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Hawks over D-Troit

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

Hawks 99 Pistons 95

Sorry about lack of timely, complete posts recently, I really have no excuse. I am making it up with a timely and complete post right now just hours after the Hawks have defeated the Pistons in Auburn Hills. Although I didn’t watch the game, I was in the Highlight Factory tonight (or Blueland) at the Thrashers (who are terrible) game and I was in a suite, where the Hawks were on TV. So I am gonna try to put in a recap by dissecting the box score and by remembering the bits and pieces of the game I watched. Also I am listening to the Winterhawk All Star jam right now, its delicious, let me know if you want a copy.

From the box score two things jump out at me and they are both a little negative. First I looked at how Mike Bibby did and it does not look good. 5 points, 4 assists, 3 turnovers. Doesn’t appear to be a great night. Also, I see the Hawks went again with the 8-man rotation, DNP – Coach’s Decision’s given to the IV, Solo, Randolph Morris and Mario. I suspect this is what we are going to have to do down the stretch and in the playoffs too close games. Although it’s not the worst strategy in the world (and we are going into an all-star break where everyone will get some rest) it would nice to see the IV or even Solo play a QUALITY 10 minutes or so.

Flip burned his old team and filled in where Bibby left off, scoring 23 on 18 attempts. Joe scored 27 and J Sandpaper chipped in with 10 points, 7 boards and 7 assists. Exactly what we need from him every night. Really wish he wouldn’t shoot 12 times (1 for 5 on shots out of his range) and he went 0-2 from the line, but I’ll take the assists any day of the week. For Detroit, Iverson had 28, but I’d suspect on Iverson’s higher scoring games the Pistons probably lose more. Not sure if that is a fact or not but apparently he is not working out like they though in Detroit. Rasheed Wallace was a non factor against his former team with 9 points and ended up sitting out the last 16 minutes of the game. Said Pistons coach Mike Curry, “his knee was bothering him.”

The Hawks have now won four of five and this is our best record at the All Star Break in 10 years. The win puts us 3.5 games ahead of Detroit for the fourth spot in the East, which is huge because: 1) home court advantage; 2) we would like to stay as far away from the sixth seed as possible to avoid the “big three” in the East. It is nice to keep Detroit struggling and with all the bad play we have had this first half (Sekou says it best, “I’ll be the first to admit that the Hawks bi-polar routine can get a little old sometime,”) the Hawks are still 10 games over .500 with a strong hold on the four seed. I was very interested to see the outcome of this game. I knew the Clippers game would piss the team off and the Wizards were the perfect remedy to cheer the Hawks up. But how would they respond in Detroit mattered and they could have mailed it in going into the break. But these Hawks rise up when they know it is a big game and last night was one of those games.

Pistons/Hawks Preview

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

Game: Hawks (30-21 – Won 1) at Pistons (27-23 – Lost 2)
February 11th, 2009, 7:30 PM
Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, MI
SportsSouth Channel 53
Pistons -2.5, O/U 186

Last Games: Hawks 111 Wizards 90 on 2/10 in Atlanta
Pistons 102 Bull 107 on 2/10 in Chicago

Last Pistons/Hawks game: Hawks 85 Pistons 78 on 12/21 in Atlanta

Key Pistons:

Scoring Allen Iverson (Georgetown)
Rebounds Rasheed Wallace (UNC)
Assists Allen Iverson 5.1
FG% Rodney Stuckey (Eastern Washington)
FT% Richard Hamilton (UConn)
3PT% Rasheed Wallace 37.2
Blocks Rasheed Wallace 1.4
Steals Allen Iverson 1.6

Pistons Update:  coming soon…