That could have ended a lot better….
Coming into Game Six, I felt pretty confident that the Hawks would come in with a lot of energy and good execution and extend the series to 7 games. That obviously didn’t happen. I felt the energy at the beginning was there, but the execution on either end of the floor was missing. In the offensive end, it was just bad shots and slow ball movement, and in the defensive end, they allowed Chicago to penetrate and get open looks in the basket or in the perimeter.
I know that the Hawks weren’t going to win the championship this year, I just don’t believe they have the talent level or the depth to do so this season, but from watching this team in the playoffs, I thought they were past the “get blown out at home and leave fans hanging in the last game of the season” stage. I guess not.
Give credit to the Philips Arena crowd. It was probably the best one I’ve seen all season long. Even when the Hawks were down, they were still pretty loud. In the first half, you would have thought that the Hawks were the one leading with the amount of noise they were making. They kept the Hawks in it in the first half I believe. No matter how much Chicago extended their lead (17 was the highest in the first half), they stayed strong and continued to show their support for the team. They showed up last night for sure, I just wished the team did the same.
Also give credit to the Chicago Bulls. They were the better team yesterday. I’m not going to change my opinion that the Hawks were capable of winning the series, but that Chicago Bulls team is one tough team. They proved a lot of things to me. For example, I was totally against Derrick Rose winning the MVP, but after watching this series, I’m not that mad that he won it, the guy is a stud on and off the court. I also had them losing to the Miami Heat pretty easily, but now I have to sit back and really think about it. They’re a talented team from top to bottom, from the Coaching Staff to Derrick Rose and all the way down to Brian Scalabrine. I have more respect for them after this series.
But let’s talk Hawks again…
The only player that I felt met my expectations of them in Game 6 was Zaza & Pape Sy (Pape probably doesn’t count since I didn’t expect anything from him). Jeff Teague is an exception though since he got injured. But there wasn’t anyone else. Joe had a subpar game. Marvin was nonexistent again. Josh showed a lot of energy but he still made bad decisions. It was just an ugly game for almost every player in the Hawks.
I’m just pretty bummed by the way the Hawks ended their season. In their last game, a home game nonetheless, they showed the kind of team they were in the regular season and they didn’t represent the type of the team they were in the post-season. The Hawks team we saw last night was the Hawks team that we saw in the regular season. The one that didn’t play with any sense of urgency, the one that didn’t execute their offense well, and the one that didn’t show any interest in playing defense. It wasn’t the Hawks team that we saw in the post-season, the one that showed they wanted to win, wanted to play defense, and wanted to get better shots.
This was nowhere near the perfect ending. It is now 4 straight post-seasons the Hawks have done this. 4 straight post-seasons the Hawks have gotten blown out in the last game. Please make this the last one.
Sorry for the gloomy recap folks, but I had to write what I felt about the game yesterday. Don’t worry, a slightly more upbeat season recap will be up later on folks.