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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

We Packed Up Our Bags and Moved

Alright fellas. We have packed our bags and moved to a new site (cry and shed those tears). The new site can be found here with this link:

Check back to that site in order to see us perform our first ever post there with a live-blog for tonight's HUGE Game 5. See ya there Hawksnation.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Hawks EVEN Series!

Congratulations to the Hawks from both of us at BKTMLM. You finally came out, clamped down on defense, and outlasted the Heat on offense. Last night's game was blue-collar basketball at its absolute finest.

In honor of Zaza Pachulia's huge game, we tried to make some Khachapuri, but our attempts to master Georgian cooking have failed us.

To remind everyone of just how valuable (and well liked) Zaza is, we recommend you read the second ever post on our blog, the Open Letter: to My Favorite Georgian. (Also a good read since few of you were reading the blog when it started)

Thursday, April 23, 2009

So The Hawks Lost, Who Did Not See That Coming?

I'll tell you all one thing here, I saw it coming. I was blessed with the ability to see the future, and in the future I saw the Hawks losing game 2. Don't believe me? Ask my fellow blogger Craig Ehlo. We were in the library "studying" for our finals when in the middle of reading about proxy violations for corporations, I looked up at him, gazed into his blue-green eyes and said "The Hawks are going to lose tonight. I am sure of it."

Later on, while the Hawks were busy doing their best let's not guard the other team's best player, I looked at Ehlo again and said "hate to say I told you so." Look let's not get to crazy here, during the first game I even said that I could see the Hawks losing one of their home games but still winning on Miami's court. In fact, I believe the Hawks will win game 3 in Miami setting the tone that this series will be done in six games. But last night. Boy that was a terrible thing to watch. I do not even know where to begin.

I guess the best place to start is on the players for their lackadasical play and failure to realize they were playing in a PLAYOFF GAME. The reason I knew we would lose last night's game was due to the way we blew out the Heat in game 1. As soon as we started destroying the Heat's reserves in game 1, you know the mindset of the team changed dramatically. It went from taking the Heat seriously as a playoff team, to labeling them as just a stepping stone in the way of us playing a second round playoff opponent. In fact, what happened to us last night, is the same thing that happened to the Celtics in Game 3 last year in Atlanta. Once you stop taking your opponent seriously, the end result is not going to be favorable. A NBA team can afford to take a night off and not take your opponent seriously, a NBA PLAYOFF team can not.

Next place to start my gripes deals with the player that everybody was gushing over only three days ago after he had a huge game 1. That is right, Josh Smith, you have not found yourself immune from attack once again. So you had a big game on Sunday night and probably thought that you were going to come out and dominate this next game and play to all the accolades you had seemingly earned the previous game. Boy did you disappoint. Sadly to all of us who actually follow the Hawks we knew it was coming. Everyone, from the Atlanta media to ESPN seemed to fall in love with the way Smoove played in game 1 and rightfully so, it was one of his first good games in a while. But all of us in Hawksnation knew it was an aberration. Look at what he did last night for proof that this kid still does not have the maturity level to succeed in the NBA. He began the game by shooting jumpers and 3's and to be fair, he did hit some of them. In fact, after he made his first jump shot, I turned to my brother and said: "there it is, that is proof we are going to lose this game." If Josh Smith's first basket is a jump shot, for some reason he is going to believe his jump shot is on all game, and if there is one thing we have learned from Smoove it is that his jump shot is NEVER on all game. TAKE THE BALL TO THE BASKET AND DUNK - that is all the kid needs to do on offense, somebody please grab him by the head band and let him know this.

How about this for another little "great play" by Smoove. At some point in the third or fourth quarter, Josh goes for the steal on Beasley, misses the steal and lets Beasley drive to the basket where then out of nowhere Josh comes back into the play and swats the ball into the row behind the Hawks Bench. Wow Welcome to the Highlight Factory block right? Wrong. The block, instead of being hit back to someone on our team, which the best shot-blockers in the league do, went out of bounds on us and after passing the ball in the Heat, and more importantly Beasley due to Smith's horrendous defense, nailed a three. So instead of a two point basket, they scored a three. WAY TO GO JOSH. This is where people need to realize Josh is just not getting it done on defense. Give up on your attempts to get him to be first team all NBA defense, that is a load of crap. His blocked shots are never on his own guy, because he is always getting beat. Do not believe me? Look to see how many points Beasley has next game. Watch him go right at Josh and almost score at will. In the fourth quarter when the Hawks had the game to five points, Haslem stepped up and nailed a jumper from the free throw line to go up by seven. Who was supposed to be guarding Haslem, I'll give you one guess. Wanna know what Smoove was doing instead, hanging around under the basket doing NOTHING. Great defense Josh thanks.

