Monday , Mar , 06 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Hawks soaring to nowhere

(Sports Network) – The Atlanta Hawks could have started making plans for the
summer months ago, but will continue to lace up the high tops until the final
whistle shrills.

The Hawks have lost two in a row and seven of their last 11 games, including
Saturday’s close loss to the much more talented Miami Heat. Joe Johnson had a
game-high 28 points for the Hawks, who lost for the 10th consecutive time
against Miami and blew leads of 16 points and 10 points.

Atlanta was without reserve forward Josh Childress, who sat out with a swollen
left ankle. Childress, who is averaging just under 10 points per game,
sprained his ankle in a loss to Sacramento the night before.

Johnson, meanwhile, has been great in his first season with the Hawks and
leads the team with 19.8 points and 6.5 assists per game. Johnson is averaging
20.8 points over his last five games for the one of the league’s youngest
teams.

Johnson was recently invited to compete for a spot on the 2006
World Championships and 2008 Olympic team for the United States.

In other team news, point guard Tyronn Lue is recovering from a sprained
ligament in his knee. Lue is expected to start running this week.

ATL