Atlanta Hawks: Hawks 116, Bobcats 96

Charlotte–There’s been some talk about whether that other school could beat the Bobcats. That is, of course, preposterous. Not only does Charlotte have more pro players (not going to make the easy joke here) but there also is a human factor involved: No self-respecting NBA team, even one that is purposely stripped of talent to rebuild like Bobcats, is ever going to let some not-even-rookies beat them.

  • But we saw some compelling evidence over the last four night that perhaps Atlanta’s second unit could beat the Bobcats more times than not. The Bobcats play hard but they are no match for a team with Atlanta’s talent.
  • On a night when the starters other than Joe Johnson seemed willing to coast from the jump, the reserves came on to give them a 12-point halftime lead. The starters showed their appreciation–and most likely their desire to make quick work of Charlotte so they can chill on the bench–by burying the Bobcats from there.
  • “We started off flat in the first quarter, then our bench did a good job and gave us some quality minutes,” Larry Drew said. “That’s what it’s going to take down the stretch. Some nights the starters won’t have it and the bench will have to carry us. Other nights the bench won’t have it and the starters will have to do it.”
  • The Hawks handled their business against the Bobcats and Pistons and with nine games to play are just a half game behind Indiana for third place in the East. That really is quite remarkable considering the very real impact of their injuries.
  • “We’ve been bogged down by injuries and yet still we are in position for a good spot to try to make a good run for the postseason,” Joe said.
  • Yes, you can go down the list of games the Hawks blew that would have them realistically in position to challenge Miami for No. 2 in the East. (I won’t go down the list because my blog people know it.) But the Hawks, riddled by injuries and ground up by the schedule, are in prime position to earn home-court advantage in the playoffs and perhaps even be favored to win their first-round series.
  • That’s not quite as impressive as what the Bulls have done but then the Bulls have two things the Hawks don’t: a superstar player and a single-minded commitment to a style of play each and every night. The Hawks can’t do much about the former (unless Joe or Josh Smith do something we haven’t seen before) but Joe thinks developing the latter is the next step:
  • “We have got to develop some kind of consistency, what we want our identity to be. Whether we will be a hard-playing team, a team that really moves the ball and shares the ball and makes everybody better, ow what have you. We show glimpses of different parts of our games. One stretch we will be a great defensive team, next stretch a great offensive team, next stretch we do both. We have just got to find our identity.”
  • Joe looked determined to manhandle the Bobcats from the start and had an efficient 22 minutes: 18 points on 10 shots, one assist, one turnover. He had his familiar fadeaway working and made 2 of 4 3-point attempts.
  • Like Joe, Jeff Teague made the most of his short night: 11 points on eight shots, five assists against three turnovers. Not quite as aggressive as last night but he didn’t have to be.
  • Josh Smith didn’t look very engaged in the first quarter while taking and missing jump shots and letting Byron Mullens go around him for scores and rebounds. He was much more energized while leading the game-deciding run to start the third quarter. Bobcats fans murmured nervously each time he came racing down the open court.
  • Zaza Pachulia, unleashed from foul trouble tonight, responded with 12 points on six shots and 16 rebounds (five offensive). He also had three assists, two steals and two blocked shots. Zaza was the only Hawks starter to play significant minutes alongside the reserves and is perhaps second only to Josh in his ability to mesh with whichever teammates take the floor with him.
  • Kirk Hinrich hasn’t been playing well–his shooting slump is exacerbated by his troubles keeping his man in front of him without fouling–but Drew says he still plans to stick with him as the starting two guard for now. More on that topic in a blog to come soon.
  • Is there any doubt that Marvin Williams is best deployed as the sixth man? I still don’t think he’s crazy about it, but Drew said Marvin is “comfortable” with the role and that’s all that matters as long as Marvin produces.
  • Ivan Johnson postgame was even better than during the game (17 points on 10 shots, six rebounds in 31 minutes). His take on the Hawks when asked by a Charlotte media type: “We are in playoff mode before the playoffs even come.” Ivan can be forgives for four turnovers in 31 minutes because they are less of a problem now than earlier in the season.
  • When I say Willie Green is having a career year, I mean that in the context of his designated career role as a scorer. Defensively he has some of the same issues as Hinrich: not quick enough to stay in front of athletic foes, not strong enough to hold his ground against bigger foes, and in real trouble against opponents who are both.
  • Jannero Pargo is kind of fun to watch in these blowout games when he can just zip around the other team’s 10th man and make things happen. His ability to shake free and get his own shot is valuable particularly because he, like Green, is having the most efficient scoring season of his career.

