Hawks 99, Cavs 83

Greetings, all-

Hope you all enjoyed the game. Cleveland isn’t the true test we’re waiting for, but the Hawks won, won convincingly, won without Joe Johnson and won with strong individual performances, so that’s about all you can ask for tonight.

- Marvin Williams had one of the best games of his career – 31 points on just 14 shots, 10-for-11 from the free-throw line, seven rebounds. He had 13 in the fourth quarter. Larry Drew got him a lot of touches. He posted up a good bit and got his shots from the corner. Drew said prior to the game that he thought he was responding to coming off the bench because he got more touches that way and wanted to keep the rhythm going.

“I got going early and [Drew] kept coming to me, my teammates kept coming to me,” Williams said. “I had a big night, our team had a big night.”

He had two fairly significant baskets in the fourth – the Cavs were trying to rally and Williams hit a pair of 3-pointers from the corner in about a minute’s span that helped them maintain the lead. Perhaps not memorable in the aftermath, but noteworthy I thought how things got messy Saturday night against New Jersey.

Drew saw a similarity with the game against Philadelphia.

“We were in an identical situation, but this time we finished it off,” he said.

- Drew used eight players until less than two minutes remained, the five starters and Jeff Teague, Zaza Pachulia and Jamal Crawford. Drew said he “wanted to maintain the rhythm with the short rotation.” He also said he wanted Josh Smith or Al Horford on the floor at all times. They played a combined 79 minutes and will undoubtedly enjoy the day off they’re getting Monday before returning to practice Tuesday to prep for Orlando.

- Cleveland missed its first eight shots, fell behind 8-0 and it never felt like to me that they were going to be competitive. Coach Byron Scott said the team didn’t start with energy and intensity. They played in spurts, and they got 11 offensive rebounds, but it seemed pretty clear that they just don’t have the horses.

- The Hawks pushed the pace a good bit, more than the 12 fast-break points would indicate. “They got a lot of fast-break and easy points in transition and that kind of was the ballgame for us,” Cavaliers forward J.J. Hickson said.

- A strong all-around game for Smith. The shot selection wasn’t very selective, but you can’t argue with 18 rebounds (season high), eight assists and 13 points. He passed well out of the double team and ran the floor well, I thought. Williams at the 2 and Smith at the 3 poses some unusual matchup challenges.

- No real update on Johnson. Drew said he didn’t know when he’d be back. Sprains, obviously, can vary. Kirk Hinrich sprained his right thumb against Philadelphia and kept playing while Johnson’s knocked him out of the game.

“He’s a fast healer,” Williams said. “I don’t know what he does. I’ve got to figure out the trick. He’ll be back soon, I’m confident of that.”

- From the stats: Hawks shot 50.0 percent from the floor. Of their 74 shots, 30 were taken in the paint, compared to 45 out of 87 shots for Cleveland. Hawks had two offensive rebounds and four second-chance points, compared to 11 and 14 for Cleveland. Hawks had 29 assists on 37 baskets, their highest assist total in the past seven games.

- I spoke at length with Crawford before the game, some of which will find its way into a story for Tuesday’s paper about his season. He said some interesting things. He said he’s at times played passively this season, which I think has something to do with being a point guard in this offense. Whereas last season he was the guy coming off the bench to light it up, now he’s sometimes that guy, sometimes a facilitator and that, I think, has had an effect on his play. One thing you’ll find interesting. He reads the blog all the time and knows he’s getting killed.

“I can’t wait till your blog people read this,” he said.

- Some of you noted the crowd in the game thread. It was announced at 20,226, but there were a lot of empty seats. It was kind of dead, although the fact that Cleveland was never really into the game had something to do with it. But, as you noted, give the fans credit for sticking around. They deserve better than what they’re getting.

- You’ll be pleased to know that your coach doesn’t think all problems are solved.

“When teams get us down, we haven’t responded well,” he said. “That, to me, will be the ultimate test for us, when we withstand a run by teams of those caliber (like Orlando) and are able to push our way through it.”

- The last word from Horford: “I think we still have a ways (to go). At least we’re going in the right direction and it’s good to get a couple wins under our belt. We’ve been struggling but we just need to keep building off of this.”

180 comments Add your comment

Rufus1

March 28th, 2011
12:33 am

Marvin….

