Atlanta Hawks: Hawks 103, Magic 93

Orlando– We already knew the Hawks can defend the Magic but it’s possible they won’t be able to score like this through the entire series.

  • The Hawks made 13 of 27 shots from 16 to 23 feet. That’s a high percentage even for a team that made them at a better clip than anyone other than the Mavs during the regular season.
  • But, thanks in large part to J.J, the Hawks also had an effective Plan B (11 of 19 from 3 to 15 feet) and Plan C (21 of 29 free-throw attempts). That provides some evidence that the Hawks might be able to score when those long Js stop falling if they can make it a point to go to those other plans.
  • “The primary problem is we couldn’t guard them at all,” Stan Van Gundy said.
  • And, Xs and Os aside, the most important development might have been that the Hawks finally stood up to the Magic in a postseason game. That’s worth a lot for a team that was embarrassed in last year’s second round and staggered into the playoffs on a six-game losing streak.
  • “People were a little frustrated with us because of those last six games but, for us, we didn’t even think about it,” Jamal said. “Last year’s series was last year’s series; we didn’t think about that, either. We feel confident going into the playoffs. We got one down, one more to go here.”
  • “We are here to win,” Twin said. “We are not here to get a free T-shirt and head home or anything like that. We accomplished the fist step. We got the win tonight, and Part 2 is on Tuesday night.”
  • Suddenly the questions about Atlanta’s state of mind have shifted to the Magic, who lost in their sparkling new arena to a team they thumped from the playoffs last spring.
  • “It’s frustrating that we lost but it’s the first game,” Dwight said. “We’ll come back in the second game with a better effort.”
  • The Magic can’t ask for anything more from Dwight. He was magnificent while scoring 46 points on 23 shots and grabbing 19 rebounds. But other than a 20-point eruption from Jameer in the third quarter, the Magic couldn’t find points from other sources.
  • “Offensively we have to get better, move the ball, whatever,” Jameer said. “I don’t know. I really can’t put a finger on it right now.”
  • The Hawks for the most part stayed straight up on Dwight even after he thrashed them for 31 points in the first half.
  • “We came in at halftime and we knew that one player was not going to beat us,” Collins said. “Dwight can go out there and have 60 points. As long as we have 61, we will take that.”
  • Twin and Zaza were in foul trouble early and the Hawks sent a parade of little-used big men at Dwight. He overpowered all of them more easily than he did Twin, who made entry passes tough enough that Dwight was called for lane violations three times.
  • “He got in his head a little bit,” Josh said. “Even though Dwight had an explosive game I think he did a pretty good job on him, especially in that second half.”
  • The Hawks kept Orlando off the 3-point line. Hinrich controlled Jameer on pick-and-rolls. That was pretty much all it took to slow Magic players who weren’t Dwight.
  • “He was scoring but the other guys weren’t getting as many touches,” L.D. said. “That was just a decision I made to stay with that particular coverage. I did not want to open up any type of opportunities with their 3-point shooters.”
  • J.J., Jamal and Hinrich outplayed Orlando’s group of Jameer, Arenas, J-Rich and Redick. “To be honest with you, their guards killed us,” Redick said.
  • J.J. carried over the edge he showed from those final four games into Game 1. “I wanted to attack early and just try to make the game easier,” Joe said. “I was getting in there and making plays for myself and my teammates and it worked out.”
  • Joe took it to J-Rich and Redick, shot over Dwight’s help D and generally made good decisions passing out of double teams. “When he does get the ball we know Dwight is coming over to double-team him,” L.D. said. “He just has to put himself in a position where he can score just a little bit faster.”
  • “He has to keep that up,” Smoove said. “He’s our offensive leader as well as Jamal. What I always stress to him is make quick moves. That’s what he’s been doing.”
  • Joe played 45 minutes. “I thought he got a little bit tired at the end,” Drew said. “I told him I was going to ride him all the way until the end. He’s our go-to guy.”
  • Jamal was lax on getting around screens and containing Arenas on the dribble. But he more than offset that with 23 points on 14 shots, including 5 of 6 free throws, and delivered some daggers after halftime.
  • Maybe Hinrich was just saving it for the playoffs. No longer was it a pick-and-roll horror show for the Hawks against the Magic.
  • “He’s getting over screens. He’s fighting, picking up the point guard full court and turning him in the half court,” Josh said. “He’s doing a good job.”
  • Kirk also was making his shots and had five rebounds.
  • “His energy was really high,” Drew said. “His shot was looking good. I could see the confidence when he shot a couple of them in the first half.”
  • Josh recovered from a poor start. He ended up taking eight of his 14 shots from closer than 15 feet. He kept his head in the game after some early foul trouble.
  • “A couple of cheap fouls,” he said. “I stayed with it for the full 48 and I was able to show some production and help out a little bit in that third quarter.”
  • The Hawks have a plan to beat the Magic. Now the test is sticking to it or improving it after Orlando goes back to the drawing board.
  • “I am sure like us they are going to see what they can do better but it doesn’t matter for us,” Zaza said. “We know individually what we can do. If we play together for 48 minutes I think we should be in good shape. We are going to have a chance to win the series if we play just like today. Together, help each other defensively, share the ball. It was beautiful to watch our team.”

