Hawks send a message, and an elbow

Zaza Pachulia connects with Jermaine O'Neal. (Brant Sanderlin/bsanderlin@ajc.com)

Behold, how to win a playoff game: Zaza Pachulia connects with Miami's Jermaine O'Neal in Game 5. (Brant Sanderlin/bsanderlin@ajc.com)

They’re missing two starters. They’re playing on the road. Franchise history blows against them like a typhoon.

As a general rule, this is just this kind of backdrop that’s led the average Hawks fan to take a sledgehammer to their television before tip-off, or at least keep mind-numbing substances somewhere near the remote.

But this time, you might be safe.

“You’ve seen us all year,” Josh Smith said Thursday. “We’ve been fighting through adversity all season. We’re different now.”

Watch tonight. The Hawks have a chance to win a playoff series against Miami. They have a chance despite the fact Al Horford (ankle) and Marvin Williams (wrist) may be in street clothes. They have a chance even though history says they haven’t won a playoff series in 10 years, nor a best-of-seven series in 39.

They have a chance because, like Smith said, they are different now. They didn’t always play great in games four and five. But they won because of a toughness and resolve that at times has been missing. It’s what post-season basketball is about.

They’ve grown up.

They’ve even grown elbows.

“We don’t want that rep that we’re a soft team, that when teams get rough or physical with us that we’re going to run in the other direction,” Smith said. “We’re not built like that, and we don’t believe in going the other way. When the play turned physical in the last game, we returned the favor with hard fouls. We know we have to step it up.”

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Steve Smith, a link to the Hawks’ last playoff winner and now commentator for NBA TV, has seen the change. Young players, he said, tend to be hampered in the playoffs “because they haven’t played in a lot of big games — and in the playoffs, every game is a big game. When you’re young you don’t understand that when you miss an assignment or a free throw, that can decide a game.

“There’s more of a been-there, done-that kind of attitude now. They have a mental toughness. They know they have to make the next play, and they don’t look for excuses.”

This transformation clearly blindsided Miami coach Erik Spoelstra. It’s the only explanation for the man popping a spring.

Spoelstra and Dwyane Wade each cast Josh Smith’s failed attempt at a showboating, between-the-legs dribble-and-dunk in the final minutes Wednesday as some assault on the Heat’s manhood.

“Really trying to embarrass us,” Spoelstra said.

“We were very insulted by it,” Wade added.

Oh please. Now the other team needs to grow up.

For somebody to try to embarrass an opponent, they need to be calculating. Josh Smith is anything but calculating. Josh Smith just reacts, sometimes without thinking. That’s the problem. That’s why Mike Woodson’s head hurts.

The real story isn’t that Spoelstra or Wade feel disrespected. The story is that reality has hit them over the head.

The Hawks lost games two and three but they didn’t fizzle. They won in Miami to even the series. They won a physical game back home to push Miami to the ledge.

Suddenly, they’re the team that looks in control, while an opponent scrambles for a motivational tool. Suddenly, it’s safe to watch.

190 comments Add your comment

JSS

April 30th, 2009
6:04 pm

Is there supposed to be a co?mplete train of thought in that rant somewhere?

Oh… How did that bus you were thrown taste as it rolled over you?

D. Orlando Ledbetter, April 30th, 2009, 3:24 pm, “Was working the Schultz plan today. Get the blog up in a hour, then spend two hours correcting. Sense you’ll needed something to munch on.”

You HACK!!!

Watch Me Soar

April 30th, 2009
6:13 pm

This is the freaking playoffs, teams are supposed to try to embarass each other. There’s a freaking championship on line for goodness sake. Someone please tell Wade and his whining coach that the Hawks are trying to dismantel his team and wipe the floor with them too. I mean, that’s the whole idea of making the playoffs in the first place, right? IT’S DOG EAT DOG!! GO HAWKS!!!!!!!

j

April 30th, 2009
6:31 pm

the only thing I’m concerned about is that the heat (aka Wade) play waaay better when angry. remember what happened in games 2 and 3?

