Monday, April 20, 2009

Atlanta Hawks vs. Miami Heat

Surprise, the Hawks can play defense. The Hawks came out of the gate and ran. It seems like everyone on the roster scored for the Hawks. Josh Smith led the team with several dunks and a nice stat line (23 pts, 10 rebs, 2asts, 3 stls). Smith really got the Atlanta crowd in the game and at one point neither team could hear what was being said in their huddles during a timeout. The rest of the Hawks starting 5 also scored in double digits with Horford (14 pts, 9 rebs) and Johnson (15 pts, 5 rebs, 2 asts, 1 stl) leading the way. Their defense is what won the game for them.

The Miami heat have been a one man team and yesterday really highlighted that. The Heat only scored 64 points and Wade had 19 of those, on 21 shots. No one else even showed up, not even Michael Beasley who was the second leading scorer yesterday (10 pts, 10 rebs, 2 asts, 2 stls, 2 blks). The Heat really looked bad last night. Unless the Heat get someone (anyone) to show up, this is going to be a quick series.

Key facts:

- None. This was just a butt whuppin.

- I thought T. I. was in jail? How is he introducing the Hawks prior to the game? Is this a new work release program?

The Heat are in trouble. We know that the Hawks play great at home, but they showed me that they learned from that series with the Celtics last year. They are playing defense.

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