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No Al, No Chance
Posted By John Morgo On Jan 21 2011 @ 10:14 pm In All Sports | No Comments
On Tuesday night, the Hawks got the Heat at probably the best time you can ever get them. LeBron and Chris Bosh were both out, adn the result was a hard-fought 93-89 Atlanta overtime victory. But there is the old saying about payback. Al Horford sprained his right ankle and was unavailable for tonight’s tilt with the Hornets. Remember, Marvin Williams is still inactive with his back trouble. After a close first quarter, New Orleans used a 30-17 second frame to blow the doors off this one, and coasted to a 100-59 victory. There were so many ouch statistics for this one I don’t know where to begin. Could it be the Hawks only scored 25 points after halftime? Or maybe it was the Hornets floor shooting rate was nearly twice that of Atlanta’s? (48% to 29%)? Jamal Crawford was the team-high scorer, but he came off the bench to do it and had only 14? Or I could go with Emeka Okafor’s plus-minus rating of +32. Larry Drew just blamed it on the team pressing. I’ve seen that happen. Sometimes you have one of those games where nothing goes right, for everyone, and unfortunately, you have to put it behind you. In this league, the next game is always right around the corner. In this case, it’s tomorrow up in Charlotte. It’s doubtful that Al Horford or Marvin Williams will be in the line-up. This means that Joe Johnson and Josh Smith must step up. They are capable of it. I can’t imagine the same result twice in a row! (At least I hope not). Promising stat: The Hawks are 10-3 in the second part of back-to-backers, including Tuesday’s night victory over the Heat. Atlanta and Orlando are currently trading the 4th and 5th spots in the East, which just means they are flipping home court edge in a prospective first round series. Based on last season, the Magic is the last team Atlanta wants to face, but there is still a whole half of the season left to play, and a lot of those teams are bunched together. The Hawks are 2 and a half behind Miami, for goodness sake, so there is a lot to drama left in this final season before the lockout. Boy, that All-Star Game sure will be interesting. I wish I could get a pass to blog from there.
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