NBA / Oct 23, 2008 / 3:55 pm

5 Keys To Another Hawks Playoff Run

Joe JohnsonJoe Jeezy needs to knock down a better % from 3

No matter what Mike Woodson says in team huddles – even if he gives an inspirational overture on par with Gordon Bombay‘s speech in Mighty Ducks 2 – the Hawks aren’t going back to the playoffs if they don’t successful address these five keys to their season.

5. At some point this season, Atlanta’s brass will need to go out and add someone, anyone to beef up their bench. The one aspect of Josh Childress‘ departure for Olympiakos that no one talked about was how it would effect the Hawks. Well it’s left them with perhaps the ugliest bench in the League. Here’s their second line:

* Acie Law IV
* Flip Murray
* Mo Evans
* Solomon Jones
* Zaza Pachulia

That’s not a playoff team’s bench.

4. Last season the Hawks were one of only four teams in the NBA to hit less than 400 three’s on the season. The other three? The Clippers, Sunset I mean, Sonics, and Sixers. That’s terrible.

Now Atlanta will have Mike Bibby on staff for the entirety of the season, who had made more than 130 treys in each of the previous four seasons. Bibby, Joe Johnson and Josh Smith should be able to touch 400 on their own. It’s on Marvin Williams to hit more than one three. Seriously, that’s all he did last year. He hit one three.

3. They’re a good rebounding team. They ranked 11th in the League in total rebounds. However, that’s only because they killed it on the offensive glass. They were one of the ten worst teams in the League grabbing boards on the defensive end – they rebounded only 71.7% of their opponents’ misses, which is tied for third worst in the L. That translates directly into wins and losses.

During the Celtics series, when they pulled down more defensive boards than Boston, they won. When they didn’t, they lost.

2. For a team as athletic as the Hawks, they play far too slow. Most good teams who plays a slower brand of basketball feature a dominant post scorer: Boston, Houston, San Antonio, and Detroit. Playing faster means more transition opportunities for Josh Smith, which means more easy buckets, which means more Atlanta #5 jerseys sold.

1. The next time Paul Pierce is knocked to the ground and Al Horford is within ten feet, he needs to keep his mouth closed. Don’t step over him, don’t point and scream. Run back on defense and mind your business. You don’t want to piss off the champs.

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  • fallinup

    The east got damn good this season. Losing Childress and doing nothing in the off season will hurt them. They will be close, but miss the playoffs this season.

  • fallinup

    And yes, I said season in every sentence. haha

  • MoxWestCoastRep

    ….and I thought I would be the only to reference Mighty Ducks on Dime with my knuckle puck comment?! What are the chances?!

  • http://GEE2.com GEE…Built yourself a little fort? F$#@ yo fort!!

    Nothing of a new coach or at least the coach learning about
    48 more plays to bring him to 50.

  • Diego

    Concur with all but no. 1–who cares about pissing off the (then future) champs, who barely got out of the first round? I can’t wait until the Hawks beat them again at home this year in the regular season.

    Hawks fans have been bitching about no. 2 for a while (particularly with both Joshes), but Woodson doesn’t seem to get it.

    I would add to the list Bibby showing up and contributing strongly, which he did very little of last season (and none of in that Boston series).

  • Ian

    pleasee number 1 was the best part of the series
    al was awesome

  • David Brandon

    how did he only hit one three ALL YEAR?? thats an ugly ass stat to have….

  • solomon

    that’s a fact… sad, bud true…

    though his perimeter J is somewhat reliable… he needs to stretch his range big time…

  • QQ

    I root for the underdog, but seeing the punk ass Horford screaming and yapping at an established superstar was disgusting. I would dip him with an elbow shot to the dome if I was Pierce.


    Me so horny