Live from NASCAR … er, Game 4: Hawks look to drive safely

Milwaukee — You’d think this would be the last place to come for a traffic accident, there being little traffic downtown the Brew City. But by now you’re aware the Hawks’ bus was hit by a car leaving the Bradley Center after shootaround today at noon. We’re happy to report that nobody was hurt. Everybody, however, had a story.

The bus was struck by a driver who would later tell police her brakes failed, and the Hawks could believe it. Those seated in the front of the bus saw the car screeching around a curve. It hit side of the bus. The car’s front was crumpled. The bus was dented and suffered cracked — but not shattered — windows.

Mike Woodson was first off the bus — head coach sits up front — and reacted like an action hero. “I saw the smoke,” he said, speaking of the car, and he unbuckled a little boy from the back seat.

“He was about 3 or 4,” Woodson said. “He said, ‘I want my mommy.’ ” [The boy's mother had been driving the car.]

Then it got kind of funny. The Hawks milled around taking pictures of the dented bus. [Josh Smith showed me three on his cell phone.] Then they started looking for cabs. Five of them — Smith, Joe Johnson, Mike Bibby, Jason Collins and Randolph Morris — found one and piled inside, only to discover that it was already occupied.

“There was a lady in there,” Smith said. “She was going to the hospital. [This lady wasn't the one involved in the mishap.] We dropped her off there. She tried to pay for all of us, but we said, ‘No, we’ve got it.’ ”

It must be noted that the Bradley Center is maybe a 10-minute walk from the Hawks’ hotel. Did Smith consider walking? “No. It was cold. I was shivering.” [It was in the mid-50s today here, the balmiest day of the Hawks' stay.]

Besides, it just wouldn’t have looked right for a bunch of big-time ballplayers to be hoofing it in their sweatsuits. “You never know who you’re going to meet on the streets,” said Al Horford, laughing. “It’s rough up here.”

Said Hawks publicist Arthur Triche: “We were wondering if the Bucks’ mascot had anything to do with it.”

And that would have been truly weird. The Bucks’ mascot is named Bango and wears a deer costume. Deer strikes bus?

Oh, yeah. They’re also playing a game here tonight. It’s kind of important. If the Hawks win, they can clinch the series at home Wednesday. If they lose, they might not clinch this series anytime anywhere.

I’ll be happy to step away from my duties as Captain Herb to discuss Game 4 as it plays out. But first y’all have to promise to drive safely. Deal?

437 comments Add your comment

mmgtfan

April 26th, 2010
8:03 pm

Mark Bradley

April 26th, 2010
8:03 pm

Mmgtfan with another checkered flag. Kudos to you.

Bat Masterson

April 26th, 2010
8:07 pm

It just gets better and better, Mark.

Bat Masterson

April 26th, 2010
8:09 pm

If the last game did not jar the Hawks awake, maybe the wreck will.

Mark Bradley

April 26th, 2010
8:10 pm

It does, Bat. What can I add?

Bat Masterson

April 26th, 2010
8:10 pm

I’ll be looking for that insider piece about moving Chipper to first base soon, okay.

Mark Bradley

April 26th, 2010
8:11 pm

Copy that, Bat.

Bat Masterson

April 26th, 2010
8:13 pm

Haha, thanks. Mike Woodson, hero, who knew.

NoShamSam

April 26th, 2010
8:15 pm

For a town with such little traffic, that was a bit of bad luck…hope none of the players got rattled

MitchC

April 26th, 2010
8:15 pm

I;m sorry to hear about what happened with the Hawks bus, Mark.

As for the game: Hopefully the Hawks will pull off a win tonight, to go up 3-1, so they can clinch Wednesday at home. I have to wonder, though, why you keep saying that if the Hawks lose tonight, they are in such danger of losing the series? They still hold home court advantage, and it took them seven games to beat Miami in the first round last year. The Hawks, could, theoretically, win Game Five at home, lose Game Six on the road, and then clinch in Game Seven.

I see tonight’s game as a “It would be nice if they won” Not a :”Must win”. If the Hawks lose tonight, then they really must win on Wednesday at home. Hopefully, they will win both games, to make all of this discussion academic.

Mark Bradley

April 26th, 2010
8:16 pm

It actually lightened the mood, NoShamSam.

Dawgs2010

April 26th, 2010
8:16 pm

Perhaps they need a walk in the cold to wake their arses up!

NoShamSam

April 26th, 2010
8:17 pm

If 1st base doesn’t work out for Chipper…how is his 3 point shooting?

Mark Bradley

April 26th, 2010
8:18 pm

You need good obliques to shoot the trey, NoSham.

Washaun

April 26th, 2010
8:19 pm

I’d like to see the cab that fit 5 NBA players and a lady. This team better show up tonight, Orl looks like they will be sweeping.

