Atlanta Hawks: Bulls 95, Hawks 83

Chicago–The energy and effort were there for the Hawks but their execution and poise (and maybe their legs) were lacking at the end.

  • The Hawks gradually clawed back from their early 15-point deficit. They survived foul trouble and poor shooting early. They held their own on the boards and limited the Bulls to 63 points over the final three quarters.
  • But the Hawks couldn’t finish. Now they have to win Thursday at Philips or the season’s over.
  • “We are not content with a loss but we can hang our hats on that we competed,” Josh said. “In Game 5 in Orlando you know what the outcome was with that.”
  • The Hawks scored 69 points through three quarters with 36 of those in the paint. They shot 53 percent, had 11 points on the break and just six turnovers. They worked for good shots Chicago’s relentless D.
  • In the fourth quarter the Hawks scored 15 points with six in the paint. They shot 31 percent, had two points on the break and four turnovers. They settled for shots against Chicago’s relentless D.
  • “For the first three quarters I thought we did a really good job,” L.D. said. “In the fourth quarter we lost our composure. I don’t know if it was their pressure or we did not have the juice.”
  • “We were confident,” Al said. “We weathered the storm after we were down early in the game. We stayed with it. I think they just made more plays than us and they were aggressive going to the basket. That might be something we need to do more of instead of settling for jump shots.”
  • Al had a couple bad turnovers in the fourth quarter. You could see a turnover coming when he put his head down and tried to post up Noah on the baseline. Throwing that outlet pass away was even worse.
  • Teague has been the most consistent player in the series for the Hawks. His line was impressive enough but watching the matter-of-fact way he makes difficult, important plays is truly remarkable.
  • “He is doing exactly what they want him to do,” D-Rose said. “He is not turning the ball over. He’s been very tough, especially in transition.”
  • Rose made his usual assaults on the basket and usually came away with a score or a foul. Smoove and Al challenged at the basket but it didn’t seem as if there was as much resistance on the perimeter.
  • “He made unbelievable plays,” Josh said. “He came off the pick-and-rolls and exploded, drew attention and was able to find guys on the perimeter. When he is doing that for that ball club and being aggressive they are hard to beat.”
  • The traps on Rose didn’t work as well, either, mostly because Deng made plays off the dribble when the ball came around to him.
  • Josh’s early foul trouble was costly. He was playing with zip when he went out. With him on the bench, Deng and Rose found easier passage to the basket.
  • The Bulls shot 28 free throws to 17 for the Hawks but they also had 43 field-goal attempts in the paint compared to Atlanta’s 32. By the end, Teague was the only guy going to the basket for the Hawks.
  • Teague thought Rose fouled him on a layup and again when Teague was headed down court with a steal.
  • “You cannot go on the road in the fourth quarter down by one point and feel like the officials made bad calls or even the calls that were made in the fourth quarter affect you,” L.D. said. “A call probably didn’t go our way but at that point you cannot allow that to take you out of the game. That is just not being mentally strong. We have to play through it.”
  • J.J. went into traffic late and also didn’t get a call. “I just try to play through it,” he said. “It is what it is. The refs are not going to change it so you might as well get back. I know one time when Jeff scored, I think he may have thought he got fouled, but we all should have got back on defense because Derrick Rose went right down and laid it up. Those are the plays you really can’t have in the fourth quarter.”
  • Smoove got heated when Boozer swiped at him after his dunk. “He cleared me with an elbow to the jaw,” Josh said. “Nobody is going to do that to me, I don’t care who you are. I’m a man first. It was intentional.”
  • Zaza kept the Hawks afloat in the second quarter. He was the only bench guy producing.
  • Jamal was just 1 for 9 and never could shake free. He also lost Bogans on those two 3-pointers in the first quarter.
  • Marvin managed one rebound in nine minutes. The rest of the bench guys didn’t get in until garbage time as L.D. shortened the rotation.
  • The Bulls closed with Taj Gibson, Asik and Brewer instead of Boozer, Noah and Bogans. The three bench guys combined for 13 points, 10 rebounds, two steals and two blocks in the period.
  • “They had a good rhythm with their bench guys and they rode them as long as they could,” Drew said. “I was actually in that situation in the third quarter, we were in a really good rhythm so I left Jamal on the bench a little bit longer. Their bench guys did a good job. They played with a lot of energy and a lot of intensity.”
  • This game was testier and more physical than the others. Game 6 figures to be more of the same.
  • “It’s five straight games against the same opponent,” Tom Thibodeau said. “It’s a fight. You’ve got to be able to get through it. They’re a hard-playing team. We’d like to think we’re a hard-playing team. That’s just the way it is.”

