Atlanta Hawks: Rockets 95, Hawks 84

Houston–The Hawks say they expected the Rockets to come out firing even though they were playing their third game in as many nights and despite the travel headaches upon their return to Houston. “That always happens, when a team is wall and you find out what they are about,” Al Horford said. “This team came out right off the bat they jumped quick on us and were never really able to recover from the fist quarter.”

  • So if the Hawks weren’t caught flat-footed, it means their first game against an opponent with a variety of talented offensive players and good execution showed their defense still has a ways to go. Or maybe it’s also that they don’t match up well with a team that can spread the floor, dribble penetrate, share the ball and make shots–and do all of that with speed.
  • “They pushed the tempo on us and we didn’t seem to have any defensive energy,” Tracy McGrady said. “We let Kyle Lowry push the ball up and find shooters. [Luis] Scola was playing well. You’ve got Kevin Martin hitting threes from all over the place. Chase Budinger is there in the corner. I thought they would have tired legs, but they came in and played well. You’ve got to give them credit.”
  • The Rockets immediately took it to the Hawks. Only foul trouble for Scola, Larry Drew’s zone defense and their inevitable weary legs late slowed them down. It certainly wasn’t Atlanta’s D.
  • “They played their third game in three nights and came out and played at a higher level than we did,” Drew said. “I told the guys that is totally unacceptable.”
  • In the first period Houston scored 22 points in the paint and recorded assists on eight of its 13-field goals. Atlanta offered little resistance at the basket and struggled to create anything but jump shots. By the time they did more of both the Rockets were on their way to the W.
  • There was some of the same “they just made shots” refrain from the Hawks but the energy, rotations and close-outs looked lackluster to me. There has been a gradual deterioration in all those areas since the first game, and the Hawks ran up against an opponent good enough to exploit them.
  • “We didn’t fly around and contest like we did the first couple games, particularly the first game,” Drew said. “We reverted back to short closeouts and not getting out there with a sense of urgency. With our theory as far as closeouts you have got to make them put the ball on the floor. We did not do that.”
  • The contrast between Lowry and Jeff Teague was clear tonight. Both players are surrounded by offensive talent but only one of them got his teammates going. “I hope my young guy can take a look at that and see how you can impact the game and not score points,” Drew said. “Sometimes scoring can be overrrated. Good point guards still find a way to impact the game irregardless if they score.”
  • Of course, it helps that Lowry’s teammates know their strengths and weaknesses and play to them. Luis Scola took it to Horford, who was cross-matched, with nifty moves around the basket and fired up Js within his range and only when open. Martin, who was off to a slow start this season, came off screens for clean looks or spotted up and waited Lowry’s kick-outs. Budinger spotted up for 3s or used his athleticism to clean up around the basket. Houston’s spacing and crispness were superb.
  • Josh Smith had another erratic offensive night. There were missed Js, wayward drives to the basket, strong scores at the rim and eight-free throw attempts (but he only made four). For the second night in a row Josh and Al saw an opposing big dominate the boards–carer-high 15 rebounds for Jordan Hill, who ain’t exactly Kris Humphries.
  • I thought Marvin Williams was solid again but he played just 21 minutes (McGrady’s strong night had something to do with that, too). He started 3 for 3 while his teammates were 0 for 5.
  • Joe Johnson never consistently bullied Martin on the block the way you would expect. There’s no way he shouldn’t get to the free-throw line in that matchup. A night after Joe seemed to relish schooling MarShon Brooks he let K-Mart get the best of him.
  • Jason Collins’ debut didn’t go well. This wasn’t the kind of game where he could be effective. Houston ratcheted up its assault on the rim during his time on the floor. Zaza Pachulia also found it difficult to do his thing with the furious pace. Vladimir Radmanovic (0 for 5) looked a bit out of sorts again.
  • Interesting, though, that the plus-minus numbers show that the bench guys held their own while the starters got drilled.
  • McGrady, back in Houston for just the second time since he left, helped lead Atlanta’s brief rally in the fourth quarter. The boos grew louder as he played better. “It is what it is,” he said. “I don’t give a [bleep] about that. I am used to it. It was [also] Toronto and then Orlando. Who cares.”
  • McGrady’s rebounding adds a valuable dimension to the Hawks. He’s going to get some against opposing second units.
  • The Hawks are at Miami on Monday and at Chicago on Tuesday. A three-game losing streak after the 3-0 start is a real possibility.
  • “It’s a challenge for our team to see how we care going to compete,” T-Mac said. “Are we going to crawl back and be pouting about this loss? Or are we going to come out and compete against the Eastern Conference champs on Monday? If we want to go and be mentioned in the same breath as Miami or Chicago, we have got to go do something.”
  • Happy New Year, blog people. Peace and prosperity to you and yours.

