Friday, November 27, 2009

Game Recap - Hawks @ Sixers

Preamble Ramble

Back in the win column with a boring, incomplete victory. The kind that teams that are much better than the other win if they are to become contenders. Since this is our second post today, it'll probably mirror that boring, incompleteness just turned in by our beloved Hawks.

Game Recap - Hawks 100, Sixers 86

Overall Observations:
  • Basically, this was last night's game in some ways. By shooting jump shots and not really sharing the ball, the Sixers were in the game. As soon as we started passing the ball into the post, the game was over.
  • Dalembert and Josh Smith did everything possible to justify an all jump shooting contest.
  • It's also a testament to the Hawks that they did not succumb to a few blocked shots and continued to go inside. The Magic/Hawks game did not have a similar fate.
  • We've figured out that Woodson will trust the bench to play in the first half and despite all signs that said that the bench was ready...obviously, in the 2nd half - Woody's not.
  • Not enough fast break points (6), but able to get points in the paint in the 2nd half, win the rebounding battle, and make some free throws (non-Josh Smith category)
Str8 Butter Award - Mike Bibby came out ready to show that his ankle is nothing to worry about and that he will not be Wally Pipp'ed anytime soon. A big night from him steadied the Hawks until they determined that the Sixers had no answer for Horford and Josh Smith on the interior.

Starter Kudos/Smackdown -

* M. Williams - Another night of little production. Hit the boards, but otherwise - he really looks completely lost when he's with the starting five.
* Josh Smith - While the on the ball defense is still average, Josh has basically backed up his goal to be mentioned in the defensive player of the year race. Power forwards that block, steal, and rebound the basketball should get consideration for DPOY! Step right up, Josh. And while you're at it, let's go ahead and nip the jumpers in the bud..NOW!!
* M. Bibby - Great Game, Bibby.
* J. Johnson - I've been a little harsh on Joe lately (mostly because he's been harsh on everyone else), but I think it bodes well that the Hawks could easily win a game where Joe was not on his game at all. Now, he needs to see how to fit into the team concept when his game is not going - he seemed to want to take over in the 4th quarter as he normally does instead of sticking with what was working with Horford, Crawford and Smith down the stretch and that led to him getting an early hook for the night.
* A. Horford - Love that he cranked it up in the 2nd half and didn't settle for another night where he was in the background when the team needed him. He does need to demand the ball though when the matchups dictate it.

Bench Kudos/Smackdown

* J. Crawford - A great night off the bench when Joe didn't have it going. Yes, that's why we brought you here.
* J. Teague - Another good 4 minutes...
* M. Evans - Good defensive effort
* Joe Smith - Great spark off the bench tonight from a spry Joe Smith
* Z. Pachulia - Not sure if this is a trend, but our normal hardcore effort from Zaza has been missing. Come back, Zaza
* R. Morris - DNP
* J. Collins - DNP
* Hunter - Inactive

Coaching Kudos/Smackdown

The Good is that Coach Woodson encouraged the team to go inside and had the cajones to bench Joe Johnson when he didn't have anything to give to the team and was attempting to assume his normal role of isolation plays to the detriment of the team. The Bad continues to be the reluctance to play the Jeff Teague. Particularly on a night when one of your guards is in foul trouble and contributing nothing.

Str8 Talk Love

Final Notes - Solid, boring win. Just what the Hawks needed. Now, let's get another one vs. Detroit on Sunday.

Season Prediction



rbubp said...

Hey, when did Osh get the J back?
Thought that was pretty funny, BTW.

ATL_Hawk_Luv said...

a few games ago, I said that if he kept hitting the boards and blocking shots without a lot jump shots - I'd give it back to him. And he's held up his end of the bargain (though the last two games - he's starting to get happy with the J), so I gave it to him, but I reserve the right to take it back at any time.

thirdfalcon said...

I wish you hadn't given it back to him, but I'm superstitious like that.