Michael Cunningham, Hawks beat

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Buddy Grizzard

May 11th, 2011
1:20 am

Hawks play by play for the 4th quarter. JC1 played the entire 4th until he was subbed out with 1:05 to play and the Hawks down 93-81. I’m glad JC1 is getting exposed as the zero-dimensional player he is in this series because I was honestly afraid the Hawks would look to resign him in the offseason. He had a good series against Orlando, which has poor perimeter defense, but has been non-existent against the best defense in the NBA.

JC1’s line tonight? 27 minutes, 2 points, 4 assists, 1 rebound, 2 turnovers. What has been the difference in this series? When the Hawks have been outrebounded, they have lost. When the rebounds have been even, they have won. In this game the Hawks were only outrebounded 37-33, but why would you go with a 3-guard offense for much of the game with JC1 not producing? Because Big Daddy Las Vegas Larry needs to make that loot ya’ll.

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Buddy Grizzard

May 11th, 2011
1:27 am

‘Smoove and Al challenged at the basket but it didn’t seem as if there was as much resistance on the perimeter.”

Play JC1 for 27 minutes on a night when he’s producing nothing and that will happen. Hawks won game 4 with occasional traps on the perimeter. This game they once again hung Teague out to dry and when help came in the paint, refs were blowing the whistle almost every time.

From the previous blog:

“Is it just me or did anybody else see the guy Omer Asik setting a lot of illegal picks.” -Guesswhosthis

Good call I saw this over and over… moving picks and not a single one was called. But the Godfather’s thugs can’t do it all by themselves, they need Las Vegas Larry to go with the three guard lineup as well to leave nothing up to chance.

truthspitter

May 11th, 2011
1:35 am

I hope we are losing big in game 6 and Josh beats Boozers punk arse. I hope Zaza breaks Roses neck also, we have not committed one hard foul, all phantom bs fouls

Wabe

May 11th, 2011
1:43 am

Truthfully, as much as we’ll jump on the offense, and rightfully so, the defense was far from impressive in that 4th quarter too.

Rose gets into the paint at will, but we did very little to cut off penetration. Earlier in the game, we trapped/doubled/helped on penetration. In the 4th, we allowed clear driving lanes for the dude to the rim. Teague can’t shut this guy down by himself. It’s gonna take help from others. Team defense.

Rusty

May 11th, 2011
1:49 am

The idiot lt loses another game for us. Why the hell did jc playbso many minutes when he stank?.why did he let JJ try to take over the game by playing iso joe when it has become obvious to the whole basketball world that this is a sure recipe for failure, the ball needed to be ran through our pg. The idiot didn’t have zazza in when we needed him. This jerk played jc1,kh & mb before jt leaving him to rot on the bench & losing jc2 & our next years draft choice . Fire his dumb stubborn ass.

lea

May 11th, 2011
1:50 am

truthspitter wtf is wrong with u.

northcyde

May 11th, 2011
2:03 am

The difference between Drew and Tommy T

Drew leaves in Jamal, no matter what . . and a guy who produced like Zaza doesn’t even play down the stretch in the 4th. As soon as he went out of that game in the 4th, all hell broke loose.

Tommy T inserts Aski, Gibson, and Brewer into the game late in the 3rd. They started out slow, but ended up playing so well, that they all played the ENTIRE 4th quarter. Thibodeau left his starting center ( Noah ), his starting PF ( Boozer ), and his starting SG ( Bogans ) all on the bench. And his main guy off the bench in most of these games ( Korver ), didn’t even get into the game in the 2nd half.