All Marvin did is what Joe is supposed to do every night…..Joe hasn’t been doing his job, so we look terrible.

Jae Evolution

March 28th, 2011
12:37 am

Lol @ the Crawford comment, I just wish LD would have Kirk/Joe start Teague/Jamal bench. Jamal can be a good passer/penetrator but he does his best work coming in and looking to score, I think having him try to run the offense doesn’t run well with him, he wants to come in and run freely and that’s when he is at his best.

slimjr

March 28th, 2011
12:46 am

Hey Marvin you like pick up games??? LOL

MsDee

March 28th, 2011
12:53 am

Hey Jamal, why wont you ask LD to play Teague along side you so that you COULD play your normal position in SG. PG has you doing too much!!

Worldwide Clyde

March 28th, 2011
12:55 am

Jamal Crawford what up mane!! Stop shooting all them jump shots and drive to the hole more.

FIRE LD

Najeh Davenpoop

March 28th, 2011
12:58 am

“Some of you noted the crowd in the game thread. It was announced at 20,226, but there were a lot of empty seats. It was kind of dead, although the fact that Cleveland was never really into the game had something to do with it. But, as you noted, give the fans credit for sticking around. They deserve better than what they’re getting.”

Yeah… they won’t be sticking around next year. Dan Gilbert made them re-up their season tickets prior to LeBron leaving, so all those people who signed up to see LeBron are seeing this mess this year. I fully expect their attendance to drop to 2002 levels next year.

Worldwide Clyde

March 28th, 2011
12:59 am

Hey Jamal Crawford. I got a FIRE LD t-shirt ready for you playa.

Najeh Davenpoop

March 28th, 2011
1:00 am

Jamal, it ain’t your fault LD uses you as a point guard. Ideally Kirk and Teague should be the only people on the team playing PG at any time of the game. But please for the love of God quit doing that thing where you half heartedly double people in the post and leave your man wide open on the perimeter. And for your own sake, don’t read any of vava74’s posts.

Najeh Davenpoop

March 28th, 2011
1:04 am

Jeff Teague Update
————-

Since the Bibby trade, the Hawks are:

4-2 when Teague gets 20+ minutes, 4-8 when he doesn’t
4-3 when Teague starts, 4-7 when he doesn’t
2-1 with the Teague/Kirk starting back court (including their largest margin of victory since the Bibby trade) and 6-9 with all other lineup combinations

Free Jeff Teague

Najeh Davenpoop

March 28th, 2011
1:06 am

I did think Teague in this game looked more comfortable playing alongside Jamal than he has at any point this season, especially in the second half.

Rufus1

March 28th, 2011
1:10 am

Jamal IDK…

You make 10.8mil a year too score and you are not doing your job….Joe makes 16mil a year and he isn’t doing his job, but that has nothing to do with you.

PS. You maybe the worst defender I have ever seen…atleast Bibby tried.

Not Sund

March 28th, 2011
1:13 am

It helps when Josh plays the right way.

Yeah they won a couple of games but I doubt that many of us feel any better about the possibility the Hawks having success in the playoffs.

So whatever to wins over bad teams, get some wins over some good teams these last few games of the season.

K.W.

March 28th, 2011
1:15 am

Wish Marvin would play like this more often, but I know that’s a reach. Hey Jamal when are you going to get out of this slump.

Najeh Davenpoop

March 28th, 2011
1:16 am

Great game for Marvin, obviously, but the one thing he did that I liked more than anything was try to get fouled when he got inside instead of trying to finish. He is not a good finisher in traffic, but when he goes in trying to draw contact instead of trying to finish he more often than not gets the call and the trip to the line. Maybe that strategy won’t work so great against better defensive teams, but when he gets post up opportunities he should continue to do that.

Booo!

March 28th, 2011
1:17 am

Didnt see the game. Anyhoo….

Free Jeff Teague 8-O

It was not a bad pick

March 28th, 2011
1:19 am

Marvin could do this every night

Booo!

March 28th, 2011
1:22 am

Jamal, you are 6′6 stop letting D-wade 6′3 treat you like a femal dog ang back you into the post all the time! Block that ish! He’s punked you the las couple of games…it’s like he purousefully goes agter you like you cant gouard him in the post. PUT THAT DIVA IN HIS PLACE.

