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Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

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Hawks Destory Heat 90-64

Monday, April 20th, 2009

I was in attendance at last night’s demolishing of the Miami Heat.  J Smoove played the best game of his career and he led the Hawks to a 90-64 victory.  Smoove finished with a team high 23 points and 10 rebounds.  His rim shaking dunks brought the crowd of Philips Arena to their feet.  The first quarter of the game each team exchanged leads, but in the second quarter the Hawks outscored the heat 35-18.  The second half of the game it looked as if the Heat were not even trying.  Speedy Claxton even got to play the 3:20 of the game and recorded a 3:20 trillion.  Some how Speedy was unable to record a single stat not even a field goal attempt.  Othella Hunter was able to record a Super Mario.  Mario West dodged a trillion by pulling down a rebound.

The Hawks looked probably the best I have seen all year.  They seemed very fired up about the playoffs and I am excited with what is in store the rest of the series and playoffs.  If we continue to play athletic and fast like we did last night we are a tough team to beat.  We need to bring this same effort on the road for the rest of series and yes on the road.  The entire starting five looked great and in sink despite Marvin missing most of the end of the regular season.  Marvin came out firing and even had a monster dunk.  His back looked fine to me and it was good that we blew out the heat so Marvin could have limited minutes to rest his back.  Although, I think Woody is trying to limit Marvin’s minutes anyways.  I was very impressed with our team defense and we basically took Dwayne Wade out the game.  He was forced into very though shots.  Our roles players are so much better than the Heat’s and that is going to be the difference in the series.

Atlanta get excited and feel free to jump on the band-wagon.  Not everyone can be fans like myself and the great Chris Campana, who was also in attendance at last nights game.  A Black Cop told him that he needed to buy a new Jersey.  You see 99 percent of the time the great Chris Campana wears his #31 Jason Terry jersey.  I think if he absolutely had to replace the jersey he would go with an Acie Law IV jersey.  I on the other hand would go with a Flip Murray jersey, but if I get one I would have order off nba.com.  I may wait to see if the Hawks resign Flip Murray.  If that does not happen I may buy a retro Antoine Carr jersey.

The next game is coming up on Wednesday of this week.  Game will start at 8 o’clock and be televised on TNT.  I am not sure if T.I. will be helping out the intros, but I hope not.  He needs to be concentrating on his 16 month long sentence and his new TV show documenting his jail time.  I am sure MTV had the cameras out last night.  In case you were wondering Warrick Dunn, AKON, and Ted Turner were in attendance.  Ted Turner also was on Kiss Cam, which seemed planned in my opinion.  Chris Quinn from the Miami Heat was not to happy to be on Kiss Cam.  I do not blame him, I wouldn’t  be to happy if I looked like I was 10 year old troll and I was on a NBA team.  Also, the Sprite Jam cam winner was a Buckhead type private school kid.  He won the contest by dancing and screaming the lyrics to Hey Ya by Atlanta’s own Outkast.  Who will be at the next game?  Will Usher be in attendance or when they show celebrities on the cam will it actually just be an Usher.  All I know is I cannot wait to see Atlanta Fan’s rise up!! Rise up Atlanta!! NOW YOU KNOW!!!!

Hawks beat Kings: At least we won

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

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Hawks 105 Kings 100

The Birds really didn’t want this one but we pulled it out.  The game was actually tied 100-100 with about a minute left when the Hawks decided to let anyone except Kevin Martin beat them and we pulled it out.  Martin was just sick – 32 points on just 17 shots.  He got to the line 17 teams and made 14 of the charity shots.  The Hawks would have lost had this not been a place where Mike Bibby loves to play.  Bibbs had 29 points 5 boards 4 assists and 3 steals (along with 3 turnovers).  I thought Bibby may have been cursed after he scored 12 in the first quarter and ‘Nique said something to the tune of, “Mike is going to have a huge game tonight.”  C’mon ‘Nique we are at game 54 someone has to tell you these predictions are not good for the heart.

But Bibby didn’t let anyone down although he did miss 4 of 9 free throws.  That brings us to the negatives of this game.  Well besides for the fact that we turned a mid 2nd quarter 13 point lead into a 4 point half time deficit to the SACRAMENTO KINGS.  Who probably cannot out bench press the Sacramento Monarchs.  Anyone the Hawks went 22 of 34 from the line for a dreadful 65%.  We are 2nd best of the worst in free shots this year, ahead of the Magic.  I’d rather catch them in the Southeastern division rather then have that distinction.

