Atlanta Hawks: Bulls 86, Hawks 73

Chicago–The Hawks couldn’t keep Chicago off the boards or D-Rose away from the basket. They took bad shots and also missed 10 attempts within five feet of the basket. No one aside from Teague or J.J. could score.

  • “And still, with four minutes left, it was a six-point game,” Jamal said. “We were right there.”
  • And then on the next four possessions the Hawks reverted to the form they showed for most of the game: J.J. threw the ball away, J.J. missed a challenged iso jumper, Josh’s 3-point attempt rimmed out and Al missed an open 20-footer.
  • One way to view this game is the Hawks had a chance to win despite a poor offensive game and getting pounded on the boards. But they also have to lament the possessions they wasted by taking poor shots and committing careless turnovers and the extra possessions the Bulls got by picking off scraps around the basket.
  • The Hawks never really had a sustained stretch of good play. “We will take the split,” Joe said. “We wanted to come down here and get two but we got one, so we will take it. Now everything is in our favor. We have got to go home and take care of homecourt.”
  • Marvin started 1 for 6 from the field but at least he stopped shooting and got some rebounds. Al’s attempts to bang his way to baskets against Noah weren’t pretty but he facilitated the offense with six assists and had 14 of Atlanta’s 39 defensive rebounds.
  • Josh, on the other hand, didn’t offer much beyond that burst of defense and dunks in the third quarter after he’d angrily ripped off his headband.
  • “I was [ticked] off at myself,” he said “I understand what I need to do to be more effective with this ballclub, especially at the offensive end. I think Game 3 will be a different look for me.”
  • And why was he angry with himself? “Turnovers, a couple of unforced errors on my part, maybe a couple of untimely shots. Just a couple–maybe one or two. It is just frustrating because I know I can give this team a little bit more on the offensive end. Right now I am not doing my part on that end. I know I have got to do more and be efficient like I’ve been all season.”
  • Josh was 0 for 6 from beyond 15 feet, same as in Game 2. Unlike in the opener, he didn’t mitigate that with consistently good work on the boards or on D.
  • Smoove channeled his emotions into a positive during that stretch with the blocked shots (helped by Boozer’s insistence on trying to shoot finesse baskets over him). But Josh’s lack of focus appeared to passive work on the boards and some loose turnovers.
  • “That is something that he has to figure out as a player,” Al said. “If he does, that would show growth. I feel like he’s been growing every year but when he gets that he is going to be on a good position.”
  • When is Smoove at his best for the Hawks? “Running on the break, slashing to the basket, getting blocked shots and when it calls for an open shot, he takes it,” Al said. “When he plays like that, plays poised like that, I think that’s when he’s at his best.”
  • The Bulls, like the Magic in the first round, realized that it’s not enough to just induce Joe and Jamal into long Js. You also have to make them give up the ball or chase them off those shots, too, and so the Bulls turned up the pressure.
  • The results were similar: less ball movement, more contested shots. Joe and Jamal were 4 of 15 from beyond 15 feet. “They made a conscious effort to not let Joe and Jamal beat them,” Josh said. “As teammates we have to do a better job when we catch the basketball so it can make them second-guess if they are going to double them.”
  • “The ball really didn’t move,” Joe said. “We had a lot of tough shots and contested shots. That hurt us. Offensively we got in a rut. Everybody wanted to score; everybody was thirsty. That killed us a team.”
  • There were times when Teague held the ball at the top of the key while trying to feed a teammate on the wing or in the post. “It’s a lot of responsibility on my part to make sure guys get touches in spots where they can be effective,” Teague said. “Tonight they turned up the intensity and made it hard for us.”
  • With the way Teague’s playing, the Hawks might be better off letting him loose instead of slowing things down so he can look for others.
  • “I was just trying to win,” Teague said. “The opportunity comes, I have to be aggressive just so they respect me on the floor.”
  • “I think with Teague playing it kind of throws them off because they really haven’t seen him play much,” J.J. said. “I think it’s hard for them to gear up, especially the first two games.”
  • “I thought he played a brilliant game tonight,” L.D. said.
  • Teague again led the effort to prevent D-Rose from taking over. “I think we did a pretty good job,” Teague said. “He made 10 of 27 shots. I guess we will take that.”
  • Teague is doing a really nice job of making D-Rose work at both ends. But either Rose’s ankle isn’t right or he just doesn’t have it in him to be aggressive because he has so many passive moments.
  • The Hawks had Jamal on Rose and Teague on Korver in the fourth quarter. It sort of worked because Rose wasn’t really looking to go to the basket and Teague makes up for the size disadvantage by staying in Korver’s chest. “You have to crowd and get into him,” Teague said. “He’s a lights out shooter and when he gets his feet set he has a quick release.”
  • Zaza played just eight minutes. Even though he seemed a bit slugging early, I think more Zaza and less Josh might have been in order since the Hawks were getting outmuscled at the basket.
  • More Damien and less Marvin might have been a good thing, too.

