Saturday, January 19, 2013

Lou Williams Out For The Rest Of The Season With Torn ACL

The Atlanta Hawks face a devastating blow to their team. Starting SG Lou Williams suffered a torn ACL in the Hawks' game on January 18th in Brooklyn against the Nets and will be done for the rest of the season. Atlanta faced a similar situation last January when center Al Horford tore his left pectoral muscle which required surgery.

Hawks' SG Lou Williams tore his ACL in a loss at Brooklyn
Lou Williams has been a huge contributor for the Hawks this season as he was acquired from Philadelphia in free agency last summer. Williams was Atlanta's sixth man but made the transition into the starting lineup. The Hawks have used many different starting lineups this season but saw that Lou Williams brings the energy to the team and can have a huge game on any given night. Williams has been a huge factor in many of Atlanta's fourth quarter comebacks.

Although this may be a huge loss for Atlanta, they may be able to handle this situation well. As I pointed out, they lost Horford for the second half of the season in 2012 but they still performed well and skyrocketed with huge momentum heading into the playoffs. Horford returned to play two games for Atlanta but lost in the first round to the Boston Celtics.

Losing Williams for the rest of the season leaves a huge hole to fill in the starting lineup but the Hawks have key players and many guards who can fill Williams' role such as Devin Harris, Kyle Korver and rookie John Jenkins. Williams may be gone but the Hawks still have key players in their starting lineup such as Josh Smith, Al Horford and Jeff Teague.

With Lou Williams being gone, many Hawks fans may start to panic. With the talent on this team, Atlanta can still be a threat in the Eastern conference. With great sharpshooters like Kyle Korver and John Jenkins and players who dominate the paint such as Josh Smith and Al Horford, the Hawks can beat anybody on any given night. Keep your heads up, Atlanta. Until next time, GO HAWKS!!!-Yuriy A.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Georgia Defeats Nebraska in Capital One Bowl, 45-31

UGA QB Aaron Murray
The Georgia Bulldogs came out strong after a heartbreaking loss to Alabama in the SEC championship game last month.  UGA QB Aaron Murray had a phenomenal game in what may be his last game at the University of Georgia.

Aaron Murray went 18/33 for 427 yards, five touchdowns, and two interceptions. WR Chris Conley had two catches for 136 yards and two touchdowns. Senior WR Tavarres King had three catches for 104 yards and one touchdown. RB Todd Gurley had 23 carries for 125 yards and one touchdown. The offense had 589 yards in total offense.

Nebraska QB Taylor Martinez went 16/27 for 204 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. RB Rex Burkhead had 24 carries for 140 yards and one touchdown. He also had four catches for 39 yards and one touchdown. The Bulldogs completely shut down Nebraska's wide receivers as none of them caught at least 50 yards.

Nebraska QB Taylor Martinez
Georgia fought hard and was motivated after they felt that they deserved a better bowl game. They were five yards short away from beating Alabama in the SEC championship game and were heart broken after not being able to go to the national championship. They finished 12-2 and head coach Mark Richt will have many spots to fill after losing key players to the NFL. Among them are All-American linebacker Jarvis Jones, Alec Ogletree, and WR Tavarres King.

After the South Carolina game in mid-October, everybody wrote Georgia off. The Bulldogs proved the critics wrong and won the rest of their games and one of them included a win over the #2 ranked Florida Gators. Some of the challenges of next season will be facing Clemson in the opening game, LSU, and South Carolina. This team proved that they're championship ready and will still be a contender. Everybody in Athens will be praying that Aaron Murray stays at UGA for one more year.

I appreciate the support from all of you on viewing my blogs and watching me cover the Georgia Bulldogs throughout this year. Hopefully more improvements will be made with the team and they will have bigger championship opportunities next year. So until next time, GO DAWGS-Yuriy A.