A New Week, Time for a New Streak
The Hawks started off last week in first place. This week, the Hawks begin the week with the best record in the league. Not bad. While no one was happy about the loss in New Orleans over the weekend or the seven game winning streak ending, no one was in panic mode either. Jamal Crawford remained confident after the team went 3-1 last week, “let’s start another one.”
I had a chance to go to the game in New Orleans and to the lockeroom afterwards. No one pointed fingers or blamed the end of the streak on playing on back to back nights. Josh Smith who had another stat stuffing night, said that all credit was due to the Hornets as they came out and hit big shots. Smoove was adamant that there was no lethargy from playing on consecutive nights and that the team had opportunities to win. I love it, no excuses. Josh smith said he wanted to be an All Star this year he is well on his way on and off of the court.
Call me crazy but coach already should be in the pot for Coach of the Year (I know it’s early but hey, think big) and without question, should be the frontrunner for Eastern Conference Coach of the Month. Eleven wins in the bank with a shot at 14 for the month makes him legit.
Great boost for Marvin
After a slow start Marvin Williams has scored in double figures in three straight games. If Mike Bibby will be banged up for a minute, Marvin’s three point shooting will help. He’s feeling good about his outside shot as he has hoisted up 10 money ball shots in the past two games. Keep shooting.
The loss of Mike Bibby was felt in New Orleans after he left the game early with an ankle injury. If you want to know what “Bib” means to this team, it is evident. He is crucial to getting the team in their offensive sets early in the shot clock, helps with spacing on the floor, and directs traffic after makes and misses by the opposing squad. Get well soon sir.
With the next game coming up on Thanksgiving, the Hawks have time to reflect and duplicate the success of the last two weeks and should be rested and ready for another string of consecutive wins.