Hawks Squawks Game 3: Bucks 107, Hawks 89

Milwaukee– The Hawks got their butts kicked. The details of the beatdown seem almost inconsequential in light of the aggregate effect of this blistering in the Bradley Center. The Bucks never got it handed to them like this at Philips Arena, where at least they fought back when the Hawks blitzed them.

– Forget the Xs and Os for a minute and consider the Hawks’ lack of intensity and poise. “It’s unacceptable to get blown out like this,” J.J. said. “We’ll look at the tape and correct our mistakes but more than anything it’s about coming out and playing with more effort.”

– The Hawks spouted some of those playoff cliches: The Bucks simply did what they had to do, the Hawks still own homecourt advantage, they still have a chance to win Game 4 on Monday for a road split. All of that is theoretically true but have the Hawks shown an indication that they can find the mettle it will take to win the next game? It would have been one thing if the Hawks competed and lost but failing to show up is something else.

– “Honestly I have no idea [why],” Joe said. “We knew what to expect and we knew what was at stake. For us to come out the way we played, that’s on the starters. It was unacceptable. Give the Bucks a lot of credit, they ot their team off to a fast start and never looked back.”

– Then again, the Hawks can’t afford to beat themselves up about this for too long. “I’m not taking anything away from the Bucks, they played extremely well tonight,” Woody said. “They did what they were supposed to do but we still hold a 2-1 lead and we still have an opportunity to steal one (in Milwaukee).”

– The Hawks have one road playoff victory in their last three postseasons. Their problems on the road continue to keep them from reaching the level of Cleveland, Orlando (which is looking to sweep Charlotte) and Boston. “We’ve struggled on the road even during the regular season,” J.J. said. “We’ve not been a great road team. We’ve got to find a way.”

– They can start by going back to feeding Smoove and Al inside. Woody had said he was surprised the Bucks didn’t show more resistance in the post in Game 2 after they had success pushing Josh and Al out in the second half of Game 1. The Bucks didn’t make that mistake again.

– “It’s no secret that in the first two games they sort of owned us in the paint,” Scott Skiles said. “We were able to take a few things away tonight.”

– The Hawks waited too long to get Al involved but he also wasn’t as sharp when deciding whether to pick-and-pop or go to the hole. Smoove just wasn’t at all in rhythm.

– The Hawks didn’t help matters by missing a bunch of shots near the rim. That’s how they had 20 offensive rebounds and managed only 12 second-chance points. “They got a lot of offensive rebounds but didn’t turn them into points this time,” Skiles said.

– The Hawks’ pick-and-roll defense was awful. After solid defensive efforts in Games 1 and 2 the Hawks were back to those familiar bad switches and lax closeouts. That meant layups and open 3-pointers all night for the Bucks.

– “Give them credit, they came out and made shots,” Marvin said. “At the same time we didn’t defend the way we usually do.” Marvin’s 1 for 7 shooting line looked bad but he had eight rebounds and probably was the best guy on closeouts.

– There were a few times when the Hawks were close to breaking through and needed patience and ball movement. Instead, J.J. went iso.

– The bench was better, I suppose, though does it really matter in a game like this? Or I guess I should say Zaza was better. Jamal (5 for 13) still can’t get into a rhythm.

– It was a nightmare game for Smoove. He smiled when Bucks fans heckled him near the bench as he sat watching the merciful end of the blowout loss. There wasn’t much he could say, though he was unapologetic afterward.

– “I didn’t say anything about their fans,” he said. “I didn’t say anything that wasn’t true. Some people have different opinions. I gave my opinion and I’m entitled to it. You asked me a question, I gave an honest answer.”

– Hey, I didn’t ask the question to begin with. Milwaukee media folks kept crediting me, too, but it wasn’t me!

– Win Game 4 and the Hawks can forget this one. Mo’s formula for doing it: “Go back to getting the ball inside, get quality shots and play defense first and foremost.”

– I’m out, Hawks fans.

MC

296 comments Add your comment

Just a bump in the road

April 25th, 2010
7:30 am

Just a bump in the road to the destination that has been destined for this team since the beginning of training camp. 2nd round exit.

Mr. Green Jeans

April 25th, 2010
7:32 am

Agreed just a bump – either a sweep or lose in 5.

