We’re LIVE from the Hawks’ . . . final game?

This series has been a laugher for Orlando, while the Hawks ...

This series has been a laugher for Orlando, while the Hawks ...

We’ve all witnessed playoff disappointments before. Two weeks ago, I listed what I believed to be the seven greatest postseason flops in Atlanta pro sports history. The Hawks were on the verge of joining the infamous group at the time, only to show some resolve when down 3-2 against Milwaukee and win the next two games to make it to round two.

This second-round series against Orlando isn’t a playoff flop. It’s just an embarrassment. It would leave fans with an ugly hangover, sort of

like when the Falcons made their

... are hiding their heads after losing three games by 87 points.

... are hiding their faces after losing three games by 87 points.

miracle run to the Super Bowl, only to have Eugene Robinson get arrested on the eve of the game.

Nobody — at least no rational thinking person — really believed the Hawks would defeat the Magic in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

But most of us figured they would at least compete against the Magic and had a chance to win one or two games. Instead, they’ve played hard for three quarters in Game 2 in Orlando and were comatose for the other nine. They’ve not only have been blown out twice, including Saturday’s Game 3 at home, but Joe Johnson showed little concern for the Hawks’ disgruntled fan base.

Tonight at Philips Arena, there’s a good chance it will end. The Magic have won the first three games by deficits of 43, 14 and 30 points. The Hawks are only the fourth team in NBA playoff history to lose two games of a playoff series by 30 or more points (nobody has suffered that distinction three times).

Tonight could be Johnson’s final game as a Hawk. It also could be Mike Woodson’s final game as head coach.

What happens? Do they get blown out again, or do they show a little pride — and possibly lose any way? And is it in them to actually win a game?

When asked how difficult it would be to rebound off a game like Saturday’s 105-75 loss, guard Jamal Crawford said bef0re the game: “It’s hard. It’s harder the same night because you can’t sleep and the game just replays in your head. After you see the tape, you feel a little bit better but it still lingers with you. This game can’t come fast enough.

“We just have to have some pride. This is not a No. 1 vs. No. 16 seed in the NCAA tournament. This is a No. 2 seed and No. 3 seed. We knew we were on a possible collision course. We just have to go out and play hard.”

That would be a nice change.

How hard do you believe the Hawks will play — and do you think it would make a difference in the result?

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492 comments Add your comment

bball fan

May 10th, 2010
7:22 pm

Many empty seats tonight? I wish they would play hard, but on the other hand, why extend the misery…

Jeffspanker

May 10th, 2010
7:34 pm

They will not play hard. Are you kidding me? They are the biggest babies in the NBA. They have no business even suiting up. They are a disgrace to the City of Atlanta.

There was more dignity in the Falcons Super Bowl because it was only one pervert, not the entire team laying down.

Joe Johnson makes me SICK. This has to be his last game. I have followed this team since 1987 and if he is resigned I will never, repeat, NEVER go to another Hawks game again.

Reid Adair

May 10th, 2010
7:34 pm

With all due respect to Jamal Crawford, it is supposed to be a No. 2 seed vs. a No. 3 seed, but it has looked much more like a No. 1 vs. a No. 16.

In a few hours, we may have have seen the last of Mike Woodson and/or Joe Johnson (hopefully both) with the Atlanta Hawks.

NCBravesFan

May 10th, 2010
7:37 pm

Hate to be a Debbie Downer, but do we know what the record for the biggest point differential is in an NBA playoff series? Might be worth a call to Elias. Just sayin’.

jmarable

May 10th, 2010
7:40 pm

As long as Bibby is starting at point,[with his no ability 2 drive or defend]WE HAVE NO CHANCE. AS LONG AS WOODY REFUSE TO USE HIS 2 SEVEN FOOTERS[COLLINS,MORRIS]to bang howard up. As long as we play without any back door cuts to the basket or cuts to the basket period, and play iso clear out offense. WE HAVE NO CHANCE.

BigSexy

May 10th, 2010
7:41 pm

Will the hawks season end tonight? Does a bear crap in the woods?

todd grantham

May 10th, 2010
7:42 pm

Jeffrey, do you think that, in order to maximize revenue, Commissioner Stern has ordered the Magic to throw this game?

East Point Hawk

May 10th, 2010
7:42 pm

Show some faith Hawks fans. I believe despite all the missteps, blunders, and apathy the Hawks will show some pride and pull one final win together.

todd grantham

May 10th, 2010
7:44 pm

i can’t believe it. you can get the Magic at only -6.

Barney

May 10th, 2010
7:45 pm

Easy game for the Hawks, we’ll beat them by 30 at least. We are much better than Orlando and we have the best coach ever!

NCBravesFan

May 10th, 2010
7:47 pm

Barney @7:45: you didn’t use the one bullet Andy gave you very well.

The Truth Be Told

May 10th, 2010
7:49 pm

Joe said it all, “We don’t care….” I don’t care in what context he said it, he told the truth!

Now you see em, now they burnt off!

May 10th, 2010
7:49 pm

Jeff

Update on Potato Head’s eyebrows?

"Chef" Tim Dix

May 10th, 2010
7:49 pm

in a word, yup!

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LAKE SHOW

May 10th, 2010
7:50 pm

“Will the Hawks’ season end tonight?”

Yes.

truthspitter

May 10th, 2010
7:50 pm

If they win, who cares, they are not coming back from 3-0. So, why even care? The Hawks screwed themselves.

