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April / Playoffs Hawks Thread.

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In response to folks in the March thread essentially ripping on the team's play lately I have to ask once again:

HAVE YOU EVER COMPETED FOR ANYTHING IN YOUR LIVES? Do you have ANY understanding of periodization? Recovery? Do you understand what kind of motivation is necessary to compete at the highest level of sport? Do you have ANY idea how miniscule the difference between victory and defeat is?

There is ONE determining factor in who wins a contest between remotely evenly matched teams. And EVERY team in the NBA fits that category: ARE YOU READY TO PLAY?

Were the Falcons 55 points better than the Bucs this season? Of course not, but the Bucs showed up jetlagged, fatigued and lethargic. The Falcons were ready to play.

How many cyclists have won three grand tours in one year? When was the last time anyone won two? Even with doping, it is impossible to maintain your peak for six months.

The Hawks have NOTHING to play for right now. Coach Bud is not stupid. So let's try to figure out what the most important thing the Hawks can be doing right now: Getting rested for the playoffs while staying sharp (not rusty). If you understand that THAT, rather than winning, is the highest priority . . . at least it SHOULD be the highest priority, you would recognize how foolish so many of these comments sounds.

In fact, against the Heat and tonight against the the Pistons, they HAD EVERY INCENTIVE TO LOSE!!! They will also have incentive to lose Phoenix and Charlotte.

Do you want to see the real Hawks? Mark your Calendars for Saturday, April 4, and Wednesday, April 8. Because they have a REASON to beat the Nets. Until the playoffs, those are the ONLY games they have a reason to win.

If I have not made it clear enough . . . My point is that you don't have to try to lose to not play well enough to win. If you lack the motivation which is necessary to fight as hard as any professional athlete needs to fight to win . . . . You LOSE. Period.

The Hawks over performed in the playoffs last season. There is NO reason to think they will tank thing this year. At least not during the playoffs, if you catch the pun.

Sorry for the rant . . . I just don't get some of the comments.

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Just beat Brooklyn x2, the rest I don't care what they do as long as they stay healthy. 60 wins would be nice but at the end of the day is just a meaningless rounded number. I'd be tempted to play these like preseason NFL games. Play the primarily the starters in the 1st qtr or 1st half before letting the bench have first chair for the rest of the game. (We sort of saw this against the Pistons). Just stay healthy.

Speaking of which, Dennis is expected to be listed as day to day so some good news on that front. Get healthy Das Schröder, we'll need you buddy. german01.gif

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I understand the reasoning of coach bud's plan of resting guys for an extended playoff run. However I would really like to whip the nets azz! I'm just ready for these Hawks to take flight in the playoffs!

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Schroder suffers sprained toe (updated)
9:01 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, 2015 | Filed in: Hawks

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — The Hawks released a medical updated on Dennis Schroder late Tuesday revealing that the point guard has a left toe sprain.

Schroder was examined by team doctors at Peachtree Orthopaedic Tuesday morning. An X-ray was negative and an MRI exam revealed the sprain. The team reported that Schroder will continue to receive treatment and his status will be updated as appropriate. Indications are Schroder is day-to-day with the injury.

The reserve point guard was injured in Monday’s win over the Bucks and remained in Atlanta to see doctors as the Hawks played at the Pistons.

022815-hawks-game-bs5.jpgBrant Sanderlin
Hawks’ Dennis Schroder loses his footing as he drives past the Magic’s Luke Ridnour during a recent game. BRANT SANDERLIN / BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM

Schroder revealed earlier in the day on social media that the injury was not serious. He tweeted: “I was at the Doctor today & he said its not a broken toe or a serious injury !!! but it hurt a Little.”

Schroder did not speak to the media following Monday’s game. The injury was not believed to be serious as the Hawks traveled to Michigan with both athletic trainers.

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they need to play the last 3 games like its the playoffs so they can go into the playoffs on a little hot streak

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Looking at the schedule, we should have every advantage on the Nets Saturday it's almost bitterly unfair. They are amidst a 4 games in 5 nights run that ends right on our doorstep, whereas we will have been almost 4 days rested (may even have Dennis back). There's always the danger of rust I suppose but if we don't win that game by double digits it will have been a colossal failure on our part. The down side is they get to return the favor a few nights later when we'll be coming in off our own back to back and traveling to Brooklyn (though If I'm Bud I'm considering just throwing the Suns game, to once again be ready for the Nets)

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I think the playoffs come down to bench play, If Dennis, Bazemore, Selfelosha and Scott all play like they are capable of playing, we should be representing the east in the finals

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Jesus! The Spurs have 16 straight years of 50+ win seasons. That's incredible.

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Made back in February too. It's even higher now.

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Jesus! The Spurs have 16 straight years of 50+ win seasons. That's incredible.

i love me some Phil Jackson but Pop is the best coach in history imo. Can't see Phil winning 5 titles with the Spurs. Least not last year title. But i can't see Pop winning 11 with the Bulls and Lakers. The job Phil did with those teams with the egos on them and the plain out hatred some of those teammates had for each other was one of the greatest coaching jobs of all time

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Single season coaching job goes to phil.

Greatest coach of all time goes to pop.

definitely agree. I think Phil's greatest coaching job was the 2003-2004 season. That's the year Kobe had his rape allegation and he snitched on Shaq. Karl Malone and half the team backed Shaq and Gary Payton and the other half backed Kobe. Karl was trying to sleep with Kobe's wife and yet they still made the NBA Finals.

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The pregame is having "technical difficulties" and they're showing the cheerleader show instead.

I'm good with either one

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This game will be won in the second half. Depth almost always starts to slack late in games when a team is playing 4 games in 5 nights.

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