Atlanta Hawks Squawks Game 1: Hawks 102, Bucks 92

– Any questions about the Hawks’ ability to crank it up for the playoffs were answered immediately. They buried the Bucks from the jump in a wave of energy. The Bucks were shook. “The first half we were a little shell shocked,” Bucks coach Scott Skiles said.

– Once that early energy jolt wore off some of those other questions about the Hawks resurfaced but set those aside for a moment and admire that display before halftime. The Hawks shared the ball. They exploited mismatches on offense. The were sharp when switching on defense. They defended with vigor.

– They did all of those things and used a rowdy home crowd at Philips Arena to rattle the Bucks. “We’re at home,” Woody said. “We’re playing playoff basketball and we’re playing in front of our fans, who were fantastic tonight. That’s the energy. We came out and jumped them right away.”

– The Hawks scored 34 points in the first quarter, their third-highest total for the period in the franchise’s postseason history. They led 62-40 at halftime after posting their sixth-highest total in the first half of a playoff game.

– The Bucks might have folded without Brandon Jennings, who for a while seemed to be the only Milwaukee player who wasn’t rattled. He scored 20 points and made 8 of 14 shots in the first half while his teammates combined to score 20 points with 8 of 28 field goals made.

– “I feel like we have to come out with a little more intensity,” Jennings said. “I think we were a little nervous.”

– Without Bogut the Bucks had mismatches all over the place. One of the most lopsided was Delfino trying to check Josh, who would have done more damage if a few shot attempts hadn’t spun out.

– “Early in the game we were letting Josh catch it where he wanted to,” Skiles said. “They threw it in to him, he backed us down and scored. We didn’t react very well, just standing around watching. He can score on almost anybody, especially smaller players.”

– Then again, when the Bucks doubled Josh, the Hawks worked it around for open perimeter shots and J.J., Bibby and Marvin all were making them.

– When the Hawks played at Milwaukee on Monday, Al kept forcing the issue against Kurt Thomas, who is too wide and solid to move in the post. This time Al took Thomas outside and stuck jumpers early.

– First half for the Hawks: 62 points, 62 percent shooting, four turnovers, 13 assists on 26 baskets, 6 of 7 free throws, four and turnovers. Smoove and Al combined for 23 points, 11 of 15 shooting and six blocked shots. The Bucks were 38 percent from the field with just 14 of their 40 points scored in the paint.

– Second half for the Hawks: 40 points and 44 percent shooting. The latter isn’t terrible but it came along with nine turnovers, just five assists on 15 baskets and 8 of 12 free throws. Smoove and Al were a combined 2 of 9 for four points. The Bucks shot 53 percent from the field and scored 28 of their 52 points in the paint.

– “We had a great first half,” Jamal said. “The second half, we slacked off a little bit.”

– The Hawks started doing the opposite of the many good things they did in the first half. One problem was they stopped exploiting the matchups in the post Skiles was talking about. “We definitely got away from it,” Smoove said. “We’ve got to stay with that gameplan. That’s what’s going to be successful with Bogut being absent.”

– But, to be fair, Josh and Al also didn’t respond very well when the Bucks started pushing them farther from the basket. The Hawks did try to throw it to the post a few times but the entry passes were sloppy and the Bucks kept easily poking them away. The post-ups and the passes have to be crisper.

– In the first half Josh and Al generally did a good job when they switched out to guards. It looked like the last meeting in Milwaukee, when the Bucks were passive and Josh and Al recovered nicely when they did get the ball to the rim. But the switches didn’t work so well once the Bucks shared the ball better and finished stronger at the rim in the second half.

– Someone asked Woody a question in which they said the second half is “indicative of our Hawks.” The question was legit but the phrasing was indelicate, and Woody didn’t much like it.

–”First of all, I don’t agree with you that that’s indicative of our Hawks,” he said. “We’ve played solidly all year. We’ve had some close games, and when you get into playoff basketball, you can build a big lead but teams are going to make runs and you’re going to see that in the playoffs the rest of the way out.”