But the blame for the loss cannot solely be on Josh for that game, hell Flip missed a ton of shots yet for some reason kept shooting, Joe obviously had nothing but felt the need not to differ to Bibby who was stroking it. And Marvin, oh Marvin where did you go? Al, come on man, I was telling people you were going to have a huge series, do not make me look like an idiot. I do that enough for myself as it is, I do not need help from others making me look stupid. And give it up to the Heat who made an astounding 15 three point baskets. Damn, if a team is going to make that many 3's well it is going to be a long night for the other guys. And to the Heat coach who told his team to shoot more threes, genius. By shooting three's, even if you miss them, you are going to at least have somebody far back enough that it will be difficult for the Hawks to take the rebound and run with it. By preventing the Hawks from running the Heat took them out of their game. But to be fair, the Hawks always seem to take themselves out of the much better for them offense of a run and gun by simply playing half-court basketball for some reason. And when we get into the half court it turns into the stand around and watch Joe show, which rarely works.

But do not fear Hawks fans, it is just one game. The Hawks got punched in the mouth and did not get back up. The Heat came out and were more physical and were nailing three's. I still think the Hawks were the better team last night, just could not get the biscuit in the basket as some of my friend would say. They kept the Heat from driving to the basket and making layups. In fact, we made them shoot jump shots which is how the Hawks are going to win this series. The Hawks did what they were supposed to do in order to win the game, just sometimes it does not happen. However, if they come out flat again and do not stop the Heat from hitting all those 3's wll then, the NBA might get their wish of a Wade v. Lebron Second Round matchup.

For a more sobering look at last night's game, and probably one with less anger and disgust at the way we played, go over to Hoopinon. This guy has a much better outlook on the game than I did.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

That's Our Race, That's Our Playoffs

Anaheim Angels outfielder Tim Salmon said the title quote to this post, and for at least the first round of this year's NBA playoffs, I see no reason why it can't apply to the Atlanta Hawks.

This year, for the first time in a LONG time (1999 Season they were the 4th seed), the Hawks will have home court advantage in the playoffs, albeit for only the first round (unless there's an upset in the Cleveland/Detroit series). And for that, Hawks fans have reason to be excited. We will get at least 2 games to watch in Atlanta, and probably more. Furthermore, we will have the opportunity to make Philips Arena again one of the loudest and most intimidating places on the planet.

So how do I see the Heat/Hawks series going? I think it really is a toss up. I see the Hawks winning the first 2 games at home, that's for sure. However, one thing I know is that Joe Johnson will not win this series. There is no doubt that he will bring his A game, but Joe hasn't had any spectacular games against Miami thus far in the season.

Joe Johnson's stat lines:

12/12/08 - Hawks 87, Heat 73 in Miami
21 Points, 7 Rebounds, 4 Assists, 4 Turnovers

1/26/09 - Hawks 79, Heat 95 in Miami
19 Points, 4 Rebounds, 4 Assists, 5 Turnovers

2/27/09 - Hawks 91, Heat 83 in Atlanta
24 Points, 3 Rebounds, 5 Assists, 3 Turnovers

In fact, JJ only rose above his averages in points (21.4) in the win in Atlanta, and in rebounds (4.4) in the win in Miami. Whether it's the length of the defenders in Miami, the strength of Dwyane Wade on the defensive end, or just coincidental luck, JJ hasn't had any explosive games against the Heat.

Josh Smith is the only player on the Hawks whose had consistent games against the Heat - 14/15 points and 7/8 rebounds per game. If Josh Smith is our most consistent player in this series, we're in a little bit of trouble.

So how do I see it playing out? I think the Hawks win the first game, 103-91 on the strength of home court advantage and a huge double-double from Al Horford. Joe will score 30-something and the Hawks will take care of business.

In the second game, Josh comes out of the gate like a chicken with his head cutoff - he's dunking, blocking, and unstoppable. The Hawks will win, but the game will be closer than the first - I'm thinking 97-92.

Expect a post after the first two games with an update.

Ehlo's prediction? Hawks in 7, still unable to win on the road.

Sunday, April 5, 2009


So the playoffs are set to start in 2-ish weeks, and your Atlanta Hawks will be participants once again, albeit (and thankfully) at a higher seed than they were last year. Hopefully, the Hawks will finish with the 4th seed, earning them homecourt advantage for the first round of the playoffs.

