Atlanta Hawks: Hawks 139, Jazz 133 (4 OT)

  • Because my blog people (bless your hearts) like to accentuate the negative, and I’m willing to humor you because I’m cranky, I’ll start with what I’m sure are two of your burning questions after this stirring W.
  • Larry Drew on riding his starters in the four overtime periods: “I know they were tired. I know they were out of gas, because I was out of gas. But the guys said they wanted to stay in and stick it out. They wanted to play it out, and I rode them.”
  • For all you persistent and vocal Tracy McGrady fans who want an update on his status every five minutes . . . I’m not holding out on you. Drew on T-Mac’s DNP-CD: “I’m keeping an eye on Tracy, he’s been having some problems with his knee. I hope to spot him some minutes in the next few games.”
  • But Drew added that McGrady not playing tonight was “more of a matchup thing” because of Utah’s speed on the wings. So T-Mac has a knee problem, he may play a few minutes in the upcoming games, but maybe not if the matchup isn’t right. Got it? Good.
  • If you have more burning questions, they will just have to wait because my deadline and a freakin’ 3 hour, 17-minute game meant there wasn’t a lot of time to ask questions. Deal with it.
  • Just kidding. Sorta.
  • Now, with that out of the way . . . this was quite a victory for the Hawks. Maybe you are tired of hearing about their resiliency and determination and all the things you think they should have, anyway, but try to at least enjoy the fact that they seem to be developing these traits now.
  • Drew: “That was something. It’s all happened to us this year thus far. We’ve gone through injury, we’ve gone through emergencies with families. We’ve gone throudh scheduling, zig-zagging across all the states, 11-, 12-day trips. And now we go through a back-to-back-to-back and we have—what was it? Four overtimes?”
  • Yes, four.
  • “This team, it just doesn’t have any quit in it,” Drew said.
  • It may not have taken all that time for Atlanta to win if not for yet another rough start to the third quarter. Atlanta’s offense stalled as the Jazz blitzed Joe Johnson and, with Josh Smith on the bench in foul trouble, no one else could score.
  • “We came out sluggish in the third,” Drew said. “Give Utah credit. They took it to us. We were stuck in mud. I don’t know if it was because of the back-to-back-to-back. Our zone helped us out, disrupted their rhythm and got us going.”
  • Drew waited a while to get Josh back in the game after he sat with four fouls but I’m thinking it paid off because Josh had some legs left for the fourth quarter. Over the final nine minutes of regulation he had seven points on seven shots, five rebounds, one block,, one steal, one assists and one turnover. The guy was tired but he competed.
  • Joe had some sloppy turnovers but he also made so many big shots when the Hawks needed them. None was bigger than that step-back 3 he made to force the third overtime. My seat is directly behind where Joe took that shot and, from my angle, it looked like Jefferson blocked Joe’s view so he couldn’t see the rim when he let it go.
  • “We were going to make Joe the option of most everything we did,” Drew said. “We ran a pick-and-roll with [Jeff] Teague that got us a couple things but we came back to Joe. I know Joe was tired. I asked him if he wanted a blow, he said no, so I was going to ride him.”
  • Kirk Hinrich has been playing much better of late. He said he tweaked the same hamstring that kept him out of the Chicago series last year but that it’s not serious. “Kirk, he actually was complaining about his leg a little bit,” Drew said. “I didn’t really see where it was slowing him down. But he had hit a point where he was running out of gas.”
  • Willie Green replaced Hinrich. He had the freshest legs late in the game and it showed.
  • Teague was looking for contact when he went to the rim and was 10 of 11 from the line. That’s how you score 18 points when you shoot just 4 of 14 from the field. He’s learning and getting better.
  • Ivan Johnson had another strong effort. He hit the boards as usual and was under control on offense. Ivan is learning and getting better, too.
  • Zaza Pachulia had trouble handling Al Jefferson’s effective offensive game. No shame in that, and Zaza held his own with 15 points on 11 shots, 20 rebounds and three (!) blocked shots. Drew: “He was a warrior to play against Jefferson, he’s a really good big man, to go out and battle him he way he did. He’s been doing everything we’ve asked him to do. His performance tonight was typical of what he’s been doing.”
  • The Jazz dropped to 1-16 in road games in which they trailed after three quarters. “We showed a lot of character and fight,” Tyrone Corbin said. “That’s what we need on the road in the second half to win.”
  • The Hawks are now 5-2 this season in overtime games.
  • “In the fourth overtime, the starters we were sitting on the bench and we were talking about, ‘Let’s finish the deal,’” Zaza said. “We weren’t sure we were going to win but we wanted to do right thing from the get go. That’s what we did. We executed out offense, Willie’s 3 was huge and we made free throws. Willie’s energy off the bench was huge and helped us because I think starters were kind of tired.”

