Hawks coach Mike Woodson is not going anywhere.
Hawks general manager Rick Sund made that clear on at least three different occasions Tuesday, on two different sports talk radio shows in the morning and later to me in his office.
Not that it was an issue or anything (laugh track goes here).
Woodson has one year remaining on his contract and Sund, while not confirming or denying any details pertaining to said contract, insisted that the Hawks would indeed "honor Woodson’s contract."
Eighty-four minutes mattered. The other 252? Meh. Only one other series in NBA playoff history went seven games while being decided entirely by margins of 10 points or more: The Lakers-Suns West semifinals in 1970, in which L.A. overcame a 3-1 series deficit by winning the final three games by 17, 11 and 35 points. But Hawks-Heat had its own weird bragging rights -- zero lead changes after the first quarter of every game. It was the anti-Celtics-Bulls series. That all-timer was one long nail-biter; this one, one long nail-puller.
It leaves me wondering whether Mike Woodson and Erik Spoelstra did two of the best jobs ever in terms of game preparation and adjusting to earlier results in the series, or if they did two of the worst bench coaching jobs ever given the lack of resiliency or halftime ad-libs and pep talks apparent in this one?
Hawks coach Mike Woodson roasted him for passing the ball to Smith in the corner on in the final seconds. As Smith’s 24-footer bounced off the rim with 10.9 seconds left, Woodson jumped Bibby’s case for making the pass.
The surprise was Bibby’s response. He jumped Woodson right back, much to the delight of those of us sitting close enough to hear the entire exchange.
"If you don’t want me to throw to him put him somewhere else," Bibby shouted. "He’s wide [@*&$%] open. Wide open. What do you want me to do? If you don’t want him shooting that then put him somewhere else. You tell him."