Art Vandelay

April 30th, 2009
6:33 pm

JSS, way to comprehend subtlety and sarcasm. Do you really think Ledbetter would actually take a public swipe at his colleague?

Jeff, you hit the nail right on the head. The past two games, the Hawks have shown a kind of resolve and toughness that just didn’t materialize enough during the regular season (or during games 2 & 3, for that matter). I’m still concerned, though, because they’ve shown that they’re more than capable of underestimating their opponents and laying an egg in big games. A win in Game 6 will require absolute focus from the opening tip, especially from Josh Smith, who, depending on which version of him shows up, is both our biggest weapon and our biggest liability.

I’m not worried about Marvin’s absence as much as I am about Al not being able to play. Mo Evans has proven that he’s more than capable of holding down the fort while starting in Marvin’s place, and did yeoman’s work on both ends of the court last night. If he steps up again and keeps showing veteran leadership, we’re in good shape. Marvin’s game improved significantly this year, but he’s far from irreplaceable.

Al, on the other hand, is really the heart & soul of our team emotionally, and we need his size down low on O’Neal and Haslem, especially considering the physical nature of the last game. I fully expect more chippiness in Game 6, and a healthy (or nearly healthy) Horford will go a long way to ensuring that the Heat’s big men don’t get us in deep foul trouble early in the game.

Regarding Smith, I don’t know what it’s going to take for him to get the message about his jump shooting. At least three times last night, the entire arena let out a collective groan and forehead slap when he fired up long jumpers, and even though he made one or two, his shot is WAY too unreliable for him to keep chucking up bricks. When he’s on the move and cutting through the lane, there’s nobody in the league that can stop him, but he still seems to think of himself as a 2-guard for some reason. Once Woodson is able to get through to him and convince him to play to his strengths every night and every possession, Smith will be an elite player. I’m not sure if it’s a failure on Woodson’s part or just flat-out immaturity from Smith, but it’s got to be corrected somehow. I tend to believe that it’s more a matter of Smith not listening, because guys like Horford and Marvin have made marked improvements in their time under Woodson. We can only hope that Josh takes note and realizes how unstoppable he could be, because it will make everyone on the team better (especially Joe, who is double-teamed every time down court because teams are more than happy to let Josh sit outside the arc and fire up airballs). When that day comes, the Hawks will be a legitimate 60-win team and an annual championship contender.

Oh, and that between-the-legs attempt last night? Would’ve been absolutely mind-blowing if he had put it down. Spoelstra and Wade know that there was nothing inherently unsportsmanlike about the play, but they were trying to deflect criticism away from the Heat’s poor showing with their whining.

Sly Mitchell

April 30th, 2009
6:42 pm

If J-Smooth had made the dunk, it would have been great, made every top 10 highlight and they would NOT have been insulted? The score was double digits already… That’s what you do for the fans, it sells tickets, and raises the roof! I hope he does it again. He obviously can make that shot, what better time to try it! Go Hawks!

Heat Fan!

April 30th, 2009
6:50 pm

Atlanta is the biggest joke of a city that has ever existed. Real class when an athlete goes down and the crowd cheers. WTF, last I checked at least we have a recent NBA ring. Learn the game morons. You jerks treat jordan this way when he came to town as well. Just keep making yourselves the butt of all jokes around the country. Look around and see what everyone is saying about you. MORONS!

Heat Fan!

April 30th, 2009
6:54 pm

oh yeah, one more thing. How’s the cool guy that takes good care of dogs. Great city image….

brad

April 30th, 2009
7:18 pm

Heat Fan! (a.k.a. DWade), even you would have to admit that Wade’s tired act of crying to the refs after EVERY SHOT MISSED OR FOUL CALLED ON HIM is getting a little old. Right?!?

chuck

April 30th, 2009
7:44 pm

Don’t be bitchin cuz the Heat can’t match up

chuck

April 30th, 2009
7:44 pm

Miami isn’t the cleanest city in the world either retard.

skw6480

April 30th, 2009
8:19 pm

Who was the ESPN genius who predicted at the beginning of the year that Woodson would be the first to be fired and Josh Smith was the biggest cancer in the NBA? I hope he is better in other aspects of his life than he is as someone who can predict the future.

