Johnson unhappy with limited number of shots

Vivlamore reporting from Philips Arena, the day after the Hawks’ Game 4 loss to the Celtics.

A day later, Joe Johnson was at loss for words about the Hawks’ embarrassing Game 4 loss to the Celtics that has the team on the brink of playoff elimination.

His one-word answer to a question on his number of shot attempts spoke volumes.

Johnson took just eight shots in Sunday’s 101-79 loss to the Celtics, who are up 3-1 in the best-of-seven series heading into Game 5 Tuesday at Philips Arena.

“I don’t think they are doing anything different defensively on me,” Johnson said. “I think it’s just, basically, getting an opportunity to touch the ball. That’s it.”

When asked if he was not happy with his touches, Johnson answered with a simple, but emphatic, “No.”

Here is what some others had to say about Johnson’s lack of shots in Sunday’s game:

Larry Drew: “We run a lot of things through him. He’s got to be more aggressive in working to get his shots and we have to be mindful when he hasn’t had a shot in one or two trips down the floor we’ve got to get him the ball. All the things that we do run, and we do run a lot of things where we do go through him, I give Boston a lot of credit on how they have defended him. Collectively, while they are out there they have to get him the ball more. Just watching the film in flying back last night there were a number of situations where we could have just made one extra pass and the extra pass would have been to him. We’ve just got to be a little bit more mindful to make sure he is getting touches.”

Jeff Teague: “We’ve got him the ball in Game 3. He got a lot of touches. Last night, they took us out of our stuff and made it difficult to get him the ball. We will try to make a conscious effort in Game 5 to get him the ball and make sure he makes plays for us.

“He is our go-to player. Eight shots is not enough, especially in a playoff game for a guy who can play like him. We’ve got to make sure we get him the ball.”

Al Horford: “Joe is our main guy. We go to him. We has to get us going offensively so he needs to go out there and be an enforcer and make his presence felt. I don’t think my shots or Erick Dampier’s shots are affecting him. I think Joe needs to be aggressive. He needs to go out there and score the ball. That’s when we are at our best when he does that.”

This will be the subject of today’s story for the print edition. You can read the entire story online later. However, feel free to leave your comments on Johnson and his thoughts here.

358 comments Add your comment

Shamrock

May 7th, 2012
2:47 pm

Sounds like someone is feeling the heat.

doc

May 7th, 2012
2:49 pm

bout time.

how is the weed garden?

doc

May 7th, 2012
2:53 pm

pp he aint, ray allen he aint. too melo like without the edge. he wants the ball in his hands to pound it only slowing things down. the other guys get rid of it. as shown on tnt they also are not guarded by the hawks as well as they guard us. we have given them way too much room to work and they have taken space form us. simple formula to success as the only guy with speed is rondo however those guys get quick releases so they cant be left alone.

awful game last night, awful.

Heisenberg

May 7th, 2012
3:03 pm

I do not recall seeing Joe demand the ball during the game or in timeouts. Speak up DURING the game Joe. What would Kobe do in the same situation?

Shamrock

May 7th, 2012
3:04 pm

Josh Smith is going to look great in green when he becomes a free agent and joins his old roommate Rondo…along with Dwight Howard, next summer.

But don’t worry Hawk fans…you’ll aways have Joe.

c dog

May 7th, 2012
3:05 pm

that made me laugh shamrock

Marcus

May 7th, 2012
3:06 pm

hated it last nite, because we probably all knew one stinker game was coming. I was hoping it would be after we are a game in the series, but now we are on the edge of breaking out the fishing rods. BOS, to their credit, turned up the D all series, esp. in the 4Q. We were matching them until last nite. That marked teh 1st game we didn’t get out and run them in the 1Q.

