Atlanta Hawks: Trophy Talk

Is it really there for the Hawks to take?

Is it really there for the Hawks to take?

There’s a feeling in the Hawks organization, from the players up to ownership, that the Eastern Conference playoffs bracket is more wide open than most assume and the Hawks can make a deep run if things come together. If that seems like silly talk from a group that hasn’t even won a second-round game and was a combined 1-6 against the Magic and Cavs in games that mattered this season . . . well, what’s wrong with the Hawks feeling confident? Beats the alternative.

They did win 53 games. They are the No. 3 seed. With those credentials, the Hawks can think big, and so that’s why the Lil’ Larry O’ Brien Trophy sits on the ledge of the eraser board in the locker room.

“That’s what it’s all about at the end of the day,” Woody said. “It’s not about just making the playoffs. These opportunities don’t come along very often. We don’t know what’s going to happen next year. The other 15 teams are thinking the same way, so why shouldn’t we? It’s my job to keep pushing them.”

No doubt the Hawks need to be pushed. They are 16-8 since March 1, a hair better than their overall winning pace this season, so you can’t say they faltered down the stretch. You can say they had issues with keeping their intensity level high and finishing games on the road.

Smoove said the Hawks now are ready to “bottle up their emotions” and bring it every night in the postseason.

“We have a sense of urgency,” Josh said. “Everybody is ready to play and prove we are ready. Everybody on the team has something to prove.”

That’s true. Woody and J.J. are on that list for obvious reasons. Rick Sund and ASG are on it, too. Josh, Marvin, Al, Bibby–all have different question marks to answer.

Don’t forget Jamal–I joked with him that he’s the new guy and if the Hawks flame out, he’ll get the blame. But, seriously, he’s in the playoffs for the first time in 10 years and he knows what critics were saying for those other nine:

“He’s a talented guy, but does he make people better? Does he win? Does he make teams better? Does he play defense? I’ve been screaming from the inside: ‘I am a winner!’ I just needed to be with the right group of guys in the right situation.”

This group of guys and this situation could be it. The Hawks have to show and prove.

“It’s a fun time–fun for the fans who have supported us all season long and now get a chance to watch us in the playoffs,” Woody said. “But for the players and us coaches, this is a serious thing. I think we have a chance to do special things.”

– First thing is first for the Hawks. They have to beat the Bucks before they can ponder their championship dreams.

“You don’t go in with that mindset necessarily,” Al said. “That’s the goal, but I think in the playoffs the margin is so slim you have to focus in on the moment, so the first round would be the most important thing for us and we can kind of move on from there. But you always look ahead as the goal being to win an NBA title.”

The Bucks, not surprisingly, are playing up their underdog status, saying they have nothing to lose, claiming all the pressure is on the Hawks . . . and so on, and so forth. Interesting that John Salmons is drawing on his experience with the 2009 Bulls, who pushed the Celtics to seven games before losing. Sound familiar?

The Hawks say they aren’t taking the Bucks lightly. Really, I can’t see why they would considering they had to go to overtime to beat them at Philips, lost at the Bradley Center when Bogut was in the lineup, and saw on Monday that the Bucks are still going all out without Bogut. All of those memories are fresh, too, since the Hawks and Bucks didn’t play the first time until Feb. 28.

“It’s not going to be an easy series,” Joe Smith said. “But if we go out and take care of business we will be fine.”

Scott Skiles has them playing hard,” Josh said. “We can’t relax and think it’s going to be an easy series.”

– Hawks blog legend Sekou offers up this nugget in his series preview: “This is the first time in 12 years that the Hawks have entered the playoffs as a clear-cut favorite in a first round series.”

– I saw that some of my blog people jumped on Mo’s quote from before the Bucks game on Monday: “We won 50 games and we still underachieved. That tells you this team has so much potential.”

I know what Mo means and it’s good he feels that way but for anyone saying the Hawks should have won 60 games, slow down. For some perspective, look at this list. Only 40 teams in league history have won 60 games in a season, so if you do it puts you in elite company. Are you saying this Hawks team, playing to its maximum potential, should be included among that group?