– Bibby’s final ledger was positive–he made shots to stymie the Bucks’ rally in the second half. But once again he was better at the start (4 of 4 field goals, three assists no turnovers in first half) than the finish (two straight turnovers leading to Bucks layups when the Hawks led 96-84).

– Jamal was just 4 of 11 from the field but notice how his shooting covered up the sins of the bench. His eight points to start the second quarter kept the Bucks at arm’s length.

– Despite his status as a 10-year vet, Jamal admitted to being nervous for his first postseason game. “It’s good to just get that first game out of the way,” he said .“The intensity level (is) like going from preseason to regular season, but it’s even more magnified here.”

Rook’ had a tough time chasing Jennings. But so did everyone except J.J., who picked his pocket twice to stymie a Bucks surge in the third quarter. Milwaukee’s rookie is a tough cover.

– In my five things to watch I said the Hawks might be in trouble if both Jennings and Salmon got going. Jennings certainly did, but Salmons didn’t until it was too late. If he gets off to a better start in Game 2 the Hawks might wish they had one more perimeter defender.

– I’m out, Hawks fans.

MC

153 comments Add your comment

JSS

April 17th, 2010
10:56 pm

Solid start!

Hawks vs Bucks

April 17th, 2010
11:03 pm

“The second half, we slacked off a little bit.”

I knew someone would say that!!!

why would you slack off .. in the PLAYOFFS!?!?!? This team does a lot of good things but then they do things that just leave you scratching your head.

slacking off will not get you where you would like to go.

drmaryb

April 17th, 2010
11:15 pm

As a matter of facts:

JJohnson: 22pts. 7reb. 5assists
Jennings. 34. 3. 3

James. 24. 6. 5
Rose. 28. 7. 10

Bucks. 35
Hawks. 40

Bulls. 38
Cavs. 50

Ree Roe

April 17th, 2010
11:19 pm

Unfortunately I didn’t see the first half, but I did see the 2nd half & I wasn’t impressed. It was enough to win the game, but where is the killer instinct? This should have never been within 15 pts down the stretch. Overall I felt like it was a solid opener despite the 2nd half lulls & I hope we come out focused & win Game 2 convinvcingly. Let’s squash any confidence MIL might have gained late in the game.

MC, can you answer why Mario West comes into games for us? I just don’t understand his purpose/role on this team in close games late in the 4th.

-REEason to Roe!!!

O'Brien

April 17th, 2010
11:44 pm

Ray,

From the last blog,

When the bulls let skiles go, I think they were hoping for d’antoni, who made the wrong choice (in hind sight) by choosing Knicks.

Great first half from the hawks. Not surprised by how we played in the second half. But we still got the win.

Lets go out and win game 2. Bucks will be confident and less nervous. Can we sustain our focus for 48 minutes?

Man, total meltdown by the heat. They were leading 61-47 in the third. Celtics outscored them 38-15 the rest of the way.

Cali girl

April 18th, 2010
12:09 am

I DONT CARE WHAT NOBODY SAYS IN THE PLAYOFFS A WIN IS A WIN BECAUSE AT THE END OF THE DAY WE NEEDED THE WIN I DON’T CARE WHAT WE DID NOT DO IN THE SECOND HALF BECAUSE TUES THAT WON’T EVEN MATTER ALL WHAT WILL IS HOW WE PERFORM IN THHE FIRST HALF THEN AND 2ND HALF THEN BECAUSE THE 1ST GAME SHOULD NOT DICTATE OUR GAME 2

U WILL TAKE ANY WIN AS LONG AS U WIN ITS NOT ABOUT HOW BECAUSE U TAKE THOSE MISTAKES AND LEARN FROM THEM AND I AGREE WITH HORFORD BECAUSE U NEED A REALITY CHECK TO REMIND U THAT HEY WE CANT JUST THINK WE CAN BE UP BY 22 AND STOP DEFINSIVELY AND OFFENSIVELY!!

I THINK FOR GAME 2 WE NEED THE SAME INTENSITY AS TONIGHT’S FIRST HALF AND FOR THE SECOND HALF AS WELL TO JUST SHOW THE BUCKS WE DEF MEAN BUSINESS!!