Games 2 and 3 gave me heartburn, esp. #2 with Rondo out. We came up 1 inch short on Willies jumper in regulation w/14 sec left to come desperately close to a 2-1 series lead.
Now we will see if these Hawks fall back to previous iterations under Woody and LD year 1 (blowout close-out loss) or show the mettle that they have displayed more often than not THIS year in going out like the Battle of the Alamo.

joeygt1

May 7th, 2012
3:08 pm

im so tired of after we lose everyone says blow up the team.. that is the dumbest thing ever.. the hawks have the talent to be title contenders.. its joe johnson who is a pippen not a jordan like player if we could somehow trade joe johnson for 2 decent players.and keep the rest of team we would be better off and get rid of marvin.. i think we need to trade joe johnson for chris kaman and trevor ariza..make josh smith the focal point and i gurantee you with compete or at least make the eastern conference finals.. with teague,ariza,smith, horford, kaman backups- k hinrich,pargo,t mac ivan johnson, zaza..

Buddy Grizzard

May 7th, 2012
3:08 pm

Joe Johnson had the second worst field goal percentage among active players in win or go home playoff games prior to game 6 vs chicago

Heisenberg

May 7th, 2012
3:08 pm

When were Josh & Rondo roomates? And do not forget Hawks will still also have Marvin!

tjhook

May 7th, 2012
3:14 pm

All of this post-game dribble just means that we need a stronger prescence on the sideline or on the court. Joe Johnson just told the world that he is a simple basketball mercenary – give him the tools to succeed and he will succeed. Unfortunately, Larry Drew also told everybody in this blog that he may not have the answers needed to help his team get over the hump. Specifically, his inability to make Jeff Teague a stronger force out on the court. This is supposed to be Teague’s team but Teague doesn’t understand the sense of urgency that comes with his role on the team. Also, LD won’t make others defer to the “offense” since our best talents (Joe and Josh) too often provide their own ideas of what good offense is. Every player since the basket was created has probrably done this, but it is the coach’s job to prepare for things players usually just react to when they take on opponents.

Shamrock

May 7th, 2012
3:14 pm

Smith and Rondo were roommates at Virginia’s Oak Hill Academy, the Boston Herald’s Mark Murphy wrote a column about their friendship.

MikeH

May 7th, 2012
3:15 pm

I would rather trade or Amnesty Joe and pick up Harden or Ibaca (sp)….Those guys have Franchise written all over them and OKC can’t pay all four of their superstars…

Harry Hawk

May 7th, 2012
3:17 pm

Am I the only one who notices the similarity between Joe Johnson and former Hawk “great” Steve Smith? Joe’s had better years than Smitty did here, but he sure looks like Smitty now.

BCS Tiger

May 7th, 2012
3:17 pm

Does Winnipeg need a basketball team too?

Peter

May 7th, 2012
3:19 pm

Cry baby Joe…… Gosh he has never acted say like Paul Pierce demanding the ball.

kevkat

May 7th, 2012
3:20 pm

I think it’s just best to be realistic and hope for the unrealistic. Tuesday’s game should be watched or attended for nothing else but to see this group of players most likely for the last time. If they should win, then you’d have another opportunity to watch them again for possibly the last time. And if by chance or act of God they win in Boston, then at least the last game would be one to remember either way it goes.

kevkat

May 7th, 2012
3:22 pm

Well, take that back. The last game would be in Atlanta..better chance of an act of God there..

MikeH

May 7th, 2012
3:23 pm

Joe doesn’t handle the ball well enough when double teamed…It has been a formula for success ever since the hawks started making the playoffs…He holds the ball too long and he makes bad passes late in the clock….When he doesn’t make bad passes, he heaves up god awful forced shots that have little chance of going in…End result is usually a fast break basket on the other end with Joe looking like someone just farted in church..The looks that this guy has on his face are just painfully defeating to a fan and I am sure to a teammate

Elf

May 7th, 2012
3:23 pm

GET THE CLOWN OUT OF THE CITY. WAAAAAAAAAAAAAA I NEEDED MORE SHOTS. YOU NEVER HEAR KOBE SAY THAT $H!T! HE WOULD FREEZE OUT THE REST OF THE LAKERS IF NECESSARY TO GET HIS NUMBERS! JOE IS SOFT, AMNESTY HIM DAMN IT!

