Atlanta Hawks: Video: Hawks get boost with victory over Clippers

My video report following the Hawks’ 109-102 victory over the Clippers last night.

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MsDee

April 25th, 2012
1:06 pm

Me first?? Kool?

Rev in Tampa

April 25th, 2012
1:07 pm

MC, you and CVIV did not space your blog-posts very far apart. Better to have too much information than too little. Keep it coming. It’s playoff basketball!

MsDee

April 25th, 2012
1:08 pm

OK, now that I got that out the way…to bad we wont have AL, but look at it this way, we havent had him basically all season so we will be find with that..now Zaza is another story..must have him back HEALTHY if we plan on beating Boston. No since in getting him back if he cant run nor jump due to the foot injury.

Hawks Blog Legend Worldwide Clyde

April 25th, 2012
1:10 pm

drmaryb.[*_*].

April 25th, 2012
1:12 pm

MC

Aaaaw MC, you look so handsome and smarty with those Dick Clark glasses. Great interview from Joe Johnson. Thanks for that live video, from last night.

What a great win for the home team! Let’s Go Hawks!

Mr. Horford, take your time and get well soon. We hope to see you ready to roll next season. Shut it down bruh, the real fans know your worth and heart, we don’t want to see you risk further damage this season. Enjoy your wife and your life!

Basketball will be here when you return, Sir.

drmaryb.[*_*].

April 25th, 2012
1:13 pm

kudo’s! (ftpb)

Kudos to my Grand-Daddy and SlimJr. That fool caught me in a really bad mood last night. Normally, I wouldn’t even respond to idiots like that. If you don’t like my opinions, fine: Make your points and move on, just don’t twist my words and insult my person. Of all people, “I” would never crown Drew as COTY! If you don;t know that, then you don’t wanna’ know me. Ha Ha!

Stay on topic and, we good. I welcome genuine and opposing views, that’s what makes for great dialogue. Great counter points have changed a lot of my held opinions and, i love that intelligent banter.

Don’t come on here slinging mud because you got personal issues at home. I fight dirty and, yo mamma is fair game all day long – she should have reared you better.
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I like the Asante Samuel trade, it looks like a done deal for us Falcon fans. His lock down ability will be valuable only if, the defensive line is doing their job. It all starts on the lines. We have got to pressure the QB on every play to nake the corners worth anything out there on that island.

drmaryb.[*_*].

April 25th, 2012
1:17 pm

Girl Power!

Wassup Ms. Dee? Great to see your comments. Like you, I am very concerned about Zaza, being that extremity care is my specialty. I have shared a treatment plan for his earliest possible return. I hope the Hawks training staff are doing ALL the right things for Zaza’s speedy recovery.

I fear, he may not return for the post season at all. Thank God for Ivan Johnson and Jason Collins. We are down to nothing, big man wise. (see Sund)

I sure hope Sund is packing his bags and calling the movers today.

Hawks Blog Legend Worldwide Clyde

April 25th, 2012
1:21 pm

Who cares about Asante Samuels. Hawks should be on the front page of the sports section. They the only team in Atlanta (minus the Dream) that has done something in the playoffs in the last 5 years.

Falcons are a just a big tease. Blank makes a little move in the off season to hype the fans up and then they get blown out in the playoffs.

FIRE MIKE SMITH

AG

April 25th, 2012
1:26 pm

I hope you do continue positive post about the game/team .. forget all that personal stuff. I still think we should rest our guys because we still have to win two in Boston to sweep them. Josh really needs the rest. He has played EVERY game.

Hawks Blog Legend Worldwide Clyde

April 25th, 2012
1:26 pm

If the Hawks lost last night Jeff Shultz would have wrote a blog about it. Hawks won so he decides to write about Asante Samuel.

