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

332 comments Add your comment

Sleepy

May 11th, 2011
10:43 am

tidog – Teague doesnt kickout can you recall one time you saw him penetrate this series and kick out to either Joe or jamal ?

When he drives he will kick it to the closest big man but hes not passing out to the other guards this is the difference between Hinrich and Teague .

I recall game one joe driving and kicking it out to jamal who then touched passed it right back to Joe in the corner for a three

I recall game 4 the Bulls doubling and us moving the ball around and I saw Joe in the 4th make the extra pass to jamal for the dagger three in the 4th

the ball is getting stuck in one guys hands far too long and never leaving one side of the floor and the bulls entire defensive philosophy is overloading the strong side . So while we may have success driving the ball on a few occasions if we dont make those swing passes and kickouts to the weak side and trust our teammates we will ultimately succumb to the Bulls defensive philosophy every time .

NolanRichardson

May 11th, 2011
10:44 am

Jamal was afraid to SCORE THE BASKETBALL last night. Every time he would receive the ball, he either committed a turnover or passed it off to someone else. Where was the ‘WHEELING AND DEALING JAMAL WHO TAKES IT IN YOUR FACE AND MAKES YOU LOOK SILLY’ draining 3s and driving unrelentless to the rim. THAT IS THE JAMAL WE NEEDED LAST NIGHT, BUT JAMAL PLAYED LIKE A SCARED OWL. We need the real Jamal to either show up on Thursday or sign with another team and play somewhere else. We dont need any more jekyl and hyde players on our team. The hawks need a consistent identity and they need to play great basketball from now on. Either do that or sell the team and get the hell out of Atlanta.

Lenaqt

May 11th, 2011
11:03 am

Teague played great last night. He needs more plays run through him. The standing around “ISO” plays do not work and it makes me wonder what the heck are they thinking. Jamal didn’t play well so he needed to be on the bench. You have to try different things in this type of playoff series and Zaza had it going so he should have been in the game down the stretch.

truthspitter

May 11th, 2011
11:08 am

There are some serious fools that post on this site. That’s why you kinda have to make people sign up or do other uncomfortable things if you want a site with smart sensible commentary. I see some little bytch whining about Teague not making plays for others. The guy led the team in Points and Assists last night. I am fine with Joe and Jamal dominating the ball but you will get the same results that you got the last couple of years, ISO after ISO after ISO. Hell atleast Teague isn’t running ISO’s to get his. His is coming off of pick and pop since Al refuses to roll. The only person on this team that prefers to roll rather than pick is Zaza. Zaza and Teague have really nice dynamics together as I have stated before.

Finally, I hope Teague is traded this offseason because I want to see his career skyrocket and I want you ignorant MF’er to get what you want. 5 more years of ISOJoe and ISOJamal

Rusty

May 11th, 2011
11:13 am

We have seen this crap for the last 6 years,let JJ take over the game in clutch time while every one else stands around taking the offense aground with about 5 % success rate. When will ld ever learn, now we also have to worry about him giving big minutes to jc when he is off. I know ld hates jt but he should be able to see the results as all of us so called amateurs see. JT type of penetrating offense is what this team always lacked as well as a pg who is fast & is capable of playing good defense. I’m not even sure ld would start jt next year. I don’t think this team is capable of playing great basketball with ld at the helm.

Ms.C

May 11th, 2011
11:13 am

You think the bulls will lose two games in a row? Youre dreaming lmao

Rusty

May 11th, 2011
11:18 am

Sorry I said I’m not sure I know he is a horrible coach.

dukester

May 11th, 2011
11:20 am

Great game Teague I am proud of you youngster!

Josh and Al keep fighting fellas. And Al I hope you are out of your shooting slump

Joe this was the kind of game that if you would have somehow some way took over in the 4th you would be considered a superstar and not just a Allstar.

NBA, David Stern I know the hawks have 2 teams to beat the bulls and the refs. I wish you all could just call it even on both sides. I see it in my sons high school baseball games. The refs have no consistency or integrity. Its so sad.

