Atlanta Hawks: Send-Da-Bucks (UPDATE: Playoff Schedule)

This didn't mean much in the big picture but it sure looks cool. (Reuters photo)

This didn't mean much in the big picture but it sure looks cool. (Reuters photo)

EDIT: The NBA released the schedule for Hawks-Bucks:

Game 1 – Sat April 17 Milwaukee at Atlanta 5:30 PM ESPN
Game 2 – Tue April 20 Milwaukee at Atlanta 7:00 PM NBATV
Game 3 – Sat April 24 Atlanta at Milwaukee 7:00 PM ESPN
Game 4 – Mon April 26 Atlanta at Milwaukee TBD TBD
Game 5 * Wed April 28 Milwaukee at Atlanta TBD TBD
Game 6 * Fri April 30 Atlanta at Milwaukee TBD TBD
Game 7 * Sun May 2 Milwaukee at Atlanta TBD TBD

All games also to be televised by either Fox Sports South or SportSouth.

*If necessary

– Not much to say about the game. The Hawks won 99-83, Rook’ looked good and nobody got hurt. Cavs coach Mike Brown summed it up: “Glad to get this game over with. Now we can focus on the playoffs.”

– It was a weird night. I spent more time looking at the out-of-town scoreboards than the main one. You probably did the same. I vaguely recall seeing Jason Collins shoot a 3-pointer but that can’t be right, can it?

– And then Heat-Nets went into overtime as us hacks waited for Woody to come out for his postgame presser. That was no good for my deadline. Then it went to double overtime, and Woody came out. That was no good for my questions because, really, I had none.

– The Hawks won 53 games, their most since winning 56 in the 1996-97 season. “It’s been fantastic,” Woody said before the Heat game ended. “We look at things in three phases: exhibition, regular season, and now it’s time for the playoffs. We don’t know who we are going to play, but it don’t matter. (Thursday) we start that journey.”

– Long story short(er), I had to leave the locker room before the Heat game was final. So I don’t know how the Hawks feel about playing the Bucks. But judging by their reactions while watching Heat-Nets, I’d say they are ready to take on Milwaukee.

– Coincidentally, I’ve lived in Milwaukee and Miami. I will let you guess which city I was trying to visit for the playoffs.

Jamal and J.J. didn’t dress. Bibby, Al and Josh didn’t play. Woody says the Hawks are in good health. “Everybody is fine. If they had to play tonight they all would have played.”

– The Hawks were 2-1 against the Bucks during the regular season. All of those games were played after the Bucks traded for John Salmons. One of those, the Hawks’ 104-96 victory on Monday, came after Bogut was lost for the season.

– That was, in my opinion, the best road game the Bucks had played since winning at Utah on Feb. 22. If the Hawks play with that kind of energy and focus in this series I don’t see how the Bucks can stay with them. Of course, we know that’s a giant “if” for the Hawks.

– My quickie analysis says the Hawks enjoy significant advantages at center (Al/Zaza over Kurt Thomas/Gadzuric/Ilyasova) and power forward (Josh over Mbah a Moute).

– Salmons is sneaky good but J.J. obviously is better all-around. Brandon Jennings is good but he’s an erratic rookie. Ridnour is solid. But give me Bibby/Crawford over those two.

Delfino/Stackhouse probably has the edge over Marvin/Mo. Probably, right?

– The numbers say the Bucks are a much better defensive team than the Hawks, and that the Hawks are much better than the Bucks on offense.

– I’d say if the Hawks really are capable of turning it on for the postseason, they have more potential to be a better defensive team than the Bucks do of being a better offensive team. Sound about right?

– Anyway, back to Hawks-Cavs. Teague had 24 points, 15 assists and five turnovers. “The young Rook’, I can’t praise him enough,” Woody said. “It’s been tough on him not playing many minutes.”

– Before the game, Woody offered some personal perspective on his handling of Teague: “I know it’s tough on him because I know how it was when I came in to the league after playing a lot of minutes in college. I played for a coach who didn’t believe in playing rookies, (former Knicks coach) Red Holzman. He thought rookies should sit and learn. And I learned a lot in that first year.”

– So that how it’s gone for Teague. “I think I showed that I can play in this league,” he said. “I think (Woody) believes in me. He’s told me it was going to be a learning year like he told you guys. So I just soaked everything up and tried to learn as much as possible, and tried to learn from Bibby and Jamal as much as I could.”