But while hope springs eternal, nothing is set in stone. The Hawks, losers of their last 3, are 2 games up on Miami and 2.5 games up on Philly. However, they still hold the 4th spot by that margin.

So who would I rather play? Personally, I think the Hawks would fare better against Miami because I think if they shut down Dwyane Wade, they'll shut down the Heat. Unlike the NBA Championship year in Miami, there's no Shaq to help Wade. Philadelphia, on the other hand, has a few guys that can beat you on any given night.

Do I have any stats to back that up? Sort of. The Hawks are 1-2 against Philadelphia, with the 1 win coming at home (and 1 loss each at home and on the road), and they're 2-1 against Miami, with a win at home and a win on the road. They have another game against the Heat this season, on April 14, and in that game we should get a better idea of how they'd fare.

So I ask you this: Who would you rather the Hawks play in the first round, and why?

Once the playoff matchup is set, Smildress and I will weigh in with our predictions on the first round. Until then, Go Hawks!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Get that Train A-Runnin

So after tonight's big (and that term is used only in relation to the point differential between the two teams) win over the T-wolves, the Hawks are sitting pretty at 42 - 29 guaranteeing themselves at least a .500 record. As exciting as that sounds (you know cause being average is ok) this is a marked improvement from last year where the Hawks squeaked into the playoffs with a sub-.500 record.

What you may be wondering is why there haven't been many posts recently after the Hawks recent surge into the upper echelon of NBA teams - ok maybe just NBA eastern division teams. Oddly enough, we haven't had many gripes with the Hawks or the way they have been playing recently. Sure there are the constants Josh Smith what are you doing moments, and the never gets old why is Woody using this lineup right now questions. But for the most part all has been quiet on the Hawks front in terms of complaints.

Over the past few weeks there have been some interesting things to take note of like the Hawks only losing one game since Marvin went down from injury leading many of us to wonder are the Hawks better off without him. There also is the rise of a new leader of the team in the ever-blossoming Al Horford. The unbelievable shooting of Flip Murray that keeps the Hawks bench from looking pathetic. Hell, even Mario West is getting playing time (and much to Speedy Ehlo's anger Othello Hunter still sits on the bench).

See most of these things are happening right under our noses and we have no complaints about them, but that does not mean there are no questions surrounding them. For example, now that the Hawks have seen what they can be without Marvin, I think they can take that money and maybe get a lockdown defender in the role of Mo Evans but better. Now that Horford has been shown as the vocal leader of the team does he have what it takes to become the true leader by his actions not just words? Can Flip really score 30 points on any given night against real competition? Will Mario West ever become a reliable NBA fantasy option?

All of these are food for thought and maybe even some late-night munchies for you to consider or even us to give you our insight regarding them. All in all, the Hawks have been playing well and if there ever was a time for the train to get rolling, with the Spurs, Celtics, and Lakers coming up, now is as good of time as any.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

LIVE Blog, HAWKS vs. Kings 3/17/2009

Hello members of Lunch Money Nation! Smildress and I are here ready to bring you the action from our comfortable perch atop the not-so-highlight factory. You know what this is about, so let's get this party started:

Ehlo: JS, pass me a brewski. I wanna watch the Hawks win their 6th straight in style.
Smildress: You bought Michelob Ultra Lime. In no way is that style.
CE: F that noise.
JS: Hawks in glorious HD, I'll drink some Ultra Lime to that.

And the game is underway.

CE: In honor of my favorite NBA name, I'm gonna take some Beano for each shot Udrih makes.
JS: You need it.

With 10:16 left in the first, Mo slams on a fast break

CE: Nice!
JS: Josh Smith has a white guy guarding him. Why isn't he's dominating? Oh yeah, he's spending time arguing with the refs instead of playing.
CE: 10-4 Kings with many easy opportunities. If the Hawks lose tonight I'm not gonna be too happy. The Hawks have turned it over a few times here in the early going...and it's now 12-4.

Timeout Hawks, and they needed it.

JS: Out of the timeout, Bibby throws the ball away. What is going on? As soon as I start watching, the hawks suck. I should go back to Spring Break...and I got a good tan too.
CE: If I see Smoove airball another shot, I'm gonna be furious. Oh, there's a Smith dunk...that's good!
JS: Expect the Hawks to go on a big run over the rest of the quarter. They look like a sleeping giant - Seems like they were taking the Kings a bit too lightly to begin. Smith is still arguing, I can't believe it. If this was the Josh Smith Basketball Association, he'd have 0 fouls on the season. How can someone complain that much?
JS: Smoove must have messed up his mane. I need a brush to fix my do, but I guess he can smear his hands along the top of his head.
CE: Smoove hits a free throw! Yes! Please hit the other. Yes! 2-2! Way to go!

