beaten the Hawks 3-1 this year and two games they scored only 70-80 points. BUT it’s the playoff and things change and teams get tougher, so the Hawks I AM sure will be a different team than what the Heat saw these pass three games they have won against US!

This is also a concern. If we get the BUCKS, we can not take them for granted nor underestimate them because Bogut is out! We need to dominate and play 48 mins not 36 mins!

Hawks: PLAY 48MINS NOT 36 CAUSE IF WE PLAY 48MINS we can beat any team because we are young, athletic. So also they need to strengthen their fourth quarter.

I think this game tonight gave us back some momentum from home. They need to win Monday on the road, and the finale vs. Cavs, they just may put Lebron in like @Greg says cause that is who they are. But we still need that win.

I think we are better playing the Magic than Cavs cause Cavs have more big men than Magic! And the only how the Hawks can silence the critics and show everyone they deserve to play in June is BEAT THEM! Thats the only how you can get respect cause even though we are in the TOP 3 east teams, we are still given no respect!

The Real Hawk

April 11th, 2010
7:49 am

The reason Teague is not ready is because he has a coach who does not know how to develop rookies. That has been the case as long as Woodson has been here. Don’t blame the rookie! That also applies to the bench. Look at JJ’s minutes. Every year we hear they will go down and don’t. He’s not keeping himself in the game.

TigerWoods

April 11th, 2010
8:19 am

Good to see no hating for my brother Wooden this morning. We both have Wood in our last names and are related. I am also going to take the wood to whoever stands in my way today.

As for you little people, and your little bird of a team that i like, Bucks game is big. But if Hawks don’t win that game then all the hard work of last two games is for nothing ….

Resurgence of a better conditioned Zaza proves one thing and one thing only. Get more dirty bigs like him. Forget point guards or …. get more dirty bigs for dirty south.

Time to go get some birds – sorry still thinking of chicks, i mean time to go get some birdies…. Later

JeJe

April 11th, 2010
9:39 am

If this team was a legit title contender, it wouldn’t have lost 6 in a row on the road.

FIRE WOODY

JOE

April 11th, 2010
9:45 am

I keep waiting for there to be some reason to give Marvin minutes, last night almost 30 minutes:8 pts. and 2 rebs. Once again proving he is one of the worst second overall picks in recent draft history. How good would the Hawks be with D. Williams at the point????

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Clyde

April 11th, 2010
11:37 am

4 years under Woody and Marvin still isn’t ready.

FIRE WOODY

cdog

April 11th, 2010
11:40 am

all mike woodson haters. leave him alone.you just make yourself look like a bunch of fool idiots.the man has won 63% of his game, made the hawks into a contender after years of losing and has them in a position to compete for the NBA championship.oh well, why am i talking to a bunch of racist idiots?i don’t know but i won’t any more.go get em hawks!

Cali girl

April 11th, 2010
11:40 am

They need to bench Marvin cause he’s so inconsistent not even that he is just terrible y did we draft him in the first place anyway!!

terrell

April 11th, 2010
11:53 am

How can you be 6th man of the year, when your’re better than most of the starters, and play just as many, if not more min?? Just sayin. Jamal Crawford is a starter in this league. Period! If anybody should be vying for the 6th man of the year, it should be Marvin, Thats who should be coming off the bench.

lewis

April 11th, 2010
12:23 pm

yeah its pretty obvious at this point that Mo Evans can actually still cut it as a shooting guard/ undersized SF, at least in comparison to Marvin. I never really new who Mo Evans was before he came to Atlanta, but the guy, despite his extremely effeminate voice, is a really hard nosed hustle player who has a high basketball IQ and brings it every time he is called off the bench. He looks angry when he plays and he’s not afraid to commit a hard foul on a guy much bigger than him. He manages to create shots for himself without having plays called for him, on this Marvin should take notes.