Michael Cunningham, Hawks beat

246 comments Add your comment

Slimjr

April 8th, 2012
12:55 am

“Kirk Hinrich hasn’t been playing well–his shooting slump is exacerbated by his troubles keeping his man in front of him without fouling–but Drew says he still plans to stick with him as the starting two guard for now. More on that topic in a blog to come soon.”

This wont work in the playoffs..Got to go big!

Slimjr

April 8th, 2012
12:58 am

Short on bigs will ultimately be their undoing…

He who control the boards wins!

Slimjr

April 8th, 2012
12:59 am

It will be tough to see Ivan move on to get his money!

Rusty

April 8th, 2012
1:01 am

I would try a lineup with Ivan & Zazza with the first team,it would give us more rebounds & a tough defensive presence under the boards.

Rusty

April 8th, 2012
1:03 am

I guess Larry & his three stooges got in TMacs ear as well as Jeffs,but TMac told them to fk off.

Spyro

April 8th, 2012
1:15 am

My guess is that T-Mac is trying to pull the same ish that he did in Detroit, only this time the players supported “Uncle Larry”, and LD just decided to not deal with that crap. Oh well.

brigadierjerry

April 8th, 2012
1:19 am

Dawgnole and JeJe or any other Hawks fans,

I saw this posted elsewhere but not saying it would happen with Hawks management but would you follow this model:

If the Hawks don’t realize they have to go for the jugular, like what Ainge did in Boston in 08, when he traded for superstars. That really took guts because many thought he gutted his team too much and didn’t have enough with the other positions with then unproven players Perkins and Rondo, and other unknown bench players. In the NBA, this is what you have to do to really compete Get those superstars, NO MATTER WHAT. An example is the Heat. Last year, they had 3 stars, and not much else. They made it to the Finals anyway, and this year, they made more adjustments with supporting players like getting Battier. This is what we must do. Get one or two stars, and hope some of the supporting cast improves in a year or two. It sure beats hoping for a bunch of middle of the road to average talents to become stars in 5 years! It’ll never happen.

DawgNole

April 8th, 2012
1:32 am

brigadierjerry
April 8th, 2012
1:19 am

Dawgnole and JeJe or any other Hawks fans,

I saw this posted elsewhere but not saying it would happen with Hawks management but would you follow this model:

If the Hawks don’t realize they have to go for the jugular, like what Ainge did in Boston in 08, when he traded for superstars. That really took guts because many thought he gutted his team too much and didn’t have enough with the other positions with then unproven players Perkins and Rondo, and other unknown bench players. In the NBA, this is what you have to do to really compete Get those superstars, NO MATTER WHAT. An example is the Heat. Last year, they had 3 stars, and not much else. They made it to the Finals anyway, and this year, they made more adjustments with supporting players like getting Battier. This is what we must do. Get one or two stars, and hope some of the supporting cast improves in a year or two. It sure beats hoping for a bunch of middle of the road to average talents to become stars in 5 years! It’ll never happen.
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Not sure why you addressed this to me, brigadier, but in any event, I agree with what you’ve posted here. Guess we’ll see what JeJe says.

