#HeadbandJoe is Trending

Tuesday, March 15, 2011
By Jon Newberry

“I guess it worked for me.”

That was the understatement of the season from Joe Johnson about wearing a headband while dropping a 28-point first half against the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night.

“I was supposed to change headbands at halftime, but everybody jumped up and said no, no, no,” said Joe after the game. “So I left the same one on. I don’t know if I’ll stick with it. I’m not a headband kind of guy, but right now I have to wear it.”

Joe told the “Voice of the Hawks” Steve Holman after the game that he was just trying to step up his game as the season moved closer to the playoffs. As is typical of Joe, he was trying to lead by example.

“When Joe is going like that, he’s as good as anyone in the league,” commented Al Horford. “It gives us a lot of confidence.”

Johnson has had some quiet games recently, but knowing Joe he could have just been waiting for the opportune time to break out. His minutes per game are the lowest they have been since the 2002-03 season, a strategic plan put into action by Coach Drew that should pay dividends late in the season and in the playoffs. Plus, the time Joe missed earlier this season with the elbow injury should also save on wear and tear on his legs.

If nothing else, #HeadbandJoe turned in a performance tonight that should have all of the Hawks fans (including followers of @atlanta_hawks) tuning in again tomorrow night to see what he will do as an encore.

Joe set new season-highs for the Hawks in several categories:
– Individual Points in a Half: 28
– Individual Points in a Quarter: 17 (2Q)
– 3PM in a Game: 6 (all in the first half)

Other Interesting Stats:
– When Joe Johnson’s sixth 3-pointer of the first half went down at the 5:37 mark of the second quarter, Joe had outscored the entire Bucks team 26-25 at that point.
– Joe made twice as many 3-pointers in the first half than he had made in the first six games in March combined.
– This was Joe’s sixth 30+ point game of the season
– Joe played all of his 34:35 of game action in succession before LD decided he had done enough with 1:25 left in the third period. (Can you blame Coach for not wanting to take him out?)