Atlanta Hawks: Notes, quotes and links

ChicagoChecking in from the Chi, where it is chilly and windy in frickin May . . .

  • D-Rose practiced today. David Kaplan of reported Rose had an MRI that revealed a Grade 2 ankle sprain but says Rose is “expected to start” Game 2.
  • Rose also is the MVP.
  • Teague knows the playoffs will have some bearing on his future with the Hawks.
  • Teague on if he had any pregame shookness: “At the jump ball, you are a little nervous. I get nervous before every game. After the jump ball went off, I just started playing basketball and forget about everything else.”
  • J.J. on Teague: “He knows that we need him. I think he’s going to be focused from here on out. You could see it the previous days leading up to the game. It doesn’t surprise me that he came out and played the way he did. I just look forward to him getting better.”
  • Al on Teague: “I think everyone has always seen the potential with Jeff. I think time and time again he’s been given the opportunity and he’s delivering. I’m proud of him to come out and handle things the way he did.”
  • L.D. on if he ever struggled to find a balance between letting Teague play and develop and the team’s overall goals:” I’ve never struggled with that. I’ve always said with Jeff, the main thing is to try to find the consistence with him. I’ve always believed in him.”
  • J.J. on if Teague ever got down about not playing much: “That’s understandable when you are in your first and second year. You want to play so bad. You go stretches where you may not play games. Then you go stretches where you do play, and you play good and you feel like you should be playing. I understand his frustration. He had to wait his turn and he’s done that. He’s just got to seize the moment right now.”
  • J.J. on if the Hawks are motivated by a lack of respect:  “Last night was a perfect example of this young Atlanta Hawks team [that is] very hungry and very underrated, and not appreciated. We just come out and try to have fun.”
  • L.D. on if he’s used the perceived slights to motivate his team: “To be perfectly honest, I haven’t used it all. I haven’t mentioned one thing about rallying behind that. I know some coaches would do it but I don’t see a need.”
  •’s Zach Lowe breaks down Atlanta’s screen-roll coverages against D-Rose.
  • Al on those coverages: “We were showing a lot of different looks. Rose is so fast and explosive. You can’t show [on screens] too much.”
  • A lot of the burden for guarding pick-and-rolls fell on the guards vs. Orlando. Now it’s on the bigs. “This time with a guy like Derrick Rose that is so good with the ball, we have to give more help,” Al said.
  • Teague on Smoove and Al’s help on Rose: “They were huge. Josh did a really good job of meeting him at the rim. Al did a great job of corralling him in transition and things like that. That is what it is going to take to stop him, a total team effort.”
  • Sebastian Pruiti of breaks down the play that got Al that wide-open dunk.
  • SB Nation’s Mike Prada, who was among those to dismiss the Hawks as lucky jump-shooters in Round 1, might be reconsidering.
  • Smoove on helping limit Noah to one offensive rebound in Game 1: “I just tried to match his physicality. Anticipating the shot going up and trying to get a body on him early. As long as I face guard him and do my part and he doesn’t even touch the ball, I’ve done my part. You have to be real disciplined. What is so hard, the reason they get a lot of offensive rebounds, guys tend to ball-watch Derrick Rose because he is so aggressive and draws so much attention. That’s probably how [Noah] and Boozer probably gets a lot of tip-ins.
  • J.J. on his no excuses pledge during the All-Star break: “There is no pressure on this team, man. In every series we are going to be the underdog, regardless, so all we have to do is come out and play our game.”
  • L.D. on being up 1-0: “Looking back at the Orlando series, being in a similar situation, I thought we let our guard down a little bit. I thought we were a little complacent and a little soft. That’s something I can’t allow to happen at this time. We are in familiar waters again. We can’t come out passive with our guard down. We can’t be satisfied.”
  • J.J. on taking home-court advantage from the Bulls: “We are not satisfied. We know the series isn’t over. But yet still we know we are in the drivers’ seat. It wouldn’t hurt to get another one.”
  • L.D. on snapping the second-round losing streak: “A lot of people had written us off in the series before it even began. And we’ve been here before. Now that we have been in these situations a few times, we respond differently. We don’t listen to what’s being said. We listen and pay attention to detail a little bit more than we have in the past. And I do believe this team is a little more hungry.”
  • L.D. on what he didn’t like from Game 1: “Offensively we didn’t do as good of a job particularly when the game got physical. That’s something I’ve been preaching since the Orlando series. Playoff basketball means energy, it means intensity, it means physicality. We have to be prepared for it, we have to expect it and we have to respond.”
  • L.D. on the adjustments he anticipates from Bulls: “I am sure their aggression will be more. It is a game where their backs will be against the wall and they feel it’s a must-win for them. It’s hard to say what they will do differently [strategically]. We have to look at things more in a general [way]. With Rose we know we will see a high volume of pick-and-rolls. We could see Boozer posting more, more touches for Deng, more touches for Korver. It’s hard to say.”