Michael Cunningham, Hawks beat

368 comments Add your comment

Nunna!!

May 5th, 2011
12:39 am

1st!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nunna!!

May 5th, 2011
12:41 am

Listening to chicago’s espn station and the fans are calling in and are saying they are,”NERVOUS” about coming to atlanta..They are doubting they can win at least one and are talking about how they have been exposed as a one man team..

ag

May 5th, 2011
12:42 am

X faxtor Marvin failed. He has to give us more. We need 10 points from our SF. Marvin running the break is horrible!

ag

May 5th, 2011
12:43 am

Lukas

May 5th, 2011
12:49 am

“That’s the way it is with playoff basketball,” Horford said. “It’s going to be intense; it’s going to be contact. You have to embrace that. You can’t shy away from that and, at times, I think we shied away from that.”

Not we, Al. YOU shied away from that!!

Slimjr

May 5th, 2011
12:51 am

The 3 Stooges cannot carry a team! not skilled enough!!!!
They get exposed for who they are every time the guard play slacks off..

Josh you have got to go man….Your not listening to your coach man..
Uncoachable as Grandad put it!

Slimjr

May 5th, 2011
12:56 am

Hey Allstar Al, that was a joke saying “we” shied away from contact right????

Dude your new name is MR SOFTIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Not WE, You DUDE..Boozer is punkin you up and down the floor Buster…………………….You look at the paint like its quicksand..What are you afraid of ????? There’s no big bad wolf in there is it??

Josh Smith The Reason

May 5th, 2011
12:58 am

Does anyone wont to admit that josh smith is the real reason atlanta suffers in games, ill advised shots, mood swings, high emotions…. great athleticism and length but yet instead likes to make love to that perimeter game…… WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS GUY!!!!, if there were a real leader on this team they would tell josh smith to not take those ridiculus shots!, joe was being doubled the whole game, josh and marvin should have been slashing to the basket… hawks players, coaches, management, waterboy, towel boy all have mental disorders!!

superiorblogman

May 5th, 2011
12:58 am

Start

PG Teague
SG Joe
SF Josh
PF AL
C Zaza or Collins

The cross matchup should be Josh Smith on Bogans and Joe on Deng. We win this series if LD makes the correct adjustments.

SJ

May 5th, 2011
1:01 am

JT killed it, this is why he should have started this year

Josh Smith The Reason

May 5th, 2011
1:03 am

Does anyone wont to admit that josh smith is the real reason atlanta suffers in games, ill advised shots, mood swings, high emotions…. great athleticism and length but yet instead likes to make love to that perimeter game…… WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS GUY!!!!, if there were a real leader on this team they would tell josh smith to not take those ridiculus shots!, joe was being doubled the whole game, josh and marvin should have been slashing to the basket… hawks players, coaches, management, waterboy, towel boy all have mental disorders!!

