Atlanta Hawks: Hawks 85, Magic 82

  • During the game I kept telling Hawks PR man Arthur Triche that strange stuff was happening like Twin holding down Dwight and Josh draining fade away jumpers.
  • And then the most bizarre thing of all happened after: An Ex-NBA ref allegedly attacked ‘Nique soon after he finished his TV duties. Atlanta Police arrested the man. ‘Nique was said to be uninjured and returned home.
  • As for the game, it’s uncertain what these three straight Ws against the Magic will mean come the playoffs, especially since this was the first meeting in which Orlando was (relatively) healthy and cohesive.
  • But, as Jamal put it: “It definitely doesn’t hurt.”
  • I used to think the Heat would provide the best potential playoffs match up for the Hawks because of their shaky point guard play and lack of a real scoring threat on the front line. Now it might be the Magic, though their lack of depth while missing Redick was a mitigating factor tonight.
  • And the reason for that shift in view, so help me gosh, is Twin.
  • How’s this Stan Van Gundy quote for strangeness: “That’s the best defense I’ve seen all year on Dwight. He did a great job. Against Collins, [Howard] didn’t get a lot of good shots. I thought he did a great job on him. He’s big and physical. He doesn’t give you anything easy. Dwight had trouble getting good, on-balance shots.”
  • Twin also got Dwight into early foul trouble, first by taking a (legit) charge and then by boxing him out for a rebound and forcing Dwight to grab him. Dwight likes to give out physical punishment but is bothered when he has to take it.
  • “He’s a great player,” Collins said. “He’s done a really good job with improving his post moves and not just going with power. When he goes power, that’s when I try to get into position to take a charge.”
  • And, credit to Collins, he is able to get good position on Howard. With the Hawks playing sound defense on the perimeter (save for Jameer’s third quarter) Twin wasn’t faced with too many mismatches in space.
  • “I think they are guarding us differently now,” Ryan Anderson said. “Collins is a bigger body that makes it tough on Dwight. That’s pretty much what they’re doing. We just need to get in the gym and work on countering that.”
  • Add that to the list of the bizarre: An opposing player talking about needing to come up with a different game plan to counter Jason Collins’ impact.
  • Twin wasn’t in the game for most of the fourth as L.D. went small. Dwight took advantage by earning eight eight free-throw attempts and scoring eight of his 17 points in the period. Twin headed back in with 1:40 to play, after Dwight had gotten three straight plays at the basket.
  • “That’s kind of what we’ve done the first three games, we’ve played big on him all the way into the fourth quarter,” Drew said. “Hopefully Al can go into the fourth with low fouls; tonight he had one when we put him on Dwight. Tonight the strategy didn’t work out so I went back to Jason at the end there who came in and did a a good job on him. Sometimes certain thing don’t work and you have to be ready to adjust.”
  • The Hawks held the Magic, a good shooting team, to 38 percent from the floor in four games. On 3-pointers, Orlando was 4 for 22 in Game 1, 4 for 22 in game 2, 4 for 17 in Game 3 and 7 for 23 tonight.
  • If the Magic can’t make 3s, and Dwight is having an inefficient night, and Nelson isn’t allowed to run wild . . . . then they can be slowed.
  • It also helps when Dwight is limited by foul trouble because without Gortat the Magic have no other quality bangers to speak of (why did they make that move when they were chasing the Celtics?)
  • The Magic hung with the Hawks because Turkoglu and Nelson were efficient and timely scorers and the Hawks managed just 16 points in the fourth period with J.J. (1 for 5) and Jamal (1 for 4) unable to convert.
  • “They are the type of team, they are going to be around,” L.D. said. “You have to be mentally strong to really milk every possession against them. They are going to make you work on the defensive end. With Dwight, they can basically get the shots they want particularly if you have to double team him.”
  • Depending on how the games are called, Collins’ defensive work against Howard should be repeatable in the playoffs. Same goes for Zaza’s energetic attack on the boards. Also have to think the Hawks can keep sharing the ball like this (21 assists on 33 field goals).
  • But not so sure the Hawks can rely on Smoove’s silky jump shots, their 13 for 15 free-throw shooting or foul trouble for Dwight.
  • Josh was energetic and active on defense and had four assists against one turnover.
  • J.J., facing aggressive double teams, had moments where he again looked like the player who can get his on post-ups, runners and hesitation moves. He had other moments where he was too indecisive with the ball and, in fairness to Smoove, sometimes that resulted in passes to Josh late in the shot clock necessitating a jumper.
  • J.J. missed on a drive to the basket with the Hawks up 84-82. “Forget about it and move on,” Joe said. “But that’s tough, missing a little easy shot in the lane like that.”
  • Hinrich missed lots of open shots but harassed Nelson, who still made some tough baskets.
  • “Jameer got to the basket a couple times but the most important thing with Kirk is he is going to make those point guards work,” Drew said. “They are going to score baskets–those guys are good. But he’s going to make them work.”

