--Hawks captain and All-Star Joe Johnson has given the same stock answer after all four of his 30-point games in the past nine days when asked what it is he's doing to post such numbers.For those of you that missed it, he's just "being aggressive."
Johnson burned Portland for 35 Sunday as the Hawks won their fifth straight game. The last time he scored 30 or more in this many games was in late November and early December of 2006, when he dropped 30 in five straight games.
So rather than ask Johnson again what he's doing, the question was posed to Hawks coach Mike Woodson, who was asked what he's feeding his star to fuel these standout performances.
"Whatever he's eating he needs to keep eating it," Woodson said. "He's been on a roll. And he's got to play like that the rest of the way out. Even when we get into the playoffs, he has to play at that level. And the supporting cast has to do their job and play at a high level as well."
Johnson's taking it all in stride, as usual. And as much as he's glad to have his struggles from January and February behind him, he's even happier the Hawks are winning.
"It feels great to come out and string a few pretty good performances together, and then us winning, that makes it even better," he said. "I'm just trying to be aggressive and make plays, and my teammates are doing a great job as well."
--Hawks center Al Horford was hit with a technical foul for the second time this week when Joey Crawford nailed him with 4:20 to play in the third quarter for arguing about a call.
Horford deserved the tech, Crawford warned him to get away from him and Horford did not. But he was arguing on the right side, because the ball Crawford said went off his hands and out of bounds did not. The replay on the Jumbotron showed clearly that Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge touched the ball last.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "We're a confident group of guys. And we feel like we can play with anybody in this league. Portland's extremely good. They've got LaMarcus Aldridge, Brandon Roy and Steve Blake, who's been shooting the (3-point) ball extremely well. And they have a deep bench. We were able to play with these guys for 48 minutes, and were able to put pressure on them to play with us." -- Josh Smith, on the Hawks' swagger.