Sure, you can go back and tick off all the games the Hawks should have/could have won if this or that had happened. But all teams can do that at the end of the year. And if you do that, you also have to cancel those out with the victories that easily could have gone the other way. The beauty of the 82-game schedule is, barring a catastrophic run of injuries or other unforeseen circumstances, you usually end up being what your record says you are.

The Hawks’ record says they are a very good team. Flawed? Yes. Inconsistent? Sure. That’s why they didn’t win 60 games. But they won 53 while dominating at home and that’s dang good.

“You have to acknowledge 50-pus wins is a good season,” Al said. “We are definitely not taking that for granted. That’s a nice accomplishment. But we now we have to move on to bigger things.”

hawksdawgs at Peachtree Hoops makes the case for why free agent fans should adopt the Hawks as their playoff team. Nice take, but I immediately noticed a glaring omission. So did hawksdawgs, who shortly after posting that Tweeted: “I can’t believe I forgot to talk about @zaza27 in my reasons to root for the Hawks in the playoffs. I feel like a terrible person.”

MC

155 comments Add your comment

TigerWoods

April 16th, 2010
11:05 am

lewis

April 16th, 2010
11:22 am

Defense wins championships.

Ric Roc

April 16th, 2010
11:45 am

Tiger,

We don’t do that here…

Beck

April 16th, 2010
11:55 am

I’m a little concerned that Marvin Williams didn’t show better in that last game. He was the only regular starter out there, played good minutes, and had a sub par stat line. What is it going to take for him to get going?

Exciting times. If we can stay focused on the Bucks one game at a time we should be able to have plenty of rest for the Magic.

Willy

April 16th, 2010
11:58 am

JeJe

April 16th, 2010
11:59 am

THE HAWKS ENDED THE SEASON ON SUCH A HOT STREAK — THIS IS WHAT EVERYONE IS SAYING. I MEAN, WE BEAT A CLEVELAND TEAM PLAYING ITS SCRUBS, WE LOST TO CHARLOTTE, LOST TO DETROIT (WITHOUT ITS 3 BEST PLAYERS).

WE HAVE FINALLY ARRIVED

Cannon

April 16th, 2010
12:09 pm

We have the talent to win this series in 5, however knowing how this team plays on the road, nothing would surprise me. The 1st two games at Phillips are must wins. We can’t be having any letdowns like last years game 2. Go HAWKS!

JeJe

April 16th, 2010
12:18 pm

THE HOME GAMES WILL NOT SELL OUT.

THE AVERAGE NBA FAN COULDN’T EVEN NAME 3 HEALTHY PLAYERS ON MILWAUKEE IF PUT ON THE SPOT. THE AVERAGE ATLANTA SPORTS FAN PROBABLY CAN’T NAME 1 PLAYER ON MILWAUKEE BESIDES JENNINGS.

WE DIDNT EVEN SELL OUT THE GAMES VS. D WADE LAST YR AND THE DAMN PREMIUM SEATS ARE NEVER FULL. U DO THE MATH

northcyde

April 16th, 2010
12:22 pm

MC . . . good write up as usual. I’ve been saying all year to let everything play out. This team started out great, then pretty much won 6 out of every 10 games the rest of the way, no matter who they played.

What impressed me most about the Hawks this year, was their ability to avoid losing streaks. We did lose 4 in a row during the Christmas – New Year’s holiday season. . . and 6 out of 8 during that time. Other than that, this squad didn’t have more than a 2-game losing streak all year. And everytime they’d lose 3 out of 4, they’d rattle off 3 or 4 games in a row . . or win 6 out of 8.

That’s why I’d always point this out whenever your colleagues, or people like K. Strickland, or even you ( one time ), tried to frame this team as playing “mediocre” ball, by stating that the Hawks were only “( insert worst record possibel )” since late December.

No . . the Hawks had a bad 2-week stretch, and didn’t play anywhere near like that the rest of the way ( even if they lost games that they should’ve won ).