Michael Cunningham, Hawks beat

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Section 303

May 3rd, 2011
6:12 pm

If you haven’t looked, go read Jeff Schultz’s rankings of the local teams. He has the Hawks #3, behind Braves and Falcons. What the F?! No debate…Hawks are the top team in this town.

Korver is the Bulls player that scares me the most (not counting Rose, of course). I thought the Hawks gave up too many open looks to Turk in the Orlando series. Turk just missed the shots. If Korver gets the same looks, he is not going to miss.

Gotta get Game 2 tomorrow night. I thought the Hawks let a huge chance pass them by in Game 2 of the Orlando series. Can’t let that happen tomorrow. Every game has to have major urgency.


May 3rd, 2011
6:16 pm


Why they should be worried:
-Horford and Smith combined for 17pts, when the average 30pts.
-We have the best BIG Man on the floor and he had 9pts(Horford)
-Josh Smith has found his shotblocking Mojo
-Boozer: If that is what they call “getting it going” they are in trouble.
- Teague, not Kirk is the best perimeter defender we have.

It wasn’t a good thing for the Bulls that Kirk got hurt, because Teague wouldn’t have played LD likes shotmakers…..Kirk’s a better shooter but Teague is a lock down defender….No one can stop Rose, but Teague will make him work much harder than Kirk….Especially on a BAD ANKLE.


May 3rd, 2011
6:26 pm

Beautiful time to be a Hawks fan. Every Hawk that played last night scored. Teague scored the very first points of the game with a floater. The person I really loved to see eat dirt was Charles Barkely. Charles, just liked every other media outlet gave Hawks no chance versus Orlando. Hawks went in, took home court and nailed Magic 4-2. Same scenario playing out with Bulls.

Hawks can take their game up another level if thay can win game 2. They should not be satisfied to steal one game. They can further shock the world, and elevate their playoff run by winning game two. If Hawks can do that, they I will officially declare them as having arrived, and enroute to a first ever Eastern conference berth.

Sir Charles, eat dirt. Kenny Smith, chew on grass. Hollinger, chop crow. Y’all suck!

Go, Hawks, Go!


May 3rd, 2011
6:29 pm

Hawks and Memphis, the two most surprising and spoilers in league history.

How about them Grizzles, huh? Wiped out the top seeded team in the west, and now one up versus Durant and co.

Go, underdog spoilers!


May 3rd, 2011
6:58 pm

Do you believe JJ still has the worst contract in the NBA?


May 3rd, 2011
7:00 pm

A few points:

1) Time and time again players have come out and had the game of their lives with so-called injuries. That being said, I’m not depending on D Rose’s janky ankle to give the Hawks an advantage. But it wouldn’t hurt if it took away some of his explosiveness.

2) The Hawks aren’t gonna hit all the shots that they made in Game 1. I hope they make adjustments on their offensive scheme to get more points in the paint, as the Hawks collectively have the best bigs on the floor.

3) Josh taking an open jump shot isn’t a horrible thing, but he’s much more efficient when he drives in for the foul. Somebody get in his ear.