JD

April 30th, 2009
8:26 pm

JSS- maybe before criticizing someone you should make sure your words don’t have question marks in the middle of them.

Heat Fan!

April 30th, 2009
8:26 pm

i’m surprised there’s even anyone in atlanta smart enough to even read a paper or go online. And chuckles, I didn’t say atlanta was dirty, just plain out filled with egg head morons that have no clue and clearly NO CLASS. Bradley, when was the last time your town even had a super star? Oh yea, the guy that likes knows how to treat animals. Jealous biatches

JD

April 30th, 2009
8:28 pm

skw – have you seen Mike Woodson and Josh Smith? That analyist wasn’t too far off. Woodson can’t coach and Smith is an immature punk who doesn’t live up to his potential.

You make it sound like Woodson just coached a perfect season and Smith is finishing up his work at the puppy orphanage.

JD

April 30th, 2009
8:29 pm

Heat Fan! – This is Schultz’ blog, not Bradley’s. You might want to figure out where you are before calling people stupid.

Heat Fan!

April 30th, 2009
8:34 pm

thank you for proving my point about lack of intelligence! Check up a few post and you’ll see a Brad. Guess you’re not smart enough (as the rest of the world knows) to figure out Bradley was sarcastic for Brad. Thanks again for making me look like a genius… Typical Hawks fan. No idea what you’re talking about

Heat Fan!

April 30th, 2009
8:37 pm

Nice spelling too. Or do you need me to point that out too you smart hawk fan!!! You’re making this too easy. HEAT in 7

JD

April 30th, 2009
8:37 pm

Sorry, didn’t realize you were giving everyone cute nicknames. But you’re right. The Heat ARE a better team because they’ve won a championship more recently. It’s like this series doesn’t even matter.

The Heat have won a more recent championship than the Cavs too…let’s go ahead and give them the East! I’m glad we have smart winners like Heat Fan!

Jeff Schultz

April 30th, 2009
8:40 pm

## Art: D-Led and I obviously are good friends. Some people don’t pick up on the obvious. …. And I agree with you on Al. Nothing again Marvin, but Horford is solid consistent force inside that they need. It won’t easy without him. But I was at the end of practice today and I was stunned he didn’t have a huge limp. The ankle didn’t swell up last night nearly as much as they thought.

## Sly: I’m not saying what Josh did was smart. It wasn’t. But you know Josh. He wasn’t doing it to show anybody up. He just doesn’t think about ramifications of his actions sometimes.

## Heat Fan! I’ll see your “City Image” and raise you one Overtown. Your bet.

Heat Fan!

April 30th, 2009
8:46 pm

You can really tell the idiots that have no clue. Number 1 this is the 1st round! Number 2 you’re showing a real lack of NBA knowledge. I really don’t think anyone with an ounce of a brain would think either team will win the east. But considering a team like the Heat that is loaded with rookies, and only had 15 wins last year, you want to talk about matching up. Dude, next year I’ll bet anything the Heat will easily finish before the Hawks. Plus, give me one player that even has come close to wade’s numbers this year. No, hell I’m feeling generous, name two players combined. What was your last super star – Wilkins.

Heat Fan!

April 30th, 2009
8:49 pm

Schultzy – Heat don’t play in overtown and everyone pretty much knows what M.A.R.T.A. really means :-)

you

April 30th, 2009
8:51 pm

and your commenting on the ajc why? yes were jealous we can walk the streets without getting shot

heat fans daddy!

April 30th, 2009
8:53 pm

shaq won the heat that championship!no d-whine

Heat Fan!

