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Hawks are done
Posted By John Morgo On May 12 2011 @ 10:32 pm In Atlanta Hawks | 1 Comment
I’ve ben running around all day prepping for the region 17 Junior College baseball tournament. Georgia Perimeter has the #1 seed and will host it, but it’s thirty minutes east of the city, so it requires a lot of logistical work. By the way, you can watch me call some of the action on PSBlive.com. Should be fun, if I can ever get there. But I found time to turn on the Hawks-Bulls Game 6, and kind of wish I didn’t. The Bulls are up by 20 with under 3 minutes to play, so it looks like Atlanta’s season has run its’ course. This is another in a long string of home blowouts. They answer one blowout with a gutty performance, but can’t string them together. This is something we’ve seen all year, and they finally ran out of tomorrows. Let’s look back. Al Horford played consistently well, doing the dirty defensive work. Joe Johnson has proved that he’s an all-around threat. (In these playoffs, the Hawks have won every time Joe scores more than 20, and lost when he doesn’t. He’s at 19 right now). Josh Smith still breaks down and thinks he’s a perimeter player (he’s not). The Kirk Hinrich deal might have worked in the playoffs if he didn’t get hurt in the second round. Jeff Teague is one of those players who does the things that do not show up in a scorecard but are essential to victory. Marvin played well in stretches, but he got hurt in the preseason and never really got on track. So what is next? Well, first we hope to have basketball. The NBA might go down the NFL’s road and burst into flames, but we hope the situation doesn’t come to that. I think the Hawks have to draft a playmaker. Not sure if a quality one will be available that late in the first round, but they might have to find someone they can mold into what Larry Drew needs. This season has been a success. They won a second round playoff game for the first time, since when, the 1990′s? (It might have been earlier, don’t feel like looking). They have to get more consistent, and Larry Drew has to prove to them that these efforts where they sem to stink up at home, just won’t be tolerated. Atlanta must be an arena where teams dread coming in. It was anything but this year. Okay, now that Hawks are done, I’ll be doing this baseball tourney and then helping Marcus Young with the Braves. Looking forward to that. One thing about sports that is refreshing. As one season ends, another is either staring up or going strong.
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