Hawks Blog Legend Worldwide Clyde

April 25th, 2012
1:28 pm

BIG IVAN FOR PRESIDENT

doc

April 25th, 2012
1:36 pm

lacsho, sure am bro, havent moved. you still need to apologize and give the lady a kiss on the hand. she is good stuff smart and a goo person as you are. as i said, i dont like to see good people in a misunderstanding.

see the al situation has been finalized. i dont know the situation of course but i am not sure the doc was acting in al’s best interest. they know how weak he is. anyway i am sure after he went to it as we all do he woke up the next morning wanting something for pain as he probably tightened up pretty bad. i can identify folks that havent played the game at any high level or had a siginificant injury or illness of their own when they come spouting off about how someone is weak because he doesnt come back essentially the next day after a significant injury.

most weekend warriors would be at about 50% range of motion about now still cradling their arm and saying they cant go to work because it is too hard to type on the computer. it is a miracle he is even considering playing.

dmb as the rev has taught us to say it is time to say the real “f u”. ;-)

drmaryb.[*_*].

April 25th, 2012
1:41 pm

AG

“I hope you do continue positive post about the game/team .. forget all that personal stuff.”
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You do the same. I don’t need your permission to speak.

I will pick my spots and battles on my terms. I’ll take the fight to where ever I need to. I don’t know these idiots personally, every dog has his day, yesterday was mine, so you can move along as well.

Astro Joe

April 25th, 2012
1:41 pm

IMO, the humility that Joe shows when he honestly says something like “I accidently hit the shot” is what makes him slightly less of a “killer” than guys like Paul Pierce or Kobe. Those guys have massive egos and would likely (if they had made the exact same shot) said something about “making it happen for my team”. Joe’s comments are very consistent with what we see from him every game… he doesn’t complain to the refs, doesn’t flop, doesn’t pound his chest or point to the sky… he’s just a talented dude playing the game he loves. And he isn’t afraid to admit when he is more lucky than good.

Fireld!

April 25th, 2012
1:44 pm

Someone please tell Jsmoove that if Teague is beside or in front of him on the break give up the ball and fill a lane. We would get at least 10 more pts a game and Smooves TO’s would go dwn. Also what is with him rolling the ball slowly to Teague when he takes it out. These things keep us from using our team speed and scoring easy buckets. More Pick and Rolls with Smoove and JT = easier buckets and less iso Joe. Let’s Go Hawks!

Astro Joe

April 25th, 2012
1:45 pm

doc, I blew my shoulder out last year eating a big ole tub of popcorn. So I can understand Horford’s situation. I am still trying to rehab, by lifting cheesesteak sandwiches a few times/week.

drmaryb.[*_*].

April 25th, 2012
1:47 pm

doc, thanks.

AJ, I love your insights on Joe Johnson. You are spot on, that’s the way his Mother and Uncle reared him. This man has a quiet, self confidence. I like that high roadm classy image. A consummate team player who does not need to belittle others to make himself feel great.

Joe let’s his game do the talking and really doesn’t care if the fans come and cheer or boo or not. I don’t blame him one bit.

“let the boo birds boo – that’s what they do.” -drmaryb-

doc

April 25th, 2012
1:49 pm

aj i always admire your inner strengths. you are the lead warrior here and you have once again justified that pedestal in my mind.

be well my friend.

dmb love ya babe.

TMACfan

April 25th, 2012
1:52 pm

The thing with Joe Johnson, is that he needs to realize this is one of the last chances he is going to have to cement a legacy. If he carries the team to the finals and maybe wins it all, he is going to have a spot in the Hall of Fame.

It’s up to Joe.

drmaryb.[*_*].

April 25th, 2012
1:52 pm

“Someone please tell Jsmoove that if Teague is beside or in front of him on the break give up the ball and fill a lane. We would get at least 10 more pts a game and Smooves TO’s would go dwn. Also what is with him rolling the ball slowly to Teague when he takes it out. These things keep us from using our team speed and scoring easy buckets. More Pick and Rolls with Smoove and JT = easier buckets and less iso Joe. Let’s Go Hawks!”
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PREACH! I saw that slow roll to Teague too! I was miffed and, thought that was down right disrespectful and, that it delayed the game against his own team as well. Great comments here – my thoughts verbatum. Keep those insights coming.

