Cleveland – The Hawks filed back into Quicken Loans Arena this morning for practice, and Mike Woodson admitted he had some fences to mend. “I kind of lashed out at them last night,” the coach said, and when Woodson says “kind of” he means “absolutely, positively.”
Woodson was angry about the second half, in which his team managed 28 points in 24 minutes and, according to Joe Johnson, “gave up.” I’ll address this at greater length in a column, but Woodson’s point — and it’s a good one — is that the team can’t be satisfied with just getting here. Because if it is, it won’t be here long.
Questions linger about Johnson, who took only 10 shots against five turnovers, and whether the Cavs’ defense rendered him ineffective or whether Johnson simply wasn’t forceful enough. And the big question now, same as it was last week: Will Al Horford play?
He didn’t practice this morning, getting treatment on his tender right ankle. Asked Horford’s status for Game 2 on Thursday, Woodson said: “Don’t know. It’s day-to-day. I think fatigue set in [in the second half Tuesday]. It’ll be a game-time decision.”
And with that, we’ll open up the digital lines and take questions and comments and song requests. To borrow from Dr. Frasier Crane, I’m listening …