The team didn’t panic, and Woody never allow them to panic.

vava74

April 16th, 2010
12:25 pm

Notwithstanding the above, with the playoffs ahead and a clean slate to start with, irrational thoughts start to sip in…

And I start to – against my will – overlook all the bad things that made me a realist during these past few weeks (since the defeats in Phoenix and in Oakland).

All of the sudden I start to look at our side of the bracket with an unfounded and idiotic optimism and think: “maybe we can upset Orlando and reach the ECF…”

vava74

April 16th, 2010
12:26 pm

The blog monster doesn’t like the first half of the post…

MC, do you have any special powers to retrieve my complete post?

Marcus

April 16th, 2010
12:29 pm

OK, just lets get to making some venison jerky out of John Salmons and krew.

Gilley

April 16th, 2010
12:31 pm

The thing is we blew 5-7 games, that we should have won if we executed. Not counting close games that the other team won but close games we gave away ourselves but thats okay. Woody has to motivate everyone to come out with the same mentality….Defense and hustle. You cant teach hustle…Its the effort and mentality a player has to have on their own.

PerryJacobson

April 16th, 2010
12:36 pm

I’m glad Woody has the Hawks talking championship trophy. The Gold Trophy is the only one that matters. I felt the same thing in watching the Hawks this season, that the league is wide open this year. There is no dominant team out there with overwhelming and overpowering talent. I realize that the western conference is fielding 8 powerful teams with 50+ wins, but there is no one single team that is imposing, not even the lakers, in my opinion. The lakers should be the favorites to repeat and win the title again, because they added Ron Artest who is a defensive gem of a player. Artest has been an all-nba defensive shutdown player for the longest time, which makes the Lakers clearly the team to beat. The lakers can be beaten though as the Hawks completely destroyed them the last time they faced them only a few weeks ago. You can say then, that the Hawks just about OWN the western conference. On the eastern side, the hawks have plowed through orlando, boston and the cavs with very little resistence. Only the cavs appear to be giving the hawks the most trouble, but i think the cavs may be eliminated so that the hawks wont have to face them. Im guessing that the hawks will play the miami heat in the eastern conference finals and should the hawks beat the heat and face either the lakers, nuggets, jazz, suns or mavericks in the finals, the Hawks would almost most certainly cakewalk through either of those teams. This is why i believe the hawks are going to win the world championship and the larry o brien trophy will soon be theirs. Go hawks.

vava74

April 16th, 2010
12:41 pm

Charlie Rosen @ msn.foxsports.com:

“HAWKS (3) VS. BUCKS (6)

Why Atlanta should win.

The Hawks might be undersized, but they’re extremely fast up and down the court, and even quicker to the ball.

Josh Smith is one of the most talented players in the NBA, and now that he has forsaken his inept 3-point shooting, his overall offense is dramatically improved. Also, Smith is an elite shot blocker and an underrated post defender.

Joe Johnson can’t be stopped unless he’s two-timed, but JJ’s ability to deliver crafty passes to open teammates will shred Milwaukee’s defensive schemes.

Mike Bibby rarely misses the open shots generated by all the defensive focus on Josh Smith and Iso-Joe. Also, Brandon Jennings plays no discernible defense.

Al Horford can drop mid-range jumpers and is a scrappy rebounder and defender. He’s too quick and too active for the ancient Kurt Thomas to handle.

Mo Evans provides defense and perimeter shooting off the bench.

Zaza Pachulia is always aggressive at both ends of the court, and is far superior to Primoz Brezec, who moves into the backup slot in the middle with Andrew Bogut unavailable. In fact, Brezec is probably the worst big man in the league.

And Jamal Crawford is easily the NBA’s most explosive sixth man.

With Bogut down and out, the Bucks will be unable to take advantage of the Hawks’ lack of size up front.

Jennings is a rookie who will have difficulty make correct decisions under the increased playoff pressure.

Moreover, Atlanta’s superior athleticism should make the difference — especially since Milwaukee’s interior defense is now extremely vulnerable.

