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Hawks beat Magic in OT, try out Dampier

Posted By John Morgo On Feb 10 2012 @ 9:57 pm In Atlanta Hawks | No Comments

Atlanta defeated the Magic 89-87 in OT from Orlando in the first meeting of the two since their playoff series last season. While it was a terrific game, Orlando had every chance to win it, but 3′s by Jason Richardson and Jameer Nelson both missed. I really don’t want to discuss this, as I would bring up the resilience that’s characterized this team all season. Instead, there is news brewing off the court. The first is Atlanta signed Erick Dampier to a 10-day (or tryout) contract. It’s their effort to solve the missing depth at center with Al and Jason Collins injured. Early word that Erick would go through some plays and possibly be called upon to stop Dwight Howard. Uh, no. Erick only played less than two minutes and didn’t attempt a shot. We’ll see how he does Sunday when the Heat come calling. The other is the, okay, I’ll just go ahead and say it, snub of Josh Smith for the All-Star game. Joe Johnson got a berth, but Josh was left off and a lot of people (everybody) couldn’t believe it. Personally, in this compressed schedule, I wouldn’t mind the downtime, but that’s me. Anyway, I think Larry Drew knew Josh had something to prove. He led the Hawks in scoring with 23 (not to mention rebounds with 19), and logged the most minutes with just over 47. He won the game for Atlanta. To be fair, the Magic played only nine, and Howard didn’t do shabbily with 18 points and 18 rebounds. It’s a big win, to be sure. The Hawks now have a 2-game winning streak heading into their showdown on Sunday with Miami. They need this one, and the circus-mandated big road trip out west is coming, and then it’s the previously-mentioned All-Star break.

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