Michael Cunningham, Hawks beat

284 comments Add your comment

Ray

December 31st, 2011
11:18 pm

They should have won this game.

JSS

December 31st, 2011
11:19 pm

16 point 3rd quarter, that stuff is just maddening!!!

Slimjr

December 31st, 2011
11:22 pm

Should have been a blowout!!!!!!!!!!

Ray

December 31st, 2011
11:23 pm

Happy New year’s MC, but like I said on the other blog two things working against the hawks officiating and the Rockets themselves.

It didn’t help that LD didn’t realize when to sub the right people in he still seems to have a problem with that.

JSS

December 31st, 2011
11:24 pm

“Of course, it helps that Lowry’s teammates know their strengths and weaknesses and play to them.”
Never has there been such a striking indictment since Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox stood before the Watergate grand jury!!! Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!!!

Ryan

December 31st, 2011
11:29 pm

I like that T-Mac seems mad and not settling. Josh played horribly. Al needed more offense ran through him and to not get schooled by Scola. JJ’s night wasn’t horrible but that shouldnt be all you can say for 20 million. JT0 never got aggressive. Makes me wonder if LD got on to him for scoring too many points. LOL. Willie Green and Pargo looked better. Vlad Rad didn’t add much to the game. The “Core” needs to be held accountable. He pulled Teague for not being aggressive but then lets Josh play like crap and Joe too…

Slimjr

December 31st, 2011
11:30 pm

“Interesting, though, that the plus-minus numbers show that the bench guys held their own while the starters got drilled.”

LD should have Left Josh and All NBA on the Bench in the 4th..The bench was making a come back and cut the lead to 6!

LD you’ll never be an Allstar coach cause u dont get it…

Slimjr

December 31st, 2011
11:31 pm

The reserves were making a comeback..^^^^

doc

December 31st, 2011
11:32 pm

ray, from last blog, yes we had played a bit lately against very bad teams but the rpckets were on the third in three nights so it is hard to give that as a reason. if so ld better figure it out quickly. 18 dimes and 27 points form their lead guards say a lot. where were teague and jj, then we got ripped on the boards, so where were the core front line of marvin, josh and al. i know where they usually are pizzing in their pants against bigger front lines. same ole, same ole. but we are younger and quicker right?

Walter R. Terrell

December 31st, 2011
11:32 pm

I guess hoping and praying was not enough. I do not want to be a Josh Smith basher but damn, he lied and will truly hurt us this year. He still has no basketball IQ and continues to play stupid. The coach better bench him this year because he will truly hurt this team.

Mike is Back

December 31st, 2011
11:33 pm

MC, you are all over it…I just hope at some part of the season…these starters learn something from watching Tmack…he can help these guys rise above their mediocre.

What of Stack…if we are not going to use Stack…WHY did we cut Benson?????????????????????

Ray

December 31st, 2011
11:37 pm

@ doc

not saying the starting line-up probably except Marvin played badly cause they did I was disappointed to watch them, but LD so far again seems to be in over his head not making the right subs and taking people out at the wrong time.

