Atlanta Hawks at Magic Game 2: Dwight Defense and jump shots Part II?

Orlando–Some stats types are dismissive of the Hawks’ Game 1 victory because of the way Hurricane Dwight scattered them and also because of all of those long jump shots they made.

Example: Mike Prada of SBNation.

Apparently, it is possible for an NBA team to allow a player to score 46 points and be universally praised for it. Dwight Howard ran all over the Atlanta Hawks’ single-coverage, but because nobody else on his team decided to do much of anything, the Hawks came away with a Game 1 victory on the road. Howard and Jameer Nelson scored 73 points; everyone else on the Magic scored 20. Howard and Nelson shot 26-41; everyone else shot 8-34. It was a brilliant strategy by the Hawks to make sure that their horrible teammates had horrible games. Let’s praise them for it!

Snark aside, the bottom line is this. Playing Howard straight-up and taking away the three-point shooters is a strategy. Allowing Howard to score 46 points and hope his teammates shoot 8-34 is not. Luckily, the Hawks shot nearly 50 percent from 16-23 feet and made it work. That doesn’t mean it’s a sustainable long-term strategy, but whenever writers are given the chance to question Howard’s worth as a player for being just the 11th player since 1985 to score 45 or more points in a playoff game and lose, they’ll take it.

I like the snark, especially in service of going against the grain to knock down memes. But Prada’s take is pretty cynical. “Nobody else on the team decided to do much of anything” makes it sound as if the Hawks gave Dwight’s teammates lots of opportunities and they just didn’t take them. Similarly “hope his teammates shoot 8-34″ could instead be construed as “try to make sure they do.” Isn’t that the whole point of staying home on them?

And I hope no one is questioning Howard’s worth as a player based on Game 1 (or based on much of anything, really). Heck, if I’m the Magic, I don’t worry about getting anybody else involved if Dwight is hammering the Hawks again. Why give more chances to players who are not going to be as efficient? If Dwight has another monster game, the Magic could simply cut down on their turnovers, get more stops (which Stan Van Gundy acknowledges won’t be easy because of the match ups) and win. If so, the Dwight Defense will have been conquered.

Game 1 is not an indictment of Howard’s worth as a player. Instead, as Rob Mahoney noted at ProBasketballTalk: “This series could stand as an exercise [in] the limits of superstardom, as even a game-changing force like Howard is left a spectator to the shortcomings of his own teammates.”

It’s true the Hawks made a lot of long 2s but put that in the context that they made them at a higher percentage than any team during the regular season. It’s a tad dismissive to chalk it up those Game 1 jumpers to luck when the Hawks have more skilled jump shooters than most teams (and when the Magic don’t have the defenders to consistently challenge those shots). And much to my surprise the Hawks, thanks to J.J., were more than just a jump-shooting team in Game 1.

Van Gundy is a stats guy and also outspoken, so I thought he would shrug off Atlanta’s ability to make the most inefficient shots in basketball over the long run. But he didn’t do so.

“They are efficient with it,” Van Gundy said. “A lot of people don’t know that Al Horford, outside of 10 or 12 feet, he is the highest-percentage shooter in the league. That includes guards and guys like Nowitzki. Now he doesn’t stretch it out to three but he can make those shots. . . . They have a lot of guys who shoot the ball very well from that range. If we can get them down below what they normally do then I think we have a hell of a chance.”

Sounds like Van Gundy isn’t only hoping the Hawks miss those shots but believes the Magic actually have to do something to stop them.