Evans, like other veterans on this Atlanta Hawks team (really just Joe Smith, now that i think about it, no one else on our bench is as undervalued he is), seem angry about the lack of ambition of younger players with/seeking big contracts. It’s obvious because they consistently play with more energy and are often relied on to change the pace of the game when the starters come out ice cold. How do you win championships when you rely on your less athletic veterans (or Jamal Crawford) to play with the energy your starting 5 should be exhibiting? The veterans realize that their careers are coming to a close. They also realize that this Hawks team is incredibly athletic, has no problem scoring, and if they had focused their energy on what really needed to be worked on earlier in the season (lack of strategy, not enough offensive or defensive playing styles to keep the opposing team from knowing exactly what we’re going to do, just watch the 4th quarters) probably could have easily been an ECF team this year instead of an indefinite loss in the 2nd round of the playoffs type team. This Hawks core has been together for a few years now, and Joe Johnson may or may not be here next year. Due to things like aging, injury, trades and contracts, there is a very short time frame for teams to win championships in. If you have the chance, you’ve got to work hard and seize it. The young players on the team don’t seem to realize this. They might be playing now on the best team they’re ever going to play on. They might never have a chance to win a championship again. Where is the sense of urgency in the young core of the Hawks that only the veterans seem to display? I sometimes wonder if Mo’s seeming anger stems from the fact that Marvin’s getting paid 5 million a year more to throw up 3 points and 5 boards half the time.

Thoughts?

Greg

April 11th, 2010
12:26 pm

That’s it Cdog, throw the race card out there. Pathetic. There are so many reasons to criticize Woodson, it would take all day for me to list them all. Over a six year period, how many high first round draft picks and big free agent acquisitions do you need to win more than ONE playoff series(barely…when you were favored….only to get swept in the next round).

If the Hawks don’t do any better than they did in the playoffs last year, Woodson is OUT. No if’s, and’s or but’s.

Tom

April 11th, 2010
12:40 pm

“The reason Teague is not ready is because he has a coach who does not know how to develop rookies. That has been the case as long as Woodson has been here.”

Really? Are you out of your mind? Josh Smith was a rookie under Woody. Al Horford was a rookie under Woody. Marvin Williams was a rookie under Woody (although he’s taken a step back this year).

cp

April 11th, 2010
1:11 pm

It was a very entertaining game. Glad they got the win. Jamal and Joe did their thing. Bench played well. Marv is still being Marv meaning he ain’t do much.. Defensively they weren’t good and were horrible when it came to rebounding last night. These two things scare me going into the playoffs. Allowing a terrible team to have so many open jumpers is not going to do it. Not boxing out and just being flat out lazy when it comes to rebounding is not going to cut it either. These two aspects scare me for the first round regardless of who we play. They have to honker down and play some better defense and rebound the dam ball.

terrell

April 11th, 2010
1:12 pm

Tom, please dont include Marvin, when you’re trying to make a case for player development.

b.j.

April 11th, 2010
1:19 pm

woodson is a good coach despite all the hate u cant argue his numbers from 13-50 plus wins in 5 seasons,the team continues to progress i dont recall any of u guys picking the hawks to be better than the C s and to be a contender?? give the man his due. We dont have lebron like the cavs,howard like the magic,or three hall of famers like the celtics but here we are in 3 place give WOODY HIS DUE!!!go hawks

JeJe

April 11th, 2010
1:32 pm

“Really? Are you out of your mind? Josh Smith was a rookie under Woody. Al Horford was a rookie under Woody. Marvin Williams was a rookie under Woody (although he’s taken a step back this year).”

These guys were all drafted to horrendous Hawk teams and were THROWN into action because we had no one else to play. Please don’t tell me Woody made Smoove better. Every summer Smoove works with Hakeem and C.Murphy to get better. Horford was the most NBA-ready player in his draft. Marvin sucks and will never be good based on his motivation

drmaryb

April 11th, 2010
2:09 pm

Mr. Woodson

Was a ROOKIE 6 years ago too! His game has also improved each year. He’s a Salesman in many ways &
He’s selling a version of Larry Brown’s system here. & Mr. Woodson has even beaten his Mentor many times in the past 6 yrs. (For those if you who revere Larry B).

Larry Brown himself said Woodson ia doing a great JOB here in Atlanta. How GREAT was Larry B.
In Philly & New York? Please answer that? You can only do so much with out ALL the pieces you need in place & The Players have to all get on board and set aside personal agendas too.

Joe has done that. This guy is the quintessiential UNSELFISH player! I can’t believe the INGRATES on this blog- But, I figure they are very UNSUCCESSFULL in their own lives – Personal & at
Work. How many of You haters are Super-Stars at your crafts or do you all work for someone who cuts a paycheck every week? Just wunderin’. Where the hate really lies? Is it WOODY? Or do you just hate yourself & your pathetic lives.

