Sunday, December 28, 2008

Bulls @ Hawks - 12/27/08

Preamble Ramble

Forgive us up front for our brevity, but when your Hawks are 19-10 and your Dolphins are 11-5 and AFC East Champs - you tend to believe that anything is possible, so I'm on my way to get a lottery ticket and going to spend some time working on my best pickup line in anticipation of bumping into Meagan Good on my plane headed for Vegas.

Ok, enough of my good fortune - on to the game...and what a game. If I wasn't mistaken, it must have been the red, white, and blue ball they were playing with because it was either the Globetrotters and the Generals or maybe the ABA All Stars, but it was a offensive game to behold. To the Hawks analysis...

Game Recap - Hawks 129, Bulls 117

Str8 Butter Award - First a triple double and now 41 and 8..again, I can't deny Joe his due. With apologies to Josh for his great 2nd quarter, you don't shoot well from the land of 3 and lead the team to an seemingly easy victory without a Str8 Butter Award to boot.

Starter Kudos/Smackdown -

* Williams - Following up on the feeling I've been having since the homestand has begun. Marvin has certainly stepped his game up. I think I've seen 5 And1's in this homestand alone. Not that that's the ONLY measure, but for a guy who I hadn't seen take contact and finish a shot in his entire career - it's a measure for me to believe that in addition to his outside game, Marvin now will go to the hole with effectiveness. An easy 16 and 8 is right on time. Team Midseason MVP is within your reach Marv...
* Smith - Just when I was beginning to believe that JSmoove was feeling the weight of that $58M - he comes out and dominates in the 2nd quarter on the INSIDE. Now, that can't have the weight I want it to since it was against the IN-DEFENSI-BULLS (yes, I just made that up - come see me at the Comedy Act, I'll be there all week), but it's the effort that we've been looking for. Now, let's get back to being the defensive force we know you can be.
* Horford - Another double double, which can't be dismissed, but leave it to me to do so...where is my 27 and 17 Al. Truly. I'm really starting to garner some concern over Al's role in the offense and, more importantly, whether he's being developed to be a low post presence and force.
* Bibby - 17 and 7, effective from 3 ball range...yep, a point guard who can score does make a difference in a game like this. Now, it's even MORE effective if you don't let the opposing point guard torch you time after time.
* Johnson - JSmoove is a part of this, but I'm about to eat my words and say that I was wrong - Joe Johnson is not only our best player, but he's also our most talented player. I'm not there yet, but it would be nice if JSmoove could do something to prove me right. Please...

Bench Kudos/Smackdown

* Murray - Can we continue to repeat this chorus? Another Flippin' poor shooting night. What does it take to get a true point guard in the game?
* Pachulia - Actually, Zaza is the reason that Flip doesn't hurt us as badly as he could. You just have to love the work that Zaza puts in regularly. 10 and 7 on 5 of 7 shooting in 21 minutes is SOLID work. Against the IN-DEFENSI-BULLS, but still effective nonetheless..
* Evans - Mo didn't do much in this game, but when he was in there - he certainly wasn't making noise. Maybe John Hollinger was right...our bench could end up being our downfall.
* Law - Tonight's reason for Acie not playing against quick guards who were handing us our lunch. After hearing Acie sing Christmas caroles, his pagan spirit came forth and Mike is a Christian. Therefore, DNP.
* Jones - Got in the game...but in garbage time. Oh well..developing confidence by the day!
* West - Got in the game in garbage time b/c he deserves to get in the game more than Acie, of course.
* Morris - DNP
* Gardner - Inactive
* Hunter - Inactive

Coaching Kudos/Smackdown

Obviously, the major change this year is that we have offensive weapons that we've NEVER had before. Marvin is a weapon, Josh in transition is a weapon, a healthy Bibby is a weapon...we have weapons and I'd like us to see if we have more - I'll keep saying that Al Horford can be a low post weapon and Acie Law IV can be a bench sparkplug. That's all I'm going to say about that b/c we won, we're 19-10 and I'm not going to look a gift horse in the mouth. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Bro. Woodson.

Str8 Talk Love

No Love to share as I missed my 3rd home game of the season. We'll be back after the holidays.

Season Prediction

We said if we can move to 20-10, I'll move us up to a 50 win season. One more victory to go....

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