NoShamSam

April 26th, 2010
8:27 pm

Mark, you didn’t mentioned the temperature today…did it warm up? What do you think the Hawks need to do differently tonight…go back to more shots in the paint and less 3 pointers?

Mark Bradley

April 26th, 2010
8:30 pm

It was in the 50s today, with sunshine. And I’m picking the Hawks 81-78.

La Jolla Dawg

April 26th, 2010
8:30 pm

Spirit wasn’t on the bus was he/she? If not, perhaps that is the problem–the bird needs to go on the road with them…

Mark Bradley

April 26th, 2010
8:32 pm

Spirit is a he and does not travel particularly well.

Mark Bradley

April 26th, 2010
8:32 pm

The Bradley Center (no relation) isn’t as loud or as full as for Game 3.

La Jolla Dawg

April 26th, 2010
8:33 pm

Either does the team…

Mark Bradley

April 26th, 2010
8:33 pm

You got that right, La Jolla.

Dawgs2010

April 26th, 2010
8:38 pm

We need Mookie!

Mark Bradley

April 26th, 2010
8:46 pm

Hawks up 5-2. Much better.

Mark Bradley

April 26th, 2010
8:46 pm

Bibby with his second 3.

Mark Bradley

April 26th, 2010
8:47 pm

Jennings just missed an open trey.

Mark Bradley

April 26th, 2010
8:47 pm

It’s 10-4. Good buddy.

Mark Bradley

April 26th, 2010
8:51 pm

Bibby with a third three. Hawks lead 15-11. Horford is involved tonight.

Joe hasn’t scored. Which sometimes is a good thing.

NoShamSam

April 26th, 2010
8:52 pm

The Hawks have more energy tonight

Mark Bradley

April 26th, 2010
8:57 pm

The Bucks lead 18-17. Ridnour is making Bibby pay at the defensive end.

Bark Madley

April 26th, 2010
8:59 pm

The Hawks need this win tonight!

Willy

April 26th, 2010
9:01 pm

Do you get paid extra for having to spend time in Milwaukee?

Bob

April 26th, 2010
9:02 pm

Mark, was the car that hit the bus a toyota?

Mark Bradley

April 26th, 2010
9:02 pm

Delfino with a massive dunk on Josh and Zaza. And now a three. It’s 23-19, Milwaukee.

LC

April 26th, 2010
9:02 pm

What did I tell you guys about Delfino over Marvin. Marvin is so god awful it is disturbing. What a waste.

Mark Bradley

April 26th, 2010
9:02 pm

It was not a Toyota, Bob. I believe it was an American-made car.

NoShamSam

April 26th, 2010
9:03 pm

This is starting to look like game 3

LC

April 26th, 2010
9:03 pm

That play where Marvin took it to the basket earlier and was stuffed by both Mbah a Moute and the rim epitomizes just how pathetic he is. You can call his failure to make a play every time he puts the ball on the floor. I still cannot believe we are stuck with him for 4 more seasons.

Mark Bradley

April 26th, 2010
9:04 pm

It’s not Game 3, NoSham. In Game 3 the Hawks were out of it by now.

Bob

April 26th, 2010
9:05 pm

Mark, thanks for the response. I was just curious.

IceColdATLien

April 26th, 2010
9:06 pm

spear the deer!!!

IceColdATLien

April 26th, 2010
9:07 pm

smear the deer!!

IceColdATLien

April 26th, 2010
9:07 pm

beer the, uh… me!

Jacket13

April 26th, 2010
9:08 pm

People wonder why the Hawks havent extended Woodsons contract, and the answer is because he cant get his team to play fundamental basketball on defense or establish a flow on offense anything other than a clear out. He has reached his max wirth this team and it is time to go in a new direction. As far as the players, Marvins a joke he is very limited! Bibby is done after this year, Joe is probably leaving and what are you left with? A bunch of post players who will give you more bad nights than good especially on the road and inexperienced guards.

LC

April 26th, 2010
9:08 pm

This series is going 7. We’ll then get blown out in all 4 losses to the Magic.

Mark Bradley

April 26th, 2010
9:08 pm

Crawford fouls Ilyasova on a jump shot with two seconds left on the SC.

Mark Bradley

April 26th, 2010
9:09 pm

Crawford hits a 20-footer to end the first period. Hawks down 28-25. Which is better than being down 36-19, which it was two nights ago.

Jennings hasn’t scored. Joe Johnson hasn’t made a basket. (Two FTs.)

Salmons has one hoop. Delfino has 13 points and has hit his last five shots.

Mark Bradley

April 26th, 2010
9:11 pm

Marvin offensive foul on the break. Ouch.

Jacket13

April 26th, 2010
9:11 pm

Marvin Williams is a JOKE!

todd grantham

April 26th, 2010
9:12 pm

Mark, Hawks playing with a bit more enthusiasm than the last game it appears.