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  1. Wizards vs. Hawks Game 5 preview: Washington looks to take control of series at home by Jake Whitacre@jakewhitacre Apr 25, 2017, 5:34pm EDT Bullets Forever Game Info When: Wednesday, April 26 at 6 p.m. ET Where: Verizon Center in Washington D.C. TV: TNT, CSN Mid-Atlantic, Fox Sports Southeast Injury Report Hawks: Everyone’s healthy What to watch for How will everyone handle the early start? It’s hard enough to get fans to the Verizon Center on time when games start at 7 p.m. With Wednesday’s game starting at 6 p.m., it could mean the crowd is a little tamer than you might expect for the start of a pivotal Game 5. Let’s hope if the crowd is sparse that it doesn’t affect Washington’s performance in the early going. They need the starters to come out and set the tone early, like they did in Games 1 & 2. Otherwise, Atlanta’s bench could break the game wide open when John Wall and Bradley Beal are resting and the game could be out of reach before the crowd gets there. How will Washington’s frontcourt adjust? The strong play of Marcin Gortat, Markieff Morris, and Otto Porter was a key part of why the team was able to start this series so well, but they went silent in Atlanta. Together, they combined to average 21 points on 24.5 shots during Games 3 & 4. Even if they can’t outplay Atlanta’s starting frontline, they need to at least be more efficient on the other end. If they can manage that in this one, it puts Washington in a much stronger position to win Game 5. Most Likely Wizards Killer: Taurean Prince The Hawks’ rookie has been very efficient throughout this series. He’s averaging 13.3 points per game while shooting 63.9 percent from the field. He’s been exploiting Washington’s inattentive off-ball defense to get very efficient shots near the rim and he’s 4-8 from deep. If the Wizards can limit his opportunities to get cheap points off of defensive miscues, it will put more pressure on Paul Millsap and Dennis Schroder to make harder shots. © 2017 Vox Media, Inc. All Rights Reserved Sports data © STATS 2016
  2. He11 no to moving Prince in any scenario. There could definitely be a good player at 19. I wish we could see bembry get more reps. I'm curious to see what the price tag is going to be for Sap. Bazemore is fools gold right now. He needs to ball out for the entire playoffs before I change my mind on him.
  3. Yep and I think as he continues to mature we should see his turovers go down and his decision making improve.
  4. okay True. Seriously though I think we finish this in six.
  5. Time for them put these dudes away
  6. Maybe he's tired of us saying he sucks
  7. I wonder if she is still lurking
  8. Let's just hope they keep moving the ball and playing great defense.
  9. Bazemore finally earning some of that salary
  10. Yeah that was just stupid offensive play in the first qtr. They have to move the ball because the wizards defense is suspect.
  11. I wish someone would give wall a hard azz foul.
  12. They need to move the ball more on offense to many iso's for sap the last few possessions.
  13. Well coach Bud will not be losing his GM title Atlanta Hawks reportedly set to avoid rebuild, focused on sustained success by Brad Rowland@BTRowland Apr 22, 2017, 3:01pm EDT Peachtree Hoops The Atlanta Hawks enter Saturday evening’s Game 3 in a 2-0 hole against the Washington Wizards and, as a result, there is some unrest within the fan base. Yes, the Hawks extended their playoff streak to ten consecutive seasons, but it came in the form of an uninspiring campaign that featured a (brief) bout with the reality that falling short of the postseason was a legitimate possibility. On the heels of that, Chris Vivlamore and Jeff Schultz of the AJC caught up Hawks owner Tony Ressler for an extended interview and, frankly, the entire thing is worth a read (as well as Schultz’s interpretation in column form) at your earliest convenience. Among the headline-making items, though, was the fact that it is Ressler, and not Mike Budenholzer, that owns final say on basketball decision-making and the owner couched that reality in these terms when asked: “That’s not true. I make the final decision, with all due respect. Just so you know, Bud is incredibly inclusive. Wes’ view, (senior advisor and former general manager) Rick Sund’s view, (assistant general manager) Jeff Peterson’s view. I’m in the decision-making business in my other job. It’s what I do for a living. If you think Bud makes a final decision on everything that we do, you don’t understand the way the Atlanta Hawks are run.” It is not uncommon for an NBA owner to sport this type of power since, well, they have the ultimate authority within the organization. With that said, Ressler also indicated in the piece that he is “frustrated as ****” and, according to Schultz, it was Ressler who should receive “credit” for both the signing of Dwight Howard and the decision to keep Paul Millsap midseason. While that was certainly the centerpiece in terms of takeaways, Ressler also doubled down on the fact that there will be no shuffling of responsibility within the front office. That comes as less than surprising news given the stature of Budenholzer and the tenuous situation that would arise should the Hawks move in a direction that would remove any bit of power from his shoulders, but it is certainly noteworthy. From a pure basketball standpoint, the pieces also get into the fact that there “will be no complete tear down” after this season and Ressler appears quite focused on continuing the playoff streak with higher returns. While rebuilding has been a topic of conversation both in this space and on my podcast, this will quiet any chatter regarding that notion, especially with the backdrop of the moves being approved at a final stage by the primary owner. Again, the full context is quite important and I would encourage you to consume the interview in its entirety. What we do know, though, is that Tony Ressler is more involved than some (including myself) thought at the outset and the Hawks don’t seem to be at all interested in breaking down the roster before building it back up. In other words and, well, this is my interpretation. Paul Millsap is about to get offered quite a bit of money to stick around. Stay tuned. © 2017 Vox Media, Inc. All Rights Reserved Sports data © STATS 2016
  14. NFL star receives touching note from family sitting behind him on flight NewsComAu | 2017-04-23T23:29:00.000Z FINALLY, there is some good news coming out of a flight. After a brutal few weeks of overbooked flights, nightmare delays and battered passengers, this is a story we all need. Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Mohamed Sanu tweeted a heartwarming note he received from a fellow passenger, who wanted to thank him for being an admirable role model to their son. “You don’t know us but we wanted to thank you,” the note read. Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Mohamed Sanu tweeted the heartwarming note he received on a flight. Picture: Bob Levey/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images Ads by Kiosked “Our son sat behind you on this flight and watched you. He saw you studying your plays, watched you make healthy choices with your snacks, food and drink. “He watched how polite you were to everyone.” The 10-year-old boy and his family sat behind the NFL star on a flight to Connecticut. The boy had just made an elite hockey team and they were travelling for his training. The boy’s parents wanted to thank Sanu for being an inspiration to their athlete-in-the-making. “You are an inspiration to children and for that you should be proud,” the note said. Sanu tweeted the note with the caption, “This definitely put a smile on my face.” Sanu (left) is the wide receiver of NFL team, the Atlanta Falcons. Picture: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFPSource:AFP It has been liked more than 10,000 times and retweeted more than 2700 times so far. Sanu’s team, the Atlanta Falcons, also weighed in on Twitter, calling Sanu a “role model both on and off the field”. News Limited Copyright © 2017. All times AEST (GMT +10).