I hope Drew is coaching this point in film sessions. This stuff is inexcuseable.

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

April 25th, 2012
1:54 pm

Marvin had 11 & 4 last night after dropping 29 on a NYK defense that didn’t even guard him at all and people act like he is having a breakthrough.

F That. I said for 3 years he would have a breakout year but he underachieved his whole career. 11 & 4 last night and people are raving about him. LOL. If he actually had body strength, he would be converting plays at the rim REGULARLY. If you saw CP3 last night, he was absorbing contact at the rim and was unfazed – he was still in great position to score. He wasn’t falling down after being hit by a guy’s pinky.

I also feel Jeff Teague is more important to this team’s success than is anybody else. Joe was right – this team will succeed or fail through Jeff (even though it’s lame Joe didn’t seem to hold himself accountable).

drmaryb.[*_*].

April 25th, 2012
1:55 pm

doc, love you too baby boy. Thanks for moderating the ish. LOL

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

April 25th, 2012
1:57 pm

Forget Al. He said he’d only contribute offensively – not defensively. Yeah like that helps in the PLAYOFFS where DEFENSE is ESSENTIAL. How can he say he cannot be held responsible for defense but not offense, since he was injured?

drmaryb.[*_*].

April 25th, 2012
2:02 pm

“anyway i am sure after he went to it as we all do he woke up the next morning wanting something for pain as he probably tightened up pretty bad.” -doc-
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Yeah doc, those atrophied muscles will have to be re-trained all over again. Al may never recover those hard, soft and connective tissues 100%. But, he will be great again. He may have to alter his mechanics and game though to achieve that pre-injury status. All we can hope for is: MMI

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

April 25th, 2012
2:17 pm

There are 2 open blogs to comment on

The top listed blog on AJC Hawks page is the Knicks Hawks Postgame. Below that is the Mixed Signals from Al.

WTF are MC and Viv doing that they cannot fix this?

Also, what are everyone’s thoughts on Teague’s confrontations lately? Do you think all teams are targeting him?

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

April 25th, 2012
2:19 pm

AJ
“IMO, the humility that Joe shows when he honestly says something like “I accidently hit the shot” is what makes him slightly less of a “killer” than guys like Paul Pierce or Kobe. ”

I wish Joe had done SOMETHING after hitting that shot. He looked like he had just woken up after that shot. Westbrook would’ve been screaming.
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Jeff Teague is the most important player on this team. We GOTTA GET THIS GUY TO PLAY 100% 48 MINUTES OF BASKETBALL. HE IS THE KEY DAMNIT

Rod from College Park

April 25th, 2012
2:23 pm

Grandmaster JeJe,

“Marvin had 11 & 4 last night after dropping 29 on a NYK defense that didn’t even guard him at all and people act like he is having a breakthrough.”

Agreed. It’s really comical. If the guy has a decent game people act like he has turned the corner. With his length and shooting ability, and the fact that he is unguarded most of the time, he should be getting 11 and 4 with his eyes closed.

Hawks Blog Legend Worldwide Clyde

April 25th, 2012
2:38 pm

THE HAWKS AND THE CELTICS GOT BAD BLOOD

WHO DOWN WITH GOING TO BOSTON WITH ME FOR ONE OF THE GAMES?

Hawks Blog Legend Worldwide Clyde

April 25th, 2012
2:41 pm

I’M GOING TO THE GAME IN BOSTON WITH MY FALCONS HAT AND MY IVAN JOHNSON JERSEY. NOT GIVING A F****

FIRE SUND

drmaryeb.(*_*).

April 25th, 2012
2:41 pm

MC

You guys are driving The Grandmaster JeJe (GM) nuts with the blog (splash page) layout. Please fix this soon or, we will need to call 911. (smiles)

Blog Con-Troll!