AND WHO CARES THE BUCKS ALMOST MADE A COMEBACK IT STILL DOES NOT GET A WIN AND WILL NOT BE TALKED ABOUT CAUSE THE HAWKS IS THE BETTER TEAM THEY JUST GOT A LITTLE TOO COMFORTABLE WIT THAT LEAD THAT IS Y THEY SAY U LEARN FROM YOUR MISTAKES EVERYTHING HAPPENS 4 A REASON… SOMETHING THEY CAN SEE ON VIDEO

AND THE HAWKS ARE STILL A GOOD TEAM POINT BLANK PERIOD THEY JUST NEED TO BE CONSISTENT

Moxie

April 18th, 2010
12:14 am

You know I “love” how Sports Illustrated titles their headlines.
“Cavs dominate Game 1″; “Hawks win Game 1, lack killer instinct”.
Ummmmm didnt the same thing happen in both games. Oh well. I wish the Hawks would play a whole 48 minutes but they arent going to start now. Good win and I’m really excited and proud.

Cali girl

April 18th, 2010
12:19 am

@moxie i agree its crazy but the Cavaliers let the Bulls back in w/ a 22 point lead they blew by the Bulls getting it down to 7 BUT whats so crazy is that nobody mentioned not one thing about that. But they mention our situation only because we don’t have Lebron. That is why. I hate that they constantly dog the Hawks about how inconsistent the Hawks are. They say this is the best we got & we not going any further. Basically they are saying we don’t deserve to play in the Finals. They want someone who has ET like characteristics Dammnitt already we got the win & its simple, just because on paper Magic or Cavs may be better does not mean a thing.

If you want something, you are going to play like there’s no tomorrow & it’s your last day living cause tomorrow is not promised. I truly do believe in the Hawks.

Its the playoffs everybody will make a run in a game gosh! nobody is perfect! don’t be surprised if a team does catch back up they are not going to just lay down like the regular season its the playoffs so its go hard or go home so I don’t blame the Hawks for blowing the lead completely the Bucks just continued to play because they believed they could win.

E43

April 18th, 2010
12:33 am

i think some people are just panicking for no good reason. id rather beat a 5 seed by 10 than be sloppy with an 8 seed like Cleveland was earlier.

KAI

April 18th, 2010
12:44 am

yeah true true like the (cough) CLEVELAND !!

Big Daddy

April 18th, 2010
1:37 am

Moxie, Cali Girl you are both right. Cleveland had a 22 point lead on Chicago but let them back in the game and got the score down to a 7 point difference. Although I was surprised at them, but not at the Hawks. What I also noticed in that game was their fans NEVER gave up on them. They cheer them right through to the end. I think the history in Atlanta sports indicates don’t get too happy because you may be disappointed. We have got to overcome that. When we cheer them we let them know we believe in them and despite what anyone says they feed off of that.

We won because we were better than them. We will keep on winning because Woody and his coaches are going to come up with a plan to thwart any adjustments Skiles makes like he did in the 2nd half. What happened in the 2nd have should have Woody and the coaches up at this hour trying to figure out what changes can be made.

We will win Game 2 because we are better than them and we will come out and show it. Wear your jerseys, don’t stop cheering and keep the faith. This is a good start, period. GO HAWKS!!!!!

JeJe

April 18th, 2010
2:06 am

LOL @ there being plenty of empty seats.

Anyone look at the box score and notice how ZaZa, Mo, and Teague hardly played?
IT’S BECAUSE THE GAME GOT CLOSE IN THE 2ND HALF AND WOODSON DOES NOT USE THE BENCH IN 2ND HALVES OF CLOSE GAMES. AND THIS WAS SUPPOSEDLY AN EASIER WIN FOR US

Najeh Davenpoop

April 18th, 2010
2:46 am

I was at the game, and those of you hating on the crowd have your anger misplaced. Blame the moron schedule makers who scheduled this game at 5:30. When the hell do sporting events ever get scheduled at 5:30? The crowd arrived really late, but by halftime I’d say there weren’t more than 1,000 empty seats in the place. And maybe most important, the crowd was loud and involved all game.