Chipper Jones

April 25th, 2010
7:33 am

Hawks played liked they didn’t feel good. I know what that is like. I might miss a few more games. I’ve got an ingrown toenail. Just like my buddy Mike Bibby

truthspitter

April 25th, 2010
7:34 am

We need 2 bigs that contribute consistently off the bench, a wing that is better than Marvin because he is trash or ass whichever you prefer and for Teague to act like he knows what the hell is going on. Seriously, we are like 2 or 3 years away, they have to market this half of a team to us, but seriously we are not even close and its more than just desire and focus.

81Dawg

April 25th, 2010
7:35 am

think it was the typical 3rd game in the series that is happening all over the NBA. Home team makes their last stand but the best team wins the next two. Hopefully, the Hawks decide to show up and close out the Bucks the next 2.

Mr. Green Jeans

April 25th, 2010
7:36 am

Yeah there’s a matchup for you – Zsa Zsa and Bogut. Please…..

truthspitter

April 25th, 2010
7:36 am

Who would be so stupid as to match Zaza against Bogut? Seriously you guys can border ignorance

todd grantham

April 25th, 2010
7:38 am

A game like this is telling on the coach. he obviously doesnt demand much from his team.

todd grantham

April 25th, 2010
7:39 am

and dont give me the tired line on spoiled overpaid atheletes. you either perform, or i kick you off the team.

pete

April 25th, 2010
7:39 am

Does ANYONE really think the Hawks can actually win on the road………………ANYWHERE ???

Get real Atlanta.

Crazy Diamond

April 25th, 2010
7:40 am

This is the year that Woody prooves he has taken the Hawks as far as he can. I would like to thank Woody for doing all that he has done to get the team to the playoffs.

Now is the time for ownership to get a coach that can kick this group in the pants and go deep into the post-season.

Real Talk

April 25th, 2010
7:42 am

I have some Game 5 tickets on sale for 99 cent if they lose on Monday I just might give them away for FREE

tee

April 25th, 2010
7:43 am

WHEN THE COACH IS GOTTA GO, FOR REAL THOUGH. THIS IS GETTING OLD, BRING IN CHARLES BARKELEY OR STEVE SMITH. SOMEONE THAT WILL THIS TEAM EXCITING TO WATCH AND UTILIZE ALL THE PLAYERS, NOT JUST WEAR OUT YOU STARTERS. WOODSON PLAYS THE STARTERS SO MUCH COME PLAYOFF TIME THEY LOOK SLUGGISH AND WORE DOWN. USE YOU BENCH IN CRUNCH TIME TOO SO THESE YOUNG TROOPS CAN FEEL A PART OF WHATS GOING ON, YOUR JOB IS TO BRINGTHE TEAM TOGETHER AND STAY TOGETHER. IF I WAS ON THE BENCH I WILL NOT WANNA PLAY FOR YOU EITHER MAN, YOU CAN SEE THE HATE ON THESE GUYS FACES, YOU ONLY USE THEM WHEN WE GET BLOWN OUT, THATS NOT GOOD.GIVE THE RESERVES MORE PLAYING TIME DURING THE SEASON AND WATCH HOW MUCH HAREDER THEY LOVE PLAYING FOR YOU AND BUST THEIR BEHINDS FOR YOU, YOU HAVE TOO MUCH ANIMOSITY TOWARDS ROOKIES LIKE YOU FEEL THEY SHOULDN’T BE THERE, WELL YOU SHOULDN’T EITHER MAN BECAUSE I SEEN YOU TOO MUCH. YOU DON’T EVEN GET EJECTED COACH, HOW YOU GONNA FIRE YOUR TROOPS AND YOU NEVER EVER GET EJECTED…OH I KNOW WHY, YOU DON’T WANT THE ASSISTANT COACH TO SHOW HE CAN DO A BETTER JOB WITHOUT YOU, MAYBE YOU CAN TRY THE BOBBY COX SYMPTOMS SOMETIMES AND GET THROWN OUT BECAUSE YOU ARE TOO BORING TO WATCH AND THEREFORE I KNOW YOU MUST BE A VERY BORING COACH, WE NEED YOU GONE THIS NEXT SERIES, NOT NEXT YEAR, NEXT SERIES, YOUR GONNA RUIN THE YOUNGER PLAYERS, LIKE PREVIOUS ONE, AND BY THE WAY TAKE MARVIN WILLY YAMS WITH YOU. HATER… GO TEAGUE, GO JOE SMITH, GO ALL RESERVES AND YOUR TIME WILL COME, MAYBE WHEN WOODY IS GONE BUT IT WILL COME…. GO HAWKS….