Jake_W

May 5th, 2011
1:04 am

I hope Jeff Teague stays this good. Other than that, I can’t really think of much good to say right now.

Alex

May 5th, 2011
1:07 am

LD thinks shot selection is the problem? Bulls +19 on rebounds. Get someone in there to help horford or bulls will run away.

SJ

May 5th, 2011
1:08 am

josh at SF is not a good idea. That just gives him a reason to shoot 3’s all day long

superiorblogman

May 5th, 2011
1:10 am

SJ

May 5th, 2011
1:08 am

josh at SF is not a good idea. That just gives him a reason to shoot 3’s all day long

Being stupid is not a good idea and anyone that thinks that Josh will not do what he wants at any position is just purely stupid at this point

Josh Smith The Reason

May 5th, 2011
1:10 am

JOSH SMITH SUCKS OFFENSIVELY!!!, HES THE REASON WE LOSS, HE DIDNT EVEN ATTEMPT TO HELP HORFORD BOX OUT!

ag

May 5th, 2011
1:12 am

These guys have to slash to the basket

Hawks Fan In New Orleans

May 5th, 2011
1:14 am

I am finally hopping aboard the J Smoove is killing us bandwagon. Just bad on offense due to dumb decisions. Zaza played poorly in limited minutes. LD should never sub Crawford for Teague. Horford played very tentative on offense, Jamal had a off-night, Joe dribbled too much and we STILL had a chance to win in the end! I like our chances in Atlanta.

ag

May 5th, 2011
1:15 am

Teague leaves game with game tied. He has played great defense against Rose. He returns at the 9 minute mark, Hawks down by 8

ag

May 5th, 2011
1:16 am

Josh played bad, but he tried to pick it up. Al NEVER had it. ISO Joe..ISO Joe.

Ryan

May 5th, 2011
1:17 am

Who would have thought Teague would be the lone bright spot? I’ve always been a JT0 fan. Finally getting his do. He is played Rose basket for basket. Josh Smith should have been benched the first half. He played better the 2nd half, but still…..

Grandad

May 5th, 2011
1:21 am

northcyde – How do you give both Al & Josh a [D+]
Al had 14 rebounds & clearly played better than Josh ?

Plus from your previous [latest] sideswipe:
Al is not a legit 6-10,
but even if he were, I said he plays within his game / abilities / element.
“Andre Miller has post moves”, -so what-.
Scarlett Johansson & Eva Longoria are both attractive young ladies,
but that don’t mean they wear the same size brassiere.
In other words, I’ll bet they both got game,
it just might be different, one from the other.

Wabe

May 5th, 2011
1:25 am

The Hawks need to take note of what the Mavericks just managed to do in their series vs. the defending champs. The Mavericks just pretty much wrapped up that series (IMO) before even playing a game at home. I know it’s foolish to count the defending champs out at any point, but truthfully, down 2-0 going to Dallas? All Dallas has to do is win one of those two games at home and that series is theirs to lose.

Now, back to the Hawks. The Hawks have played both game one’s in both series incredibly efficient and poised. However, in both game 2’s, the Hawks seem to play a bit ‘dumber’ and less poised. They’ve had opportunities now twice to go up 2-0 on their opponent, but they don’t play at the level necessary to seize control of the series. Now the Hawks don’t find themselves in a bad spot. They got the split and are headed back home for two games and have homecourt advantage. But, it’d be nice to see the Hawks take control when the opportunities present themselves rather than making it difficult for themselves.

BTW, all Jeff Teague haters, where ya at?

Rod from College Park

May 5th, 2011
1:27 am

Grandad,

Al played no defense, Josh did and Al scored 6 points. They both were terrible.

Grandad

May 5th, 2011
1:30 am

superiorblogman @ – 1:10 am

Co-[dad-gum]-Sign

By the way [that book]
-not a novel-
fascinating nonetheless.
(easy read)
Hope you enjoy.

