Atlanta Hawks: Hawks 84, Magic 81

  • The Hawks will never beat the Bulls playing like this!
  • Chicago’s elite defense will bottle up all those jump shooters! If Jameer gets open layups on critical possessions what is D-Rose going to do to the Hawks?! The Hawks gained confidence from the Dwight Defense in this series but they don’t have such tricks for the Bulls!
  • And don’t get me started on J.J.’s insistence on dribbling out possessions and taking bad shots in the face of defensive pressure! Chicago’s offense isn’t special but even if the Hawks manage to get a lead they will shoot themselves out of it! Josh might be able to bother Boozer but does anybody deliver more momentum-sapping bad shots and turnovers?
  • And I haven’t even mentioned how Chicago is going to . . . “We will worry about Chicago tomorrow,” Marvin said.
  • (UPDATE: Yes, blog people, I was trying to be facetious there.)
  • The Hawks won ugly, but they did win. They may not have had to show so much resolve if they’d figure out how to play with leads, but they did show resolve. “Our will to come up with the loose ball, come up with the big plays down the stretch was big,” J.J. said.
  • The Hawks overcame (another) bad offensive night by getting 14 offensive rebounds and converting 14 Magic turnovers (eight steals) into 19 points. So they found a way to score when they took and missed a lot of jump shots. That’s something.
  • “It’s a bad feeling to let a team outwork you and they did tonight,” Dwight said.
  • Hinrich left the game with what the team at first said was a right knee injury but later updated as a strained right hamstring. The Hawks said he will have an MRI on Friday. If he misses any games then obviously Atlanta’s chances against Chicago dwindle.
  • The Hawks are in the second round for the third consecutive season. They got there by winning in 6 against the team that shellacked them last spring. OK, it’s not the same team, but it’s still Dwight, Jameer, Stan Van Gundy and their band of shooters.
  • “This is a very hard-fought series,” L.D. said. “Coming into the series, not many people gave us a chance. A lot of people thought what we accomplished against this team in the regular season was a fluke. But our guys came into the series thinking they could win.”
  • The Hawks achieved some rare franchise feats by both finishing this series early and winning as the lower seed. And now they will be picked apart between now and Monday as critics scrutinize their well-known weaknesses and question their credentials.
  • It’s what should be expected for a team that often can’t seem to get out of its own way. The Hawks blew leads in Games 3 and 4 then nearly blew one on Thursday before stirring fans at Philips with another close W.
  • In the aftermath, Jameer’s reservation with D-Rose for the second round was on the Hawks’ mind.
  • “That kind of a slap in the face to us and our organization for him to come out and say something like that,” Al said. “I’m sure he’s a great guy and everything but at the end of the day, that’s uncalled for. You can say whatever you want but you have to be able to back it up.”
  • Once again Atlanta’s offense moved outside as the minutes ticked off.
  • After attempting 23 shots in the paint in the first half and making eight, the Hawks attempted 12 from close range and made seven after halftime. After earning six free-throw attempts in the first quarter, the Hawks took nine over the final three periods.
  • Marvin, left with room to operate as the Magic focused on Joe and Jamal, made some big shots in the second half. Then he missed one and J.J. tapped it out to Jamal, who made two clutch free throws.
  • “I just wanted to make a play,” J.J. said. “The play was designed as a pick-and-roll with Al and Jamal. We didn’t really come up with what we wanted but Jamal shot the ball and when it went up, I just tried to crash glass and somehow get my hand on it, and I did.”
  • Joe needed 25 shots to get his 23 points. He started 1 for 8 and then made 9 of his next 17. In the fourth quarter, those included a deep 3 with the shot clock winding down; a nice slice to the basket for a 9-footer; a missed fadeaway 19-footer, and a nice reverse layup.
  • That pretty much summed up his night: some good mixed with some bad and it all worked out at the end of his 46 minutes.
  • “I really thought Joe got into a good rhythm,” Drew said. “He missed some easy shots but I thought he was really aggressive. I was going to ride him all night–not to run every play to him, but I was going to try to keep him on the floor as long as I could. I just felt he was going to will him to this win.”
  • Josh, meanwhile, had his worst game of the series and at one point was booed by fans frustrated by his bad shots and careless turnovers.
  • Hinrich was good on D again and also had Dwight flustered with some early dig-downs. Dwight turned it over on his first three post-ups. One came when Hinrich tied him up for a jump ball and then stole the tip.
  • Dwight finished the series with outstanding production and efficiency. He scored 20 percent of his team’s points, had 29 percent of its rebounds and not only protected the rim on defense but disrupted Joe and Jamal on the perimeter.
  • And yet Dwight’s offseason has started already.
  • “There’s no need for me to comment on my future, so don’t even bring it up,” Dwight said. “I’m focusing on how I can get better for next year with the Magic.”

