Saturday, November 7, 2009

Game Recap (or Not) - Hawks @ Bobcats

Preamble Ramble

Here's the heartfelt feeling about this game. There will be no full game recap. If the Hawks can't figure out how to play hard, then why should I waste part of my evening & afternoon compiling a blog worthy of an effort that didn't come, so this will be abbreviated. To be fair, losing this game is not worth losing sleep over. We don't play well in Charlotte, last game on 4 game road trip, still learning roles and team dynamics. In all of that, the team is 4-2, so little picture, it happens.

The big picture problem - which hasn't really been reported by our more on point blog brothers and sisters - is that the Hawks since the end of last season and seen in our first two losses is an inability to fight back. It can't be a good trend that when you get down in a game that a blowout is the likely outcome. With that said, we won't complain about the lack of rebounding, toughness, selfish offense, bad defense, yada, yada (all the stuff we normally complain about) and we will give credit (yes, credit) to Woodson for the one thing that he did right yesterday. The quick recognition that we can't win and that Teague should finish the game was a stroke that we haven't seen from Woodson. Saving Joe's legs for tonight and getting Teague more experience was all I could think about toward the end of the 3rd quarter. Thanks Mike for showing me that all was not lost.

Game Recap - Bobcats 103, Hawks 83

Overall Observations:
  • None worth sharing - we sucked. Well, 1 - everyone else thinks Joe is overreacting by complaining and yes, it's a problem that Joe doesn't see that he's part of the selfish offense problem, BUT I've been asking for leadership and accountability, so this looks like a start to me. Not ideal, but a start - now, if I can see a shirt tug during the game where Joe tells Josh to quit shooting jumpers - THAT'S when we'll be making some strides.

Str8 Butter Award - None

Starter Kudos/Smackdown -

*No words other than welcome to the season, Randolph and Jason.

Coaching Kudos/Smackdown

Already gave a kudo, so let's just move this along.

Str8 Talk Love

Final note - Marvin Williams better show me something within the first 10 games of this season before I start my '' website and no one wants to see that. Let's get it started.

Dance Team/Game Ops update - N/A

Shout Outs - N/A

Season Prediction

Winning 2 out of 3 means a 54 win season, so 49-33 is gonna stick. That's all, folks.


Bret LaGree said...

It's a little harsh to say the team doesn't fight back so soon after the win in Portland (terrible first quarter followed by three excellent quarters), no?

Anonymous said...

Ummm...did you miss the Portland game?

ATL_Hawk_Luv said...

As a 2009 trend, Yes! I tried (maybe unsuccessfully) to be clear when I'm making broad statements about this team and when I'm making localized statements.

So, as an overall assessment of the core of the Atlanta Hawks team (can't speak for how Crawford, Smith, Collins, or Teague may change this) - I don't think this is a tough team. I think if we get hit in the mouth square - we're falling and we're going to look at the ref until the count is at 10, then walk back to the corner. Or maybe even wait until 9 and then try to get up and then complain to the ref that we made it up. And frankly, I would call the first quarter at Portland a semi-punch, not a full blown "we're really down and even if we don't win this game, we're going to scratch, claw, and fight and see what happens."

So, that's really what I mean by championship toughness. That said, I was impressed by what happened in Portland - kinda lost that by our effort (not the outcome) in Charlotte. Didn't see a sense of 'hey, we're going to try our best to get back in this game and see what happens' and so, that would be twice this season where that happened when adversity stuck. First at LA, then at Charlotte...

ATL_Hawk_Luv said...

Oops, it may not have been clear - I'm saying yes, it's too harsh and early to say they can't be tough in 2009-2010, but as my general feeling about them over the past 2-3 years. No, I feel very comfortable in saying we don't fight back very well and in 2 of 3 games you could call situations where we needed to 'fight back' - we failed, so we're not trending in the right direction in that area this year, but there's time for change.

thirdfalcon said...

You slipped up and called him Josh. Don't do that. He's mostly played how we want him too since you started calling him Osh and you MUST keep it up. If you give him his J back and he starts taking 5 long jumpers a game again, I'm holding you personally responsible.

ATL_Hawk_Luv said...

duly noted. I'll rectify that in my still to be completed - Nuggets recap...weddings, redeyes, and new projects all result in late recaps. Not everyone can be Hoopinion's finest :)