The Hawks wasted a nine-point halftime advantage over Houston and lost 114-109. After pouring in 40 points in the second quarter, Atlanta’s offense stayed in the locker room. They only managed 18 in the third, while the Rockets roared back with 32 of their own. That decisive momentum swing allowed Houston to coast through the final quarter and hang on for the victory. This after Atlanta defeated Boston on Friday night, a decisive home win against a team not from Orlando and Chicago. The Hawks are now four back of the Magic for that fourth seed in the playoffs with five to play, and the next one is home against San Antonio on Tuesday before dropping in on the Pacers at the end of the week. Joe led the Hawks in scoring with 25 while Josh Smith had 21. Each of them had 7 assist as well. Kirk Hinrich had 5 despite starting at the two guard. Jamal Crawford logged more minutes than him and managed 15, continuing his fine work as a super sub. Some people just know their roles, I suppose. Nothing else really jumped out at me in the final stats. Both shot over 50% from the floor. Houston had a slight rebounding edge, and Atlanta made more threes. It was the 18 points in the third quarter, which can be attributed to poor shooting and good defense. Sports Illustrated ran the results from a fan poll and concluded that the Hawks ranked in the bottom five in NBA fan loyalty (the 22nd attendance rank doesn’t help), and the NHL’s Thrashers (who were eliminated from the playoffs last night in a loss to the Bruins) came in dead last. The message to the Atlanta Spirit is you get what you pay for, (or in this case, don’t pay for). While nothing is official about the Thrahers moving, I’m pretty sure that local van companies are waiting anxiously by the phone.
Since I’m pulling double duty, Braves and Hawks, for awhile, I thought I would wrap up each Brave series as it ends. Brian McCann went 3 for 5 and drove in 4, and Alex Rodriguez (the other one) had his first triple of the season as Atlanta used a 6 run eighth inning to knock off Washington 11-2, and take the rubber game of their opening set in the nation’s capital. McCann raised his team-high batting average to .462. Martin Prado also went 3 for 5 and got his average to .214, so it was nice to see his bat come alive at the top of the order. Tim Hudson got the win. He also made a head-first slide of home in his warm up jacket in the fifth. The players laughed at it, and it is a lot easier to laugh about something when you don’t get hurt. Tim thought the last time he slid at home was way back when he played for Auburn, last decade. Anyway, Atlanta continues their tour of the frozen north by playing four in Milwaukee. Nothing against Milwaukee, but playing four there in early April after being in DC, just seems wrong. It’s two places where spring seems to be just a rumor.
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.