H E L L O? It’s April, almost May 2012. Where is the new blog format? We are 5ive years past due for an UPGRADE. MC said it would be re-vamped this past January 2012, to no avail. One user id per Email Address is the most basic thing you can do.

The Celtics Blog is da Bomb! We get nothing but trolled and left back. LOL

Hang in there JeJe … soon dear, soon.

Buddy Grizzard

April 25th, 2012
2:42 pm

“Also, what are everyone’s thoughts on Teague’s confrontations lately? Do you think all teams are targeting him?”

I didn’t see the game was there another confrontation? The fact that Teague is getting under the skin of all these stars tells me that he is a threat to break through and become a star himself.

Hawks Blog Legend Worldwide Clyde

April 25th, 2012
2:43 pm

I REMEMBER AT THE BEGINNING OF THE SEASON PEOPLE WERE SAYING TEAGUE WASN’T READY. WHERE THEY AT NOW? THEY WENT INTO HIDING LIKE SAMUEL.

Buddy Grizzard

April 25th, 2012
2:44 pm

Worldwide I will roll.

drmaryeb.(*_*).

April 25th, 2012
2:46 pm

Dirty Birds!

FLOWERY BRANCH — The Falcons made a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles for four-time Pro Bowl cornerback Asante Samuel on Wednesday. He has agreed to a three-deal deal worth $18.5 million.
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Yeah!!!

Astro Joe

April 25th, 2012
3:00 pm

doc, thanks. Ppreciate you back.

JeJe, funny. I remember when Sekou said something like “Joe enjoys his naps”. It may have been the most truthful thing ever written, at least based on his continued sleepy demeanor.

briggy

April 25th, 2012
3:04 pm

actually marvin falling on zaza reminded me of the good times episode where jj caused thelmas husband to get hurt and couldnt play football no more

Rod from College Park

April 25th, 2012
3:06 pm

Be careful Worldwide. I tried that going to Philly for a Falcons game and almost lost my life, similar to the Stews. All places are not as nice as Atlanta. I’m sure you know that with the Worldwide moniker.

briggy

April 25th, 2012
3:07 pm

i was trying to think of who joe johnson reminds me of as a player and the one i can think of is a taller mor athletic version of joe dumars and i think that suits his comparison. both quiet guys the second tier player

briggy

April 25th, 2012
3:12 pm

drmaryb,

i asked about the new blog the other day on here and jeje stated it shouldve been done already. other paper blogs put this to shame. it is like everywhere else r using wi’s and the ajc here r still using atari 2600

also ray allen ha bone spurs in his ankle. drmaryb, doc can u give me a summation of that type of injury?

High-sider

April 25th, 2012
3:19 pm

April 25, 2012
Atlanta Hawks 2011-2012 Regular Season Final Report Card by High-Sider

Grading Scale: A [100 – 90]
B [89 – 80]
C [79 – 70]
D [69 – 60]
F [59 >=]
I – Incomplete
W – Withdrawal

Atlanta Hawks – B+ [88]

With one game remaining in this truncated regular season, the Atlanta Hawks’ win-loss record is currently 39-26 [0.600]. The Hawks could finish this season at either 40-26 [0.606] or 39-27 [0.591]. In a standard 82-game NBA regular season, the Atlanta Hawks would be on pace to win approximately 48 -50 [48.45 - 49.70] games. The Atlanta Hawks have clinched the 5 [five] seed in the Eastern Conference Standings and are guaranteed to at least tie the Boston Celtics for the fourth best record in the Eastern Conference; tiebreaker goes to the Celtics. Considering the new and major personnel changes, coupled with the fact that, I believe, the Hawks [have] had the most games missed by players due to injuries, most notably Al Horford, I will have to “tip my hat” to the outstanding job of Larry Drew and the [Atlanta Hawks’] players. Some [AJC Hawks’ bloggers] have stated [that] the regular season means “nothing.” I am not one of those [individuals] who subscribes to that way of thinking [philosophy]. I will agree that playoff performance takes precedence over or supersedes regular season performance but the [NBA] regular season is very vital in its own right. The NBA regular season is important because 1) it determines which [NBA] teams will make the playoffs and their respective seedings/positions, 2) it allows individual teams to build an identity and individual players and coaches to create roles within the team structure, 3) it helps players and teams develop chemistry, cohesion, rhythm, and confidence, 4) it gives teams and players an opportunity to better understand its opponents schemes, strategies, nuances, strengths and weaknesses and 5) it provides teams and players “real” in-game experience in dealing with high-pressure, high-stress situations and circumstances.

