Another A-town beatdown, Hawks 106, Heat 91
What I'm wondering is why no one's talking about why the Miami Heat didn't show up in the first place. Why do you, as a playoff team, have to wait until someone embarrasses you with a 106-91 beatdown before you show up to the playoffs?
Game 5 was as crucial to the Heat to win as Game 4 was to the Hawks to win in Miami. By winning Game 4, the Hawks regained homecourt advantage and, as evidenced by Josh Smith, you know what Atlanta can do on the home court.
This game was awesome. Sprit the Hawk was in the house. Jerious Norwood was in the house. Atlanta made play after play and the Heat players just stood there like they thought they still had home court advantage. Seeing Josh Smith jam the ball is worth the price of admission.
Lakers coach Phil Jackson always says a playoff series is about adjustments. I feel pretty good about the way the Hawks have adjusted the last two games to cutting off easy 3-point shots by the Heat.
Miami has the league's best scorer, Dwayne Wade. But even at 27, he looks like an old man on the court, hampered by back problems and not very mobile. The Heat has another weapon in Jermaine O'Neal. Usually a third player will put up some points.
But it doesn't seem like it's enough. So they're resorting to getting up for the game by how they were humiliated by the Hawks yesterday.
I think the Hawks will get up for Friday's game as well.
Why? They know that they can beat Miami on their own floor. And have the weapons to do it.
And if they don't? Well, there's always Game 7, the reason why the Hawks worked so hard to beat a .500 record and have home court.