Ready for Some Home Cookin’

Friday, March 16, 2012
By Jon Newberry

After six road games in nine days any team would welcome the site of their home court (and their home beds). The good news for the Hawks is that their tough road stretches for this shortened season are behind them now.

Atlanta has now played 25 road games (the most in the NBA), seven more than it has played at home. Compare that to Boston, who has only played 18 games on the road this season, or Philadelphia (19 road games) and the Hawks should have an advantage as they jockey for playoff positioning down the stretch.

With three road trips of five or more games (not to mention the crazy travel planning) already in the books, the Hawks only have one trip left on the schedule when they play more than one game without returning to Atlanta (April 11 @BOS & 13 @ORL). All of this is good news for a team that has posted a home winning percentage of over 71% (99-40) since the start of the 2008-09 season.

“I think everyone’s schedule has been pretty tough,” Joe Johnson commented after the road trip wrapped up in L.A. “There’s no excuse.”

Well Joe, the Hawks’ travel schedule has been tougher than most, but the final third of the season should feature a lot more home cookin’.

– The Hawks did not have their normal gameday shootaround today at the Highlight Factory as Coach Drew opted to let his players sleep in or rest after returning from the west coast on Thursday.

– Willie Green and Marvin Williams are both listed as day-to-day in the official injury report right now, with no mention of Vladimir Radmanovic. Stay tuned for updates as we get closer to tip.