18-11 Kings with 5:30 left in the first

JS: Mo Evans hit a good three after an excellent pop out.
CE: Illegal screen gives us my favorite Ryan Cameron saying "THAT FOUL IS OFFENSIVE!"
CE: Horford slams, a good drive along the baseline
JS: What a monster. We're cutting the lead...what did I say? We'd be up 6 at the end of the quarter. prediction doesn't look that good anymore. The Hawks have missed 2 dunks already and Nocioni just hit a three. This is ugly.
CE: The Kings haven't beat an Eastern Conference team this season (0-26). If we're the first, I'm reposting the fire woody diatribe from a week ago.

Shout out from us to Sekou Smith, who we just saw at the bottom of our screen. That's pronounced SEH-KOO...we looked it up.

JS: You looked it up, Ehlo
CE: I want his job.
JS: Joe's 0-7 from the field, he's killing my fantasy team.
CE: Make that 0-8 with a last second heave. Sucka.

31-26 at the end of the first. Hawks looked sluggish and like they didn't care. For a team fighting for home-court advantage, they certainly aren't playing inspired ball. Woodson, where's their inspiration?

JS: Acie's in! And he turns it over. Ugh.
CE: 5 turnovers by the Hawks. They just don't look good. You know, sometimes they look really good. Other times they look like crap. The inconsistency is what is so frustrating. The score is 35-29, but I feel like they're being clobbered.
JS: Acie passes to Flip who hits a three. I like it! Man, Nique would be an excellent coach for the Hawks. He would command respect in the locker room and his opinions seem to be right on the money.
CE: Horford elicits my second favorite Ryan Cameron saying "A score and one more!" All we're missing so far is "Too many steps"
JS: We have Bibby, Acie, and Flip in at the same time...and they're making a run! Hawks take the lead 40-39, and then the Kings hit a three. 42-40 now.
CE: Zaza with a power move off the dribble. I like it!!!! Finally the Hawks seem to have woken up. "A score and one more!" Al Horford back to the line for an "and 1"! It's St. Patrick's Day...I hope no one is wearing Celtics gear.

JS: Why don't we have any comments yet?

CE: Smildress, looks like your prediction isn't even close. Calvin Booth? Seriously?
JS: He must be one of the ugliest players in the NBA.
CE: 59-52 Hawks...I think we're gonna win this one. It sort of looks like a college game - both teams are sort of sloppy.
JS: That's the definition of a Big 10 game. Wait, Ehlo, didn't you graduate from Illinois?
CE: Shut up. 9 first half dunks so far in the game for the Hawks. This is unreal.
JS: Hawks up by 6! Looks like my prediction was 1 quarter early. No way, Smoove just hit a three pointer at the buzzer! So what if they ruined my prediction? Ugh. Cocksuckers.

Hawks ahead at the half, 68-59. We'll take a break with them. Unlike Charlie Villanueva, we won't be posting during the break.

3rd Quarter
Sorry for the delay as we had to switch hands here and I had to finish off eating the famous Smildress Quesadilla. Do not worry we were watching the game and took notice of the ref stealing the ball from Joe but sorry for the delay as we will get back to in-game blog right here with Bibby nailing the three off of Joe's dribble and pass.

JS: Did Bibby and Joe get compared to Bibby and Christie? How is that a good thing? And why can Joe not seem to handle the ball tonight as he has 4 turnovers.
CE: Wow these franchises are old. I did not realize the Hawks were so old. FLIP!!! Now that Mo is out with like his 8th foul we get to see Flip.
JS: Joe alright hitting a shot and a three point play.
CE: A score and one more!
JS: Well looks like we are wrong with that Joe play.
CE: WOW. Another dunk and alley-oop. The Hawks might set a record for most dunks in a game.
JS: Is anyone else loving this dunkfest?
CE: Another foul on Martin as he is shooting a jump shot? What gives Hawks?
JS: Smith complaining he got fouled.
CE: He is lucky he did not called for a walk. Seriously, how does he complain after every play? We are due for a dunk, it has been a while.
JS: Well we did not get one :(
CE: It would be cooler if Smith had a cool like finger-wag after he blocks a shot. It would make things more exciting.
JS: It would also give him something to do instead of actually play the game. I am actually surprised he does not have one yet
CE: They are not taking Sacramento seriously as they are not playing defense and are just having fun.
JS: As you say that Josh has another block. A carry? I thought the refs do not call those anymore.
CE: Why does Joe keep shooting jumpers when everyone else is having a field day when it comes to dunking.
JS: Kevin Martin gets fouled again and goes to the line for his 16 and 17th free throw attempts, 3 more than the Hawks as a team. Joe another turnover, come on.
CE: Josh complaining yet again, but this time he might have some real issues as he got thrown to the floor.
JS: How are the Hawks only up two? There you go Joe hit that jumper, ignore my requests to go to the basket.
CE: Hawks have 8 turnovers this quarter to the Kings none, but there is another dunk from FLIP!
JS: A 3 point shot over Zaza, Garcia shows off his poor decision making and Flip shows off his poor shooting from past half-court. Moving on to the 4th quarter.

