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Tuesday, May 11th, 2010 at 9:30 am  |  19 responses

Atlanta Hawks Seek Positives from Their Season

Despite a humiliating sweep at the hands of the Orlando Magic, players from the ATL tell the Journal-Constitution that there’s no shame in the kind of year they’ve had: “The Magic swept the Hawks. The total losing margin of 101 points is the largest in NBA history for a four-game sweep. The Hawks were booed in their own arena. They hope all of that doesn’t define their season. ‘We are disappointed at the series,’ Smoove said, ‘but we can’t let a bad series overturn all the good we did the whole entire season. Coming into the postseason we thought we could do something special but we couldn’t get it done.’ ‘I told [teammates] to keep their heads up regardless what they say about us,’ J.J. said. ‘We had a hell of a year. It wasn’t a good series, but the whole season was good.’ ‘I’m proud of our basketball team and what we’ve accomplished this season,’ Woody said. ‘We did a lot of good things this season. I’m happy in the direction the team is going. Sure we have to get better. But it’s a big jump from the first round to the second, third and Finals. We’re still learning.”’

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  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    They are positively the worst 2nd Round playoff team in NBA history. Swept in back to back seasons? Gangsta in the worst possible way.

  • BackInBlack

    This team is a young deadly team. They did amazing this season coming only 8 games short of Orlando. It’s a shame they had to be matched up with the Magic. They got a good old fashioned ass whooping.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Also, I’d be willing to bet big money that Joe said almost the same sh*t last season after they were destroyed.

  • riggs

    joe johnson is not an all-star, C’Mon son!

  • http://thekobebeef.wordpress.com LDR4

    Josh Smith showed flashes of his younger self in this series and that is certainly not a good thing.

  • Fat Lever

    It’s good that they can see the forest from the trees, but that theory would have been fine last year. Getting bounced the way they did, I would not be happy if I was a Hawk, especially after reading stuff on here about Hawks players not giving full effort. JJ said they’re still learning, but last year they should have learned what it takes to NOT get swept out of the 2nd round, which is looks like they haven’t, even if ORL is a match up problem. Orlando’s rolling right now, but I don’t believe the Hawks are 25.25 PPG worse than Orlando, especially at home where they were like 34-7. Orlando just beat them into submission after the first game. Not a good sign of a young team.

  • http://www.twitter.com/dfrance21 dfrance21

    Barkley said it best yesterday. The Hawks are not going to get any better the way they are constructed. They have no true Center, no real point guard, a bunch of small forwards and a “star” 2 guard with no killer instinct. Time to blow that sh1t up!

  • ClydeSays

    Hawks seem to have been built for the regular season. I think they’ll need a refit if they want to advance in the playoffs. A playermaker/defender at PG and post presence at C would be a great start. Horford is their best player in my opinion. I’d put him at PF full time & build around him.

    Smith seems to be uninterested if things aren’t going his way. Crawford is and always has been a scorer and not much else. Bibby is wearing down. JJ if he sticks around and the rest of the team would benefit from some solid vets. Not Joe Smith collecting-a-check vets. But vets who will hold them accountable for mistakes on the floor. Same goes for the coaching position. Woodie’s ‘happy to be here’ style seems to have worn out it’s welcome.

  • MikeC.

    There’s one positive they can take from the season: it’s over for them, so they can’t get their asses handed to them again until next season.

  • don

    i wouldn’t feel bad if i was a Hawk, the way ORL was playing was playing in that series, they could have swept anyone.

  • riggs

    what if they get the lil general as a coach? i bet you they wouldnt have played like this.

  • Robb

    The sh*t didn’t work after all…

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    Did anyone else hear the a small portion of the crowd start chanting “Let’s go, Spirit!”? LMFAO.

  • http://Facebook.com/jray2009 Jrsy

    Didn’t realize we only refferred to them with their nicknames now.

  • Trout

    To be honest the Hawks never stood a real chance against a team this deep and with a tireless defensive force in the middle. It’s a shame but the reality is the team needs some desperate change.

  • http://www.stuffwhitepeoplelike.com Tarzan Cooper

    Hawks do need changes, but lets give orl tons of credit, they are a machine right now. They will pummel bos or cle

  • no id

    They need change but not MAJOR change. Woodson has coached his last game there. Woodson was out coached, the players picked the wrong time to give up(on themselves and there coach), and they had no sense of urgency..There should be no excuse to be swept this season in the second round. Unlike last year, which ppl tend to forget, everybody came limping into that series wit da Cavs hurt..This year there were no injuries and improvement with Crawford off the bench..Resign JJ but not for max dollars. I don’t knock him for what he said bout the fans cause a lot of that came out of emotion right after gettin beat like Rodney King. I don’t think u blow up a team after yrs of improvement and posting there first 50 win season in god knows how long..All they need is a new voice in the locker room and add a couple of decent pieces and they’ll b fine.

  • LA Huey

    Too bad they didn’t get the opportunity to draft Chris Paul or Deron Williams.

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