LAKE SHOW

May 10th, 2010
7:51 pm

“Joe Johnson makes me SICK. This has to be his last game. I have followed this team since 1987 and if he is resigned I will never, repeat, NEVER go to another Hawks game again.”

Well apparently he and the rest of the team “could care less” :lol:

mike

May 10th, 2010
7:53 pm

we are one of the top 8 teams in the league..

"Chef" Tim Dix

May 10th, 2010
7:53 pm

Only the fourth team to win by 30 points??? Jeff, Jeff, Jeff.

Barney

May 10th, 2010
7:53 pm

The Hawks will win this series and then will beat the Lakers in the Final. MVP: Joe Johnson with 35 ppg. And all that because we have Woodson, the best coach ever!!

LAKE SHOW

May 10th, 2010
7:55 pm

“Jeffrey, do you think that, in order to maximize revenue, Commissioner Stern has ordered the Magic to throw this game?”

Stupid move, though it does happen. I have not watched any of this series nor will I begin to if they win tonight. We’re ready to see Celts v. Magic, Suns v. Lakers already.

LAKE SHOW

May 10th, 2010
7:56 pm

Here*Not*There

May 10th, 2010
7:56 pm

Tell us if the crowd boos joe in the introductions please??

Chataqua

May 10th, 2010
7:57 pm

Jeff, you wrote “The Hawks are only the fourth team in NBA playoff history to win two games of a playoff series by 30 or more points…”

You meant “lose,” not “win.”

Unfortunately. And it will likely be three games after the Hawks quit after the first quarter and start lining up for their last paycheck of the season.

Matt the Brave

May 10th, 2010
7:57 pm

Hmm, Celtics take out the Hawks in year 1 of the rebuilding playoffs. Cavaliers take them out in year 2. Magic take them out in the year they were supposed to go to the Eastern Conference finals. Yeah, sounds like we’re on track. :\

Jeffspanker

May 10th, 2010
7:57 pm

For the amount of money I spend every year on the 4-5 Hawks games I attend, I can put that money towards the Falcons.

A team that cares!

Freddy

May 10th, 2010
7:57 pm

They will lose by 25-30 tonight. Piss poor performance this Playoffs. JJ is a joke, as is Woodson and J Smooth

Mac

May 10th, 2010
7:58 pm

No the season actually ended when they beat the Bucks!! One good thing about tonight……….it is the last time we will see Joe “XBOX One on One” Johnson in a Hawks uniform.

Jeffspanker

May 10th, 2010
7:59 pm

ISO Joe!!!!!!

Katie in Blairsville

May 10th, 2010
8:00 pm

“Tell us if the crowd boos joe in the introductions please??”

I hope so. I would if I was dumb enough to buy a ticket and show up.

Barney

May 10th, 2010
8:00 pm

I love Woodson! He is so good that he should be coaching the Thrashers too.

Mr. Turnip-Green Jeans

May 10th, 2010
8:00 pm

“we are one of the top 8 teams in the league..”

After the first seven teams, there’s a HUGE drop-off.

wordy

May 10th, 2010
8:01 pm

Mac

May 10th, 2010
8:01 pm

Josh Smith needs to move into Mark Price’s spare bedroom over the summer and LEARN HOW TO SHOOT!!! I think the arena has replaced 5 backboards this year because of his jump shot

Reginald

May 10th, 2010
8:02 pm

Tatoo, ” 0-4, out the door” on any space you have left on your bodies, Hawks.

Mac

May 10th, 2010
8:03 pm

I wonder if we could bring HENRY BIBBY out of retirement in place of MIKE BIBBY?

Denny

May 10th, 2010
8:03 pm

Definition of a masochist: someone who buys Hawks playoff tickets.

Synonym: sucker!

NCBravesFan

May 10th, 2010
8:04 pm

They came. They saw Joe. They booed.

Barney

May 10th, 2010
8:04 pm

First TO by JJ. Don’t worry, you’ll be scoring over 40 points like always.

john

May 10th, 2010
8:05 pm

LMAO….the crowd just booed joe as soon as he touched the ball

Jeff Schultz

May 10th, 2010
8:06 pm

BBall fan — Arena is at least half empty 2 minutes into the game.

john

May 10th, 2010
8:06 pm

yea no one showed up…only the lower level of the arena is full because the upper is empty

Jeff Schultz

May 10th, 2010
8:06 pm

Grantham– No. And Oswald acted alone.

Denny

May 10th, 2010
8:06 pm

Mr. Turnip-Green Jeans
May 10th, 2010
8:00 pm

“we are one of the top 8 teams in the league..”

“After the first seven teams, there’s a HUGE drop-off.”

The “drop-off” is more like the Grand Canyon!

Reginald

May 10th, 2010
8:06 pm

Why’d they boo Joe Johnson, his neck is bothering him!

Jeff Schultz

May 10th, 2010
8:07 pm

Now you see ‘em — Sorry, I’m too far from the eye brows to check.

Pothole Posse

May 10th, 2010
8:08 pm

Is there really a CROWD ?

todd grantham

May 10th, 2010
8:08 pm

Mac, not only the backboards, but all steel company stocks tanked today in anticipation of the Hawks last game.

Alien in ATL

May 10th, 2010
8:09 pm

Here we go again! No defense and Smith already crying like a baby. Never thought I ‘d say it, but they are an embarrassment! Aren’t they ready again, they forgot their energy in the locker room again? What do those overpaid babies need to get energized??