Are you jealous because he’s paid to have FUN for a living? Sometimes, I must admitt,
Mr. Woodson doesn’t look so happy. I hope its NOT because he’s reading this FICKLE blog.
I hope he has better things to do than some of us on here. (-smiles-)

I am Mary ROONEY & That is my Opinon. (Tic..Tic…Tic.. For 60 Minutes). LOL!

O'Brien

April 11th, 2010
2:21 pm

Did not see the game so all I have is box score and comments.

The good;

Good job by woody keeping Josh on the bench and sticking with the bench players. Maybe this will motivate Josh to step his rebounding and defense up.

Good job by Crawford and zaza.

The bad.

Marvin (as usual). Although he starts, Woody does a good job of pulling him most of the time.

Our defense was bad. Again. We will not win in the playoffs that way. And u cannot blame our bad defense on woody.

We need to win our last 2 games to guarantee the third seed. Go hawks

drmaryb

April 11th, 2010
2:24 pm

Please don’t print lies!

Josh worked with Olajuwan 1 year – Period!!! ( His 2nd)
Josh worked with Calvin Murphy 1 year – Period!!! (His 3rd)

That’s IT!

Coach Woody & Staff & Nique set that up for him intially because he was so RAW he had no foot work & couldn’t dribble a ball. Remember? No College?

Josh wasn’t even BORN when these Houston Greats PLAYED!

So, who the HELL do YOU think introduced him to these Cats?
Sometimes, I want to order CAT-Scans on each hater blogger – just to see is there anything between the ears! I mean really?

Maybe JT0 should do the SAME? You do that in the Off-Season on your own time to improve your game! (Hint-hint?).

VenomSpitter

April 11th, 2010
2:28 pm

Um Josh was born in 1985. Do u think Hakeem played in the 60’s. Drmaryb u are soooo slow lol. Josh was alive when Hakeem was playing. LMAO

cp

April 11th, 2010
2:32 pm

I think Josh worked with both guys the same summer. He said he called them up and asked them for help, they said yes so he flew to Houston. I think it was mentioned somewhere Josh worked with Steve Smith last summer. Josh takes it upon himself to ask those guys for help. I don’t think the coaching staff has anything to do with it. Dude wants to get better and has no problem asking for help. If only he can knock down those free throws and box out.

b.j.

April 11th, 2010
2:49 pm

why isn’t josh smith in the debate for most improved player this year?

Cali girl

April 11th, 2010
2:50 pm

yeah like its been said we dnt have a lebron a kobe or dwight howard but we got our hawks players we need to stop being so negative towards them because some teams aren’t even going into the playoffs at least we have been now 3yrs in a row some people just aren’t satisfied the cavs lost finals easter conference thing against the magic but u don’t see their fans complaining nothing comes easy u can not say the hawks will lose because of statistics u have to have confidence n play!!

drmaryb

April 11th, 2010
2:50 pm

An analogy is a
Rhetotical. (Meaning Sarcastic).-
Statement. But, did YOU get the POINT that was made?

I didn’t think so – That’s why the comment was not intended for a dumb azz.
(Notice I don’t use the fake names to address the idiots – because deep down? They know who they are)

LOL! I’m having sooo much. Fun!

drmaryb

April 11th, 2010
2:54 pm

CP

I am pretty sure that I am correct re: Josh in Houston all they way around. The Coaches & Nique set that up!

drmaryb

April 11th, 2010
3:00 pm

Call Girl

You’re on point! All a fan can ask is that their team gives itself a chance to WIN at the end of games.
Sometimes we forget, The other team are Pros too & they are cashing their checks too!

“This is the NBA Man!”. These are 350 of the BEST players in the whole world!

drmaryb

April 11th, 2010
3:06 pm

Can some bloggers not add?

Hakeem was winning rings when Josh was 1 day old. I guess Josh was a season ticket holder while drinking formula in diapers.

He must have been like that David Chapelle baby….slinging weed on the corner down at. TechWood Projects in 1985. LOL

gusman354

April 11th, 2010
3:08 pm

READY PIGEONS FOR PAY BACK TIME , D-WADE IS NEXT” BE SCARE BE VERY SCARE.”

gusman354

April 11th, 2010
3:17 pm

AND NEXT YEAR IS D-WADE AND KING JAMES YOUR DOUBLE NIGHTMARE HAHAHAHAHAHA

drmaryb

April 11th, 2010
3:18 pm

VaVa

You want Mr. Woodson to teach JT0 fundamentals? Because he’s a Rookie?
Mr. Woodson was a Rookie 6 years ago too- why doesn’t he get a learning curve too?