Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Spurs 95 Hawks 83



Half-way through the second quarter I was thinking about what I needed to pack. Two-thirds of the way through the third quarter I had a suitcase out. When Anthony Johnson missed his breakaway dunk attempt, I fully put family ahead of basketball for the rest of the night.

I kept the game on while I packed. I'm no fatalist but I can't say I maintained even a modest amount of optimism once I (finally) heard a pre-game injury report. The Hawks at full-strength aren't going to beat the Spurs at full-strength that often. (Ignoring the fact that they only play twice a year.) An injury-riddled Hawks team isn't going to beat a full-strength Spurs team hardly ever.

Still, does Anthony Johnson need to play seven more minutes than Josh Childress? 12 more than Al Horford?

Tony Parker scored 31 points on 20 shots and 4 free throws. You can't tell me Anthony Johnson was in there for his defense. Yes, ideally, the Hawks would have a true point guard on the floor as much as possible but when you're only dressing five good players for a game, get those guys on the court as much as possible. Maybe you cause the other team some matchup problems.

Things will be quiet here the next couple of days. I'll be back by Saturday at the latest (and so might the much-missed Acie Law IV).

Ballhype: hype it up!

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