Notes

  • Unlike yesterday, Josh didn’t have ice on his sore elbow prior to shootaround. “It feels better,” he said. “Two days [rest] did good. It feels all right. I still feel [pain] a little bit but I am pretty sure I won’t feel it tonight.” Josh said he would probably wear a padded sleeve tonight.
  • L.D. said he didn’t expect Josh’s injury to limit him much: “When he’s not scoring he has the ability to impact the game. The one thing I’ve talked to him in this series is zeroing in on Turkoglu and not allow him to get into a rhythm. I really believe with the elbow hurt he can still impact the game.”
  • Drew on adjustments for Game 2: “We are going to start the game as we did the last game. I am not going to panic with adjustments until we start getting hurt with things. Sometimes I think the tendency is to start making adjustments when there is no need to. I am not going to do anything out of the ordinary. If you have to make adjustments, do it but not if you don’t have to.”
  • Drew on how the Hawks will react of the Magic run them off jump shots: “If the drive allows us to get to the basket, we will get to the basket. If it allows us to play a mid range game, we will play with that. We are going to allow our instincts to take over. We are not going to predetermine what we are going to do offensively. The one thing we can’t do is shy away from getting to the basket, irregardless of who is down there. We recognize Dwight being a defensive presence in the low block and near the basket but I don’t think that should shy away from getting to the basket.”
  • J.J. on Orlando’s plan to disrupt him more in Game 2: “I’m going to just pick my spots like I did in Game 1. Not be too aggressive, but at the same time be aggressive enough to where I am making plays. We will see. I am sure they are going to come a lot quicker, especially with the double teams. We will see how everything works out.”
  • Josh on expecting the Magic to play with more intensity: “We have to control the tempo of the game because with them having the fans on their side it is going to be pretty hard to win the game. So we have to stay even-keeled when they make a run, don’t get discouraged and fight back and make a run of our own.”
  • Joe on the team’s mindset: “Like I said before Game 1, I think we are all ready and prepared in here. We are all confident and we believe in one another.”
  • AJC wise guy Jeff Schultz weighs in on Van Gundy and Dwight’s takes on Twin’s tactics.

Michael Cunningham, Hawks beat

694 comments Add your comment

shawn Ali

April 19th, 2011
2:40 pm

honest_abe

April 19th, 2011
2:55 pm

“Playing Howard straight-up and taking away the three-point shooters is a strategy. Allowing Howard to score 46 points and hope his teammates shoot 8-34 is not.”

is it ok to say he’s a dolt? i thought it was common sense that one was a result of the other.

SWAT Native

April 19th, 2011
2:55 pm

The league doesn’t want the Hawks to win this series. If they send out Steve Javy’s crew tonight, you know what’s up.

Hawksfancents95

April 19th, 2011
2:56 pm

the postseason of the NFL and NBA is one in the same. whoever has the best defense/ running game=points in the paint trumps the passing game=16-23 foot jumpers and 3’s. The jumpers and 3s can win a series but to contend for a TITLE you must be able to score inside and shoot free throws. The hawks can get by orl or mayb even chi with jumpers and decent d, but we can not score in the paint or get to the line like bos/mia/la/dal can.

aytunstopable

April 19th, 2011
2:58 pm

I’ve been saying it since day 1 of the damn season. Atlanta is a better team than Orlando and the season series and game 1 so far has proven it. The trades the magic did was probably the worse big trades they could have done.

Rev in Tampa

April 19th, 2011
3:00 pm

Its been fun living in the afterglow of the big win in game one. Here’s hoping that we play with the same tenacity and take a 2-0 lead back to Phillips.

Geemack

April 19th, 2011
3:01 pm

MC

What’s the plan when the jump shots are not falling?

Our inside game was none existent in this game.

Al and Josh needs to have a bigger presence inside the rest of the series.

Rod from College Park

April 19th, 2011
3:09 pm

Section 303,

Before I respond, please let me know what your definition of a player coasting is. If you think Josh coast, but Horford does not, I need to know what you are basing that on.

Terrell

April 19th, 2011
3:11 pm

Hawksfancents95

Tell that to the Green Bay Packers

Section 303

April 19th, 2011
3:12 pm

I swear….no one wants to give the Hawks any props. That a$$hole writer must be forgetting that the Magic play 4 guys who can’t guard anyone on the floor. Good luck with the Redick/Johnson matchup, d-bag!

I’m starting to think that no team respects the Hawks. Dwight Howard said he hates losing to the Hawks, but watch him on the video prior to saying that. He pauses and says “you know what I mean…” I took that as his way of saying “It’s the HAWKS, c’mon!”

I think this attitude is why you see teams like the Celtics, Knicks get so aggressive and want to bow up towards Hawks players. They think they are better. I’ve not seen A’mere try and be alpha male against any other team. But, play the Hawks and he is suddenly the toughest guy in the league.