I agree with Jamal’s statement. The Hawks played as well as they have played all year in the first half, but it was almost like they came out in the 2nd half expecting the Bucks to lay down. They didn’t allow the Bucks to make it a close game mainly because the talent disparity is too wide in this series, but they have to be able to close out these kinds of games in the 2nd round. Of course, part of the problem once again is the Hawks’ lack of an offensive system, which directly leads to their long scoring droughts like the one they had in the 3rd.

Another, more surprising reason for their 2nd half swoon was uncharacteristic sloppiness with the ball. This team is one of the best in the league at protecting the ball, but they committed several turnovers in the 2nd half that were totally unnecessary.

A lot is being made of Brandon Jennings’ great scoring night, and he definitely was stroking it, but a big reason this didn’t translate into the Bucks making it a closer game is because he did very little to involve his teammates until it was too late. If I’m not mistaken, the Bucks had six assists as a team going into the 4th quarter. That is pretty sad, and the Hawks deserve credit for limiting the Bucks’ passing lanes for most of the game. As far as I’m concerned, Jennings can score 50 points per game the rest of the series if it means the rest of the Bucks stand around and do nothing.

The Hawks got good games from two of their more inconsistent players, Marvin and Zaza. The Bucks went with a small lineup for long stretches of the game, playing Ilyasova at center, which is mainly why Zaza didn’t play more.

In the end, if the Hawks take care of the ball and shut down the rest of the Bucks, they can let Jennings do whatever he wants and they will still win simply because they have more talent. Of course, I’d prefer to see the Hawks just blow them out…

Najeh Davenpoop

April 18th, 2010
2:48 am

Props to the ASG for the 40% off jersey promotion during today’s game. Got me one of those ATL jerseys.

Cannon

April 18th, 2010
2:52 am

The defense that we played in the first half might of been the best half of defense we played all season! Woody and co. will take a look at the second half film, make adjustments and have our boys ready for game 2. LET’S GO HAWKS!

Big Ray

April 18th, 2010
2:54 am

The reason why Cleveland got the press clippings (and we got the shaft, again) is three-fold:

1) It’s Cleveland. All media hail the King. Especially ESPN. Screw ESPN.

2) The Bulls have a name attached to them that shines brighter in the media lights than anybody on the Hawks roster, whether you like it or not. His name is Derrick Rose. It’s a household name now, if it wasn’t before. Even Joe doesn’t get that kind of recognition.

Rose is one of those guys who can do so much with (or despite) so little. And he does it on the big stage. We could have had a pg like that, once. I’ll stop right there.

3) The national media doesn’t like us all that much, and what have we done to dissuade that attitude? Not a whole lot. And don’t quote me 53 wins (as much as I enjoy that fact). The Dallas Mavericks made a living in the last decade out of 50-win seasons and not getting out of the 2nd round. The one time they did something worthwhile, they were totally loaded. They still lost to Shaq and D-Wade….and Stern’s officials (according to some, but we won’t go there).

So it goes. Get to the 2nd round and then DO SOMETHING WHILE YOU ARE THERE. If the Hawks don’t, then they’ll continue to get the same treatment. That simple.

Big Ray

April 18th, 2010
2:59 am

Najeh ,

Good points, all. Jennings is not yet that kind of pg who can get his teammates involved while he dominates the ball and scores a lot of points. Maybe he never will be, I don’t know, but I’d say it’s too early to make such a judgment, he’s only a rookie.

The names of guys who can and do: Derrick Rose, Deron Williams, Steve Nash (not quite as prolific a scorer as the others), Chris Paul. Two of those names still make me cry in my sleep.

Good points on our offense as well. Methods that get you to 53 wins do not ensure or otherwise guarantee successful postseason results. No matter how you spin it.