Why the Bucks could win.

Jennings’ warp-speed could leave Bibby breathless.

John Salmons has stepped up and become an authentic fail-safe scorer who could easily get JJ into chronic foul trouble.

Carlos Delfino is a streaky outside shooter who can spread the floor if his shots are falling.

Look for Ersan Ilysova to get increased playing time and more scoring opportunities. He’s too quick to be hampered by Evans’ defense, and too big for JJ.

Dan Gadzuric will more than match Horford’s hustle.

Charlie Bell is a versatile player who can do whatever is necessary to keep the Hawks competitive.

Jerry Stackhouse is a savvy veteran who knows how to score.

If all the Bucks bring their A-game, they’d have a chance of winning the seventh game.”

Benjamin

April 16th, 2010
12:45 pm

The math, in my opinion, is that NBA tickets are too expensive. In today’s time, it’s a sad statement that decent seats at a Hawks game would cost a middle class family of four the equivalent of half a week’s salary.

That said, I think we handle the Bucks before falling to the Magic in round two. And I’m fine with both results. We’re a good, but not great, NBA team.

vava74

April 16th, 2010
12:46 pm

A lot of praise for the players, as you can all see, but even so, Rosen considers an upset possible.

This is mostly due to our flawed game plan.

vava74

April 16th, 2010
12:55 pm

Bill Simmons @ ESPN (yes, I should be working, but I am not…):

“I think this spring could be the last stand for the Rejuvenated Atlanta Hawks

And here’s why: Joe Johnson is getting max money this summer to play in Chicago, New Jersey, New York, Clipperland or wherever. He’s irreplaceable for Atlanta obviously. Assuming Josh Childress returns from his Greek exile, that gives them Childress, Josh Smith, Al Horford, Jamal Crawford, Marvin “I Look Worse As a No. 2 Pick Each Season” Williams, Zaza Pachulia, Zaza Pachulia’s bacne, and Mike Bibby’s chalk outline next season. That’s a 42-win team. The window is right now. They can absolutely make the 2010 Eastern Finals … and then get swept, but still. The Eastern Finals!”

Mz. Hawkdafied

April 16th, 2010
1:04 pm

I say reach for the stars Hawks. Or better go get that trophy Hawks. Is the trophy really there for the Hawks to take? Heck yeah!

Who dat says the Hawks can’t get dat? Who dat? LOL!

Seriously though, I say go for it. Anything is possible.

Fresh

April 16th, 2010
1:14 pm

JeJe,

You have nothing else to do huh?

Michael Cunningham

April 16th, 2010
1:14 pm

@vava: i looked for the other half of your post but couldn’t find it?

vava74

April 16th, 2010
1:27 pm

MC,

If I try to post it again it says “duplicate comment”!

vava74

April 16th, 2010
1:30 pm

MC,

Sent it as an e-mail to you.

If you consider it worthy to be posted through you, I would appreciate it.

Michael Cunningham

April 16th, 2010
1:37 pm

vava74’s full post:

“A few quick notes:

There were only 40 teams reaching the 60 win mark simply because, like the Hawks, there were literally dozens of teams with talented and cohesive rosters like ours who lacked a talented coach to extract the maximum out of them.

We had the potential to reach 60 wins this season (or at least be closer – I predicted 57 wins during the off season), but Woody’s shortcomings as a coach deprived us of a “few” easy but crucial wins.

Obviously, we were bound to always lay an egg here and there, but if we look back, it is not difficult to find many winnable games amongst our 29 losses.

The above means that the full constellation – an ensemble of a very good roster and a very good coach – is an elusive event.

If JJ bails out on us, that elusiveness will hit us like a sledgehammer and we will be back to .500 ball, barring a major and miraculous trade involving what will remain from our core (an almost impossible target).

If we do manage to resign JJ and fine tune our roster slightly (I would even consider not making any change beyond getting another SF, whilst keeping Mo) and we hired a talented coach…

Then 60 wins would be clearly within our reach, much alike the 03-04 Pacers:

In the off-season, they re-signed Miller and J.O’Neal whilst losing Brad Miller BUT signed Rick Carlisle, allowing them to push their record from 48 to 61 wins.