Michael Cunningham, Hawks beat

177 comments Add your comment

Rod from College Park

March 31st, 2011
11:42 am

Another point to all of you people who continue to say run the offense thru Al. I counted two or three times last night when Al was open for the 15 foot jump shot, and he swings the ball to Josh in the corner for a 3 pointer. We all continue to bash Josh for shooting 3’s’ but the three guys I always see passing up shots to pass to Josh standing behing the 3 point line are Joe, Horford and Marvin. I have noticed this many times this year. I personally don’t think Al is comfortable taking 15 to 20 shots a night. He is the ultimate team guy, but I don’t think he is ready, or his game is ready to take that many shots every night. If it’s not a jump shot, his game this year is rather limited. With all of Josh’s flaws, this year he seems to be the most complete player on the team, and he is the only guy that seems to not be afraid to take the big shot besides Jamal. Joe and Horford seem to shy away from the big moments in the game, or fail when their number is called. Marvin is not even an option. This may be another problem this team has in the playoffs.

papar bag hawk

March 31st, 2011
11:43 am

Second part of the question: Do you think Larry Drew sticking around is healthy for the long term growth of this team?

JoJo the Godfather

March 31st, 2011
11:43 am

@ bigeasy830…”Bibby and Hinrich is a even swap…”. Not in my book. Not even close.

Yes, the trade favors Washington especially since Bibby took a buyout. Yes, I personally was hoping for Jo Craw to be our 5th guard for the next 4 years.
But, schit happens, and sometimes for the better. It’s too early to grade this trade.

We’re in playoff mode right now, but when the dust settles and the offseason begins, the $8M expiring contract of a veteran, defensive minded PG will be a very valuable trade chip that should be in high demand (assuming there’s a season next year).

papar bag hawk

March 31st, 2011
11:44 am

JoJo: Good point on the expiring contract. That will come in handy with regards to potential trades.

Slimjr

March 31st, 2011
11:44 am

PREDICTION: CHICAGO GOING TO THE FINALS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
THEIR 13-3 IN MARCH!!!!!!!! FINISHING THE SEASON STRONG AND SENDING MESSAGES……………

HAWKS ARE 8-21 OVER THEIR LAST 29!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SUND YOU SHOULD BE WORRIED???????????????

Slimjr

March 31st, 2011
11:46 am

AL IS OVERRATED!!

AL FOR NENE YESTERDAY……………………..

jgsbirds

March 31st, 2011
11:54 am

i too was at the game last night and was wondering why collins wasn’t in the fourth–then after howard scored his final two–josh smith threw his hands up toward ld and basically said get twin in on howard…it wasn’t that hard to figure out!

also those of you who love jordan crawford so much–just buy the league pass on directv and watch all of his games. face it–he’s not here anymore-he doesn’t play defense at all-can’t pass but can score points…that’s good and bad. we were never going to utilize him correctly any way–hinrich is a much better player for us than jc2.

hinrich made nelson work really hard for those points–he was all over him all night. heck deangelo hall made the pro bowl for allowing over 200 yards receiving to terrell owens. the only thing about hinrich is is that he has to be able to nail the open jumpers to go along with his peskiness on defense.

great win all in all–i actually enjoyed the game a lot even though we were in the upper bowl.

put it to boston tomorrow now!

