Bucks at Atlanta Hawks: Game 2

Game 2 should be a test of the Hawks’ maturity, right? Because there’s a couple things that are clear after just one game in this series: The Hawks are too good for the Bucks, and the Bucks are too prideful to quit.

The Hawks just have too much physical talent all over the floor for the Bogut-less Bucks to handle. Scott Skiles has been pretty blunt in talking about his matchup dilemmas, basically saying the Bucks simply have to be more aggressive and active with their help defense. What else can the Bucks do, really?

Skiles can put Mbah a Moute on whomever he wants and it leaves a problem somewhere else. Carlos Delfino on Josh is not feasible, but neither is Delfino on J.J. Kurt Thomas is good for bodying Al in the post but not for chasing him on mid-range jumpers, while the opposite (or maybe neither) seems to be true with Ilyasova. And when Bibby is stroking jumpers too the Bucks can forget it.

So we know the Bucks are overmatched but I have to think they won’t be shook tonight. After they were stunned by the Hawks’ opening blitz in Game 1, Skiles said they looked “more like ourselves” in the second half. Expect the Bucks to show more poise and energy to start Game 2. And judging by the way Hawks players have been carrying themselves over the last couple days, expect them to respond.

“They are probably going to come out more aggressive,” Smoove said. “But we are going to be the same team we were in Game 1, exuberant and full of life.”

If the Hawks do that tonight and also crisply execute to take advantage of their superior talent, we’ll know they’ve taken another step toward being what they want to be.

– I’ve been impressed by the overall positive vibes from my blog people. Good to see you set aside your gripes and get behind your squad. Just think, if the Hawks come out and smoke the Bucks tonight you’ll have three days of shine until Game 3.

Have fun, Hawks fans.

MC

263 comments Add your comment

Nacho

April 20th, 2010
4:34 pm

I am optimistic. At this time of the year, we can forget about rotations and developing players. We only need to win.

Tee

April 20th, 2010
4:40 pm

NOTHING EASY!!!!

jg

April 20th, 2010
4:50 pm

go hawks–having to dvr game because of a meeting at work. hope to be home before halftime–it will be on the second game i’ve missed all year. the other was a WIN!!!!!!!!!!!!

bigdave

April 20th, 2010
4:51 pm

did anyone see/hear Barkley comments on MJ being “a great owner if he doesn’t listen to his cronies..” or hear what MJ said in response..? if so, where can i read up on it..?

L Charles

April 20th, 2010
4:53 pm

Thanks for the blog. Keep up the good work, MC. You are becoming better than Sekou.

I think we take it tonight although we probably won’t build a 20 plus point lead again to rely on if we falter late. Therefore it is imperative that the intensity level stays up throughout. I hope the crowd shows up too. Even though it wasn’t completely full last game, it was still louder than the crowds I heard in Denver, Cle and Orlando.

O'Brien

April 20th, 2010
4:56 pm

I think this game will be the opposite of game 1. By that I mean I think the hawks will start slow And pull away in the end

mountain_jim

April 20th, 2010
4:57 pm

Playoff time and I finally get to see the Hawks on TV here in NC… Well tonight its the NBA channel, which fortunately I get. I assume they will continue to black-out the Sports South channel but maybe that changed.

I hope Bibby stays hot, and Jamal got some sleep and relaxes and finds his shot for tonight.

Sultanofatl

April 20th, 2010
5:00 pm

Go Hawks! I think Crawdog announces himself to the playoff world tonight.

vava74

April 20th, 2010
5:06 pm

Yes, I have a good feeling about Crawford tonight, however, I think Salmons will also have a huge game.

Let’s hope that Jennings shoots himself out of the game and that Ridnour does not light us up like he did a few weeks ago.

Mel

April 20th, 2010
5:08 pm

I really like the work MC…..quickly forgetting about Sekou lol

Section 303

April 20th, 2010
5:22 pm

Michael, you are improving. Not to Sekou level,yet, though. But, I like reading your stuff.

Off to Philips for game 2! Blog should be slow tonight. Everyone should be in the arena. Take control of this series tonight!

Najeh Davenpoop

April 20th, 2010
5:28 pm

Bucks are going to come out firing tonight, having shaken off the playoff jitters. Hawks need to match their Game 1 energy coming out to start this game. It won’t be easy, since the 7 PM weekday start pretty much guarantees that half the seats will be empty.

Not mine, though. Go Hawks!

O'Brien

April 20th, 2010
5:35 pm

Congrats to Josh smith. Second in DPOY

Here*Not*There

April 20th, 2010
5:40 pm

Yeah all the BS regular season complaining behind us…… its playoff basketball now baby!!! Go Hawks!!

ZazaPac

April 20th, 2010
5:46 pm

J-Crawford 6th man of the year.

Westurd

April 20th, 2010
5:47 pm

Nutttin Easee!!!
– Zaza 2008

TheAntiMe

April 20th, 2010
5:47 pm

The Hawks will be ok, they just need to remember to play hard for 4 quarters instead of 2 or 3. Speaking of your blog people, Michael, the Hawks blogs seem to be much more clique-oriented than they were a year ago. That’s fine but it’s just my personal observation, fwiw.

