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News » Hawks, in a lot of hurt, flop home


Hawks, in a lot of hurt, flop home


Hawks, in a lot of hurt, flop home
Battered.

Bruised.

And without one of their own.

That's the way Hawks arrived in town on a frigid Saturday morning from their Western Conference road swing, a trip that began and ended with losses.

"We're not playing great right now," Hawks coach Mike Woodson told reporters in Oakland after the Hawks' 119-114 loss to Golden State. "We're fighting and scraping. We're in games. It was just a shootout, and we just didn't make the plays we needed."

As if the news couldn't get worse for a team that's lost six of its past eight games and is already operating without starting center Al Horford, whose bone bruise in his right knee will keep him out for at least another week, it did Friday night.

Starting small forward Marvin Williams spent the night in a Bay Area hospital after his head bounced off the floor after a hard foul from Warriors center Ronny Turiaf in the second quarter of the Hawks' loss to Golden State.

Williams did not make the trip home with the team. He and Pete Radulovic, the Hawks' assistant coach for player performance, were scheduled to fly back to Atlanta on Saturday afternoon.

"Marvin is a big part of what we are doing," Woodson said before the Hawks departed for Atlanta. "We just wish him well and a speedy recovery."

Williams suffered a concussion and likely will miss Monday afternoon's home game against Toronto and possibly longer.

That leaves Woodson without two starters for the foreseeable future. Horford is out indefinitely with the bone bruise in his knee.

Right the ship back at Philips

All season the Hawks have been able to rely on Philips Arena as a refuge from the road, where they are 8-12 after this latest trip.

When they return to work this morning, though, they'll have to restore the order on their home floor as well, or at least well enough to take on Toronto on Monday.

After a 14-2 start at home, the Hawks have lost two of their past three there. The "get away" game before last week's road trip turned ugly when the Philadelphia 76ers thumped the Hawks 109-94 last Sunday.

Ending the road trip with a deflating loss to a Golden State team that has won only 14 times in 41 games surely doesn't sit well with the Hawks.

"We were up four with three minutes left and let it slip away," said Mike Bibby, who had 20 points, seven assists, six rebounds and four steals against the Warriors. "I thought we were going to keep going, but we gave up two layups after that. This [was] a game we needed. We really needed it. And I think we had it, but we let it slip away. Now we just have to bounce back and get ready to play a good Toronto team."

Stiff test also awaits on road

The Hawks' recent showing is a complete about-face from where they were just a few weeks ago when they finished December among the league's elite, winning nine of 10 games.

They've lost six of eight since then. And after winning impressively each of their first four road games, they're 4-12 away from Philips Arena since then.

Tuesday's game in Chicago will be their next road test, and a stiff one.

The Bulls are 13-7 at home, including taking a 102-93 win over LeBron James and his Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday.

NEXT FOR Hawks

* Who: vs. Raptors

* When: 2 p.m. Monday

* TV; radio: SportSouth; 790 AM


Author: Fox Sports
Author's Website: http://www.foxsports.com
Added: January 18, 2009

 

 
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