Michael Cunningham, Hawks beat

163 comments Add your comment

Slimjr

April 29th, 2011
12:15 am

1st again??????????????????????????

Slimjr

April 29th, 2011
12:16 am

Good job iso!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Slimjr

April 29th, 2011
12:17 am

Stay BIG LARRY..KEEP ALLSTAR AL OUT THE PAINT…..

Slimjr

April 29th, 2011
12:19 am

Josh for Rudy Gay…..
Magic jr will never get it…Even after getting booed by the fans…..SAD…………………………

Slimjr

April 29th, 2011
12:22 am

“The Hawks will never beat the Bulls playing like this!”

YOU GOT THAT RIGHT @mc!!!!!!

ScoutDawg

April 29th, 2011
12:22 am

Damn, can’t we just enjoy this one for a minute?

mykhalc

April 29th, 2011
12:24 am

@Slimjr…agree with you about Collins. man, look who has been coachin’ these cats since they came into the league…Woodson and LD!!! Josh…str8 outta HS and that’s who he’s learned from. same with Marvin with just 1 yr of college ball. i really wonder where these 2 cats in particular would be had they had a Collins, Sloan, or Adelman etc etc etc to coach ‘em…

(from previous blog)

Slimjr

April 29th, 2011
12:28 am

IF JOSH WENT TO COLLEGE HE WOULD HAVE BEEN A LOTTERY PICK WITH A SOLID HANDLE AND MUCH MORE MATURE AND EFFICIENT OFFENSIVE GAME…..

Najeh Davenpoop

April 29th, 2011
12:29 am

True story: five seconds before Marvin got stripped by Jameer Nelson, I turned to the guy next to me and called it.

Najeh Davenpoop

April 29th, 2011
12:30 am

Not to take away from Marvin’s otherwise very good performance of course. He really came up big.

Section 303

April 29th, 2011
12:31 am

Michael, geez….I take it you’re expecting a sweep in this Bulls series? You go right at the Hawks to start off your write up.

Josh Smith was awful. I mean just awful tonight. Not a surprise that the Hawks big runs in this game came without him on the floor. I am convinced he will be moved in the offseason. I have no doubts, actually.

I agree with Marvin….let’s enjoy this one. The Bulls can wait. This was a big series win, no matter what anyone says. But, like Michael said, it did not need to be so hard.

mykhalc

April 29th, 2011
12:31 am

like i said…i’m glad we won but i ain’t drinkin’ the koolaid!!!

Slimjr

April 29th, 2011
12:32 am

Collins proved to be a really good leader and coach. I still cant believe Philly made the freaking playoffs with that squad, but got those cats to believe and trust each other!!! And they took off…Didnt they destroy the Hawks back in March??
Collins coached Hawks would have swept the illusion……….LOL

Rufus1

April 29th, 2011
12:34 am

NOT ONE EXPERT PICKED THE HAWKS!!!!!!!!

THEY WILL ALL PICK THE HAWKS TO GET SWEPT!!!!!!

Game one will tell the story. If we win, The Bulls will Lose in 6…If we lose a close game the Bukks win in 7

Slimjr

April 29th, 2011
12:36 am

Move on…Chicago is a huge task and the coaching staff should be watching film right now..Getting ready…..