– Woody’s rotation includes Jamal, Mo and Zaza off the bench. After that “it’s up in the air” with Joe Smith, Collins, Teague and Mario perhaps playing “in certain situations,” Woody said.

– The league releases the official schedule early Thursday morning. I’ll update this post when I get it.

– I’m out, Hawks fans.

MC

179 comments Add your comment

Sawyer

April 15th, 2010
12:06 am

JeJe

April 15th, 2010
12:07 am

sam'l

April 15th, 2010
12:07 am

so Boston tried to trick us…….and the Heat almost lost to New Jersey…….and Teague makes like a superstar…….

I am both angry and surprised and jaded and excited all at the same time.

Go Hawks!

JeJe

April 15th, 2010
12:08 am

Woodson playing Teague 48 min tonight was basically Woody telling Teague: “Look, I don’t use the bench in games that matter. You won’t play in the playoffs more than 4 mpg unless Bibby fouls out in the 1st, so enjoy tonight”

N-Trigue

April 15th, 2010
12:18 am

Let’s go Hawks!!!

Westurd

April 15th, 2010
12:21 am

With the seasons stats in the book, us Hawks fans cannot really complain about a 53 win season, a sixth man of the year, a new all star center, a new starting all-star, sweeping Boston, beating Cleveland, Orlando, LA, Utah, Dallas, Denver, San Antonio, Phoenix, Miami and others. All in all those that understand the Hawks will always have a complaint, but lets for one night give it up to the Hawks who gave us some of the most memorial games I can ever remember in one season. 145 points against Toronto, buzzer beaters against Chicago, Phoenix and Orlando, Zaza’s monster games, J_Smooves huge numbers (and even small numbers when it came to 3’s this year)

Go get you playoff tickets and get ready to start giving the Hawks the home court advantage they have earned. If tickets are too steep just eat some ramen noodles for a week or so and get your butt into Phillips to wave those rally towels and show some love in the Highlight Factory!!
Honestly, who knows what the Hawks will bring in the post season, but “You gotta believe” Hawks Fans…………….LETS GO HAWKS, LETS GO HAWKS

Geoff

April 15th, 2010
12:25 am

congrats to Teague on his first double double, hopefully there’s more to come

Najeh Davenpoop

April 15th, 2010
12:25 am

“The numbers say the Bucks are a much better defensive team than the Hawks, and that the Hawks are much better than the Bucks on offense. ”

With Bogut out of the picture, I would throw those stats out the window. My instinct tells me both teams are about even defensively right now, and in my opinion Luke Ridnour is a perennial candidate for the Bizarro All-Defense team.

Westurd

April 15th, 2010
12:26 am

If this doesn’t get you pumped and show you the awesomeness of one man they call ZAZA then somethings wrong with you.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cQjjvFAf6Q&feature=fvste3

rusty

April 15th, 2010
12:29 am

shame on woody for not giving teague more minutes. our record would have been better &teague
would have developed more. this kid plays great defense,can pass & penetrates well opening easy
shots foe everybody,also plays uptempo which this team should & does not

Najeh Davenpoop

April 15th, 2010
12:29 am

To be real, as a fan of basketball in general I feel bad for Bucks fans that Bogut is not playing in the playoffs. The Hawks would win either way, but it would make for much better basketball with Bogut in the picture. As of right now, the Bucks have two guys who have any kind of meaningful playoff experience, a rookie point guard, and no inside scoring. They can probably keep games close because they have the personnel to D up Joe Johnson, but on paper, this series shouldn’t go longer than 5 games.

As for the Heat-Celtics series, I hope both of them find a way to lose.

Mike Woodson

April 15th, 2010
12:33 am

Guys, we upped our regular season win total by 6, and moved up a seed in the East!

WHERE IS MY NEW CONTRACT, RICK? FORGET THE PLAYOFFS –> WE HAVE FINALLY ARRIVED!

ilovejoejohnson

April 15th, 2010
12:45 am

WE IN THERE GO HAWKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

Clyde

April 15th, 2010
12:50 am

Lets go after Jazz assistant Tyrone Corbin when Woody is finished.