It’s the difference between coaching off of “feel” and the “flow of the game” . . . as opposed to coaching to playing people that you’re used to playing, and leaving them in the game no matter what.

As well as Teague was playing offensively, it really wasn’t any reason to leave an ice cold Jamal in the game. The Hawks should’ve stayed big, to counter what Chicago came with. Drew essentially didn’t even play the personnel who gpt us back into the game in the 3rd quarter.

Oh well . . you live and you learn I guess. If Jamal is off, DON’T PLAY HIM!!

The Truth

May 11th, 2011
2:15 am

“Teague thought Rose fouled him on a layup and again when Teague was headed down court with a steal.”

“You cannot go on the road in the fourth quarter down by one point and feel like the officials made bad calls or even the calls that were made in the fourth quarter affect you,” L.D. said. “A call probably didn’t go our way but at that point you cannot allow that to take you out of the game. That is just not being mentally strong. We have to play through it.”

LD sounds like he’s reprimanding Teague for his comments about bad calls. He’s suggesting that the ref bad calls took Teague out his game and that he’s not mentally strong. That’s a bone-face lie. “The Truth” is had it not been for Teague performance, Bulls would have blown the Hawks out in the 1st half. Teague comments are justified and it didn’t take him out of his game. He played great from start to finish.

LD has used Teague as a whipping boy all during the regular and is now trying to do it again. But this time, it’s not going to work since Teague is really the Hawk’s MVP in this series. Perhaps LD needs to whip his own azz for not jacking-up his players during game preparation. They played with no sense of purpose or urgency which made the difference late in the 4th quarter. They were just playing reactionary basketball, nothing like game 4. Hawk’s fans were waiting for them to shift gears in the 4th quarter to match the energy level of the previous game, but it never came. They kept digressing but still they had they’re chances to win it. Perhaps it reflected a “laid-back” practice similar to LD’s “laid-back”, personality; who knows. But whatever it was, we missed an opportunity.

If the Hawks lose the series, we can point to this game as the “could have, should have” won game that got away.

northcyde

May 11th, 2011
2:15 am

HIghly disappointed in JJ tonight. Not for his play down the stretch, but his approach to the game as a whole.

The “forcing the issue” that he talked about before Game 4, was an afterthought in Game 5. Dude was way too passive, trying to make the “right play”, especially in that 1st half. As the main scorer on the team, he has to try to score the basketball and try to get going early. Don’t wait until the 4th quarter to try to take over a game. He had only taken 10 shots before the 4th quarter began.

We need his offense. But he also has to play aggressive on the offensive end.

And for once, I will agree with Rusty. With the success Teague was having scoring and creating for others, he should’ve had the ball in his hands more in that 4th quarter. When Smith came back into that game, it should’ve been for Jamal, not Zaza.

The Truth

May 11th, 2011
2:16 am

*LD has used Teague as a whipping boy all during the regular season

truthspitter

May 11th, 2011
2:18 am

Go for blood in Game 6 Hawks. You not going to win, get it!!! Go straight Bynum on Boozers bytch arse for acting like he want to buck. Go for blood and Rose’s bytch arse simply because he has benefited from a basketball crime the way they call fouls every single time he goes to the rim. Why should I care if someone tries to hurt a guy closely affiliated with a criminal who has committed crimes against me or people I care about. Hawks should play dirty GM 6, they are going to lose anyway because the refs will take it

Buddy Grizzard

May 11th, 2011
2:19 am

Seriously northcyde, JC1 was making us play 5-on-4. He provided no help on Rose, although they didn’t really attack him and make him work on defense. We would have been better off with Damien in there the entire 4th. Then we would have had some help defense. He might have even scored a basket! Oh my!

truhawkfan

May 11th, 2011
2:21 am

Why do people pick out certain individuals in games and automatically blame them for the Lost.Why can’t it be a team effort to lose just like it is one for winning the team played with heart cause if they did’nt they would have given up after the bulls went up 15 the would have just rolled over.It was more than one player who made bad choices in the 4th so it was not just one person but this is my team I support them to the end and I believe that they are going to win game 6 and take it back to the chi. People should know how that goes hawks have been in this situation before and preveiled it last year they were in this same hole with bucks in th first round so just saying that we have been down 3-2 before so Hawks should know what to expect in a position like this and they should know what it takes to get the job done.STILL SCREAMING GO HAWKS AT THE TOP OF MY LUNGS.