ZazaPac

April 20th, 2010
5:48 pm

Zaza voted NBA best dressed haha

ncat96

April 20th, 2010
5:49 pm

I am certainly pulling for the Hawks. All in all we should win. The only thing that I am nervous about is the game turning into a half-court slugfest. Can our Hawks grind it out in this type of a game? I say that we can. It will just have to require 48 minutes of focused energy to do so. Plus I really believe that Crawford will really shine tonight. Especially after shrugging the jitters of his first playoff outing.

slim

April 20th, 2010
5:53 pm

Bottom line the Bucks are no match for the Hawks. Rebound, Defense, and run they are no match.

walt disney

April 20th, 2010
5:58 pm

hurry up we can hardly wait

Gwinnett Fred

April 20th, 2010
6:18 pm

MC – You might want to tell those bonehead internet geeks that the game is at SEVEN, not eight as they have it showing on the front page link!!!

Damn – ajc.com even HEAR of an editor?

northcyde

April 20th, 2010
6:19 pm

Congrats indeed to Josh Smith. As much as they show Lebron’s blocks on TV, I’m glad the sportswriters recognized Smith and Gerald Wallace before Lebron. So I guess this also means that Josh is a lock for the 1st team All-NBA Defensive team.

Good . . . good.

Michael Cunningham

April 20th, 2010
6:19 pm

For anyone without NBA TV, remember the first-round games also are being shown on FSSO.

Michael Cunningham

April 20th, 2010
6:25 pm

@ Fred: Just looked, I only see 7 pm, assuming they fixed?

Najeh Davenpoop

April 20th, 2010
6:46 pm

Big props to Josh for getting his props from the NBA award people. Between him, Crawford, and hopefully Joe when he makes it on to one of the All-NBA teams, it’s nice to see the national media starting to recognize what’s real.

JeJe

April 20th, 2010
6:48 pm

NUNNA YO BIZNEZZ

April 20th, 2010
6:55 pm

MC,
WE HAD GAMES ON NBA TV DURING THE REGULAR SEASON,AND WHEN ITS ON NBA TV,IT USUALLY IS “BLACKED OUT” WHEN FOX SPORTS SOUTH IS SHOWING THE GAME AS WELL..

NUNNA YO BIZNEZZ

April 20th, 2010
6:56 pm

MEL,
ARE YOU THE ONE FROM SOUTHWEST ATLANTA??

AND RACER X,ARE YOU MY BROTHER??

cp

April 20th, 2010
6:57 pm

I just hope they stay focused for all 4 quarters. I want to see ball movement throughout the game and none of those lulls where guys go 1 on one and the other players just stand around. When they have good ball movement they are a great team.

George

April 20th, 2010
6:57 pm

Does anyone know of an online stream for this game? I don’t have NBATV or FSSO in my area.

Justin

April 20th, 2010
7:06 pm

What is FSSO? Why can’t we get this game in Tennessee even with direct tv?

sam'l

April 20th, 2010
7:10 pm

Conversely, if the Hawks don’t win, we’ll have several days of dark humor and despair before the next game. “Watch what happens.”

George

April 20th, 2010
7:10 pm

Justin, FSSO is Fox SportSouth.

VenomSpitter

April 20th, 2010
7:14 pm

transition defense

VenomSpitter

April 20th, 2010
7:16 pm

terrible transition defense

VenomSpitter

April 20th, 2010
7:19 pm

put jennings on his azz

Big Ray

April 20th, 2010
7:21 pm

Loved that move by JJ earlier…awesome…

Two straight gambles by Josh on defense, and we paid for one of them. Be solid, Josh. The big defensive play will come, but don’t be looking for it every play….

VenomSpitter

April 20th, 2010
7:24 pm

Big Ray u sound like a cornerman lol.

Big Ray

April 20th, 2010
7:25 pm

LOL, can’t help it Venom Spitter

There goes our non defense-playing fake center, blocking Brandon Jennings at the rim…..

Big Ray

April 20th, 2010
7:25 pm

Damn, is Dan Gadzuric still in the league? Wow.

VenomSpitter

April 20th, 2010
7:26 pm

Joe the ball needs to swing. Don’t just keep it on one side

VenomSpitter

April 20th, 2010
7:27 pm

Joe with the block!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Big Ray

April 20th, 2010
7:27 pm

WWWHOOOOOOHOOOOOOOO!

Joe says get that outta here, rook!!!!

Big Ray

April 20th, 2010
7:28 pm

Block party in the ATL!!!

Did I just see Marvin score despite the foul?! Yeah, baby!

George

April 20th, 2010
7:28 pm

Well, since I can’t watch this game, I guess I have to settle for a Steve Holman radio broadcast.

drmaryb

April 20th, 2010
7:29 pm

Try ATDHE.NET & see if that works to see the game.

Aon

April 20th, 2010
7:29 pm

geroge…check myp2p.eu…watching the game on there right now

Sautee

April 20th, 2010
7:30 pm

I guess Josh isn’t the only shot blocker on the team.

George

April 20th, 2010
7:32 pm

Found a broadcast on atdhe.net. Thanks for the info guys.