Like if Josh is taking those retarded J’s you sit him.

Ole Hawk's Fan

December 31st, 2011
11:39 pm

The article writn on Josh Smith before that first game against New Jersery there, where he claim he had been working on his game was a LOT OF SMOKE. He has no clue and tonight he went back to shooting MOSTLY JUMP SHOTS and looked like the Old Josh from last year. This GUY just doesn’t get it. His game is inside. Driving to the basket, posting low and getting the defenders in FOUL TROUBLE! Josh never works on improving his game. He is a POOR FREE THROW SHOOTER! He is still thinking he is the PG. Using by Josh thinking he is s PG leads to turn over on 3 out of 5 times he is bringing the ball upcourt. It seems LD has put JTeague in THE DOG HOUSE when Jeff was pulled for PRAGO who can’t defend nor has any semblance of a OFFENSIVE GAME. Why SY was waived and PRAGO signed is a MYSTERY. This team still is a HEAD Case and I don’t think Woody Lite can get these guys to buy into his system. I see this teaming losing to Miami, Chicago and any of the other team in the east trying to make the playoff. We’ve had the diaster of the Braves in Septem, the falcons looking like the Smith owned Falcons and now the ASG dysfunctional owners of the HAWKS and their management or like of management with the Hawks, The Dream will win a Championship for The Atl before any of these before mention teams mention prior. FIRE ASG, SUN, Woody Lite, MM, BVG with the falcons. We are back to being known as “LOSERVILLE” as tabbed by SI in the 70’s. There is no light at the end of the tunnel for these three sport teams.

Slimjr

December 31st, 2011
11:49 pm

“so where were the core front line of marvin, josh and al. i know where they usually are pizzing in their pants against bigger front lines. same ole, same ole. ”

Yes.. 6 years later? Huh? Exposed once again this Core front line….Jettison the core Gearon!

D12,D12,D12……Help!

No bubble gum

December 31st, 2011
11:54 pm

It seems like most of the guys are standing around waiting for Al horford to be traded. They all know hes gone. He knows hes gone so there is no leader who is saying ” hey lets just win games and dissect the opposition until the trade negotiation is done.

OK this is why many were pushing for the Bynum for Al horford trade:

Bynum scored 29 points on 13 for 18 shooting and grabbed 13 rebounds, leading the Lakers to a 92-89 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Saturday. The 7-foot center played 31½ grueling minutes, helping the Lakers win their third straight following their first 0-2 start since 2002-03.

In other news

Al (horford) saw an opposing big dominate the boards–carer-high 15 rebounds for Jordan Hill, who ain’t exactly Kris Humphries.- MC

ak

December 31st, 2011
11:56 pm

McGrady is getting paid vet minum and JJ is getting paid 24 million and tmac ids out performing him. sad

Hawk Fans Punked

January 1st, 2012
12:00 am

Tonight’s game was the exact opposite of the preseason games.

Preseason:
JS playing hard/good
Tmac sleeping, being lazy & lousy
Pargo hitting 3s and looking like a PG

Rusty

January 1st, 2012
12:11 am

I’m sure after jt’s great last game ld lectured him about the game wasn’t all about scoring ld is out to destroy jt & is one hell of a dumb coach.

Slimjr

January 1st, 2012
12:13 am

But at least All NBA added that patented turn around fade away set shot to his arsenal..

Josh apparently has added nothing.. Zero,Nada, Zilch!

clutch

January 1st, 2012
12:20 am

the rockets just played harder and made there open shots. nothing more nothing less people. hortfard needs to be traded while his value is high, but only if it is an upgrade or for a high draft pick. josh needs to stop shooting jump shots if he is going to miss them, its no problem if he makes them.

Grandad

January 1st, 2012
12:21 am

Happy New Year One & All

Josh Smith; “bless his heart”.

Who Me?