Rusty

March 31st, 2011
12:17 pm

Dwight is the last one who should cry. I really think he is going to hurt some one the way he uses his elbows.
Ld & sund both suck.

Wabe

March 31st, 2011
12:19 pm

People on this blog still talk about the Hawks drafting Marvin over Chris Paul/Derron Williams…

I don’t think there’s anything wrong still being p!$$ed about trading away a young stud a month or so ago for a stop-gap PG.

Fact is, if JC2 went to Washington and didn’t play so well, it’d be easier to forget. When you see the dude droppin’ 39, it makes you wonder why this kid wasn’t seeing minutes here and why the Hawks would make this deal. If you wanna list all of the gaurds that we have on the roster, save it. I’ll ask you, where are those guards taking us? Another 2nd round playoff exit, maybe?

I’m personally p!$$ed because as I’ve stated a couple of times now, we lost this kid because of Rick Sund’s own stupid mistakes. Re-signing Bibby, Marvin, Zaza are all proving costly for this team. Would you rather move forward with Jordan Crawford on the roster or any of the three I just mentioned? So we lose out on Jordan Crawford because Rick Sund’s bozo decisions still haunt this team.

And let me tell you, if those decisions he made to re-up those guys is still problematic for the Hawks, what makes you think this trade of desperation he pulled off for Hinrich won’t be the same thing a couple of years down the road?

3 years down the road – do you see Kirk Hinrich in a Hawks uniform?
How bout Jamal?

So again, what the hell are we letting go of young potential for?

It’d be easy to forgive and forget if the Hawks were actually going somewhere. But, we’re not! There’s an obvious trend that shows the Hawks boneheaded mistakes haunt this team for years and years down the road. So…

Trojan

March 31st, 2011
12:26 pm

The Hawks have a good to very good player at every position except Center. Will Sund actually make an attempt to complete the team or will he simply speak about our core and sign the cheapest possible bench players again?

Spudster

March 31st, 2011
12:27 pm

From the look of the suit boy that Nique jabbed, looks like Nique has a nice left hook with that big shiner under his eye lmao, nice job Nique, you da man, hit the curb scrubbie hahahahahahaah Go Dominique!!!!

Wabe

March 31st, 2011
12:29 pm

whatever man…

no use ranting about it. just more typical hawks bullstuff.

football season needs to come back round.

Rusty

March 31st, 2011
12:30 pm

Drmaryb. Why do say in a indirect way that jc2 is a poor defensive player.I watched him in the summer league,preseason & with Washington never seen him in the regular season with the hawks,h seems to be a good defender nothing like jc1 por mb. He is very fast & plays his man tight.I guess you probably heard it stated by LD or some blogger.

Rod from College Park

March 31st, 2011
12:34 pm

“hinrich made nelson work really hard for those points–he was all over him all night. heck deangelo hall made the pro bowl for allowing over 200 yards receiving to terrell owens. the only thing about hinrich is is that he has to be able to nail the open jumpers to go along with his peskiness on defense.”

Please help me understand what game you were watching. Nelson was getting in the lane at will. He scored 7 straight point to start the 3rd quarter all with Hinrich guarding him.

doc

March 31st, 2011
12:37 pm

yeah, o’b marvin did start off with a bang to help us get going in the first quarter and as you mentioned it some forgot what he did. played pretty solid.

also some didnt give much cred to josh but he seemed to be manning up to hedo pretty well mano a mano when i focused on their match up.

nice defensive effort and i think we match these guys pretty well since they dont have gortat coming off the bench to put length in against us. like bass’ play on their side, solid.

newkid

March 31st, 2011
12:50 pm

Despite seven full months of up close and personal opportunity to properly evaluate the upside of the kid Jordan Crawford (and obviously having blown it), Sund trades him away. I say again the people in charge of talent evaluation for the Hawks have probably been amongst the worst in the league for the past 15 years, and the organizations player personnel ‘dealmakers’ are a similar lot. If it didn’t defy logic, one could very plausibly argue that there’s a concerted front office effort to permanently render this organization 3rd rate. UNbelievable.