Buddy Grizzard

May 11th, 2011
2:43 am

From the previous blog:

ag

May 10th, 2011
7:27 pm

Buddy Grizzard, I am sure if KH would have started this series, we would be home now. Before you open your mouth and assume, facts speak for themself:
Teague 13 min 2.0 ast .9 TO (reg)

LOL at people getting on me for saying Teague was turnover prone!. I’m an original member of the Teague Party blog people! I’ll take SteveW’s 40 minute stats, and I’ll damn sure take Teague’s 7 assists and zero turnovers tonight.

As for ag’s comment, I agree if Captain Kirk didn’t get hurt, CHI would have swept this series and we’d all be in wait till next year mode. Kirk getting hurt and giving Teauge the opportunity to shine and make Las Vegas Larry look stupid is the best thing that could have happened as far as I am concerned.

I’m sure the no-leadership ASG (you know, they guys who gave $120m to no-leadership Joe Johnson?) will let no-leadership Las Vegas Larry serve out the second year of his contract since they’ll look at it as the Hawks played CHI tough, even though it was stupid rotations that kept us from winning games in this series, just as with the Orlando series.

But at lease JC1’s no-show performance in this game ends any speculation about ASG going over the cap to retain a guy who plays zero defense and can’t score against a strong defensive team. So next year it will be Teague, Kirk and JJ, the strongest defensive backcourt in the NBA.

Worldwide Clyde

May 11th, 2011
3:15 am

bjrufino

May 11th, 2011
3:16 am

jeff teague is really the future point guard of the atlanta hawks

Big Daddy

May 11th, 2011
3:26 am

If the Hawks don’t win this series, they will look back on this game which everyone knew was pivotal as the lost opportunity to get to the conference finals. The whole game, the team passed the ball around and got good shots. They slashed to the basket, did backdoor cuts and over the top lobs that got them point blank layups or short to mid-range jumpers. Why then, when they get a lead does everyone start standing on the perimeter and jacking up jumpers? Why do they take the ball out of Jeff Teague’s hand and JJ or Jamal bring the ball up and try to run the offense. JT can make a good pass in traffic. If he does pass the ball Jamal’s passes are 50-50. They showed LD talking to the guys after a called timeout about continuing to attack the rim and they come out and have a turnover.

I was watching the Celtics vs. Miami game and they broadcast Doc Rivers in the huddle on a called timeout. He told his guys he needed them to go all out. “I need you to go all out and keep the energy up. If you need a blow, I have timeouts and will use them, but I need you to go all out.” That is the kind of coaching that the team needed.

I know we have come further than most anyone thought we would. We have reached a new high as far as length of time in the playoffs but I sure wished the coaches and the guys would really look like they believe the opportunity they have in front of them and did it. We can win this series but we can’t have mental lapses like we are having. One last thing, most of us have been screaming for Teague to get more minutes. He has shown we were right all along. Right now he has an unbelievable low turnover rate. Why doesn’t he have the ball in his hands more?

Big Daddy

May 11th, 2011
3:35 am

Charley Rosen analyzed the game as one of memories or lack there of with both the Hawks and the Bulls doing what was good for them and what was not so good. There is enough blame to go around but this should be a lesson on what to do and what not to do.

http://msn.foxsports.com/nba/story/Derrick-Rose-Chicago-Bulls-remember-reasons-for-success-in-Game-5-win-over-Atlanta-Hawks-in-NBA-playoffs-051011

Harry Hawk

May 11th, 2011
3:47 am

Teague has played quite well in the series, but he will never, ever, ever, ever have the ball a lot with the ballhogs currently on the squad. He hasn’t earned that level of trust, either.

