An Unsettling Pattern
“I just thought we settled,” commented Hawks’ coach Larry Drew, “which is starting to be a pattern with us.”
On a night that ideally the Hawks would have liked to set the tone for the second half of the season, they were unable to put together any sort of run against the two-time defending champions.
“It’s very disappointing,” said Drew. “I thought our guys…took the path of least resistance the whole game. On offense, we settled and defensively, we didn’t play with physicality. The Lakers got physical and we started turning to the officials.”
The final box score accurately depicts the ugliness of the game:
- The Hawks were outrebounded 54-32.
- Atlanta shot 6.7% from behind the arc.
- No Hawk other than Al Horford shot 50% or better from the field (minimum 3 FGA).
“We really have some soul searching to do as a team, and it’s discouraging,” said Horford after the game. “We had a great practice yesterday and to come out here and be flat like that, it’s frustrating.”
It was a packed house at Staples Center and the crowd was in the building well before tip-off. Even two hours before tip-off there was a sizable crowd gathered outside the arena… Josh Powell was presented his NBA Championship ring by Derek Fisher and Kobe Bryant during a pre-game ceremony… Joe Smith (aka Joe Beast) saw action late for the Lakers and seemed to remember some of his former teammates’ tendencies. He blocked three shots in just six minutes of action.