4) The Hawks must continue to corral D Rose. Teague deserves all the praise hes received, but it truly takes the whole team to guard that guy, gimpy ankle or not.

5) The refs made some horrible calls and the Hawks still pulled this one out. Don’t mean to be that dude (that dude=conspiracy theorist), but the refs were calling everything for the Bulls. Somebody needs to call them out. Of course, they won’t, because all the rules are set up so that no one questions the refs without penalty. Not exactly a system of checks and balances.


May 3rd, 2011
7:07 pm

“I’ve always believed in him.”

Larry your full excrement…………………………


May 3rd, 2011
7:08 pm

Section 303

May 3rd, 2011
6:12 pm

“If you haven’t looked, go read Jeff Schultz’s rankings of the local teams. He has the Hawks #3, behind Braves and Falcons. What the F?! No debate…Hawks are the top team in this town.”

Don’t know about that. Even with the Hawks finally breaking through and winning a 2nd round playoff game, I’d still put the Falcons at one. I know people will jump out and say, “they don’t win in the playoffs…”

But, if you compare the two organizations, and you asked folks who had a better shot to win a title in the coming years, I’d personally lean towards the Falcons. They’re 3 seasons removed from being at rock bottom, and they’re in position to make some playoff runs? That’s incredible. They’re relatively young, and they’ve been built pretty solid. Solid core of guys.

Compare that to the Hawks. I’m happy that the Hawks are playing well right now. But, do I see them as a legitimate championship contender? No.

I guess you guys can debate it. To me, it’s no competition.

1 – Falcons
2 – Hawks
3 – I’m not big on baseball, and I know the braves are supposed to have a good team and all, but baseball is a waste of time. So the Braves come in at 3.


May 3rd, 2011
7:10 pm

Just compare the two organizations.

The Hawks and their ownership, GM, coach. Their philosophy? Do they strike you as an organization hungry to win titles? If you say yes, you’re lieing.

The Falcons have come out and openly stated their goals. But, it’s not just lip service on their behalf. They actually make the moves, spend the money, hire the people, and ultimately function in a manner that leads people to believe they’re trying to win titles, not just settle on being ‘good enough’.

Ole Hawks Fan

May 3rd, 2011
7:11 pm

LD saying how he had confidence in Jeff Teague NOW…………………………If YOU believe that……I’ve got some swamp land in lower SC for SALE REal Cheap. Be a MAN…………………..LD and admit this organization failed in how Teague and other YOUNG Players in the Hawks organization was handle inproperly By Woody and now YOU. Give Taegue A Chance!


May 3rd, 2011
7:14 pm

The Hawks can definately sympathize with Rodney Dangerfield’s “I get no respect”. Now i fear that if they win this series with the Bulls then it’s going to be all about, “They only won because Rose was hurt”. Screw these folks in the national media and elsewhere that are always talkin bad about folks. I say “They get no respect from me!”.


May 3rd, 2011
7:18 pm

I agree with northcyde. Al and Josh need to work on post moves this offseason.

When LD was hired at the end of the season last year, he said he wants Josh to establish himself in the post. And what did Josh work on over the summer? His jumpers. Not his post moves. His jumpers. What does that tell you about Josh’ defiance?

Instead of working on his strengths to become better at it, Josh chooses to try and prove people wrong. 7 years later, when will he get it?

And Al needs to realize that even if he is a PF, he still needs a post game.


May 3rd, 2011
7:21 pm

I wish Josh would pattern his game after Zach Randolph.


Another thing we did expect from them, though pretty much received, was terrible shot selection. Marvin Williams, Jamal Crawford, and Josh Smith were especially notable culprits, and Smith’s propensity for jumpshots are what got the the Bulls the lead in the 3rd quarter as they were able to run off of the rebounds.

But again, the Bulls weren’t able to pull comfortably away (finishing that quarter even), and while a team like the Pacers can be more easily clamped down upon with their lack of shot-creators, the Hawks are used to playing every possession like their structured offense has been taken away..


