Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Dawgs and Kennesaw today in Athens; also Hawks talk

Coming off a desperately needed blowout against North Carolina A&T on Sunday, the Dawgs continue the non-conference slate today at 4 PM against Kennesaw. No TV for this one, but the Georgia Bulldog Radio Network will have the game broadcast as usual. I'm assuming it will be Howard and Dantzler with the call, although not sure if Scott has already made his way to Orlando. I'd assume not.

The Dawgs were lights out shooting the basketball on Sunday, making 17 three-pointers and shooting 53% overall. Trey Thompkins was dominant, with 22 points and 12 rebounds, including 5 three-pointers of his own in the first half. Trey is really starting to wind into shape and hitting his stride just in time. Expect him to continue to develop on his way to Freshman All-SEC honors, perhaps even consideration for Freshman of the Year.

Corey Butler had 19 and 9 on Sunday, and Jeremy Price added 15. Butler isn't a surprise anymore. The former walk-on is now a key piece for this team. It was great to see Price produce once again. If UGA wants to have any chance of making postseason play this year beyond Atlanta, Price will need to play this well consistently, as he's capable of doing.

The Dawgs also need Terrance Woodbury to return ASAP. Still no word of his possible return date, but I wouldn't be surprised if he's left out again today to make sure he's closer to 100% for the Missouri game on Saturday in Athens. No line apparent on the game today, probably (again) because of Woodbury's status.

On a side note, the Atlanta Falcons are obviously the talk of the city right now, and rightfully so. But if you haven't already, I encourage you to check out your Atlanta Hawks. The Hawks are currently 21-10 (21 wins before 1/1 are the most in the franchise since 1979), and sit firmly as the 4 seed in the Eastern Conference if the playoffs began today. This is a fun team to watch for alot of reasons. The majority of the time they play outstanding defense, perhaps as well as any team in the league. They have a bonafide all-around superstar in Joe Johnson (who I think is probably one of the top 5 players in the entire league right now.) This is a solid team that I think may put on a run in the NBA this year at least similar to what the Falcons have done in the NFL. Mike Woodson has done a solid job, personally I'm really glad the Atlanta Spirit stuck with him this past offseason. I've been reading a number of Hawks blogs lately, and there are some really good ones out there. Check out Zaza's Playground, Heavy Koncak (best name for a blog I've ever heard), Peachtree Hoops, and The Vent if you're interested. All of these have links to other fine Hawks blogs for your enjoyment.

Yours truly has made no secret that the Hawks have long been my favorite pro sports team. I've been ridiculed, spat on, stoned, drawn and quartered in some annals for stating my allegiances publicly. This year has been particularly sweet thus far. I'll close out the year with my favorite Hawks highlight of the young 2008-09 season. I can't wait to see the Celtics again, God willing in the playoffs.

Credit: TotalSportsNation.com

2 comments:

Worm said...

I love this Hawks team. I wasnt sure if we should have signed Josh Smith or not. His turnovers drive me to heavy drinkin but he is so athletic he makes up for it in a lot of other areas. In the NBA you just have to have those kinds of players to be a legit team. I still wish Woodson would turn these guys loose a little more. He is such a old school Indiana coach. But he has taught this team to play some defense which is why we are where we are. Great highlight too.

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