brigadierjerry

April 8th, 2012
1:38 am

Dawgnole,

Only reason I did that because I know you and Jeje are big components of not believing the Hawks and would like to have a competitive team that can really compete and I wanted to see what your thoughts on going that route if you were in favor of it. I am curious to hear other Hawks fans if they would be in favor of this

Sly Ty

April 8th, 2012
1:39 am

@brigadierjerry: people like you (Roush Limbaugh/Sean Hannity) really work my nerves. You suggest all of these outlandish ideas, yet you have no real solutions/suggestions on how to make anything happen. The salary cap prevents alot of things, so just babbling on and on like John Madden helps no one. Be happy that the Hawks are better than several teams in the league, and don’t forget that Al Horford is lurking around at practices now.

Sly Ty

April 8th, 2012
1:45 am

@Dawgnole and Jeje…just like I say to people who complain excessively about the Falcons, and now you two complainers, “if you don’t like the Atlanta Hawks/Falcons/Braves, become a fan of the Cleveland Sports Franchises”, since you act as if we are far worst than those teams/organizations.

Hawks Blog Legend Worldwide Clyde

April 8th, 2012
2:58 am

BIG IVAN FOR PRESIDENT

RIO

FIRE SUND

Buddy Grizzard

April 8th, 2012
3:44 am

“We got swept at home vs. Miami the last 2 years.

1-3 vs. Chicago
1-3 Miami
0-1 vs. Boston
0-3 vs. Philly
Can’t win any games in Texas, let alone beat those teams at home

Quit in 5+ home games last year and several this year.

But instead of worrying about trivial things like that, let’s celebrate beating teams like the Nets and Bobcats all day” – (GM)

Yeah that’s totally what I’m going for… Forget a championship… We beat the bobcats that’s like the same thing.

In seasons past the hawks could beat the best one night and lose to a lottery team the next. Consistently beating teams you are supposed to beat is a sign of growth.

I don’t give a sh!t about our record vs th western conference… I’ll worry about that when we reach the finals. We would have beat chi and Mia multiple times if not for poor coaching. The Hawks are one of the only teams to beat those two plus okc. Hawks are figuring it out at the right time. Holler at you on the BOS game thread.

Ernest

April 8th, 2012
7:05 am

Good win by the Hawks! Let’s hope they go no worse than 6-3 over the remaining games and finish with at least 40 wins. That should almost guarantee a home playoff spot.

Slimjr

April 8th, 2012
8:07 am

Memo to Biggest Smalls:

We dont care about the Stinking Braves! Take that ish to the Fal-cons blog..Your brothers will love ya for it!

Sincerely,

Slimjr, Basketball Gunner!

P.S. When I refer to the Knicks, I’m still talking basketball Genius…

Slimjr

April 8th, 2012
8:09 am

Interpretation not required…

Ivan for Vice-President 2012!

Reggie

April 8th, 2012
8:48 am

Bobcats or not…it wasnt that long ago when the Hawks couldn’t beat the Bobcats or the Magic so i will take it. Another win for the best male pro sports team in Atlanta. 1.Hawks 2.Falcons 3.Anybody 4.Anybody else 5.Braves

kshizzle

April 8th, 2012
9:05 am

Really the Heat, Sixers and Bulls are the only teams we’ve had trouble with in the East. However we blew the crap out of the Bulls early when we were playing just like we are now. Team ball with great defensive effort. I’m scared of Miami but I think we have the potential to beat them as well. We’ll see what happens.

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

April 8th, 2012
9:57 am

“We’ve been bogged down by injuries and yet still we are in position for a good spot to try to make a good run for the postseason,” Joe said.

Yes – after having same core for 6 years and 5th year in a row in Playoffs, let’s TRY make a run. Let’s TRY get out of first round. Let’s TRY find an identity even though these guys have all been here since 2005 or 2006.

It took CHI and MIA a year to find their identities.

I guess that’s what happens when your team is severely undercoached and guys still don’t know their roles.