The Real Mandingo

May 5th, 2011
1:30 am

Superiorblogman,

A quality point guard, unless he has tremendous scoring ability like a Kevin Johnson or an Isiah Thomas, should be a facilitator first and foremost. JT at this point does not have that type of scoring ability. In actuality, his jump shot (perimeter game) is inconsistent and very suspect. Even though he hit a three point shot tonite, he also shot an airball at the top of the key in first half. As I stated in a previous blog, so goes Jamal, Joe and Al (from an offensive standpoint), so goes the Hawks. Just like Game 1 on Monday in Chicago, Joe and Jamal had it going offensively. The two combined, I believe, for 56 points. In Game 1 @ Orlando, Joe and Jamal combined for 48 points. In those two games, the Hawks won. I can go on and on. I am not taking anything away from Teague. I thought Teague should have played more in the regular season all along. I’m just providing my perspective of the two, Teague and Crawford, while they are on the court together. Jamal has put his (offensive) imprint on a lot of regular season and several playoff games in which the Hawks have won. Teague played well in Game 2 tonite but the Hawks still lost. Bottom line, Jamal has won quite a few meaningful games for the Hawks while Teague, in his limited opportunity, has not. It’s very simple. If Joe and Jamal with the help of Al have it going offensively, this usually spells success and a victory for the Hawks. You already know this.

Hawks Fan In New Orleans

May 5th, 2011
1:32 am

Teague is a beast – the haters won’t be out all series. One thing would have done was start Teague from day one this year. Drew should have done the same, big time tactical error on his part. We gave up too much for Hinrich and he cannot even play.

Hawks Fan

May 5th, 2011
1:37 am

Hinrich is one of the reasons we are even playing the Bulls.

Grandad

May 5th, 2011
1:41 am

Rod from College Park

“Al played terrible”
We are in agreement / almost.
14 rebounds + his assts set him apart from Josh.
Al did not play well.
Al would probably say;
“I stunk”
The problem;
Josh doesn’t understand what he did wrong.
* [still to this day]
Otherwise he would *change !

Al + 14 boards = C
Josh + (muleheadedness) = D -

Hawks Fan In New Orleans

May 5th, 2011
1:47 am

Hinrich is a baller but if given a shot at start. we may have fine with Teague. Hinrich is valuable – just wanted to keep one of the Crawfords. Jamal may leave for a lucrative contract, Jordan is in DC

The Real Mandingo

May 5th, 2011
2:08 am

^^^^that should be “…in [the] first half.”

Michael Cunningham

May 5th, 2011
2:49 am

blog updates with full report . . . sorry for the delay . . .

@DanWeiner

May 5th, 2011
2:54 am

“I understand what I need to do to be more effective with this ballclub, especially at the offensive end.”

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

No you don’t, Josh.

superiorblogman

May 5th, 2011
2:58 am

My rant before I go off to try and sleep:

I stated before this series started that the Hawks should not be starting all these IFs. I stated that Teague, because of no fault of his own was a if, but a if I thought could get it done, but Marvin and Josh were both IF’s that I could not really deal with anymore. Especially, not in tandem.

The sickening thing is I was correct and those who agreed were correct. Teague is our least worry. He seemed like a big IF going into this series but he is absolutely playing better than 2 IFs we have had for 5+ years now. Marvin and Josh are just becoming unacceptable because it(there lack of improvement and way too often hurtful play) is piling up way too much.

Lastly, Marvin is a lost cause as a starter. If you put him on the bench and play him at the 3 and 4 coming off the bench you can maximize his limited potential. While, I am starting to think Josh does not care about his teammates, legacy, or fans because he could be a Hall of Famer if he thought like Dennis Rodman or Ben Wallace and that starts with his body. Dennis Rodman and Ben Wallace were both fitness fanatics but look at what Josh looks like now compared to what he looked like 5 to 7 years ago. Seriously, Josh should be ashamed of himself for disrespecting himself, his legacy, his fans, and teammates like this. If he cared to do everything legally possible on the court to rebound and defend all game he could be a Hall of Famer and that’s the bottomline. Notice I never mentioned a stupid jump shot or even finish around the rim, which he is naturally better at finishing than Rodman and Wallace.

