HoopsAddict.com’s Southeast Division Review

You may recall that last year HoopsAddict.com was lucky enough to take a spot on About.com’s weekly division recap panel. Both Ryan McNeill and I took turns breaking down the woes and worries of the Atlantic Division, back before the Boston Celtics were even worth talking about. Well this year HoopsAddict.com is back, shedding light on the unpredictable Southeast Division. So if it’s the youth movement taking place in Atlanta that you’re interested, or you just like relishing in the fact that the Miami Heat (appear) to have fallen off for good, then be sure to check in every week.

ATLANTA HAWKS

Recap Rewind: It’s been a quiet week for Josh Smith and his Atlanta Hawks having been scheduled for just one game since the last batch of Southeast Division recaps on boxing day. On Saturday the team made the trip to Texas to try their luck at Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks, coming up short, 97-84.

Notable News: With a record of 15-13, the Hawks sit just half a game up on the third place Washington Wizards in the Southeast Division… Over the course of the last six games, forward Marvin Williams has stepped up big averaging 20.2 ppg. With Josh Smith and Joe Johnson already the on-the-court leaders of this team, anything Williams and the rest of the Hawks can contribute is icing on Mike Woodson’s cake.

Fast Forward: Atlanta will have to continue to fight to keep ahead of the Wizards in the Southeast Division. This week the Hawks will hit the road to take on Cleveland and Indiana on Wednesday and Friday. Before heading home to host the New Jersey Nets on Saturday.

CHARLOTTE BOBCATS

Recap Rewind: A busy weekend saw the Hawks drop contests to New Orleans and Orlando on Friday and Saturday respectively. On Monday the Bobcats turned things around winning a contest in overtime against the Indiana Pacers.

Notable News: As the losses continue to pick up, the Charlotte Bobcats’ chance to have a season worth remembering continues to dwindle. At 11-18 the Bobcats sit all alone in fourth place in the Southeast Division… Gerald Wallace went off for a career-high 36 points and 8 rebounds on Monday, including four big threes in the last few minutes of regulation and overtime.

Fast Forward: This week the ‘Cats will play three beatable Eastern Conference opponents. Beatable, that is, for almost anybody but the Charlotte Bobcats. After taking on the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday the team heads to New Jersey on Friday. To close out the week the ‘Cats take on the Milwaukee Bucks at home.

MIAMI HEAT

Recap Rewind: Surprise! The Miami Heat continue to struggle after yet another winless week. This time the Heat fell to the Philadelphia 76ers, the Orlando Magic in overtime, and the Washington Wizards.

Notable News: Miami is one of three teams left in the NBA yet to reach double-digits in the win column… At 8-23 the Heat sit in last place in the Southeast Division and second-last in the entire NBA… Dwyane Wade went off for a career-high-tying 48 points against the Orlando Magic and former-coach Stan Van Gundy Friday night, but came up short in OT.

Fast Forward: The Miami Heat will continue to try and turn things around starting on Wednesday with a game against the Milwaukee Bucks. On Friday the team will set off to Dallas for their first of a five-game road trip before heading to Memphis on Sunday.

ORLANDO MAGIC

Recap Rewind: After losing seven of nine games leading in to Christmas, the Magic have won four straight, including three since the last batch of these Southeast Division recaps. Overtime wins on the road against the Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls on Friday and Monday bookended a home win against the Charlotte Bobcats on Saturday.

Notable News: With a record of 22-11, the Orlando Magic sit in first place in the Southeast Division and have increased their lead over the Atlanta Hawks to four and a half games… After a fairly human-like few weeks Dwight Howard has returned to his normal self recording three straight 20+ rebound games.

Fast Forward: This week the Magic will look to add to their four-game winning streak when they take on the New Jersey Nets and Houston Rockets on Wednesday and Friday.

WASHINGTON WIZARDS

Recap Rewind: The Washington Wizards have won a pair and lost one since boxing day. On Wednesday Caron Butler, Antawn Jamison and company stole one on the road in Charlotte before dropping a contest in New Jersey. The Wiz wrapped up the week with a win over Miami.

Notable News: At 15-14 the Wizards continue to sit in third-place in the Southeast Division and breath down the necks of second-place Atlanta… This week Wizards fans can hope to see the return of Antonio Daniels on Wednesday after he went down with a sprained right knee on December 13.

Fast Forward: Washington will attempt to catch up and surpass the Atlanta Hawks this week starting on Wednesday against the Detroit Pistons. From there the Wiz will take on the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday and the Seattle Sonics on Sunday.

Well that’s it for this week. Be sure to head over to About.com to check out the recaps of the other five divisions.

http://probasketball.about.com/od/southeastdivision/a/wklyrprt010208_5.htm

http://probasketball.about.com/b/2008/01/02/eastern-conference-division-reports-1208.htm

http://probasketball.about.com/b/2008/01/03/western-conference-division-reports-1308.htm

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