Bucks at Atlanta Hawks Game 7: Here They Are Again

Some of my blog people are not in the mood to praise the Hawks even after that Game 6 triumph. I understand.

You think the Hawks shouldn’t have this much trouble with the Bogut-less Bucks. You remember the Game 3 surrender and the Game 5 collapse. You think Woody should have made defensive adjustments earlier in the series. And if the Hawks win today, some of you probably don’t want to hear about their resilience, their character, how they responded with their backs against the wall and all the other things they tend to say in these situations.

Well, like “they” say (and like I vowed I never would), it is what it is. The Hawks can win the series today.

“Every team goes through adversity at times,” Al said. “It’s all about how you handle it. Now we have a chance to make it right and win a series.”

I’ve heard rumblings that the Hawks lose in the long-term by winning today but I’ve got to think your fanhood instincts overwhelm your sourness and you cheer the Hawks on to a W. Shoot, you might even begin to believe they can take on the Magic, despite your misgivings and general grumpiness.

I would understand that, too.

J.J. on the improved communication in Game 6 after things got snippy at times in Game 5: “It was a lot better. But we are always going to have arguing. That’s is because we are a family, we are brothers. We ain’t always going to get along. Everything ain’t going to be peaches and cream. We are going to get in each other’s face every now and then but that is just the way it is. At the end of the day we got love for each other, got each other’s back and each others’ best interest.”

– After Game 6 some in the Hawks locker room sarcastically asked if Jerry Stackhouse can sing the National Anthem today like he did on Friday. So it was pretty funny when I saw this line in Michael Hunt’s column about the pressure on the Bucks for Game 7: “Just think about how much poise it took for Stackhouse to sing the national anthem before Game 6 in that setting.”

Indeed.

– Have fun, Hawks fans,

MC

322 comments Add your comment

Gilley

May 2nd, 2010
10:27 am

SWAT Native

May 2nd, 2010
10:32 am

NOTHING EASY! NOTHING EASY! TIME FOR GAME SEVEN!

Gilley

May 2nd, 2010
10:32 am

Everyone is writing off us against ORL (Not to overlook today’s game) but if we play like the Bucks (hustle, heart, energy) we have a chance. I am running late for the game but GO HAWKS!!!

VenomSpitter

May 2nd, 2010
10:32 am

My official song fro 2days game. The Bucks fans need TO UNDERSTANDwhat we’re all about.

Everybody should remember this hot track

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12dUxCij2_Q

Lacsho

May 2nd, 2010
10:46 am

I’m vexed that were playing a game 7, however; there’s no way in Hell I’m going to miss this game!!!!

Me and my minnie me will be sitting in section 111 row L. Just like MC stated, I feel some kind of way about these Hawks, but there’s no way I could miss a game 7. I was at the first playoff series against Boston, and the seen was electric. That’s a feeling I will never forget; I have a feeling today’s game is going to be off the chain.

Me and my son will do our part.

Go Hawks!!!!!

Fire Woody

Ted Striker

May 2nd, 2010
10:48 am

Nice read, Michael Cunningham.

SWAT Native

May 2nd, 2010
10:48 am

If you’re asking, I would much rather win this series and face Orlando than lose. I think he Hawks will do better against the Magic than people think.

Najeh Davenpoop

May 2nd, 2010
10:50 am

VenomSpitter you stay posting songs from my cassette tape Walkman 12 years ago haha.

Go Hawks! F-ck the deer! (And fire Woody.)

Rock Preston

May 2nd, 2010
10:55 am

Regardless of the outcome today or whenever this ends…Woody needs to go!!

Najeh Davenpoop

May 2nd, 2010
10:55 am

I don’t think there’s any long term good that comes out of losing, unless you are tanking to get the #1 overall pick. If the Hawks squeak by today and get killed in Round 2, it will be up to Michael Gearon to realize that does not constitute progress from last year and act accordingly on Woody. If the Hawks take the Magic to seven games or upset them, I think it’s fair to say Woody would have redeemed himself for this lackluster Bucks series at that point.

Of course, as schizophrenic as our beloved team is, I’m not even taking today’s game for granted. All I know is it’s a sellout and we the fans are going to tear the roof off that motherf-ucker.

Wabe

May 2nd, 2010
10:56 am

Yall fools better be loud today!

i know i’m bout to go wildddddddddddddddd

Kiki

May 2nd, 2010
11:01 am

Najeh Davenpoop

May 2nd, 2010
11:01 am

While we are discussing songs that were hot when I was in middle school… this song NEVER fails.