April 30th, 2009
9:04 pm

commenting on ajc because your town is full of class-less morons that have no clue. Plus atlanta doesn’t have a crime problem? of course not (sarcasm inserted here) been there plenty of times. I’ll take oceans & beaches any day over boring georgia. last i checked i think more people make florida a destination of choice over hotlanta. maybe you can get the olympics again and see if you can blow up even more people :-)

AND shaq won the championship. good one. do i have to put you to bed with stats to prove otherwise as well.

You putz

April 30th, 2009
9:46 pm

Since you like stats, Heat Fan (You putz), here are some stats for you. Not sure why you’re comparing cities here, but if we’re talking about crime, here’s Miami at #3 on Forbes’ list of the most dangerous cities.

http://finance.yahoo.com/real-estate/article/106978/America%27s-Most-Dangerous-Cities

Care to guess which city is not in the top 15? That’s right… Atlanta.

How about your point as to that more people visit Miami. Fine, it’s warm and its got beaches. But nobody’s actually going to to live, because its a dump (and clearly a very dangerous one at that). The No. 3 city on Forbes’ fastest growing cities list? You betcha… Atlanta

http://www.forbes.com/2008/01/30/economy-cities-alabama-biz-cx_bw_0130econcities_slide_4.html?thisSpeed=25000

Nowhere to be found on the list? Miami

Now, how about some basketball. For one, I don’t know why you keep bringing up Miami’s youth, as Atlanta’s even younger… we just dont have any rookies. But its indisputable that Portland is the youngest team in the playoffs, and Atlanta’s right behind them… so try again.

And as far as bringing up that we dont have a superstar to match Wade, well, what’s your point? Only two other teams in the NBA have a player better than Wade, which is why he’ll finish 3rd in the MVP voting. But the other two teams finished with the two No. 1 seeds and are the prohibitive favorites to reach the finals. Wade and his boys are about to lose to the lowly Hawks.

Suck on that.

RickNOle

April 30th, 2009
9:54 pm

Heat Fan?? Se habla espanol??

ZGOLDATL

April 30th, 2009
10:44 pm

Few things make me post. I usually just read. But wow, “Heat Fan!” you gotta be kidding me. You wanna talk about comparing cities with Atlanta? You must be joking.
The ATL is where its at. More people are moving to Atlanta than old farts that are moving down to Miami. Calling an entire city or fanbase names is pretty ridiculous. And dont even begin to compare your weak ass state with Georgia. Your state is all coast and country. The great State of Georgia has everything….
It is the largest state in landmass East of the Mississippi river. It has A metropolis with 5 milion plus people, amazing mountains in North Georgia, great country charm across the plains, great swampland, beautiful coast with great barrier isles (Golden Isles). We also are on a steady path of growth that will make ATL the 4th-6th biggest city in metro area poulation in the country by 2020 and the State of Georgia the 5th-7th biggest in population in the country by 2020 as well. We have more fortune 500 companies. We have better institutes of higher learning in Emory, and Georgia Tech. We have hosted an Olympic games, we have the worlds busiest airport, we have a thriving music industry and scene. And As somebody who has partied in MIA, and South Beach alot (and its fun), I gotta tell you that I’d take Buckhead, and Downtown Atlanta any day without hesitation. And the other thing Miami is missing is that Southern charm that makes Atlanta that capital city of the South that it is, in “The Empire State of the South” as Georgia is known. The charm of a beer on the patio in beautiful Virginia Highland neighborhood is about as good as it gets.
As far as us booing Dwayne Wade while he was injured, it was because he has been flopping all series, complaining to the refs, and it looked like another flop. And it seemed even more like it when he came back 5 minutes later. Granted after watching the replay he hit his head hard, but that was it seemed like at the time. You want to talk about Mike Vick? He was a quarterback for our football team, and the face of our franchise. He messed up (bad), he is serving his time, and people need to get over it. He will not be a Falcon any more so its not relevant. But dont get it twisted, he was not the face of our city. The face of our city are the native sons of Atlanta, President Woodrow Wilson, President Jimmy Carter, The Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., Andrew Young, and Maynord Jackson to name a few that you might have heard of. We are he city too busy to hate, we are the ATL, and this is the great State of Georgia, rise up. Zone 3 rise up, Zone 6 rise up, East Atlanta rise up.