Oh, and please get them stretch chords out and practice your lateral movement….you need to get better on D. Oh, and hit the weights…..D-wade……smh -_-

Booo!

March 28th, 2011
1:24 am

*”Jamal, you are 6′6 stop letting D-wade 6′3 treat you like a female dog and back you into the post all the time! Block that ish! He’s punked you the last couple of games…it’s like he purousefully goes after you like you can’t guard him in the post. PUT THAT DIVA IN HIS PLACE.”

Booo!

March 28th, 2011
1:25 am

smh…whatever -_-

Najeh Davenpoop

March 28th, 2011
1:32 am

To be honest I don’t even think it’s a good idea for players to read what we write on here — especially not players from a team like this one that struggles with mental toughness. It would be different if this team was composed of players like Derrick Rose or Kobe who use people hating on them as fuel to step their games up, but that’s not how this team operates. The last thing we need is for players to have their confidence affected because vava74 is using popcornmachine.com to show how much they suck or niremetal is posting jump shot updates about them. I hope Jamal just reads this blog for comic relief. Go play your game, Jamal. Just try a little harder on D, please?

The people who should be reading this blog are Michael Gearon and Rick Sund.

Worldwide Clyde

March 28th, 2011
1:35 am

Hey Jamal

I would go into a slump too if the Hawks didn’t want to extend my contract or trade me.

It was not a bad pick

March 28th, 2011
1:55 am

Jamal, you are great..Drew is an idiot!..Why in the hell would he be playing you at pg?..you are a scorer..Woody used to do the same thing last year and he did it with Flip ..The Hawks have suffered from bad coaching for years nowthey love playing guys out of position…We have 2 guys who can run the point, but instead, Larry”my son sucked” Drew plays you at the point..He also plays AL and Josh out of position, and has been holding Marvin back just like Woody did..If Drew is retained, you should leave..

Ryan

March 28th, 2011
2:11 am

I think on a bad team Marvin could average joes numbers. On this team he just doesn’t get touches

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MsDee

March 28th, 2011
4:44 am

I think its OK for players to read these blogs, esp, if its constructive!! We love our team and want the best out of our players and if we can give some sound advise to them, then they should listen since we ARE paying their salary heading to them games just to see blow-outs!!

Also, I wouldn’t care if the Hawks lost the rest of the regular season games if they can FOREVER move the ball and play the way they did today W/O Joe!! I could watch THAT team all day long. It was very fun to watch!!

Rev in Tampa

March 28th, 2011
5:06 am

“You’ll be pleased to know that your coach doesn’t think all problems are solved.”

“When teams get us down, we haven’t responded well,” he said. “That, to me, will be the ultimate test for us, when we withstand a run by teams of those caliber (like Orlando) and are able to push our way through it.”

More tired expressions from Drew without any specifics. Try harder, stay focused, we haven’t responded well…

Please! Tell us why the Hawks struggle in the fourth quarter. Tell us how you will slow down a run by the other team. Tell us how you will help the Hawks score over 20 points in the fourth.

tony

March 28th, 2011
5:10 am

“I can’t wait till your blog people read this,” he said.

- Some of you noted the crowd in the game thread. It was announced at 20,226, but there were a lot of empty seats. It was kind of dead, although the fact that Cleveland was never really into the game had something to do with it. But, as you noted, give the fans credit for sticking around. They deserve better than what they’re getting.

Cleveland fans don’t have JJ and JS on their team. Cleveland fans don’t have owners(ASG) only interested in their own welfare.

Jamal Crawford became my favorite player when he became a hawk but that’s no longer the case because his performance STINKS! If it’s because he wants another contract, then he need to be kicked out of the league. In my generation I was taught to do what my employer hired me to do, get too work 30 minutes beforehand and sweep the floors if there’s nothing else to do. I did exactly what my people taught me and I believe that’s what contribute to me owning my own business. Just do what you suppose to do then things will turn out right for you.

These players today are lazy and want to control the very people who gives them the opportunity to make a good living. Laziness and greed will eventually destroy this industry because the devil is behind their thinking.

Gator

March 28th, 2011
7:04 am

I read the blog after each game, find most comments interesting/entertaining
If they affect a players psyche, he should probably be doing something else.

