There are several reasons for concern after last night’s 99-90 loss to the Phoenix Suns.
First off how long will the hometown Hawks have to play without Jason Collins? Team doctors say two weeks but the injury could possibly be something that leaves lingering effects. The Suns took advantage of the Hawks problems down low out rebounding them 45-to-35.
Now that he’s the Hawks only BIG there was no combination of players Larry Drew could put on the court to compete with the likes of Marcin Gortat, Robin Lopez, and Channing Frye.
Meanwhile Coach Drew is quoted as saying the team is not looking “to add another BIG to the roster and that they’ll play the hand dealt to them.”
Does anyone need me need to translate what Coach Drew’s statement really means?
“We Broke Dawg”…
Secondly, when will the Hawks realize that you can’t live and die by the three?
The Hawks who shot a dismal 33-of-84 from the field were also 6-of-24 from beyond the arc and that’s completely unacceptable for a team looking to take things to the next level. Atlanta losers of 3 in a row now find themselves 2.5 games behind the Heat in the Southeast Division and no longer undefeated versus teams with records below .500.
After the game Josh Smith who scored a team high 18 points talked about the Hawks missed opportunities.
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