Maintaining Focus

Tuesday, February 2, 2010
By Jon Newberry

After a finishing a tough week 2-2 with quality wins on the road in Houston and at home against the Celtics the Hawks must refocus for this final stretch before the All-Star break. At one point this season you could have looked at this stretch of games as a easy patch in the schedule, but recent play has changed the perception of many of the opponents:

@ Oklahoma City - Won 2-of-3 in current homestand, including win over Denver.
The Thunder is in playoff position in the West and beat the Hawks in Atlanta on Jan. 18th

vs. L.A. Clippers - Have lost 4 straight, all on the road.
Playing without their top pick Blake Griffin the Clippers have struggled all season.

vs. Chicago - Have won 5 straight, all on the road.
The Bulls have found their rhythm on the road and enter today on a five game winning streak.

@ Washington - Have lost 5 of their last 6 home games.
The Wizards haven’t fallen as much as predicted after the suspension of Arenas.

@ Memphis - Have won 7 of their last 8 home games.
The Grizzlies have recently beat the Lakers, Magic and Suns at home.

vs. Miami - Have lost 4 of their last 5 games.
Possible first round playoff opponent. Hawks need to make a statement after getting handled in their last meeting in Miami.

Oklahoma City and Memphis are both teams that could have been viewed as easy match-ups as the season began, but both are included in the “Most Improved” category and will require a solid effort on the road if the Hawks want to leave with a victory. Many believed Chicago’s current stretch of 9 out of 10 games on the road would be the end of head coach Vinny Del Negro’s tenure, but the Bulls have rallied to beat quality teams (Phoenix, Houston, San Antonio) and have to at least be viewed as a dangerous team when they visit this Friday.

So three home games, three road games, three teams playing well, and three teams stumbling a bit. All of the games are winnable. This is a great opportunity for Atlanta to make another statement this season.

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6 Responses to “Maintaining Focus”

  1. Anonymous

    Tough one tonight. It seems like there are just certain teams this season that we don’t match up well against.

    Hard to put a finger on it. It used to be quick little guards and 7-footers that killed us, but this year it is tough to say.

    #849
  2. MB

    Any 1 that bibby or williams are guarding

    #850
  3. gail adams

    I think Joe Johnson lost that game for the Hawks last night. He would not even pass the ball to open team mates. I hope they don’t try to resign him. He is hurting this team not helping them.

    #851
  4. WILL POWER

    Hawks! Hawks! Hawks! What are you doing? I see why you lose. You guys will not just simply play team oriented basketball. Simple fundamentals!!! Pass the ball one extra pass a man is simply open everytime. Stop It! Leave the officials alone. Please!!! Especially, with 9 seconds left in a game. I really believe that the rotation is not being use as effectively as it should. It really is a all hands on deck. I look @ what happens and in order for a player to learn he has to play. Mario West and Jeff Teague will need to play more both are good defensively and are the type of players that just are really settling but when I see their confindence grow they are bench. I see nights that people that should be playing they do not even get in the game. What is that all about? “It is time to stop wasting TALENT!” Either use it or lose it !! “I do not care what the (MONEY) says.” I am paying for it as a fan and a taxpayer. This not a individual sport this is a TEAM sport . Team is called “Hawks” not “Hawk” hint hint. I am long time fan. I am calling you guys out because we see what you do on the court. You are at work !!! Stop dragging your feet. You have the best team in the EAST when you play team ball!!! Every game from here on out is a playoff game. You lose 1 game you behind in the series. COME ON MEN!!!!!!!!!!!!

    #852
  5. 1 FAN ATL@HAWKS

    OK HAWKS IT’S TIME FOR YOU GUY’S TO STOP PLAYING AND GET YOUR GAME ON, LET’S GO NOW YOU ALL READY KNOW WHAT IT IS, PIC YOUR GAME UP WE WILL NOT MAKE IT LIKE YOU PLAYING NOW, WE CAN DO THIS BUT IT NEEDS TO BE THIS SEASON THAT WE WIN IT ALL THIS SEASON. AND IT’S TIME FOR MARVIN AND BIBBY AND MO TO PIC IT UP WE NEED YOU GUY’S TO PLAY NOW LIKW YOU HAVE NEVER PLAYED PUT IN 12-15PPG PUT YOUR A GAME ON AND ROLL WIT IT WE WILL NOT MAKE IT WITH OUT YOU SO LET’S GO DO THIS HAWKS THIS **ATL HAWKS YEAR 2010** PLAYOFF YOURS GO GET IT NUMBER #1 ALL THE WAY LETS GO HAWK LETS GO

    #854
  6. tony

    As I said many times before, certain players(JJ, JS and now MB) do not want Jamal Crawford to steal the show. They are so concern that Jamal will take every shot that they cannot focus on there on game. Jamal knows this and thats why he looks timid out there. If they keep this up, look for Jamal to lose his cool. A person can only take so much.

    MW need to step up to the plate and tell his cry babies that Jamal was brought to Atlanta for his offense. Don’t they realize that a player of his caliber can help them win alot games when his mind is clear? Not only is he a terrific scorer, but he also shares the ball and plays decent defense. Keep your head up Jamal and don’t become too discourage.

    #855