Michael Cunningham, Hawks beat

207 comments Add your comment

northcyde

April 17th, 2011
12:08 am

LOL . . where is everybody? I know it’s a Saturday night, but if we’d lost, this blog would already have 10 posts.

Najeh Davenpoop

April 17th, 2011
12:12 am

““He has to keep that up,” Smoove said. “He’s our offensive leader as well as Jamal. What I always stress to him is make quick moves. That’s what he’s been doing.””

Haha… Smoove for head coach!

Great win tonight. Really well played game on both ends.

Najeh Davenpoop

April 17th, 2011
12:19 am

I thought most of what they did today is sustainable for the rest of the series. As long as Joe is in attack mode the Hawks can get good looks, and they did a good job mixing it up offensively and getting other people (notably Al) involved so that the defense couldn’t just key in on Joe every possession. The defensive strategy worked really well again.

The one thing I don’t see repeating itself necessarily is that level of efficiency from Jamal, who hit a lot of tough shots that he has missed in recent weeks. If he is playing this efficiently, I don’t mind him playing extended minutes, although I’d prefer they didn’t come at point guard — even in this one, LD had to switch Joe onto Jameer Nelson in the 3rd quarter after Nelson started torching Jamal, and that probably contributed to Joe being tired by the end of the game. If his shot is off, though, I hope LD has the sense to play Kirk or Teague instead of him.

Jake

April 17th, 2011
12:22 am

WTF HAPPENED TODAY?!?! I DONT KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TONIGHT BUT WE ACTUALLY LOOKED LIKE A TEAM!!

northcyde

April 17th, 2011
12:23 am

It was the off the dribble shotmaking from our guards that made the difference offensively. And Horford got hot in the 2nd quarter at just the right time.

This is how JJ has to play. Just look to get your points, and opportunities will open up for him to make plays for others. A highly efficient, superstar like game from JJ tonight. On both ends of the floor.

And Jamal played like the 6th Man of the Year that he was last year. Props to Hinrich as well, knocking down shots and playing very good defense.

60 hours of tranquility for the blog starts . . . NOW.

mykhalc

April 17th, 2011
12:24 am

52% from the field and 43% from 3 land…not sustainable! balance shot attempts…not sustainable! balance scorin’…HIGHLY unlikely!!!

WaltFrazier

April 17th, 2011
12:26 am

The Hawks surprised the league today but not the Hawks players. They believed in themselves and they knew what they were capable of. Todays win over Orlando is why we paid Joe johnson the money we gave him in the offseason. Joe proved again that he is a money player. The magic are one-dimensional and dont have the horses to keep up with the Hawks. The Hawks should win this series in just four quick games. Winning this series will be sweet revenge for last years debacle. Hawks in 4.