January 1st, 2012
12:33 am

2012 team vs 2011 team – you pick ‘em. from what I saw and heard tonight, this team doesn’t make the playoffs this year or limps in with some help. .500 team so far. Gotta say though that I’m pleasantly surprised by Teague’s play so far.

EmirS.

January 1st, 2012
12:40 am

happy new year!

Hmmmm

January 1st, 2012
12:48 am

“Josh Smith had another erratic offensive night. There were missed Js, wayward drives to the basket, strong scores at the rim and eight-free throw attempts (but he only made four).”

DAMN SHAME SMH

O'Brien

January 1st, 2012
12:50 am

Team loss tonight. Unacceptable (imo) losing to a team playing its 3rd game in 3 nights.

It will be interesting to see how hawks handle their first true litmus test (bulls and heat).

Hawks Fan Down Under

January 1st, 2012
1:07 am

Why did Drew keep Josh on the floor so much? The guy was melting down and Drew did nothing! Terrible coaching and a typical flat Hawks effort. This team is going nowhere past the second round (if its lucky). They need to either trade Josh or fire LD. Or even both!

Sometimes this team plays so dumb I can’t believe it. One pass long jumpshot offense will never win games but that was their major offense for a lot of the night. Just bemusing!!!!!!

tyger

January 1st, 2012
1:34 am

Reality is a MF!

1. Just when I was warming to Teague, Lowery puts on a show…
2. Layups alone just wont cut it, he’s got to drop dimes…
3. Josh looked horrible, still mentally weak…
4. Joe looks/plays insecure, Tmac Alpha-dog too much?…
5. Marvin should play more, gotta figure it out, Tmac at the 1?…
6. Downside to 3-0 is over-confidence – same ole’ Hawks…
7. Radi-dadi needs some easy buckets before launching…
8. Hawks playing selfishly already, shortened minutes cutting into stats…
9. Gotta go deeper into bench, lets see Stack and Ivan on these nights…
10. Wondered about Hinrich….not anymore – they need a steady hand…

The Great Gatsby

January 1st, 2012
1:53 am

Why don’t these recaps have any mention of L.D.’s mistakes or questionable decision making? We are quick to point out what the players do wrong, but our pathetic coach fails to ever admit to doing anything wrong himself. How about asking why he continues to harm the team by taking his players out of the game due to his perception of “foul trouble”. Subbing in Jason Collins due to the fact that Zaza Pachulia had 2 fouls in the second quarter is just plain unacceptable. The backup center, let me repeat that BACKUP CENTER, had 2 fouls. A guy who isn’t going to play more than around 20 minutes on most nights anyway was subbed out for a guy who had nothing positive to contribute in this game. Larry Drew needs to learn the strengths and weaknesses of his personnel. Can someone ask him why he has so much trouble understanding that his subbing hurts the team more than “foul trouble”? Does Drew even understand what foul trouble is the way other coaches around the league do?

How about asking Drew why he continues to keep guys like Josh in the game when they are hurting the team more than helping. It was very clear early on that Josh was not contributing in a positive fashion to the game. Where is the accountability? Also, why was Marvin subbed out early and why did he play so few minutes? How about asking about that? Marvin was actually playing well at the start when no one else was, and was he rewarded at all for that? No. Does L.D. just play favorites and have personal problems with certain players?

What kind of message does that send to someone like Marvin? It’s basically like the coach telling him “Well, Marvin, you’re playing pretty good, but I’d rather Josh score the points than you. He’s been garbage out there in this quarter, but you know what? I like him better, so have a seat.” If Larry Drew wants locker room problems, he should keep it up. I wouldn’t doubt that everyone on the team other than Joe, Josh, and guys on minimum scale contracts who might not have options asked to be traded or signed elsewhere if L.D. were hired long term.

