A Good Win Always Trumps a Bad Loss
The Hawks did not overlook the Knicks on Friday night, who handed the birds their second loss of the season at home, they were just a man down after Josh Smith was tossed, killed by New York three pointers, and allowed easy buckets in the paint in the fourth quarter. No excuses, just poor execution. One of the beauties of sport is what you do when given the opportunity to avenge yourself. An 80-75 over Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks, on the road, on a back-to-back, works fine thank you.
While it was one of the lowest scoring games by the Hawks this season, the game never got away from them in Dallas, even though they went more than seven minutes without a basket in the second quarter. Beating a good team on their home floor, on a back-to-back, is yet another sign that this team is for real. Bad nights are going to happen like Friday but as long as you make up for them quickly, any good win will k.o. any bad loss.
Josh Smith’s Ejection
Without question Josh Smith getting thrown out of Friday’s game changed the entire scenario. We all love Josh’s passion, it cranks him up and allows his teammates to feed off of it, however, it seems like he teeters on a tech on every foul. I don’t want Josh to get a bad rap in the league for arguing every call. He has to realize that the refs won’t change the calls and should make his point and keep playing. Rasheed Wallace always fights for his point (Rasheed is again leading the league in technical fouls)…to no avail.
On Sunday in Dallas after being hit with a flagrant foul, Josh then had a conversation with official #38 Mark Smith, who calmly explained to Smoove what he saw. Josh nodded his head and civilly disagreed. I would like him to learn that lesson from now on.
Marvin Banging The Boards
With Josh and Al playing with 5 fouls a piece Marvin Williams stepped up with a career night on the boards snatching 15 rebounds. If the shots don’t rain down from Marvin, he should continue to go inside and do work. In his last five games Marvin is scoring 10 points per game and snatching nearly 8 boards. Keep it up.
Joe Johnson Supporting a Home Team
Joe took some time to catch some football this weekend and made it on the huge HD screens inside of the Georgia Dome on Sunday as he watched the Falcons. He got a nice round of applause from the fans.