Tdawg

April 25th, 2010
7:48 am

You really do have to hand it to the Hawks. When they suck, they really suck. With a miracle they might pull out this series. They’re not man enough to win the next series though.

truthspitter

April 25th, 2010
7:48 am

guys quit posting long post and not saying anything

Quick

April 25th, 2010
7:49 am

Maybe we didn’t have enough time to rest. That grueling post-season schedule can take it’s toll.

Adam

April 25th, 2010
7:51 am

At least Josh Smith knows what it’s like to play in front of a sellout crowd.

truthspitter

April 25th, 2010
7:51 am

Adam, you were not running around talking when your biatch ass bucks were getting there asses beat and you will be sucking deer dick when you get your asses beat Monday

Quick

April 25th, 2010
7:52 am

I like what Tee said. We could do without the ‘all caps’ emphasis though. Woody got us to 50 wins, congrats, but man, when are we gonna lace up our boots and go to battle. For real. We can’t even play consistent enuff to sweep scrubs like the freakin Bucks!! We gotta take ‘em in 5 if we’re gonna be half way respected as a legit contender. Woody is a soft, rookie and bench hatin chump too. I’m still pissed we got rid of Solo. He’s gonna be a solid backup for someone who knows how to use bench players. He’s not the only one either. We just don’t have a championship caliber coach yall. Bottom line. Let’s just enjoy the regular season and settle for mediocrity. Go hawks, blah, blah, blah..

Adam

April 25th, 2010
7:53 am

truthspitter, bucks down 0-2 and they still get more people to the games. Fear the Deer baby!! biggest blowout of the eastern conference so far!!

Adam

April 25th, 2010
7:53 am

“your biatch ass bucks were getting there asses beat”

10 points on the road is getting there asses beat?

truthspitter

April 25th, 2010
7:54 am

Adam: Go cut some puckwood or something

13

April 25th, 2010
7:55 am

Ok fair weather Hawks fan let’s hear your comments about the great Lakers who are getting beat bad by the Thunder, and don’t forget the no one can touch the Cavs got beat also. And Jon Barry who calls the games as bad as he played, you can tell he is bitter about the Hawks for some reason. I wonder why? Did he get cut and can’t let it go, cry baby

Adam

April 25th, 2010
7:56 am

“Adam: Go cut some puckwood or something”

Nah, it’s more entertaining reading all these comments.. man Hawks “fans” should be on suicide watch after reading these comments.

truthspitter

April 25th, 2010
7:57 am

Adam: atleast be a man and come back here for entertainment when you are once again bitching about Bogut’s semi-bust ass being hurt and what you would have done after you lose Monday

Fire Woody

April 25th, 2010
7:59 am

Deer in headlights>Mike Woodson

Eric C.

April 25th, 2010
8:03 am

Fire Woody, ha…ain’t it the truth. It’s one thing to lose on the road…and the Hawks do plenty of that…but to get run out of the building should absolutely not happen with the talent the Hawks have.

kshizzle

April 25th, 2010
8:05 am

This was by far the weakest effort I have ever seen. We had 5 days to get ready to what, stink up the joint?????? JB said we looked a step slow. There is no reason for us to be slower then Milwaukee (The Good Land). If we don’t win game 4 then I’d be willing to think there is a good chance this series goes 7 games.

atmdog

April 25th, 2010
8:07 am

WOODY MIX IT UP ON DEF. PLAY SOME ZONE …..OUR GUARDS ARE NOT QUICK ENOUGH TO KEEP UP WITH THEM.. GOOD COACHES MAKE ADJUSTMENTS DURING THE PLAYOFFS, THE HAWKS KEEP PLAYING THE SAME EVERYTIME DOWN THE FLOOR.

atmdog

April 25th, 2010
8:07 am

I like the hawks but when you let gadzuric and thomas own the boards you deserve to lose…
joe johnson was the only guy who came to play..
And you let gadzuric hit a jump shot as well……. if the bucks win the next game it could go either way..