Clyde

April 18th, 2010
4:10 am

northcyde

April 18th, 2010
4:24 am

Najeh . . . you mean like how college football games are late in the evening ( 6 PM start )? Just say that the crowd just don’t make it a priority to make it to the game on time. LOL @ can’t make it to a 5:30 PM Saturday start.

Let's be honest . .

April 18th, 2010
6:41 am

we are playing the Bucks . . i mean yeah Atlanta fans are classically late to sporting events, but the Bucks haven’t exactly been relevant on a national stage in a while (in fact the Hawks, Bucks, & Bobcats are the only East playoff teams that haven’t played in the NBA Finals in the last 12 yrs). . . and i was at the game & we the fans were into it, despite it being a blow out / leading by 10+ points most of the game.

Steve Levy on took a shot at the fans on Sportscenter & the cheap seats for sale . . .but i say the Hawks just keep proving their mettle & the fans will come out in full force.

Go Hawks!!

richbrave

April 18th, 2010
8:27 am

Based on what I saw, it’s a sweep. GO HAWKS.

lewis

April 18th, 2010
8:52 am

incredibly disappointed that game 2 is on NBA TV. Now I can’t watch it on league pass. turrible kenny.

Joe Johnson is right, where was the help defense in the second half? And where was the bench?

Phenomenal start though, I will say that. Win is a win, but we need to figure out how to close it out.

JeJe

April 18th, 2010
8:58 am

“The crowd arrived really late, but by halftime I’d say there weren’t more than 1,000 empty seats in the place. And maybe most important, the crowd was loud and involved all game. ”

1000 empty seats? LOL. It’s a SATURDAY. WTF are people doing that they’re getting late to a PLAYOFF game?

Hawks73

April 18th, 2010
9:23 am

The Hawks put together a solid effort against the Bucks and did what they had to to win the game. I found it amusing that after the game was completed, that ESPN ran the crawl at the bottom of the screen stating the final score, then “Milwaukee outscored Atlanta 30-19 in the third quarter”…ESPN absolutely sucks!!!! You would have thought the Bucks had won the game by that information.

lewis

April 18th, 2010
9:33 am

Saturday in Atlanta….

The only guarantee is traffic.

People have to get wasted before they get there because its too expensive to drink at the stadium.

Most people think all Josh Smith still does is throw up threes.

No one understands that quietly, Joe Johnson is considered a small time super-star.

When it all boils down, this team is marketed terribly. How am I supposed to convince someone to dish out that kind of money for a playoff game when all they see is negative media coverage or no coverage at all? People say that being nationally recognized doesn’t matter. I don’t know about you all, but I watch Sportscenter in the morning, not the local news channel. Doesn’t help that no one reads the AJC anymore (well, that little, overpriced piece of paper they call the AJC, nothing against any of the sportswriters)

I’m guilty of fair-weathering myself. Everything about the lifestyle of living in metro atlanta makes being a hawks fan difficult. I don’t know why, something about the fact that its difficult to know where/when you are gonna be in this city.I can be looking forward to friday night game all week than miss the first half because of traffic. The city is frustrating, i(along with the other fat lazy atlantans), for the regular season at least, would rather watch in HD than in person.

p.s. as a fan, there’s nothing that pisses you off more than buying good seats to a game, seeing a great first half, than seeing a total lack of effort in the second. It almost makes you feel betrayed.

thats my 5 minute rant of the day

drmaryb

April 18th, 2010
9:44 am

We typically CRUSH teams in the 3rd & struggle in the 4th when we lose.
Last night we did the opposite iof that.

Hey we are 1-0 in a best of seven series. What would be a better result! I for one, am Stoked.
Let’s GO Hawks!

Kai

April 18th, 2010
10:12 am

I still believe we can take game 2 its just hard to play us on our home court no matter how many points we score either in the 4th or 3rd lucky enough we didn’t go on a drought in the 4th quarter can people at least give the Hawks credit for not letting the Bucks at least get it within 5 or four and then catch up and win because that is what happened in that Golden State game and others….