Michael Cunningham, Hawks beat

191 comments Add your comment

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

March 25th, 2012
11:13 pm

Najeh Davenpoop

March 25th, 2012
11:14 pm

4 OTs, MC. You’re selling them short.

Great win.

MsDee

March 25th, 2012
11:14 pm

MC, how could u miss putting (4TO)??

MsDee

March 25th, 2012
11:15 pm

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

March 25th, 2012
11:16 pm

“This team, it just doesn’t have any quit in it,” Drew said.

LOL. We have quit in at least 5 HOME games in the last 12 months

High-sider

March 25th, 2012
11:17 pm

Hawks have the 5th seed – for now.

MsDee

March 25th, 2012
11:19 pm

Looks like u were just as tired as the players, MC…great win, HAWKS…Jazz should be ashamed of themselves allowing us to win not 1, not 2, not 3, but in 4 OTs quarters after playing the last end of a back 2 back 2 back with very limited players, INCLUDING THE GUYS THAT DREW DECIDED NOT TO PLAY..

Grandad

March 25th, 2012
11:27 pm

I just finished watching the game;
[two women in the house, wife / daughter]
It`s best to wait & watch after they go to bed.

Best game of the season for viewing pleasure.

My recording shut off & I missed the last min of 3rd OT + 4th OT.

‘`shucks`’

This team is beginning to show more heart & character
than any in the post Fratello era.

This win tonight was…………………………………different?

Zaza -is- a Warrior.

justahawkfan

March 25th, 2012
11:28 pm

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

March 25th, 2012
11:16 pm
“This team, it just doesn’t have any quit in it,” Drew said.

LOL. We have quit in at least 5 HOME games in the last 12 months

Youv’ve had a long night of whining and complaining. Why don’t you take your arse to bed, give yourself and everyone esle a break.

Grandad

March 25th, 2012
11:29 pm

Maybe it`s time, some of us, [myself included]
start to give LD a bit of credit.

Ken Strickland has some valid points.

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

March 25th, 2012
11:30 pm

Youv’ve had a long night of whining and complaining. Why don’t you take your arse to bed, give yourself and everyone esle a break.
*****

just stating the facts.

Grandad

March 25th, 2012
11:33 pm

Who knew this team was resilient ?

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

March 25th, 2012
11:37 pm

Lol @ people who still claim we should amnesty Joe

Leo

March 25th, 2012
11:39 pm

This was a great win for the Hawks wasn’t it Grandmaster JeJe (GM). Or shall I say Antagonistic JeJe. The Hawks are in 5th in the East now compared to alot of other teams who people claim were going to be better than than them this season.

Go Hawks

Ken Strickland

March 25th, 2012
11:40 pm

From the previous blog.

NAJEH-Who said I was talking to an adult?

DAWGNOLE-The only descriptive word I used to describe who I was taking about was FOOL, and you immediately responded. CONGRADULATION! At least you know who and what you are, if nothing else.

Najeh Davenpoop

March 25th, 2012
11:43 pm

JeJe, better be careful or you’ll choke away that playoff spot…

trampoline dunk guy during time out

March 25th, 2012
11:45 pm

Ummmmmm, anyone else at the game tonight see the trampoline “dunk” guy fly face first into the rim and stay on the ground for about 30 seconds before he was helped off by 2 guys? Then they ushered out some fat guy in the same costume to replace him, as if nobody noticed. Wonder how that guys is? The kids behind us were crying…it was pretty disturbing. Hope he’s alright, any updates appreciated.

Big Lou

March 25th, 2012
11:47 pm

It’s sad that ESPN will not even talk about the game. If you are a basketball fan, you would have loved this game–period.

HawkEye

March 25th, 2012
11:51 pm

“But Drew added that McGrady not playing tonight was “more of a matchup thing” because of Utah’s speed on the wings.”

LOL. Called it.

FTPB

HawkEye, “I’m sure LD’s answer to why he did not play TMac would’ve been he was a bad match-up. Lol.”

Great win Hawks. This is a tough game for either team to lose, but I’m glad Hawks came out on top. 1.5 gms behind Orlando.

Najeh Davenpoop

March 26th, 2012
12:01 am

Damn, it was only a matter before SkyHawk and the Sky Squad got hurt. That’s too bad.

