We've been clear about our position on the preseason and that's that it's not worth looking at many trends EXCEPT minute distribution. Our belief was (and had been communicated in at least 3 Mike Woodson interviews with my own ears) that the minutes would be distributed evenly and would skew toward the low side for our starters.
Since almost everyone has seen the decline in gameplay over the course of the year by Joe Johnson, the only thing that could make me raise an eyebrow would be high minute output by Joe Johnson. So, until tonight, the belief that a new Mike Woodson was possible has been slightly damaged by the fact that Joe Johnson played 35 minutes IN A PRESEASON game. A game where Jamal Crawford played 31 (but can be excused to some degree since Jamal hasn't played much in the preseason and by the fact that there are no reports of him being overused in seasons past). A game with no serious foul trouble. A game where the guys who can use the most minutes ended up with 20 minutes (Teague), 8 minutes (Hunter), 9 minutes (Morris), or even our youngest Hawks (Osh Smith, Marvin, or Horford - all with between 22-27). So, yes, this blog is longer than this transgression probably deserves, but leave it to one game to produce a rant that reverses all the good will we had engendered for our Season Preview.
Anyway, let's just hope this was a blip in the land of well distributed minutes by our Coach of the Year candidate coach. I just have to keep saying - Yes We Can!
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