Whoever wins GAME 1, will advance…ITS that simple……………

Kaye

April 29th, 2011
12:37 am

GREAT SERIES HAWKS! Let’s take it Chi-Town! Get everyone hyped! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTY074F6Oio

Slimjr

April 29th, 2011
12:39 am

Josh ego is his mountain or baggage!!!! it is hindering his game big time…….

Buddy Grizzard

April 29th, 2011
12:46 am

From previous:

“How bad is the injury to Hinrich?
And if he is out, what is the chance LD places enough trust in Teague to give him serious minutes in the Chicago series?” – Big Al

Big Al, what options does Vegas have? JC1 at point 40 minutes per game? Pape Sy??

Teague will get some run. If he embarrasses himself, we all know Vegas didn’t even try to develop him or instill confidence during the regular season. But this is basketball. Either you can play or you can’t. I think we’re going to find out alot about our favorite forgotten Hawk this series.

Slimjr

April 29th, 2011
12:47 am

The reason why we all thought the Hawks was going to lose to the Magic before the series began was because of their awful second half play!!!!!!!!!!!! They backed into the playoffs with a 6 game losing streak. Also they sucked with a 13-26 record against above .500 teams…Now that they have advanced out of the 1st round reinforces that Larry was a turrible hire………

Buddy Grizzard

April 29th, 2011
12:48 am

Don’t drink the MC Hatorade!

Sleepy

April 29th, 2011
12:49 am

Boozer has turf toe and Rose is still banged up from the first rd .

We have to do what the Pacer did which is wear Rose down they just didnt have enough scoring to ever really make a serious run.

We need for Josh Smith to show why he was considered one of the best athletes in the nba .He needs to make his presence felt .

Rose was horrible from three last series I would let him shoot outside of 15 feet and hammer him when he drives and then run him around some screens when hes on defense even if that means Joe initiating the offense and Kirk coming off screens

Rev in Tampa

April 29th, 2011
12:52 am

MC,

Dang! I was waiting for the light-hearted “Just-kidding” moment. An exclamation point on the first four sentences and it didn’t let up. I thought you were going to go ALL CAPS on us. Watch out, you are beginning to sound like us on the blog.

lewis

April 29th, 2011
12:53 am

Kirk was the series MVP.
We’re all fools.

darrell starks

April 29th, 2011
12:54 am

Great win hawks, now it’s on 2 the next round bulls.
GO HAWKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Slimjr

April 29th, 2011
12:54 am

Rose makes Chicago go..Slow him down and you slow down that squad….

The Real Mandingo

April 29th, 2011
12:55 am

The Hawks need to get at the very least a split in the first two games against the Bulls in Chicago to put themselves in a good position to take the next series. Superstitiously speaking, I hope the Hawks wear the Red Alternate Uniforms in all future road games this playoff season. It seems the Hawks played better this season for whatever reason in the road warrior reds (or road rage reds) as I like to call those red alternate uniforms.

Rev in Tampa

April 29th, 2011
12:56 am

From the previous blog -

I have been very vocal about the need to fire Larry Drew. I still hope he will be fired even if the Hawks make it into the ECF. The only thing that Drew brings to the Hawks is his own flawed personality. Who knows, maybe it takes a personality that is as messed up as Drew’s to be able to understand and motivate the messed up personality of this team.

I know this, if Teague has to get major minutes because of Kirk’s injury and Teague looks unprepared, I will be screaming for Drew’s head on a platter.

Slimjr

April 29th, 2011
12:58 am

Hawks must will themselves and take game!
A MUST WIN or they’re done…………………………………………

Slimjr

April 29th, 2011
12:58 am

^^^^^^ game 1!

darrell starks

April 29th, 2011
12:59 am

Kirk had and out standing series but my game ball for the series go collins, with out collins the hawks loose this series, but everybody played there role, the hole time i said starte teague, collins the hawks win this series atleast i got one right in collins but teague was never giving a chance, but it’s okay the hawks win this series and that what matter.
GO HAWKS!!!!!!!!!!!!

