The Hawks beat the Kings tonight in Mike Bibby's first game at Philips Arena as a member of our team. He was received well by the fans tonight, bless their hearts.
They scored 40 first quarter points, then in keeping with their strategy of making the game close so the fans will stay interested, they stopped scoring in the second quarter. Then to make the game super interesting, they let Sacramento take the lead briefly right before halftime before a Joe Johnson 3 at the buzzer gave it back to them.
To make a long story short, they won 123-117. In order for this team to be successful they need to run. That's their best shot at winning games consistently. They don't have the horses to play a half court game offensively or defensively. They need to go all Golden State on the league and just run, shoot bad shots, run some more, shoot more bad shots that turn into good shots when they go in and so forth and so on...
It's not always pretty, but at least we all know what to expect from Golden State. They have an identity and that's what the Hawks desperately need. I personally would like to know what the hell to expect from these kids when they run out of the locker room.
Also, it wouldn't kill Mike Woodson to have some sort of substitution pattern. Or maybe it would. Either way, there's no rhyme or reason to his substitutions. They just don't make sense on any level. I'm not even going to get into it.
They won, so all is well I suppose.