Also, L.D. talked a lot last year about wanting to play inside more and not “settling” for jump shots. Well, if that’s the case, why was Josh shooting so many jumpers without consequence? Also, if you want inside play, why go away from the one player who was actually playing well inside? Al has actually looked pretty good in the post so far this season. In 1 vs. 1 opportunities, he has been producing, and tonight, on all of his attempts inside, other than the one where he spun around for a fadeaway shot, I think he either scored or was fouled. Why not milk that advantage until houston adjusts? What is L.D.’s excuse for that? Joe and Josh weren’t getting enough shots, so we need Al and Marvin to stop touching the ball to give them more shots?

Here’s another question to ask L.D. How do you expect your players to listen to you when you preach one thing and then do the opposite during games? Or how about this: How do you expect players to play hard for you when they know that they won’t be rewarded for good play, meanwhile the favorites won’t ever be penalized regardless of badly they play. The bench on most teams is a great motivator since guys on the bench want to play well so that they will earn more playing time. That won’t work here in Atlanta since Drew doesn’t award playing time based upon performance. He seemingly awards it based upon personal relationships and preference. We are always talking about how guys didn’t play hard enough after a loss. Well, even though guys should be playing hard simply because they are being paid to do so, most of these players don’t seem to think that way, and Drew’s flawed way of running things is giving them no incentive to want to play hard for him.

How about we start looking at the big picture and questioning the man in charge of the team on the court? Mike Woodson was no hall of fame coach, and he couldn’t even get a head coaching job in the NBA after leaving atlanta, yet he led the team to 53 wins. If Drew can’t even do what Woodson did in the regular season, is he really the right guy for the job. Yes, we got embarrassed in the playoffs under woodson against the Magic due to bad coaching, and the Hawks defeated orlando last year under Drew. Drew did one thing well there, he made the decision not to double dwight Howard. Congratulations, Drew, you did one thing well. Now, how about correcting the infinitely-long list of mistakes?

Is Atlanta just decent right now because we have made the most of our talent and simply can’t go further with the current roster, or are we just not utilizing the talent we have and that’s why the team looks so stagnant? I have to believe it’s the latter, and tonight was a great example of how a coach fails to utilize his personnel in ways in which they will succeed. Good coaches like Popovich put their players in position to succeed, whereas Drew puts them in positions that take away from their success. Al is playing well in the post and the ball is never given to him down low after he does so, or a different play is called. Marvin is playing well and he gets benched. Those are just a few of the examples. I don’t know why more people aren’t recognizing these problems and calling them out.

It’s one thing for an inexperienced coach to make mistakes and learn from them and coach better as a result, it’s something entirely different when a coach continues to make the same mistakes over and over and fails to acknowledge them or correct them in the future. Someone who does the latter shouldn’t be in a position to coach a team, since that shows you he/she is incapable of making adjustments, and good coaches know that the game is all about maximizing talent and making the correct adjustments to get the most out of your team.

Jerome

January 1st, 2012
2:22 am

We still need a real point guard or a real playmaker who wants to set the table for others. Jeff Teague can guard the PG position and he can penetrate and score at the rim. He can make some nice passes for others at times. However, I don’t think he’s really a pure point guard. He mainly a guard trying to score at the basket who gives you a nice assist once in a while, but it’s clear that his instinct is not to get someone else open for a score or to find the open man for an easy basket. He doesn’t play like he’s trying to set the table, and he has never looked like a true playmaker at the point. He’s at his best with the ball in his hands, so basically need to play him a position where he can handle the ball to be effective, but I don’t comfortable with him running the team. Lowry is not a great point guard, and difference between the way he and Teague ran their teams was day and night. Lowry blew him away from a playmaking standpoint, and didn’t have to be flashy at all to do it.

Hinrich is not a great playmaker, but he’s a decent one. Hopefully, getting him back while help. He’s an upgrade at the point over Teague when it comes to actually playing like a point guard should. Teague looked like he couldn’t even run a pick-and-pop tonight. I was very disappointed.