Josh Smith – B+ [88]

Josh Smith has had the best season of his career statistically by averaging 18.7ppg, 9.6rpg, 3.8apg, 1.42spg and 1.77bpg. Josh Smith has proven this year that he could [theoretically] be the number one option for the Atlanta Hawks. Josh Smith, with his all-around play and performance, has led the Hawks to many victories without Al Horford and Joe Johnson, to some extent, due to injury. As I stated once before, Josh Smith should have been an All-Star this season and has a real possibility of being voted [in] as one of nine All-NBA Forwards for the 2011-2012 NBA regular season. Josh Smith could have earned an “A” this season, however, “J-Smoove” still takes a tad bit too many ill-advised, deep, perimeter jumpshots, commits too many turnovers which leads to his less than two-to-one assist-to-turnover ratio [3.8apg/2.51topg] and shoots a mediocre 62.9% [0.629] from the free throw line. Josh Smith is definitely one of the leaders of the Atlanta Hawks and deserves the title and role of Team Captain.

Joe Johnson – B [87]

Joe Johnson, the six-time All-Star, has put together another solid campaign statistically. Joe Johnson’s current point[s], assist[s] and rebound[s] averages for this regular season are 18.9ppg, 3.7rpg and 3.9apg. Joe Johnson has had a particularly good shooting performance this season. Joe Johnson has shot 45.2%FG, 39.0%3FG and 84.9%FT. In addition, Joe Johnson has made a number of clutch shot this season at a high percentage. One AJC Hawks blogger [“northcyde”] provided a statistic via link to basketball-reference.com which showed Joe Johnson’s outstanding shooting accuracy, particularly from the 3pt. range, in the last two minutes of the 4th quarter and overtime. He,” northcyde,” and the “clutch shooting” statistic was immediately criticized and dismissed by a fellow and regular blogger because the “clutch shooting” by Joe Johnson more than likely came against -0.500 [NBA] teams [or inferior opponents]. I have had my disagreements with “northcyde” on the AJC Hawks blog in the past but, in this case, I will have to support “northcyde” in providing that “clutch shooting” statistic of Joe Johnson for this regular season. Whether an NBA team has a winning percentage of +0.500 or -0.500, a “clutch shot” is [still] a “clutch shot.”

Jeff Teague – B [86]

Jeff Teague has had the breakout season all [of] you Teague fans have been waiting for [this year]. After two years of sporadic and limited playing time, Jeff Teague has finally arrived. In his first year as a starter, Jeff Teague averaged 12.5ppg, 4.9apg, 2.4rpg and 1.6spg while just committing 2.06topg. Jeff Teague has made the most of his opportunity this year and has solidified himself as the point guard of the future for the Atlanta Hawks. Mr. Teague affectionately known [to some bloggers] as MVT [Most Valuable Teague] has shot a respectable 47.4%FG, 33.1%3FG and 75.7%FT. Jeff Teague should be strongly considered as this regular season’s MIP [Most Improved Player].

Al Horford – W [Withdrawal]

Al Horford has played [in] just 11 games this year and, if Mr. Horford does not play in the final regular season game, he will have played in only one-sixth [1/6th] of this year’s 66-game compressed season.

