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Merry Christmas everyone (and can schedule maker give Atlanta a break)
Posted By John Morgo On Dec 14 2010 @ 9:35 pm In Atlanta Hawks | No Comments
As we get close to the holidays, I’m wishing everyone the best. I, for one, am counting my blessings that I have employment and am no longer on the dole. Atlanta is playing Detroit right now and I decided to do something different and listen to the game on the radio. I wanted to try 97.9 (which is termed 99X despite not really close to 99 – but I’m being picky). Steve Holman has been on the mike for 26 years, and I really respect that kind of dedication and longevity. Atlanta went into the third period down by ten, and promptly cut it to 1, but can’t seem to get any further.
I don’t want to take anything away from Bob Rathbun, who does the TV side along with Dominique Wilkins. I subscribe to his Twitter feed (via LinkedIn). He had a post today where he complained about the back-to-backs that are upcoming. As Christmas approaches, Atlanta has five games in 7 days, including two of those back-to-backs. These are contests with Boston (on TNT) and Orlando along with games versus Charlotte and the Nets. It’s a brutal stretch and I’ve gone on about how Atlanta has problems with winning teams.
Joe Johnson had surgery on his right elbow on December 2 and will be back around the middle of January. He was just cleared to start shooting drills. While this may encourage optimism that his return will be accelerated, coach Larry Drew has not given the indication that this will happen. Smart move. It’s always best to lower expectations as much as possible in this situation.
The third quarter just wrapped up, with Atlanta down by 3, 64-61. Josh Smith has 21, and AH contributed 19. I had a question about my previous post about Jamal Crawford and Marvin Williams. The poster asked what I thought about their struggles. I agreed with him that Crawford’s contract situation is a drag, and as for Marvin, I think his injury at the start of the year prevented him from getting into the offensive flow. Which is really a shame, as this motion offense is a great fit for him.
Atlanta started this game flat and Holman theorized that they slept in. They have come back, but can’t seem to get enough to take the lead. Now that Miami is playing to the hype, the Hawks need these games to keep pace. Well, I had third place penciled in anyway.
I’ll check in during this intensive part of the schedule heading into the Christmas break (and we’ll see if they can go 3-0 against Detroit this season).
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