Postgame Thoughts: Hawks at Heat
A few thoughts on the Hawks tough 101-92 loss to the Heat in Miami on Monday night:
– No win, but nothing to be ashamed of in losing this one. Dwyane Wade shot 11-13 from the field on his way to 26 points, LeBron James shot 10-16 to net 27. I doubt there are many games the Heat lose when their two best players shoot the ball like that. Heck even Norris Cole, a 36% shooter on the season, shot 4-4 from the field off the bench.
– Certainly the Hawks could have tightened up the D a little bit, as the Heat became the first team to shoot 50% or better from the field against Atlanta this season, but that is something they can (and will) work on.
– That said, the Hawks fell a little too much in love with the 3-pointer tonight. I don’t blame them, the teams that have beaten the Heat this season have had some big nights from the perimeter. But there were several possessions tonight where the team hoisted from distance with plenty of time left to get a better shot, and with the margin for error so slim against the defending champs, I think it hurt them a little.
– It wasn’t all negative, of course. Josh Smith and Al Horford continue to play at All-Star levels, with Smoove posting 22 points (including 4 3-pointers!), and Al picking up his sixth straight double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds. The two of them run the high/low post game to perfection, finding each other for easy baskets around the rim several times a game.
– All in all, a game the Hawks had their chances in (there were 19 lead changes), but Atlanta just couldn’t get enough stops when they needed.
The road trip finishes Wednesday night in Orlando, where the Hawks will be looking to topple their Southeast Division rivals for the second time this season.
What did you think?