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Hawks/Heat: MA’s Outsider Info. As Always, Hijacking EA Sports Flavor: If it’s in the game, It’s in the game

Friday, February 27th, 2009

As our boys limp home from a predictable, yet nonetheless despicable West Coast death March, they find themselves a mere game up in the loss column for the four seed, and 1st Round home-court advantage, in the East.  Tonight that margin with either double or disappear entirely as The Highlight Factory and the Hawks play host to Miami.  Tonight’s action will be the third of four meetings this year, with the Hawks coming away victorious in their first visit to South Beach, but proceeded to only hang a franchise-low 27 points on the Heat in the first half of meeting # two en route to a 95-79 corporal punishment (I know, 27 tallies in 24 minutes sounds brutal, but they did go 4-5 on FGs to end the half, could have been a lot worse). This will be the first time the Hawks get to see Jermaine O’Neal in a Heat Uniform, and that brings us to tonight’s keys.

1. Although his scoring has dropped precipitously, O’Neal’s ambidextrous post repertoire might demand a double team, so it is imperative to find him early and deny him his spot on the low block.  If the Hawks are forced to double, the Heat are decent at swinging the orange and locating the open man for an uncontested triple.  If the Heat hit 7 or more threes tonight, Atlanta is in trouble.

2. Cherish The Rock.  Mario Chalmer’s Marv Levyesque spider monkey arms could cause problems for an under the weather Bibby. In a related story, I wish Woody would ban Josh from any and all backcourt dribbling.

3. Mediums on the Boards. The Hawks need a combined 22+ rebounds from our starting Mediums(Joe, Josh, and Marvin).

4. No Philanthropy Toward D-Wade.  After the Billups parade to the charity stripe a couple of nights ago, the Hawks desperately need to keep Wade off the line.  The guy is gonna get his anyway.  He’s got more shake moves than a U-Haul in Tehran, more range than an ICBM, more handles than a schizophrenic trucker, he can hang more points on cats than a porcupine’s orgy, Atlanta can’t allow him to get in rhythm cheaply.

5. Finally, and most importantly, our Hawks with win if…….Zaza doesn’t commit an illegal screen.

Go get em’ Hawks, Time to get back on track.

SELECT-A-SEAT

Friday, February 27th, 2009

Just want to apologize to all Hawks fans for my absence the last two weeks.  Anyways this Sunday March 1st before the Cleveland game the Atlanta Hawks will let you come and select your seat for the 2009-2010 season.  The deposit is 250 dollars and the Hawks are throwing in free lower level seats to the nationally televised game against the Cleveland Cavs.  You will also get 2009 playoff ticket priority.  Come out early to the Highlight Factory and snag your tickets for the 2009-2010 season. Maybe he’ll be back next year!!

Random Facts

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Hawks are 8-0 when Al Horford records a double double.

And I tried to find a correlation between Bibby and Joe combined points and Hawks record, but it’s just not there.  If there is some trend that you think has to be true, let me know and I’ll check it for you.

Wednesday: Hawks and Nuggets

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Game: Hawks (32-24 – Lost 2 (Road: 13-18)) at Nuggets (37-20 – Lost 3 (Home: 20-7))
Date: February 25th, 2009, 9:00 PM
Where: Pepsi Center, Denver, CO
TV: SportsSouth Channel 53 on Atlanta Comcast
Odds: Nuggets -8, O/U 203.5
Last Games:  Jazz 108 Hawks 89 on 2/23 in Salt Lake City
Celtics 114 Nuggets 76 on 2/23 in Denver

Last Matchup: Hawks 109 Nuggets 91 on 12/29/08 in Atlanta

Key Nuggets:

Scoring Chauncey Billups (Colorado)
18.2
Rebounds Nene Hilario (Brazil)
8.0
Assists Chauncey Billups 6.0
FG% Nene Hilario 60.9
FT% Chauncey Billups 90.3
3PT% Chauncey Billups 39.5
Blocks Chris Andersen (Blinn College)
2.1
Steals Kenyon Martin (Cincinatti)
1.6

Thuggets Update: The Nuggets are reeling after 3 straight losses by an average of just over 19 points (including a 36 point pasting by Boston on Monday at home.)  The will be without Nene, who has an injury.  They were also without Nene in the game earlier this season in Atlanta against the Hawks, in which the Hawks cruised to an 18 point victory.  Because of these facts the Nugs will probably win tonight, and when a team is pissed off and actually intent on getting a W, the Hawks never win acting as those type of opponents.

Hawks Update:  J Sandpaper was not suspended but wont play as he is attending to a personal matter.  I would say that is good for us, but unfortunately Zaza isnt much, and Randolph Morris will probably get way too much PT.  After thinking about it, I like Denver -8, and the over.  But don’t be surprised if the Hawks has some Josh Smithless fight in them tonight.

What a freakin idiot

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

There has never been any player that has made me so sad to be a fan of my team

and this pic was also on the wire….

Hawks and Jazz Tonight

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

Update: The last time we beat the Jazz in Utah the starters were Kevin Willis, Mookie, ‘Nique, stacey augman, and duane ferrel.  And Speedy Claxton was injured

We are gonna lose tonight.  We are playing away against a team that doesn’t mess around and lose to teams it is definitely better than.  We are 7 and a half point dogs.  The game is on SportsSouth Channel 53 on Comcast and NBA TV at 9 eastern.  I’ll still watch.

At least it was a foul

Saturday, February 21st, 2009

but still nice video
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lakers

found this on Laker Logic

Preview: Hawks and JailBlazers

Friday, February 20th, 2009

Gonna be pretty lazy about this today

Game: Hawks (32-22 – Won 1) at Trailblazers (33-20 – Won 1)
Date: February 20th, 2009, 10:00 PM
Where: Rose Garden, Portland, OR
TV: SportsSouth Channel 53 on Atlanta Comcast
Odds: Blazers – 4.5, O/U 192.5

Last Games
: Hawks 105 Kings 100 on 2/18 in Sacramento
Blazers 94 Grizzlies 90 on 2/18 in Portland

Last Matchup: Blazers 94 Hawks 93 1/27/08 in Portland. Portland has won the past 3 overall.

Key Blazers:

Stat Player AVG
Scoring Brandon Roy (Washington)
22.8
Rebounds Joel Przybilla (Minnesota)
8.0
Assists Brandon Roy 5.1
FG% LaMarcus Aldridge (Texas)
48.6
FT% Rudy Fernandez (Spain)
88.8
3PT% Steve Blake (Maryland)
43.0
Blocks Greg Oden (Ohio State)
1.2
Steals Brandon Roy 1.1

Game Info: Oden is out which is nice for the Hawks. Everything I’ve read about Flip Murray dates back to earlier this week when it said he will be back today. Should be a good game tonight, unless we play like we have the past 2 games.

And finally, I found this when I google image searched “joe przybilla hawks”

Shelden to the T-Wolves

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

Shelden Williams has been traded along with Bobby Brown to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Rashad McCants andCalvin Booth.  I am sorry you got traded again Shelden at least you are making millions and you date Candice Parker.

Hawks beat Kings: At least we won

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

woody

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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