Atlanta Hawks Moment #10: The Emergence of #HeadBandJoe


I remember so many people on Facebook & Twitter asking “Why is Joe Johnson wearing a headband?” when they were watching the Hawks in the playoffs. What they didn’t know was that Joe Johnson has been wearing that headband (not the same one, that would be disgusting…) for a pretty long time.

March 15th, 2011. That was the date Joe Johnson started wearing the headband to protect an infected wound over his right ear, and that was the date #HeadBandJoe* was born.

*For those unfamiliar with #HeadBandJoe, it’s a Twitter hashtag that was started by @JamalCrawFans. That hashtag became popular among Hawks fans on Twitter, and whenever they wanted to mention Joe Johnson’s name on Twitter, they would replace Joe Johnson with #HeadBandJoe.

It wasn’t the #HeadBandJoe hashtag, or the fact that Joe was wearing something that he normally doesn’t wear that made this a great moment though. It’s what the headband did for Joe Johnson and the entire Atlanta Hawks team that night.**

** I don’t really think the headband had anything to do with Joe Johnson’s performance that night, but I like to think that it did!

On the first night he styled the headband, Joe had one of his best games of the season. He started the game by making his first two field goals, then missing the next two field goal attempts, and then making five consecutive 3 pointers. He was so hot in the early going that by halftime, he had 28 points and led the Hawks to a 55-39 halftime lead.

It actually looked as if Joe Johnson would surpass his career high of 42 points in this night because with about 3 minutes still left in the third quarter, he already had 36 points. However, because Joe Johnson had such a good night, the margin between the two teams was so high. Thus, forcing Coach Larry Drew to pull Joe Johnson out and not play him in the last 13 minutes of the game, making Joe fall short of his career high.

Headband Joe’s 36 points (13-19) in 35 minutes was one of the best individual performance by any Hawks player this season, and it led to one of the very few blowout wins the Hawks had this season. The Hawks beat the Milwaukee Bucks this nigh by 25 points, the largest margin of victory for the Hawks the entire season.

This was a great performance in a great blowout game, because of a great player and a great headband, so this was a great moment.

After the jump, there are some stats to solidify this moment even more…

In this game, Joe Johnson set new season-high for the Hawks (at the time) in several categories:

  • Individual Points in a Half: 28
  • Individual Points in a Quarter: 17 points in the 2nd quarter
  • 3PM in a Game: 6 (all came in the first half)

Joe Johnson made twice as many 3 point shots in the first half (and the game) than he had made in the first six games in March combined. Joe Johnson also missed 24 of his last 27 three point shots before going 6 for 9 in this game.

Moment #9 comes tomorrow.

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