May 3rd, 2011
7:31 pm

grade two sprain on rose. interesting take along with the definition of that type of sprain.

rose hasnt gotten to the line much since he sprained it the first time and his mobility is not going to come close to the guy who carved us up like chopped liver and will be down from what we saw yesterday. willis reid like effort will be required of him to make it look like it doesnt hurt or isnt affecting his game.

i imagine it would be really good to take the ball right at him as on offense he can control what he does, on defense he is at the mercy of whoever he has to guard. that is another reason to have jt0 in the game strategically or force crawford to buckle him a couple of times.


May 3rd, 2011
7:33 pm

Structured offense has been taking away???…No the Hawks are blessed with 2 guards who can go iso on your azz….Can create their own shot off their dribble and in this playoff run that is a huge advantage!!!!

Earl the Pearl and Walt Frazier won like that with the Knicks some years ago….

drmaryb (*_-)

May 3rd, 2011
7:33 pm

Focus – Pocus!

The underlying difference I see between the Hawks this year versus recent past is a calm and serious focus. All, the silliness
seems to have – POOF! Disappeared when Bibby packed his bags and left.

That silly and aloof hold he had over this team has vanished into thin air.
And I, for one, am glad. Fellas, have you noticed that our beloved Hawks are growing up right before our eyes.

And people, please lay off Josh. He is playing awesome and within the offense. He will take and make some jump shots, they are not all bad shots. He should and will, I believe drive the ball more often when there is more time on the clock.

But, somebody is passing up those shots for him to take. His team mates trust him. I promise you, Josh is not receiving his own passes. Josh has always been a willing passer.

Sometimes, I think we tend to micro-analyze every little detailed movement and that my friends, will drive you nuts. Don’t do that to yourself, you deserve better. LOL!


May 3rd, 2011
7:36 pm

“Do you believe JJ still has the worst contract in the NBA?”

While I’ve complained (and will, still) about Joe’s contract, I’ve never thought it was the worst in the league, but I do think that it has hamstrung any MAJOR improvement for the Hawks in the near future.

The only thing that has changed for me is that he’s coming a helluva lot closer to earning his pay this postseason than the last two, which were mostly abysmal.


May 3rd, 2011
7:41 pm

Last night was a great win by the Hawks! The Bulls will fight back. The Hawks have a very talented team when they have quick ball movement, use ball fakes, use skip passes when available, and penetrate with the dribble. They will continue to contain the Bulls off the dribble. If Rose does not hit consistently from outside, the Bulls are in trouble. The match ups favor the Hawks! If the Bulls win tomorrow night, then I say Hawks in 6. If the Hawks win game two, look for the sweep! GO HAWKS!!!


May 3rd, 2011
7:42 pm

Josh can shoot 10-12 footers just not anything more than 12 feet, he just doesn’t have that range


May 3rd, 2011
7:50 pm

JJ’s post season performance thus far has been acceptable, not sure if he keeps it up though

James on Pharr Rd

May 3rd, 2011
8:14 pm

Taking advantage of special moments:

Great teams take advantage of opportunities, and we certainly are in the lap of something special-possibly the Conference Finals or more.most of our main guys are in line to define their careers or making the next step as a team at the least: For Joe, he has the chance to slip into that elite category: Josh’s success is sure to mark progress from his rookie journey, and Jamal has a lot of money to make if he does well too in the playoffs. I am happy for Jeff: he is setting himself to be a starter if he can hold this thing together through a couple of games. But, ultimately, as a team we are in a great spot, and the Onassis is on LD to continue motivating these guys and taking advantage of the talent we have on the court. I remember when Detroit had their run a few years ago-they had always looked like “that team” that just couldn’t get over the hump, and when they finally did all the question marks were forgotten. The Hawks can become “That Team.”
The only cost we are paying-is The ASG gets to take credit for this…
Go Hawks


May 3rd, 2011
8:14 pm

Rod – Don’t mean to drive this in the ground, but here’s what you said:

“If you think Al is having a stellar playoffs, thats your opinion, I dont based on the stats, and what I have seen. He also has had a hard time staying on the floor because of foul trouble. I will continue to post my opinions, and you can continue to post yours.”

