As I punch away at this keyboard, the Hawks are taking the Wizards down the stretch in their matchup in DC. They’re up by 4 with 8:40 left. This is good. I can knock out some random news and then get to the game.
Last night, the Hawks had a sellout crowd in the game with Los Angeles, and the fans were treated to a classic with the Lakers. It went down the stretch before. . . Wait, it wasn’t the Lakers? But it was Los Angeles, right? I mean the alternative would be the sellout was against the Clippers, but that never happens. But it did? Why would the Clips sellout? Oh, that rookie who is sort of a rookie because he was out all last season and his name isn’t Greg Oden? Blake Griffin? The one who is dunking his way into viral videos everywhere? Okay, I guess that makes some sense. (Hawks now up by seven over the Wiz with six minutes left). Well, Griffin did put on a show. He had another double double (I’ve stopped counting, but I know it’s a rookie record), and flattened Al with time running out. But give Al Horford some credit. He just got turned into a pretzel, yet made the ensuing free throws and the Hawks outlasted LA, 101-100. For all the highlights at the end, this never should have gotten that far. Atlanta rattled off a 26-4 run in the third to take a big game, and the Clips almost snuck out a win. Joe Johnson almost had a triple double, but with the heroics at the end, that tidbit wasn’t even the lead.
But Joe and Al can take comfort in being All-Stars. It’s Joe’s fifth straight nod, Al’s second. And, because of that steamrolling action by Griffin, Al’s back is out of kilter and he sat against Washington, although he expects to be in the lineup Tuesday versus the Sixers. Al’s lineup slot was taken by Zaza Pachulia. Marvin also got a start and right now has 15. (Atlanta up by 7 with 3:30 left – I’m not typing slowly, I’m actually leaving this column to do research. I care that much about accuracy). Josh Smith might think he has something to prove after being left off the All-Star roster. He’s got 28. And I have to give it up about Jamal Crawford. I wrote about his slump last post, so what does he do against the Clips? Rain in 34. (Although he has 7 tonight on 3 of 12 FG shooting – so maybe it’s not totaly over).
Checked other scores, now I’m back. Just saw John Wall take down Jamal on an inbound play. Jamal made the resulting free throws to take a 7 point edge with 30 ticks left. I’m call it. Hawks win another one. They’ll be second in the division and a full game over Orlando for third and continue their mastery over Washington, having won 12 in a row.
My high school and Georgia Perimeter web radio broadcasts will kick up over the next few weeks, but I will be in touch for that game with Philly Tuesday. See you then.
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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.