Just a lack of respect. These teams think they are so much better….Magic is just another. Is going to be great sending these a$$holes home for the summer.

calihawks

April 19th, 2011
3:13 pm

Can they make jumpshots all night again i dont kno but it was nice 2 see them drive 2 the basket a lil bit more instead of settling for a long shot .. The magic will come out more harder & intense on defense 2nite and maybe play a lil to aggressive . But on the other hand maybe that can open lanes to the basket only prob is Dwight is gonna be there .. If the shots are open then they will take them no doubt about that.. Maybe a lil elbow soreness will keep smoove from takin long jumpshots anyways..lol….LD dont make 2 many adjusments as long as what works then lets just keep it…

mountain_jim

April 19th, 2011
3:13 pm

Refs: How about calling those offensive fouls on Dwight when he backs into and over anything in his way on his path the the basket? He had 5 offensive fouls in first half, if the rules were enforced.

Section 303

April 19th, 2011
3:16 pm

Rod from College Park,

He coasts. I watch. I’ve seen him not go after balls, walk up and down the floor, and settle for jacking jumpers he can’t make.

I’m not sure what you’re getting at dragging Horford into the conversation. Considering he is known around the league as a talented, scrappy player, I think you are really, really reaching.

But….whatever….You’re never going to change my mind on this. The conversation will just be like a dog chasing its tail. So, we might as well drop it. I know what I see.

Slimjr

April 19th, 2011
3:23 pm

HAWKS DONT GET RESPECT TILL THEY PLAY LIKE THEY FREAKING CARE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THOSE SONS OF ____________________- TOOK THE LAST 6 GAMES OFF!!!!!!!!!!!!

THE FREAKING FANS SHOULD GET REFUNDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
PLAY LIKE THAT FOR 82 AND STOP GETTING BLOWN OUT BY 35 EVERY 5 WEEKS!!!!! CAUSE YOUR COASTING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
THIS IS A RESULTS DRIVEN GAME! SHOW SOME GOOD RESULTS THE RESPECT WILL COME LATER………………..

Slimjr

April 19th, 2011
3:30 pm

MR STERN, I SEE YOUR BOYS INFLUENCED ANOTHER PLAYOFF GAME LAST NIGHT WITH THE BULLS AND INDIANA…..PHANTOM OFFENSIVE CALLS FOR THE AWAY TEAMS AND NO CALLS FOR THE HOME TEAMS IN CRUNCH TIME IN VERY CLOSE GAMES IS GETTING PRETTY BLATANT SIR!!!

I AM ONTO YA BUSTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! TIM DONAHUE MAYBE ONTO SOMETHING???????
I AM WATCHING…………………………..

Kaye

April 19th, 2011
3:39 pm

HAWKS MADNESS!!!! Send this to everyone Hawks fan you know and lets get HYPE for our Hawks playoff push!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTY074F6Oio

Reggie

April 19th, 2011
3:41 pm

Who in the blue blazes is Tim Donahue?

Tale of Woe

April 19th, 2011
3:43 pm

Larry Drew doesn’t strike me as a very smart man. First, he lets his son leave the UNC basketball team and drop out of school and now he uses improper English with the word irregardless. Horrendous!

JeJe

April 19th, 2011
3:43 pm

We gotta have a must-win urgency tonight. We cannot be lackadasical with the belief that we stole homecourt. Let’s win tonight then win at home at Philips and get ready for Chicago, who hopefully will have a long intense series with the surprising Indiana Pacers (Vogel is a solid coach)

Najeh Davenpoop

April 19th, 2011
3:46 pm

“I’m starting to think that no team respects the Hawks.”

We fans watch this team for 82 games every season, and most of us don’t respect them either, at least not to the extent that would have allowed us to predict a playoff series win. I don’t blame the national media for hating on the Hawks when they looked so lackluster for the last three months of the regular season and against every quality opponent. But part of the fun is that they can erase all that with a strong postseason, and they are off to a good start.

jgsbirds

April 19th, 2011
3:46 pm

game 2 will be very tough to win. i thought the hawks could win game one now if they could somehow still a win tonight–this serious would be very hard for the magic to gain control. i’ll be honest– i think the magic win in an easy fashion tonight. trust me i hope i’m so wrong and will be rooting for the hawks with my three sons. it’s the playoffs–you just never know. one more in orlando should give us enough cushion to take the series.

go hawks!

Najeh Davenpoop

April 19th, 2011
3:47 pm

Also, I think a team with a similar winning percentage and point differential as the Hawks that wasn’t so willing to fold and was mentally and physically tougher would be more respected by the media and their peers alike.

