Don’t Take Let Up

Friday, January 6, 2012
By Jon Newberry

With word filtering down that both Dwyane Wade and LeBron James will be out for tonight’s game at the Highlight Factory, it is easy to jump to the conclusion that the Hawks should run away with it as long as they don’t lay an egg. Well, you can bet Coach Drew is not thinking that way, and Atlanta better come out focused and ready if they want to send Miami to their second loss of the season.

The Heat have put together a solid supporting cast behind their two superstars. Let’s not forget, Chris Bosh anchored a respectable Raptors team for years in Toronto without as much support as he will have tonight.

Furthermore, you can usually count on teams stepping up as a whole to make up for injured players. It is usually brief, sometimes not even a full game, but role players and reserves view these situations as an opportunity to showcase their talents and hopefully earn a bigger role down the road. The Hawks need to make sure they match the Heat’s effort from the opening tip and follow the same gameplan that LD and his staff laid out before they knew that Wade and James would be on the sidelines.

Atlanta should still be upset about Tuesday night’s loss in Chicago, so motivation SHOULDN’T be a problem.