Thanks for the paragraph, Jerry. It seems DawgNole and I can immediately spot these pathetic comments and dissect them. Miami has to be favorite for Finals. Only move CHI made was to add Rip who has been about as useful for them as Speedy was for us

Joe said after 08 Boston series guys didn’t know their roles. I read his quote once that day but still know it verbatim AND IT STILL applies to this team.

Woodson before road game @BOS in 08 Playoffs: Let’s TRY steal a road game

Have a great day everyone

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

April 8th, 2012
10:00 am

This team has no big depth and unless ZaZa plays 40+ minutes each game in Playoffs, we will get destroyed on the glass.

Collins?
Dampier!?

doc

April 8th, 2012
10:03 am

yes, happy easter to you gm jeje and everyone here. maybe some time for family and the masters, etc.

got a birthday to celebrate on my daughter.

doc

April 8th, 2012
10:05 am

and on the third playoff game al horford will run onto the floor and stun all of us for thinking he was dead for the season and a new religion will spring forth in atlanta.

no?

0-45!

FreshmakerGT

April 8th, 2012
10:12 am

We’ll have Horford back for the playoffs, so that will help with the rebounding. He would be a beast off the bench.

Nice easy win last night. I have been really impressed with our bench this year. We’ve got some guys who can play. Just need to keep it up a little bit longer. If we can pass Indy and stay ahead of Orlando we’ll get the 3 seed. I don’t see whoever wins the Atlantic passing us – we’ve got a really easy schedule the rest of the way.

doc

April 8th, 2012
11:26 am

well i dont durnk diet drinks but i might after reflecting on this or t least one:

http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_ylt=AmZyuM6EwU63NLEbuk7UyXQ5nYcB?slug=ea-adelson_dwight_howard_stan_van_gun

o’b article says stan has another year left so it might mean if the tragic fire him hey bring in someone to try and piece together and do what stan did this year among the circus that dwight had around him that would have only gotten worse. stan got tired of coaching a team that he had designed to best fit supergirl only to watch supergirl find kryptonite on both ends of the court or a little backache.

i really think svg played it right to get folks to either dump or get off the pot. next year he can probably watch someone else handle those headaches that have no reward as dh takes his show on the road, while he counts his money and recharges for the next job. though with little respect, he is one of the better coaches out there and certainly in the mold of adelman, sloan and karl who have been on the brink and been able to break the door down.

funny how we say it is a superstar league, a players league, go out and get us a superstar and all will be right. that that is the formula and we will come. it wont and it isnt a sure thing as miami i hope attests when the three amigos are busted up with nary a ring. it should be about seeing, admiring, watching, commenting on and cheering good basketball. this is only a microcosm of a world gone awry in its superficial narcissism with very little integrity left. the truth is really most folks dont know good basketball, are ignorant and need a number and the name from their shoe to watch a game and cheer. witness all the lousy knicks fans in their jerseys that didnt know sh!t about the game.

one question for those that want the next best thing? did it take phil, riles, red or other great coaches to put it together or not? good coaching is also not about flash but hard work and intelligence about people and the game. before we sell out souls to the next best thing, why dont we stop and ask do those guys buy us championships? never, as there are too many without rings or have gotten them from the bench as add ons late in their careers.

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

April 8th, 2012
11:27 am

I really don’t know if it is worth risking Al returning this year. Those Bulls’ bigs can rough him up. People here forget Al is soft and hates physical play

Rusty

April 8th, 2012
11:47 am

Need zazaz. & Ivan in starting lineup for playoffs.

High-sider

April 8th, 2012
11:51 am

doc
April 8th, 2012
10:03 am

yes, happy easter to you gm jeje and everyone here. maybe some time for family and the masters, etc.

got a birthday to celebrate on my daughter.
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doc, my birthday was yesterday [April the 7th] – what a coincidence!

