Joe Johnson: Struggling Hawks ‘Self-Conscious’ About Who Scores

by February 22, 2012
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When Joe Johnson assesses his team, which has lost 7 of its last 10 games, he sees a squad featuring some players who are a tad too concerned with their own stats. From the AJC: “When I look at our team, we are a very talented team, but I [don’t know] whether guys know their roles or not,’ Johnson said. ‘We know the right thing to do. A lot of times we don’t come out and do it. I just think we should all have one agenda, one goal and that is winning the basketball game. Not who scores what, who does what. I think we are too self conscious about [who is] scoring and the little things that really don’t matter. For us to win the game we have to put all of that to the side and help one another on both ends of the floor. If we don’t do that, we are going to continue to struggle to win games. I think we have to put a lot into perspective about how good we want to be as a team or what direction we are headed in or what are our goals. Right now I’m not sure if everyone has that one common goal – and that is winning. We’ve had spurts where we’ve played great together. The ball movement has been great. We’ve had times when we haven’t been so great. Times we haven’t been so great, we have struggled as a team. I know it’s noticeable. I think we just have to start getting the ball into the right people’s hands who make plays, who score the basketball and make others better. That’s it.’”