FIRE WOODY

Hawk Eye

April 15th, 2010
12:53 am

I agree rusty. I have been saying this the whole season we should play Teague more because we will need him during the playoffs. It shows that Bibby has lost a step or few steps. He has to be one of the quickest or eluvsive guys in the league. He plays like Rondo. Great Defense but the Offense is suspect. But I think he has potential and a great upside.

Hawk Eye

April 15th, 2010
12:58 am

I also think we should play Randolph Morris a little more. He is productive in the little to no chances that he gets to play.

sam'l

April 15th, 2010
1:26 am

Charlotte is 1-3 against Orlando…..Charlotte does have a tactician coach….and the team has been known to play defense for the entire game. I’m hoping the Hawks will sweep the Bucks and have time to prepare for the Magic. Charlotte will win 1 or 2 games, and maybe Woody will see something in the way Charlotte does it. Could Charlotte actually win the series? They did beat Cleveland twice.

Go Hawks! Hawks versus Mavericks in the finals. It has been said that the league brass want Cleveland against LA and that the refereeing will reflect this. Why wouldn’t they want the Hawks? On a good night, the Hawks are the most exciting team in the NBA!

Gilley

April 15th, 2010
1:38 am

ALL TIMES EASTERN (ET)

EASTERN CONFERENCE ROUND 1 SCHEDULE

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Chicago Bulls

Game 1 – Sat April 17 Chicago at Cleveland 3:00PM ABC
Game 2 – Mon April 19 Chicago at Cleveland 8:00PM TNT
Game 3 – Thu April 22 Cleveland at Chicago 7:00PM TNT
Game 4 – Sun April 25 Cleveland at Chicago 3:30PM ABC/R
Game 5 * Tue April 27 Chicago at Cleveland TBD TBD TBD
Game 6 * Thu April 29 Cleveland at Chicago TBD TBD TBD
Game 7 * Sat May 1 Chicago at Cleveland TBD TBD TNT

Orlando Magic vs. Charlotte Bobcats

Game 1 – Sun April 18 Charlotte at Orlando 5:30PM TNT
Game 2 – Wed April 21 Charlotte at Orlando 7:00PM TNT
Game 3 – Sat April 24 Orlando at Charlotte 2:00PM TNT
Game 4 – Mon April 26 Orlando at Charlotte TBD TBD TBD
Game 5 * Wed April 28 Charlotte at Orlando TBD TBD TBD
Game 6 * Fri April 30 Orlando at Charlotte TBD TBD TBD
Game 7 * Sun May 2 Charlotte at Orlando TBD TBD TBD

Atlanta Hawks vs. Milwaukee Bucks

Game 1 – Sat April 17 Milwaukee at Atlanta 5:30PM ESPN
Game 2 – Tue April 20 Milwaukee at Atlanta 7:00PM NBATV
Game 3 – Sat April 24 Atlanta at Milwaukee 7:00PM ESPN
Game 4 – Mon April 26 Atlanta at Milwaukee TBD TBD TBD
Game 5 * Wed April 28 Milwaukee at Atlanta TBD TBD TBD
Game 6 * Fri April 30 Atlanta at Milwaukee TBD TBD TBD
Game 7 * Sun May 2 Milwaukee at Atlanta TBD TBD TBD

Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat

Game 1 – Sat April 17 Miami at Boston 8:00PM ESPN/R
Game 2 – Tue April 20 Miami at Boston 8:00PM TNT
Game 3 – Fri April 23 Boston at Miami 7:00PM ESPN
Game 4 – Sun April 25 Boston at Miami 1:00PM ABC
Game 5 * Tue April 27 Miami at Boston TBD TBD TBD
Game 6 * Thu April 29 Boston at Miami TBD TBD TBD
Game 7 * Sat May 1 Miami at Boston TBD TBD TNT

ALL TIMES EASTERN (ET)

WESTERN CONFERENCE ROUND 1 SCHEDULE

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

Game 1 – Sun April 18 OKC at L.A. Lakers 3:00PM ABC/R
Game 2 – Tue April 20 OKC at L.A. Lakers 10:30PM TNT
Game 3 – Thu April 22 L.A. Lakers at OKC 9:30PM TNT
Game 4 – Sat April 24 L.A. Lakers at OKC 9:30PM ESPN/R
Game 5 * Tue April 27 OKC at L.A. Lakers TBD TBD TBD
Game 6 * Fri April 30 L.A. Lakers at OKC TBD TBD TBD
Game 7 * Sun May 2 OKC at L.A. Lakers TBD TBD TBD

