LIVE from Hawks game (and Bogut ‘active,’ Jennings ‘frisky’)

Al Horford flexes after drawing a first half foul. He has 12 points at halftime. (Curtis Compton/AJC)

Al Horford flexes after drawing a first half foul. He has 12 points at halftime. (Curtis Compton/AJC)

Getting ready for the second edition of  Hawks’ win-or-go-home basketball. We’ll be live blogging shortly. But first, here are two bits of news from the Milwaukee Bucks regarding injured center Andrew Bogut and their serial Tweeting guard, Brandon Jennings.

♦  Bogut is alive! He’s active! He’s Willis Reed!

OK, he’s not playing — so says Bucks coach Scott Skiles. But for the first time since suffering a broken hand and dislocated elbow April 3, Bogut is active for a game. The irony here is that this week is the 40th anniversary of Reed dragging his leg onto the court to play Game 7 of the NBA finals for the New York Knicks against the Los Angeles Lakers, despite a torn muscle in his hip. Skiles insisted Bogut (who still has a wrap on his hand) will not play and is active only because guard Charlie Bell is out (quasi-suspended) for disciplinary reasons. Skiles would not divulge what Bell did to earn the benching.

♦ Jennings, who is coming off a 4-for-15 performance in Game 6, got into it a little with Bucks fans Saturday via Twitter. Jennings (@yungbuck3) has had Twitter issues in the past, even getting fined by NBA commissioner David Stern for post-game Tweeting and battling the Lakers’ Jordan Farmar in cyberspace (only to find out later it wasn’t really Farmar but a phony account).

But Saturday, Milwaukee fans got on Jennings for perceptions that he wasn’t focusing on Game 7 enough because he wanted to watch the Cleveland-Boston game on TV and the Floyd Mayweather-”Sugar” Shane Mosley fight on pay-per-view.

A few of Jennings’ Tweets:

In ATL….. Finna chill eat and watch cavs game then the fight….. If that’s ok, with you guys. Or should I be focusing! …

that’s what I’m sayin I got a life outside of basketball to[sic]. …

Some of y’all getting on my nervous [sic] talking about focus for the game, ummm the game is tomorrow. Like y’all chill out I’m good.

By the way, Jennings also Tweeted this morning that he wasn’t feeling well. He confirmed before the game that he has a sore threat but expected to “play through it.”

When asked in the locker room about his give-and-take with Bucks’ fans, he said: “Yeah, [they said] I should focus on the game.  I should be focusing now. But I have a life outside of basketball. There’s a lot of things going on. Of course you’re gonna want to watch the fight. Of course you want to watch LeBron and them play. You want to chill out. If you keep you’re mind on the game all the time you’re gong to be in a room going crazy.”

Did they get under your skin?

“Yeah, a little bit,” he said. “Because, like, I have a life. I’m 20 years old. I can’t think about basketball every single day. I’ve got time to focus now.”

Finally, here’s one pre-game comment from each coach.

Skiles, alluding to his players not “feeling comfortable” in Game 6, leading to the loss: “I’d like to see both teams play well in the same game and see what happens.”

Mike Woodson, on what words he would have for his players: “Just remember how you played in Game 6.”

Earlier Hawks posts

After a dizzy ride, Hawks have a chance to move on

Hawks show some resolve in win over Bucks

We’re LIVE from Hawks-Bucks (and is this the end?)

Hawks down 3-2 but Skiles hardly looks satisfied

Poll time: Where would Hawks’ collapse rank in history?

Gearon is mum on Woodson but expects Hawks ‘to go far’

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164 comments Add your comment

Tucker T

May 2nd, 2010
1:02 pm

GTFan1

May 2nd, 2010
1:06 pm

Whats that crowd like Jeff?

Jeff Schultz

May 2nd, 2010
1:07 pm

Late arriving, GTFan1. But supposedly is sold out.

Mtn Hawk

May 2nd, 2010
1:11 pm

The crowd into it?

Mtn Hawk

May 2nd, 2010
1:12 pm

ABCs sound is messed up or somethin

"Chef" Tim Dix

May 2nd, 2010
1:13 pm

Take us there leader as I take my daughter to the Macon Fair.

Jeff Schultz

May 2nd, 2010
1:13 pm

Mtn Hawk — yeah, crowd into it. But still A LOT of empty seats.

Jeff Schultz

May 2nd, 2010
1:14 pm

Early observations: Horford looks strong, very strong. … Sore throat doesn’t appear to be affecting Jennings. He’s definitely off to a better start than last game.

Mtn Hawk

May 2nd, 2010
1:17 pm

Jennings seems really educated, judging by his tweets.

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Jeff Schultz

May 2nd, 2010
1:19 pm

Nice tap by Zaza

Hawker

May 2nd, 2010
1:27 pm

With the bucks missing their best player, the hawks should win this easily.

Jeff Schultz

May 2nd, 2010
1:27 pm

Hawks good early defense.

Steve

May 2nd, 2010
1:29 pm

That building is never full. Pretty sad. Nobody even watches on TV. Look at today’s AJC. More people are watching the Braves during their 9 game losing streak then the Hawks in the playoffs. Just not a basketball town. Does it really matter if they win today? Orlando wins in 6 easily. In other news, Derrik Lowe already gave up 5 runs even though the game has not started.

Jeff Schultz

May 2nd, 2010
1:30 pm

Strong quarter by Hawks’ defensively: 20-13. … Bucks 6-for-20 from floor.