JSS

April 17th, 2011
12:28 am

Fantastic playoff analysis, this is the best time of the year!

moboman

April 17th, 2011
12:28 am

Good team effort. We played em tough and big. The size of our guards and our quickness out to their shooters negated Howards points. Good game plan. Big difference in this team and the one with Vince Carter that trounced us last year. Better matchups for us.

darrell starks

April 17th, 2011
12:28 am

COLLINS BABY
GO HAWKS!!!!!!!!!!!!

hawks poop

April 17th, 2011
12:29 am

MC, Where was Teague tonight?

moboman

April 17th, 2011
12:31 am

Teague was where he belonged, on the bench. We beat em with size and shooting. Teague provides neither.

Mike W

April 17th, 2011
12:33 am

Lets keep it up hawks.Time to move on to game two and see if we can steal that one(Hopefully we will have same mindset).Not suprised hawks won game 1 in series.play teague to give kirk and joe some rest just a little

N.D.T.K.A.

April 17th, 2011
12:38 am

Hawks looked great tonight. Hinrich looked very good against Jameer and everybody pretty much stayed home. I think last years Magic team would have put up a better effort on defense.

J-rich, Turkoglu, and Agent Zero are not known for their defense either. Defensively the Magic stunk tonight and if they continue to play defense like that they are in trouble.

Enjoyed watching the Hawks play team ball tonight. Joe looked like himself and Jamal played within himself also.

I hope the Hawks win, but I wonder if this is fool’s gold with L.D.

@ northcyde – I didn’t get a chance to comment last week on the gallbladder surgery you had. I had mine taken out about five years ago. I have to just watch what I eat as far as fatty foods and fibrous vegetables. Hope you do well with your recovery.

northcyde

April 17th, 2011
12:38 am

No doubt Orlando misses a creator/shotmaker like Vince. Hopefully Arenas won’t have a flashback to 2004. JJ continues to render Jason Richardson null and void. That’s their 2nd leading scorer.

deron

April 17th, 2011
12:40 am

Tonight’s game exposed their biggest offensive weakness. The Hawks played Dwight Howard straight up and stayed home on the Magic’s perimeter players. Obviously, anyone who watches basketball knows that is the defensive game plan of choice against the Magic. The Hawks wanted Dwight to take all the team’s shots.

http://theresastatforthat.blogspot.com/2011/04/hawks-magic-hawks-had-perfect-game-plan.html

N.D.T.K.A.

April 17th, 2011
12:40 am

Teague is not likely to see the floor in this series.

northcyde

April 17th, 2011
12:41 am

Thanks NDKTA. Actually, I’ve had little problems so far, but I haven’t been eating all of the fatty food either. I’m trying to eat pretty frequently, but keep my meals smaller than normal. Instead of 2 large meals, I’m eating more like 4 medium size meals.

Slimjr

April 17th, 2011
12:42 am

Hawks guards stepped up!!!!!

ONE BLOCK FROM OUR BIGS IS UNACCEPTABLE!! ALSTAR AL YOU HAVE GOT TO STEP UP YOUR DEFENSIVE PRESENCE DUDE YOUR 6 FREAKEN 10!!!

superiorblogman

April 17th, 2011
12:43 am

I want to make it known that my stance has not changed. LD is still a horrible coach, Sund is still a horrible GM, the ASG is still a horrible ownership group. Kirk Hinrich is still a backwards move because what you people fail to realize is that we made it to the 2nd round last year and that Orlando had a much better team last year. The team they had last year had just went to the finals the year before. We may come out of the East and my views would not change, because as I have stated we can beat Orlando, Chicago, and Boston in a series. I am not like you guys I see the Big Picture and it says we are not winning anything worth nothing until we get a real coach, real starting C, a long term answer at the PG position and just a better deeper bench and finally a ownership group that wants to win a championship regardless the cost.

Now, on the Big Picture positive side. Jamal, Kirk, Marvin, and maybe even Zaza can improve there trade values during this playoff run.

Slimjr

April 17th, 2011
12:43 am

THEY MISS MATT BARNES AND PETRIUS BIG TIME TOO…….

Slimjr

April 17th, 2011
12:44 am

FREE JEFF LARRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Section 303

April 17th, 2011
12:45 am

The question is can the Hawks shoot like they did tonight for 4 games? They won’t shoot like that every night, but they can for 4 games. And, they’re going to continue to get good looks because the Magic play 4 players who can’t guard anyone (Redick, Arenas, Bass, Turk). Hawks will be able to get points when they need to.

