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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

We Don't Believe You Anymore

So how many times can you say a thing before people simply stop believing you? Woodson has reached that point (some would argue a long time ago) concerning Joe Johnson and rest. The man is averaging 39.9 minutes per game, good for 1st in the league. And it's not like this is a new thing, he's been averaging around 40 minutes for the last 6 seasons. I don't care who you are, that is putting some miles on your knees and ankles. Factor in also that he is still the main offensive option for the Hawks, and you have some serious fatigue.

Let's take a look at some specific examples of abusing Joe on back-to-backs:
1/25 and 1/26: 43 and 44 minutes
1/19 and 1/20: 45 and 45 minutes
1/2 and 1/3: 45 and 39 minutes

And that's just this year. There's only 48 minutes in a game, how do you only give the man 6 minutes of rest combined in two games?!

So how then are we supposed to react when Sekou has this in his article on 1/27, "Woodson acknowledged that he has to do something to find Johnson some rest"? This is like the 10th time he's said or acknowledged that this year! He needs to sit down and watch nothing but Spurs tapes on how to manage your star's minutes. That and how to stop lying to people...

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