How is a guy averaging 39.6 minutes per game in the playoffs having a hard time staying on the floor?

How is a guy averaging a double double not having a good playoffs?

How is a guy leading his team in assists not having a good playoffs?

How is a guy who almost never turns the ball over not having a good playoffs?

All Stars are more than Points and FG%. Alot more to basketball than that.

I mean Al has the 4th best rebounds per game of anybody in the playoffs – and we need that don’t we?

He’s also 2nd in Assists in the playoffs among PF’s/C’s.

Al is playing at an All Star level, especially for a C in the playoffs.

Of course I wish he would score more, and shoot a higher %, and more FT’s.

But he’s been very good.

But I think maybe our definitions of All Stars are a little different. I’m comparing him to C’s. Your I think comparing him to SF’s. Which is fair, because he’s played that the most this post season.

And your factoring in scoring and shooting % very high. I’m trying to factor in the total factor – Boards, Assists, Defense, Turnovers etc.

Calling 'em out

May 3rd, 2011
8:18 pm


April 27th, 2011
12:49 am
6 games above .500 means not only mental but just not as talented compare to other teams in the NBA that gained a playoff berth……..


fair weather fan!!! sucka

Calling 'em out

May 3rd, 2011
8:21 pm


April 27th, 2011
1:02 am
the entire front court needs immediate and severe coachin’ on ball handlin’ in the post…PERIOD!!! it’s a weakness that really haunts this team

Hawks Blog, April 26, Magic 101 Hawks 76



May 3rd, 2011
8:26 pm

al needs to gain 15 pounds of muscle and josh ten to withstand the pounding and rigors as well as post game. they ought to spend the summer pounding each other. marvin he has to figure out if he wants to be an impact player and do some off season work on his game rather than school. he haas the money and time later for that. he also needs to grow a bit in mind and body.

Calling 'em out

May 3rd, 2011
8:26 pm


April 27th, 2011
1:30 pm
Hawks you are banned from attending any strip clubs or any clubs for the rest of the playoffs. go act a fool on your vacation….it will be here soon enough! BUSTERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Calling 'em out

May 3rd, 2011
8:27 pm


April 27th, 2011
2:25 pm
Hawks will lose this series. As I said a couple days ago all the Magic needed to do was blow the Hawks out once and the Hawks minds will cave in. I am happy they are going to lose this series though, because this team needs a major overhaul. Hinrich is not the PG of the future and will not get you to the ECF in the present so once again you spent too much on him in that trade. Lastly, Josh Smith is more Lamar Odom than anything, Odom is actually better but the great Phil Jackson long realized that Odom was more valuable as a do it all guy off the bench. Josh will be at his best when he is in that role.

Calling 'em out

May 3rd, 2011
8:30 pm


April 27th, 2011
3:33 pm
The loss last night was not just a loss.It was a CATASTROPHIC LOSS!!!!!!!!!!

The players bailed in the 1st 8 mins!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DUH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We Fans should be totally beside ourselves with the sh_t they dumped on the floor down there in Orlando..TNT was wise not to put this garbage on their station!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
My remote will be ready once again to tune out another pickup game…..

Calling 'em out

May 3rd, 2011
8:32 pm

you are either with the hawks or AGAINST them. make up your effin’ mind. you bash the team one game and ride their jocks when they do well. die hard fans are there thru thick and thin.



May 3rd, 2011
8:40 pm

anyone else hear Tim Leglar say that Josh Smith is the best big on the floor this series? yesterday’s 6pm sports center..


May 3rd, 2011
8:57 pm

Calling ‘em out- is a joke and has battered wife syndrome. These guys wouldn’t be on this blog if they were not hawks fans. I applaud anybody who will criticize their team when they are not playing to the best of their abilities. If all the fans stroked the hawks ego and told them it is ok to get blownout and play hard when they want to, they would be at home right now.