Zaza I thought you shouldve been let go back when we had to chance to let you Bibby and Marvin. Still feel that, I wanted Tyson Chandler I think every one agree he is a upgrade but good game.And at least out of 3 you will fight at the drop of a hat. LOL looking at the head you might not be a bad boxer sir.

Good Luck Hawks

tyger

May 11th, 2011
11:26 am

Please re-send the Memo:

I thought we were all in agreement that Rose would be put on his a$$ if he penetrated.

Yet, they elbow us in the jaw and we pat them on the a$$ after the layup drill. That’s not playoff basketball. That’s not winning basketball. That’s YMCA ball with your buddies. This is war! Do you want to win or not?

No one is saying pull an Andrew Bynum, but it’s is globally known that 90% of Rose’s points come on layups! Stop the layups, stop the Bulls! Go to the Eastern Conference Finals! Put Rose on his a$$, make him pay!

Its worked thus far, why stop now?. So what if you foul out, the season is over!!!

They get a 1 point lead and let up, that’s their weak mentality, they’ve don’t have the leadership to TAKE what they want. They thought the Bulls would give it to them, and when they didnt, they unraveled and rolled over.

I’m a big LD fan, but I blame him for going away from the BIG tough lineup that keeps us in position to win. ZaZa was rolling, the BIGS give them trouble, but as soon as we took the lead, he went to the jump shooters. He shouldve pounded them with both ZaZa and Collins. The Bulls are tough against Al and Smoove, they whither against ZaZa and Collins, why? They are true BIGS.

Thibeaudou outmaneuvered LD. Down the stretch, he went to his BIG young legs while our small tired jump shooters faded. A dose of gritty Damien Wilkens wouldnt hurt either. Damien isnt a star, plays hard and within himself, we needed that instead of street ball.

Wabe

May 11th, 2011
11:28 am

I don’t care how explosive any Hawk is…

When dude’s shooting 1-9 paired with his typical lack of defense, it’s not out of the question to sit him down. Plain and simple.

Look at what Thib did yesterday. Noah and Boozer aren’t really all that effective, but Taj and Asik were. Instead of going to what he’d normally go to in the 4th, he stuck with Taj and Asik throughout the entire 4th quarter.

It doesn’t matter who you’re accustomed to seeing. You have to adjust to what the guys are giving you throughout the game.

The Hawks real problem though was just their approach offensively. The Bulls made the effort not to let JJ get to his spot. So, JJ catches the ball on the perimeter. Instead of forcing the issue here, you pass the ball back out and try to reestablish better positioning. ISO JJ isn’t always a problem, it depends on where the dude’s getting the ball though. He has to do a better job establishing his position and getting to his spots. Otherwise, it’s not effective.

I don’t expect a duplicate performance from Jamal tomorrow night. I expect him to bounce back and give us something more than the 2 points he gave us on 9 shots last night. I also expect JJ to be a bit more aggressive and expect him to play a bit better than the average performance he gave us last night. Our bigs haven’t been all that bad. J.Smith’s been ballin, Horford’s been a bit up and down. I think both will give you the type of performance we saw in Game 4. And Teague’s been *the most consistent Hawk*, and I don’t see why that doesn’t continue.

The Hawks win Game 6. And if that’s the case, Predicta-Bulls fans should be nervous.

b

May 11th, 2011
11:28 am

Did anyone else notice how Marv Albert would SCREAM every time the Bulls would hit
a shot and then when the Hawks scored, you could barely hear him..
Don’t believe me, go back and replay the third quarter.
I would love for TNT to hear about this homerism.

northcyde

May 11th, 2011
11:28 am

MC should ask Drew why he took Zaza out of the game after that loose ball foul early in the 4th? Was he protecting Zaza because he picked up his 4th foul?

At the time Zaza came out of the game, Jamal was 1 – 8 FG, and not being productive on either end of the floor. Zaza ended up being the only guy with a positive +/- rating. He’s the only guy on the team that is willing to mix it up on the inside with Chicago’s goons.

If Drew was trying to protect Zaza at that point from fouling out, I just have to shake my head. You just can’t opt to keep Jamal in the game if he’s not performing on offense.