ZGOLDATL

April 30th, 2009
10:47 pm

well said “you putz”.

David Smith

April 30th, 2009
10:53 pm

It’s sad when people cling to the past instead of the present. We all know the heat won the championship in 2006 (thanks to shaq, and the refs). The problem i have is that you’re not focusing on the mission ahead (game 6) but continue to rant like a 6 year old boy. Josh and Dwyane both went after a loose ball and collided with each other causing Dwyane to hit the back of his head. I’m sure if you homers in miami (that is where you’re from right?) witnessed Al Horford grimacing on the floor in pain some of you would boo as well (We booed wade because of his prima donna act throughout the playoffs nothing else). This is the playoffs (09 NOT 06) you need to get a grip and blame the heat for their lackluster play and not us.

Heat Fan!

April 30th, 2009
10:57 pm

Good one “You Putz”. First off we are debating NBA facts. Not living condition facts. I initially said your image with Mr. Vick and blowing up people during Olympics is really above par for a city. You really put me in my place with Forbes facts. Take a poll out side of georgia. South FL or boring Atlanta. Guarantee the beach will kick your donkey but everytime.

And as far as MVP. MV3 That’s Wade MVP, S. Fla Style. Thanks for pointing out the Heat at least even has some one in the MVP race. Ooops, no one in atlanta. And many NBA experts believe Wade deserves it. You see because your just as stupid as the rest of the morons that don’t understand what MVP means. Let me help you.

MVP most valuable player – NOT best player. Lebron to me is the BEST player in the NBA. But if you take him off the Cavs, they probably finish 6, 7 or 8. Take Kobe off the Lakers, same thing. Now take Wade off the Heat. Probably get 15 wins again. That’s a true MVP!!!!.

What gets not only S. FLA fans, but also the rest of the country (dig around the net and see what everyone else is saying about atlanta’s true disrespect and class-less actions) when like, what the hell did Wade do to you jerks. Nothing to call for cheering loudly when one of the best players to step on the court gets hurt. Guess he was acting.

For your sake, you better hope he is still hurt. Doubt it, but it is your only hope, trust me. http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/basketball/heat/sfl-dwyane-wade-heat-hawks-s043009,0,7613755.story.

I’ll give you something to really suck on you classless, new to the NBA, have no idea what your talking about, MORON

ZGOLDATL

April 30th, 2009
10:59 pm

Few things make me post. I usually just read. But wow, “Heat Fan!” you gotta be kidding me. You wanna talk about comparing cities with Atlanta? You must be joking. The ATL is where its at. More people are moving to Atlanta than old farts that are moving down to Miami. Calling an entire city or fanbase names is pretty ridiculous. And dont even begin to compare your weak ass state with Georgia. Your state is all coast and country. The great State of Georgia has everything. It is the largest state in landmass East of the Mississippi river. It has A metropolis with 5 milion plus people, amazing mountains in North Georgia, great country charm across the plains, great swampland, beautiful coast with great barrier isles (Golden Isles). We also are on a steady path of growth that will make ATL the 4th-6th biggest city in metro area poulation in the country by 2020 and the State of Georgia the 5th-7th biggest in population in the country by 2020 as well. We have more fortune 500 companies. We have better institutes of higher learning in Emory, and Georgia Tech. As somebody who has partied in MIA, and South Beach alot (and its fun), I gotta tell you that I’d take Buckhead, and Downtown Atlanta without hesitation. And the other thing Miami is missing is that Southern charm that makes Atlanta that capital city of the South. It doesnt get any better than a cold one on the patio in the Virginia Highland Neighborhood.

Gutz

April 30th, 2009
11:11 pm

Yeah Wade is a big cry baby faking an injury. That is why were cheering that he got hurt and then booing 2min. later when the drama queen was back on the court and completely fine. Give me a break.

Heat Fan!

