Just when we thought it was simply execution that was at issue - we are introduced to something new...the Atlanta Hawks (we don't give a ...) edition. So, let's do it...
Game Recap - Heat 92, Hawks 75
The Good Stuff
- Not one single thing...
- Actually, I take that back - the very, very, very limited attempt by the team to give Al Horford some touches in the paint in the 3rd quarter
- The decision by Jamal Crawford to take the ball to the hole in the 2nd half
- I'm just gonna start with the thought that during the interview with Coach Woodson - he said...the defense wasn't that bad, but the effort and energy were unacceptable. Which might be fair, but the follow up message that these things happen continue to give me the impression that most of what Coach Woodson says is based on giving the best case scenario in order to save his job. I can't imagine Popovich or Jackson or any elite coach not using the game and the postgame to rip the Hawks for every element of the team's performance tonight.
- The jump shots...
- The fact that D. Wade didn't do much to defeat us
- The decision to not pound the paint on a night when Jermaine O'Neal wasn't even playing.
- Getting outrebounded by 22 by a team missing its center and being a poor rebounding team already.
- The fact that we've been giving up on Bibby at the point that he's not bringing more offense than his defense allows is good, but to not bring Teague as a change of pace is problematic.
- That we didn't sit the starters or attempt anything different to change the tempo or game dynamic in the 2nd half.
- That the only two starters who hit even half of their shots have the least shots and minutes.
Str8 Butter Award - Please...
Starter Kudos/Smackdown -
It would take too much time to say all the things that need to be said, but in a nutshell not one single player played that well.
So, today's complaint is the lack of an attempt to change the tenor of this game. It's one thing to tell us that the team had no energy in the post game press conference - it's quite another to actually do something about it during the game. During a game, when everyone on Twitter, Daily Dime Live, and even Dominique noted that the team was primed to lose in the 2nd quarter - NOTHING was changed. Not a full court press, not a little used reserve, not a benching of a starting 5 that clearly didn't come to play, or even waiving the white flag early enough to just rest your starters and get your reserves some experience (and prevent the bigger problem of a late game injury...visions of Joe Johnson's ankle injury in the playoffs were dancing in my head). Yes, we've been harsh on Coach Woodson for the past two seasons, but the measure of a good coach is based on how they use the elements produced to teach lessons that are needed for a postseason and after the game vs. Knicks (which we considered one of the Hawks worst losses this season) - you can't fault the Hawks for losing, but you can fault them for being unprepared to compete. That's 100% on a coach esp. with the specter of the biggest and hardest month of the season in front of you.
Last time, we saw you - we were down to 50-32 as a prediction and well, we thought we were being harsh. Even though this team looks better on paper, we had the same 21-10 record as last year. As we know, we only went 26-25 from that point forward last year and now, we're 0-2 against two inferior teams with 3 straight superior teams coming up. Let's just hope that the 31-20 that we need to go to get to that 50 win season didn't just become that much harder as a result of simply not coming with effort befitting a great team.