However we got the victory we still fought and won because even though it was like a 1 min and sec left we still kept playing

A win is a win regardless its better than the bucks 1-0 cause we are 1-0

I think the media just does not like the Hawks that is why they don’t give us any attention

THIS GAME CAME ON ESPN, after the Nuggets vs Jazz game they mentioned every game but the Hawks when the show’s introduction came on! WTF… the Hawks did terrific in the 1st half but they didn’t even mention that or our great plays we made they only point out the bad things in the Hawks because they want to just put all of the attention on Lebron and his team and Magic so they can say they are the true elite teams and are going to repeat to the eastern conf finals

I dont think it is fair but regardless of how we played that first half we won!! we are leading the series by 1 we are going to learn from this and improve and know what to do better

Its the playoffs so this time around we weren’t going to blow a lead and give away a game

THE HAWKS NEED TO SHOCK EVERYBODY AND I STILL BELIEVE WE WONT GET THE RECOGNITION EVEN IF WE WENT TO THE FINALS ITS ALL ABOUT KOBE LEBRON DWIGHT HOWARD AND not joe johnson, etc.

and also they talk about Lebron’s blocks, what about Josh Smith and Al Horford’s blocks tonight a combined 9, they don’t talk about them because they praise him like he’s GOD you got to beat em to stop them so hawks ALL THE WAY!!

Jody

April 18th, 2010
10:12 am

This game would not have been this close had the officials called the game correctly. In the second half, whenever Horford, Smith of Joe went to the basket, they would get fouled CLEARLY multiple times, and yet no whistle. I give the Bucks credit for playing hard, but the lack of calls inside for Atlanta definitely added to their momentum. In game 2, Atlanta has to do a better job defensively for 48 minutes and they have to do a better job of consistently forcing the issue inside and putting more pressure on the officials to blow the whistle.

DawgNole

April 18th, 2010
10:35 am

Big Ray: “The national media doesn’t like us all that much, and what have we done to dissuade that attitude? Not a whole lot. And don’t quote me 53 wins (as much as I enjoy that fact). The Dallas Mavericks made a living in the last decade out of 50-win seasons and not getting out of the 2nd round . . . So it goes. Get to the 2nd round and then DO SOMETHING WHILE YOU ARE THERE. If the Hawks don’t, then they’ll continue to get the same treatment. That simple.”

You nailed it, Big Ray. Atlanta fans should not expect media respect, or a full house, when the franchise has NEVER made it past the second round while playing in this city–and that’s in 40-plus years! KEEP WINNING, QUIT SLACKING OFF, DO SOMETHING FOR MORE THAN ONE ROUND. That, and that alone, will generate media respect. It also will fill those remaining empty seats.

i_am_soulstar

April 18th, 2010
10:46 am

Terrible job by the referees. From section 119, I yelled, “Ref, you’re fired” and everyone in the section clapped, so it apparently wasn’t just me.

Oh and BJ had a great game, but he is not consistent. Might I suggest putting Super Mario on Salmons when he gets hot to cool him off?

When Mario was in the game, that may have been the first time I’ve seen a Hawk poke the ball away from Salmons in one-on-one defending this season.

He has frustrated better men (players).. myself included

N-Trigue

April 18th, 2010
10:51 am

Man the Hawks did the same thing in the 2nd half like cleveland did we won by ten Cleveland won by 13 we both had big leads cut down inthe 2nd half but we both still won. I don’t hear anybody saying that cleveland played bad in the 2nd half! Does anybody feel me on this? MC your thoughts?

Cali girl

April 18th, 2010
10:58 am

@N-TRIGUE I agree w/ you a 100% that is what we have been saying all long but the media and press will not word it like that because of the fact that Lebron plays for the Cavs they will only mention his blocks or how they dominanted the first and second half knowing they didn’t nothing at all cause the Bulls cut it down to 7pts but the Hawks are overlooked and the media just doesn’t think we are Finals potential Visit NBA’s website and the Hawks are nowhere on that little slideshow thing it’s like we aren’t even in the playoffs

ant banks

April 18th, 2010
11:46 am

GARNETT threw 2 elbows and pushed a ref. will he be suspended one game?

terrell

April 18th, 2010
11:47 am

“Admire that display before halftime.” Come on man. We’re used to seeing this team play well in the 1st half. Nothing new there. It’s the 2nd half the scares the heck out of me. No lead is safe with this team. Good win and all, but this team is gonna make me have a nervous breakdown. lol!

