With a week packed with travel and back-to-back games, one of coach Mike Woodson's biggest chores will be trying to strike the right balance between work time and rest time for his team.The Hawks play on Tuesday at Houston and then Wednesday at San Antonio before traveling to Miami Thursday for a Friday night game against the Heat and then home immediately after for a Saturday game against Cleveland.
"We'll probably take (today) off and then come back Monday and get a good day of work in and then be ready to go Tuesday night," Woodson said. "But there's no doubt it's tough to carve out time for these guys to rest their legs when you're playing as much as we are this week."
Joe Johnson isn't worried about finding time to rest. He's more concerned with finding enough time to get prepared for the next opponent without a day off to prepare for the team on the second end of the back-to-back.
"Rest is nice but we have to make sure we're in the gym getting shots up and going over the things we need to in order to be prepared," Johnson said. "The pounding is going to take a toll on your body. That's guaranteed. We just have to be prepared to fight through it this week."
MAVERICKS 100, HAWKS 98: The Hawks' first win in Texas in years won't come in the last place they won in the Lone Star State.
Not this season at least.
But it wasn't for a lack of a last-gasp effort.
The Hawks broke through late, rallying from a 19-point deficit in the final minutes to chase the Mavericks to the finish only to lose 100-98 at the end of a whirlwind game on two back-breaking dunks from Mavericks reserve Brandon Bass in the final 45 seconds.
That stunning rally from that 19-point deficit came via some huge plays on both ends of the floor down the stretch, with Joe Johnson and Mike Bibby trading 3-point bombs to get the Hawks back into a game that looked lost at the end of the third quarter.
Johnson and Bibby hit back-to-back 3-pointers and then Bibby converted a fast-break layup by Bibby off a length of the court pass from Josh Smith with 44.2 seconds to play left the Hawks trailing 94-92.
A Smith steal on the ensuing possession had the Hawks in place to either tie the game or take a lead, but Jason Kidd stole the ball back from him and found Bass streaking down the floor for the first of his two late dunks.
Bass finished the Hawks with another fast-break dunk with 3.7 seconds left and a 100-95 lead, but Johnson answered at the buzzer with another 3-pointer, this one off the glass.