Other stuff: Joe put in 20 but looked soft again.  I just wish he would go nuts and just score the ball when he wants to.  Al had a nice game with 18 point and 18 boards.  The 18 boards were a season high, 3rd best for high career, and the 18 points were the most he has had with at least 18 boards.  Good job fillin’ the lane for Brad Miller.  Also, Mario had 12 seconds of Pt and recorded a foul.  Way to get in the box score, Mario.

Flip Murray should hopefully be back Friday from the family problems he has had going on.  We are going to need him if we play like we did last night or Tuesday in LA, against Portland Friday.

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Solo was our best player last night (Laker game recap)

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

And that’s not a good thing.

Hawks got spanked by the Lakers last night 96-83 in a game that was not even that close (we won the 4th quarter 23-10). When we should have let Kobe have his points and not let the role players beat us, Kobe had a season low 10 and six Lakers got into double figures. Paul Gasol had a triple double and Lamar Odom had 20 rebounds. I’m not sure where to get the stats on this, but I’m sure the Hawks are in the top of the league in giving up offensive rebounding.

You know it was a bad game for the Hawks when under “Top Performers” on Yahoo’s game recap it features Zaza for the Hawks. Honestly in recapping how the Hawks did last night I don’t know where to start. Joe is soft. He can’t take over anything. He is our best player but he cannot get the team in the game, intensity wise. If we are going to be intense as a team it is usually started but someone else (see Zaza or Horford in the playoffs last year). It would be nice for Joe to actually show some emotion and get the rest of the team excited. But we need to realize that is never going to happen. And the best player on a team needs to do that once in a while for a team to prosper. Joe and Bibby combined point total last night was 23. No way the Hawks would have a chance against the Lake show with that showing. Bibby actually 9 in the first quarter which the Hawks ended up leading by one. But he disappeared after that with no points the rest of the game. It would have been nice to see someone get pumped about that and hold the lead but the Hawks decided to play uninspired ball and let Paul Gasol and Jordan Farmer beat them from that point on.

Sandpaper had a big ZERO rebounds to Gasol’s 13 and Odom’s 20. And he should have been well rested after having most of the last week off. The zero boards were the least he has had since the game he was injured in earlier this year and before that, not since his rookie season. Do these things just happen? Where is the intensity you are playing the best team in the NBA show what you are made of! Of course the IV got way too many minutes and went a miserable 2 of 9 from the field. Take it to the rim Acie. If you look good enough another team will want you more and you can get the heck out of Atlanta.

The rest of the B-Team was filled out by Solomon Jones who has no right to be on the Staples Center floor but looked not terrible last night. The Mario West had a career high 5 steals (he never had more than 2) and career high tying 7 points in 7 minutes of action. The hustle is not going to get him anywhere though.

Random Stats of the night (as mentioned above):
Josh Smith had only his 6th zero rebound performance of his career. He only has 7 one rebound games as well.
Mario West had 5 steals. He had never had more than 2 which he completed in 3 other games. All four career games of 2 steals or more for Mario have been in Hawks losses.
Mario had 7 points, which tied a career high. He had two 7 point games last season, both coming in wins.

Also, don’t forget the Lakers are the best team in the league playing on their home gym. Hopefully the Hawks learn something from this game and don’t come out flat against one of the worst teams in the Association, the Kings.

Kobe had a lot of time to chat it up last nightkobe

Joe in the All Star Game

Monday, February 16th, 2009

Rough. At least he got a free meal out of it.
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Joe Johnson misses practice Thursday in Charlotte

Friday, February 6th, 2009

According to the Charlotte Observer, Joe Johnson missed practice yesterday when the team practiced in Charlotte.  Coach Woodsen said that Joe may play, but he is a game time decision.  In  order  for Joe to be a game time decision he would have to be in Charlotte.  As of  yesterday Joe was still in Atlanta getting over his viral infection.  Team representatives are not ruling out Joe flying up to Charlotte for the game.

Luckly the Hawks are playing the Charlotte Bobcats and the Los Angeles Clippers to close out their week.  The Hawks dodged one bullet without their superstar Joe Johnson with a 94-86 win over the Twolves.  Obviously, if I knew that we were going to win these next two games I would just sit Joe and let him rest.  However, I am not Emmitt Brown and Coach Woodsen, for what I know isn’t either.  These next two games are very important wins for the Hawks, and I hope they can get it done with or without Joe.  I will be watching closely this weekend and will report back if I have news on Johnson.

Update:  Accoring to the official Hawks notes, Joe Johnson is inactive tonight, as well as Speedy Claxton, who has left knee chondromalacia.  The Bobcat’s note list Augustin as probable.