Jerome

January 1st, 2012
2:26 am

We aren’t even scoring many easy baskets at all with our lack of playmaking. As an example, look at Al’s scoring right now. In the past, he scored a significant portion of his points off of plays that were assisted (pick-and-pops, dunks, etc.). Now, he’s having to score the majority of his points in isolation (post-ups). He’s doing a pretty solid job of that, but that just goes to show you that there is a lack of playmaking on the roster.

uga-brave

January 1st, 2012
2:50 am

so at what point do many of to josh fans realize he tears this team down?

he cant go right. he has zero ability with his back against the basket.

he cant shoot. his ft % blows.

all he can do his block shots and dunk.

uga-brave

January 1st, 2012
2:52 am

he as zero interst about off the ball defense. he would rather someone beat him so he can block a shot.

all this time and he never developed.

Najeh Davenpoop

January 1st, 2012
3:06 am

That game sucked. Happy New Year.

Hawks Fan Down Under

January 1st, 2012
3:20 am

Agree with everything Great Gastby said. LD has terrible man management!

Had enough

January 1st, 2012
3:54 am

This team is going nowhere.It may not even reach the playoffs.

SOUTH GA BOY IN THE ATL

January 1st, 2012
4:11 am

I really wish Najeh or Ken or someone of their stature, on this blog, could lead a really honest discussion on the asset/liability issue of Josh and the Hawks. Being completely candid, the issue of race, IMO, permeates every post on JS and prevents any real and meaningful discussion on how he affects the Hawks. To my eye, JS is definately the straw that stirs the Hawks, positively or negatively. I read and hear white people overreact to Josh’s penchant to, seemingly, want to make the extremely difficult pass or shot or dunk without any thought to the risk/reward of said decision. Some white people seem to be stuck in a permanent “Hoosiers/1950’s version of basketball” where the ball is passed a minimum of “4 times” before a shot occurs. And NO CHANCES are ever taken. And some Black people seem to over emphasize the sports center highlight shot/pass/steal/dunk that JS made the previous game while conveniently forgetting the 3 or 4 chances he took that went bad to get that great highlight. Yes these are generalizations and certainly not all white or black people think alike in their assesment of JS, but it does tend to send fans to the nearest corner of their own stereotypical thinking on the matter. All I’m saying is “can the Hawks win a title with JS playing his game” the same way he did 2 or 3 yrs ago ? IMO, his judgement on risk/reward, when it comes time to decide on making a difficult pass/going for a risky steal, taking the jump shot instead of driving to the basket has not improved. And, in discussing JS and his huge impact on the Hawks title chances, why does it, too often, cause people to lose objectivity and subjectively run to their respective corner to over-defend him or over-indict him. I think his play, good or bad, has more impact on the Hawks than any other player, and if that’s the case, then he should be traded (he has a reasonable contract from the point of salary and length, and due to his age and “potential upside” would be more sought after than any other Hawk) to get the combination we need or Al should be traded to bring in the type player that can accentuate JS’s strengths and offset his weaknesses. But one or the other should be traded. IMO, we just can’t win the way we are currently constructed and an objective discussion should be able to be had on Josh, who I really like as a person, without race rearing its ugly head.

Ron

January 1st, 2012
4:31 am

I can’t speak for everyone, but in response to the post above mine, I can say that race has absolutely nothing to do with how I judge Josh’s game. I could care less what ethnicity Josh is, I just want to see him play to his strengths and be a team player. If he did that, he’d probably flourish and we’d be complimenting him. If he does the opposite and continues to have nights like tonight, expect for him to be criticized more and more, and that criticism is well-warranted. It’s not about race, it’s about what these guys do on the court.

tony

January 1st, 2012
6:11 am

These are the things that needs to happen to make the hawks a better team:

1) They must rid themselves of JS

2) If LD is to remain the hc they must get a true pg(Kendall Marshall)

3) We need better scorers. draft Orlando Johnson

3) Keep T-Mac and make him a starter

4) Trade JS to the Wizards for JaVale McGee.(I think DH will be a Laker)

