Hawks Focus on Defense on Road Trip
A week is in the book and offense is no problem for the Hawks squad. For the past few days the Hawks have had time to recharge their batteries and work on their defensive execution and strategies. The Hawks go into New York City fifth in the league in scoring (105 ppg) and 17th in points allowed (102 ppg).
Joe Johnson says, “we won’t always be hot scoring the ball so playing defense is a must every night.” Joe is right. The team has given up too many layups this year and that must not happen on the this road trip. The Knicks are a young team and in the words of Josh Smith, “are dangerous because they play the same whether they are up 15 points or down 15 points.”
Hawks math for this road trip
A great trip= beating New York and Boston
A good trip= getting a split
A bad trip= losing both or winning in Boston after losing in New York
Crawford’s first return trip
Jamal Crawford returns to one of his former NBA homes and says he’s looking forward to going back. He has great admiration for the New York fan base and respects them for their passion. He recommends Tao for good sushi in New York.
Things I’ve noticed
Josh Smith is hitting 57 percent of his shots and has taken ZERO 3 pointers year
Al Horford seems to always be in the right spot in the post
Joe Johnson has been good in closing out games