Big Win in a BIG Way

Saturday, November 14, 2009
By Jon Newberry

The Hawks have officially gotten the Celtic monkey off their back. For the first time since the 2006-07 season the Hawks have beaten Boston in the regular season. Winning was impressive (the C’s only lost to Eastern Conference opponents three times at home last season), but the way the Hawks won should turn some heads.

Defend-Rebound-Hustle
Since Keving Garnett has joined the Celtics they have established a reputation of defense, intensity and rebounding. From the opening tip the Hawks outhustled Boston for loose balls and were tougher when competing for rebounds. In fact, Boston set a season-low for rebounds (29) and a season-high for rebounds allowed (47).

Weathering the Storm
The cold and sloppy stretch in the second quarter could have lingered into the second half and effected the outcome of the game. Seven turnovers in the quarter, and the momentum established early was completely lost. Then, in the second half, Atlanta tightened up (only three turnovers) and the Jamal, Joe and Mike all found their rythm. The team weathered the storm and found a way to win in a hostile environment.

New Guys Step Up
Jamal Crawford had 16 of his 18 points in the second half and seemed to be able to get his pull-up jumper off anytime he wanted. Joe Smith also made big contributions scoring two big baskets and drawing an offensive foul from Sheed early in the fourth quarter.

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20 Responses to “Big Win in a BIG Way”

  1. Lilhawks09

    GO HAWKS!!!! I totally watched the game and saw them like totally destroy the celtics…. so happy for them!!! keep up the good work

    #498
  2. Darkness24

    now where is that Anonymous Celtic guy talking trash about our HAWKS during offseason….

    #499
  3. atownhawk23

    Good job hawks!!! I am so proud of them. I am starting to like Jamal now; I really have to admit that.

    I LOVE YOU JOE JOHNSON.

    NOW LETS GET THIS WIN AGAINST THE HORNETS.

    #500
  4. Hawks Fan From Day One

    I can’t give MVP to Joe just yet. JJ still has to do a better job of getting his teammates involved. Way too much pounding the rock with guys standing around looking. In fact, there were two plays in which JJ totally ignored JCraw, who was unguarded behind the three point line. JJ missed both attempts. Does JJ trust JCraw yet? However, I won’t tarnish this win with nit-picking. I’m estatic!!! I’d like for him to win an MVP…sure…but can we kill the isos and get everyone involved on motion? We’re way too athletic to have cement feet on offense.

    #503
  5. Hawks Fan From Day One

    “I don’t want to make too much of this win…..” – Rick Kamla (NBATV)

    Who else completely hates this douchebag???? He LOVES to dump on the hometown Hawks while he lamps at his cushy job…HERE IN ATLANTA!

    #504
  6. k19therapper™

    NICE WIN HAWKS.
    the team has really improved alot.

    #505
  7. ESPN

    NO CP3 FOR THE GAME TODAY.

    #506
  8. Mz. Hawkdafied

    Great win for the ATL Hawks. It was a total team effort. Gotta love it. JJ passed the rocked to Jamal Crawford more than once and if I recall correctly a pass to Jamal got him an assist. People need to stop trying to make it seem that JJ is against Jamal. A rift between anyone on the Hawks squad would be detrimental to their rise anyway. There is no question that Joe Johnson is the leader of this team no matter how successful J Craw is this season. But I am with you on the MVP thing. I guess because the Hawks have so much depth and talent now anyone on the team can be seen as the MVP on any given game night. Gotta love it. I crown the entire squad MVP from the win last night cause again the win was a total team effort everyone was involved, focused and determined to get that statement road win.

    Game ball goes to Coach Woodson for making it a team win with the excellent rotation.

    GO HAWKS! CONTINUE THE RISE! ONE GAME AT A TIME!

    #507
  9. coleco

    “I don’t want to make too much of this win…..” – Rick Kamla (NBATV)

    Who else completely hates this douchebag???? He LOVES to dump on the hometown Hawks while he lamps at his cushy job…HERE IN ATLANTA!

    I agree he is a total douche for that. Denver beats the Lakers and the its a statement game, but the Hawks beating the Celts they say this mess. I would rather have it this way because i like when they are flying under the radar. Remember no one thought we would even make the playoffs last year and we got to the second round. We are just gonna have to play and make them believers. GOOD JOB on the game HAWKS. Like the lady above said that was a total team effort and they wanted it more and you could tell from start to finish. LETS GO HAWKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    #508
  10. Atl Hawks 4 life

    Great hawks win from top to bottom joe and jamal played ligths out in the clutch. In the third quarter mike bibby came up big and josh smith is playing at a all-star level, al horford is also coming up big and our bench also gave us a big lift and coach woodson is leading this team in the right direction. great effort!!!!!1

    the hawks have proved to be a force to be wreckened with even with this win we arent getting respect we rightfully deserve they arent putting us in the same catogory with boston,orlando, and cleveland but we are under the radar which i like we are going to kill the hornets(no cp3) and eventually we will get the credit so lets go hawks!!!!!!!!!!