Gotta get greedy on Tuesday. Get the 2nd win then. Everyone is talking about the Magic responding to this game, but I think how the Hawks respond is far more interesting. Can they handle the success? Will they be willing to brawl like they where tonight? This team may be maddening, but no one can say they aren’t interesting.

Slimjr

April 17th, 2011
12:46 am

HAWKS NEED DEANDRE JORDAN IN THE MIDDLE….

Slimjr

April 17th, 2011
12:47 am

THE HAWKS GUARDS CAN GET JUST ABOUT ANY SHOT THEY PLEASE.CAN THEY MAKE THEM FOR 3 MORE GAMES?

N.D.T.K.A.

April 17th, 2011
12:50 am

I agree, I think they can definitely beat Chicago, as long as they keep Rose out of the paint. This is probably the best draw of the playoffs to the Eastern Conference Finals the Hawks could get.

superiorblogman

April 17th, 2011
12:51 am

Slimjr

April 17th, 2011
12:47 am

THE HAWKS GUARDS CAN GET JUST ABOUT ANY SHOT THEY PLEASE.CAN THEY MAKE THEM FOR 3 MORE GAMES?

Joe can but not Jamal and Kirk because they are too reliant on jumpshots. Joe can hit a floater, post up, and get those backdoor cuts.

moboman

April 17th, 2011
12:51 am

Its postseason man. Lets enjoy a good win/effort, and for 2 days not find the negative in everything. We could use surely some parts upgrades, but damn, that was a good game tonite. How can you not like that, even if its only one game?

Sleepy

April 17th, 2011
12:51 am

Jamal came into the playoffs shooting 48% from the field and 38% from three

hes been shooting the ball well but everyones been so been busy slamming the entire team while jerking off Teague that they simply havent noticed

As I said earlier there was nothing wrong with jamal or Joes game other than the fact that we decided to reduce there roles offensively and then when everyone noticed that the Josh and Smoove as #1 options experiment was failing everyone started in on why Joe and Jamals productions.

Jamal gave us 18 ppg on 14 shots per game .last year but the only month he ever got that many opportunities this year was in January. Its no coincidence that he gave us 18 ppg on 14 shots per game on 44% shooting just like last year

Tonight 23 points on 14 shots in 31 minutes pretty much what we saw all the time from his last year .

Next game

I would not be surprised to see Ryan Anderson start next game considering how ineffective Bass was

moboman

April 17th, 2011
12:56 am

Only one block because Howard took all the shots up front. Not gonna block him, just gotta make him shoot FTs.

Rufus1

April 17th, 2011
1:04 am

The Magic are in trouble…

They are too small and don’t have the players to take advantage of the Hawks greatest weakness….DRIBBLE PENETRATION!!!!

I said it before the series started Hawks in 6 and I only said 6 games because the Hawks lose focus. THEY DON’T HAVE THE PLAYERS TO BEAT THE HAWKS and this game validated the regular season….THE REGULAR SEASON MATTER.

@mykhalc
What are the Magic going to do?????? D12 had 46pts and 19rbs and Jameer had 27pts, that is not sustainable!!

James on Pharr Rd

April 17th, 2011
1:07 am

Fools Gold is what I would worry about-The Hawks shouldn’t expect those jump shots to drop at the same level moving forward. I would focus on tweaking our defense: there were moments we took the foot off the pedal with the JC show. Yes, he helps us score, but the longer he stays on as we noticed, the more likely that we are subjected to less ball movement and defensive breakdowns.
I liked what AL and Josh did in the paint, if they can keep that up, we can see more good things happening. But, I would hate for us to enter the next game with the same strategy we used tonight because they will be ready for us, and more than ,likely our defense will also have to step up. Our team is really competitive when the score is in the (78-84)

Rufus1

April 17th, 2011
1:18 am

The Magic average 82pts and 22% from the 3pt line against the Hawks this year….The 93pts and 27% from the 3pt line is an aberration…

drmaryb (*_-)

April 17th, 2011
1:32 am

I’m just too tired to type. Been up since 6AM and just walked in the door from my team’s home opener.