D Hawks

May 2nd, 2010
11:03 am

Good post MC. Can we get 48 minutes of focus today? If not today, we never will as this team is currently constituted. I’m thinking that we will. I hope everyone that’s going to the game will get there early and make some noise.

Go Hawks!

terrell

May 2nd, 2010
11:04 am

Pressure back on the Hawks today. Lets see how they respond. And of course we want the Hawks to win, as long as it doesnt blur Sunds’ vision, as far as Woody is concerned.

Hawks73

May 2nd, 2010
11:08 am

Wow, we are all excited about a game 7…against the Bucks???? I think relieved is a better way to put it. The reality is this, the Hawks are the better team, but are so poorly prepared that they win mostly on talent and determination ( or should I say sometimes determination).

Woody, while having been semi-decent at getting the team to this point, lacks “that next step” that coaches must have in order to maximize this teams talent. The fact that it took an elimination game to make an adjustment is just astonishing. We have all beaten this dead horse, but basketball (like any other professional sport) requires constant adjustments/changes in order to progress “to the next level”. They may win tonight, but if you look closely many of their opponents echo the same sentiments, Hawks are very easy to figure out. Win today, and the Magic will make short work of these Hawks…maybe even sweep.

Section 303

May 2nd, 2010
11:13 am

Guys, on my way to Philips. Hope you all can make it! Josh Smith says they won’t let us down this time. I believe him! Let’s Go!

terrell

May 2nd, 2010
11:14 am

Well said Hawks73. He waited until an elimination game to make adjustments. That’s insane. Series would be over if he had a brain.

VenomSpitter

May 2nd, 2010
11:15 am

@Najeh hell yea. No mo play in GA

lewis

May 2nd, 2010
11:15 am

Now lets see if he can overcome himself and pull Bibby out earlier.

terrell

May 2nd, 2010
11:16 am

Section 303, did Josh also say that he would’nt be taking any jumpers, bitchin at the refs, or missing many freethrows today? lol!

VenomSpitter

May 2nd, 2010
11:16 am

And yea Al has the leadership DNA that Joe doesn’t have. Thats obvious.

mountain_jim

May 2nd, 2010
11:17 am

Go Hawks! I will be cheering (and no doubt occasionally cussing) from my WNC living room.

Have really enjoyed your coverage and blogs this season, MC.

bigdave

May 2nd, 2010
11:40 am

aw man… he brought out the classic Troy.. 8th grade Inman Middle School… Super Bowl XXXIII good times right there…

bigdave

May 2nd, 2010
11:46 am

by the time the 3rd verse came on somebody has got swung on.. guaranteed…

glad the game is on ABC.. they have this nice graphic where they put up the starting lineups against the backdrop of the competing cities skyline and other representations of the city.. anxious to see what they have planed for Atlanta..

NCBravesFan

May 2nd, 2010
11:47 am

Kiki: that is a good article! Thanks for putting it out there.

I’ll be watching from NC and cheering the Hawks on – my thoughts about the changes that need to happen this offseason are still the same, but that doesn’t mean I pull against the boys today (or any day). Go Hawks!

Geemack

May 2nd, 2010
11:52 am

Game 7 against the under manned Bucks. That really shows a lot of guts. I will watch the game today, because I’m a Hawks fan, but if we fail to make any adjustments in the next series, we will be gone if 4.

MC

The next time a Hawks offical complain about the fans lackluster attitude toward the team.

Show them a copy of game 5 against the undermanned Bucks at home.

Grandad

May 2nd, 2010
11:56 am

[Interesting article from the 'Boston Globe']

Uncertainty trails Hawks
Today’s Game 7 between the Hawks and Bucks could be the most critical game for Atlanta in several years. And a loss could cost coach Mike Woodson his job.

The Hawks were badly exposed in Game 5 for their lack of half-court offense, and they have yet to win difficult road games in Woodson’s tenure. His contract expires at season’s end, and Hawks general manager Rick Sund told the Globe in January that the two sides would wait until the end of the season to discuss an extension.

Sund joined the Hawks in 2008 and did not hire Woodson, which is never a good sign for a coach on the hot seat. Woodson clashed with former general manager Billy Knight, who wanted to fire the coach but was then fired himself by the team’s ownership group.

The ownership group then hired Sund, who has a history of running teams on limited budgets, and signed forward Josh Smith to a manageable five-year contract.