Grandad

March 26th, 2012
12:05 am

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

I think we should amnesty Joe;
probably;
year after next. [give or take]

trampoline dunk guy during time out

March 26th, 2012
12:08 am

yeah Najeh, it looked pretty bad….you could tell he was bout to take his hawk head off to check his own face, but they ushered him off quickly. Only drawback to the game tonight

Slimjr

March 26th, 2012
12:11 am

MC lost count after 3 ot’s! LMBO!

i_am_soulstar

March 26th, 2012
12:17 am

i lost count after 2. Stayed w them til the end though.

Slimjr

March 26th, 2012
12:21 am

Well Gearon Jr, this was pure entertainment you had hope for!

Devin Harris missed two game winners and Millsap missed the other one for Utah..They must be kicking themselves! This is one tough schedule. Up next 4 games in 5 nights after just playing 3 in a row plus partaking in only the 9th quadruple overtime game in NBA history! Sheesh..

Slimjr

March 26th, 2012
12:32 am

“Because my blog people (bless your hearts) like to accentuate the negative, and I’m willing to accommodate that because I’m cranky..”

I cant blame you for being cranky…Following a team that has no intent on pursuing a Championship because they have bit off way more than they can handle would make most people feel that way..Bless your Heart MC!

golly

March 26th, 2012
12:33 am

Fire this, Fire that. Gimme a break people. Can’t you just enjoy the W for once without complaining and appreciate our team for what it accomplished? It’s an awesome game and i got to see it live too. Go Hawks!

Slimjr

March 26th, 2012
12:35 am

The Hawks gave up 23 offensive rebounds! That is brutal.. Got to clean that up.. The Elites will crush you giving up the many in a night…

Looks like head to head Durant dominated Lebron tonight. He bested him in every important category!

Guido

March 26th, 2012
12:40 am

Fire MC…….This blog is getting sloppy as hell. Get a writer who gives a damn like Sekou 2 seasons.

Guido

March 26th, 2012
12:40 am

Ago……see the sloppiness is catching on

Guido

March 26th, 2012
12:44 am

Hawks are doing the best with what they have been given. They should have kept one of those 2 young bigs at the beginning of the season (Magnum Rolle or Keith Benson) to help with the boards. Too many banged up old dudes on this squad.

Slimjr

March 26th, 2012
12:52 am

Mr Benson plays for the GSW now. Shoot…..

Guido

March 26th, 2012
12:54 am

Yea they should have kept him instead of signing Dampier

Guido

March 26th, 2012
12:58 am

Oh Well I’m out like this blog

Grandad

March 26th, 2012
2:14 am

Slimjr

With all due respect:

‘` I cant blame you for being cranky…
Following a team
that has no intent on pursuing a Championship
because they have bit off way more than they can handle
would make most people feel that way..
Bless your Heart MC! `’

Gearon et al; + Sund have no intent on pursuing a championship,
but the players are starting to look as if they give a dang.

So;
if you don`t mind; I think I shall reward their tenacity with my backing.

As for MC;
don`t you reckon,
all that blather about being cranky was tongue in cheek ?

Nonetheless;
what do I know, I`m just a humble Hawks fan.
Evnin` Mr Jr

Hawks Fan Down Under

March 26th, 2012
2:28 am

Match up reasons…as in LD doesnt want to see T-Mac match up against anybody!

Great win, Utah had plenty of chances to win but couldn’t.

Zaza should remain our starting C even when Al returns….he’s earnt it.

LD should not remain our coach….he hasn’t earnt it!

Tyrone Hardy

March 26th, 2012
2:48 am

I see many fans saying fire LD…who out there would be a better choice right now? Considering all of the injuries we have experienced, having the same record as the Lakers is very impressive.

dawkins

March 26th, 2012
3:52 am

What drew meant to say tmac hurt my feelings after the Bulls game and thats the bottom line.

E43

March 26th, 2012
4:17 am

People need to stop cry-babying Tmac. This guy has been talking about how great he has been feeling since he was in New York and more of the same happened in Detroit. Reality is that Tracy will be 3rd string if Al Horford can return because I dont see them benching Zaza/ Marvin along with Willie Green have been consistent when given 4 minutes of playing time, I dont see Tmac ever getting consistent minutes with the Hawks unless he can be more productive in short stints. The sun wont rise in the west and set in the east just so Tmac can get playing time everyday.

soullrenaissance

March 26th, 2012
4:20 am

dawkins,
I agree. LD let’s be real; TMac being buried on the bench is product of a power struggle. I give LD minimal credit for these wins against middling and up and coming teams. I would give LD props for out-coaching well coached teams such as Spurs, Celtics, Bulls on a sustained basis – putting a good coach in check mate in crunch time. He basically rides his favorites until their knees buckle, a la Hinrich or let highly capable players who have legitimate grievances ride the pine, a la McGrady.

