Atlanta Hawks: Video: Hawks finish strong

Here is my video report following Atlanta’s 106-89 victory over the Mavs in the regular-season finale.

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High-sider

April 27th, 2012
9:08 am

High-sider

April 27th, 2012
9:09 am

High-sider

April 27th, 2012
9:09 am

c dog

April 27th, 2012
9:16 am

4th…nice win last night. got off to a good start and didn’t let up

Grandad

April 27th, 2012
9:27 am

6th 7th or 8th

Grandad

April 27th, 2012
9:28 am

Yay

April 27th, 2012
9:31 am

Yay…Let’s all count!

What are you guys 12?

Slimjr

April 27th, 2012
9:45 am

Slimjr

April 27th, 2012
9:47 am

If the Hawks win this series would it be considered an upset so to speak even with the Home Court Advantage?

Admirable SnAckBar

April 27th, 2012
9:48 am

we need ZaZa back soon.

Edgewood Adam

April 27th, 2012
9:49 am

FTPB
Anybody else notice Teague turn and glare at the Mav’s bench after hitting that corner 3?? I am loving the new snippy Jeff Teague.

doc

April 27th, 2012
9:52 am

hate green, bought tickets to try and stomp out the invasion

please do your part

btw from old thread, i now use chinese herbs to disolve the spurs formed in my patients as well as give acupuncture.work to define structural issues and change them, encourage rest and make sure their vit d3 levels are appropriate and they are getting adequate vit k2 to make sure calcium metabolism is enhanced. the blog monster refused my earlier offerings on the topics.

now go hawks and make green blue and black.

prison mike

April 27th, 2012
10:04 am

We need zaza back no doubt but I see him more as a negative vs. KG. I think Josh will turn up his intensity vs. KG but we need length real bad.

KG at the 5 this series can put up serious numbers and his defense will be more concentrated considering the lack of scoring ability of our 5s.

PEDRO EL GITANO

April 27th, 2012
10:16 am

Buddy Grizzard

April 27th, 2012
10:21 am

A discussion of how the Hawks could create the cap space to go after Steve Nash:

http://www.hoopinionblog.com/2012/04/wishful-thinking-part-ii-steve-nash.html

Buddy Grizzard

April 27th, 2012
10:24 am

“If the Hawks win this series would it be considered an upset so to speak even with the Home Court Advantage?”

Yes. Even with home court advantage and the Hawks finishing with a better record than the Celtics, there is no question the Hawks are the underdog in this series. It’s called championship experience.

Grandad

April 27th, 2012
10:27 am

From the Previous Page:

Vava -&- others;

Why are yawl carping about LD winning.
” If we didn`t have inj – he wouldn`t have done this or that ”

Mary Ellen said it best: [paraphrase]
‘ If her Aunt Martha had a mustache, she`d be her Uncle George ”
* courtesy the late Great -Ernie Johnson-
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LD is deserving of any credit that any other good coach would recieve.
Wdsn, for cryin` out loud, gets kudos on this board for the job he did.

The Knicks have better players and Wdsn has done no better job than LD.

Yes, the play-offs will tell the story;
but is everyone like Rusty and wishing for the Hawks to lose,
so that yawl can say;
” I told you so ”
” I knew LD was stupid all along ”
What kind of Hawks fan is that ?
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I am not a larry Drew fan;
but I am a Hawks fan !

Go Hawks !

Grandad

April 27th, 2012
10:31 am

I reckon now if we say certain words;
crdt or wnnng, … [or the like]
it shows up linking one to somethin` or nuther ?

doc

April 27th, 2012
10:57 am

come on gdad

what is your problem

a true fan never is going to compliment effort or achievement unless all games are won and of course the cup raised. anything else is inferior an expression of how life is approached. someone always has to be bad always and the problem with getting to the promised land of being winners. for some it is having two lve in lovers others a true championship. anyone suggesting otherwise is fool hardy and stupid. what else could they be?

mantra can only be, pleasure is never in the journey or process only in outcome.

Astro Joe

April 27th, 2012
11:07 am

Anytime the Hawks win any game, it is an upset. Consider that we have the worse owners, a history of poor GMs, incompetent coaches, the worse draft picks in NBA history, players with dumb contracts and a roster full of under-achieving players.

Yet and still, 5 playoff appearances in a row and 4 playoff appearances in a row where the team finished 5 or better. So either the franchise is a little better than the ongoing b!tching suggests or the Hawks continue to find ways to be lucky year-after-year. My opinion, the Hawks aren’t lucky.

drmaryb.(*_*).

April 27th, 2012
11:37 am

The Rudder!