April 30th, 2009
11:11 pm

Davey, you are dead wrong!!! I will bet anything in this world when someone goes down (especially a super star that is highly respected in the league) the last thing we would do is cheer loudly.

God, You idiot hawks fans complaining about wade being a prima donna. Guess you never see Josh complain. NO of course not. Every single play!!!! And for the record, no one is saying Josh did anything on purpose. You showed your true colors as worthless fans when you cheer when someone goes down. Of course you’ll cheer though, getting all excited because that’s the only real way you’ll have a chance. No excuses how they played over the past two games. Trust me Wade will more than likely play like he did in games 2 & 3 and if so good luck!!!!!

Guess you never saw the greatest player ever to play the game, michael jordan complain to the refs. And you say “Thru out the playoffs”. what a farce. You morons, booed him the first time he touched the ball. Lots of complaining up to that point.

And like the rest of jerks from atlanta, shaq did not win anything for us. did he contribute, hell ya. Could they even remotely do it without Wade, hell NO. Could we have done it with out shaq, maybe, we had alonzo playing like a mad man as well. And if shaq is so wonderful, why didn’t he carry the team the last year when wade was hurt for most of the season. why didn’t the suns even make the playoffs this year with the addition of shaq. know what you’re talking about before opening your stupid trap

You putz

April 30th, 2009
11:20 pm

I dug, and couldn’t find anything… apparently neither could you, which is why you had to pull something from the Sun-Sentinel (not exactly a national paper). Found one article on Josh Smith… couldn’t find anything on this so-called disrespect that you seem to be crying about.

By the way, I happen to be in South Florida right now, and actually happened to meet two Sun-Sentinel sports writers (though unfortunately not the writer of this story). Wouldn’t you know it, they both agreed that Wade plays up his “injuries” way too much, and that he should quit crying and just play. Your own sports writers think that… and you’re upset that Altanta was booing his fake injury? Gimme a break…

Moreover, they both agreed that instead of crying about Smith’s dunk attempt and being disrespected, the Heat should focus on playing defense and rebounding… you know, things that actually win games. Think about it…

Heat Fan!

April 30th, 2009
11:24 pm

dude- hold on. you asked for it. this is going to be fun -

Heat Fan!

April 30th, 2009
11:28 pm

Did you read your own post. WHAT A MORON. Everyone is talking about how you CHEERED when Wade went down. – not booed. Tell you what, give me the names of the sports writers you “spoke to”. They have email addresses, i’d be happy to verify your claim. What a joke!!!!!! This is getting good now. No one is even talking about Smith’s dunk. The disrespect is coming from you cheering a NBA icon getting hurt. FOOL – So easy to debate MORONs

Capt. Caveman

April 30th, 2009
11:48 pm

You know “Heat Fan”, it’s a sign of desperation to go on and on about what happened 3 yrs ago. If you need to take a missed showboat dunk from a guy who would just be a rookie now if he had gone to college for 4 yrs to get yourself motivated then your team is pretty much mentally toasted !!! Funny thing is about a minute later that same guy pulled another rebound a fired a pass downcourt for another easy dunk for the Hawks.

So “yeah -yeah -yeah” go ahead and pull out some stats about something nobody here cares about b/c even you know that stats
are for LOSERS !!!!

Heat Fan!

April 30th, 2009
11:49 pm

By Larry Brown | April 30, 2009 – Posted in Basketball
Things got pretty bumpy in Atlanta Wednesday night. First, Dwyane Wade got caught up in someone’s leg and fell, banging his head against the floor. Later Wade went up for a layup and got fouled by Solomon Jones and a skirmish ensued, resulting in double-technicals. On the next play, Wade fouled Maurice Evans on a fastbreak and got hit with a flagrant one foul. As if that wasn’t enough, later in the second quarter, Al Horford came down after a hard foul and twisted his ankle. All three moments are encapsulated in an incredible way by Hawks radio announcer, Steve Holman, on the Hawks flagship station, 790 the Zone. The dude literally goes berserk on-air, bashing the “untouchable” Dwyane Wade in the process. Believe me, it’s hilarious.