Weekend Wrap – W vs Nets, L vs Bucks

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

After going 0 for 3 against the Nets to this point, the home team got a nice win (105-88) Friday night at the highlight factory.  Joe and Bibby went for a combined 49, Flip Murray came off the bench for 23 while notching a +22 on the +/- scale.  Definitely a recipe for getting off the snide against Jersey, who we were previously un-undefeated against.  The defense held the slightly better back court tandem of Vince Carter and Devin Harris to 35% shooting.  Getting together for a nice W like this should have led to some momentum leading into the drip to Milwaukee but…

Bucks 110 Hawks 107

The Hawks must have been worn out, and who can blame them, we only have about 2.5 good players right now, and left the effort in Atlanta.  In the Bradley Center, the Hawks were playing plenty of efense (no D), as they allowed the Bucks to 52% from the field.  Another over 40 point performance by Bibbs and Joe, 18 and 11 from Sandpaper, 18 from flip, AND the Hawks shot 82% from the line, but it does not matter when you give up 110 to the Micheal Redd-less Bucks.  This game was not on basic cable in Atlanta, although I did watch the first quarter at a bar.  The Hawks gave up 29 that quarter which was a sign of thing to come.  Coming out after half time, we gave up 34 in the 3rd quarter and that was too much to come back from.   All I can say is hopefully these three days off will help tremendously and that we get Al back on Wednesday in Minnesota, to take some munites away from Randolph Morris.  At least we did get to vist Stotts Era legend T. Lue on Saturday, even though he was a DNP.  We do have this gem from last Friday when we beat the Bucks by 30:

T.Lue and Bibs Billy Knight did have some good ideas…

Look for more updates throughout the week on Stotts Era including previews on Hawks/Wolves Wednesday and Bobcats preview Friday.

Hawks vs Knicks Recap

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Well, I did not watch the game, I did get a text from hicks, “this is embarrassing.”  Apparently Nate Robinson went off and no one on our team can score.  Obviously Joe is having trouble scoring lately and not playing team defense does not help.  My only idea would be to rotate Marvin and Josh with Flip Murray, because Flip is the only one on this team can score right now, but I do not want to take Bibby/Joe off the floor for that long.  They will both eventually find their shots, and hopefully will have their shot for the duration of February, which is about 75% on the road.  Anyways I didn’t watch the game, think hicks did, maybe he will post later on the atrocity.

Additional Comments from Hawks v Heat Game

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

I was not watching the Heat game during the first half, but my buddy (we’ll call him MA for now) did have the decency to call me and tell me how Stotts Era-esque the Hawks were playing. Here are some additional texts I got during the 2nd half:

hicks: Dude hawks look awful
MA: Let gardner or west come in and jack up some threes
hicks: When does al come back?
MA: (speaking of Josh) He learned his jumper from Niekro. Kunckeballs. Im changing his name to flypaper.
hicks: Al or zaza or solo come on!
MA: If they ever make another weekend at bernies Woody could win an oscar
hicks: Yeah how bout let’s get joe invloved we can come back I like moe evans on wade flip has been a spark though
hicks: We need to move for another bench player before trade deadline
hicks: Don’t u have to go with bibby at some point
hicks: J sandpaper!!

Records Set in Hawks vs. Heat game

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

The Atlanta Hawks went about 13 and a half  minutes without a field goal in the first half against the Miami Heat.  This was also with Heat guard Dwayne Wade on the bench with foul trouble.  Hawks looked very lazy on offense and players were standing around, playing a lot of one on one basketball.   During this stretch the Hawks committed 10 turnovers and missed 13 straight field goals.  The Hawks were also rejected more times than I can say Dikembe Mutumbo.  On a historical note the Hawks had a season and franchise record in this game of 27 points in the first half.  The Hawks shot 8 for 26 in the first half, and Miami set a franchise record for themselves of fewest allowed field goals made in a half.

Atlanta seems to have this problem every so often in my opinion.  I do not know whether we went out in South Beach the night before, but the entire team looked sluggish.   This is a game you must win, especially against a division rival.  Although the Hawks are missing Big Al Horford, the Heat were without Shawn “The Matrix” Marion and first round selection Michael Beasley in the second half.  Hopefully the Hawks will fair better in there upcoming matchup against the New York Knicks.  This reunites the Hawks again with former teamate Al Harrington who was traded this season from the Golden State Warriors to the New York Knicks in exchange for Jamal Crawford.  Mike Woodson has referred to Harrington when he was on the Hawks as our “ROCK”.