NBA Playoff: Where Unstoppable Joe Johnson Happens

4/29/08 in NBA   |   CriticalFanatic   |   respect



Three things happened in Boston vs Atlanta's Game 4 that I thought I would never see: 1) Hawks fanatics 2) Kevin Garnett lose his cool and commit an act that should get him suspended if he wasn't KG and 3) Joe Johnson dominating a meaningful game.

Atlanta was hanging around with Boston well into the 4th, just enough to keep my interest, when I think we all assumed one of the Boston Three Party would step up.

Nothing.

The best player on the court was Joe Johnson, morphing into an unstoppable force. OK, that's an exaggeration. The Celtics also morphed into the Denver Nuggets and never fully realized the need to get your body between the ball and the basket. Yes, I'm looking at you Ray Allen. Jesus Shuttlesworth is ashamed of your effort.

However, it wasn't Ray Ray who was abused the most. That went to Leon Powe.

Here's his full highlight reel from a 35-point Game 4:

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4/29/08   |   tpowell25   |   1627 respect

bigslacker wrote:

The '86 Hawks a team in their prime?  I think you're mis-remembering.

If you were talking the '87 or '88 Hawks, maybe.  But not in '86.  They were just an emerging team.  No one outside of Georgia  thought they could go all the way...

 

And Mike Woodson was just trying to motivate his team.  If he truly thought his team couldn't win a game in this series he shouldn't be coaching in the NBA.

It was a joke  Ah forget it.

4/29/08   |   bigslacker

tpowell25 wrote:

That wasn't an upstart Hawks team.  That team was in their prime and thought they could go all the way.  As did a lot of other people, especially if they would have beat the Celts that year.

 

Not shocking?  Are you kidding me?  Even Mike Woodson picked Boston to sweep the series.

 

 

The '86 Hawks a team in their prime?  I think you're mis-remembering.

If you were talking the '87 or '88 Hawks, maybe.  But not in '86.  They were just an emerging team.  No one outside of Georgia  thought they could go all the way...

 

And Mike Woodson was just trying to motivate his team.  If he truly thought his team couldn't win a game in this series he shouldn't be coaching in the NBA.

4/29/08   |   Boski93   |   375 respect

Well we have ourselves a series. I will hand it to the Hawks for getting off the floor and winning these last two games. I thought they would get rolled, not here is the moment of truth can they play this way at the Fleet Center?

4/29/08   |   tpowell25   |   1627 respect

bigslacker wrote:

The Fourth thing I thought I'd never see:

Streamers and confetti from the rafters after a home team win to tie a seven game series at two each. 

 

also, I think it bears mentioning that even the great 86 Celtics lost a game to the upstart Hawks, so this isn't necessarily shocking.  The shock would be if the Celtics lose this series.  Because lets face it, it would be the Celtics losing it, not the Hawks winning it.

That wasn't an upstart Hawks team.  That team was in their prime and thought they could go all the way.  As did a lot of other people, especially if they would have beat the Celts that year.

 

Not shocking?  Are you kidding me?  Even Mike Woodson picked Boston to sweep the series.

 

 

4/29/08   |   kantwistaye   |   4201 respect

Just to add to things I'd never though I see:
People actually looking forward to game 5 of this series.  I never thought it'd get there, especially tied.  Suddenly Joe Johnson's decision to leave Phoenix doesn't look all too bad.

4/29/08   |   bigslacker

The Fourth thing I thought I'd never see:

Streamers and confetti from the rafters after a home team win to tie a seven game series at two each. 

 

also, I think it bears mentioning that even the great 86 Celtics lost a game to the upstart Hawks, so this isn't necessarily shocking.  The shock would be if the Celtics lose this series.  Because lets face it, it would be the Celtics losing it, not the Hawks winning it.

4/29/08   |   tpowell25   |   1627 respect

Eeeeaaaaassssssy there Jason.  Let's get back to the "Atlanta doesn't have a chance" talk.  It works better when we do that.

 

And everyone knows that Doc Rivers is a member of the Q and reads this stuff.  Let's not give him any bulletin board material.

 

*Just shakes head*  I can't believe it's tied 2 games a piece.  It looks like I have to change my motto from "We didn't get swept!!" to "Holy crap!  It's a series!".