For the second straight game, the Bulls went with an eight-man rotation due to injuries sustained by Joakim Noah, Carlos Boozer, and Kirk Hinrich, not to mention Derrick Rose. This is a Bulls team with a great amount of pride. With Luol Deng, a so called “glue guy”, as their best player available the last couple games, rotation players like Nate, Jimmy and Taj have stepped up their game big time against quality opponents.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports tweets that a deal is done in principle that would send Johnson to the Brooklyn Nets to (hopefully) team up with Deron Williams.
There doesn’t appear anything that could potentially hold this deal up, save the amount of paperwork. That’s because in order to acquire Johnson from the Atlanta Hawks, the Nest practically had to give up half of their team. If the deal goes through as it is drawn up now, the Hawks would receive Jordan Williams, Johan Petro, Jordan Farmar, Anthony Morrow and DeShawn Stevenson.
I think MJ will take MKG under his wing and try to develop him into a star. Has the attributes to defend, rebound and attack the basket, however he has an unusual shooting stroke. With the help of MJ, this can be corrected at the age of 18, as he has plenty of time to develop. May reach for Beal for greater offensive power or a big man in Robinson.
Although Atlanta Hawks fans have already come to the realization that their season is over, they can’t be too happy with NBA officials from the Game 6 opening-round matchup between the Hawks and Boston Celtics.
That’s because the NBA recently released a statement explaining that Marquis Daniels should have been called sooner for fouling Al Horford on an inbound play with 3.1 seconds left. Daniels committed a foul prior to Marvin Williams releasing the in-bounds pass, meaning the Hawks should have had a free-throw attempt and still retained possession of the basketball. However, at the time, officials ruled that the foul occurred after Williams’ throw-in.
The first week of the hectic 2012 NBA Playoffs are in the books and already there are plenty of story lines and drama that will likely ensure to become a very entertaining 40 nights to decide a champion. From the match ups to the injuries and records being broken, every game this weekend had worth watching and plenty of things to discuss: The Magic and Clippers are up 1-0, Derrick Rose is out and the Spurs and Heat look like the best teams in the postseason. Highlights from Weekend 1 include:
Remember when the Hawks took the Celtics seven games prior to the Celtics winning the 2008 NBA title? I do. I also remember thinking that that experience would be too draining for the Celtics. I was wrong back then, but, now I think I might be right. The Celtics are much older, much slower, and at the end of their run. I mean, everyone in the Big Three (and Rajon Rondo) were about “this” close to being traded at some point this season because, well, it isn’t working like it used to.
The Hawks were playing just fine, but now they have a major problem. Center, Al Horford, will be out for three to four months. He has a shoulder injury, amongst the worst for anyone who plays basketball. Now, the Hawks have to figure out how to move on without him. Basically, the season is going to be nearly over once he comes back. They did beat the heck out of the Bobcats without Horford, but that doesn’t really mean they can sustain this long term. It’s more important to imagine how their team will look when they are playing without Horford’s defense day after day.
It’s a tale of two teams that don’t know who they are.
It took three overtimes, but the Heat put the Hawks away after the Hawks had beaten them just a few days earlier. There is no way to predict what the Hawks will do when they are playing teams that they should beat. Nobody of significance played for the Heat last night.
I never expect the Hawks to be bad. I just expect them to be disappointing. You see, in Atlanta sports, you get used to disappointment. So, if the Hawks were to be, well, disappointing this year, I would understand. However, they just beat the Nets 106-70.
However, when you go down the box score, the Hawks have an odd-looking team that doesn’t even look like it scored 106 points. Vlad Radmanovic led all Hawks scorers with 17. Tracy McGrady had 12 (yes, Tracy McGrady plays for the Hawks,) and Joe Johnson had 11. It’s the wiliest looking bunch you have ever seen on paper. Just go look up their roster and tell me that it doesn’t look completely ridiculous.