Just remember that Teague has to come back next season and show he can handle this over a full 82. If he does, we’ll have our PG. If he doesn’t…

(beating my head against a wall until I pass out)

truthspitter

May 11th, 2011
3:56 am

Harry Hawk

May 11th, 2011
3:47 am

Just remember that Teague has to come back next season and show he can handle this over a full 82. If he does, we’ll have our PG. If he doesn’t…

(beating my head against a wall until I pass out)

You fools kill me with this Teague has to prove this and that shi+. What the phuck has Kirk proven in a Hawks uniform? Really this 5 game stint that Teague has had is greater than everything Kirk has done since being in a Hawks uniform. He helped us get here indeed but we had already been where he helped us get. This unit has never been where Teague is helping them go.

Lastly, I would like to see Teague and or Joe get up and get into Rose the same way they are letting Deng and Bogans put there hands all on Joe hand checking and things like that that are supposed to be illegal. That’s the only criticism of Teague I have right now but you think he got 2 fouls tonight. They would foul him out so quick if he played Rose how Bogans and Deng try to play Joe. Don’t use the excuse that he would just go by Teague or Joe either because it is not easy to go by a guy when he has his forearm in your stomach steering you around the court. Teague has earned the starting PG spot from now on out and some leadway for people not to be running around talking bout what he needs to prove for a whole year. None of the Hawks had great years. I would say fairly that I am looking forward to getting a top 2 seed next year and putting ourselves in a better position to get to the ECF.

Big Daddy

May 11th, 2011
4:04 am

Harry, with all due respect. Jeff, after languishing on the bench and many, many DNP-CD’s, Jeff has come in against the newly crowned league MVP and held his own, Twice he has led the team in points. I think he has less than 5 turnovers for the entire series and now, the coach that did not play him is relying on him in crunch time. Against the reigning MVP of the league!!!

Everyone has to come back in training camp and prove themselves, to a certain extent and Teague will be no different. But, if he did not have the goods he would have had maybe one good game and sucked the rest of the time. SOME of the guys are even looking for him now and passing him the ball. I think he has earned that level of trust.

Scoop

May 11th, 2011
4:11 am

The Hawks were robbed of this game by the officials. Since the coaches and players cant complain publicly about then I will. Here is a copy of the email I sent to the NBA in regards to the officiating:
-The NBA has become a glorified wrestling league. I guess there is a reason only 5-6 teams have won a championship in the last 25 years.

“To Whom It May Concern,

After watching and re-watching the Hawks vs. Bulls game 5, there were a number of calls and their timing that, as a fan, infuriate me to no end. What follows is the sequence of calls and the situation:
-The Hawks took the lead in the game with 1:37 left in the third quarter with the score at 62-61, from that point, the Hawks were called for four fouls, all shooting, awarding the Bulls with four trips to the free throw line. Meanwhile Chicago was called for their first foul with 8:01 left in the fourth with a comfortable lead at 78-70. How is this competitive basketball?
-These plays show obvious inconsistency and bias favoring the Bulls. Here are the plays:
-33.8 left 3rd, Deng awarded free throws with questionnable call
-end of 3rd, no call as brewer makes contact with Jamal Crawford’s wrist shooting half court shot
-11:16 4th, Asik brings arms down on Teague driving to basket. No call
-Next Hawks possession, 10:47 4th-Joe Johnson drives to basket, Deng and Gibson brings arms down making contact with Joe. No call
-Next possession, 10:23 4th-Zaza called for questionable loose ball foul after apparent steal from blindside of Asik-score Bulls 71 Hawks 70
-Next Hawks possession, 9:12 4th-Jamal shoots 3-pointer, Brewer denies landing space-No call
-Next Bulls possession-free throws awarded to Taj Gibson on questionable call against Al Horford.
-8:08 4th, Asik gets away with goaltendding on Josh Smith’s hook shot, Josh gets loose ball, spins to basket and is hacked by Deng with his left arm-No call
-8:01 4th, 78-70 Bulls-Finally, the Bulls are called for their first foul since the Hawks took the lead but luckily have 8 point lead.
-However, next possession Derrick Rose is awarded free throws from a touch foul by Jeff Teague.
-Next possession, the officials award the Bulls with a fresh shot clock, despite no changing of possession on a loose ball. This was very questionable…….
-Bulls next possession (80-74), Rose awarded free throws on Al Horford touch foul
-Next possession, Joe brings ball through the outstretched arms of Deng-No call and possession awarded to Chicago
-5:12 4th (85-77), officials convienently find wet spot on floor, allowing Rose to get shoe on comfortably. Same possession, Rose impedes Teague’s progress to basket with bad defensive position but is not whistled for foul
-Next possession, Teague steals ball from Rose, who responds by pulling Teahue’s feet out from under him in transition-No call!!!!!!!!!!!