4th Quarter
JS: Were they just playing a Spanish U2 song?
CE: I thought U2 was Spanish.
JS: Selfish Joe. Should have passed to Acie he is feeling it tonight.
CE: Why won't these Kings just go away and did Bob Rathburn really just say draino for Beno.
JS: Whew he is up let's hope it is nothing serious.
CE: He looks like he might be ok here as 'Nique reminds us that he is a tough guy, a tough guy.
JS: Does Smoove just argue with whoever will listen?
CE: Sad thing is I do not think anyone is listening.
JS: I'd listen.
CE: I just realized that Woodson calls Josh "Smoove."
JS: That could be one reason Smith does not respect him, right?
CE: Has Joe even sat in this second half? If he keeps taking it to the basket like that I will be ok with him staying out there, as it is a score and one more.
JS: A mouse in the house? What does that even mean?
CE: After pondering that saying for some time, I still do not know what it means. Joe is getting absolutely whatever he wants.
JS: Woody get after the refs.
CE: These mics in HD broadcasts are great. We can hear anything.
JS: This seems like a perfect opportunity for me to bring up my idea about a pay-per-view basketball game where there are mics on the court and we can hear everything the players are saying. Who would not pay for that?
CE: Well then opposing teams would watch that and hear the plays and cahnge their game plans.
JS: You really love to ruin my dreams don't you.
CE: Well a ref mic would be cool.
JS: About as cool as that Nocioni block on Horford. I guess this is where Joe is taking his breather. Pull all the starters, this game is over.
CE: FLIP. A score and one more. How many and one's is that? Goodness. Horford should be out of this game as if he went down we would be in bad shape.
JS: After that dunk, take him out. That brings the dunk-o-meter to what, like 18? I think Rathburn's head is going to explode if the Hawks dunk it again.
CE: McCants do not steal the Hawks bubblegum. Zaza with a midrange jumper, and that is why he does not shoot those.
JS: A Mario West sighting! With more than a minute left he will unfortunately not be getting a Mario tonight.

Ok we have to wrap this up a little early tonight as we have to head out to celebrate St. Patty's day with our Irish bretheren. And as much as I want to watch Mo, Flip, Mario, Acie and Zaza play, I'd rather drink some green beer. Good night peeps.

We are Back Again

So Spring Break is over and after some much needed R&R we are ready to provide you all with some quality Hawks information and entertainment. Unfortunately we were not able to watch any Hawks games during the break so we are kind of out of the loop a little (like how come Marvin has not been playing in any games recently?) Anyways, tonight, since there have been so many requests, Ehlo and I will be doing one of our famous in-game blogs to keep you all interested when the Hawks take on the Kings. Come back later tonight to see our thoughts as we have them in-game! That's right, a running stream of consciousness regarding the Hawks, get pumped and hopefully you will come back later to check it out.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Ehlo and Smildress Hit SPRING BREAK

Finally, Ehlo and Smildress have hit their annual Spring Break and will be unavailable for posting from now until next Sunday (3/15) or so. Keep looking out for a surprise post or two, but don't expect it...

Because we are leaving you for a week, we thought we owed it to you to leave you with a couple our favorite Hawks pics:

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Hawks fall to Knicks 109 - 105

After getting beat in MSG, I give you a beauty from NBC's Friday Night Lights. Watch this show if not for me then do it for Tyra. How could you say no to this face?

We Have Power!

Have no fear Hawksnation. Our power and cable have been restored (big props to Georgia Power and a little for Charter). So we will be able to watch the game tonight and give you our thoughts. Get pumped cause we back.