As for the officiating . . it’s the playoffs folks. We’re not going to get borderline ( or sometimes even obvious foul calls ) on the road. That’s the way this league has always been. We have no choice but to play through that ish and keep grinding.

And with the way the league is, don’t be surprised if a lot of those calls ( or non-calls ) go our way in Game 6, just so the NBA can set up a Game 7 scenario in which they’ll try to call the game right down the middle.

When we go back to Chicago on Sunday night though, this team may have to make jumpshots to win. If the refs will keep their whistles in their pockets, that obviously favors the Bulls. That means the Hawks will just have to make their shots, because looking for a whistle to reward us may not be there.

Rusty

May 11th, 2011
11:34 am

After six seasons it would be nice to see a team play as a team &’get some easy baskets & not have to live & d

Wabe

May 11th, 2011
11:34 am

Sleepy

May 11th, 2011
10:43 am

I recall game 4 the Bulls doubling and us moving the ball around and I saw Joe in the 4th make the extra pass to jamal for the dagger three in the 4th

Ok, go back and watch this play again. And ask yourself, who was the guy that penetrated into the lane and dished that pass out to Joe before Joe kicked it to Jamal?

Teague blew by Noah, pulled the Bulls defense into the paint, and Teague kicked the ball out to Joe in the corner. Joe, rather than shooting it, made the extra pass to Jamal who was wide open for a 3.

Dude had 7 dimes man. I know you’ve been hatin on the dude all season, just eat the crow and jump on the bandwagon. No shame in admitting when you’re wrong about something.

Rusty

May 11th, 2011
11:36 am

Die with jump shots. Let’s play like a real team.

Markness17

May 11th, 2011
11:38 am

As a Chicago fan I gotta say I have been very impressed with the Hawks this series. They have been the better team, fortunately the Bulls have played good enough defense when needed. It is also nice to see a team that knows they can win the series play straight up and not try and hurt anyone (despite what truthspitter says…”break rose’s neck”…you are an idiot), unlike the Pacers who knew they had no chance so they resorted to trying to playing dirty…like the Lakers did when the series began to slip away. Regardless of what happens in this series the Hawks have a BRIGHT future…Sorry Hinrich you will be on another team next year yet again…Teague is legit. Hopefully Smith continues to shoot 18 foot jumpers and the Bulls should be OK! Thanks Josh.

Spudster

May 11th, 2011
11:40 am

At least we have discovered we have a point guard, with Hinrich & Teague coming back, if Jamal leaves in FA we need to add a quality big man & get rid of Marvin for a rack of balls, IF we had a REAL center with ZaZa as a backup, Joe, Hinrich, & Teague in the backcourt, & Al & Josh at forwards we would be in the finals, Jamal too expensive to retain, & Marvin ends up a wasted #2 pick

joey1

May 11th, 2011
11:43 am

a 1st the officiating was horrible in the 4th q in favor of the bulls, it didnt help the hawks offense got stagnant they need to let teague handle every possession and not every now and then, teague has showed us he will be a very good point guard that is being unleashed now. dont ever let jamal bring the ball up the court he slows down our offense to iso plays. if we run him and joe off screens and let teague drive and kick and pick and roll the hawks offense would not have crumbled,,,but i really do believe and how belived it for years that the nba wants to see the prime matchups with all the star player and they will do anything to make it happen. im a diehard hawks fan but could you imagine hawks and grizzles in the finals,,,, the nba would have a cow

Rod from College Park

May 11th, 2011
11:44 am

One thing that we all must remember is that the Chicago Bulls are the number 1 defensive team in the league for a reason. If Joe and Jamal don’t score, we won’t win, period. Al Horford is proving that he is really not a scoring option, its jumpshot or nothing for him. Josh did a good job last night, but should not be depended on to score 20 point a night. Jamal and Joe have to provide more offensive production if we are going to win this series period.