May 3rd, 2011
9:00 pm

Oh yeah, I forgot


When Joe Johnson plays like he did last night “CUT THE CHECK!”


May 3rd, 2011
9:07 pm

Calling ‘em out- bought a Kobe jersey when ASG sold them in the team store. “Anything to help the team out!” SMDH!


May 3rd, 2011
9:43 pm

One of Jeff Teague’s challenges is that in the Association the players with the higher salary generally get the majority of the playing time. Salary determines status and with an organization like the Hawk’s, players like Bibby and Marvin get to play often despite their performance. Add the salary of Captin Kirk, and a pattern emerges.


May 3rd, 2011
9:54 pm

Having watched the Heat Celtics game the Celtics look very old and the Heat will be a tough team the next 3-5 years. I think Hawks if they advance match up better with Boston then the Heat although Hawks match up decent against the Heat

One pther thing. I expect Joe Johnson to get constantly doubleteamed tomorrow and it will be up to the other Hwks to space the floor and have the big man flash to the top of the foul line and able see the floor and make plays


May 3rd, 2011
10:11 pm

One of the things that hurts Rose as a player is he isnt a pas first point guard. If he was he would be even more difficult to defend. One he take it to the rim he isnt going to pass it unless absolutely necessary so if you can crowd the paint and angles chances are you will get a turnover. I like Rose as a player and person but I would take a Chris Paul Jason Kidd pass first point guard any day.

drmary b with the Rose strain what type of issues will he have with that type of Grade 2 strain?


May 3rd, 2011
10:17 pm



May 3rd, 2011
10:18 pm

Calling ‘em out!

Please keep calling them out. I was going to do the same, then just realized they weren’t worth the trouble.

Section 303

May 3rd, 2011
10:28 pm

Calling ‘em out!

Everyone on here is a Hawks fan. Are some manic (like me)? Yes. But, they’re fans. I don’t recall reading any predictions from you. You were calling this playoff run all thoughout the season? Willing to bet you weren’t.

The posters you’re “calling out” have been on here for years. They care. Really, I’m turning this around on you. I’m “callin’ you out”! You’re a troll. So, exit off the site, shut off your computer, and go find some traffic to jump into.

Heat Fan

May 3rd, 2011
10:42 pm

Let’s go Hawks, I’m pulling for you so I have two games to go to when my Heat come up.


May 3rd, 2011
10:44 pm

Mary Ellen (*_-)

I regret that I must disagree concerning Josh.

* But 1st I shall give you kudos for your point about Bibby.

Now back to Josh:
“He is playing awesome”
* [I can't agree]
“and within the offense”
* [that is true / I must agree]

My problem is he has been in the league (what 6, 7) years ?
Folks keep sayin’ words for Josh like:
next year, if, why, if he would only ______, potential, grow up ?
He will be 26 next year – In his prime – small window.

If we don’t trade Josh this summer, we will regret it.

I’m euphoric about the Hawks current run.
I should wait ’til after the play-offs to air my concerns.
But last nite was such a manifestation of his intractable disposition.

Now, I’m thinking when he’s -on- the floor,
who’s -off- the floor who could be augmenting the team much better.
[Zaza come to mind] (with Teague showing his mettle = one more)
I’m a Josh fan !


May 3rd, 2011
10:55 pm

I hate Joe’s comments about how there’s no pressure on us. There’s a ton of pressure on us. If we lose the series, our season is over.

We gotta come out fighting tomorrow. If we get down 15-6 or 7-0 early, it’ll be a long game.

We still haven’t had a situation yet in the Playoffs where we’ve been done and come back and won a game. Hopefully we get off to a strong start tomorrow


drmaryb (*_-)

May 3rd, 2011
10:58 pm

Grade 2 Sprain!

“drmary b with the Rose strain what type of issues will he have with that type of Grade 2 strain?”

Moderate sprain to the ankle is a weight bearing pivotal joint since Rose is an elite athlete he will feel compelled to play on it.

