So Close…

Thursday, March 8, 2012
By Jon Newberry

MIAMI 89 – ATLANTA 86
BOX SCOREAP RECAPHIGHLIGHTSPOSTGAME w/ STACKHOUSE

The Hawks had their three-game winning streak snapped on Wednesday night, falling by a final score of 89-86 to the division-leading Heat in Miami. One-possession games are always frustrating since there are plenty of decisions and missed opportunities to look back at and wonder if that play made the difference. Wednesday’s loss may be even harder for Atlanta, because the issues are easy to identify.

  • 21 turnovers
  • Only nine free throws attempted (all in the 2nd half), compared to 25 for Miami

Still, the Hawks were very close to taking down another one of the league’s elite teams while playing with a limited lineup. Tracy McGrady (rest) joined the list of Hawks that were not in uniform, increasing the number of key players Atlanta was missing to five.

The Hawks led 65-55 midway through the third quarter, but four turnovers helped the Heat go on an 13-0 run that set up a tense final period.

GAME NOTES FROM HAWKS PR

– Miami used a huge advantage at the foul line and forced Atlanta into 22 turnovers to post an 89-86 home win over the Hawks on Wednesday.

– LeBron James attempted more free throws (7-10) than the Hawks team (8-9) as the Heat went to foul line 25 times, making 19.

– The Heat grabbed a 3 point lead after one and pushed it 9 in the second.

– Atlanta clawed back to take a 45-43 halftime lead (despite not attempting a free throw in the first half) on Jerry Stackhouse’s triple before the buzzer.

– Atlanta’s lead swelled to 10 in the third but Miami ended the stanza on a 13-3 run to knot things at 68 heading to the final quarter.

– The Hawks had the ball, down 3, with under 3 seconds to play, but Jannero Pargo’s triple as time expired was just off the mark.

– Josh Smith paced Atlanta with 23 points, Jeff Teague had 16 and Stackhouse 10, while Zaza Pachulia grabbed 10 boards.

– James led the Heat with 31 points and 11 rebounds.

– The Hawks are back in action on Friday at Detroit (7:30pm on SportSouth HD, 680 AM and 93.7 FM).

5 Responses to “So Close…”

  1. the great one

    THOSE REFS NEED TO BE SUSPENDED FOR THE WAY THEY CALL THE GAME.ITS REAL THE HAWKS HAD 21 TURNOVERS,BUT IT TOOK 25 FREE THROWS FROM THE SO CALL ELITE HEAT TO WIN.THE HAWKS HAD FIVE PLAYERS MISSING,TWO ALLSTARS THREE KEY BENCH PLAYERS,AND ONLY SHOT 9 FREE THROWS THE HEAT SUCKS BIG TIME DO SOME COMMISIONER.

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  2. the great one

    FANS NEED TO REPLY SAY SOME

    #14932
  3. Name not given

    OK, so how about we trade Smoove for Gasol, straight up, then Gasol and Joe for Dwight Howard.
    We could then shift Hinrich to the starting 2 spot and Pargo to the backup point, so no loss there.
    And then best-case scenario, Al recovers in time for the playoffs and he and Howard take the Hawks to the finals, causing an explosion in popularity for the Hawks and making Howard to want to stay with his new hometown team.
    Or worst-case scenario, Howard goes somewhere else next year and we’ve got plenty of room to rebuild now that Joe’s huge contract is Orlando’s problem and we don’t have to worry about money constraints anymore.
    Seems like a win-win to me, and I think the Lakers and the Magic would both actually be willing to agree to those trades.

    #15232
  4. Name not given

    Actually, you know what? I’m not so sure we should be making any trades at all. If we can get Al healthy (and I realize that’s a big if), I think our team has shown that they’re good enough to hang with anybody in the playoffs. Trading just for the sake of “doing something” could very well just screw things up. We’ve got a good thing going here; I sure wouldn’t want to lose out.

    #15491
  5. Name not given

    Keep up the good play, Hawks.

    #15492