LD has done a pretty good job coaching in the playoffs. He has to start playing Damien more, leave Marvin on the bench, and let Teague run the offense. We can not continue to play well all game and then go to this ISO crap at the start of the 4th. If anything wait to about 6 min before we start the iso crap. We lost that game at the start of the 4th quarter, when we switched from what was working against the best defensive team in the league, who had no idea what we would do because of Teague, to what they knew we would do, iso Joe and iso Jamal.

Bulls win in 6

May 11th, 2011
11:53 am

Stop with the whining about the refs. There have been bad calls on both sides. Here are the stats through 5 games in the series:
Bulls have been called for 89 fouls and the Hawks only 84.
Free throws shot have been 106 for the Hawks and 107 for the Bulls. This along with the bulls have more shot attempts at the rim for the series and less fouls called and the same amount of free throws attempted. Worry a little more about all the jump shots in the 4th qtr and playing some defense instead of collapsing at the end.

Rod from College Park

May 11th, 2011
11:58 am

I still really am interested to see if the NBA does anything about the Boozer punch. He can say it was an elbow all he wants, but it connected with Josh’s face, and it was a cheapshot. If Zaza gets suspended for what they deemed a headbutt after a guy runs up in his face in round one, Boozer should be suspended for the next game. I really would prefer Boozer, because the Taj Gibson guy really scares me, but it’s about the NBA enforcing rules fairly.

bfred

May 11th, 2011
12:00 pm

I can live with questionable calls, but the refs not calling the foul on Crawford at the end of the 3rd period was inexcusable. I know it’s a midcourt, quarter-end shot but if the guy runs into the shooter it’s a foul, period. A stupid one, yes, but a major difference-maker that would put the Hawks up going into the 4th. Make-up no-call from the game 4 inadvertant whistle, perhaps?

And to those saying that no-call was a 5-point swing, the Hawks would have taken posession after the free throws anyway. So I might concede a 2-3 point missed opportunity for the Bulls but hardly a game-changer.

joey1

May 11th, 2011
12:03 pm

hawks will win game 6 i will be there it will be rocking so hawks fans come on out and support our team maybe they can pull off a miracle in game 7 beating the bulls and the refs…….

Rod from College Park

May 11th, 2011
12:11 pm

Bulls win in 6,

I agree with you about the ref stuff, I never like to make that an issue, but there have been a number of very questionable calls. The call against Rose that they admitted was a mistake was a terrible call against the Bulls. That’s really all I can remember that were bad calls for the Bulls. Josh gets punched in the face, and they call a Double Technical. Rose goes to the rim, and a foul is called everytime. I saw Joe Johnson go to the hole, get molested and no call. Josh Smith in game 4 went up and caught a ball intended for Deng, came down, Deng ran into him, and Josh gets the foul. This Asik guy set moving screens, just like Dwight Horward did in round one, and did not get called for it all night. I will admit that our jumpshooting is responsible for us not getting calls, but a foul is a foul. I also saw Jamal get fouled at least 3 times yesterday with no call. The only bad calls that I have seen go against the Bulls are the Derrick Rose play, and 1 or 2 of those illegal defense calls that your team keeps getting.

kevkat

May 11th, 2011
12:11 pm

You know, I saw Teague at the free throw line talking to the guys and really trying to encourage them to pick it up..I really like the way he is trying to lead this team. He is defintely doing his part on the court. Why can’t the rest follow his example?. I mean he’s taking it to their big men more than our own big men (Josh has been better lately though at this) are even attempting to do.

northcyde

May 11th, 2011
12:17 pm

Section 303

May 11th, 2011
9:03 am

tyger, I thought Jamal was terrible last night. In fact, I really do not think he has performed well most of the playoffs. He was great in Orlando Game 1. Great in Chicago Game 1. Other than that he’s gone between very average to terrible. I thought he played bad in the Orlando Game 3, where he banked in the 3. That shot covered up his poor play throughout the entire game.

I was upset when Jamal was subbed in for Teague at the end of the 3rd. Felt like Jamal was better off on the bench. If he is not hitting his shot, he is worthless.

