Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Hawks/Laker Truths

I'm on this truthiness kick, so I figured I'd say a few things about tonight's Lakers game.

1. Coach Drew is in over his head.  I just got through listening to the press conference, but it was not ever close past the first 10 minutes of the game.  The Lakers dominated us and didn't really break a sweat to win vs. our team at home.  Here's some of the quotes - "I thought we were right there."  "We ran out of gas." "We tried to match up big last time, but we lost some of our offense, so we went with our regular lineup to give us some offense." "If there was a bright side to it...we competed, we were right there, but that's not satisfactory".  The 'we thought it was like a road game, but that's no excuse'.  He said we competed hard and we were right there three times.  What game was he watching that I wasn't?  THIS is why the guys and the city aren't behind you. You are trying to sell us something that isn't backed up by what our eyes are watching.

2. I'm not sure how I've missed this, but we have turned into a complete drive and kick jump shooting team.  I'm not sure I've ever seen an NBA team drive and look for a jump shot more than the Hawks. Maybe the Suns, Warriors, or the Magic, but those teams had some of the most deadly shooters in the game to do it with...but even then - I recall seeing those guys back cut and make layups and score in transition in ways the Hawks wish they could.  Bottom line, a half court drive and kick team has never been successful in NBA history to my knowledge.  Why would we think that we could start that trend?

3. It also dawned on me that there are really only two players on the team that don't count on their jump shots as their main offensive attribute. Those folks are Jeff Teague and Zaza Pachulia.  What two players are having the worst time in getting consistent minutes from the coach?  You do the math....

And that's all I got...yep, the Lakers are better, were gonna be better, but it's still a shame that we didn't even compete.  And uh, how did old Jordan Crawford do in his 20 minutes tonight?  What...20pts..summamabit..

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