Whether you're of the mind that the Hawks bench won or the Bucks bench lost (More turnovers than made field goals in 70 combined minutes?) last night's game, there were some compelling signs of life last night.
- Mario West, starting in place of the injured Marvin Williams, played as well as could be expected.
- Josh Smith the defender (not just shot blocker), rebounder, and passer played 40 good minutes.
- Josh Smith, the back-to-the-basket player of our dreams, appeared for two possessions and contributed two of Smith's four made field goals and none of his ten missed field goals.
- Zaza Pachulia looked a bit healthier (as did Tyronn Lue) than in his last couple of appearances, but he' still not moving as well as he has in the past. I think we all recognize that he'll be hurt more than many by losing a step.
- Shelden Williams, Shelden Williams, made a positive offensive contribution, though it must be said that using two possessions on Shelden Williams posting up during the second quarter did little more than raise the degree of difficulty for Atlanta's second unit.
- Playing Anthony Johnson and Mario West at the same time really makes things difficult for Joe Johnson.
- Mo Williams' line (9-9 FGA, 1-1 3PTA, 4-4 FTA, 9 assists) reminds that I need to finish that post about how easily opposing point guards are scoring against the Hawks.
- Anytime Josh Smith took a jump shot.