The Hawks likely won’t bring in a high-priced coach such as Avery Johnson even though they appear to be on the cusp of being an elite team. So Woodson may return with a slight raise and a short-term contract or could be replaced by a coach who could harness the Hawks’ talent into a more consistent winner.

The consensus across the league is that Atlanta may have the deepest talent pool, but it lacks a bona fide center and Woodson’s rather simplistic offense only works when the Hawks run.

James

May 2nd, 2010
11:58 am

Swat–Very Nice. I was at that game. And we were all like “Oh my god. They are giving ZAZA the microphone.” Best postgame speech ever!

Good luck hawks. DO what you did the other day, and we’ll see you again next week!!

James

May 2nd, 2010
11:59 am

Also, Najeh, I like the slogan. I am tired of hearing about that damn deer.

Hawk n the Ham

May 2nd, 2010
12:00 pm

Unless the Hawks win it all, Woody will be gone. Not getting a good feeling from ASG and Sund on his future here in the ATL.

While everyone is throwing in those old ATL hits, here is my contribution……………..
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J89f_8Pp55A

Kiki

May 2nd, 2010
12:20 pm

NCBravesFan,

You are welcome.

bigdave

May 2nd, 2010
12:31 pm

pre game on..

Play Da Rook

May 2nd, 2010
12:34 pm

terrell

May 2nd, 2010
12:36 pm

I wonder how many years straight will the NBA crown it’s King the MVP? I mean who’s going them a reason not to give it to him for the next 10 years? Seriously. Durant? Maybe. Kobe? Doubt it. Rose? Possibly. Stern’s going to ride Lebron for a league record of MVP’s. Bank on it. Move over Michael.

terrell

May 2nd, 2010
12:38 pm

Are we gonna have to listen to John Barry today?

Najeh Davenpoop

May 2nd, 2010
12:39 pm

As far as I’m concerned, there’s nobody out there that can f-ck with Outkast and Goodie Mob.

Hawk n the Ham

May 2nd, 2010
12:41 pm

The playoff crossover “heard around the world!”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Exj9NJOalks

Clyde

May 2nd, 2010
12:41 pm

HAWK IN THE HAM THIS IS A REAL ATL CLASSIC. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTYHwp31IZ8

FIRE WOODY

Sick & TIred Of Being Sick & Tired

May 2nd, 2010
12:43 pm

What I don’t understand is why did it take Woody so long to figure out that he needed to change the defensive strategy of the Hawks against the Bucks???

A good coach would have made the adjustment earlier especially after that first lost in Milwaukee.

Woody needs to go!!!!!

joBjo

May 2nd, 2010
12:45 pm

@ Grandad. Knight refused to resign. he was not fired. They tried to resign him. He thought the pastures were greener elsewhere. An omen for Joe Johnson maybe?

VenomSpitter

May 2nd, 2010
12:46 pm

Nobody can mess with the Dungeon Family. Watch for the hook baby

ATL Classic http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12dUxCij2_Q

Clyde

May 2nd, 2010
12:49 pm

Hawk n the Ham

May 2nd, 2010
12:51 pm

CLYDE

I take your bass classic and amp it up a notch……..
“It really feels great, flexin’ like a star, but the best part about is the BOOM in my CAR”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnpSj23stEk

drmaryb

May 2nd, 2010
12:51 pm

Najeh

You’re a blast. A real fan – brother! Be careful & enjoy the game today. I like that song!

Lascho & Minnie-Me! Be Careful, Have Fun & Raise the Roof!

Hey Hawks play your game! Impose your WILL on the Bucks & always remember:

INSIDE – Peanut Butter!
OUTSIDE – Jelly!

Pound the paint, play defense, rebound, share the ball & the offense will come!

Is dat supposed to be real muzik?

May 2nd, 2010
12:55 pm

joBjo

May 2nd, 2010
12:56 pm

phuck Wilbon.

Is dat supposed to be real muzik?

May 2nd, 2010
12:58 pm

Is dat supposed to be real muzik?

May 2nd, 2010
1:00 pm

Grandad

May 2nd, 2010
1:02 pm

joBjo – semantics: fired/re-signed. [Boston Globe] I agree they should have got it right. The point remains the same (squabble over Wdsn)not greener pastures. If so, they were not quite as green as he thunk.
Interesting article nonetheless. The aticle does go on to talk about Joe
leaving and the possibility of us signing Rudy Gay. It’s on ‘Hoops hype’
if you care to read. Game on!