Shut Up Joe

May 7th, 2012
3:24 pm

JJ,
You speak once all year to your fans who are paying your exorbitant salary and you are complainig you dont get the ball enough? What is your playoff average ppg since you have been a Hawk? And that must be because you do not touch the ball enough? Maybe your teammates know you are captain choke. Seriously, 37 in 3rd quarter? 37?!!!!!!!?????? What a joke…makes me vomit all over my new shoes. Dang, my new shoes!

GT Alum

May 7th, 2012
3:24 pm

Harry Hawk -

The big difference is JJ thinks he’s a great scorer. Smitty always said he wasn’t a primary scorer, but that was what the hawks needed him to be, so he tried filling that role.

Paddy

May 7th, 2012
3:26 pm

Upset with not enough touches! How about being upset that your team is down in the series? Is it not about winning the game? Or are stats as important as wins? No wonder the NBA havs lost its fan base!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Shut Up Joe

May 7th, 2012
3:28 pm

My new shoes are stained!!!!

KG

May 7th, 2012
3:29 pm

Whatever Joe. Do us all a favor and stay in Boston. There is no need to come back to Atlanta for Game 5. You have been a non-factor all season and thus far in the playoffs. You are overpayed and all you do well is dribble the basketball. Last time I checked, you don’t get points for dribbling well. You see Mr. Johnson, most players earning the type of “jack” that you earn are the face of the franchise, demand the ball in crunch time and are actually involved in the community. You sir, fall short in all of these categories and are laughing all the way to the bank….

Again – do us all a favor and start your “summer” vacation early.

Shut Up Joe

May 7th, 2012
3:30 pm

Oh and T Mac, dont you dare complain to a soul…you walk up and down the floor on defense, nevermind you boxing someone out, i could out hustle you and I have 2 hot dogs and a coke and a slushy and a dounut and a pot roast for breakfast…for breakfast. hustle dude, RUN down the floor

Rusty

May 7th, 2012
3:32 pm

Our offense will always look like crap as long as LD &JJ are still here.

Dawg

May 7th, 2012
3:32 pm

It’s all about Joe to Joe. As long as he gets his shots and his money, things are ok. But to Hawks fans, ISO Joe sucks. The Hawks being in Salary Cap difficulties sucks.

Joe, we want the Hawks to win, we could care less about your sulky self centered wishes.

RICH

May 7th, 2012
3:33 pm

all of you all are wrong.,its not the the talent but the way the talent is being administered..for example why no pargo in game 3?
or when will we see some stackhouse…also larry drew doesnt know when to call timeouts and why…there is no way u just let paul pierce shut you down….not when marvin and josh should be ablt to wrp his ass up…. i dont understand why we arent running more 3 gaurd sets..and have stopped pushing the ball…..and i will never know why Vlad Rad doesnt get more pt….he understnad the game…and johs touches the ball too much .. the guy cant dribble so please stop him and youll realize that turnovers will decrease by 33% and finally to the Hawks…THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU DONT EVEN PURSUE TYSON CHANDELLOR!!!

MikeH

May 7th, 2012
3:34 pm

Just in: Joe fumbled his car keys down into a drainage grate as he was approached by two security people in Phillips….

Melvin

May 7th, 2012
3:34 pm

Joe needs to play better and stop trying to throw his teammates under the bus. Too many times he has pointed the finger after a lost. Man up and play better like Paul Pierce did after the Celtics game 1 lost. Paul make sure that he touches the ball and make plays when he do have the ball…

SM

May 7th, 2012
3:34 pm

Seriously people, did you expect anything different from the Hawks??? They’re losers, just like the Thrashers, because of the lack of leadership from ownership down to the “star” players. Just wave them goodbye as you head down to Turner Field and see if this year the Braves actually play all 162 games instead of just 142 like last year…

Rusty

May 7th, 2012
3:34 pm

If you go somewhere else Joe,please take nortcyde with you

Shamrock

May 7th, 2012
3:35 pm

KG
May 7th, 2012
3:29 pm “Again – do us all a favor and start your “summer” vacation early.”