Big Lou

April 8th, 2012
11:54 am

“Memo to Biggest Smalls:

We dont care about the Stinking Braves! Take that ish to the Fal-cons blog..Your brothers will love ya for it!

Sincerely,

Slimjr, Basketball Gunner!

P.S. When I refer to the Knicks, I’m still talking basketball Genius…”

One, Slimjr, you are a nobody. I really do not care what you have to say., because you are just a negative troll who contributes nothing to the discussion; only spewing grammar-less and ignorant nonsense every time you can–sounding a like a blind cheerleader for nonsense.

At least Grandmaster JeJe brings in stats and proper English into the discussion. When, with you, one minute you’re on the Knicks ovular-shaped sacks and the next moment you’re begging for Granger like a Five Points homeless person. With fans like you, who needs enemies?

Second, I don’t bring up the Braves and the Falcons. It’s usually other posters who make some comment about how much they suck out of thin air, so I respond in agreement or disagreement–like a rational, open forum usually has.

Now if you could please pick up a dictionary and take English 101, I would greatly appreciate it. Be gone, pest; you are in WAY over your head. *Waves hand dismissively*

Big Lou

April 8th, 2012
11:56 am

“I really don’t know if it is worth risking Al returning this year. Those Bulls’ bigs can rough him up. People here forget Al is soft and hates physical play”

We could probably get away with putting him at PF off the bench, but I agree that he is more of a finesse player.

Big Lou

April 8th, 2012
11:58 am

“yes, happy easter to you gm jeje and everyone here. maybe some time for family and the masters, etc.

got a birthday to celebrate on my daughter.”

God bless you and your family. Happy Egg Day.

doc

April 8th, 2012
12:12 pm

high-sider belated birthday greetings.

got your present a day early from dmb as blogger of the day!!!!

tjhook

April 8th, 2012
12:31 pm

MC, you were semi-critical of Hinrich’s recent performance but his greatest value is that his aggressiveness on D and ability to bring the ball up the court is making Joe Johnson and JSmoove better performers because they can concentrate on their individual responsibilities. Marvin didn’t do enough of that which is why he is a bench guy – his only job is to be ready to score and play defense. . . cause that’s all he will give you. Hinrich on the other hand, is a pest defensively, constantly picking and poking at ballhandlers. He gets beat far less than Teague but his defense is helping Smith and Zaza protect the rim more. Check out the opponents’ offensive rebound totals since Hinrich has started at the two guard with Teague. The Boston game will be a huge gauge of the team Wednesday. ALSO, Joe is right about the team’s identity because we have a new backcourt compared to this time last year. Write about that MC!!!

Rusty

April 8th, 2012
12:47 pm

Tjhook I really don’t see what your saying. I see KH taking the ball out of JT’s hands,which we don’t need. He can’t score & he can’t guard big guards or fast guards. Against good teams we need to big,I prefer Zaza & Ivan in the lineup at the same time giving us a big presence under the boards.

jlewis

April 8th, 2012
1:17 pm

Derrick Rose a superstar player, hmmm….I actually think in this league, the only superstars are players the league markets and the refs don’t allow you to touch. In last years series, the Hawks couldnt touch him and Miami beat him up. I enjoy the games, but sometimes I have to hold my nose over the officiating and league hypocracy. Rondo is an all star and Josh isnt, please.

drmaryb.(*_*).

April 8th, 2012
1:26 pm

Nobody!

There was once an old man who lived outside the village. He had a stink ole’ mule that was stubborn as all get out. Most times the old man had to punch the ole’ mule on the tip of here nose to make it go.

One day, mister went to town for supplies and, as he dismounted the mule, a little boy runs over and asked, “Hey mister, what is your mule’s name?”

The old man replied,”This stink ole’ mule? She ain’t got no name – I call her NOBODY!” Upon leaving the general store and heading back home, the stink ole” mule wouldn’t go. The ole’ man hopped down, walked over to the ole’ mule, wound up his fist and, just before he landed a blow … the ole’ mule raised up and kicked him the head, knocking him out cold.

