Monday, April 5, 2010

Game Recap - Hawks/Pistons (and no Joe)

We won't even begin to insult the intelligence of our readers and basketball fans alike by saying that we're going to do a full blog about the Pistons game. It was during the Final Four and I'm writing this after a full Easter and halftime of the NCAA championship game, so just excuse us for not being thorough and verbose as usual. We're going to make some points and get back to the game...

The points:

  • Jamal can replace Joe Johnson, BUT ONLY if you have a strong point guard presence. Jamal Crawford hasn't seen a shot he can't resist taking and so, for the balance and future of the team - we really need a strong point guard (i.e. not Mike Bibby) to make the decisions on when Jamal and when our frontcourt should get the ball.
  • That said, I'm not going to say this game's effort proves that we can get along without Joe Johnson.
  • And so.. as soon as I say that as long as Josh shoots 50% - I'll forgive a jump shot or two, he goes asunder and hence our new name for Josh until he proves otherwise - OSH Smith is back...
  • So much for the injury giving Jeff Teague more time...
  • So much for Marvin Williams being more aggressive with more shots to be had...
  • A big ol' I couldn't have been more wrong about Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva making a difference for the Detroit Pistons. Listen, I never said they'd make them great or even playoff worthy, but I figured they'd at least start and put up numbers and uh....they are stealing money! Seriously, it's a testament to the NFL's collective bargaining agreement that they actually have a mechanism to allow teams to cut players making the kinda scratch these guys make without any production. So, to those who clowned me about my assertion that they could matter - I swallow my prognostication in spades...
  • Coach Woodson/GM Sund - meet Will Bynum, the real Georgia Tech journeyman/free agent signee that you keep bringing back to the team because when given minutes he actually can make a difference for your team...the one we have - uh, not really the version of scrappy difference make we hoped for.

Final Note: Thank all parties who were involved in sitting Joe Johnson - there is no true value to this season in the 3rd seed or 50 wins that outweighs Joe Johnson's health. NONE! So, don't play him until he's healthy or the playoffs have started. That goes for any other player who is hurt or fatigued. Please don't sink to any temptation that 50 wins means anything. 40% of the NBA has an opportunity to win 50 games this year, so it's not that exclusive a club to make it there. And with that, we're back to the NCAA championships.

Hawks, let's focus on our ONE SHINING MOMENT!

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