Finally, LD is not the coach Josh needs and Sund is not the GM. I can remember LD telling Josh that he wanted him to lose 15 pounds after he got the job and look at Josh. He came to camp once again doing what he wanted to do which is not what was asked of him as a teammate.

Phuck It

Josh, Kirk, and Marvin to the Cavs

for

Baron Davis, Varejao, Joey Graham, Semih Erden and one of those LOTTO PICKS (Derrick Williams)

http://games.espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=5sdp5gu

EmirS.

May 5th, 2011
3:10 am

@Hawks Fan in New Orleans

“I am finally hopping aboard the J Smoove is killing us bandwagon”

Hi there welcome. Please try to find a place and take your seat as we are approaching a steep downhill. If you are unable to find a seat, then we suggest hanging on to one of the handrails.

Smoove just needs the right attitude change. He needs the right coach. He needs a TRUE “player coach” to get on his ass. As well as a real head coach to get on his ass at the same time. He thinks this is his sandbox and he can take all the plastic shovels he wants. Well it’s not. It’s Larry Drews sandbox and if Larry Drew wants to step on Smooves sand castle then he has every right to do so and Smoove has to respect authority.

Overall I think as a team we did well and we never gave up. If we could of had a good game from Jamal, Al, And Smith we could have taken another one in Chicago. I’d rather ahve a slumping Jamal take perimeter shots then Smoove.

Also let me go ahead and say that I’m jumping onto that Teague bandwagon myself. I’m fully convinced of this kid. He is a rotational player and if next season he does’nt average atleast 20-25 mins a game, I will bepissed. I’m still split on wheter I’d call him a starter. I think after he gets consistent minutes in a regular season, then we can all safely assume where he’d be best at.

Offseason: Trade Smoove

Tom

May 5th, 2011
3:11 am

Why hasn’t anybody said anything about LD’s bizarre move? He switched the bigs’ matchups – Horford on Boozer and Smoove on Noah. In the first game, our bigs were awesome defensively and on the boards. Al gives up some height but he knows Noah’s game from practicing against him at FLA. After things worked perfectly in Game 1, LD decides to switch, and we get destroyed on the boards in Game 2. He was talking about getting Al’s length against Boozer, but Boozer didn’t hurt us in Game 1.

WHY, LD, WHY?!?!?!?!?!?

Worldwide Clyde

May 5th, 2011
3:21 am

You would think Larry Drew would draw up more plays other than Iso Joe or Iso Jamal by now.

FIRE LD

Harry Hawk

May 5th, 2011
3:22 am

Bulls are kinda due to break out. They’ve been pretty quiet so far. Game 3 is a monster game for the Hawks. If the Hawks take it, maybe the game would be enough to stiffen their backbone and lead to a series win. If the Bulls get it, the Hawks just might go into full-blown Headcase Mode. Ain’t no reason to trust these Hawks until they do the job. Maybe they will this time.

Hawks fan down under

May 5th, 2011
3:59 am

Josh was flat out horrible and Marvin ineffective. JT was huge and I doubt that he should be taken off Rose at any point. Running JC on Rose isnt a good option. I know Korver can go off but it’s Rose who needs to be slowed/stopped and Teague has been doing that to an extent. And why did JT sit for so long in the first and second qtr? This is where the Bulls got their first run on.

Hawks should come out strong in ATL and take a 3-1 lead. They need to just not be lazy and fal into ISO mode. They truly are their own worst enemy!!!!

Big Daddy

May 5th, 2011
4:01 am

First, mad props for Jeff Teague. He scored 21 points and has had less than 3 turnovers in two games against the reigning MVP of the league after only playing 9 minutes in the playoffs before this series. He has seized his opportunity and taken advantage of it.