Dallas Mavericks vs. San Antonio Spurs

Game 1 – Sun April 18 San Antonio at Dallas 8:00PM TNT
Game 2 – Wed April 21 San Antonio at Dallas 9:30PM TNT
Game 3 – Fri April 23 Dallas at San Antonio 9:30PM ESPN
Game 4 – Sun April 25 Dallas at San Antonio 7:00PM TNT
Game 5 * Tue April 27 San Antonio at Dallas TBD TBD TBD
Game 6 * Thu April 29 Dallas at San Antonio TBD TBD TBD
Game 7 * Sat May 1 San Antonio at Dallas TBD TBD TNT

Phoenix Suns vs. Portland Trail Blazers

Game 1 – Sat April 17 Portland at Phoenix 10:30PM ESPN
Game 2 – Mon April 19 Portland at Phoenix 10:30PM TNT
Game 3 – Thu April 22 Phoenix at Portland 10:00PM NBATV
Game 4 – Sat April 24 Phoenix at Portland 4:30PM TNT
Game 5 * Mon April 26 Portland at Phoenix TBD TBD TBD
Game 6 * Thu April 29 Phoenix at Portland TBD TBD TBD
Game 7 * Sat May 1 Portland at Phoenix TBD TBD TNT

Denver Nuggets vs. Utah Jazz

Game 1 – Sun April 18 Utah at Denver 10:30PM TNT
Game 2 – Tue April 20 Utah at Denver 10:00PM NBATV
Game 3 – Fri April 23 Denver at Utah 10:30PM ESPN2
Game 4 – Sun April 25 Denver at Utah 9:30PM TNT
Game 5 * Wed April 28 Utah at Denver TBD TBD TBD
Game 6 * Fri April 30 Denver at Utah TBD TBD TBD
Game 7 * Sun May 2 Utah at Denver TBD TBD TBD

Read more: http://www.insidehoops.com/playoffs-schedule.shtml#ixzz0l90P6DXj

Cannon

April 15th, 2010
2:15 am

Won’t be able to make it to game 1, but I will be in Phillips for game 2. GO HAWKS!!!! BTW on tv tonight they were requesting that everyone wear white to the playoff games. Lets white-out the Bucks.

Teaged

April 15th, 2010
2:26 am

lol if they want everyone to wear white………………why not just giveout white shirts

Cannon

April 15th, 2010
2:38 am

@Teaged for all I know they might be giving out white shirts at the game, but Bob Rathbun, and Nique were saying don’t forget to wear white.

gwite

April 15th, 2010
2:41 am

I wasn’t really paying attention, but I think I heard them say they will be giving out white towels. Can anyone corroborate?

gwite

April 15th, 2010
2:43 am

Confirmed. They will be giving out free rally towels, but they still want everyone to wear white.

Grandad

April 15th, 2010
2:46 am

Wdsn just said it:
I was never gonna play Teague to begin with.
Thats what Red Holzman did so it must be right.
Ken Strickland & others have said all year,
it would have been the same had we drafted
C. Paul or S. Curry, it didn’t matter, the man
don’t play rookies.
Sit & learn, young man.
His mindset is not going to change.
He is rigid, stubborn, headstrong, single-minded,
callous and unabating, just as he is with his
switching defense, playing Bibby v quick guards,
Failing to adapt offensively [zones] or continuously
puzzled by 4th qtr. collapses.

I apologize to all.
This should be a happy evening.
Congrats to Mr. Wdsn for 50+ wins & the # 3 seed.
Teaguer’s evening & Wdsn’s remarks just brought
out my frustration for the young man. [Teague]
I sincerely wish the best for the Hawks & for
Mr. Wdsn. Right now, what’s good for him is good
for all us Hawk fans. Evening, Yawl.

BosnianBaller

April 15th, 2010
3:04 am

Great Post
Can’t wait til sat

vava74

April 15th, 2010
3:47 am

Grandad,

co-sign! Woody would gave benched Jordan, Lebron, ‘Nique, Bird if he had coached them as rookies!!!

gwite

April 15th, 2010
3:52 am

Yeah, just like he “benched” Smoove, Al, Marvin.