  15. Hawks' Millsap enjoying feud with Morris, but can't ignore "crybaby" comment Alec McQuade, WXIAMon, 24 Apr 2017 17:04:43 GMTAlec McQuade, WXIAMon, 24 Apr 2017 17:04:43 GMT 13wmaz.com ATLANTA -- Paul Millsap and Markieff Morris have been in each other's faces, and Millsap has been enjoying it. "It feels good, man, to have someone in your face like that. It's been a while. So to have that, it feels good," Millsap said after the Atlanta Hawks beat the Washington Wizards 116-98 in game three of the first-round series. Then, Millsap was told Morris called him a "crybaby." Dennis Schroder nearly lost it. "Oh my God, no," Schroder said. "It definitely got personal now," Millsap said. "I mean, I don't care. So what? Take his loss and go back to the hotel. Get ready for the next game." On Sunday, Millsap echoed that Morris' comments were part of what has made the Eastern Conference series fun, but it was something he couldn't ignore. Schroder told the media on Sunday why he laughed and had such a big reaction. "Everyone knows how Paul plays. I was laughing because it's not true," he said. Millsap scored 29 points and had 14 rebounds, his best performance of the series. Morris said Millsap was just getting all the calls. "He just did more for his team. He's a crybaby. Get all the calls and you're a crybaby. That's how it went tonight," Morris said. Morris was held to nine points on Saturday and was 4-of-14 from the floor. The war of words between Millsap, a four-time NBA All-Star, and Morris, an NBA Playoffs rookie, began before the series even started. Morris insinuated Millsap was "soft" as a stretch-4. Then, the two were in each other's faces in game one; Morris pinned down Millsap at one point. Millsap said the Wizards were "playing MMA." Morris said it would become "double MMA." Well by game three, Millsap was the one who was able to get to the free throw line nine times, making five shots. Jason Smith whacked Millsap on a pump fake in the fourth quarter and was called for a flagrant. On the other hand, Morris never made it to the free-throw line. The Millsap-Morris feud has become the dominant story line of a series that features inconsistent play and intensity from the Hawks and dominating performances by John Wall. Millsap said the physicality and "chippy-ness" is something he does enjoy. "We actually welcome the physicality. It actually makes us better," Millsap said. "I think [head coach Mike Budenholzer] like it," he added, at which point Schroder said, "I don't know," to laughs. "I think anytime that happens, I think we rise to the occasion. I think we welcome it," Millsap said. There isn't much reason not to believe it. The Hawks seem to have improved as the series wages on. Dwight Howard said the Hawks had every intention of fighting right from tip-off to avoid going down 0-3. "We came out with a lot of energy, and we threw the first punch. I guess they've been calling it an MMA match. We won the triple MMA. So hopefully we can make it a quadruple," Howard said. The Wizards lead the series 2-1, and the Hawks have a chance to even it Monday night. That's when we'll see who will make the next MMA metaphor, no matter how tired it is.
  16. Having him and Julio together has truly given the falcons the best WR duo in the league.
  17. NFL star receives touching note from family sitting behind him on flight NewsComAu | 2017-04-23T23:29:00.000Z FINALLY, there is some good news coming out of a flight. After a brutal few weeks of overbooked flights, nightmare delays and battered passengers, this is a story we all need. Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Mohamed Sanu tweeted a heartwarming note he received from a fellow passenger, who wanted to thank him for being an admirable role model to their son. “You don’t know us but we wanted to thank you,” the note read. Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Mohamed Sanu tweeted the heartwarming note he received on a flight. Picture: Bob Levey/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images Ads by Kiosked “Our son sat behind you on this flight and watched you. He saw you studying your plays, watched you make healthy choices with your snacks, food and drink. “He watched how polite you were to everyone.” The 10-year-old boy and his family sat behind the NFL star on a flight to Connecticut. The boy had just made an elite hockey team and they were travelling for his training. The boy’s parents wanted to thank Sanu for being an inspiration to their athlete-in-the-making. “You are an inspiration to children and for that you should be proud,” the note said. Sanu tweeted the note with the caption, “This definitely put a smile on my face.” Sanu (left) is the wide receiver of NFL team, the Atlanta Falcons. Picture: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFPSource:AFP It has been liked more than 10,000 times and retweeted more than 2700 times so far. Sanu’s team, the Atlanta Falcons, also weighed in on Twitter, calling Sanu a “role model both on and off the field”. News Limited Copyright © 2017. All times AEST (GMT +10).