Yes, it's been 4 days since this game and only moments away from the Knicks game, but it's better late than never around here, so let's go with game observations vs. worrying about a full blown recap. We also want to touch on LeBron James, Shelden Williams, and Joe's Eastern Conference Player of the Week award...Seacrest In!
Game Recap - Hawks 125, Nuggets 100
- I'm sure that others will disagree, but really I'm not sure there's anything you can glean for the long term from this game. The Nuggets didn't come to play, so take everything we say with that in mind.
- The Hawks did what they were supposed to do. Blow out a disinterested team at home.
- The Hawks responded to Joe's carping about lack of effort. That would be considered a great thing.
- If you want to know if we've grown up, let's see if we can dispose quickly of a bad Knicks team on the road on 4 days rest and not look past them toward the ESPN telecast and clash with the Boston Celtics.
- Now, to Joe's carping about selfish basketball, it's been said before by other bloggers, but we'll just reiterate that Joe is correct about the selfish basketball. Though it's selfish by nature of the scheme almost and the iso-Joe is by definition SELFISH. So, my question is - are you calling out the players AND the coach's philosophy? Also, are you calling out yourself? It sounds like leadership when you acknowledge your own failings at the same time. It sounds like bitchin' (some well needed) otherwise.
- While we're on Joe (yes, we've left the game notes b/c that was all that needed to be said about that game), uh - I thought Osh (thanks Third Falcon for keeping me on point about not giving Osh his J back until it is deserved) and Jamal played better last week than Joe, so it stands to reason that there might even be others who deserved it on other teams. A week when Joe and Chris Kaman are the players of the week reeks of some sort of Donaghy type balloting.
Final note, not as a dig, but is it time to add Shelden Williams to the list of players who we didn't know how to utilize while in Atlanta? He (not Marvin Williams) was the biggest mistake of the Billy Knight era and he certainly should never have been selected #5, but he sure looks like a good rugged big. Our only question is - is it coaching, player leadership, or something else that is making him look that way?
Oh, and I wonder if anyone is still skeptical of my offseason prognostication that it won't be easy to get that #4 seed - we just didn't know that it was going to be the Heat fighting us for it. Let's see if the Wiz (who thought Arenas would be the iron man so far vs. the rest of his team?) or any of these other 'contenders' (yes, you Bulls, Raptors, Sixers) can get the chemistry together.
Let's go Hawks!!! Seacrest Out!!!