Notwithstanding the above, with the playoffs ahead and a clean slate to start with, irrational thoughts start to sip in…

And I start to – against my will – overlook all the bad things that made me a realist during these past few weeks (since the defeats in Phoenix and in Oakland).

All of the sudden I start to look at our side of the bracket with an unfounded and idiotic optimism and think: “maybe we can upset Orlando and reach the ECF…”"

Section 303

April 16th, 2010
1:43 pm

Is it Saturday at 5:30PM, yet? The wait is killing me…Good for Woodson pushing for the ultimate goal. The Hawks can beat anyone. I don’t care what pundits or naysayers say. I know they can beat anyone. Go get it!

Shouldn’t be one poster on this blog that is not at Philips tomorrow.

Section 303

April 16th, 2010
1:47 pm

vava74, that’s a good post. Winning 60 is not easy, neither is winning 53. But, why the dig at Woodson? So, name the coach and put him as the Hawks coach the past 5 seasons. How many more wins, or loses, would there really be?

I understand getting on the coach. But, this fire Woodson stuff is just stupid. The guy is highly thought of around the league. If the Hawks do let him go, he will land somewhere else with no trouble. And, it won’t be Woodson who looks bad if that happens, it will be the Hawks.

VenomSpitter

April 16th, 2010
1:54 pm

Man hopefully Teague can turn out like Kevin Johnson.

If anybody has forgotten how good KJ was just watch this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqfRC9GEyYE

heartofdarkness

April 16th, 2010
1:57 pm

Will the Hawks make any adjustments during the course of the playoffs? They made few during the season and those changes they made seemed to reduce the styles they employed.

northcyde

April 16th, 2010
2:02 pm

Section 303

April 16th, 2010
1:47 pm

vava74, that’s a good post. Winning 60 is not easy, neither is winning 53. But, why the dig at Woodson? So, name the coach and put him as the Hawks coach the past 5 seasons. How many more wins, or loses, would there really be?

I understand getting on the coach. But, this fire Woodson stuff is just stupid. The guy is highly thought of around the league. If the Hawks do let him go, he will land somewhere else with no trouble. And, it won’t be Woodson who looks bad if that happens, it will be the Hawks.

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Because that’s the only thing they can possibly put the blame on. There is no other possibility for our collapses, but the coach. When we lose, it HAS to be Woody’s fault, because he’s the idiot.

The Hawks finished a whopping 32 – 17 since they lost those 6 out of 8 games in late December and early January. And while they did lose a lot of winnable games, the won games that people didn’t think they could win either.

But ALL LOSSES are because of Woody . . . and ALL WINS are because of the players.

That’s just how it goes with Hawk fans.

northcyde

April 16th, 2010
2:03 pm

By the way . . . 32 – 17 is a .653 winning percentage.

Fresh

April 16th, 2010
2:07 pm

Man I’m tired of hearing about a new coach for this team. Somebody, anybody, give me the name of a coach that will do a better Job than Woodson with team. I’ll wait…

D Hawks

April 16th, 2010
2:12 pm

First of all, Go Hawks!!! I like the quotes that I’ve been reading from the team and the descriptions of the practice mood. Sounds like the guys are maturing and really get it this year. Let’s hope that translates into wins. My main concern is lack of focus and the fact that they will need to win at least 2 road games during the postseason to get to the NBA Finals. With the Hawks talent and the right execution, I think that is an attainable goal so the sky is the limit for this team.

I really get tired of so many folks blowing up the coach. Phil Jackson isn’t walking in the building folks. If there is someone out there who A, would have taken this job 5 years ago, and B, would have accomplished more than Woody, please name them. I don’t remember guys knocking down the door for this job. Let’s get through the postseason and see where we stand as a franchise then.