Marvin Williams – D+ [68]

[Lower] Back surgery (check); No Jamal Crawford (check); Season-ending [pectoral] injury to Al Horford (check). The three aforementioned events should have led to an offensive breakout season for Marvin Williams, however, the offensive explosion [for Marvin Williams] never occurred. Marvin Williams, this year, has currently averaged only 10.2ppg and 5.2rpg. Although he has shot the basketball at a respectable level this season [43.6%FG, 39.0%3FG and 78.6%FT], Marvin Williams should have averaged no less than 14.5ppg and 7.5rpg. I will admit Marvin Williams seems to play better coming off the bench. Maybe Marvin Williams has found a new role on the Atlanta Hawks as a reserve [player].

Zaza Pachulia – B [84]

Zaza Pachulia has filled in admirably for the injured Al Horford at the Center position. Z-Pac[k] averaged 7.8ppg and 7.9rpg while shooting 49.9%FG and 74.1FT%. Those are solid numbers for Zaza Pachulia. Even though he is limited athletically, Pachulia has given the Hawks effort, energy and physicality at the Center position.

Willie Green – B [84]

I realize he’s [Willie Green] no Jamal Crawford but, to his credit, Willie Green has played and shot the basketball well considering his limited playing time. In this season, Willie Green has averaged 7.6ppg while shooting 47.0%FG, 43.6%3FG and 85.5%FT in only 17.3mpg. In addition, Mr. and Mrs. Willie Green several days ago welcomed their newest addition to the family – a baby boy. As you can see, Mr. Willie [Green] was not shooting blanks this season or last season – literally and figuratively.

Kirk Hinrich – C [73]

After missing the first month of the [regular] season to recuperate from shoulder surgery, Kirk Hinrich has averaged 6.5ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.77apg while shooting 41.2%FG, 34.6%3FG and 78.1%FT. After a slow start, Hinrich is showing signs of re-gaining his rhythm and confidence.

Ivan Johnson – [B] 83

28-year old rookie and former NBA D-League player, Ivan Johnson is averaging 6.3ppg and 4.0rpg while shooting 50.9%FG, 40.0%3FG and 72.2%FT in just 16.6mpg. Ivan Johnson is the Atlanta Hawks’ newest enforcer; he’s the quintessential “tough guy.” “Mr. 9 to 5” is straight blue collar and brings the lunch pail to every game while wearing work boots, Dickies pants, a hard hat and a tool belt. He [Ivan Johnson] is the type of player Joe Johnson has been pushing the Atlanta Hawks’ management to acquire.

Jannero Pargo – [B-] 82

Jannero Pargo can be “gunner good” or “gunner bad” but you can be rest-assured [that] he [Pargo] will be a[n] [unconscious] “gunner” nonetheless. For a reserve player, Pargo is absolutely fearless when it comes to taking [and making] the big shot. Pargo is not afraid of “the moment.” Pargo has averaged 5.6ppg and 1.9apg while shooting 41.5%FG, 38.4%3FG and 95.0%FT in limited playing time [13.4mpg].

Tracy McGrady – [C-] 72

Former NBA perennial All-Star, Tracy McGrady is averaging 5.3ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.1apg in 16.1mpg while shooting 43.9%FG, 48.4%3FG and 67.5%FT. McGrady has shown flashes of brilliance but is currently at his best in playing the role of “facilitator” or “Point Forward.” McGrady did express his displeasure regarding his lack of playing to the media in an expletive-filled tirade, however, the fallout and repercussions [of that tirade] were surprisingly minimal. As a result, McGrady’s tenure with the Atlanta Hawks may [unfortunately] be a “one [year] and done.”

Vladimir Radmanovic – [D] 67

Vladimir Radmanovic aka VladRad has averaged 4.5ppg and 3.0rpg in 15.5mpg while shooting 37.6%FG, 37.3%3FG and 75.9%FT. Although VladRad made a few clutch shots and big 3’s this year for the Hawks, he didn’t seem to play with the intensity and the desire the Hawks needed. Radmanovic’s movement on the court appeared [to be] lethargic and mechanical and his body language was nonchalant and lackadaisical.

