Carl Dukes: It’s what they don’t have…
The Hawks had a chance…but they don’t have a closer. Josh Smith is good, Al Horford is good, but they don’t have a closer named Kobe or even Lebron (something I never- NEVEREVER-high pitched voice- thought I would say) and because of that they can’t finish games like last night.
The Hawks failed the execution of a designed play in the final nine-seconds, that should have been an easy bucket, but they blew it and lose 99-98. They were able to overcame deficits of 11 and 16 points, but with no closer they can’t finish.
On the final possession, Devin Harris had the ball at the top of the key. The Hawks set a screen for Kyle Korver and Josh Smith slipped underneath the basket. He then received a pass from Harris but couldn’t control the ball ( FINISH!!) He then threw the ball Steve Blake…the problem was Blake plays for the Lakers. Gametime! And Im not talking about the name of my show on 92.9 The Game.
Coach Larry Drew had the perfect play to finish the game, but they don’t have that player.
The Hawks (33-25) lost their fourth straight to the Lakers and seventh in a row at the Staples Center. They have not won in Los Angeles in over two years. Lakers in Atlanta on March 13th. Kobe was Kobe he scored 11 of the Lakers’ 20 fourth-quarter points, including their final six. His dunk with 2:12 remaining over Josh Smith sent the statement that he was not going to allow them to lose. Kobe scored the final points of the game, on his way to a game-high 34 points, with a driving layup over Smith that he banked in high off the backboard.
Al Horford led the Hawks with 24 points, his ninth straight game with 20 or more points he has been playing amazing as of late, Smith finished with 19 points but he was 0-for-6 at the free-throw. That’s not going to get it done.
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