Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Hawks @ Hornets - 11/5/08

Well, I said that if we beat the New Orleans Hornets that we'd talk and well, time to talk. 3-0! 2-0 on the road. Lots of enthusiasm in Hawk-land! Probably not enough to change minds yet, but enough to get some butts in the seats in Philips. Let's get straight to the analysis since we're late with the blog (Obama victory, inauguration planning, and Carnival Cruise to the Bahamas will do that!!!)

Game Feedback - Hawks 87, Hornets 79

Str8 Butter Award - Let's make it three different Hawks with the covet Str8 Butter Award - this one goes to you, Flip Murray for bringing some 4th quarter moxie to the game. Methinks having veterans on the team is good for the soul!!!

Starter Kudos/Smackdown -

* Horford - Ok, I'm actually starting to get concerned here. Run the offense through Horford. He's played the same steady game for 3 straight games, but I fear that Woodson is actually holding this guy's game back. He needs more than 7 shots...period. I'm just doing cut and paste and unless that's 25 pts and 12 boards a night - that's not enough, let the Big dog eat.
* Johnson - 24pts, 7 boards, 4 assists, good D...uh, your All Star Joe Johnson! The only thing that's killing me right now is that NOW that he has a real point guard - it's just nice to see him actually getting the ball in position to shoot. I'm feeling a Barack Obama sized movement rising!
* Bibby - Uh, that's two subpar games...the effort wasn't there esp. when he's not going to play much defense. But we're winning, so we're going to just keep moving.
* Williams - I'll keep saying this until it comes true - super sub Marvin Williams. Now, that said - good contribution...3 TREYS and just another bullet in the gun for the Hawks. I'd just love him to the first option on the second team with Flip killing second stringers with another wave, but we'll take this effort.
* JSmoove - Same thing here - we're winning, so I'm only quibbling, but I can definitely say that come playoff time (yes, I think it's time to raise our expectations to from a guaranteed spot in the playoffs to home court advantage seeding and no, I haven't been drinking tonight)...we will need to have the discipline to not have Josh shooting 3's (1-5 tonight) or long twos. I mean he's my favorite Hawk, but I think it's time to call him Osh Smith. He does make up for it with stuffing the box score and for that - I will always love Josh...oops, osh Smith!

Bench Kudos/Smackdown

* Evans - Good contribution...would love for him to be defensive stopper in the starting 5, but is Woodson bold enough to do it.
* Pachulia - Not much box score production, but we're loving the new Zaza! Toughness, my man, toughness
* Law - Oh, just dreadful - please don't make me start asking for Craig Claxton to get some backup minutes. I believe in you, Acie, but days like this...ugly!
* Murray - Flip my 4th quarter king - do it, vet! Again, another solid contribution! Accept your role and keep showing and proving
* West - DNP
* Jones - DNP
* Morris - DNP

Coaching Kudos/Smackdown

Who am I to kick a man who has a 3-0 team? So, if we get to 7-1 or 8-0, I will have to come up with some serious mea culpa on this guy. Just don't give up on Acie. PLEASE

Str8 Talk Love

No extras for the road games, but if Obama can win the presidency - we can lead the Eastern Conference. believe that!!!

Season Prediction

Started at 40-42, but we are now moving the expectation for the season to 44-38 (and a 6th seed) Progress, baby, progress!

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