Sunday, January 11, 2009

Sixers @ Hawks - 1/11/09

I guess everyone thought I was kidding when I said - 2009 can't be better than 2008. Well, so far - I'm being proven too correct. Listening to the game on radio (is the NBA scared of going up against the NFL playoffs or what?) - the one thing I learned is: if you smack the Hawks in the mouth early, you can beat this team. So, now to the enumerated facts as I deem them...

Game Recap - Sixers 109, Hawks 94

1. How do you get embarrassed TWICE by Orlando, then come home, get some Chunky soup, and ...get embarrassed again at home by the Sixers? Yeah, I know the Sixers were coming in playing well, but sorry - but this is not about missing players (sorry Al), this is about effort.

2. When the commentators talk about there being NO energy for 3 quarters - there's a problem? Again, I'll just reiterate my pre-season concern and now my mid-season concern - coaching!!!! As I understand it, the coach is responsible for the playing style, rotations, in-game adjustments, and motivating the players to play their best. I'm going to reserve judgment on much of this since my thoughts are debatable based on our current record (though my thought is that with better coaching we'd actually be around 28-8 vs. our current 22-14 and a 6 game swing based on coaching alone is noteworthy in my book).

3. If a player starts the game 4-4 (2 from downtown), why not feed him? That's a shout out to Marvin Williams...who started strong and then...oh well!

4. Josh Smith - why am beginning to see what people were saying about you never being able to get it? The game is easy for you - run, run, run, dunk, dunk, dunk, block, block, block, rebound, give ball to PG, get back for dunk...what is missing from that - jump shots, trying to play PG, complaining about anything other than doing those things. What don't you get about that? I can't tell you how badly I want you to be a superstar, but I also can't tell you how disappointed I am to start believing that all those naysayers may have a point. The skill set is there - the b-ball IQ might not be. I know you're 23, but so is LeBron and you don't see him trying to play as if he's a power forward or a center. Play like a small forward/power forward hybrid who doesn't have handles and isn't Dirk Notwitski...ok, please? I have some Amare Stoudamire tapes to show you just what i'm talking about if you need them.

5. Acie Law - if you get a chance to play two games in a row...don't come in without defensive effort. Again, most of the Hawk Blog Nation are in your corner. I read your blog and you seem to realize that Coach doesn't have a rhyme or reason for why he won't play you, so make the decision btw fool and genius more obvious, ok? Esp. in a game where a team that gave Royal Ivey minutes beat us.

6. Looks like our friends at Peachtree Hoops were correct - our start was based on some crazy offensive production and that our defensive prowess was a figment of our imagination. If I see one more half of 60%+ shooting, I'm going to predict that the Arizona Cardinals will host the NFC Championship game next week...

Season Prediction

New Prediction - Yes, I went kamikaze on the prediction and I think today deserves another downturn...44-38! I just see too many things that don't lend well to a successful season. No low post presence (and no ATTEMPT to figure it out), too dependent on 3s, Josh Smith not playing as our 2nd best player all season, Al not playing better than Zaza Pachulia for most of the season, and no vocal, apparent veteran leadership (yes, that's directed at you - Joe, Mo, and Flip).

9 comments:

CoCo said...

Coaching deserved to be your number one gripe. I'm at a loss for words about the team right now.

ATL_Hawk_Luv said...

I'd normally agree, but I have played sports and thought that my coach maybe wasn't the best guy for the job, BUT I do know that as a player - there's no way I was going to be embarrassed without letting everyone know that it was unacceptable and then going out and doing everything possible to ensure that that didn't happen again.

So, the effort in the 2nd game against Orlando AND THEN against the Sixers is more a player problem than Coach Woodson's. They already know Coach Woodson won't be working the motivational speech circuit after he's fired one day, so to not come out at home and completely annihilate the taste from the Orlando with effort is mystifying.

That's not to be confused with winning. We didn't have to win to make me feel like we got the point. We didn't beat the Celtics, but I felt like they left their guts on the court. Same for most of the 14 losses, but these last 3-4 losses - I'm looking at the Hawks circa 2005-06 when I REALLY thought Mike Woodson should be fired. If you lose b/c of talent, ok. If you lose b/c you aren't playing hard, Problema!!!!

CoCo said...

Yes you're right, but like you said in different words, the coach has to get them ready to play. How many times after losses do we have to hear Woody say "we just weren't ready to play tonight"? Over an 82 game season you aren't going to always be hyped up and/or motivated. It's no different than how I am at my job, but if you're a good leader you will find a way to get the best our of your team. I'm not convinced Woody is capable of that.

ATL_Hawk_Luv said...

Complete and total agreement...

CoCo said...

:) Yay we are on the same page. Woody is not a very good coach.

ATL_Hawk_Luv said...

I think my fair and balanced-ness masks that I have said he's not a good coach for the past 3 years. That said, we're 22-14, so I'm trying to give a little credit to everyone - players, coaches, and even management while still being critical of what deserves criticism.

So, going forward - I never am going to think that our coach is a difference maker for us. Know that. :)

CoCo said...

I've decided to only focus on the positive. I'm going to write about it later today......maybe. Lol

Joe Friday said...

Larry-

Where is Acie's blog? That oughtta be interesting. Also, always enjoy your updates on the going ons in the club level...as someone who ventured into that territory for the Rockets game for only the second time since Phillips opened, I assumed wristbands were the norm, ha.

ATL_Hawk_Luv said...

it's at http://www.yardbarker.com/acielaw.