ILL-Logical

March 31st, 2011
1:04 pm

Wow , very interesting details about the Dominique incident. I am just glad it wasn’t one of his former English teachers.

ReddJonn68

March 31st, 2011
1:15 pm

Anyone who really watched last night with an open, mind saw how a penetrating & speedy point guard set the whole table for everything, Jameer Nelson nearly put the Majic on his back. We do not have a PG that dictates the tempo going into the post season, For the love of god, why is it only a few games left & Drew never gave those young guys Teague & JC2 the oppurtunity to get any meaningful experience in live games. I-D-I-O-T-S Drew & Sund have no grasp of reality.

Sleepy

March 31st, 2011
1:17 pm

I think its quite obvious that some of these fans just miss the 15 win seasons . They just ooze loser mentalities all over the Net . All they care about are the individual nimbers and its so tiring for the fans that actually want to win to have to drag these fools kicking and screaming the cellar.

You pick any of the bottom 5 players from the top 5 teams in both conferences and you stick any of them on the wizards and what would they do ? Someone mentioned Jordan Crawford in the same breath as Durant …….seriously ?

Some of you are simply in denial because once you signed Joe he had no future here at the 2 guard and all this slobbering because he made some shots is crazy because most of you wanted LD to play him at the point which is even more mind boggling because its obvious hes not a point .

Its really becoming tiresome reading about how in 2014 Jordan Crawford will somehow be an all nba player and we let him go based on a few points scored but a whole lotta losses his rookie year

Katie

March 31st, 2011
1:19 pm

Dwight was upset that Collins didn’t receive a flagrant foul for wrapping him up?
What about that sharp elbow to the chest Dwight gave out right before Collins fouled him?
As much as I fantasize about Dwight coming home next year, we don’t need anymore whiney b!tches than we already have.

O'Brien

March 31st, 2011
1:21 pm

Rod,

He has been playing the 2 and coming off the bench for the last 3 years for a reason..

The main reason is because the team he was on drafted Rose and Wall. I never said Hinrich was a top 10 PG. And although he is a combo, he is a solid upgrade over Bibby (imo). He struggled against Jameer, but if Bibby was here, JJ would have had to guard Jameer, or Josh and Al would have been switching to help Bibby out. I wish LD would have given Teague a few more minutes last night to see what he could do, especially since Kirk was not shooting the ball well.

he does not run the offense well, he turns the ball over more than Bibby.

Bibby used to cross half-court, and pass the ball to JJ on the perimeter. I’m not sure I call that running the offense. And that was also the main reason Bibby didn’t have many turnovers…he was not handling the ball very much. Some of Kirk’s turnovers have come from trying to penetrate, or trying to squeeze a pass in there. I do agree that his decision making with the ball needs improvement.

I think Kirk is a solid upgrade over Bibby, but as Wabe points out, when you look at the overall trade, Washington wins. And it all goes back to Rick Sund and his decisions to overpay to keep the core together.

O'Brien

March 31st, 2011
1:27 pm

Rod,

I counted two or three times last night when Al was open for the 15 foot jump shot, and he swings the ball to Josh in the corner for a 3 pointer. We all continue to bash Josh for shooting 3’s’ but the three guys I always see passing up shots to pass to Josh standing behing the 3 point line are Joe, Horford and Marvin..