I will chime in in the morning. Northcyde, I think after wins the quiet is a sign of satisfaction. It’s like having good sex. All you want to do is lie in bed and smoke a cigarette. Just like the happy feelings soak in and doze off into a deep sleep.

G-Nite! I’m gonna smoke a Camel Menthe No. 9 right now.

(wink – wink). And, NO! I didn’t get lucky. Neither did the Magic.

mykhalc

April 17th, 2011
1:33 am

@Rufus1…@mykhalc
What are the Magic going to do?????? D12 had 46pts and 19rbs and Jameer had 27pts, that is not sustainable!!

yep…you are correct in that too. i don’t expect either JR to be half as quiet next game. but more than any other factor, i just DO NOT trust the Hawks to be as hot, disciplined, TEAM-ballin’, defensively sound, mentally focused, etc etc etc to repeat game 1…IMHO. just don’t trust ‘em and frankly don’t believe in ‘em!!! but i’ll ALWAYS pull for ‘em!!!

drmaryb (*_-)

April 17th, 2011
1:35 am

* just let the happy feelings …soak in …

northcyde

April 17th, 2011
1:38 am

Jumpshots? That’s all you guys are focusing on?

- How about JJ looking like a legit superstar tonight, by scoring 25 pts – 5 rebs – 5 assts and probably most important, staying in attack mode to the point that he shot 8 free throws?

- How about the fact that we forced the Magic into 18 turnovers?

- How about the fact that despite the jumpshots, this team shot 27 free throws?

This team did a lot of really good things tonight, despite the jumpshots. Even if we’d shot less than 40% from mid/long range, we were doing enough things well enough to still win the game.

The only thing is if the guards do miss, our bigs need to be in position to gobble up some offensive rebounds.

News flash for you guys. We can’t win this series without JJ and Jamal playing good basketball. And because both are jumpshooters, those are the types of shots that they have to take . . and make.

The guards did what they had to do this game. And I hope they continue to do this in the series. That’s where we have the advantage at, not on the frontline. Horford and Smith will continue to do their thing, but it’s the guards who are going to have to win this series for us.

sam'l

April 17th, 2011
1:38 am

Hinrich looked great out there tonight, so Blogman could at least be honest and admit that. I’m happy for the players.

Now, for most of the last 55 years, the Hawks have shown great promise. Am I to be fooled again into thinking they might really have something going? No. Wait and see time. But at least for tonight, we saw scrappy inspired play by a group of dedicated professional ballplayers.

Pretty amazing…….

Rufus1

April 17th, 2011
1:38 am

Mykhalc

They haven’t taken a single minute off against the Magic this year, that is why I trust them in this series.

drmaryb (*_-)

April 17th, 2011
1:41 am

And, one more thing …

Aye Jameer! If you do see DRose in round 2? It will most likely be from your couch on TNT (an Atlanta based TV Studio).

And, like worldwide clyde – yawn.
I’m tired as hell. I’ll see this game tomorrow on my DVR.

northcyde

April 17th, 2011
1:43 am

LOL @ drmaryb with the “good sex” analogy.

I guess you’re right. It’s just sad that those “multiple usernames” can’t come on and give the Hawks props, like they dish out the hate. I think I’ll get some rest myself. Nice to not worry about if we can compete against our nemesis for once.

mykhalc

April 17th, 2011
1:47 am

@Rufus1…point made! wish i could be on-board with ya!! :-)

sam'l

April 17th, 2011
1:57 am

hawks won the nba in 1958…….

Van Gundy may try zone…..

way to go Hawks
going to sleep…

Hawks Fan In New Orleans

April 17th, 2011
2:19 am

What a great way to end my birthday watching the hometeam destroy their nemesis despite a native Atlantan setting offensive records against said hometeam. Great win and Dwight Howads face in the postgame presser was priceless. Hawks in 6!!!

Grandad

April 17th, 2011
2:23 am

northcyde — *[re-printed from last blog]
*(blog monster ate it)

c’mon;
normally your rants are more lucid than the last.

