After criticizing this Atlanta Hawks team playoff performances, some of us may have to change our tune. We seen the Hawks win first rounds before, in the last two years. Both times it was an escapish situation, wherein the Hawks made of with a game 7 win. But how about tonight win? The Hawks did everything right in a sense, not succumbing to the mounting pressure of a possible Orlando turnaround. And you know what? They earned it. Yes, there is a difference between winning a series 43, and winning it 42. The difference is caring enough to knock a team out before they get a chance to take the series from you. The difference is wanting it to happen on your own court, instead of trying to ice skate uphill on your opponent The difference is everything we thought the Hawks probably weren Maybe we were just wrong. And yet, the Hawks needed to believe in each other far more than they needed us to believe in them. Do we believe in them now?
Are you beginning to enjoy this yet?
It would be easy to pick apart everybody individual performance, but winning cures all ills. Besides, a guy can play mostly terrible, indifferent, or great for the majority of the game. It all can change on a single key play. However, some outshined others.
Joe Johnson Having had some pretty rough playoff series the last two Cheap NFL Jerseys years (and injuries didn help), it was great to see the allstar guard leading in his own way. Joe didn shoot all that well, but he hit some pretty tough shots and the added double figure rebound contribution was critical.
Al Horford less than a star when it came to shooting, Horford added 6 assists from the pivot and came fairly close to matching Dwight Howard on the glass. Never a shabby thing.
Jamal Crawford like Joe, Jamal didn shoot overly well, but he sure hit enough critical shots to keep things going. You can ask for better than 19 points off the bench from any one guy in a lowshooting, lowscoring game.
Josh Smith 314 shooting and as many turnovers as rebounds makes you a goat. Blocking the opposing team desperation 3 point shot with the clock winding down when you up by 3 makes you a hero.
Kirk Hinrich Timely and efficient shooting, along with the usual defensive effort.
Marvin Williams solid off the bench with 10 points and 3 boards. No complaints here. wholesale jerseys
Zaza Pachulia 5 boards, 5 fouls. He our 1 goon.
Jason Collins never has a box score told so little about a guy contribution.
The Hawks passed more than one test by not only beating a higher seed in the playoffs, but by not letting the series go 7 games. Now, can they prove they belong in the 2nd round and can compete? Adjustments will have to be made, as the Chicago Bulls are a totally different team, with totally different matchups. We discuss those matchups as we get to the games, but for now, let talk about who has to raise their game for the next series. Here are my picks:
Larry Drew, Al Horford, Marvin Williams, and Josh Smith. Why? Because now the focus won be on freeing Al Horford and other bigs from the Beast of the East (Dwight Howard). And, the Bulls will provide better perimeter defense than Joe or Jamal saw against Orlando. On the other side of the ball, Joe/Kirk/Jamal will face a much bigger test in Derrick Rose all by himself. The Hawks will need scoring from their bigs. Drew won be able to go with the Jason Collins in there strategy, and will have to figure out how to score against this defense. And, there more where that came from who are your picks?
I am most amused that Larry Drew, who loses more ugly in the regular season than Mike Woodson, does not have to win another game this post season to be as successful.
I suspect that LD will win at least 1 more game more.
The Hawks find ways to make it look ugly inconsistent, but it is entertaining. Kinda like going to NASCAR looking for crashes and an enjoyable race sneaks up on you.
Great series win for the Dirty Dozen Birds. They Forest Gump the Magic not the smartest in your book, but clearly more successful this time.
Hawks win feast on Crow (while watching Chicago play in 2nd Cheap Jerseys round w/o them!)
It feels great being a true Hawks fan instead of a frontrunning bandwagon jumping Lakers, Celtics or Heat Fan. I suffered through 1369 seasons, the JT Shareef days and supported my team the Hawks. I was there when we finally got over the hump and made it into the playoffs for the first time in 10 years and was there when we beat the Celtics in Game 6 of the 08 series. To be a true Hawks fan you have to drink a jar full of tears and take the good with the bad. I was wearing my red and yellow then my blue and red cheering for the Hawks when teams like the Celtics and Lakers came to town with their bandwagon fans. I stayed true to my Hawks and you just don understand how great this win makes me feel. This win is so gratifying tonight. I don need to be a bandwagon Lakers or Celtics fan to get a championship I will stick with my Hawks forever and I believe that we will eventually win it all. True Hawks fans stay down no matter what. Also I have my tix vs the Bulls so Hawks fans I need for you to do the same so we can make Phillips hostile for the Bulls. Let Go Hawks!!!let me tell you guys something we beat Chicago without JSmoove and we will definitely win this series! JJ will stay in front of DRose every game even if it means he only scores 1015. Jamal and our front court can take this series on the offensive end. Noah freezes when he sees Big AL come in the gym. Boozer is . well. just that . a boozer. not worth a darn! zaza will itimidate him with his big head butting ways. Deng. well he might be the Xfactor, but I put my money on Smoove outperforming Deng. all we need to do is keep a man on Korver at all times. Baby bulls are still baby we can DO this ATLANTA. bulls are as beatable as any 1seed in years. Bring on the DRose it only 1 G vs. 5I ALWAYS BELIEVE. and that explains why I often disappointed. This team beat Orlando without living up to it true potential. Twin and Zaza stepped up this series, and Jamal was obviously the MVP, but almost everyone else played at a far lower level than we would expect of them. And we still won.
So who has to step up next series?
1. Larry Drew if he tries to play a gimpy heinrich instead of teague, I will officially be done Wholesale NFL Jerseys with LD as a coach. no way Teague is that bad. He going to make mistakes, but on this team, that will just blend right into things like the JJ turnover parade, the Zaza can catch a pass or make a layup parade, or the Josh jumperama. The team overcomes all that, surely they can deal with a few gaffs from Teague. Plus Teague creates mismatches at the guards for us. JJ can overpower Rose or Bogans, and Teague can run past Bogans. Break this team down and feed the bigs to beat the help defense. Those are just a few of my strategies. LD is going to ahve to come up withhis own.
2. Josh Smith. Smoove needs to step it up. He had a very bad series against Orlando. I chaalk it up to the fact that with Dwight patrolling the paint for 20 seconds at a time, nobody looked good inside. Josh can be the X factor in this series (unfortunately both good or bad). In fact, I predict right now, that as Josh goes, so go the Hawks.
3. Somebody off the bench, not named Jamal. Marvin did it tonight, and even if they have to do it by committee, somebody off the bench not named Jamal had got to be productive on offense. The 1w minute scoring lulls are killing us. This also goes back to LD and his rotations.
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