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I think he has already “started”.

Rod from College Park

May 7th, 2012
3:35 pm

“All the things that we do run, and we do run a lot of things where we do go through him, I give Boston a lot of credit on how they have defended him. Collectively, while they are out there they have to get him the ball more.”

Coach Drew,

Why are you giving Boston a lot of credit for how they are defending Joe? More than half of this blog knew how Boston was going to defend him before the series started. Tell Joe to stop playing like a wuss, and start attacking the way Paul Pierce does. Stop dribbling to go no where, and make your move as soon as you catch the ball. Stop blaming the team, and start blaming the 100 million dollar man.

steve brown

May 7th, 2012
3:38 pm

With JJ’s contract he is not movable. however, the Hawks have been blessed with Josh Smith’s best year and in all likelihood an increase in his trade value. I say trade him. I would prefer an injured player who drags himself onto the court for a crucial playoff game in Boston versus the BS that came out of Smith’s mouth regarding his injury and why he saved himself for game 4. The man doesn’t have enough heart for my taste.

kuhndog

May 7th, 2012
3:39 pm

Ok get joe the ball but when he is double teamed the rest of his teammates on the court need to be moving not allowing the defense double or key on him.It is like you give the ball to joe and put him on an island,instead of sitting on the 3 line being a spectator move around like a minnow fixing to get eaten by a shark.I think Marvin is one of the worst at it,though he does move to the basket in other situations.This is what the hawks get for not taking care of business in game 2,though I love this team and will continue to follow them regardless as I have done for 30 years.I wanna see a winner but we are all arm chair quarterbacks,these guys make more than I will make in 50 lifetimes,my fault not theirs but they bear the burden of the pressure of the fans and hopefully management.This is why I dont wet my pants over this stuff any more it is just a game.I dont go do stuff so this is my entertainment you pay for it with your cable bills so WTF.I went to 1 game this year and they wanted 8 dollars for a hamburger,I spent 80 dollars and the ticket was free.I would come out more but a 55″ tv and 1dollar beers at home a no brainer.If the hawks make to the ECF I will try to come out again but now we gotta have 3 in a row,we will see what this team is about now ,their backs are against the wall.GO HAWKS

Heisenberg

May 7th, 2012
3:41 pm

After this, I really am in favor of blowing up the core. Joe’s contract makes him virtually untradeable and given the likelyhood that Josh cannot be re-signed (even though he is Hawks best player), could be time to explore offers for him in offseason. This is a deep draft and should be able to get quality players & picks for him. I am not saying Josh is the scapegoat, but just need to look at reality of not being able to retain him. I have seen enough of the Marvin Williams show. Do whatever is necessary to move him. Could be looking at a couple years of lottery to blow it up and retool but hopefully not as bad as last time.

Dan

May 7th, 2012
3:45 pm

Thats Fine…Give Him All The Shots He Wants In Game 5 For the Owners can see that they made a mistake and hes not close to a 120 million dollar player…..let him iso and be sum hes not

Astro Joe

May 7th, 2012
3:45 pm

So Joe scores close to 30 in an OT game in Boston and then gets limited FGAs in the next game when Josh and Al return. And Joe is to blame for not delivering a more competitive game Sunday after getting them in OT Friday with a short-handed squad?

Not to mention that the Hawks lost yesterday in large part because the defense straight SUCKED. We made a bunch of old guys with bum limbs look like they were the OKC Thunder. But let’s put the blame at the ffet of a single guy who should have scored on his limited FGAs, stoped Rondo from looking like afuture HOFer (remember when MC hinted at such and some around here seemed indignant by the thought? If he doesn’t look like a HOFer in this series, than Teague doesn’t look like a viable MIP candidate, oops, I think I did that wrong, my bad).

Pietrus is playing the role of designated late game defender. Fresh legs to stop Joe. At some point, the other guys who earn an NBA paycheck need to make something happen in the 4th quarter. Where are the big shots from role players that the Lakers got last night from Blake and Sessions?