Co-sign. Al needs to be more aggressive and take the shot if it is there. What bothers me too about JJ passing to Josh behind the arc, is JJ takes forever to make the pass. So by the time Josh gets it, the clock is winding down, and he has no choice but to shoot.

And sometimes I wonder if LD’s offense specifically calls for Josh to be around the 3-pt line. That being said, hopefully Josh will be selective with his jumpers when he has the space. And I think he did a good job last night, because he attacked the basket, and there were a couple times when he passed up open jumpers.

doc,

I just hope Josh plays under control in the playoffs, because he has the tendency to get jumper happy sometimes (regardless of whether or not he is making them). Another concern is the refs. If Dwight gets the benefit of the calls in the playoffs, we might be in trouble.

ReddJonn68

March 31st, 2011
1:30 pm

How soon we forget fans, Sund traded 2010 1st pick Damion James ( Texas, SF ) for Jordan Crawford because of JC2 scoring ability. Now this clown turns right around & trades a future scorer, 1st round pick, & veteran player reserve for little to nothing. Sund is even fighting against himself when it comes to evaluating talent for the Hawks LOL.

cp

March 31st, 2011
1:37 pm

I haven’t been that impressed with Hinrich. He has had a few solid games and a lot of forgettable ones. His defense is also a little overrated. He is a solid player but like Wabe has said several times, he is just a stop-gap. I said a few weeks ago the Hawks will still be searching for a pg in the next few years because they keep going for the short term and never for the long term, which is why the young guys rot away on the bench. I thought Woodson was bad with adjustments but LD damn near seems clueless at times. Last night in the first half Dwight was having his way with Zaza and LD took forever to pull him. It happened again in the fourth with Al on Dwight. Hinrich couldn’t guard Nelson and LD made no adjustments. He either waits too long to make a move or doesn’t make a move at all. Its almost like he isn’t watching the game or something.

Samuel

March 31st, 2011
1:45 pm

Nique: “I can get any punch I want on this guy”.

J from the A

March 31st, 2011
1:49 pm

@Rod: It seems like the game jgsbird was watching was the same game that MC and LD were watching.

# Hinrich missed lots of open shots but harassed Nelson, who still made some tough baskets.
# “Jameer got to the basket a couple times but the most important thing with Kirk is he is going to make those point guards work,” Drew said. “They are going to score baskets–those guys are good. But he’s going to make them work.”

I think MC’s and LD’s assessments of Kirk’s performance were accurate. Even in the 3rd quarter when Nelson was getting into the lane (and scoring) while Kirk was guarding him, no one could say with a straight face that Nelson was “getting in the lane at will.” Nelson had to work hard to get in the lane against Kirk (much harder than he would ever have to work against Bibby or JC for that matter).

Of course, none of this is to say that Krirk shut down Nelson, because he didn’t. But I don’t think anyone every claimed that Kirk did shut down Nelson. I also don’t think anyone has ever claimed that Kirk is a lock down defender. Rather the claim is that he is a well above average defender who is light years better defending than Bibby. That much I hope we can all agree on.

clancy

March 31st, 2011
1:52 pm

@ Najeh

“In the 3 minutes Teague played, he completely took Jameer Nelson out of the game. Disappointing to see him taken out of the game after that.”

Uhm – that’s because Nelson was largely out of the game while JT was on the floor. They were only on the court at the same time for 41 seconds. And half of that the Hawks had the ball on offense.

So it’s more like, in the 3 minutes JT played, Stan Van completely took Jameer out of the game for his scheduled breather.

J from the A

March 31st, 2011
1:53 pm

Re: Kirk and turnovers:

What games have you been watching?! Don’t you know Kirk’s turnovers are down DRASTICALLY over the last 4 games (not that they were ever that high to begin with). Kirk has had 22 assists to 1 turnover in 134 minutes over the last 4 games. Yes, 22 TO 1 ASSIST TO TURNOVER RATIO! That is simply amazing!

drmaryb (*_-)

March 31st, 2011
1:54 pm

Rusty

“Drmaryb. Why do say in a indirect way that jc2 is a poor defensive player”
___________________

How many pts did the “winning” teams SG (DWade) drop on top of his head last night? 33, 32? Now that’s some stalwart defense for you rusty! Leave me alone and go bother someone else – Sir.