Hawkeye,
you called it. It was all about match ups.

Nonetheless, it was a great, thrilling, and valiant victory by a Hawks team that seems to be coming-of-age.

soullrenaissance

March 26th, 2012
4:25 am

E43 – Collins should not get more PT than the guy, period. I am not a TMac d-rider but he is far from a scrub, he should not be getting the Jordan Crawford treatment on the team.

Now if he is a cancer in locker room, Sund should not have signed him to play for us.

It is a fact that Atlanta teams don’t take to kindly to outspoken players, ie: David Justice was cut loose AFTER he won our only world series.

Dawg

March 26th, 2012
5:57 am

I overhead Gerrin at the game last night asking how much cash could he sale the no. 1 draft pick for this upcoming draft.

He says that the Hawks can be better if they can just get a little more cash.

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

March 26th, 2012
6:03 am

Najeh Davenpoop
March 25th, 2012
11:43 pm

JeJe, better be careful or you’ll choke away that playoff spot…

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Not worried.

Marcus

March 26th, 2012
6:53 am

say what you want, in the previous iterations of these playoff-era Hawks, games like last nite or the last 3 nites, we would have folded like linen napkins at a cotillion. This year, with some mild exceptions, the fight in this team is evident almost every time on the floor.

man, I would luv to see Quincy Acy or Fab Melo as draftees, esp. at our projected draft position, but I think we will need a backup PG to replace Hinrich, maybe SF if Sund is weary of th eM. Williams era and they become casualties of $$$ or disappointing performance. We also can’t expect the assorted vets to continue to come back for low ball prices.

dawkins

March 26th, 2012
7:14 am

Tmac is hardly a scrub. remember the heat game or the Pacers and the Bucks game he was pretty much creating and scoring.

tyger

March 26th, 2012
7:42 am

LD Coach of the Year?

He’s coached a walking infirmary to 4th in the East…

Not normally giddy after beating mediocre teams, but…
The Jazz is a good, .500+ western playoff team that beat us…
And after back-back games, this is huge…

Hawks normally take games like this off, win two, lose three…
Every reason in world to lay down, OT, injuries, fouls, tired, etc.
They refused to quit…that’s tremendous progress…a testament…
To everyone involved – right attitudes, doing things right way…

Hopefully, Stackhouse, Green, Vladi, McGrady can pick it up in Mil…
The core has earned a rest, especially JJ – 55min.??? – crazy…
Don’t know if I’d even dress him – maybe a token appearance, but

With Chicago, NYK, Philly on deck, I’d let the fresh legs handle Mil…

James

March 26th, 2012
7:52 am

Big win. Joe Johnson has quietly been saving the Hawks from losing night after night. It’s interesting, right when you expect Joe to start slipping he ends up going on a hot streak. Lately, he’s just been flat-out dominant scoring the ball. He’s looking like a top 3 SG again during the Hawks recent stretch that included 6 wins in the last 7 games. Aside from the win against Utah today, a lot of those wins were against bad teams, but still, Joe’s been Impressive.

Moving along…it should be fun to see how the Hawks do this week playing 4 games in 5 nights against some competitive opponents. It’s not a huge surprise that the Hawks had a great week last week when you consider that they faced some teams that are still just trying to figure things out. This week, however, pits the Hawks against some much more interesting competition. Here’s my prediction: I say we win in Milwaukee, win 1 game against either Chicago or NY while losing the other, and then lose to Philly on the road. That would mean a .500 week, which is not bad. After that, the schedule starts to look friendly for a few games.

James

March 26th, 2012
7:55 am

By the way, I really think that guys like Stackhouse are having a positive impact on the locker room. I thought that back when the Hawks signed Stack, his greatest value would be what he provided off the court as a veteran presence behind the scenes. I have no evidence of whether he is a part of the reason or not, but the Hawks sure do seem to have much better habits this season than in seasons past. Maybe it’s a combination of new personnel and guys actually listening.

george

March 26th, 2012
8:01 am

Can i ask something?
Why the sixers are in the 4th place with 3 wins less and with 2 more loses?
George Athens Greece,

James

March 26th, 2012
8:06 am

“Can i ask something?
Why the sixers are in the 4th place with 3 wins less and with 2 more loses?”

Division winners are guaranteed a top 4 seed and homecourt advantage in the 1st round, and the Sixers are currently winning the Atlantic Division.