The last time the City of Atlanta saw the Miami Heat it was January 5th at Philips Arena there was no James or Wade both were nursing injuries and the Hawks ended up 116-109 overtime losers to Miami.
I did say overtime…
I also said no James or Wade…
Last night was supposed to be one of those games at the Highlight Factory, what some might call a statement game and it was…
Just not for your hometown Atlanta Hawks.
Last night’s Hawks-Heat matchup was broadcast nationally by the letter network; however the local broadcast tandem of Bob Rathbun and Dominique Wilkins was more than enough. The Hawks showed us once again why they don’t deserve the national attention that the upper echelon teams receive and why Joe Johnson nor Josh Smith truly deserve to be considered All-Stars.
They’re our stars and they aren’t that good…
The league’s real All-Stars thrive on competition and step up in big game situations.
Not these Hawks…
They started waving the proverbial white flag of surrender at halftime down by 22 points and allowing Dwyane Wade to score all of his 21 points in the first half. LeBron James also showed no mercy to the Hawks scoring a team high 23 points in the Heat victory.
There were no McGrady(2pts) flashes of old, no Joe(12pts), no Jeff(6pts), and no Smoove(8pts) just the real Atlanta Hawks showing the nation what so many longtime Atlanta fans already know.
This is not a championship caliber team, not division, not conference, let alone World Champions.
It’s the little things that separate the good teams from the average teams; I’ll give you one glaring stat from last night that will always be a recipe for disaster.
The Heat went to the free throw line a total of 31 times (26-of-31) compared to the Hawks who only went to the line 7 times (6-of-7). The real championship contenders go to the line a lot more than 7 times. Just yesterday the Lakers (14-of-20), Bulls (17-of-24), and Celtics (18-of-26) all went to the line 20 or more times.
Could everyone stop roaming the perimeter and penetrate, get to the line, and hit the easy free throws.
Why make it harder than it’s got to be?
Can we please get some help down low? It makes no sense for Atlanta to act like ZaZa can get it done or that the recent signing of 300 pound Erick Dampier is gonna help.
Last night’s loss only left me scratching my head saying “I’ll be DAM-PIER.”
Rob Calloway can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter at @robcalloway3
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