Magic at Atlanta Hawks Game 3: Final(ly) Movement?

The strange thing with listening to the Hawks talk about their problems with stagnating offense is they all seem to agree on the problem:

“Ball movement, like there was in the first three quarters [in Game 2],” J.J. said. “In that fourth quarter, we did a lot of ‘iso’ instead of moving the ball and getting good shots.”

“It all starts with our guards,” Al said. “We have to create movement, we have to have guys moving around. When our guards are doing that, it opens up for us and opens up for them, as well. [The Magic] can’t just sit there and pinpoint.”

“We’ve just got to have more movement and guys have got to make shots,” Woody said. “It’ ain’t scientific or no big secret.”

The Hawks say these things and then they go out and fall back into iso at critical times of the game. When things go bad and the pressure is on, it gets even worse. It’s not always about just missing shots they normally make, it’s about getting better shots, particularly in the playoffs. And the Hawks (and every team) is much better at that when players and the ball are moving.

The Hawks missed some open shots in the first three quarters of Game 2, but didn’t they also get better looks until they faded late?

“Yes but we made shots, though, too,” Woody said. “Joe made a 3, Jamal made a 3. We had some good looks in Game 1 and we didn’t make shots. You can’t have starters and guy coming off bench go 11 for 54 not going to beat nobody in the league.”

According to Hoopdata, in Game 1 the Hawks were 6 of 26 on long jump shots, the bane of basketball number-crunchers, 15 of 25 from closer than 10 feet and 2 of 13 on 3-point shots. In Game 2 they were 7-for-22 on long jumpers, 9 of 20 closer than 10 feet and 6 of 11 on 3-pointers.

If the Hawks stay away from iso, maybe some of those long jump shots become open, spot-up 3-pointers or shots closer to the basket. None of that would solve their considerable problems with defending the Magic, of course. But because of their abilities, talent and temperament the Hawks’ best hope to at least make this a competitive series might be moving the ball and scoring enough points to overcome their defensive deficiencies.

They seem to know iso isn’t the way to do that even if they don’t always show it.

MC

621 comments Add your comment

o.O-Mac-Town -Macon, Georgia- Westsider-O.o

May 8th, 2010
4:49 pm

John Salmons needs to shoot lights out for us to win today. Collins and Zaza need to put Dwight on his A$$ also

bigdave

May 8th, 2010
4:49 pm

LETS GET IT… !!!

bigdave

May 8th, 2010
4:53 pm

ESPN is about to give Josh a segment regarding his contributions to the family of the murdered prep star..

o.O-Mac-Town -Macon, Georgia- Westsider-O.o

May 8th, 2010
4:54 pm

that was a great story@bigdave

bigdave

May 8th, 2010
4:57 pm

THATS MY NI**A JOSH!

bigdave

May 8th, 2010
4:58 pm

im telling ya..

VenomSpitter

May 8th, 2010
5:02 pm

Over/Under Bibby 5ast

bigdave

May 8th, 2010
5:02 pm

“at times that Atlanta offense has looked just a little bit predictable”

understatement.

northcyde

May 8th, 2010
5:03 pm

Good mini write-up. Just illustrates what I’ve been talking about. Long jumpers are part of the game. Ball movemet does get you better looks no doubt. But like coach says, it really does come down to guys making shots.

6 – 26 and 7 – 22 on long jumpers isn’t going to cut it. The league average from that range is 40%, so we have to shoot that or higher from that range, to beat the Magic. The onus from that range will be on JJ, Crawford, and Marvin to make those shots. Make 40% of those shots, and at least 35% of the threes, and we should be Ok today.

Nice crowd here. Not full, but a little better than I expected. I saw a little too many half full parking lots, so I guess the crowd will come a little late again.

bigdave

May 8th, 2010
5:05 pm

“It’s not always about just missing shots they normally make, it’s about getting better shots, particularly in the playoffs.”

EXACTLY!!!! DEAD ON!

Wabe

May 8th, 2010
5:08 pm

Dammit, where’s Hubie?

VenomSpitter

May 8th, 2010
5:09 pm

Who are these clown commentators?

