“Leave him in coach, he’s young.”

According to Hawks head Coach Larry Drew that’s what Joe Johnson told him during last night’s game when he wanted to pull Josh Smith out for a quick breather.

Meanwhile, the 30 year-old Hawks All-Star guard was getting shutdown (2-of-10 for 6 points) by an almost 40 year-old year Grant Hill.

Good thing Larry Drew listened to his All-Star because J. Smoove finished the night with 30 points, 17 rebounds, 7 assists, & 3 blocks in the Hawks’ much needed 101-99 victory versus the Phoenix Suns.

The win is the Hawks third in eight games.

I’m now trying to figure out if Joe’s comments last night were a waving of the proverbial white flag or a vote of confidence on behalf of Joe Johnson. Regardless of what it meant it ultimately leads me back to last week’s conversation about Josh possibly getting snubbed from this year’s All-Star game.

Over the past 5 games the Hawks are 3-and-2 however, comparing the two players Josh looks as if he’s the one that wants it the most; he’s currently averaging 20.8ppg versus Johnson’s 13.4ppg in addition Smith is also averaging nearly 13 rebounds per game.

If you’re a real Hawks fan it’s now time to have some concerns regarding the franchise. When you’ve got guys on your team that look and play like they want it more than your alleged superstar it’s a problem.

Green is picking up where Crawford left off…

Shouts out to Willie Green! He came off the bench and added 20 points to help the Hawks get past the Suns.

It’s now very clear that Green, not Tracy McGrady was the team’s best pick up in free agency.

Rob Calloway can be reached at robert.calloway@cbsradio.com. Follow him on Twitter at @robcalloway3

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