-This goes beyond the specific officials assigned to this game. These plays illustrate a blatant bias towards the Bulls and Derrick Rose in particular. How can Luol Deng be so aggressive in his defense with Joe Johnson but Rose can drive to the basket with the game close and get a foul call? That game was not officiated consistently and was not competitive, evidenced by the previous sequence of calls.”

EmirS.

May 11th, 2011
4:13 am

Scoop

May 11th, 2011
4:17 am

Having said that, kudos to the Hawks and I tip my hat to them. They battled and and fought their hearts out only to have an anti-climatic ending with piss-poor officiating. Yet they seem to not be discouraged and have the right attitude approaching game 6. If they can get this one at home, anything can happen in game 7’s.
GO HAWKS!!!!!!!!!!!!

LOL@

May 11th, 2011
4:41 am

…People still saying “JC1″ like we still have two people named “J. Crawford”

truthspitter

May 11th, 2011
5:14 am

Scoop for President of this blog, I hope you really sent that to them, but it want work. I sent a email to them after they stole a possession from us against Cleveland last year or the year before and nothing was done they said it was simply part of the game, but when the ref makes a call that he deemed bad against them last game he comes out and basically apologizes for it. The NBA hates the Hawks part of the new CBA should be that Stern has to go.

terrell

May 11th, 2011
6:23 am

Win or lose, doesnt matter. At least we finally have a pg. Teague got freed!

ftlauderdaleguy

May 11th, 2011
6:45 am

Scoop, You are absolutely right. Great analysis and breakdown that people need to hear. I have two words that solidify your arguement:

TIM DONAGY

I live in S. Fla and I am a Heat fan but the officiating infuriates me and I had to see if Atlanta fans were ouraged so I came to this site. I feel the fans have a real pulse on what is going on in the game.

To add to your point…TNT and networks also wants the Bulls because they would be a significant boost to their ratings and they do not show replays of bad calls going against the less popular teams.

Does anyone else hate the Kenny Smith in front of the big screen segments. My advise…watch the NHL during breaks or like I do…have 4 tv’s in your living room.

Wabe

May 11th, 2011
6:45 am

if you go to the game thursday, start up a chant about david stern and send a message on national television.

that might get his attention more than an email.

‘this is rigged…’
‘d.stern sucks…’

whatever you can think of. have it on a sign, point to the sign to others in your section to get that thing going. do whatever you need to do, but send the message.

wouldn’t that ish be funny.

lewis

May 11th, 2011
6:53 am

honestly thought we played a great game,

combination of jamal being in too long and playing ineffectively, a series of possessions where he and joe went iso 4 times in a row and nothing came of it,

Its obnoxious that Derrick Rose gets the automatic whistle when entering the paint. My friend says this is why he doesn’t watch the nba, its maddening.

Wabe

May 11th, 2011
7:05 am

agree with lewis though.

going into this game, you’ve gotta expect that the whistle isn’t gonna go your way.

a – you’re playing on the road
b – you’re playing the east’s #1 seed
c – you’re playing the league’s mvp
d – you’re the atlanta hawks

the hawks gotta know they won’t get the calls going their way, even though sometimes, it got frustrating. the hawks still had an opportunity to win this game, but they imploded in the 4th quarter. bad possessions offensively paired with poor defense in key moments and dumb turnovers.