PowerDawg

April 25th, 2010
8:09 am

Same story every time.

The Hawks can’t win on the road. They will go back to ATL down 3-2 and be lucky to eke out a series win at home. If they lose or split at home against whoever their next opponent is, they’re through.

An absolutely pathetic excuse for a professional sports team.

Did you see that?????

April 25th, 2010
8:10 am

We shouldn’t be getting beat on the road like it’s the 2008 playoffs again. PATHETIC!!!

truthspitter

April 25th, 2010
8:11 am

I might be in the minority when I type that the coach is not the problem to the point that you guys make him out to be. I get the point that we had no business losing like this anywhere in the world to the Bucks but we will bounce back. On the other hand, we dont have the personnel to beat Orlando or Cleveland and that is on the front office not Mike Woodson as you guys will claim. Just look at the Cavs and Magic from 1-12 then look at us and its no contest.

thebiz

April 25th, 2010
8:12 am

That was the most depressing game Ive seen from the hawks in five years. I was angry through the half, furious in the third and disgusted but accepting in the fourth. What a bunch of crap. No fast breaks. No interior play. I have enjoyed this team and lost a lot of money on it and to see them not give a crap was so disheartening. This looks exactly like the miami series. Let them make fools of you on the road. Get your ass swept by Orlando..not because they are better but because you dont have the heart (or perhaps the caoch to provide/incite the heart). Uhg. Embarassment was the word of the day.

truthspitter

April 25th, 2010
8:13 am

I am starting to lean towards Joe leaving unfortunately also because he is human and I would, Al will be a restricted FA next summer and he should leave to, leave Josh to shoot bricks and cry to the refs

kshizzle

April 25th, 2010
8:14 am

Didn’t we sign Joe to a 7 year contract in the beginning???? About the only good picks we have had since then are Josh and Al. Joe has seen us waste picks on Marvin Williams, Josh Childress and AC Law. He knows this organization is going nowhere given the owners are still in court. He is gone after this year, with this unwanted owner drama. Thanks for the memories Joe. Funny how he was the only one who actually tried this game.

Did you see That????

April 25th, 2010
8:15 am

Don’t forget Sheldeon “shellhead” Williams

ATLFANSTUCKINTEXAS

April 25th, 2010
8:16 am

I guess everyone see why Joe Johnson didn’t sign that extension. He knows this team from the inside. He knows, Woodson, Josh Smith, Bibby, Marvin etc are not going to make it to the NBA Finals. He is outta the ATL this summer.

Just Me

April 25th, 2010
8:19 am

I wish I could say this was unbelievable…but after watching Hawks playoff basketball the past two years with Coach Woody at the helm, this it is VERY much believable. I just wonder how much longer Hawks fans will have to suffer through this Jekyll and Hyde style of playoff basketball? When you consider how well the Hawks “CAN” and “HAVE” played in the past three regular seasons, there is absolutely NO REASON as to why they continue to suffer blow outs on the road in the playoffs…except there is a disconnect between the coach and players. Nothing personal against Woody, I imagine he is perhaps a very likable guy with certain basic coaching skills. However, this team’s performance in the playoffs the past two years, combined with the current tournament is a flat out indictment that Woody does not have what it takes to guide this team to play basketball at a championship level.Consider the numbers:

1 – Number of road playoff wins the past three seasons (includes this one)

10 – Number of road playoff games played the past three seasons (includes this one)

24 – Average margin of defeat in road playoff game losses past two seasons (not including this one)

If there was any doubt about the players tuning out Coach Woodson, it was crystal clear during one of the time outs in this game where Woody was “wired” and he was attempting to tell the guys to play harder, but they were walking and/or looking in the opposite direction! It was obvious they had tuned him out.
The good news is that old habits are hard to break and this team’s failure to play consistently at a level their talent suggests will no doubt continue. This will likely result in the Magic sending the Hawks home after a four game sweep in round 2. WHEN this happens, it would be HARD for Rick Sund to justify giving Woody a contract extension. He is out of excuses. No more being able to blame “youth” or “injuries” for his inability to deliver in the playoffs. His nine lives should be up before the end of next month. Although…you can never be quite sure what the Atlanta Spirit Group will do, just look at Don Waddell.

