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Despite Atlanta Hawks progress, Woodson out as coach

compiled from staff and wire reports

Mike Woodson took the Atlanta Hawks from being an also-ran, to an playoff contender. They made dramatic improvement under Mike Woodson. But the team’s front office wondered if he could take them to the Eastern Conference finals and the NBA Finals.

On Friday, the Hawks were thinking that he could not take them to the ‘next steps’ so they fired Woodson, just four days after the team was swept in the second round of the playoffs by the Orlando Magic.

After consulting with the team’s ownership. general manager Rick Sund decided not to offer Woodson a new contract. His six-year coaching tenure ended with the Hawks in which they won just 13 games in his first season, then improved their record every year, including three straight playoff appearances.

Mike Woodson (nba)

Atlanta won 53 games this season, the most since 1996-97, and was the number 3 seed in the Eastern Conference. But the management didn’t see that as a determining factor in saving Woodson’s job. Their decision was based on the Hawks being routed by the Orlando Magic in the NBA’s Eastern Conference semifinals. That four-game sweep became the most lopsided in NBA playoff history.

The offseason is going to be a key and busy one for the Atlanta Hawks. Firing Woodson was the first move. The team must now find a new coach and try to re-sign their best player, Joe Johnson who will become a free agent this summer. Rumor has it that Johnson doesn’t want to return to Atlanta.

With or without Johnson, there is plenty of talent for the next head coach to get to that ‘next level’.  Al Horford, Josh Smith, Jamal Crawford and Mike Bibby.

All-NBA unanimous picks goes to LeBron James and Dwight Howard

compiled from staff, wire and NBA reports

LeBron James (nba)

Dwight Howard (nba)

LeBron James and Dwight Howard were unanimous choices for the All-NBA Team, while Kobe Bryant received 119 of 122 votes from writers and broadcasters.

James was unanimous pick for the second straight season and made his fourth All-NBA Team. the Cleveland megastar won the NBA MVP award for the second year in a row.

Kevin Durant and Dwayne Wade completed the first team on Thursday. Durant led the NBA in scoring for Oklahoma City with a 30.1 average, and James was second at 29.7. Howard led the league in rebounding with a 13.2 average and also averaged 18.3 points.

Carmelo Anthony, Dirk Nowitzki, Amare Stoudamire, Steve Nash and Deron Williams were selected to the second team. Tim Duncan, Pau Gasol, Andrew Bogut, Joe Johnson, and Brandon Roy were third-team picks.

NHL PLAYOFFS: Eastern Conference (Tuesday results)

compiled by the staff


Joe Johnson (nba)

Joe Johnson took control in the fourth quarter to finish off a 27-point effort, Josh Smith finished one assist shy of a triple-double as Atlanta held off pesky Milwaukee. 96-86 in Atlanta.

The Hawks are up 2-0 and now head to Milwaukee.

Smith garnered 21 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists. Center Al Horford scored 20 points, with 10 rebounds and 3 blocked shots.

John Salmons scored 21 points for the Bucks.


Glen Davis (nhl)

The Boston Celtics didn’t seem to miss Kevin Garnett. With Glen Davis picking up the slack, they beat Miami 106-77 in Boston.

With Garnett serving a on-game suspension for elbowing Quentin Richardson in Game 1, Davis got the starting nod  and produced 23 points and 8 rebounds.

With Miami up 29-25, the Celtics went on a 44-8 run over the next 16 1/2 minutes to bust ahead 69-37 and that was the game.

Dwayne Wade scored 29 points for the Heat.

NBA PLAYOFFS: Eastern Conference (Saturday results)

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Kevin Garrett had 15 points and nine rebounds and Boston played Miami-style defense to beat the Heat in the Eastern Conference series opener.

Kevin Garnett (nba)

With 40 seconds left in the game, a scuffle broke out near the Miami bench resulted in two technical fouls against Garnett, an automatic ejection, and one each to Boston’s Glen Davis and Miami’s Udonis Haslem and Quentin Richardson.

Trailing 44-41 at halftime, the Celtics held the Heat to 32 points in the second half. They shadowed Dwayne Wade with backup guard Tony Allen and the Miami Heat star couldn’t get going in the game, though he scored a mild 26 points.


Joe Johnson scored 22 points, and Mike Bibby had 19 for Atlanta in Playoff game 1 of the Eastern Conference series, en route to a 102-92 victory.

Mike Bibby (nba)

Jamal Crawford, playing in the first playoff game of his 10-year career, scored 17 points for Atlanta.

Rookie Brandon Jennings led Milwaukee with 34 points.

The Hawks had mismatches all over the court, taking advantage of the fact that Milwaukee was without Andrew Bogut who’s season ended with an injury.