@vava74 – As for Rick Carlisle, he hasn’t exactly had great postseason success since ‘03-04 so are you saying it would have been different if he were here? If you’re gonna diss Woody for the 29 losses, then doesn’t he deserve at least some credit for some of the 53 wins? I don’t think Woody made all the bad turnovers and shots at the end of some of those road games. I totally get the coaching leadership angle, but you must always have great leadership on the floor as well.

northcyde

April 16th, 2010
2:12 pm

LOL . . and those other teams won 60+ games, because they had at least 1 future Hall of Fame player playing at a high level on the squad.

26 of those 40 teams made the NBA Finals.

So unless people think JJ, Smoove, Horford, or Crawford are future NBA Hall of Famers, this was NOT a 60 win team.

Fresh

April 16th, 2010
2:21 pm

Just finishing checking out the ESPN Playoff simulation.

It predicted a Milwaukee Bucks/ San Antonio Spurs Final, with the Spurs winning it all. SMH.

Fresh

April 16th, 2010
2:22 pm

Oh Ya…

Still waiting on someone to name a coach that will do a better job…

SWAT Native

April 16th, 2010
2:25 pm

You can now get tickets for game 2 for $15 for the upper bowl per the Bargain Hunter:

http://blogs.ajc.com/atlanta-bargain-hunter/2010/04/16/15-for-hawks-playoff-tickets-round-1-game-2/

northcyde

April 16th, 2010
2:26 pm

Fresh

April 16th, 2010
2:07 pm

Man I’m tired of hearing about a new coach for this team. Somebody, anybody, give me the name of a coach that will do a better Job than Woodson with team. I’ll wait…

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They want Hubie Brown to be the coach, because he gives great analysis on Hawk games. Forget the fact that he’s 183 years old . . . that’s the guy that the want.

But there have been a lot of names tossed around to replace Woody.

- Terry Porter ( fired after one season in Phoenix )

- Eddie Jordan ( fired yesterday in Philly )

- MIke Fratello ( all-time 20 – 42 playoff record . . . losing his last 6 1st round matchups while posting a 2 – 20 record . . . I bet people didn’t know that )

- Avery Johnson ( lost in the 1st round to Golden St, despite having one of the top 10 teams record wise in NBA history )

But let them tell it . . . you could hire Bullwinkle or the Hamburgular, and they could do a better job with the Hawks, than Woody could.

northcyde

April 16th, 2010
2:28 pm

Actually . . . Fratello has lost his last SEVEN 1st round matchups . . . posting a 4 – 23 record over those 7 playoff rounds.

Section 303

April 16th, 2010
3:10 pm

Fresh, you’re never going to get that name. No one ever comes up with a better name than what we have. And, I for one, like what we have. Woody is a good man. I’ll take my chances with him.

Really, Saturday 5:30PM needs to get here. I cannot wait for this playoff run to begin! It is going to be a special one! We got a team on our hands that is going to make some noise!

LouFan

April 16th, 2010
3:11 pm

I am pumped for the playoffs and the way the Hawks are sounding, they are too.

“Smoove said the Hawks now are ready to “bottle up their emotions” and bring it every night in the postseason.”

This is the key factor guys. If they can stay focused and not blow leads or get upset at BS calls. They will be in good shape. I expect blowouts against the Bucks at home and a 5-7 point win on the road.

We might be a part of history fans. First time the Hawks go to the Finals in Atlanta history. SATURDAY HURRY UP!

Terrell

April 16th, 2010
3:29 pm

If we hire a New Coach like some want this team will struggle. There is no other coach that’s primed to be on the market next year better than Woodson. I heard one time to get Avery Johnson. I like him but he’s not different than Woodson he will push defense and the offense is just an after thought. Who will we hire hext year to coach if Woodson is the problem?

The Hamburglar

April 16th, 2010
3:45 pm

I run a Princeton offense. Just for the record.

Sleepy

April 16th, 2010
3:48 pm

So now the great Northcyde tells us that the only way we couldve won 7 more games is if somehow our players become future HOF’ers ?