Also, refs aren’t giving Jamal the foul call on 3’s anymore. The past few games Jamal has taken a 3 with a defender closing on him, got the shot off, fallen down as the defender came in, no call given. It’s like the officials have made a pact that Jamal will not get that foul call. Wonder if Jamal has gone to that well too many times?

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The most irritating thing to me about Jamal’s game, is that he has almost the speed with the ball that Teague has. The dude can get just about any shot he wants to in a game. He has the handles to go anywhere he wants to on the court.

But he LOVES that damn jumper so much, that even when he beats his man off the dribble, he’ll pull up for a damn jumper, instead of getting into the lane or going all the way to the rim. And his jumper is so schizophrenic, that he really has no justification on depending on it so much, especially when he’s cold. Like I said, he could get in the paint anytime he wanted to, with the way he handles the ball. But like with Smith and his jumpshot, it’s almost like Jamal wants to prove that he can make that tough 3, or difficult 21 footer . . instead of going 10 more feet to shoot a runner in the lane.

He’s currently shooting 36% FG in the series and only averaging 10.8 ppg. Take away Game 1, and he’s shooting 11 – 37 FG ( 30% ) and averaging 8 ppg.

Jamal and JJ are the two guys who have the wildest swings in their level of play during these playoffs when we win or lose.

IN WINS

Johnson: 24.5 ppg . . 3.8 asst . . 5.7 rebs . . 0.8 stls . . 50% FG . . 55% 3FG . . 87% FT ( 26 – 30 )

Crawford: 20.7 ppg . . 3.0 asst . . 1.7 rebs . . 1.0 stls . . 46% FG . . 43% 3FG . . 73% FT ( 22 – 30 )

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IN LOSSES

Johnson: 12.0 ppg . . 2.6 asst . . 3.6 rebs . . 1.6 stls . . 36% FG . . 35% 3FG . . 50% FT ( 4 – 8 )

Crawford: 10.6 ppg . . 2.0 asst . . 1.0 rebs . . 0.4 stls . . 31% FG . . 30% 3FG . . 94% FT ( 16 – 17 )

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And it’s funny how their averages in wins equal the 45 point number that we’ve talked about since the playoffs started.

Bulls win in 6

May 11th, 2011
12:20 pm

Rod,the no call on Rose in game 4 had nothing to do with the Bulls losing that game. They were out of sync and heading down that path no matter what. Again, you guys have a view of the refs and bulls fans have their view. Charge called on Deng when Smith flopped? wasn’t even squared up. Their was a drive to the basket and either Deng or Taj standing their taking a charge and no call. Boozer draws blood on his head from blatant fouls but no calls? Taj clearly had all ball on that block in the 4th but they call a foul? He palmed it. This could go back and forth forever. Biggest joke of yesterday was finding out that Rose missed being on all NBA defensive 2nd team by one vote. He is not a good defender and that would have been a travesty.

SteveW

May 11th, 2011
12:20 pm

Wabe -”I know you’ve been hatin on the dude all season, just eat the crow and jump on the bandwagon”

Co Sign

Rod – Asik sets moving screens, and then didn’t they call Collins for an illegal defense last night?

And Boozer should be suspended. It was a cheap shot.

And Taj is good for 25, 26 minutes a game, I think it would help us if he had to start.

But they may start Kurt Thomas and be done with it..

SteveW

May 11th, 2011
12:21 pm

And I think Asik starts for 15 teams in the is League. Dudes a player

ftlauderdaleguy

May 11th, 2011
12:23 pm

The point on the referreeing is that, as Tim Donagy had explained in his book and after the scandal, is that the refs determine which teams are going to get the calls. And that is based on MONEY! Colin Cowert has been saying all day that noone (nationally) wants to see the Hawks. Rose moves the needle and if the refs want to continue to work in big games they will make the calls that David Stern wants. That means a lot of questionalble calls will go in favor of the Bulls. I really do not care who wins but I get sick and tired of investing my time in watching the games (which I LOVE basketball) and I feel shortchanged by the refs which is dictated by big TV revenue and Stern. And I get tired of hearing people on tv, radio and here on this blog that say the Hawks just need to make more shots. That is a bunch of crap. Just like in the NFL whne the phantom holding or pass interference changes the momentum early and it just snowballs from there. Seeing foul calls when there is absolutely no contact makes me pull my hair out. The games are overofficiated and the media needs to drive change and put more pressure on the refs.

darrell starks

May 11th, 2011
12:23 pm

LD have stick with big line up and keep HORFORD at power forward at all time, LD lost this game when he when 2 the small line up JOSH at 4 HORFORD at 5.
GO HAWKS!!!!!!!!!!!!