Seeing this, the little boy ran over to help … He said, “Don’t worry mister, the sheriff is on the way!” The sheriff arrived,
revived the old man and asked, “Who did this to you?”

The old man looked up, starry eyed and dazed and whispered, NOBODY!”
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Case closed! The moral of this story is – be careful who you call nobody.

-my grandma-

BIG DOG

April 8th, 2012
1:37 pm

Jack Wilson starting at SS for the braves career batting AVG .203, SMH.

BIG DOG IN THE HOUSE

drmaryb.(*_*).

April 8th, 2012
1:38 pm

Fence Post!

“If you see a turtle sitting atop a fence post … You know somebody had to put it there.” -my grandma-
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The answer to the query: Why doesn’t Eric Dampieer see the floor? (see Drew)

pointguardslim

April 8th, 2012
1:44 pm

“I would try a lineup with Ivan & Zazza with the first team,it would give us more rebounds & a tough defensive presence under the boards.”

I would also have liked to see that. Particularly during the Philly matchups. To make a statement you know?

It messes up minutes but. We almost certain to need it during playoffs so I question Larry Drew’s reluctance to put Josh, Ivan, Pachulia in.

Is it an indictment to LD that he wants 3 guards in and cant successfully coach offense with 2 guards + Josh,Ivan, Pachulia???

Big Lou

April 8th, 2012
1:57 pm

drmaryb

Did you just call Slimjr a mule? Lol

I find it cute that you defend him, though. Yet, if a grown dog barks at another, it must be ready to defend its ground.

drmaryb.(*_*).

April 8th, 2012
2:00 pm

Repeat: Nuggets (#8) -vs- Super Sonics (#1)

I hope the Knicks play the Bulls in round one. Let NYK Beat ‘em up and shock the world. Take them out, for the rest of us. A little old history lesson for the ages.

LOL

BIG DOG

April 8th, 2012
2:01 pm

pointguardslim – Me and you both have been screaming this for the past 2 weeks about LD going with the bigger lineup, it only make sense to do it now right before playoffs begin.

The Hawks will not get pass the first round with that smallish lineup when every thing is played half court and every possesion count, some body please tell me what have Hinrich done since coming to Atlanta, and how in the world is he a head of Pargo as the backup pointguard.

BIG DOG IN THE HOUSE

BIG DOG

April 8th, 2012
2:08 pm

Teague, Joe, Josh, Ivan, Zaza

Pargo, Green, Tmac or Vlad, Marvin, Collins or Dampier

Hinrich, Stack,

IS MUCH BETTER TEAM.

Teague, Hinrich, Joe, Josh, Zaza

Pargo, Green, Tmac or Vlad, Marvin, Ivan,

Dampier, Collins, Stack

WILL NOT GET IT DONE COME PLAYOFFS.

BIG DOG IN THE HOUSE

DawgNole

April 8th, 2012
2:26 pm

Sly Ty
April 8th, 2012
1:39 am

Be happy that the Hawks are better than several teams in the league . . . .

Sly Ty
April 8th, 2012
1:45 am

@Dawgnole and Jeje…just like I say to people who complain excessively about the Falcons, and now you two complainers, “if you don’t like the Atlanta Hawks/Falcons/Braves, become a fan of the Cleveland Sports Franchises”, since you act as if we are far worst than those teams/organizations.
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That’s all it takes to make you happy? That after 45 years the Hawks are “better than several teams in the league”? You have some pretty low standards there, Sly. Do you need to be reminded yet again that in those 45 years the team has NEVER made it past Round 2 of the playoffs?! It’s the mentality of people like you that prevents ATL pro teams from achieving excellence (’95 Braves notwithstanding). And what does Cleveland have to do with anything on this blog–other than being the ONLY city ATL has ever beaten in a championship?

