Chicago Given the Blues
Get up early, finish up strong was the objective last night. It was achieved. The Hawks destroyed Chi-Town last night 118-83 and it was over from start to finish. The guard play was superb as the backcourt ball handlers combined to dish out 19 assists on the night, with eight coming from rookie Jeff Teague. Jamal Crawford, who used to play in the windy city and was dumped for Kirk Hinrich, went off early and boy do the Bulls wish they could have a do over. Jamal is too classy to admit that Chicago shipping him off bothers him, but as a competitor you know his juices had to be flowing. Jamal’s 29 came with four three pointers, six foul shots, and a whole lot of energy.
It was a total team effort and clearly the good things from the win in Dallas carried over. Every starter was able to rest well in the fourth quarter due to their magnificent effort and made a significant contribution both offensively and defensively and the ball moved as it was supposed to. Good win on national television. Off to Toronto for another road test.
The Rookie Gets a Good Run
Jeff Teague played well last night in his time on the court. Both starters and bench players loved his poise and his execution in his 22 minutes of action. Teague was very happy about his performance and did the best thing a rookie can do under coach Woodson, make the most of his minutes. Teague loved the team’s energy and clearly had a confidence boosting night. More than 20 minutes was a nice chunk of time on the floor for him, hopefully he will have more opportunities like that in the upcoming week.
You know it’s good when…
Jason Collins gets into the box score and the team goes wild.
Every Hawk that plays, scores.
No Hawks starter plays more than 29 minutes in a win.
Every starter has a steal.
Joe Beast’s Injury
Joe Smith left the action a little early with a dislocated thumb in the fourth quarter. He feels with ice and rest he won’t miss a beat. When asked after the game about his wound, he was more concerned with how the injury would hinder him in video game land than on the floor. Joe with a big grin said, “The worst thing is I won’t be able to juke while playing video games for a few days.”