(Note: I am going to completely ignore this article where Mike Woodson and Josh Smith insult my (and anyone who watched the 2nd half of Game 2) intelligence by telling me because I'm not a coach or player that I can't call out a player for not playing hard for 48 minutes or simply visibly see that you are not playing hard. This is ironic because Josh Smith has often been quoted as saying that all the Hawks need to do to win is to play a FULL 48 minutes - see a quote below. Kinda how Joe Johnson talks like a leader in post-game press conferences, but yet his name is never in the what I did wrong discussion since despite the fact that I'M worried about Joe Johnson's disappearance - our coach says he never worries about Joe. If Phil Jackson can worry about Kobe, you fill in the blanks. It's as if all these guys will do anything to avoid being criticized personally.)
Oops, that was an aside..ok, here's the quotes from today's article in the AJC about the Hawks being at home.
- This is the response to Orlando being an elite team for the past few months: “They have,” Hawks coach Mike Woodson said Friday. “But it’s good to be home.' There is comfort at home for the Hawks. They posted a 34-7 record there during the regular season and are 9-4 in postseason games on their court over the past three years. “[The Magic] took care of home,” Hawks forward Josh Smith said. “We’ve got to be able to play a full 48 minutes and get our crowd into like they got their crowd into it.”
- “It ain’t so much what they are doing,” Woodson said. “It’s what we are not doing. All you can do is keep showing [his players] on tape, and normally we pick it up and learn from it.”
- “I don’t think our guys get too worried about where the game is,” Van Gundy said.
As I've always said, the Hawks will never win a title as long as they are trying to win battles without executing a plan that wins the war. The Hawks are battle warriors, not an army prepared to win a war. We'll win a battle, but the war...not so much. Unfortunate, but true...that said, it's time to get ready to head to Philips Arena, so they can prove me wrong.