4-7 @ Det – 4pt lead with one minute left 90-88 L

3-17 @ Tor – 4pt lead with one minute left 106-105 L

3-8 @ NY – joshs layup at the buzzer blocked 99-98 L

2-26 Mavs 2pt lead with a minute and half to play 111-103 OT L

2-21 @GS 2pt lead with a minute and half to play 108-104 L

and thats just POST all star break

you add in the clevland melt down in the home and home and the OT games vs the Bulls and Knicks and we have someone saying the only way we couldve won those games were if our players were future HOF players simply because the other teams had a HOF player ?

With who the others team did it is irrelevant the fact is we had a chance to do it and didnt not because our players are not HOF’ers but because we made small mental errors down the stretch of close games .

But I guess the only way they could do that is if they were HOF players ?

Daniel

April 16th, 2010
4:20 pm

Great job MC. I love the stuff coming out around this team. Taking an us against the world stance. The need to prove ourselves as legit star guys (Joe, Jamal). The young guns without fear (Al and Josh). The seen it all veterans (Bibby, Joe Smith). The energy, scrappy guys (ZaZa, Mo, Mario) and finally the much maligned high draft choice who finally shows up in a big spot (Williams).

It is now officially time to stop being rational nit picking fans (which I am one) and fully go all in.

Let’s Go Hawks—- we CAN win it all!!!!

O'Brien

April 16th, 2010
4:20 pm

I give Woody a hard time, and he has his faults. But since the playoffs start tomorrow, I’m taking a break from talking about our season. That’s in the past.

Come tomorrow, everybody is 0-0, and the slates are clean. I would like to see our players and coaches step their games up, and hopefully play 48 minutes of focused intense basketball. Let’s go Hawks.

From espn.com,

“The New York Knicks and other teams hoarding salary-cap space got some good news Friday when they were told at the league’s Board of Governors meeting that the projected 2010-11 salary cap will be $56.1 million”.

If I’m not mistaken, thats $2 mil- $4 mil higher than the initial projections. That bodes well for the ASG, because if the salary cap is higher, then the luxury tax threshold is higher, so there is no reason for us not to upgrade our bench.

VenomSpitter

April 16th, 2010
4:21 pm

Sleepy just put Northcyde on BLAST big time LOL.

Get em Sleepy

Fresh

April 16th, 2010
4:32 pm

Damn, it’s been 2 hrs and nobody still hasn’t came up with a name that would be a better coach. I think most of yall just talk to be talking I guess.

O’Brien,

I agree.

Grandad

April 16th, 2010
5:27 pm

Fresh:

That question has been asked and answered a dozen times on this blog.
I would rather not re-post the names again.
I have posted @ least a doz. names over several dif. posts.
Go back & look ‘em up.
I’m not trying to be rude.

MitchC

April 16th, 2010
5:29 pm

Michael, this Hawk team is a nice team, a solid team, but, unless they have a Cinderella run, they are not winning a championship.

I agree with what Mark Bradley said earlier today. The Hawks will win round one, fairly easily. After that, how is anything a guarantee?

Orlando won 59 games. If they are our second round opponent, as they likely will be, they will have home court advantage. The Hawks have not been a good road team this year. They well could go down in the second round.

Even if we get past the semis, Cleveland would be our likely opponent in the Eastern Finals, again, without home court, and with Lebron motivated to win a title. Are we really likely to beat him in a seven game series?

This doesn’t count what might happen even if we got past Lebron. Kobe, who has been to the Finals.. six times, again without home court, because the Lakers would have it in the Finals, if we got there.

No, Michael, none of this is happening. The Hawks will either lose in the Eastern Semis, or the Eastern Finals. This team is not beating Lebron James in a seven game series, even if we get there with him , sorry.

bigdave

April 16th, 2010
5:30 pm

im eager to see a focused, energetic, confident Hawk team. when our guys play with those characteristics we are unbeatable. when we give less than par efforts we are susceptible to our deficiencies… our group has grown… this is take 3… guys know what it takes… there is no need to give anything less. the motivation is there Hawks… embrace it (every game, home or away), and we represent the east.