Atlanta started the New Year with a West Coast swing. The trip didn’t start well, with that loss to Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday, but the road woes got cured by dropping into the Staples Center. Fortunately, it was the Clippers, and not the other tenants, the ones that wear the purple and gold. A big fourth quarter propelled the Hawks to a 107-96 victory. For the first time in a long while, the Hawks came back to win. And they did it on the road, which makes it all the more impressive. The Clips took a lead in the first, but Atlanta won each subsequent quarter, culminating in a 37-24 fourth. Atlanta had three players with 20+, as Joe Johnson had 29, Jamal Crawford (finally back in the line up after his injury) contributed 24, and Josh Smith had 22. Blake Griffith had 31 points and 15 boards for yet another double-double. His run of consecutive double-doubles just broke the team record in that category set by Michael Cage. The Hawks have two more games on this swing before returning home. They visit Sacramento on Tuesday and Utah the following night. Hope to see photos from the road trip (‘There’s the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. There’s my rental car, dog tried to eat that too.’) The Clip game had a 12:30pm local start, so I was able to catch it in the late afternoon here in Atlanta. The next pair have times of 10p and 9p, respectively, so I’m not sure I’ll do it. One person who probably will be is Marvin Williams. He didn’t make the trip west, and stayed in Atlanta to rehab his back. Larry Drew was afraid he reaggravated the injury, but an MRI didn’t show any additional damage, so the thinking is it is simply a bruise that just needs further rest.
With the Hawks safely away, and the Thrashers not at home until Friday, Atlanta fans can celebrate that, for the NFC at least, the road to Dallas will go through the Georgia Dome (better known as The House That Deion Colored). A lot of national press aren’t realy giving them a chance coming out of the NFC, making the Eagles (a #3 seed, really?) the favorite. We will see what happens. The one thing that happens in the NFL playoffs is that nothing is going as expected.
The holidays are winding down, so basketball season is revving up. The JUCO team that I do play-by-play for, Georgia Perimeter College, starts the winter campaign with a game on January 10. Not only am I up against the Oregon-Auburn matchup, but my niece is in town from Vegas and I probably won’t spend as much time as I can. My family hope to visit her out there late February (which is close to the NBA All-Star game is – in the aforementioned Staples Center. Boy, it sure would be fun to blog from there. I’m just saying).
About the Author
Written by John Morgo
John Morgo lives in Atlanta, GA where he has done broadcast work for CNN, The Weather Channel and Encompass Digital Media. As of right now, he does Internet play-by-play for Georgia Perimeter College and Norcross High School. With GPC, he is the voice of the men's soccer, basketball, and baseball teams.