Postgame Thoughts: Hawks Fall to Heat
Another very exciting game that came down to the wire, but unlike against Indiana on Wednesday, the Hawks couldn’t pull this one out against the defending champs. A few thoughts on the action.
– If Lou Williams was the breakout star for Atlanta before tonight, Jeff Teague showed that he too is capable of raising his game this year to a whole new level. Teague ran the offense with precision on his way to 20 points and a season-high 11 assists, including back-to-back threes in the fourth quarter as the Hawks rallied. The second featured Teague showing off several lightening-quick crossover dribbles followed by a step-back three, after which he showed about as much emotion in two seconds as we may have seen in three years. If Teague ends up making a run at an All-Star berth, I think we’ll remember tonight as the game that launched it.
– Anthony Morrow got some extended run tonight and made the most of his time, scoring a season-high 17 points off the bench. One of the great things about the Hawks’ depth this season is that with just about every lineup on the court, there is at least one expert perimeter marksman the other team has to worry about. It’s a wonderful luxury to have and makes the team very dangerous.
– Yes the Hawks came up short in the end, but even without Dwyane Wade this Heat team is no joke, and easily the team to beat in the NBA this season. It was a loss, but the Hawks were in this thing to the very end and if not for a few bad breaks, might have come away with a win. For a team with this many new faces, that says something.
– If you’d told me the Hawks would go 2-2 out of the gate, I’d have taken it without hesitation. The wins and losses may not have come where we thought they would, but that was about as tough a start as any team has faced in the opening week. Now the Hawks face their next stern test – a weeklong, four-game West coast swing that starts Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles against the Clippers. Again, I’ll settle for another 2-2 stretch and be happy with it.
What’d you think of the game?