It seems like every time I turn around, Atlanta is about to start a difficult stretch of the schedule. It used to be extended road trips that encompass both coasts. But this one is a real lulu. Starting with tonight’s game with New Jersey, Atlanta has seven games in nine nights, starting with a three-game in three-day stretch. After the Nets, the Hawks head up to face the Wiz, turn right around, and come back for Utah. It boggles my mind just thinking about it. I mean, there is a little ‘If it’s Tuesday, this must be Charlotte’ feel to it. It’s hard on the players, but it must be murder on the support staff. They all deserve medals when this is over.
Anyway, with that out of the way, I can address the game with New Jersey. Atlanta won, 93-84. They were down by 7 entering the fourth, but a 31-15 final quarter (it started Atlanta 8-0) proved to be the difference. Josh Smith had 30 points. Jeff Teague had 17, and Joe added 16. For the Nets, Deron Williams led with 20, while Kris Humphries (insert Kardashian joke here) had 17. With the win, Atlanta is now tied with Indiana for fifth in the East, and crawled to within 3 of Orlando. Winning four out of the last five will do it. Marvin and Ivan returned to the lineup, while Zaza’s achilles kept him on the bench. And, to confirm what everybody knows, Al Horford probably won’t be back for the playoffs. And one final note of congratulation. Ivan Johnson is now a proud daddy. Ivan Kaydan Johnson Jr. was born on Wednesday. Too bad, with this goofy schedule, he won’t see the bundle of joy very much these next few weeks.
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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.