Keep Your Eye On the Boards

Tuesday, May 10, 2011
By Jon Newberry

The single most important stat category for the Hawks this postseason has to be rebounding. Atlanta is 5-0 when they outrebound their opponent or at least finish within one board of matching. The team is 1-4 when they are outrebounded by five or more.

“We have to do things with energy,” said Al Horford following this morning’s shootaround. “That’s something that needs to be there all the time. We just have to do a better job collectively as a team.”

“It’s basically just energy and effort,” echoed Joe Johnson. “Putting forth the effort and making the mindset that we need to box our guys out and also, us guards getting down there, helping our bigs rebound the basketball.”

One way that Larry Drew is looking to help balance out the rebounding totals is by increasing the minutes of Jason Collins and Zaza Pachulia. Collins brings some added size against the Bulls’ frontcourt and Pachulia always brings energy and effort that helps frustrate Joakim Noah and his assult on the offensive glass.

Still, the Hawks know that it will take a total team effort to win the battle of the boards against this Chicago team.

“They’re just hard workers,” said Horford. “Deng always goes under the radar in the things that he does. Rose, he tip-dunked one in the other day after his own miss. Nobody had a chance to react. They’re rebounding from all different positions.”

Handling the double-teams:
Joe – “I know in order for us to be successful as a team I have to score the basketball. If I have to press the issue at times I’m gonna do that. Like I said, I’m gonna try to be as aggressive as possible.”
Jamal – “Just doing what the play dictates, you know. If you get two people on you, you have to find the open man and hope that we finish and take advantage of it. That way they won’t do it. The times where they’re not two people, that is when you have take advantage and go one-on-one or whatever it is you feel like you have to do. Besides that, you just have to play the game. Sometimes try to test it and see how far they go with it.”

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5 Responses to “Keep Your Eye On the Boards”

  1. hawks fan

    i dont understand the hawks, every body on the team needs to drive the ball.

    • hawks fan

      jamal where are you? you need to score more not just two points. If the hawks want to win the game 6 JJ have to score if they can’t ,then go home.the bulls play a lot of break,especially hawks miss the shot.Josh should attack therim unless he is hot hand。。。
      I still love this team and looking for the game 7 if possible.Play patiently and attack the rim .i really hope
      i can see them in the second round. despite it’s really
      tough ,but make effort on the guys can win
      the game.i come from taiwan. I really like this team^^

  2. Centrix

    Now that the Bulls-Hawks series is 3-2, the Bulls will close it out on Thursday. The Bulls is just a much better team than the Hawks. They are a lot faster than the Hawks and their defense is number 1 in the League. There’s a reason why they are also the number one in the League as far as wins are concerned during the regular season. Plus, they have the League’s MVP, Derrick R., and the League’s Coach of the Year, Tom T. The Hawks run is over this season. Best of luck next year. GO BULLS GO!!!

  3. keepitrollin'

    Hey Centrix,

    You’re dreaming brother. Hawks continue to fight and claw, and there WILL be a game 7! Count on it! Bulls did play well in the 4th, but the Hawks stayed right there until then. I like our chances in a decider. Go Hawks!!

  4. keepitreal.

    I give it to the Hawks. They alomst took the game over. J Teague could get anywhere he pretty much wanted to go on the court, create his own shots even somewhat at a higher performance than was expected. Kirk Hinrich’s injury appear to be a blessing in disguise…just saying. But give it to the boys, they really competed but just came short for the most of 4th quarter. Only if they could have riden J.Teague a lil more in the 4th may be there would have been a different outcome. We’ll see how it plays out in game 6.