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Hawks beat Twolves 94-86

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

Any win on the road for the Atlanta Hawks is a good win especially, with star Joe Johnson sidelined with a viral infection. While the Hawks are 18-5 at home there road record of 10-15 is not to boast about. Mike Bibby led the Hawks with 24 points and 7 assists, but the real bright spot in the game was Marvin Williams in my opinion. Marvin finished the game with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Marvin said this about the Hawks win, It’s huge,” Williams said of winning without Johnson. “It shows the growth of our team not having him in the lineup and still coming away with a win.”(ESPN) I feel the real key to the game was the defense of the Atlanta Hawks. They held the Twolves to 17 less free throw attempts and to 36 percent shooting from the field. The Hawks also forced the Twolves into 18 turnovers.

Some negative spots in the game were the Hawks free throws made. The Hawks shot 25-38 from the charity stripe, which is not going to get it done against top tier NBA teams. J Smooth shot 3-8 from the free throw line. J Smooth or (J Sandpaper) has been horrid from the line as of late. The Hawks also committed 18 turnovers like the Twolves, which is way too high.

I don’t want to shy away from the great win in Minnesota. Years ago the Hawks would have lost this game or even tanked it. Some other bright spots in the win was getting Al Horford back in the line up. Al did not particularly have a great game especially for his standards, but his overall leadership and presence has been sorely missed. Another bright spot was the play of Acie Law IV. The stat line will not show it, but I feel like Acie was a spark off the bench for the Atlanta Hawks. I would like to continue to see Acie log 10-15 minutes each game. This is because I would like to see Bibby and Joe get some rest, and just in case we do not resign Bibby I would like to see Acie gain some experience. Overall a pretty good game for a Joe-less Atlanta Hawks. Look for Charlotte Bobcat and Los Angeles Clippers previews. Also, come down to the Highlight Factory on Saturday for Clark Howard Night. Thanks.

Hawks @ T-Wolves: A Preview

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

Game: Hawks (27-20 – Lost 1) at Timberwolves (17-30 – Won 1)
Date: February 4th, 2006, 8:00 PM
Where: Target Center, Minneapolis, MN
TV: SportsSouth (Channel 53 on Comcast)
Odds: Wolves -2.5, O/U 199.5

Last Game: Bucks 110 Hawks 107 on 1/31 in Milwaukee
Wolves 116 Pacers 111 on 2/3 in Indianapolis

Key T-Wolves:

Scoring Al Jefferson (too cool)
Rebounds Al Jefferson 10.7
Assists Randy Foye (‘Nova)
FG% Al Jefferson 49.7
FT% Randy Foye 86.8
3PT% Ryan Gomes (Providence)
Blocks Al Jefferson 1.7
Steals Randy Foye 1.1

Wolves Update: The T-Wolves are actually 13-7 in their last 20 games while our Hawks are 10-10 (wow, seems it would be worse than that.)  Apprently, in their win over the Pacers, the Indiana crew thought stopping Jefferson would be enough to beat the Wolves, but in the end, seven T-Wolves score in double figures and won the 4th quarter 38-29 to win the game 166-111.  Said Al: “When teams feel they have to do that to me, my teammates are going to step up.  I have trust and confidence in my teammates to come and take over the game like they did tonight.”  Maybe the Hawks should just play defense on eveyone won.  I’d like to say if we score 111 points tonight we will get a W but the D has been weak lately and hell, who actually thinks we will score 111 without Joe.  More on Joe later.  Other key wolves include Sebastian Telfair, Mike Miller (Florida), and Kevin Love (UCLA), who I have not seen play this year but apparently he is surprising many with positive minutes.

Hawks Update/Injuries: Still having a weak January after splitting the weekend against New Jersey and Milwaukee.  The Hawks did have 3 full days off, but Joe Johnson figured out a way to catch a viral infection over those four days.  Mo Evans has been announced as starting in his place.  Although I’m wondering why we don’t put Flip out there for the scoring, maybe Woody wants the size.  This injury is obviously going to hurt us.  Joe is our best player.  The only bright spot I can seeing coming out of this is the rest he will get.  See here for more reaction to Joe’s injury. Also,  the IV has been missing practice with an ailing relative as well as Thomas Gardner experiencing flu like symptoms and of course ‘Clacks will be in street cloths and may or may not even be in Minnesota tonight.  Hofstra is off tonight, so maybe he’ll bother showing up.  There is good news.  Al is back!  I’ve read rumblings about 4 minutes per quarter but with Joe out I guarantee he plays at least 20 minutes.

Etc, Etc: Id like to point out that this Staurday is cheap night a the Highlight Factory.  I think I am gonna try to make it out, I am in the market for a new 7 dollar and 50 cent hats.