Wabe

May 8th, 2010
5:09 pm

Great start Bibby.

VenomSpitter

May 8th, 2010
5:09 pm

Bibby already with a foul

VenomSpitter

May 8th, 2010
5:10 pm

1st pts scored on bibby

VenomSpitter

May 8th, 2010
5:11 pm

Josh man OMG

lewis

May 8th, 2010
5:11 pm

fire doris burke

sleepy

May 8th, 2010
5:12 pm

and people want to tell me that Josh is a player this guy symbolizes everything wrong with this team

VenomSpitter

May 8th, 2010
5:12 pm

Marvin’s awkwardness helped him out there lol

bigdave

May 8th, 2010
5:13 pm

defense looks lost. too much assignment.

VenomSpitter

May 8th, 2010
5:13 pm

Josh just pass it.

lewis

May 8th, 2010
5:14 pm

what the hell is going on…so lethargic

VenomSpitter

May 8th, 2010
5:15 pm

Here we go with Mr. Dribble

Wabe

May 8th, 2010
5:15 pm

There ya go Horford.

Maybe that’ll spark them.

bigdave

May 8th, 2010
5:15 pm

single coverage..

sleepy

May 8th, 2010
5:16 pm

Put jamal in and how about we give Al the ball

VenomSpitter

May 8th, 2010
5:16 pm

Joe is just off

Wabe

May 8th, 2010
5:16 pm

Good stuff.

JJ, you gotta make those.

VenomSpitter

May 8th, 2010
5:17 pm

We need to just use Joe as a decoy

sleepy

May 8th, 2010
5:17 pm

why are we not going to Al ?

VenomSpitter

May 8th, 2010
5:17 pm

uneccessary 3

lewis

May 8th, 2010
5:18 pm

we were trying to get joe involved but it aint working so go back to al

lewis

May 8th, 2010
5:18 pm

there was no time left on the clock he had to shoot the 3

steven

May 8th, 2010
5:19 pm

block the F out. we can’t keep givin up these easy offensive boards because we don’t feel like blocking out

northcyde

May 8th, 2010
5:19 pm

Smoove with great energy and Hawks talking a lot out there. Glad the crowd is into the game early. Looks like Woody was trying to get JJ going early, but he’s 0 – 3. Wished he would’ve forced the issue on that last possession and just go up strong to see if he could’ve drawn a foul.

Defense is good right now though.

Wabe

May 8th, 2010
5:20 pm

“there was no time left on the clock he had to shoot the 3″

Exactly what I’m thinking lewis.

sleepy

May 8th, 2010
5:20 pm

Now everytime Joe shoots hes thinking that he is losing money if he misses which is why you shouldve signed the extension .

and we are not even going to try and use Al to maybe draw a few fouls on Dwight . Since when did we want him to stay in the game . We shouldve went right to AL who at home we could expect to get a few calls his way .

sleepy

May 8th, 2010
5:21 pm

no need to force Joe to get involved we force enough things as it is .Just move the ball allow Al to attack and allow the game to come to Joe

lewis

May 8th, 2010
5:21 pm

damn i hate doris burke

VenomSpitter

May 8th, 2010
5:22 pm

The point is if people would cut to the basket while off the ball it would help.

Wabe

May 8th, 2010
5:23 pm

Time to take JJ out?

Maybe let him re-group a bit.

VenomSpitter

May 8th, 2010
5:23 pm

Man is Joe drunk

sleepy

May 8th, 2010
5:23 pm

no shot attempts for Al ….. are you serious woody ?

northcyde

May 8th, 2010
5:23 pm

Crowd booing JJ a bit

VenomSpitter

May 8th, 2010
5:23 pm

now jumpers

I hear some boos

VenomSpitter

May 8th, 2010
5:24 pm

Yea people are booing JJ. I told u we were sick of his ballhogging and not showing up.

Sautee

May 8th, 2010
5:25 pm

We need “supernova”. We’re getting a dim bulb, so far.

VenomSpitter

May 8th, 2010
5:25 pm

sleepy

May 8th, 2010
5:25 pm

If all wants the ball he better go get it himself

Jody

May 8th, 2010
5:25 pm

Big lineup alert.