--The Hawks' bench averages just 19.6 points per game, so their point production as a group isn't anything remarkable. But when they play the way they did against the Bucks, and every guy in uniform saw action Wednesday, the possibilities seem endless. "This is a team game," Zaza Pachulia said. "Everybody has to play their role. Chils (Josh Childress) was great and Acie (Law) had to step in there for (Mike Bibby) and finish things off. It's a long season and especially down this stretch, the starters have to definitely know they have some guys that have their back."That bench crew, which hasn't had much time to develop any consistency with injuries early and a deal at the trade deadline scattering bodies and minutes all over the place, still doesn't have the complete trust of Woodson, hence the extended minutes for the starters on most nights.
"I've got to develop more confidence in those guys," Woodson said. "I thought Acie Law and Zaza came off the bench and gave us a big lift. And obviously, Chils has been big for us all year."
--Defense is simply no longer a part of the Hawks' game-day package, at least not in the first half of many of their recent games. Wednesday night's game against the Bucks was no different as the Hawks surrendered 60 points by the break, though they led by five. They don't lock in early enough or often enough to take opposing teams out of whatever it is they're trying to do on the offensive end, which is one reason they've given up 50 or more point by halftime in 14 of their 21 games since the All-Star break, including each of the last three games.
"That's got to stop," Josh Smith said. "That's the first thing that has to be cleaned up (at practice Thursday)."
--Things got physical early when Bucks reserve Awvee Story laid a hard foul on Josh Childress in the second quarter. They got nasty in the third quarter when Bucks G Mo Williams slung Childress to the floor on a breakaway lay-up with 3:44 to play. Childress flew into the cushioned basket support on the play, going in head first because of the way he was grabbed. Williams was called for a flagrant foul on the play.
The Hawks returned the physical play with 7:07 to play in the fourth quarter when Marvin Williams inadvertently smacked Andrew Bogut in the face on an out of bounds play. Bogut was bleeding from the face and the entire Bucks team came on to the floor during the official's timeout to help their starting center off the floor.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "Our defense finally came through for us in the fourth quarter. We held them to 14 points in the final quarter and that was huge. That's the kind of finish we needed to a game like this." -- Hawks coach Mike Woodson, on his team's defensive stand in the fourth quarter Wednesday.