Archive for May, 2012

Fitting End to a Season of What-If’s

Monday, May 14th, 2012

What if Al Horford never gets injured? What if Josh Smith isn’t slowed with a knee injury, forcing him to miss Game 3? What if one basket or stop goes differently down the stretch in Game 2, 3 OR 6? All of these questions can eat at Hawks fans (not to mention players and... »

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With Backs Against the Wall, These Hawks Respond

Friday, May 11th, 2012

It has been a theme all season long for the Hawks. People have been counting them out, and they have risen to the challenge. Before the season even started, many analysts said that this group of Hawks had “topped out” and that they would be a borderline playoff team. Atlanta responded by starting 11-4,... »

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Game 5: Notes & Quotes

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

— It came down to the wire but the Hawks pulled out the win over Boston, 87-86, at Philips Arena on Tuesday. — Atlanta led by 7 with just over four minutes to play, however the Celtics quickly tied things at 83 … The Hawks answered, scoring the next four, but Celtics wouldn’t go... »

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Back to What We Know Works

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

The Hawks will start a familiar lineup tonight for Game 5 at the Highlight Factory… at least it is familiar if you followed Atlanta for the first 12 days of the season. Coach Drew revealed at shootaround that he plans on using his opening night starting lineup of Jeff Teague, Joe Johnson, Marvin Williams,... »

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Hawks Focus on ‘Step One’: Winning Game 5

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

A lot is made during a playoff series about making adjustments game-by-game. The honest truth about this current series between the Hawks and Celtics are that there are no more secrets. Any adjustment will be minor unless that adjustment is an increased sense of urgency. Boston was much more effective in Game 4, but... »

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Injury Update: Smoove Out, Allen In

Friday, May 4th, 2012

Atlanta’s Josh Smith and Boston’s Ray Allen were both “gametime decisions” for Game 3 on Friday night, and the “decisions” did not go in the Hawks’ favor. Smith opted to rest his ailing left knee and aim for a return on Sunday night’s Game 4, and Allen suited up for his first live action... »

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Time to Rest and Recover

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

This was the official word on Wednesday, issued from the Hawks PR: SMITH’S INJURY A STRAINED LEFT TENDON, STATUS DAY-TO-DAY ATLANTA, GA – Atlanta forward Josh Smith, who left Tuesday’s game against Boston with a sprained left knee, was diagnosed with a strained left tendon and his status is day-to-day. So you can add... »

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Game 2 Game Notes

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

— The Hawks let an 11-point second half lead get away, falling to Boston 87-80 at Philips Arena on Tuesday. — Joe Johnson led the Hawks with 22 points, Jeff Teague put in 18 and Josh Smith tallied 16 points and 12 rebounds before leaving the game late with a sprained left knee. —... »

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Game 2: Defending Home Court

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

With Rajon Rondo suspended for Game 2 tonight at the Highlight Factory, many are anticipating an easier road to victory for the Hawks. Joe Johnson knows better than to take anything for granted, especially during the playoffs. “This is a totally different time of the year,” Joe said this morning after shootaround. “We understand... »

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