Due to work obligations I had to miss this game last night. It is sitting on my DVR but as of yet I haven’t had a chance to watch. With the quick turn around with the Miami game there is a chance that I may not get to. In the mean time here are some thoughts:
- Nice to see that the Hawks pretty much played from the inside out last night with Josh Smith and Al Horford leading the way with 29 and 27 respectively.
- Mike Bibby was a beneficiary of the inside out play scoring 23 points including 7-9 shooting from deep.
- Marvin Williams was active despite only scoring 12 points. He had 14 rebounds 9 of which were offensive. You don’t grab 14 rebounds without being active.
- The Atlanta Hawks scored 127 points and Joe Johnson only had 10 points……..and they won.
Having not seen the game I am not sure if Golden State’s 122 points were due to great offense or poor defense. I would venture to say that it was probably a little bit of both. Kudos to the Hawks for going inside to Al Horford and Josh Smith for whom the Warriors have no answer for. I thought the game could probably be won easier as I looked at it but at any rate it was very important to come up with a victory as a loss would have been very damaging. Also need to again point out the great night Mike Bibby had with 23 points and 5 assists on 8 of 10 shooting which picked up the slack for his back court mates Joe Johnson and Jamal Crawford.
If there was a cause of concern, per Michael Cunningham of the AJC, reports that Johnson wasn’t feeling well on Friday night and that Crawford injured his thumb early in the game. While Crawford did go on to score 14 points with most of them coming late Cunningham speculates that his injury my linger for some time. I will try to keep a look out for any news regarding his injury going into tonight’s game in Miami.
In what I hope doesn’t become a trend Stephen Curry once again torched the Hawks for 31 points and 11 assists. While I still think that Tyreke Evans is probably rookie of the year, Curry is no doubt inching closer by the day.