The problem is unbearable pain with pressure from standing on it much less running and jumping in a professional sports game. But, hey the MVP will drag that ankle out there and play on it. The severe pain is caused by the swelling/inflammation inside the joint capsule.

His therapist will order him to ice it 24/7 and apply ultra sound treatments to heat the intra-capsular joint cartilage and reduce the inflammation along with pharmaceuticals.

He will undergo electric muscle stimulation treatments to increase blood flow and oxygen to the muscles around the joint to modulate the pain levels again, along with NSAID’s (non-steroidal analgesic drugs). i.e. Pain Killers.

He will receive the above treatments daily from 8AM – 5PM in lieu of team practices, regardless if someone says otherwise.
Prior to the game, Rose will more than likely receive a steroidal cortisone injection. So, he won’t feel a thing. But, mentally he will feel the foot as unstable, because it is, it will feel wobbly. Buy, hey …
Rose will get a stellar tape job and all will be fine – or, will it?

Common sense says, sit out game 2 and probably the entire series and next. But, hey! This is the play offs and he will hear none of that nonsense. Oh Jerry! And, BTW Teague should catch him back peddling on defense and run him into the paint where he loves to be and break both his ankles, (not literally) but you get my point.

If Teague had a killer cross-over? Now would be the time to put that on display on the big stage for thw whole world to see!

Advantage: Teague.


May 3rd, 2011
11:00 pm

We gotta go all out tomorrow.


Treat tomorrow as game 7 of the NBA Finals.

Get up 2-0 and win AT LEAST 1 at home.


We MUST have that mentality tomorrow




May 3rd, 2011
11:02 pm

I want a physical game tomorrow. I want ZaZa getting into it with Noah. I want Damien playing air-tight D on Deng

I want Z fouling Rose hard and sending his @$$ to the ground

drmaryb (*_-)

May 3rd, 2011
11:09 pm


Look at pressure this way? It’s necessary to play with urgency and intensity, but you never want to play under pressure or tight.

That does not help but hinders peak performance. You want to have some fun and just play loose like on the playgrounds. These guys have been playing basketball since they were probably 6 years old or younger if you count Nerf Ball in the bedroom on a 2′ rim.

Think about it this way? When Captain Sully put that plane down on
The Hudson River in Manhattan, NY?

He said calmly, “Passengers we have to land this plane on the Hudson.”
Captain Sully, came back at the piint of landing and stealthly said,

“Brace for Impact.” The rest was American History:

The Miracle on The Hudson
Courage under Fire
Never Let Them See You Sweat


May 3rd, 2011
11:09 pm

It’s sad that Teague won’t even play next year if Hinrich is back



May 3rd, 2011
11:16 pm

For those that choose to complain about Joe’s deal, keep this in mind. While it might be big on the back end, there are 15 players that had bigger salaries this season. These include big time stars Michael Redd, Yao Ming, & Gilbert Arenas.

Worry about his $ in 2015, not now. He made more his 1st season here than the 1st 3 seasons of this deal. Enjoy the game…unless your hobbies include accounting.

This is rare Hawks air. Enjoy being ahead in a 2nd round series…fun time

I love the smell of victory off Lake Michigan ;-)

Go Hawks

drmaryb (*_-)

May 3rd, 2011
11:16 pm

Grand – Daddy!

I see your fine points. And you are so fine – wink!

Here’s my point:

Can Josh play better? Absolutely.
Has he cost his team any games? No.
The two games they lost? Josh showed up.
Would the team win those 5 games without Josh’s play? No.

This whole team at every position has played excellent at times, and at times all at once. The defense has been amazing, sans game 5.
Overall, these have been total team wins. They collectively have won ugly in most all the wins. There is enough blame to spread evenly. We can’t just point to one person in any of the losses, except maybe Joe in game 5 with 5 points.

I’m just sayin’


May 3rd, 2011
11:18 pm

Have a feeling Rose will go for 40 tomorrow and have like 12 assists

Hope I’m wrong

Cannot let the fact he won MVP psyche us out