DinasaurFenton

May 11th, 2011
12:24 pm

Teague has OUTPLAYED D-Rose for much of the series. The national media audience and the world has seen that Teague is a phenominon. If Teague sits next season and doesnt get into the games, LARRY DREW needs to take a sit in the electric chair because he will be purposely trying to ruin Teagues career. Mike Woodsen kept starting Mike Bibby instead of Teague and now with the Hinrich trade there is a log jam at the point guard position. Look, Teague has lightning quick speed and has the good instincts around the basket, in my opinion, even better than Derrick Rose. Rose is good but all he does is drive to the basket, curl up the basketball and try to force layups. If you built a brick fortress in front the paint and the rim, ROSE WOULD CRASH THROUGH IT LIKE A BULLDOZER. The Hawks should be confident and realize now that they can beat the tar out of the Bulls. In my opinion, Orlando is a much better team than Chicago, and if the Hawks got past Orlando they can get past Chicago. My gut is telling me the Hawks will quit on Thursday, throw up the white flag and come out flat and lay an egg and end their season. I hope the Hawks dont do that because the Hawks have the ability to hold serve at home, defeat Chicago on Thursday at home and then blow the Bulls out in game 7 by at least 20 points. I KNOW THE HAWKS ARE CAPABLE OF WINNING THE SERIES WITH THE BULLS. IT WILL HAPPEN JUST AS SOON AS THE HAWKS PLAYERS BUY IN AND BELIEVE THE SAME THING. Go Hawks, destroy Bulls in 7.

PureEvil

May 11th, 2011
12:25 pm

The way Teague is playing makes me a little pissed off about trading Jordan Crawford!!! We had Teague and Jordan sitting on the pine and then when they’re FINALLY given an opportunity they shine. What would this team be playing like if they were use to Teague running the O all year?

SteveW

May 11th, 2011
12:26 pm

Bottom line – I don’t know if ya’ll saw that D-Rose quote from ESPN posted here a few hours ago, but the dude is definitely scared to death of the Hawks.

We’ve earned his respect. Now Boozer has to start cheap shotting our guys.

We def, have more playoff experience.

Teaque ain’t backing down from no one, refs, coach’s included

We can still win this series.

I think we have the upper hand as strange as that sounds.

woody

May 11th, 2011
12:26 pm

league should give boozer tech after reviewing video of his shot to the head of Smoove.

darrell starks

May 11th, 2011
12:26 pm

COLLINS and ZAZA must rotate at center the hole game, remember defense is much better when big body in the paint, the hawks are a stronger team with JOSH at 3.
GO HAWKS!!!!!!!!!!!

SteveW

May 11th, 2011
12:27 pm

“Al Horford is proving that he is really not a scoring option, its jumpshot or nothing for him.”

Co-sign

drmaryb (*_-)

May 11th, 2011
12:28 pm

Observation Deck!

I’m peering through the telescope from the bow of the vessel.
What do I see?

A flying hawk and a raging bull. A desperate hawk is the best hawk we have seen so far in this series. Come Thursday night the hawks will play desperately the raging bull will be cautious and measured, forget about the ambivalent fans in the stands. We see their lips but, but will be able to hear their words. The hawks will play inside the highlight zone. In short, this team will win game 6.

Worldwide Clyde has been very perceptive so far in this post season and he has called for a hawks series win in 7 games. I sure hope he is right. Coach Drew has given his team the blue print and has been
Rivers-Esque in the huddle. If the hawks can execute the master plan, we can re-write history.

It will be incumbent (strange term for a rookie coach), but it will be incumbent on coach to make the right substitutions to foster a game 6 triumph. He has the talent, but will the talent deliver?