Everyone from the coach in the sideline interviews, to the announcers in each series to Kenny and Charles at half time and breaks are talking about Smooves shot selection and play. This year I believed that Josh had been trying to make a case for playing in the small forward position and also to expand his game to include jump shots beyond 10 feet, while ATL looks for a center. What he needs to concentrate on is ‘right now”. Right now, his team mates need him inside.

We fumbled way to many balls away in this game and everyone, Zaza included, seemed to have butterfingers. The good thing is we are in a great position to win this game and we have played well enough not to get blown out. I still have great hopes of us getting out of this round but, we can not play another game like that one where we have butterfingers and so many ill advised shots. GO HAWKS!!!!!

JeJe

May 5th, 2011
4:27 am

Chicago’s 3 starting front court players combined for 37 REBOUNDS!!!!!!!!!!! Ours combined for 27.

Absolutely pathetic. Josh Smith was outrebounded by 6 by their starting SF

WE NEED TO HELP OUT ON THE DAMN GLASS. GET ZAZA IN THE GAME

JeJe

May 5th, 2011
4:30 am

Chicago’s 3 starting front court players combined for 37 REBOUNDS!!!!!!!!!!! Ours combined for 27.

Absolutely pathetic. Josh Smith was outrebounded by 6 by their starting SF

WE NEED TO HELP OUT ON THE DAMN GLASS. GET ZAZA IN THE GAME

The rebounding is the whole series.

Teague had a monster night and we freaking lost.

Al, Josh, and Marvin: SHAME on you.

Marvin, 2-9…. Are you f’ing serious?
Al, 3-12…….Are you f’ing serious???
Josh, 4-14…Are you f’ing serious???

Josh was 0-2 on 3pt fga

I am still waiting for Horford or Josh to lead the team offensively in a game. Al said he loves playing Chicago. Dude is almost as soft as Marvin with his offensive execution and defense.

We CANNOT let Josh play this many minutes. He is destroying this team. We need a BIG like ZaZa getting MORE MINUTES

We need DAMIEN in the game to help be physical with Deng and cut his rebounding down

This series is ours. I whole-heartedly think we are better than this team. Teague had a freaking career night and we did not win.

Our PG who didn’t play at all this year on the most part severely outplayed our “All Star” and our hero (Josh)

SMDH
FIRE LD

Buddy Grizzard

May 5th, 2011
4:37 am

Queen’s bishop takes rook. Check.

Your move, Las Vegas Larry. This ain’t checkers.

JeJe

May 5th, 2011
5:02 am

We shot SIX more free throws than the home team…..SMDH

Jerome

May 5th, 2011
5:05 am

For those of you complaining about Al’s offense (or lack there of) in this series so far, why don’t you take a look at the opportunities that he is getting so far.

The Hawks have basically run no plays at all for Horford on the offensive end. Even if Drew has recommended it at times, the team has failed to execute those plays at all. The majority of Horford’s attempts so far have been heaves at the basket late in the shot clock as a result of a broken play. He has had very few spot-up jumpers or pick-and-pop jumpers so far (which he is very effective with), and as far as post-ups, our guards are terrible at making proper entry passes at the correct time. Horford is having to post-up way in the mid-post area due to failure of the ball-handler to enter the ball earlier, which makes it much easier for a double-team to come over before he gets anything going. What does this lead to? Either a pass out of the double-team (which some of you idiots would call being “passive”) or a forced (and likely missed) jump hook from too far from the basket.

If you go back and look at the tape, Horford has had very few quality looks, and it’s not because he hasn’t been open, it’s because our offense has failed to utilize him properly. The offense so far has revolved heavily around Joe and Jamal, which is fine when they have it going, but I don’t think they are going to have it going for an entire series (as tonight’s game showed). Al has basically been used to set screens on the offensive end. That’s a combination of poor coaching and poor execution at work, but mainly poor coaching. Unless Al is garbage buckets, there’s not much he can do out there without receiving the ball in good situation/locations for what he considers to be “high percentage” shots. Horford has the ability to drive the ball as well, but since he typically only receives the ball in the high post area to set up the play, he’s usually thinking pass-first and is hesitant to drive to basket unless no other viable options exist. So, don’t expect him to drive often. For some reason, Horford has been given a very limited role in the offense in these playoffs. He’s basically been used as if he’s Joe Smith (the current Joe Smith) out there.