You are probably correct, in that I am not interpreting the stats
which you so dutifully provided, the way you intended or the way you wish.

I’m not real good at ‘rithmatic but 17 points is 17 points.
Which is what Joe gives up according to your stats.
*(when guarding the [2 or 3] pos)
Only 9 players in the league at the [2 or 3] pos. avg 17 or more points.
So, he gives up more than the league avg.

You admitted to Sautee that he takes plays off.
You called Battier & Artest specialists [paraphrase]
do they have the luxary of taking plays off
if their job is to lock-down the other team’s best player ?

You talk about guarding three pos. yet he gets toasted when guarding the [1].

Another thing, those stats, do they tell us exactly who he’s guarding ?
OKC does he guard Durant ?

He defends the [2] & sometimes the [3].

How about Golden State, does he guard Ellis or whomever ?

Does he always take the lesser of two evils ?

Did he lock-down J.R. Smith in the 4th qtr -vs- Denver ?
(the nite Smith hit 15 3’s in a row) [slight exaggeration]
You said he took plays off so he couls be a lock-down defender in the 4th ?

nc;
I may not be the “Stat-Master” (as you are) I concede.
But I am experienced at the game of basketball.
[not self annointed]
30 years of hard work !

Joe is Not an elite defender !

Coulda’ / Woulda’ / Shoulda’ – don’t make it so.

Najeh Davenpoop

April 17th, 2011
2:24 am

“We can’t win this series without JJ and Jamal playing good basketball. And because both are jumpshooters, those are the types of shots that they have to take . . and make.”

Unless you consider floaters to be jump shots, Joe isn’t a jump shooter. Tonight he did exactly what he should always do. 6 of his 9 makes were inside 15 feet and five of those were in the paint. When he’s driving and hitting floaters, putting pressure on the defense to step up and finding open teammates when the defense commits an extra man, he’s at his best.

K.W.

April 17th, 2011
2:29 am

Let’s Go Hawks!

Grandad

April 17th, 2011
2:42 am

northcyde

Actually intended to send this one 1st.

60 hours of traquility ?

And from before;
I hope your not calling me a hater.
I hate the word hater.
It implies hate within a person.

My previous…..^…..above…..^…..post.
was intended for earlier today but as I stated:
” the Bog Monster “.
It was in response to your response to my response
to your reponse to my reaction to your rejoinder,
aimed at my retort to your reply to my riposte
of your original rave review of JJ’s defensive prowess.

Then I saw your little diddy about “hate mail”.

Now “having said that” I picked the Hawks to lose in 4.
Contrary to haters everywhere, I’m glad I was wrong.
Go Hawks.
The ” Team ” looked good.
Yessir – Joe looked good & I was proud.
I was really proud of my boy Hinrich.
But mostly I was proud of the ! ” -TEAM- ” !

Nosiree, I’m no hater.
I want the Hawks to win.

If Joe keeps it up I’ll be happy & the 1st to offer kudos.

So, nc, enjoy your tranquility.
Go Hawks.

Grandad

April 17th, 2011
2:56 am

Mary Ellen spoke of gettin’ lucky bein’ all warm & fuzzy [paraphrase]

Then northcyde mentioned “multiple usernames”
[well that got me confused]

I got to thinkin’
*The Dawgs won today (G-Day)
*The Braves swept a double-header
*The Hawks won

Is that kinda like having ” multiple _rg_sms ” ?
(anybody want to buy a vowel)

It’s nc’s fault. [made my mind work like that]

Big Daddy

April 17th, 2011
4:03 am

Great win. We got the Magic down and kept them down. We passed the ball, for the most part and drove to the rim even after getting a few shots blocked. We played smart ball defending Dwight by not trying to limit his points but by stopping everyone else. This was a good, solid defensively played game and I am proud of the unselfish way the guys played throughout most of the game.

I am concerned that from the middle of the 4th quarter on, Jamal was given the ball and acted as point. When that happens he does not distribute the ball like he should. Too often he tried to fight through double teams when he should have passed the ball. I saw Kirk holding up his hands on the wings and Jamal ignoring him and then jacking up a jumpshot. Jamal pass the ball. Otherwise, as I said, great win.