J from the A

March 31st, 2011
1:59 pm

22 to 1 in the last 4 games.
4 to 1 in the preceding 4 games.

22 to 1 is unheard of.
4 to 1 is good enough to be among the lead leaders.

Mac-Town #maconchevyrider

March 31st, 2011
2:06 pm

smh@Nique holdin out on some stacks and dude told him it was time to break bread.

Dont tell me the Human Highlight Reel swoll up dude’s eye in that pic…say it aint so

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=6275568

Slimjr

March 31st, 2011
2:07 pm

““I feel like I’m reading a gang blog with all the nicknames”

CRAWL BACK IN YOUR HOLE BUBBA………………..lol

Slimjr

March 31st, 2011
2:09 pm

“22 to 1 in the last 4 games.
4 to 1 in the preceding 4 games.

22 to 1 is unheard of.
4 to 1 is good enough to be among the lead leaders.”
WAY TO GO “HEIMLICH MANEUVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! yawn……………………………….
ORLANDO IN 6…………………………NEXT……………………

drmaryb (*_-)

March 31st, 2011
2:20 pm

J from the A!

Why do we even bother with all the simpletons? I guess at the heart of us, we just want to teach, educate and motivate our fellow boggers to look at things from a positive perspective. And, it’s fun to have an intelligent debate. Many bloggers have changed ny view points, pepped me up, or help me see things differently. I have learned a lot from reading the posts of better basketball minds on here.

It’s immeasurable when I think about how my knowledge has increased from You, Najeh, O’Brien, Northcyde, Grand-Daddy, Mike is Back, IMUS WRITE, Astro Joe, wordsmithtom, SlimJr, KevinM, terrell , bigdave, Ms. Dee, doc, Rod from CP, cp, lewis, ILL-logical, jgsbirds, brigadierjerry, worldwide clyde and I could do this all day.

Sorry, If I missed anyone. All I have to say is, just keep an open mind and explore possibilities to see things opposite of what is normal for you.

That’s how you grow as a person. Don’t be as stubborn as all the people you complain about.

Kerry

March 31st, 2011
2:22 pm

Jason and ZaZa did a terrific job on Dwight last night,Hope they continue to play like that in the playoffs, GREAT JOB HAWKS!!!

drmaryb (*_-)

March 31st, 2011
2:22 pm

Oh! and don’t forget, “rev in tampa”, MC and Ken Sigura too. Sorry!

Slimjr

March 31st, 2011
2:27 pm

EX NBA REF SWUNG ON NIQUE??? YOU SIR ARE CERTIFIABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!SEEK HELP IMMEDIATELY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

DUDE WAS INTERVIEWED BY FRANK SKI AND WANDA ON V103 THIS MORNING WHICH MEANS IT WILL BE REBROADCAST AT 10PM TONIGHT ON THE CW!! GOTTA CHECK THIS OUT! MAN PEOPLE ARE LOSING IT DOWN HERE..MUST BE SOMETHIN IN THE WATER??
a: CLORINE AND FLUORIDE IN THE DRINKING WATER…GOOGLE WHAT THE CHEMICALS DO TO THE HUMAN BODY AND MIND……SOME SICK MF’S IN THIS WORLD……SETTLE DOWN SLIMJR…..OKAY??

T-R-U-T-H

March 31st, 2011
2:29 pm

drmaryb = easy puss

clancy

March 31st, 2011
2:32 pm

@ Rod

Kirk’s defense is much better than Bibby’s. In the NBA, a guy can play very good defense and still get scored on. There is massive value in having a guy who is going to fight through screens, chase a guy all over the place, and still get a hand up. A big part of defense is challenging a guy and making him work for what he gets. Coaches and analysts know this.