Jerry Stackhouse – [C-] 70

Long-time veteran, Jerry Stackhouse did give the Atlanta Hawks a valiant effort in his limited opportunities of playing time but, as the old cliché goes, “Father Time is undefeated.” Jerry Stackhouse averaged just 3.7ppg while shooting 37.9%FG, 36.1%3FG and 91.3%FT in 9mpg.

Jason Collins – [D] 65

Jason Collins is averaging 1.1ppg and 1.6rpg while shooting 36.1%FG and 46.7%FT in 10.0mpg. Jason Collins appeared to have regressed considerably this year with respect to his overall game particularly in the area of mobility, coordination and footwork. This is probably Jason Collins’ last season with the Atlanta Hawks.

Erick Dampier – I [Incomplete]

I literally can’t remember any [stand-out] plays Erick Dampier made for the Atlanta Hawks. I really have no recollection of him [playing] on the court for the Atlanta Hawks and I have seen just about every Atlanta Hawks’ regular season game this year. If my calculations are correct, Dampier has played less than a total of 80 minutes [14 games times 5.6mpg or 14gms x 5.6mpg] all season long for the Atlanta Hawks. Erick Dampier has not played enough time [minutes] for the Atlanta Hawks to be given a fair and/or accurate assessment [grade].

Larry Drew – B+ [89]

“You are what your record is” and Larry Drew will have guided the Atlanta Hawks in this lockout-shortened regular season to a win-loss record of either, at worst, 39-27 or, at best, 40-26. As previously stated, the Atlanta Hawks are guaranteed to finish the 2011-2012 regular season with the 4th [fourth] best win-loss record in the Eastern Conference and could possibly have home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs against the Boston Celtics. All the critics, cynics, detractors and naysayers can lambaste, denounce, discredit, rebuke, reprimand, disparage, condemn, castigate, admonish and belittle Larry Drew for his decision-making, substitution patterns, player rotations and minutes distributions, lineup changes, offensive and defensive schemes/strategies and play calling but there is one important and main constant, which is the Atlanta Hawks [team] is winning [more games than it is losing games]. Even though the Atlanta Hawks have endured a plethora of player injuries and have undergone huge player personnel changes, the Hawks are still considered a formidable playoff team and a “tough out” by many NBA analysts, experts and pundits.

Rick Sund and the ASG – C [75]

Rick Sund and the Atlanta Hawks’ brass [ASG], once again, have failed to address the weaknesses and lack of size at the Center position. Current injuries to Al Horford and Zaza Pachulia have left the Hawks to rely upon a mediocre, at best, Jason Collins, an undersized Ivan Johnson, and a hardly-used Erick Dampier as temporary stop gaps at the [backup] Center position. Another glaring weakness for the Atlanta Hawks, as a result of the Al Horford injury, is the lack of an additional proven, legitimate, quality and complementary scorer. One frequent AJC Hawks’ blogger, “Rod from College Park,” said it best when he said [to paraphrase] that “the other NBA teams have their hired assassins headed into the playoffs while the Hawks have Joe Johnson” and that “the Atlanta Hawks could have had Jamal Crawford [who is/was an “assassin” that wanted to play for the Atlanta Hawks] but the Hawks didn’t want to pay him [Crawford].” I interpreted/understood the term “assassin” used by “Rod from College Park” in this [sports-related] context to mean or describe a [basketball] player who is not afraid of taking and making big and/or clutch shots in late game or high-pressure situations. It’s ironic that the very player [Jamal Crawford] the Hawks let “walk for nothing” is the very player [that] the Hawks may need the most in the first round of the playoffs versus the Boston Celtics. Hawks’ fans should note that in Jamal Crawford’s first season with the Hawks, he [Crawford] was considered the new “Boston Strangler” because of his clutch shots, huge performances and offensive prowess in games against the Boston Celtics. The Boston Celtics really had no answer for him [Crawford] in that 2009-2010 regular season as the Hawks swept the regular season series matchup against the Celtics 4-0; that was also the year the Boston Celtics won the Eastern Conference crown and advanced to the 2010 NBA Finals. In conclusion, with one game remaining in the regular season, the Hawks are currently 26th [out of 30] in the NBA in attendance. How can you [Rick Sund and the ASG] allow your franchise which will have gone to its 5th [fifth] consecutive postseason this year and has advanced to three consecutive Eastern Conference Semifinals to finish at or near the bottom quintile [or quantile/sextile] in league attendance? Does the Atlanta Hawks’ franchise have a Marketing Executive or, better yet, does the [Atlanta Hawks] franchise have a Marketing Department/Group? Bottom line, the Atlanta Hawks’ fan/crowd attendance is at an unacceptable level for a perennial playoff team.