Slimjr

April 29th, 2011
1:00 am

AllStar Al has to start playing like an ALLSTAR! No more excuses………………….

Buddy Grizzard

April 29th, 2011
1:01 am

Teague needs to be listening to eminem Rev….

You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow… this opportunity comes once in a lifetime…

Najeh Davenpoop

April 29th, 2011
1:01 am

After Passive Joe made an unwanted appearance in the first half, I was really happy to see Aggressive Joe step up and start looking for the floaters instead of the jumpers in the second half. He brought it on the defensive end too. Al wasn’t good on offense, but he really made up for it with his D and his impact on the boards. Both the Hawks’ All Stars showed up in a big way when it counted.

Jamal was up and down — I thought LD left him in a little too long after the Magic started cutting into the Hawks’ 4th quarter lead — but he did hit some big shots at crucial times as he has done this entire series.

Marvin, like I mentioned earlier, really came through. The 3’s were big, but his perimeter D was bigger.

As for Smoove, well, I can’t say this was entirely unexpected. I had a bad feeling when I saw that he had taken that Orlando Sentinel article personally. Smoove seems like the type for whom motivational factors are a detriment, because his nature is already to be over-aggressive, and things like that just amplify that tendency. He missed some shots he shouldn’t have taken, but he also missed badly on several shots that he normally makes. As is usually the case, I don’t have a huge problem with the shot selection, but I do have a big problem with mediocre D and 4 boards in 26 minutes. He picked a bad time to have a poor all around game. The only silver lining is that when he was reinserted late in the 4th he came through with some big plays on D and on the glass, which were missing for most of the game. Hopefully he carries that over to the Chicago series, where he will presumably play a much bigger chunk of his minutes at his natural PF position.

I gotta say, though, that for most of the game Hedo Turkoglu did more to win the game for the Hawks than anyone in a Hawks uniform. Every time that guy did anything more than catch and shoot it seemed like he was killing the Magic’s entire offensive flow.

On the whole the Hawks made this game much more difficult than it should have been. Great atmosphere in Philips, even with the empty seats in the upper level, but we all would have liked to see the comfortable blowout win that should have resulted as opposed to the grind it out contest that the Hawks insisted on playing.

darrell starks

April 29th, 2011
1:03 am

Teague and Collins starte the hawks will win this series against the bulls, now that hinrich is hurt watch teague with the first unit they will run the bulls of the court watch what i say.
GO HAWKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Najeh Davenpoop

April 29th, 2011
1:05 am

Also, I don’t know if this came through on the TV broadcast, but the reason Dwight blew kisses to the crowd in the late 3rd quarter was because the people behind the basket started a “Dwight You Suck” chant as he was at the line. I did not join in — doesn’t seem like a good idea to alienate someone who might be willing to come here as a free agent.

darrell starks

April 29th, 2011
1:06 am

STARTER TEAGUE, JOE, JOSH, HORFORD, COLLINS
RESERVE JAMAL, DAMIEN, MARVIN, ZAZA, HILTON
BENCH ETAN, POWELL
GO HAWKS ALL THE WAY 2 THE FINALLS
GO HAWKS!!!!!!!!!!!

Slimjr

April 29th, 2011
1:07 am

Derrick Williams, D-12 would look great in a Hawks uni???

Mike W

April 29th, 2011
1:07 am

Good Win HAWKS i predicted hawks win series no doubt,Now its time to move on to chicago tomorrow.My take in the chicago series is a wait and see approach with this team,i want the hawks to win but not going to make a predict till i see how game 1 goes,not go listen to what the media thinks. I believe the pacers showed how to slow rose and the bulls down a little.

darrell starks

April 29th, 2011
1:09 am

It show time now teague will get his chance 2 starte and show why us hawks bloggers have been screaming at LD all year.
GO HAWKS!!!!!!!!!!!!

Grandad

April 29th, 2011
1:11 am

For yawl gettin’ on Mr. Cunningham:

I think he was displaying a certain amount of acerbic wit,
rather than suddenly morphing into a misanthropist.
Don’t you think?