We can hash and re-hash what we should have, would have and could have done, but the real truth is we did not. If this team will play together for 48 minutes tomorrow night and 5 players score in double digits but more importantly play great defense? Worldwide prediction should become a reality. Just win game 6 and there will be insurmountable pressure on the bulls.

They don’t want that, but that should be their fate. I like our chances, but I am not a betting woman and will not leverage my bank account on a sports event.

Forget the X’s and O’s. It will come down to wills.

Will the hawks step up to the challenge? We’ll see.

darrell starks

May 11th, 2011
12:31 pm

JAMAL have get easier shot all his shots are diffuclt, the hawks need more screan plays for JAMAL, JOE, to many tough shots.
GO HAWKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

drmaryb (*_-)

May 11th, 2011
12:32 pm

* but will be UNABLE to hear their words.

SteveW

May 11th, 2011
12:33 pm

Al last night – 6-13 FG, 10 Boards and 4 turnovers. I predicted before the game he would have an invisible 16 and 10. His 4 turnovers and lack of help D was the most visible part of his game

Josh – 6-14 FG, 7 Boards, 1 turnover. But Josh can shut down Deng. But Deng’s energy wears Josh down for the offensive end, and pulls him away from the glass for rebounds.

SteveW

May 11th, 2011
12:33 pm

Smart move by LD – You never hear Josh Powell’s name mentioned except in garbage time.

And I think I’m the only guy who thinks we should activate Etan, and let him have a round with Noah and Boozer. Etan’s a hustler and a bruiser.

Bulls win in 6

May 11th, 2011
12:33 pm

“Look, Teague has lightning quick speed and has the good instincts around the basket, in my opinion, even better than Derrick Rose. Rose is good but all he does is drive to the basket, curl up the basketball and try to force layups. If you built a brick fortress in front the paint and the rim, ROSE WOULD CRASH THROUGH IT LIKE A BULLDOZER.”

Wow…Teague is not the new MVP of the league. All I can say is wow….

tremaine

May 11th, 2011
12:34 pm

It’s simple, Chicago stayed with what worked (Rose and Gibson) and we didn’t (Teague and Zaza).

I blame the coaching for that.

darrell starks

May 11th, 2011
12:35 pm

2 advantage the hawks have specialy in the fourth.
JOE in the post.
JOSH in the post at small forward.
GO HAWKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bulls win in 6

May 11th, 2011
12:35 pm

Sorry, meant to say “is now the new MVP of the league”. Teague has been spectacular but…C’mon Man!

SteveW

May 11th, 2011
12:36 pm

Teague is playing like the first 15 games of his sophomore season in college, when Ish Smith was hurt and he was running Point. He was the best player on the court every night regardless of who they played.

BobbyDandridge

May 11th, 2011
12:36 pm

Its amazing as a blogger pointed out that we had both JORDAN CRAWFORD and JEFF TEAGUE both sitting on the pines just rotting instead of helping us win games. Jordan Crawford was averaging 28 points with the Wizzards and Jeff Teague can probably average the same 28 points with the Hawks. Can you imagine how good the Hawks would have been had Jordan Crawford and Jeff Teague been starting since the beginning of the season. Gosh, our record would have been 82-0, all sweeps in the playoffs and more than likely a 4-0 sweep in the finals. The management and the powers that be upstairs in the front office just pissed away a PERFECT SEASON for mediocrity and now a chance for the Bulls to stampede us on Thursday and close us out for the year. Its too bad when you have bozos running the front office instead of competent personnel.

SteveW

May 11th, 2011
12:39 pm

Bulls have some quality depth however.

But If i were them, I would try to trade 2 of there 3 SG’s and maybe a 1st pick or 2 for a strong SG. They would be nearly unstoppable.

Hope they don’t find the cash to sign Jason Richardson.

Or Jamal

Bulls win in 6

May 11th, 2011
12:39 pm

“Hope they don’t find the cash to sign Jason Richardson”

We hope the same..now if we could get our hands on OJ Mayo..that would be ideal.