13

April 25th, 2010
8:20 am

No Chicago is the worst and they beat the best ummm

jcwfalcon

April 25th, 2010
8:22 am

Adam- I always found it humbling when my team beats another team and that other teams fans are freaking out.

Adam

April 25th, 2010
8:24 am

jwcfalcon,

I know you’re still leading the series and they are freakin out hahah!! Go Bucks..

AG

April 25th, 2010
8:25 am

This team played without pride. The coach is horrible. Once he saw lack of effort, sit those guys!!! I would rather lose with Teague, West, Randolph etc!!!! Their effort was HORRIBLE! Make them sit and watch!!! Okay, the Lakers are getting blown outt, but OKC is a really good team that won 50 games. Milwaukee is the WORST of all the playoff teams!

Adam

April 25th, 2010
8:26 am

truthspitter:

Bucks coming full force without the Big Man!! Yeah BABY! and also have fun losing FA’s next year.. Hawks are on decline Bucks are up!

Ex-King G.W.Bush

April 25th, 2010
8:26 am

April 25th, 2010
7:03 am

Attention Hawks Fans:
I have just instituted a policy aimed at “bailing out” top-tier NBA playoff teams that are “too big to fail. If the Hawks were to lose this series, the economy would collapse; therefore, my policy will provide $700 Billion so that the Atlanta Hawks can buy a road win in the playoffs.

ps: Of course it won’t work but I have to pay back all my Repub supporters at Goldman. Besides, most of you idiot voters will have forgotten who gave the bailout by the time it is implemented. Peace-out fools…got some $$$$ to count.

Thank you and goodnight.

Jerome

April 25th, 2010
8:27 am

That’s is why it is so insulting when anyone connected to Hawks from ownership on down complain about fans supporting the Hawks. I would understand if this was an expansion team. To hear players give the same old “This is unacceptable” is another slap.

Adam

April 25th, 2010
8:31 am

Jerome:

And that’s why Atlanta fans are considered fair weather in pro sports.

jcwfalcon

April 25th, 2010
8:32 am

I think you missed the point Adam…but thats OK.

As a Falcons fan, I think we have had the other teams coach get fired the week after we beat them at least 4 or 5 times. At first, its like “Yeah, we beat them SO bad, they fired their coach.” Then you realize it was more like “When the owner saw then get beat down by the lowly Falcons, he knew it was time for a change.”

If you win big, and no one bats an eyelash, you are good. If you win big, and people are freaking out and asking “WTF”…it kind of lacks vindication.

nahila

April 25th, 2010
8:34 am

The Hawks were not only outplayed but outcoached in the 3 rd game. The coach does not play but Woodson should have recognized what game plan the Bucks were successfully deploying and should have devised a strategy to stop their run sooner. Obviously, the Bucks had several days to plan to play to their strengths-their guards obviously have more speed and can shoot high percentage three’s against the taller Hawk players. Shooting from the perimeter worked this time, now the question is what does Woodson have planned to stop their guards?

Mz. You Got Punked Hawkdafied

April 25th, 2010
8:40 am

Adam after the performance our Hawks put on last night, I have no problem with you coming on here blasting off. I’m pissed, disappointed, embarrassed, ashamed, irritated, mad, upset…………….

The Hawks didn’t bring their A game and they looked like a bunch of scrubs. Where was the defense? What are they gonna do now? Blame it on the red ATL jersey. Energy, huh? You just had 3 days off. You gotta be kidding right. Last night was a joke. We got punked.

The Hawks just missed a big opportunity last night.

“It’s not that good teams never lose a game in the postseason. They do. Cleveland fell way behind at Chicago but wound up nearly winning. The Lakers lost in Oklahoma City. The difference is, both those Game 3 losers gave themselves a chance. The Hawks fell behind and stayed there. They never put any game pressure, to use a Krzyzewski phrase, on the home team. They made it too easy.”-Mark Bradley

Exactly and that’s what brings the most pain.