O'Brien

March 28th, 2011
7:35 am

Happy for the win. We dominated like we should. Good games by Josh, Al and Marvin.

Najeh,

…to get fouled when he got inside instead of trying to finish. He is not a good finisher in traffic, but when he goes in trying to draw contact instead of trying to finish he more often than not gets the call and the trip to the line. .

Soometimes I get frustrated with ZaZa, because he does the same thing. Rather than going up stong, he tries to draw a foul. Maybe he can learn from Marvin.

I assume Jamal already knows that he is a bad defender. Other than that, LD deserves most of the blame for his play (imo). LD needs to limit Jamal’s minutes to 24 mpg (unless he is on fire), and LD should never play him at backup PG.

The bad news is with LD staying with a short rotation, look for Jamal at the backup PG spot more often.

I have a conspiracy theory. LD is trying to bring down Jamal’s market value, so the Hawks can have a better chance of resigning him :twisted:

Ole Hawk's Fan

March 28th, 2011
7:38 am

LD ……………. why in The Hell with Teague in THE GAME with JC1………………JC1 is playing PG? You(LD) is such a-hole and DON’T Have a CLUE about this team. JC1 isn’t a PG……………NOT NOW and WILL NOT BE ONE IN THE FUTURE! I was pulling for you when your HIRE was annouced but I see you are The Worst Coach The Hawks have HAD in It’s Atlanta Franchise History. I thought Weiss was a Bad Hire but you make Coach Weiss coaching this Franchise seems like he was Chuch Dailey compared to your comprehense of Putting The Players in The Best Position To Help This Team WIN. Not having a second Unit , shows how inept YOU ARE AS A NBA COACH. The game wednesday against Orlando will show once again as it has this season, how over whelm You are as This Franchise Coach! Orlando has a small point guard who is quick but you won’t start Teague and will try tp make Kirk guard him. Orlando will show how this job is Too Much For you. A SMART would Start Jeff and Kirt in The Back Court with Kirt the shooting guard. Let Jeff Teague get his minutes and don’t JERK HIM OUT ON THE FIRST MISTAKE HE MAKES. HE IS LOOKING OVER HIS SHOULDER is why he is so tentative in his playing. My LAST COMMENT as JeJe states on here…………………….”FIRE LD…………..FIRE ASG and FIRE SUND!

jgsbirds

March 28th, 2011
7:43 am

good win–still some dumb things going on! like drew calling a :20 timeout to draw up a play before the end of the 3rd only to have the hawks not get the freaking shot off before the shot clock ran out. the first play of the 3rd qtr a non-forced turnover–and i still see refusal by josh to give the ball to hinrich after rebounds or in bounds plays.

i’ll be there with a group of high school kids on wednesday vs magic..i hope i don’t have to make them cover their eyes…it could get ugly quickly–but i hope we continue to move the ball on offense like the last two games and if we get behind by 20–don’t just throw in the towell!

tremaine

March 28th, 2011
7:58 am

Jamal plays better with Hinrich. Teague plays better with the starters (because they can actually catch a pass and offensive rebound when he get to the basket). Last night game only added to why I think Marvin should come off the bench. When all the starters are healthy he is the 4th or 5th option. Coming off the bench he would be the 1st or 2nd option like last night.

Trojan

March 28th, 2011
7:59 am

Jamal has as much ability as anyone. He needs to be used correctly.

Dunkus Colossus Barkley

March 28th, 2011
8:03 am

The Hawks beat up on the Cavs & Bobcats but when they play playoff-bound teams they get beat by 15 to 30 points. That equals an early first round playoff exit. This team has not played well since the Bibby trade. JJ disappears in games or stays hurt. None of the Hawks are consistent players. Marvin & J.Smith might score 30 points one game each then 5 points each the next night. The good teams have consistent scorers EVERY night.

Dunkus Colossus Barkley

March 28th, 2011
8:07 am

They will get beat by 15 or more points against the Magic. They can’t beat the Heat,Celtics,Bulls,Magic,Lakers,Spurs,Mavericks,Blazers if their lives depended on it…

Dunkus Colossus Barkley

March 28th, 2011
8:09 am

Teague could leave the Hawks and become a 20 point 10 assist PG for another team instantly.

slimjr

March 28th, 2011
8:21 am

Orlando in 5…sigh……..YAWN……………….

dapluva!