Najeh Davenpoop

April 29th, 2011
1:12 am

Really, the last sequence of this game summed up the entire series. Hawks take a bad shot, but hustle gets them a second chance. Magic get a wide open look out of a timeout to tie, but they brick the shot. Hawks get the board but step out of bounds. Magic get one more desperation look and get their shot blocked. The Hawks played hard in every game — except Game 5 — but they routinely tried to shoot themselves in the foot, only to be bailed out by the Magic who would stab themselves in the heart in response.

The Hawks did not play well, but they played hard. Hopefully if they can keep that up in Round 2 they can make the second round series competitive for a change.

Hawks and Bulls at a glance

April 29th, 2011
1:13 am

If anyone wants a bit of that “hey maybe they can win this thing” feeling than just look to the Bulls opening series against the 8 Seed:

5 pt win
6 pt win
4 pt win
5 pt loss
17 pt series ending blowout win

Not much different from what the Hawks did. They may be number 1 seed but they’re certainly NOT unbeatable.

Rev in Tampa

April 29th, 2011
1:13 am

Najeh,

I posted this on the Magic blog as a parting shot but since you mentioned the possibility of Dwight coming here I’ll repost:

“Have you guys seen Dwight’s post-game interview? Did you see his bow-tie? It was not Laker gold or Knicks orange. IT WAS HAWKS RED.”

Rev in Tampa

April 29th, 2011
1:15 am

Gradad,

I might agree with you if I knew what you said.

Reddjonn68

April 29th, 2011
1:23 am

3-14 fg atts- 0-2 3pt fg atts in a Game 5 victory, this is the man that will lose the series against the Bulls for the Hawks, can anyone guess who’s line that was tonight ??????

Grandad

April 29th, 2011
1:26 am

Rev:
answerting your query from the last blog,
hammies are tricky.
If it were early in season,
patience would be perscribed.
However, as we all know, these are the play-offs,
no tomorrow, and all that.

So, I think Cap’n Kirk will try to be a warrior and play.
* tricky part # 1.
He could, pull / tear his hammie & be out for rest of season.
* tricky part # 2.
He could tear the hammie & do seriou damage…requiring surgery.
* [they will not allow him to take that chance]…..@ least I wouldn’t.

Best case scenario:
Ice, rest, treatment (ice-alt-heat, E-stim, therapy, massage, deep heat, etc)
wrap, compression, and see if he can go?

Better case:
he wakes up in the AM and he’s fine / good as new.
[I don't know the extent of Kirk's faith]

Absolute worse case:
knee swells tonite -&- uh oh !

Grandad

April 29th, 2011
1:28 am

I answerted your query.

*Answert – ain’t that in Belgium?

Grandad

April 29th, 2011
1:29 am

Rev,
I actually took up for MC this time !

drmaryb (*_-)

April 29th, 2011
1:31 am

The Hawks -vs- Magic can not be remotely compared to:

The Hawks -vs- The Bulls. Two different match ups totally, will be on display. We beat The Magic from the Perimeter. In The Bulls series?
The battle will be won in the paint. The forwards and center positions will be our advantage. Less Collins and more Horford will be the key!
__________________

I called Joe to be the closer in The Magic win tonight. But, Joe will not be the answer down low against the Bulls. Joe will become the PG, especially if Kirk can’t go. Look to Jeff Teague to be the NEW X-FACTOR!

His game skills will be the perfect and only anecdote to Mr. Rose, if we even have a prayer at that position on the floor. A heavy dose of Damien and Marvin will be necessary to neutralize Taj Gibson. Josh will need to shut down Deng. ZaZa and Josh will have to also shut down Boozer, unless the Turf Toe (a big deal!) – takes Boozer out.

We Goode!

Let’s Go!

Grandad

April 29th, 2011
1:32 am

Rev;

to quote Mary Ellen:

“I’m rolling on the floor kicking the couch”

I think she is laughing when she does that.