Also, you seem to be holding onto the first games Kirk played when talking about running the team and turning the ball over. In the last 10 games, Kirk has a total of 7 TOs. That’s against 41 assists, by the way, with the Hawks also having a great team assists to made baskets stat now that he’s more comfortable. His shot was off last night, and all jump shooters are going to be a bit up and down, but overall he’s shot well for the Hawks. (Incidentally, Bibby has a great 26 assists to 8 TOs in their past 10 – which just goes to show how great Kirk has done in comparison.)

I’d also like to see JT get steady, regular minutes. I don’t think that has anything to do with Kirk’s play though – imo, it has to do with Jamal sticking to backup SG duties.

bigdave

March 31st, 2011
2:33 pm

drmaryb..

lol. that was just a line from ‘Countdown’ off his Urban Legend album. after checking ajc this morning and seeing dude eye front page, it came to mind. other than using Nique’s name in a metaphoric sense, it had no relevance..

if its the “aan” you’re struggling w/, its like “any” .. for example.. “if (aan) one of our owners had any sense, they would’ve hired a better GM”

im surprised you need translation, knowing you enjoy melting the Atlanta night life, but i got you.. ;)

Slimjr

March 31st, 2011
2:35 pm

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
@T-R-U-T-H spitter, you write like a jilted lover????????????????????LOL

ReddJonn68

March 31st, 2011
2:37 pm

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ReddJonn68

March 31st, 2011
2:43 pm

Nothing wrong with being a diehard fan & sticking by your home team. Anyone who thinks this current rotation & Drew is going to make a real splash in the playoffs, needs to get off the short yellow bus that Sund is driving.

Slimjr

March 31st, 2011
2:43 pm

I hope AL destroys Boston’s front line tomorrow night!!!

Slimjr

March 31st, 2011
2:45 pm

If Josh was coaching I’d give the Hawks a much better shot in the playoff’s! PLAYOFF”S?? Yep…………LOL

Rusty

March 31st, 2011
2:55 pm

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Rusty

March 31st, 2011
2:58 pm

Drmaryb for your info jc2 was playing pg after wall went, wasn’t guarding wade

MsDee

March 31st, 2011
2:59 pm

@Slimjr

Josh should pull a ‘Deron Williams’ on LD and change up the play once everyone get back on the floor from the time-out IF and only IF the play makes better sense than LD’s!! LD has proved to me that he isn’t the one for this team..quality defensive-minded guys on your roster AND YOU DONT USE THEM??? Josh, coach this team, I think you have the BACKBONE to do it!!!

Hawk Eyes

March 31st, 2011
3:02 pm

Point Guard defense means picking up the other pg early in the set after they cross mid court. Fighting thru screens is a part of it yet pressure is the main key. CP3 is the perfect example, Teauge’s youth and legs gave Nelson a hard time when he played.

Old habits are hard to break – I do agree with some blogs about LD – this team seems to run some of the old sets that Woodson taught at times. The tempo of this team need to improve right now and adjustments need to be made in a timely manner. Good luck Hawks and LD this may be your first and last season together.

Mike is back

March 31st, 2011
3:03 pm

Hey, get TF off Captain Kirk back…the dude plays his role…it is not his fault if LD refuses to play Teague…dude never complains…plays within himself…and plays sound fundamental defense…he has never been known a shut down defender…he’s one of those hard nose guys like a Scott Skiles…BIG UPGRADE over Bibby and Jamal.

It’s not his fault Sund got pimped in that trade…until I get a chance to see Armstrong play some extended minutes…I want harp on what JC2 is doing…with the limited knowledge I have of Armstrong…he could definitely help us out…if given a chance.

Unfortunately that want probably happen to next season…or we get a new coach…cuz LD has had some good things to say about Armstrong…but he seems diametrically opposed to playing him.

I’m happy for JC2…I think Teague will blossom too…once he is given a chance.