Please forgive all typos, grammatical errors, spelling errors, omissions and all other writing/typing mistakes I may have made.

Justahawkfan

April 25th, 2012
3:26 pm

i was trying to think of who joe johnson reminds me of as a player and the one i can think of is a taller mor athletic version of joe dumars and i think that suits his comparison. both quiet guys the second tier player
What players in the Nba are 1st tier, give us a short list.

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

April 25th, 2012
3:27 pm

Was Marvin also having a breakthrough 3 games ago when he had 4 & 2 in 23 minutes vs. BOS?

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

April 25th, 2012
3:28 pm

We are going into the Playoffs with Dampier and Collins as our 2 healthy centers. LOL! I do admit Collins hasn’t been awful though.

FIRE SUND

High-sider

April 25th, 2012
3:30 pm

Correction: “As I stated once before, Josh Smith should have been an All-Star this season and has a real possibility of being voted [in] as one of [six*] All-NBA Forwards for the 2011-2012 NBA regular season.”

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

April 25th, 2012
3:31 pm

Buddy,

Teague just needs to stay focused. When he does, we can and WILL beat ANYONE in this league. He should attack attack attack.

He and Blake got into it last night. He stood over Blake in disgust. He also stood over CP3 after blocking his shot.

Maybe teams “bully” Teague because of his size.

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

April 25th, 2012
3:34 pm

High-Sider,

Nice writeup.

Too bad about T-Mac. I feel like he is hiding stuff from us. I hope he is ready for the Playoffs. He needs to look for his shot more if the time comes for it.

He and Ivan are STEALS for their contracts. Pargo and Willie too. To think these 4 guys together make less than Marvin… Wow

DawgNole

April 25th, 2012
3:34 pm

Hawks Blog Legend Worldwide Clyde
April 25th, 2012
1:21 pm

Who cares about Asante Samuels. Hawks should be on the front page of the sports section. They the only team in Atlanta (minus the Dream) that has done something in the playoffs in the last 5 years.
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They’ve done in the playoffs the past 5 years the same as they’ve done the past 45 years–fail to beat a Round 2 opponent.

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

April 25th, 2012
3:35 pm

Would take Ivan + ZaZa over Horford any day of the week. Hope Z is ready for some of the 1st rd. thankfully, Boston’s big man depth is pretty weak too

DawgNole

April 25th, 2012
3:39 pm

J
April 25th, 2012
8:39 am

I’ve got one thing to say, so listen closely … why the hell does the AJC have a Braves regular season win article on the front page online and nothing on the Hawks beating the Clippers and closing in on home court advantage? This is a huge reason why your paper is garbage. THE BRAVES DID NOTHING SPECIAL LAST NIGHT! uN-F@CK*NG-BELIEVABLE!!!!!
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Braves beat the Dodgers on the road. That’s pretty special–for them.

prison mike

April 25th, 2012
3:42 pm

Hoeford I mean Al needs to man up. Like I said earlier, Josh would have came back in the beginning of April and given it his all.