Thursday, April 23, 2009

Atlanta Hawks vs. Miami Heat

D Wade finally showed up and he got some help from his teammates to knot this series at 1-1. Wade had 33 pts, 7 asts, 5 rebs, 1 stl, and 2 blks. More importantly he got 20 pts from Daequan Cook, 19 pts from Jermaine O'Neal, and 12 pts from the rook, Michael Beasley. The Heat seemed to control the tempo of this game and made it more of a half court game. They were able to play better defense against the Hawks and they pulled out this much needed win.

The Hawks did end up with 6 players in double figures, but they never really seemed into this game. They got down early and made a run late in the 3rd that cut it down to an 11 pt deficit. But Joe Johnson's foul trouble really hurt the Hawks. The Hawks were led by Mike Bibby (18 pts) and Josh Smith (17 pts). Flip Murray dropped in 15 pts from the bench and helped a late rally. The Hawks let an opportunity slip away from them. They are playing a one man team in the Heat and they are better than that team at almost every position. If they lose this series, they should look no further than this game.

Key facts:

- The Hawks have got to get out and run more. Their halfcourt sets are too predictable and they seem to bog down and not score at times. If they run, they are good.

- The Heat owe this win to Alonzo Mourning. Mourning addressed the team, and D Wade prior to the game and provided them with the inspiration that they needed.

Is this now a series or do you think the Hawks will pull this one out? I have a feeling that the Hawks win game 3 in Miami.

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