The Hawks were like a ship in the night, weathering the storms. Mr. Drew was the rudder who guided and, steered his team from the back. Mr. Smith was at the helm, pushing all the right buttons.and, spinning the wheel valiantly. All the while, MVT was planted at the bow, with his binoculars pressed firmly against his forehead.

Mr. Joe Johnson awakened from a terrible nightmare, as he sat up in bed and screamed, “Man Overboard!” as Al Horford was tossed over the side. The storm gathered steam as others were tossed around the deck with injuries. Zaza, The Skipper bellowed, “Have no fear mates, Zaza is here!” He rebounded from his falls and defended his ship and, all it’s mates – whole heartedly.

TMac gathered the seals, assisted them and yelled, “All Hands on Deck!” And, so they were – scrambling to the decks and doing all the things necessary to fill in and right the ship through all the turbulence they encountered.

Sund, The Recruiter , passed out medals of honor as The ASKG lowered the anchors and screamed in disbelief, “Land! Land! Land is in Sight!” The ship mates families and fans were at home on their couches – praying and hoping, all the while that Gilligan’s Island was not the destination nor, refuge and, SO IT WAS, the mates did arrive and were HOME at last!

Carlos Monteban and his little troll who decried, “The Plane! The Plane! in delirium (as he was off his meds – for it was clearly a ship) extolled, “Welcome to Fantasy Island!”

Najeh, The Grand Master JeJe and NortyCyde made their fantasy picks as the mates exited the ship, not knowing the whole damned time – It was all but a dream.
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The Play Offs are Here!

Pop your popcorn and gather your favorite beverages – (yeah baby!) Game On!

northcyde

April 27th, 2012
11:43 am

Buddy, I think the most wishful thinking part of your well-written article on hoopinion, is the fact that we can re-sign Ivan at 1 million. That dude is going to get paid next season. And he’s going to get a chance to showcase what he can do with no Horford and no Zaza ( or at least not a 100% Zaza ) in the mix.

Ivan will probably have to log 25+ minutes a game, and will get plenty of opportunity to show what he can do. And if he plays well, the TNT guys will hype him up to no end.

I’ll say that Ivan at the minimum gets a multi-year contract that pays him 3 mill per year or upwards of 10+ million over the life of the contract.

I think the window for Nash has passed. Gotta let Teague have this team now as the PG. The kid’s confidence is fragile as it is, Bringing in a Hall of Fame PG to take his spot for a year or two may do more harm than good.

The Hawks can’t win the East by trying to outscore people. They have to win the East by defending and rebounding to the death.

northcyde

April 27th, 2012
11:57 am

It’s just a loud, overly negative minority on this blog that will put a bad spin on any and everything the Hawks do. You can’t give credit for multiple things this team has accomplished, and not give Drew at least some of the credit for it.

The only guys to play all 66 games this season, were Josh Smith and Jeff Teague. So Drew constantly had to change the lineup around those two guys. When this team could’ve fell into an abyss going into the All-Star break, Drew made the right lineup changes to get the most out of this team. He deserves credit for that.

I will say this though . . .

If Woody didn’t get brought back after winning 53 games and posting the 5th best record in Hawks history ( 4th best since they’ve been in ATL ), then I can see Drew not being brought back if we crashed and burned in either Round 1 or Round 2.

Hopefully, this team will do what the Nashville Predators did last week. They played their arch rival Detroit Red Wings in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Despite most experts wanting to pick Detroit ( simply because they are Detroit ), the Predators pretty much handled that team with ease, beating them 4 games to 1.

I would love to see the Hawks handle the Celtics in the same fashion, and have upwards of a week to prepare for Chicago ( or Philly ).

Slimjr

April 27th, 2012
12:05 pm

HaHAHA..Woodson has done a fantastic job in stabilizing the Knicks! They were in a tail spin and would not have made the playoffs with the previous HC? Huh?????????????

Woody coached @ a .750 [18-6] with a much more difficult schedule than Larry in this second half…Wow…

Can somebody pull up the stats? Last 24 games Woody vs. Larry difficulty of schedule? We maybe surprised….Hmmmmm.

Slimjr

April 27th, 2012
12:08 pm

IMHO, Woody would have beaten Orlando too.. Remember they were depleted of at least 5 Hawk killers last year…Totally different team Larry faced than the ones Woody faced….

Slimjr

April 27th, 2012
12:13 pm

Celts were last in Rebounding but killed the Hawks in that category in the two games they won with their starters playing…

If the Hawks lose this series because they were dominated again and again on the boards..I put this all on RICK SUND!! Larry will not be blamed!

Slimjr

April 27th, 2012
12:17 pm

That Memphis vs. Clippers series is going to be fun to watch..I’ll take Memphis in 5 or 6 games!

Rod from College Park

April 27th, 2012
12:17 pm

“The Hawks can’t win the East by trying to outscore people. They have to win the East by defending and rebounding to the death.”