Eric

May 11th, 2011
7:08 am

We played hard and that’s all I can ask for, the Bulls just played a little better Gibson won the game late for them. Teague looks like the team captain out there he was sensational once again, the Hawks long search for a future point guard is finally over since they traded away Jason Terry. Hey it’s not over let’s win at home and you never know in a game 7, the ball could bounce the Hawks way.

Buddy Grizzard

May 11th, 2011
7:34 am

“part of the new CBA should be that Stern has to go.”

Guard your tongue. The Godfather knows where the bodies are buried.

O'Brien

May 11th, 2011
7:34 am

northcyde,

LD has done it all year. Even when Jamal is ice-cold, LD continued to play him extended minutes (despite the fact that when Jamal is ice-cold on offense, combined with his toilet paper defense, he is a recipe for disaster).

And in my opinion, the offense should have gone through Jeff in the 4th until the Bulls made the adjustment. I think we tried to force it to JJ and others a few times.

That being said, After being down double digits in the first quarter, I give the Hawks credit for fighting back on the road, against the #1 seed, and against the refs. We just need better execution down the stretch.

Buddy Grizzard

May 11th, 2011
7:42 am

Wabe your check list is 100% truth. The other thing is, we’re back to trying to win in spite of Las Vegas Larry. He’s made some good adjustments and play calls through the course of this series, but when he plays JC1 27 minutes knowing he’s having an off night and contributing nothing, you have to understand the Godfather is yelling into that Bluetooth. The players can kiss the ring or they can try and make the second round, but Las Vegas Larry is not going to lead them to the promised land. He’s got a private jet to pay for and he needs that big payoff from CHI covering the spread.

atl

May 11th, 2011
7:45 am

Yall sound like a bunch of sore losers..what about game 4 with the whistle being blown …then saying he didn’t blow it ..costing the bulls the game? Grow up we don’t havw a closer they out played us

Buddy Grizzard

May 11th, 2011
7:46 am

Meant to say try and make the conference finals, in spite of Vegas, Stern, ref, everything. In spite of being the Hawks!

Buddy Grizzard

May 11th, 2011
7:49 am

atl that one call got all the publicity but Game 4 my man Scoop could have made a list just as long. That one call didn’t cost CHI the game and all the other non calls were the only reason CHI was close. You’re right though… we don’t have a closer. JJ and JC1 think they’re closers but look at the play by play. Nothing but bricked 26-footers in winning time.

Ms.C

May 11th, 2011
7:56 am

True they are sore losers its a damn loss and everybody keeps making excuses…one game to go and its over!

Ms.C

May 11th, 2011
7:56 am

So blame the hawks for not showing up in the forth

O'Brien

May 11th, 2011
7:57 am

As for the game, Jamal and JJ were 7-24, including 1-9 from 3. Its hard to win when your 2 scorers have that kind of shooting night.

Props to Jeff Teague. He is averaging 41 mpg, 56% from the field, 17 pts, 4 assists, 3 rebs, and 1 turnover.

Although Al had a good stat line, he had 4 turnovers, and I was not impressed by his performance. And if Josh could eliminate his long shots (1-5 from 17+ feet last night), his game would be so much better. Overall, I liked his effort though.

Marvin should change the spelling of his name to M-I-A-r-v-i-n, and LD did not do a good job coaching wise in the 4th (imo).

Hopefully, we can win game 6 and send it back to Chicago, where all the pressure will be on the Bulls.

Section 303

May 11th, 2011
7:59 am

First, I think the Hawks played well. In my opinion, they let the Bulls off the hook last night. They had them.

This team does not do well playing from behind. They did OK last night. They took the lead, but getting behind by so much early left them no cushion for their mandatory 2nd half rut they always go through. If they get ahead early, the Hawks often lose the lead and then get it back late. But, they can only do that when they get off to a good start and get the lead.