Hey, if you’re happy with a team that’s never won it all just because it’s “better than several teams,” have at it. JeJe and the others can speak for themselves,but I sure as hell don’t see anything here to rejoice about.

drmaryb.(*_*).

April 8th, 2012
2:28 pm

Life’s Lessons!

Biggie Lou!

I got love for everybody, even the real blog troll. I admit, I fight dirty. But, the older I get the less I attack and defend. In an open forum all opinions have value.

I’ve just learned over my time to pick the worthwhile battles, but they never seem to occur on the blog.

I met a wise old lady seven years ago while in Sarasota, FLA. Her name was “One Take Rosie” a blues singer who plays the piano. She is 83 years now and still performs 25 gigs per month about town: she taught me this – lesson.

“Before you say something provocative, ask yourself these three questions:

Is it true?
Is it kind?
Is it necessary?

This has served me well, we could all use that golden nugget, no matter what age we are.

Peace and Love to everyone. Happy Easter all!

Crazy_88

April 8th, 2012
2:29 pm

Michael,

Can you please dedicate your next blog to finding out why it is that Larry Drew doesn’t play Tracy McGrady ??

It can’t be basketball related or health related because Tracy is neither injured nor has he played so bad that he’s a liability out on the court. He plays sound defense, rebounds, creates plays for others and makes minimal mistakes out on the court. The first and second unit clicks better on offense when he’s involved in their sets so I have a hard time believing its because he can’t play anymore. His scoring is the only grey area of his game and that’s because he doesn’t shot enough because LD isn’t drawing up anything specifically for him.

The excuse of resting him on the second game of a back to back is a lie because LD only plays the dude for 6 minutes and that isn’t even long enough to break a sweat. He would be deactivated If his knee was screwed to the point that he can only play 6 minutes every other game..

The excuse of having him ready for the post season is LAME because If anything..NOW is the time that you want to start increasing his minutes so you can get him in synch.

You can’t tell me its not personal…Kirk Hinrich..Pargo..WIllie Green..even Vlad have all missed time because of an injury and LD has given each one of those guys extended minutes when they were healthy enough to suit up…but here Tracy has missed more games because of the coaches DNP vs. injury and he can’t even crack 15 minutes of play on a regular basis ???

Again…you can’t tell me its not personal with Tracy….

Big Lou

April 8th, 2012
2:30 pm

“Hey, if you’re happy with a team that’s never won it all just because it’s “better than several teams,” have at it. JeJe and the others can speak for themselves,but I sure as hell don’t see anything here to rejoice about.” DawgNole

I don’t think any fans are happy with the history of ATL sports, especially the Hawks. Yet, what is the point about beating a dead horse on a blog that has no effect on the outcome? Does the constant negativity solve anything? Not really.

tjhook

April 8th, 2012
2:34 pm

The small lineup is working because the team is avoiding the ISO-Joe offense. Hinrich fg percentage is low but he forces Joe to move without the basketball WHICH also forces Josh Smith to move around to find open spaces (JSmoove’s assists have gradually increased with Hinrich at two and Marvin on the bench). On defense, Watch Hinrich on Ray Allen Wednesday- if he can disrupt Allen’s timing we have a good chance to win because Rondo will get selfish.

Big Lou

April 8th, 2012
2:35 pm

drmaryb

I love your compassion, but not everyone is like you. I don’t take crap from anyone, especially somebody typing behind a computer screen like they mean something. I understand your need to play mother hen, but I’m not a passive person. ;)

Happy Egg Day to you, as well.

BIG DOG

April 8th, 2012
2:43 pm

tihook – The small lineup is working because the Hawks are playing horrible teams right now.

BIG DOG IN THE HOUSE

tjhook

April 8th, 2012
2:44 pm

@rusty, Joe Johnson is more likely to take the ball from Teague than Kirk Hinrich will in a halfcourt set