Mtn Hawk

May 2nd, 2010
1:31 pm

I love the Hawk and Braves..Wish I could make it down to ATL more for the games. Went to a couple of Hawks games this year and loved it. Go to braves games from time to time. Slow blog today..I think its competing with a Fox Sports live chat.

Jeff Schultz

May 2nd, 2010
1:31 pm

Hawker — Good general rule is always favor the home team in a Game 7.

Mtn Hawk

May 2nd, 2010
1:32 pm

This series shouldn’t have needed a game 7..Their best player has been out the whole series.

Scott

May 2nd, 2010
1:33 pm

What was the score at the end of the 1st?? Im at work with no speakers cant hear the game.

Steve

May 2nd, 2010
1:33 pm

Not trying to be negative by the way. Jeff how about an early prediction on Atlanta and Orlando? Also when would game 1 be?

Jeff Schultz

May 2nd, 2010
1:35 pm

Josh back in. Been out since early in 1st with 2nd foul.

Mtn Hawk

May 2nd, 2010
1:36 pm

Opening it wide open!

Mtn Hawk

May 2nd, 2010
1:37 pm

The Hawks can beat Orlando, if they play more consistant.

Jeff Schultz

May 2nd, 2010
1:38 pm

Hawks on a 18-3 run since trailing 13-11 … up 29-16 in the second, time out Bucks.

Tony

May 2nd, 2010
1:38 pm

The crowd is gettin really into it j smoove is back

mountain_jim

May 2nd, 2010
1:38 pm

Good to see Jamal shooting well and with confidence. He keeps that up and it’s a blow-out.

Jeff Schultz

May 2nd, 2010
1:40 pm

Scott— 20-13

Ben

May 2nd, 2010
1:42 pm

Mountain Jim, no way. Bucks will make a run. They’ve done it in every game unfortunately.

Jeff Schultz

May 2nd, 2010
1:43 pm

Josh out with his third w/8:15 left.

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Jeff Schultz

May 2nd, 2010
1:44 pm

Steve — No prediction yet, and I think games in Orlando would be Tuesday-Thursday, then Saturday-Monday back here.

DamYankee

May 2nd, 2010
1:45 pm

Maybe Jenning’s sore throat will cut down on some of his yapping.

Jeff Schultz

May 2nd, 2010
1:45 pm

Jennings schools the veteran Bibby on that drive. Wow.

Tony

May 2nd, 2010
1:46 pm

Hawks in this now . Joe is passin omg

mountain_jim

May 2nd, 2010
1:47 pm

Josh Josh Josh…. :(

Steve

May 2nd, 2010
1:47 pm

Would be amazing to get past Orlando but I just don’t see it happening. In breaking news, Lowe did not give up a run in the 1st.

Jeff Schultz

May 2nd, 2010
1:54 pm

Hawks byn 18 — biggest lead of game.

Dr. Warren

May 2nd, 2010
1:55 pm

What’s the crowd like at this point, Jeff? 3/4 full at least?

Tony

May 2nd, 2010
1:55 pm

We up 20 now go hawks

paul

May 2nd, 2010
1:56 pm

Nice that a game 7 isn’t even sold out…what a joke…

GeorgeC

May 2nd, 2010
1:58 pm

I’m gonna give Woody some credit. We’ve figured out the Bucks offense.

Jeff Schultz

May 2nd, 2010
1:58 pm

Bucks now shooting 13-for-38 from floor. Wow.

Jeff Schultz

May 2nd, 2010
1:59 pm

Horford leads Hawks with 12 on 5-of-6 shooting.

Dr. Warren

May 2nd, 2010
2:00 pm

Looks like they need Marques Johnson back.

groundfog

May 2nd, 2010
2:01 pm

Could these announcers make anymore excuses for the Bucks? geez

Jeff Schultz

May 2nd, 2010
2:02 pm

Dr. Warren — Arena’s about 95 percent full now.

Steve

May 2nd, 2010
2:02 pm

Remember John Koncak? Wow. Though a reliable defender for much of his career, Koncak is perhaps best remembered for the six-year, US$ 13 million contract he received from the Hawks in 1989 – an unprecedented total for a reserve. The deal was roundly criticized since it paid Koncak more than Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird. Who’s call was that???

Hawks Fan For Life

May 2nd, 2010
2:03 pm

I’m a Atlanta Hawks, Falcons, and Braves (although I don’t watch nor get baseball) for life. All of those teams belong in the ATL. It is just that those in Atlanta have grown tired of having their hearts broken when those teams are the clear FAVORITES in post season play. One of these teams just needs to step up and win us a championship here in Georgia. Could it be the Hawks? Perhaps so. I sincerely hope so.

The other night I commented that the Hawks lost games 3-5 because they wanted to bring excitement to the series and revenues to Atlanta. I initially was just being silly and trying to soothe my broken heart … but to think about it now, could that really be the reality?

The Hawks can and will win in the 2nd round. We had a solid win in the last game of the series in the regular season. Dwight fouls too much and the team is significantly weaker than last years nucleus.

GeorgeC

May 2nd, 2010
2:04 pm

My main problem with Koncak is that we could/should have drafted Karl Malone.

Jeff Schultz

May 2nd, 2010
2:05 pm

Hawks outscored 9-2 down stretch but still lead by 13, 53-40 at half. Playing excellent defense