Najeh Davenpoop

April 19th, 2011
3:53 pm

If the Hawks manage to pull off the victory tonight, it really puts them in the driver’s seat in this series. It would take a monumental choke job to lose this series if they go up 2-0 winning both on the road.

Easier said than done, though. I think the Magic are going to make every effort to shut Joe down and force him to make quick decisions out of the double team, and although Joe did a great job of being aggressive in Game 1, his season long track record says that he probably isn’t going to keep that up for every game in the playoffs. If the Hawks win tonight I think it will be a grind it out game in the lower 80s. I’d be really surprised to see them approach 50% shooting again tonight.

Rod from College Park

April 19th, 2011
3:55 pm

Section 303,

Ok. Now that I know what you mean, again you can believe anything you want, but what you believe is fantasy.This years stats:

J. Smith – 2,644 min, 657 reb, 99 steals, 120 blocks, 255 ast, 1,274 pts
A. Horford – 2,703 min, 718 reb, 59 steals, 80 blks, 266 ast, 1,178 pts

So he does not go after balls, and is not scrappier than Horford, but he leads the team in steals, he walks up and down the floor, but he leads the team in blocks, and is second in rebounds. He settles for jackin jumpers that he can’t hit, but shot a higher percentage from 3 than Joe, and Marvin, and is only one percentage point behind Jamal. He shot 47% from the field which is better than Carmelo, Durant, and Granger while playing a lot of the 3 position. All this while playing on a bad knee for about a third of the season, but you say he coast because you have season tickets. Again , I ask you this, if Josh coast, what do Marvin, Joe, Horford, Bibby, and Jamal do? They all play similar minutes, so why don’t they put up similar numbers? Horford was brought into by Northcyde, and I agree with him.

Northcyde,

“It’s hard to criticize Josh Smith’s effort out on the court. Even if he does coast at times, he also plays as hard as anyone on the team at times. It just seems kind of strange to criticize him on his effort, when he’s the guy most likely to make hustle and energy plays.

If Josh coasts, what does Horford do?”

Michael Cunningham

April 19th, 2011
3:55 pm

@Geemack: “MC What’s the plan when the jump shots are not falling?”

in Game 1 it was scoring in the mid range and getting to the free-throe line, with J.J. the main guy doing both. there wasn’t a Plan B for much of the season so it will be interesting if the Hawks can find ways to score other than Js if they must do so.

honest_abe

April 19th, 2011
4:05 pm

the hawks plan b revolves around posting josh and al. both have mismatches down low and so they need to take advantage of them when given the opportunity.

it was encouraging seeing jj slash into the lane and making quick, assertive decisions. we’ll see if he’s ready for a quicker double team this time around. guys need to be ready to take it to the hole strong when he that double comes.

honest_abe

April 19th, 2011
4:07 pm

it’s not even a debatable. josh smith plays hard when he wants. i don’t see how you’re defending him. anyone that watches even a small number of games sees this. he hustles when its convenient for him to do so.

Sleepy

April 19th, 2011
4:20 pm

Rod the fact that Josh puts up those numbers is the issue that I think most have with . Although I dont get why numbers especially fg position means anything in this situation .

I the the proper question would be : What role does Josh need to fulfill for the hawks to be successful and does he devote all his passion and energy towards fulfilling that role 100% of the time ? I think the same could be asked of Al .

I will say though that I think both of then have been shell shocked this season . They scored a few points last year and thought they were ready to carry the team but I dont think either one realized how hard it is and how much was expected of them.

O'Brien

April 19th, 2011
4:22 pm

I think Josh coasts sometimes. But to put it in context, if you watch any NBA player closely enough, you will see that they coast too (with MJ, Kobe, maybe KG etc being the exceptions). Its the way of the NBA. Very few players go all out every game, so I wont hold it against Josh. I just think he needs to pick his spots a little better on defense.

Najeh,

Was it TMac who won the first 2 games of a playoff series on the road, and then said “it feels good to go to the second round”? Of course, they lost the series.

If Hawks go up 2-0, the Magic will have a hard time winning 4 out of 5 (since the Hawks won 4 out of 5 from them this year). But given the consistent inconsistencies of the Hawks, I wouldnt be surprised.