Again we are all fans, we all think differently, but we must be realistic. The Hawks simply will not be able to consistently outrebound many teams in the playoffs. Our top rebounder is Josh Smith (a pumped up small forward). No matter how much Josh boxes out, he is not going to outrebound the KG’s, Hibberts, and Noah’s of the world in a playoff series. Those guys are just too long. We will need other guys like Zaza, and Ivan to really help out on the glass, but I dont see us outrebounding many teams. We can play solid defense, but bottom line is that we will have to be able to score the baskeball. When htey double Joe, will the Willie Greens, Pargos, Marvin Williams, and TMacs, be able to score the basketball. As much as I like Josh, you don’t want him to have to take on a huge scoring load either, because we will need his effort more on the glass and defensively, especially against the Celtics. Scoring the basketball will be the key.

mike

April 27th, 2012
12:33 pm

They need to get the crowd into being from atlanta. Play music from here. I know soooooo many people who love the hawks because they love everything Atlanta and watch them on tv but don’t go because they do the same crap at every game with the music from the organ and all the same stunts.

Get us pumped up to be from atlanta at the games and i promise you people will come.
the hawks need a ritual whether be a chant like the braves or music from atlanta. and im sure josh would go on beast mode.

mike

April 27th, 2012
12:35 pm

LETS GO HAWKSSSS!!!! Do work against the celtics!
Hate listening to Barkley and the rest of them not giving Atlanta a chance and hating on them so much.

PHillips Arena need to play some A music to get the crowd here and OUR ATL team pumped up. play music from the A!!!

B.O.B – Beast mode youtube.com/watch?v=c4Vt3o6pxc4

Cyhi – A-Town youtube.com/watch?v=pbxLyeo_88g

make the crowd raise up and be proud to be from Atlanta!

play “watch me do my thang” when josh goes in for a nasty dunk.

youtube.com/watch?v=FdlzB08z8r0

brigadier

April 27th, 2012
12:45 pm

mike, sorry i am not buying that they arent coming to phillips because of the organ. they came in 2007 in the playoffs. the fans need to show up for these games at home for this first round series and possibly more if they advance

Rod from College Park

April 27th, 2012
12:59 pm

Fans will show up. You can get lower level seats on most social network sites for 50 dollars. Smart on the Hawks part to have the place full. Fans will be there, but if we lose game 1, the same ol thing sydrome will start.

Section 303

April 27th, 2012
1:01 pm

Fans of this town need to come out for the Playoffs. As far as I’m concerned, if you’re not in Philips for these games, don’t complain. You will have lost your right. You’re in or out.

Can’t wait for this series. Boston has regained their spot as my least favorite team (Miami took their place last season). Hate their team. Hate their fans. This is personal. Would relish the Hawks sending them home and ending the run of the “Big 3″.

Big Lou (AKA: Sweet Everest)

April 27th, 2012
1:08 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exOxUAntx8I&feature=related

Something to lighten up the blog.

Allen Iverson talks about practice… with a DJ Porter remix. LOL @ the Jim Mora making the DJ sounds.

The Truth

April 27th, 2012
1:36 pm

KG unmasked: His real prospective on facing the Hawks in the playoff

“This Atlanta team is a very exciting team — athletic, a better team since we’ve seen them, a more mature team,” said KG. “Smooth, Josh Smith, has played to me some of his best basketball. Joe Johnson is classic Joe Johnson. And they’re coming together as a team. … They’re feeling good about themselves, and that’s a thing we have to reckon with. And we’re going to prepare for them starting tomorrow.” – KG

http://greenstreet.weei.com/sports/boston/basketball/celtics/2012/04/27/kevin-garnett-together-celtics-play-hard-as-sht/

The play-writers of the NBA playoffs could not have written a better script for these Hawks. After losing again to Boston 88-86 @ home, Pierce noted that the win was key suggesting it was tactical in their playoff outcome. When the two teams played for a third time, Doc gained another tactical advantage playing mostly his bench and still nearly pulling off a victory against the Hawks at Phillips. After the Hawks 3rd seed playoff hopes gone after the NY loss, they were faced with playing their last two games against playoff-bound western teams highly motivated to win. The Clippers handed them a beat-down earlier and the NBA champs (the Mavs) was expected to easily win based on past match-ups.

Given this situation, to gain the 1st rd home-court from Boston, the Hawks were forced into playing playoff basketball ahead of schedule out of necessity.

“Just look each other in the eye, kind of gave a nod and we all knew it was time to get it tonight,” Willie Green said. “We’ve got to lock this up right now.” – Willie Green

These last two victories have primed these Hawks for a likely spirited playoff match-up against Boston and KG has taken notice. In hindsight, this was not the script that Boston wanted; having to play a confident Atlanta team on the road with a banged-up squad.