I’m not saying that Horford shouldn’t be more aggressive out there, but there’s a fine line between playing aggressively on the offensive end and playing out of control and trying to do too much on the offensive end (see Josh Smith). Horford should look to score more often, but having said that, there’s only so much a big man can do on the offensive end when he doesn’t have the ball. If the coaching staff wants Horford to be more of a factor on the offense end and actually wants to win this series, they should try to get him more involved by running some actual plays for him out there.

With Teague playing point gaurd, there’s an even smaller likelihood of him getting the ball since Teague is new to this and will be deferring to Joe and Jamal more than anyone else on the team. It’s not Teague’s fault, he just doesn’t have the experience yet, and you can’t expect him to instantly know how to run the offense perfectly and get every player going, meanwhile getting himself going and defending the MVP. A lot of the problem is on the coaching staff and their insistence on riding Joe and Jamal way too much. Running everything through Joe and Jamal is only using a portion of the team’s ability and potential. it’s predictable and too easy to defend. I know Woody left his imprint on L.D., but damn, let’s not take this too far. I thought the coaching staff would know by now what works and what doesn’t. If Joe and Jamal and moving well without the ball and making their decisions quickly, you can run most of the offense through them, but once the defense keys in on them and they start to make slow, passive decisions, you have to look elsewhere and start running things for other guys. You can’t make it that easy on the opposing defense where they know that only two guys are going to shoot the ball.

Hector

May 5th, 2011
5:15 am

It’s no surprise that the Hawks lost tonight when we had Ben Wallace out there trying to be Reggie Miller. What’s next for Josh? Will he try to be Magic Johnson, Ray Allen, or Chris Mullin in game 3? Let’s hope that the answer is none of the above. There’s no room for stupidity on the court in playoff basketball. If I were the coach of the Hawks, I would have benched Josh for the entire second half after his performance in the first half.

BYRDDAWG

May 5th, 2011
6:46 am

Call me crazy but I actually feel good after last nights loss @Chicago……We played HORRIBLE on O & Rose got 25 & we didn’t get BLOWN OUT!!!!!! Am I the ONLY ONE who feels this way????

NagoyaHawk

May 5th, 2011
6:46 am

I think the boys will step up at home. We are softies, remember? We are a jump-shooting team. We should be fortunate to know that the players bought into LD’s wisdom for the most of eight quarters, more than you can say about Thib’s Bulls. Coming back home will do one of three things. It will get us to 3-1 or get us to 2-2, or gosh forbid 1-3. All that really depends on the bigs getting dirty. I think the boys want it bad. But one thing I gotta say, is if LD sits Teague any more the dude’s crazy. All things considered, Teague is playing better than DRose. My gawd yall!

O'Brien

May 5th, 2011
7:14 am

Wabe,

I’m still not sold on the Mavericks. They had a 2-0 lead against Miami and ended up losing 4 straight in the NBA finals a few years ago (although this time they are up 2-0 going back to Dallas). Plus they just blew a 15 point second half lead against Portland.

The key is game 3. If Lakers win game 3, then the Mavs will start to panic, and doubt will set in, which will give the Lakers a good chance to win game 4 too. But if the Mavs win game 3, then I think they win the series.

El Bravo

May 5th, 2011
7:15 am

The Hawks need to make an adjustment in order to limit Josh Smith’s touches outside the paint. They need to move Smoove down low to play the five on offense and allow Al Horford to play the four. Al is the better shooter and JSmoove has the length and agility to out-rebound Chicago’s bigs (the Bulls don’t have great size inside).