Josh Smith came in number eight in John Hollinger’s top 10 story lines of the 2010 playoffs.
#8 Josh Smith is an All Star:
One of the most questionable All-Star snubs in recent years, Smith has provided even more momentum for his cause with a dominant first two games against Milwaukee and a second-place finish in the league’s Defensive Player of the Year voting.
The Bucks are down 2-0 because they can’t match up with Smith withoutAndrew Bogut. With defensive ace Luc Richard Mbah a Moute assigned to Atlanta leading scorer Joe Johnson, the Bucks are defending Smith with players who are either too small or too slow to check him.
The result? A dominant first quarter of Game 1 that led the Hawks to a 17-point advantage before putting it in cruise control, followed by a near triple-double performance in Game 2. For the series Smith is 15-of-21 from the floor, and his averages — 16.5 points, 12 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 3.0 blocks — speak to his knack for filling the stat sheet. My favorite stat, however, is that big “0″ next to 3-point attempts. As long as Smith keeps attacking, Milwaukee can’t handle him.
During the first two games Milwaukee has had no answer whatsoever for Josh. He is almost sure to receive a less than warm welcome from the Milwaukee crowd after his comments today about the city. In case you missed it Michael Cunningham has the story.
Josh Smith when asked if he would ever vacation in Milwaukee:
“Would you go there?” Smith asked. “Everybody knows there ain’t nothing to do in Milwaukee, man. Everybody knows that, (even) the people that live there.”
While it might not be as bad as what Mike Bibby said about Boston fans in 07 it most certainly will get the attention of Milwaukee fans. It is already a rowdy crowd up there and this will just add a little more spice to it.