Wabe

April 18th, 2010
11:49 am

First, please excuse the language, but FU***************K OFFFFF JON BARRY. He’s got to be the most irritating “analyst”, just a big ol’ hater.

As for the game, the 1st half was a thing of beauty. The 2nd half lulls are concerning, but not surprising. We’ve built a repuation as a team that lets other teams back in games.

It’s the playoffs, there’s no such thing as moral victory. If you’re in the playoffs and you have to get beat by “only 10″ to think you can compete with another team, then you never really had much of a chance from the get-go. Last season, we BEAT DOWN Miami in the 1st game, but they still came back and won the 2nd game in Phillips. The result of one game in the playoffs means nothing the next game. Adjustments are made, and gameplans change. If the Bucks come out next game and take one from Phillips, Jon Barry will credit the Bucks 2nd half performance in game one, but I’d credit Scott Skiles and company for making the necessary adjustments.

IT’S PLAYOFF BASKETBALL.

THEY COMPLAINED WHEN THE HAWKS PLAYED IN BLOWOUT GAME AFTER BLOWOUT GAME IN LAST SEASON’S SERIES VS. MIAMI, AND THEY COMPLAIN IF WE DON’T BLOW TEAMS AWAY.

They’ll never be happy.
F ESPN.

JeJe

April 18th, 2010
11:51 am

If Boston uses garbage-ass Tony Allen for 24+ minutes last night, why can’t Mario get minutes? Put him on Jennings or Jameer or Vince in these 1st 2 rounds.

USE THE DAMN BENCH. DON’T JUST USE STARTING 5 + CRAW EVERY GAME AND COUNT ON THE, . U HAVE BENCH PLAYERS

FIRE WOODY

ant banks

April 18th, 2010
12:20 pm

woody is in love with marvin. if he doesn’t play him, that will be a reflection on him for pickin’ marvin 2nd. so he has to play marvin JEJE. offensively mario is a liability, too.

ant banks

April 18th, 2010
12:22 pm

WABE,

so how do you feel about ESPN? specifically jon barry? lol

hawks_4_life

April 18th, 2010
12:26 pm

EXTEND WOODY….RESIGN JOE…..BUT BEFORE ALL OF THE…..GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHAWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWKS!!!!

terrell

April 18th, 2010
12:27 pm

JeJe, I’d take garbage ass Tony Allen over garbage ass Mario.

hawks_4_life

April 18th, 2010
12:29 pm

Terrell

Just a question, is Allen a liability on offense like Mario is?

ant banks

April 18th, 2010
12:30 pm

HAWKS 4 LIFE,

let jj walk. some team will over pay for his “non-services” durin’ crunch time. jj will never get us over the hump. he ain’t got that killa’ instinct.

woody is a horrible coach. CASE AND POINT: marvin get undeserved minutes. mo’ evans is playin’ considerably better, but woody defers to marvin. marvin is the EXACT reason why chills wanted out. he said that he felt he was better than marvin. woody’s inability to play the BEST player alone is reason to not extend him.

northcyde

April 18th, 2010
12:37 pm

Let’s keep it real. Milwaukee isn’t a “sexy” enough team for the casual fan to go watch. Let that been Miami ( with Dwyane Wade ), and there would been very little crowd issues. Even if they didn’t actively cheer for Wade, they would want to see the Hawks play them, instead of Milwaukee.

But the crowd that was there were into the game from the start, which is good to see. Excuses need to stop though. If the fans don’t show up, it’s simply because they don’t want to be there.

As for the national media coverage, that’s to be expected. They’re going to talk about Lebron and Kobe the most, because that’s the Finals they want to see. And until we do something spectacular ( whether it be as a team or some great individual effort, nothing will change, as far as media exposure.

