The Miami Heat were playing without All Star guard Dwyane Wade, who was a game time decision to not play as he was nursing a cold. The Hawks could have won this game and the encouraging part is that they feel like they should have won this game. "This game was about making plays down the stretch. We didn't come up with enough plays down the stretch, they did and they came up with the win," Coach Larry Drew expressing his thoughts on the game. Jeff Teague said, "We felt like we had a chance to win but they have great players on their team and that's why they're defending champs. They made plays down at the end and we didn't."
Josh Smith did a good enough job guarding LeBron James and when Smith was not on him, DeShawn Stevenson tried to stay under his skin. I would not be surprised to see more J-Smoove running the small forward more often, aside from the ability to guard the three, he is showing that he can knock down that jumper (he dubbed himself "Mid Range Shawty"during training camp) without disturbing the Hawks flow of the game.
For the Heat, LeBron James led the charge with 21 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists. Chris Bosh was the high scorer with 24 points and Ray Allen added 17.
Teague led the Hawks with 20 points and 11 assists. Anthony Morrow was able to get comfortable in the first half which led to him netting 17 points. Josh Smith had 13 points and eight rebounds, he missed some late free throws that would have tied the game for the Hawks with about a minute left to play and he has taken ownership of his poor effort and has vowed to step his game up.
Next the Hawks travel to Los Angeles to take on the Clippers, that game will be the first of a four game road trip out to the West Coast for Atlanta. Looking at it now, Atlanta should and could win at least three of them.
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