I hope the Hawks dont relax later just because they are guaranteed at least a split. The game is there for the taking. Let’s take it tonight.

honest_abe

April 19th, 2011
4:26 pm

i don’t think anybody is expecting josh to drink 10 bulls and run around like his pants are on fire for 48 minutes. there’s a difference though between those who make an effort to run back and those that don’t even try at times. it’s those that put forth that extra effort to go after loose balls, to help out on a defender and run back…. i’m talking about putting forth effort in things that don’t show up in that stat sheet. that’s where josh is lacking. any coach can see it. that’s why the guy is yet to be an all star. hubie brown always points out josh’s lack of effort. it’s plain as day folks. now when he’s motivated we can see his potential. but it’s more of tease than anything else.

drmaryb (*_-)

April 19th, 2011
4:27 pm

Well Adjusted!

“ Drew on adjustments for Game 2: “We are going to start the game as we did the last game. I am not going to panic with adjustments until we start getting hurt with things. Sometimes I think the tendency is to start making adjustments when there is no need to. I am not going to do anything out of the ordinary. If you have to make adjustments, do it but not if you don’t have to.”
__________________

Like I said yesterday, the only thing Larry Drew needs to do is adjust his jock – strap, until otherwise indicated. I’m glad he agreed, it is the prudent thing to do. Let SVG make their needed adjustments first, and see if it even works for them.

Najeh Davenpoop

April 19th, 2011
4:28 pm

I think a lot of the sentiment towards Smoove comes from a) unrealistically high expectations as compared to his actual ability, and b) the fact that when he screws up it looks a lot worse than when other players on the team screw up.

First of all, there is a large contingent of Hawks fans who for some reason believe that just because he can jump out of the gym Smoove should be producing at the same or close to the same level as LeBron. Some people seem to think that anyone can develop ball skills and only athleticism is something that is inborn. But LeBron, Kobe, T-Mac, etc. had far superior shooting and ball handling skills to Smoove even as rookies. To his credit, Smoove has developed a lot of his ball skills from the abysmal level they were at in 2004 to at least a league average level now, but even after seven years of steady improvement he is nowhere close to where those players are, and it’s mainly because he was nowhere near their level from the start.

Secondly, the casual fan sees Smoove shooting jumpers and groans because it’s obvious that his jumper is one of the weaker aspects of his game, but they don’t notice (or care) that Al passing up wide open shots or Joe taking five seconds to pass out of a double team hurt the offense just as badly. Combine that with the whiny face he makes when he complains to the refs and it rubs people the wrong way.

I’m the kind of guy who cares about production. If a guy is helping the team win, he can whine and complain all he wants and I don’t give a sh-t. I realize this probably puts me in the minority. As for his effort, I don’t have season tickets and I go to about 5-10 Hawks games a year, so maybe my opinion on the subject is less valid than people who are there every day (although it’s not like TV gives you a whole lot less than what you can see from the 300 level). But from my vantage point Smoove plays about as hard as anyone else on the team — which is to say that when things are going well he plays hard, and when they are not he doesn’t. I don’t think this makes him very different from anyone else on the team, Al included. In an 82 game season, players do coast from time to time.

The one stat that is for the most part the result of effort is rebounding, and Smoove and Al have identical defensive rebounding rates this year. Al’s offensive rebounding rate is higher than Smoove’s, which presumably is due at least in part to him not having to play small forward for stretches at a time.

Najeh Davenpoop

April 19th, 2011
4:30 pm

And I am only bringing up Al — who I like just as much as Smoove — in that post because he was brought up earlier, so don’t try to paint me as some sort of Al-hater.

honest_abe

April 19th, 2011
4:33 pm

see sleepy’s post above. he basically says exactly what i believe most hawks fans feel about j. smith. not any of the points just mentioned by najeh.

nobody thinks josh should be lebron. only josh thinks he has the same skill set as lebron. big difference. this is why people get fed up with him. play within the game young fella.

Najeh Davenpoop

April 19th, 2011
4:34 pm

“Was it TMac who won the first 2 games of a playoff series on the road, and then said “it feels good to go to the second round”? Of course, they lost the series. ”

Haha… I think they were up 3-1 when he said that actually, and the Pistons came back and won the final three games of the series.

As a Hawks fan, it’s better to have low expectations and be pleasantly surprised than to have high expectations and be inevitably disappointed.