The Hawks do need a stronger radio station to broadcast games though. 790 the Zone just isn’t going to cut it. When they were on 750 AM, you couldn’t hear that signal outside of a 70 mile radius outside of Atlanta in the daytime . . but you could hear it up to 400 – 500 miles away at night.

With 790, the signal pretty much dies at nighttime. LOL . . you’re lucky to hear that signal within a 20 mile radius of their station. So they should simply find an FM radio station, or another very strong nighttime AM station, and broadcast games on that station.

If the entire metro Atlanta area can’t hear a Hawks radio broadcast, that is a problem. The TV coverage is great, but sports fans also need that strong radio outlet as well.

hawks_4_life

April 18th, 2010
12:38 pm

ANT

If JJ walks dont you think we will take a huge step backward? I do.

I hear you on the Marvin point but if we are to make a splash we need his size atleast on defense against forward like LBJ where we both know Mo is too small to guard, Im for keeping JJ and Woody if change comes in the off-season I hope it includes Marvin. The kid is too timid and everything experts say he wasnt but if he goes off (big if) in the post season……………………………..

drmaryb

April 18th, 2010
12:41 pm

Ant Banks

Mr. Woodson IS the coacj! NOT the GM! He does NOT make draft picks. Billy K. DID & Rick Sund does
Why do you think Mr. Woodson drafted Marvin? His job is to coach him. Besides ALL the draft analyst determined Marvin was the consensus #2 pick. Not just Billy.

How do you know the GM is NOT telling him to start Marvin, to save their faces for picking him?
The Draft Lottery Picks are called “LOTTERY”. Because its a GAMBLE! You draft on potential, because no one can judge a mans heart!

Sund paid Marvin 7.5Million/year …. Mr. Woodson, did not dpo that! He barely has a Job as Coach! He is stuck with Marvin – who has regressed AFTER getting paid!

Please, go back to sleep!

drmaryb

April 18th, 2010
12:47 pm

What COACH in his right mind would have chosen a DUKE player like Shelden – over a PG when CP3 & Deron is sitting on that board? When the coach does NOT have a PG nor Center & the #2 pick?

Only Billy K. Would do something so Assinine! That’s why he was FIRED & NOT Mr. Woodson – when he tried to back stab Woodson. He’s gone & Woodson is still here FOR that very reason!

Wabe

April 18th, 2010
12:51 pm

ESPN didn’t whisper a breath after the shot-clock debacle in that game in Cleveland (the home & home back to back), but felt obliged to share with the world that they thought JOE TOOK 3 STEPS at the end of the Magic game?

Like I said, ESPN, F-OFF.

Wabe

April 18th, 2010
12:56 pm

And drmaryb,

CP3 and Derron Williams were on the board in the 2005 draft, the year we selected Marvin, not Shelden.

I believe Shelden was picked up in the 2006 draft. And then we took Horford and Acie in 2007.

LouFan

April 18th, 2010
1:06 pm

Good win, we just need to focus on three things and we will sweep the series:

1. Utilizing the bench more.(Come on Woody!) Even though the schedule is really weird…. Why do we have so many days off between game two and three??
2. Ball movement. (Lack of second half)
3. FOCUS.

I do enjoy the fact that we did not blow them out by a huge deficit because if we remember last year, we beat the Heat by 26 points and then arrogantly lost the next two. This helps us stay humble and make adjustments. We will be fine.

PS. F*CK YOU ESPN

northcyde

April 18th, 2010
1:08 pm

Speaking of JJ . . he played a really good all-around game yesterday. You could tell from the jump that he was ready to assert himself . . on BOTH ends of the floor. He led us in points ( 22 ), assists ( 5 ), and steals ( 3 ), and +/- ( +18 ) . . and tied for 2nd highest in rebounds ( 7 ).

Other than the shaky 3rd quarter in which he took a few rushed shots and turned the ball over a few times, he played an OUTSTANDING game. The 2 rips on Jennings back to back were things of beauty. Defensively, it was one of the better games he’s played all year. And he came up big down the stretch with those 2 midrange jumpers.

Just a very good game by our Captain yesterday.