    #509
  11. Hawks Fan From Day One

    Mz. Hawkdafied, I’d like for you to clarify your statement. I’d like to know who these people are that you say have seemingly put JJ against JCraw. I hope you didn’t come to that conclusion based off anything that I had to say. I was specifically pointing out two different scenarios where JJ totally ignored a WIDE OPEN JCraw just to over-dribble the rock and a)threw up a bad shot and b)create a turnover. I’m simply posed the question of trust because had that been say, Mike Bibby, I see that ball getting passed…..no question. I believe that was the first time I’ve ever even seen the word “rift” come up in any post relating to the Hawks since JCraw’s arrival and it appeared in your post….not mine. My entire point was not to create separation between our players. It was to point out that as long as JJ continues to iso, pound the rock, force some bad shots and not get his teammates involved a little bit better than he has, I personally can’t give him any MVP credit.

    ….but GO HAWKS!!!

    #512
  12. Anonymous Hero/Hawks Guy

    Great game last night and tonight, I knew the Hawks had it in them to play beautifully on the road! Darkness 24, I remember that guy who was all over Boston’s jock strap, lol. Guess he’s lickin his chops right about now! I figured the Hawks would blow out the Hornets by more than 20, so i’m not surprised, lol! Hawks are now in FIRST PLACE IN THE EAST!!! The season is young, but it’s still exciting for the city of Atlanta!

    #513
  13. bj

    nice win for the hawks I watch this game live

    #515
  14. Mz. Hawkdafied

    Hawks Fan From Day One lets focus on something that doesn’t need to be clarified or explained: GO HAWKS!

    #517
  15. Hawks Fan From Day One

    We’re here to debate topics. If you’re not up for it, just say so but don’t deter spirited conversation amongst others, ok?

    #518
  16. atownhawk23

    I KNOW I AM SO LATE, BUT HAWKS FAN FROM DAY ONE, YOU ARE BEING NONSENSICAL RIGHT NOW.

    1) EVERY TIME YOU COME ON HERE YOU ALWAYS DISAPPROVING ON JJ. YOU SHOULD JUST CONGRATULATE AND APPRECIATE.

    2)YOU WANTED TO SEE AND FOR JJ TO PASS IT TO JAMAL, AND HE DID. AND GUESS WHAT TRANSPIRED? HE PASSED IT TO J-MALL(ABOUT OVER 5 TIMES), BUT J-MALL MISSED THE SHOT ANYWAY.

    3)SO JJ DOES MERIT MVP.

    WHY:

    1)BECAUSE HE IS THE LEADING SCORER(NOT A BALL HOG).

    2)BECAUSE HE IS A TEAM PLAYER.

    3)BECAUSE IS NOT SELFISH WITH THE BALL(I AM NOT TRYING TO SAY J-MALL IS A BALL HOG).

    4)HE STEPS UP IN THE GAME WHEN NO ONE CAN DEFEAT THE OPPONENT.

    5)HE TAKES UP FOR HIS FELLOW HAWKS TEAMMATES WHEN SOMEONE IS TRYING TO JUMP THEM OR FIGHT THEM.

    IF YOU NEVER SAW THE FOLLOWING, THEN WHAT GALAXY WERE YOU IN, AND WHAT GAME WERE YOU SEEING?.

    #519
  17. rochelle

    i listen to sport net raido network and the790zone on computer and i like joe johnson,josh smith.

    #520
  18. Mz. Hawkdafied

    Hawks Fan From Day One, I’m sorry I was not trying to hinder or spoil any spirited conversations between any of my fellow Hawks fans. I have spent a few weeks on the ajc blog which I regret, they have a negative vibe on there and I brought it with me to the Hawks blog. My apologies to you for that especially if I rained on your parade. I mistakenly lumped your comment in with ones I read on there and that’s where my referring to people came from.

    Notice in my comment I didn’t disagree with your stance on JJ being MVP solely by himself. Hey in my opinion the MVP has been changing every game. There’s just too many guys on the team that has been stepping up and just been so valuable to the team’s winning start that I can’t just give it to him either. My main thing is more about team accolades, not individual ones. That’s Eastern Conference Champs, SE Division Champs, or World Champs. That’s my thing. MVP, DPOY, POW, 6th Man, Most Improved, ROY those are individual awards. I really don’t care about that. My main thing is the team awards/accomplishments.

    Look forward to debating you and other passionate Hawks fans later on. It’s all about ATL Hawks ♥ anyway. Again my bad and my apologies to you.

    #521
  19. john t matjoulis jr

    way to go nique im a hawks fan since 1985 i think were going back to the eastern conference finals maybe a championship

    #522
  20. Anonymous

    lol atlanta boston is number 1

    #523