Heisenberg

May 7th, 2012
3:47 pm

Kenny Smith and the TNT art department are already working on the Hawks “Gone fishin” photo.

Heisenberg

May 7th, 2012
3:54 pm

Enough Hawks bashing for today. Think I will go see if there is a new Braves blog up.

MikeH

May 7th, 2012
3:55 pm

Joe’s shot just got blocked again..By Boston’s team doctor

Kurt Rambis shorts

May 7th, 2012
3:57 pm

Hey, guess what Joe…to get more shots…you actually have to show up and run, which is something you seem to be doing less and less these days. You showed up on Friday night for about 10-15 minutes, and that’s about it for this series.

Scoop

May 7th, 2012
3:57 pm

PLZ SIT OUT ANOTHER GAME JOSH (OR THE ENTIRE PLAYOFFS)!!!!!!!!!!!

we dont need you, especially with Horford back. It’s like I said the day after Josh decided to take game 3 off. We would be better offensively WITHOUT him, but would miss his defense. Our offense game 3 was the most efficient we’ve been this whole series. The reason is Josh Smith-his turnovers (4 last night), bad shot selection(2 airballs), and lack of fundamentals (boxing out, poor p&r d) make him a true liability on both ends of the floor. Whats worse, he thinks he’s Lebron James….bringing the ball up the court, pulling up for deep contested jumpers, and his demeanor when things go bad really brings the Hawks team down. The guy was sarcastically clapping his hands after he made a dumb foul on Rondo at the free throw line with us down 35 points!!!!!!!!!!!!

He has flashes of greatness, I give him that, but the guy is too inconsistent and I’m tired of watching him take horrible shots, even worse turnovers, and play soft on the boards.

Al Horford has been out months with a torn pectoral muscle but he comes back early and grits it out last night. Josh has a light sprain and decides to take a game off???????……….As a fan, I’m angry and I feel like the entire Hawks team should forfeit their paychecks for that miserable performance, but I’ll settle for how embarrassed they must feel after getting royally spanked….

LD doesn’t go without blame-what is he doing having Joe chase Ray Allen around all those screens???????? For one, Joe isn’t the fleetest of foot and is too slow to get around those screens and two, all that chasing wore him out offensively. LD needs to adjust and put Teague on Ray and let Joe guard PP or Rondo. I would even play TMac or Marvin to guard PP to save Joe offensively.

Also, get Josh off the perimeter!!!!!! They are clogging the lane with his defender and preventing Joe from getting to the basket. Teague is by far the smartest player on our team. Josh came up to set one of his soft picks and Teague shook him off and brought Al instead. Teague knew Josh would just do what he normally does-set a brush screen and float to the perimeter and wait for the ball.

Remember Joe’s comments about guys not knowing their roles…..I think we all know who he was referring to.

Astro Joe

May 7th, 2012
3:59 pm

So if Joe had shot 80% from the field last night, the Hawks would have lost by what, maybe 15 or 18 points? Yeah, Joe is at fault for last night’s debacle, he should have made around 500% of his FGAs while the other guys were absolutely faultless for the beatdown.

KINGDAWG

May 7th, 2012
4:02 pm

How bout earning that high$$ salary by consistently putting up 20+ every night before you start complaining.

Kurt Rambis shorts

May 7th, 2012
4:04 pm

No one said Joe is the only Hawk at fault for getting blown out…but he’s sure as hell the only Hawk complaining about his teammates after the game.

Patrick O'Hurley

May 7th, 2012
4:06 pm

Hey Sham,

Sorry to break it to you, but ain’t no one or no thing that looks good in that putrid Shamrock greem of the Celtics. Few things could make Larry Bird look paler than he really is, but those hideous unis sure did.

And Boston’s not big enough for Smoove. He’s looking to NY or LA. Rondo won’t be there next year anyway, so they still may get to be roomies again!

Astro Joe

May 7th, 2012
4:09 pm

Rambis, so it would be better for him to be silent and pretend he is Kevin Bacon in Animal House? “All is well”.