I thought Josh was great last night, if you don’t count the two 3-point shots (although, one was as the shot clock was running out, If I remember correctly). Also, there was part of me that just wished he would have kicked the living sh#t out of Boozer for the elbow after the dunk. So tired of these wannabe tough guys, like Boozer and Garnett. Boozer wants no part of Josh in a fight. He can just cut the tough guy act.

I still think the Hawks can win this series. But, they let the Bulls get away with one last night. Should have won that game.

Ms.C

May 11th, 2011
8:02 am

Lmao it looked like boozer didn’t want to be hit by josh as he came down..josh got all sensitive…I don’t think his ass wanted it with boozer ..4real

BYC

May 11th, 2011
8:24 am

Hawks, for the most part, played well and played with energy. I was proud of them last night. Smart Josh came to play and was great. Teague was Rose-like. Horford consistent. Joe and Jamal- ugh. Through the end of the game it was very apparent that our offense runs much better through Teague. Joe always gets the ball and wastes 5-6 seconds dribbling or pumpfaking.

Unfortunately the refs inconsistency kept this game from going down to the wire, for example:
-no calls on hard fouls on Hawks
-many calls on touch fouls for the Bulls
-not ejecting Boozer for what was basically a punch (he’ll most likely be suspended, but the way he’s been struggling, it almost doesn’t help)
-not calling the foul on Rose for grabbing Teague after he stole the ball

Let’s take this to game 7 where anything can happen! Josh, keep playing smart!

Double Zero Eight

May 11th, 2011
8:32 am

Jamal was terrible.
Joe was invisible.
Marvin was his usual self.
Zaza played a good game.
Al and Josh did their part.
Tegue did a great job. He has proven himself.

LD got outcoached.

Banks

May 11th, 2011
8:33 am

Boozer is a black guy from Alaska who went to Duke Ms. C I really don’t think he wants to deal with a guy from College Park

Banks

May 11th, 2011
8:40 am

Al has got to show up for next two games and stop looking nervous. Listening to Mike and Mike with Stacey King and they are already looking foward to Heat series. Let’s throw a monkey rench in these plans. Lets Go HAWKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

forwardmo

May 11th, 2011
8:42 am

FACTS. with jamal being non existant, josh having foul problems. super man d rose making everyone look like they were standing still PLUS rose getting MVP treatment by refs. not to mention sold out home court.

ALL THAT and the hawks were winning 70-69 in the 4TH QTR. if teaque gets a couple calls (chicago ???? REF CALLS IS A JOKE) and taj gibson shooting out of his mind, the hawks come back home with a 3-2 series lead.

HAWKS WIN ON THURSDAY AND MAKE FOR A VERY EXCITING WEEKEND. LOSE AND SEE IF DWIGHT HOWARD WANTS TO PLAY IN HOME TOWN AND WIN A CHAMPIONSHIP. EITHER WAY. HAWKS ARE BEGINNING TO LEARN TO WIN. JUST ASK ORLANDO.

MistaGamer

May 11th, 2011
8:42 am

FREE Jeff Teague… keep the damn ball in his hands, there is no reason for this pg not to control the ball on the offensive end.

LOCK UP Mr. Diminishing Returns aka Jamal Crawford…

Wabe

May 11th, 2011
8:42 am

Ms.C

May 11th, 2011
7:56 am
“So blame the hawks for not showing up in the forth”

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I’m assuming you were preaching the same message to whining Bulls fans after game 4? All I heard from Bulls fans after game 4 was about how they got ‘jobbed’ by the refs for one inadvertant whistle. They ignored how their squad failed to show up in the 4th.

League’s top ranked defense gave up 33 points in the 4th quarter of that game.
Their ‘one-trick pony’ offense stagnated in the 4th.

Yet they pinned it on refs…so go preach your same bullstuff to your own fanbase. Truth is, the city of Chicago looks pretty dumb whining about officiating. This is the same city that was spoiled for a decade by refs riding Jordan. Now we’re seeing the same ish with D.Rose.