Some of the classic lines:

“You can’t foul me when I go to the basket, I’m Dwyane Wade. I do commercials.”

“Look, I’m Dwyane Wade, you can’t call that!”

“Oh my goodness, the Heat have resorted to thuggery!”

I do believe that the term “homer” would be appropriate here. Even if Wade gets preferable treatment from the refs, the foul on Mo Evans wasn’t anywhere near as bad as Holman describes it. He wasn’t trying to hurt Evans, and yes, Wade was going for the ball. You can see a few of the highlights here to judge for yourself.

Anthony

April 30th, 2009
11:51 pm

heat fan, isn’t it past your bedtime. You’re gonna be real cranky at school tomorrow. You better hope mommy lets you stay up and watch the game. We are all hawks fans here. Go blog on somewhere else where you’re wanted. Bottom line is you’re team is down right now. Nothing more to say at this point. Want some cheese with all that whinning? Haha!

Capt. Caveman

April 30th, 2009
11:53 pm

OH Please …… there are jerks everywhere that cheer when other teams players get hurt. Don’t act like we invented it. You’ve probably done it yourself, you’re probably happy about Horford’s ankle. You should be more worried about the fact that we basically ran you off the court with 2 of our regular starters out of the game.

You should also worry about your mommy catching you on the computer after bedtime. I bet your not even old enough to vote.

Capt. Caveman

April 30th, 2009
11:54 pm

damn Anthony , you beat me to the punch with the little kid comment LOL.

Anthony

April 30th, 2009
11:57 pm

I got tired of hearing him cry. He can go on and on about the numbers, stats, and fouls. At the end it still says WE’RE LEADING 3 TO 2. LOL

Heat Fan!

April 30th, 2009
11:59 pm

Don’t worry about me tony. I’m with your mom right now. She says hi but it kind of sounds like there’s marbles or something like in her mouth. Hard to understand her….

Oh yeah, that’s why they call it a series. 7 Games my friend. Maybe you should get to bed and pray he’s hurt still….. Only chance for you! Rare chance at beating a pumped up Wade with all the bulletin board crap you guys are providing…. Come to Miami, we’ll go out for cheese together… and your mom too if you want … she’s already here :-O

Capt. Caveman

April 30th, 2009
11:59 pm

Holy Homer Batman — a local teams announcer who has an obvious bias for the HOME team. Say it ain’t so JOE !!

Dude — we like it when Holman talks like that, it’s called “sarcasm.”

Maybe tomorrow you can ask your English teacher what that word means.

Heat Fan!

May 1st, 2009
12:00 am

Cap’n Caveman, your wife’s waiting in line after tony’s mommy.

Capt. Caveman

May 1st, 2009
12:02 am

hey Heat Fool! — we got a word for guys like you here on the ajc blogs.

and that word is — A$$CLOWN !!

Heat Fan!

May 1st, 2009
12:03 am

Guess only the dumb ass atlanta fans get the Holman “sarcasm”. Your wife just explained it me. But I still don’t get it. But I’m about too

Anthony

May 1st, 2009
12:07 am

Heat Fan just to show you how dumb and disrespectful you are, my mom died 14 years ago. If you’re with her I kind of wonder what your state of mind is at this point. Plus, get your eyes checked. You can’t tell who is winning the series and you can’t even get my name right. And what is so funny, everyone else is sitting here watching you make yourself look stupid trying make all these sly comments about things you know nothing about. What ya’ll think MY FELLOW HAWKS FANS?

Heat Fan!

May 1st, 2009
12:09 am

let me ask you, did you feel this tuff after game 3. doubt it. long series. but this kind of thing is new to a team that’s been around since what the 60’s when they made the mistake relocating to most classless city around. I gotta give you morons some slack. you don’t understand the whole 7 game series thing. you almost did last year. ooops, last year. sorry to live in the past he he

Heat Fan!

May 1st, 2009
12:10 am

maybe it wasn’t your mom then. sorry