Sleepy

April 19th, 2011
4:37 pm

If you look back at film of the game the only player on our squad who hit difficult shots was Jamal but thats how he plays . Everyone else was wideopen Als and Kirks shots and JJ mixed it up very well.

The thing about it is that none of our jump shots were hot they just made the shots that came there way throughout the course of the game .

atl fan

April 19th, 2011
4:50 pm

What is the TV situation for this game? Since it is on NBA Tv, is the only other option to find a link online?

Also, I believe our best option is to get Howard into foul trouble. The Magic have no other option at center, so if we could get him out of the game, Horford should be able to do some damage on the inside.

Najeh Davenpoop

April 19th, 2011
4:58 pm

The Hawks had the second biggest drop in TV ratings this year for any NBA team, behind only Cleveland. They are fifth from the bottom in rating share among all teams. ATL is a large enough market, though, that this doesn’t put them in the bottom five in actual TV viewership.

Najeh Davenpoop

April 19th, 2011
4:58 pm

Tonight’s game is on Fox Sports Net if you don’t get NBA TV like me.

Najeh Davenpoop

April 19th, 2011
5:00 pm

Better than the Thrashers, though.

The Truth

April 19th, 2011
5:01 pm

“The one thing we can’t do is shy away from getting to the basket, irregardless of who is down there”

LD, I’m not usually picky about grammar but you keep using this “irregardless” during interviews as though it is a legitimate word, which it is not. But if you win this game tonight, all is forgiven.

Nate ArchiBALL

April 19th, 2011
5:02 pm

The game is also on Fox Sports South – pregame starts at 7 pm.

jason

April 19th, 2011
5:03 pm

*If the Hawks play good D and share the ball, no reason they can’t beat Orlando*

jason

April 19th, 2011
5:03 pm

NBA TV FTW!!

superiorblogman

April 19th, 2011
5:07 pm

MC, hopefully this is not the blog we get stuck with for the game. I am tired of talking about that win. We are in the same position as Memphis and NO and neither of them are winning there 1st round series. Get over how good Hinrich, JJ, and Jamal looked game 1 because it will not be duplicated tonight. Back to Life, Back to Reality.

Nate ArchiBALL

April 19th, 2011
5:09 pm

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Slimjr

April 19th, 2011
5:10 pm

JOSH,HOWARD=EGO’S LARGER THAN THEIR SKILL SETS…DID THEY NOT GET THE MEMO??
DIDN’T THESE TWO GO TO THE SAME HIGH SCHOOL, DON’T TEACH JUST PLAY??????

KIRK: SCOTTIE WE NEED MORE WARP DRIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
SCOTTIE: CAPTAIN THIS IS ALL SHE’S GOT!!!!!!!!

Rod from College Park

April 19th, 2011
5:15 pm

honest abe,

“there’s a difference though between those who make an effort to run back and those that don’t even try at times. it’s those that put forth that extra effort to go after loose balls, to help out on a defender and run back…. i’m talking about putting forth effort in things that don’t show up in that stat sheet. that’s where josh is lacking. any coach can see it. that’s why the guy is yet to be an all star.”

No that is not why he is yet to be an all star. His is yet to be an all star because of the log jam of better scoring forwards in the east, as compared to Al being voted in as a center. Al would never have been an All Star as a power forward either. He is not better than Boozer, Bosh, Amare, Garnett, Pierce, or Lebron. Honest Abe, you are not being honest. If he does not put forth the extra effort to go after loose balls, then why has he led the team in steals the last two years? Does he possess some kind of magnet that makes the ball come to him? If he does not help out then how has he amassed over 1100 blocks in 7 years. There are a number of 6′8/6′9 guys in the league, why don’t they all have those numbers. If Josh does not put forth extra effort, please tell me who on this team does?

Najeh,

I agree with you. In this case, stats do tell the whole story. Perception is not reality.

Rufus1

April 19th, 2011
5:17 pm

Going up 2-0 almost scares me more than 1-1. The Hawks may relax if we are up 2-0 and let the Magic back in the series. However, if we get 2-0 lead, I think the Magic will quit.

Worldwide Clyde

April 19th, 2011
5:18 pm

I was the first one to say Hawks in 6 and I’m sticking to it.

FIRE SUND