Jeeze, give me a break.

Such crap.

gwite

April 15th, 2010
3:52 am

Yeah, just like he “benched” Smoove, Al, Marvin.

Jeeze, give me a break.

Such crap.

Clyde

April 15th, 2010
4:01 am

I’ll white out Phillips with FIRE WOODY t-shirts

FIRE WOODY

Hawks Fan In New Orleans

April 15th, 2010
4:14 am

gwite – he cannot develop rookie point guards, he kills their confidence. He did start Smoove, he had no choice – lets not forget that Woody and Smoove frequently bumped heads early. He started Marvin, he had no choice in that either, Harrington was traded and they needed a small forward. Acie Law and Salim Stoudemire were two guards that he ruined IMO – they were not garbage but when Woody was done with them – they sure felt like it….I digress, CONGRATS on the 3rd seed Hawks, I hope this is a short series going our way with the Bucks so we can rest up for the Magic/Bobcats.

northcyde

April 15th, 2010
4:18 am

Yep .. . . just like he didn’t start Acie Law 6 games into his rookie season.

Oh wait . . . . . .

m. mayo

April 15th, 2010
4:20 am

Sorry we won’t be seeing you in SoFla, cunningham (not with lebron in our bracket now).

heat fans were a tad upset that miami ended up winning against Nets (and that spoelstra used two starters in double OT), getting path with celtics/cavs. but celtics look like a team that can be had now.

Best comment about last night’s events come from a commenter named Tony on Ira’s S-S Heat blog:

“Some perspective is in order: NJ couldn’t beat a team trying to tank a game. Wow. That’s some Grade A suckitude right there.”

Eric C.

April 15th, 2010
4:26 am

Great season Hawks…from 13 wins to 53 and back to a loftier status we used to enjoy in the 80s and 90s. Let’s hope this is the year that the Hawks finally get past the 2nd round…go Bobcats!

It’s funny that the Heat did everything they could to lose that game to the Nets so they could play the Hawks and potentially have a 2nd round matchup with the Magic. The Heat are 0-3 vs the Celtics this year and 3-1 vs the Hawks.

By defeating the Nets, Miami’s reward is traveling many extra miles to play a team that has owned them in recent years. And a potential second round match-up would be against the Cavs instead of in-state Orlando.

Frankly, I think the Heat should have played the ball boys against the Nets. As a Hawks fan, I’d like to think the Hawks could have taken care of the Heat anyway. I’m just glad we don’t have to find out in what would have likely been a another 7 game first round. Hawks should beat the Bucks in 5 games.

Big Daddy

April 15th, 2010
5:29 am

We had a great season and a surprisingly healthy one. I am savoring the 53 wins, the effort put in by the 2nd unit and major props to Jeff Teague who showed why we drafted him. I have seen the potential in him from the start and he demonstrated why faith in his development is justified in this game. Acie Law couldn’t have had that kind of game if the Caveliers only played 3 players.

We should beat the Bucks in 5 games. After that, who knows. I just hope we remain healthy throughout the playoffs because it will be physical and any team at any time that has a laspe will be exploited. There is a reason why teams made the playoffs. They are good.

We had a great year with the addition of Jamaal, both JJ and Al making the All-Star team with JJ starting, Mo Evans showing that he can actually take the place of Josh Childress and an amazing demonstration by the Rook on why we were correct in drafting him in the first place.

Let’s root for our team and give them the respect and support they deserve. Despite our sometimes gripe about how Woody does things, Je Je and Clyde not withstanding, there is support for what he has accomplished over the last 5 years. This is the kind of progression that has been attributed to people like Larry Brown, Don Nelson and Pat Riley. I am not saying that Woody is in their league yet, but if you look at the progression of wins in the amount of time he has been the coach, it puts him on the same kind of track that those coachs have taken. Like him or not, he has, despite the friction between him and BK been the rudder for the team to continually improve over the last 5 years.

Go Hawks!!! I am proud of you and have remained a loyal fan since you move to ATL.

TigerWoods

April 15th, 2010
6:17 am

I am letting golf go till after the playoffs. Like Hawks too much.
Well done my boyz. Teach all those nay sayers what we’r about. Well done my friend and brother Wooden. Another year, another step up the ladder.

