Hawks Start Preseason Off Right, Top Heat at Philips
A few thoughts from the Hawks’ 92-79 victory over the Heat to open the preseason Sunday afternoon at Philips Arena:
- Larry Drew emphasized defense during the first week of training camp, and after giving up 26 points to the Heat in the first quarter, that emphasis paid off, as the Hawks held Miami to quarters of 19, 21, and 13 points thereafter.
- Lou Williams had an outstanding debut in a Hawks jersey, tossing in 18 points off the bench and generally looking like a legitimate 6th Man contender. Of course, the starting lineup isn’t set yet, so he may not end up eligible.
- Josh Smith led the way with 21 points. He made some jumpers, but showed aggression in getting to the rim the entire game.
- It was the preseason, but Miami still got a full half of play from LeBron James and Chris Bosh, with Bosh leading all scorers with 22 points in the game. Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis made their Heat debuts, with Allen showing off some of the form that will put him in the Hall of Fame some day, and Lewis showing why his services were available this offseason at a discounted price.
- For those players trying to earn a spot on the Hawks roster: Damion James led the team with eight rebounds, Anthony Tolliver hit a three and finished with six points, and James Anderson scored four points to go with an assist, a rebound, and a steal.
All in all, a great start to the preseason. The Hawks are back in action on Wednesday night as they travel to San Antonio to take on the Spurs.