March 28th, 2011
8:34 am

jamal just play your game bruh yall are too good to be messing up plays like you guys do aye man also defense wins games try a little harder on defense i know you are paid to score but if you guys keep it up people are going to start to question the league cause its no way you guys are that talented and play half hearted its no way the league is rigged and is only entertainment prove me wrong jamal

Mac-Town, Georgia (urban-macon.blogspot.com)

March 28th, 2011
8:42 am

Worldwide Clyde

March 28th, 2011
12:59 am

Hey Jamal Crawford. I got a FIRE LD t-shirt ready for you playa.

………

LOL.

Jimmy Jam

March 28th, 2011
8:50 am

The Hawks are screwing up my plan with all this winning. They need to lose and drop to 6th in the east so Boston, or Miami can come here for two games. I need to sell my tickets ya know, now get with it boys.

Mac-Town, Georgia (urban-macon.blogspot.com)

March 28th, 2011
8:50 am

JC how come yall boys dont wanna take it strong to the basket and get to the line??? lol yall boys rather kick it back out to Smoove for a long jumper or brick floaters (Joe, Teague mainly). Quit settling for jumpers and be more focused on D.

The fact that SportSouth keeps showing “At Home w/ Marvin Williams” and nothing for the rest of yall should inspire the team.

J from the A

March 28th, 2011
9:02 am

During the in-game thread, I was really ragging Teague for his performance early on. I do have to admit that he looked a little better later in the game.

All I know is there is a legit reason why Teague hasn’t been getting consistent minutes this season (and I have pointed out specifics numerous times), but recently I have also been willing to jump on the “give Teague consistent rotational minutes” bandwagon. I’ll stay on this bandwagon for now. ;)

So, I say let’s see if we can get Teague rolling before playoff times. If he can consistently provide 8-12 quality minutes off the bench, that should be a huge plus for the Hawks. If he cannot … well, the Hawks have problems either way.

The Game Has Changed

March 28th, 2011
9:09 am

@Jimmy-Sorry that we are going to let you down. But, we have the 5th seed locked down.

The Game Has Changed

March 28th, 2011
9:11 am

@Mac-Town-I always wondered myself why they always show Marvin at home. Not only is it boring its old. They could show other players as well.

Man Man

March 28th, 2011
9:31 am

Marvin needs more touches

cp

March 28th, 2011
9:31 am

Jamal seems like a good dude but I think most of his problems are due to trying to play pg. I wish LD would just let him score and if he’s cold then sit him. Jamal shake off whatever is bothering you and play your game.

Astro Joe

March 28th, 2011
9:47 am

Najeh, in your ongoing Teague update… it helps that all but one of those wins (I think) were against losing teams while I’m pretty sure that all of the losses (or at least teh vast majority) were against winning teams. Or said differently, I don’t think that there is a relationship between Teague playing and the Hawks winning, the far greater relationship is the Hawks beat bad teams and lose to good ones.

After looking very pedestrian against the Nets, he played well against the Cavs.

Section 303

March 28th, 2011
9:50 am

I like how Michael mentions that Jamal Crawford reads the blog so everyone feels the need to either mention him or directly address him in their posts…..

My thoughts are the same as most. This game (and Saturday’s, too) prove nothing. Let’s see these guys actually compete against a team that is not in the tank (notice I said compete. We all know they cannot actually beat anyone worth a d@mn).

O'Brien

March 28th, 2011
10:06 am

Section 303,

How did you feel about Josh’s shot selection last night?

J from the A,

The problem for the Hawks is they dont have a backup PG. Jamal plays the role now (but struggles when he does), and I dont think we can afford to resign him next season. Therefore, we need to find out if Teague is the answer or not. Because if he isnt, then this offseason, our GM needs to bring in a backup PG to fill that role.

Section 303

March 28th, 2011
10:10 am

O’Brien, I thought he took too many jumpers. He attacked the rim better, but still too many jumpers. I thought the ‘6er game and Saturday’s game were his best, in terms of shot selection.

He’s like the rest of the team….let’s see him play smart/well against a quality team before we plant a flag.