Next season roster should look like this. That is a very smart basketball team right there.

pg- Jeff Teague…………Kendall Marshall
sg- J.Johnson……………Orlando Johnson
sf- T-Mac………………….Marvin Williams
pf- Al Horford…………….Vladimir Radmanovic
c- JaVale McGee ……..Zaza

Hawks4Eva

January 1st, 2012
7:00 am

Michael Cunningham -

The Great Gatsby
January 1st, 2012
1:53 am
———————————————
He makes some excellent points for which I totally agree. In addition to his comments about the players ineffective play, why do YOU not point out Coach Larry Drew’s mistakes like you in pointing out the players? EVERY game (even their wins) you find fault in their game, but rarely say a negative thing or question the COACH and his ineffectiveness. Why is that?: Oh, my bad. Beat reporters are not allowed to criticize the coaching staff for fear of reprisals against them.

Just Joe

January 1st, 2012
7:27 am

We lost this game on the effort or lack of effort around the basket. If you look at the Memphis game on Friday, Houston got outrebounded 42 to 33, and Memphis went to the FT line 33 times compared to the Hawks 16 FTA. We should have attacked the basket on every possession. Take a look at the shot chart, way too many jumpers when they really weren’t necessary.

Also, Jordan Hill 15 boards (4 offensive) in 28 minutes…Sam Dalembert 10 boards (5 offensive) in 20 minutes…Unacceptable!!!

Good news is that it can all be fixed with coaching & effort. Bad news is, we’ve been saying that for years.

Prison Mike

January 1st, 2012
7:42 am

I have a 12 game rule before there is a final verdict on players. But some observations against Hou.

Kmart taking Joe’s lunch was unacceptable. Hindsight I would be perfectly fine if they let him walk and selected Marshon or Shumpert.

Teague needs to pattern his game after Lowry.

Disappointed in JS shot selection. You can tell he was down on himself but those long jumpers are like a disease he will always need to moniter.

Scola always plays like Duncan against the Hawks. Drew needed to think outside the box and give IJ a chance to disrupt his rhythm.

Dont Brick It

January 1st, 2012
7:46 am

LD’s poor decision making is up there (I mean down there) with JSmith’s Low BB IQ. I really thought the ATL can still steal the game around 5mins of 4th (73-79) then he decided to sub Zaza and Rad for Al and Js. He completely disrupted the flow of the team and the little momentum when they were making a nice run lead by Tmac. Radmanovic didn’t score but he defended decently and compared to JS, didn’t really have any mistake. Same thing can be said for Zaza. He should have used Marvin or anyone not named Josh Smith (or Pargo) instead. It also doesn’t matter if JS decided to attack the inside and miss/get a foul because he can’t shoot FTs.

Dont Brick It

January 1st, 2012
7:49 am

WHEN ARE THEY MOVING ?????

January 1st, 2012
8:19 am

WHY IS THIS TEAM STILL WASTING AWAY IN THIS TOW ? I MEAN WASTING ANYONE’S MONEY AND SUPPORT, A WORTHLESS BORING SPORT, SEND THEM TO SEATTLE
WHERE THEY BELONG !!!! ATLANTA DOES NOT NEED nba BASKETBALL !!!!

BORING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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terrell

January 1st, 2012
8:50 am

Jumper Josh and Softy Al for Dwight.

Dawg

January 1st, 2012
8:52 am

LD always tries to bully Teague with his nuggets of wisdom. Yet he says nothing to the vets who make horrible decisions and are clearly not too sharp in the basketball IQ category.

Dawg

January 1st, 2012
8:53 am

LD don’t have a clue about how to substitute.

terrell

January 1st, 2012
8:54 am

McGee is just as stupid as Josh. lol. And why would the Wiz trade a center for a tweener anyway, whe they already got Blatche, my boy Singleton, etc….

doc

January 1st, 2012
8:57 am

happy new year guys, may it be filled with health and sustenance of your choosing.

go hawks!