Wooden proven his system works.
For all nay sayers, including Grand Daddy you, look at the record of this African American coach.

Grand Daddy you are sounding old and tired, you are not old. You are labelin Wooden as being a bully he is not. He is a father figure. I gave you examples of his type in my previous post, but you ignored easily. Again labeling him as a bully which is NOT true. He has a philosophy and believes in it. Now go back to watching black and white reels.

Je Je, at least Grand Daddy speaks his mind elegantly. What is your beef? Coach Wooden has the Hawks peaking at the right time.

Excellent job coach and the team…

TheNumber34

April 15th, 2010
6:35 am

Went to the Hawks game last night, and the NBA should be ashamed of itself for putting stuff like that on the floor. I’d rather watch the old dudes in my gym play on a nightly basis than watch what I saw last night.

College basketball rules whereas I hope pro basketball dies.

The Real Hawk

April 15th, 2010
6:57 am

I guess Teague can play after all!

vava74

April 15th, 2010
6:57 am

34,

Well, I thought that it was a highly entertaining game and a good opportunity to watch the reserves have a go.

Maybe you feel cheated because you bought the tickets beforehand and did not get to see the starters… well, buying tickets for the last game of the regular season is a hit or miss exercise:

It can be a seminal game or it can be a completely unimportant one… you got the latter, tough luck.

O'Brien

April 15th, 2010
7:09 am

“I know it’s tough on him because I know how it was when I came in to the league after playing a lot of minutes in college. I played for a coach who didn’t believe in playing rookies, (former Knicks coach) Red Holzman. He thought rookies should sit and learn. And I learned a lot in that first year.”

I still think there were games where Teague could have gotten more PT (when Bibby was struggling, or giving us nothing in the second half), but Woody had his veteran guards, and the mindset that he has, is that a rookie should sit and learn.

Anyway, Teague knows there are things he needs to work on this offseason, which will hopefully force Woody to play him next year, especially since Bibby will be another year older, and possibly, another year slower.

Hawks still had 53 wins, so congratulations to Hawks players and coaches.

Looking at the playoff schedule, we play Saturday, then Tuesday, and then Saturday again? Thats a long time for us to wait in between games.

However, with the break between games, I wont be surprised to see Woody ride his starters (even if they are tired).

I’m predicting Hawks in 6.

BONEY

April 15th, 2010
7:13 am

Clyde and JeJe – you sound like morons talking about FIRE WOODY at this time – don’t you have something to offer besides the same old B.S.?

Clyde – if/when they do fire Woody, you might as well retire from the blogs.

BONEY

April 15th, 2010
7:14 am

“College basketball rules whereas I hope pro basketball dies.”

What a stupid statement – if you don’t like the game, go watch hockey.

BONEY

April 15th, 2010
7:20 am

“Acie Law and Salim Stoudemire were two guards that he ruined”

What a bunch of crap! They apparently sucked anyway – why can’t they catch on with another team?

vava74

April 15th, 2010
7:22 am

34,

Another thing and in particular on College ball (any major sport, really):

Given the fact that a significant percentage of the players are not actually getting any education, enter college in many occasions solely because they are athletically gifted and leave school early for the pros, haven’t you thought that the whole NCAA set up is slaving and milking youngsters for a profit and a fat cat life for execs and coaches??

In return they do get the exposure that may give them a pro contract, but what about the hundreds that get nothing? Neither a proper education (because they are not really forced to study) nor a fat contract after playing 3 or 4 years as outright slaves when they don’t get picked??

The whole logic behind College sports is distorted due to all the financial interests surrounding them: the players are amateur and cannot even get a deal with a sneaker company without being in violation of the rules, but everyone else makes a good life out of their effort.

The only way you could continue to look at College sports with that same appreciation would be if the players were actually being forced to be serious about their education and were really forced to be academically successful in order to play.

Everyone knows that the system only rules out players who’s academic status is below zero.

If the players really had

N-Trigue

April 15th, 2010
7:44 am

Acie Law has game just has to get in the right situation with the right team Woody just didn’t like him.

Jeje

April 15th, 2010
7:58 am

LOL @ people thinking Teague will somehow get more playoff minutes based on last night’s performance.