“We came out like a team on a mission tonight,” Smith said. “The ball was going in tonight, bottom line. Everybody had a good shooting percentage. We were making the right play, cutting, passing, running our sets. It’s easy when you are sharing the basketball.” – Josh Smith

This may be the only script that gives these Hawks a real shot at advancing to the second round. Not only that, but with a chance of retiring the “Big 3” and gaining notoriety, these Hawks could zone their way into the ECF but only if they encounter a divine intervention along the way.

We Shall See

TMACfan

April 27th, 2012
1:44 pm

Everywhere I read, it says Celtics in 6…

SMFH

Big Lou (AKA: Sweet Everest)

April 27th, 2012
1:45 pm

“He’s[Ivan Johnson] an enforcer but he may be a little over the edge. We don’t want that right now.” LD

This coach has no freaking clue what heart is. Quotes like these confirm how much of a moron he is.

“Larry Drew says he hasn’t decided on lineup for GM 1. I’m thinking it will be Josh Smith at C, Marvin Williams at PF.” MC

Why keep starting Kirk? He’s perfect to hold Ray Allen down from the bench. He goes through screens efficiently.

Astro Joe

April 27th, 2012
1:50 pm

IMO, our series is the only compelling one in the Eastern Conference. Now, obviously, the Knicks-Heat series is a bonanza for TV execs, but does anyone really believe the Knicks will win more than one game?

northcyde, I don’t want Nash here but I certainly wouldn’t say that he is done. I seem to recall that he had a pretty dang good game against us a few months back. And didn’t he lead the league in assists while shooting close to 50%/40%/89% from the floor/fre throw line? Man, we should have a PG who is that “done”.

KG’s comments further by belief about the Celtics game plan for Sunday. I think they will go ALL OUT to takeaway home court advantage and leave the Hawks worried from jump-street. I expect a 1st quarter mugging Sunday evening. Let’s see if the Hawks respond.

TMACfan

April 27th, 2012
2:05 pm

I honeslty think that Steve Nash signing here is a real possibility. He won’t sign with Miami to be the third best player. He wants to play somewhere that isn’t a contender but he may push them into contention. I think Steve Nash will really consider the Hawks.

drmaryb.(*_*).

April 27th, 2012
2:06 pm

The Truth

You should send that Boston link to MC and, ask him to FWD that to Coach Drew.

drmaryb.(*_*).

April 27th, 2012
2:07 pm

brigadier

April 27th, 2012
2:21 pm

only compelling is this series and a bit knicks-heat becaue i like to see the heat sweat or better yet lose. i think philly could give bulls some fits but buls will win here are my eastern conf picks:

hawks in 6
heat in 6
pacers in 5
bulls in 5

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brigadier

April 27th, 2012
2:25 pm

to be honest for hawks to win series hawks will have to win probably 2 games in boston if it goes 6,1 if it goes 5

only position that is worrisome is point guard cause rondo doesnt have to score points to be effective. all other positions on the floor do not bother me so much

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

April 27th, 2012
2:26 pm

MC,

Is it too much to ask for you or Viv to update the AJC Blog page so we don’t have blogs 5 days old at the top? This change would take approximately 1 minute a day and it really doesn’t make the site look good.

That is, if you guys actually read our comments anymore.

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

April 27th, 2012
2:27 pm

Steve Nash is not signing anywhere for the veteran minimum, and we won’t be able to sign him. I can see him going to the Knicks or Magic if Jameer opts out and Dwight doesn’t request a trade over the summer.

Rod from College Park

April 27th, 2012
2:27 pm

“IMO, our series is the only compelling one in the Eastern Conference. Now, obviously, the Knicks-Heat series is a bonanza for TV execs, but does anyone really believe the Knicks will win more than one game?”

I do.

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

April 27th, 2012
2:29 pm

Everyone’s salary is going up next year and if these incompetent owners want to resign Josh, they are going to have to offer far more than some laughable amount they are thinking of (they will probably offer him $40M/3 LOL).

Look at what Rudy Gay and Z-Bo got.

Josh, as idiotic as he plays and acts at times, deserves just as much money as they do

brigadier

April 27th, 2012
2:32 pm

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Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

April 27th, 2012
2:36 pm

Knicks will give Miami trouble if Amar’e and Tyson step up. Luckily for them, Miami doesn’t have a Rose or Tony Parker to destroy their guards.

Also, Woodson is going against Spoelstra, who is a pretty average coach IMHO.

I am pulling for a Memphis upset over the Clippers (who need everyone to step up if they have a shot. Caron and Mo can’t go AWOL).

Again, SMH @ Marvin’s performance last night. What a joke.