Woody will do what he always does — the games will be close going into the 4th (4 pts or less, either side winning) and Woody will throw in the starters with 9 minutes left, too scared to play Teague extended minutes.

WOODY DOES NOT USE THE BENCH IN CLOSE GAMES IN THE 2ND HALF. HOW MANY MORE TIMES DO I HAVE TO SAY THIS?

Acie Law owned the Cleveland bench last year too (21 pts maybe?) and didn’t play much the rest of the year — why will this be different?

BONEY

April 15th, 2010
8:15 am

“WOODY DOES NOT USE THE BENCH IN CLOSE GAMES IN THE 2ND HALF. HOW MANY MORE TIMES DO I HAVE TO SAY THIS?”

Jeje,

You can say it a million times, but it isn’t true . . . Jamal, ZaZa, and Mo Evans have been in several close games in the 2nd half – are you actually watching the games or what?

GeeMack

April 15th, 2010
8:20 am

The Hawks should at least play 10 guys in the playoff Joe Smith should get just as much time as ZaZa.

He’s better on offense than any of the big men starter or reserve.

Big Ray

April 15th, 2010
8:26 am

Anyway, back to Hawks-Cavs. Teague had 24 points, 15 assists and five turnovers. “The young Rook’, I can’t praise him enough,” Woody said. “It’s been tough on him not playing many minutes.”

– Before the game, Woody offered some personal perspective on his handling of Teague: “I know it’s tough on him because I know how it was when I came in to the league after playing a lot of minutes in college. I played for a coach who didn’t believe in playing rookies, (former Knicks coach) Red Holzman. He thought rookies should sit and learn. And I learned a lot in that first year.”

– So that how it’s gone for Teague. “I think I showed that I can play in this league,” he said. “I think (Woody) believes in me. He’s told me it was going to be a learning year like he told you guys. So I just soaked everything up and tried to learn as much as possible, and tried to learn from Bibby and Jamal as much as I could.”

I rest my case.

Now that some of you have gotten it verbatim from the man himself, perhaps you will believe it. Or, you will continue the most preposterous practice of supporting the man unequivocally, while ignoring and denying anything he says that doesn’t fit into your personal agenda driven arguments.

And all I’m going to do is laugh at you….

Having said that, this does NOT support the idea that Woody never plays his rookies. That’s a whole different argument, and it is predicated on what position the rookie plays, as well as which veterans are ahead of him. Of course, you have to be able to recognize certain details to understand what that even means, and some simply need not apply to the discussion.

I would not look for Teague to play much in the playoffs, especially when things are tight. Woody did not prepare him for this, so why would he put him in that kind of situation unless he was absolutely forced to? Doesn’t make sense. So the idea that he wouldn’t play him because he’s a rookie has nothing to do with it really. Woody won’t ask the kid to do anything that he didn’t try to prepare him to do, simple and plain. The job will fall to JJ, Bibby, and Jamal.

Big Ray

April 15th, 2010
8:32 am

Truth Serum,

How can you say Horford has peaked when he’s out of position? If he’s a power forward and one day gets moved back to power forward, might he not put up bigger numbers then?

If the man is trade bait, then what do we trade him for? No team is dumb enough to trade a “real center” as you describe, for a power forward. Not unless that center is not a very good one, or an average one at best. Brendan Haywood is a real center. Roy Hibbert is a real center. Both guys are over 7′ and 270 lbs. Would you trade Horford for one of them? Just trying to get an idea of where you think Atlanta should go with this. You say it’s easy enough to do (getting a center who will take us to the NBA championship) and that Sund should have done it already.

And please don’t suggest trading Horford for Lopez. Lopez helped his team to a whopping 12 wins (which is worse than this team did six years ago) this season, and even though that stinks to high heaven, they are not going to trade the young, prototypical center that they drafted.

JeJe

April 15th, 2010
8:32 am

“Jeje,

You can say it a million times, but it isn’t true . . . Jamal, ZaZa, and Mo Evans have been in several close games in the 2nd half – are you actually watching the games or what?”

If this team is fully healthy, there’s no way ZaZa and Mo play down the stretch over Marvin and Horford. Marvin has seemed to have gotten more minutes down the stretch.

WOODSON WILL NOT USE TEAGUE OR ENOUGH IN 2ND HALF