TELEVISION: TNT, Fox Sports South HD
RADIO: Hawks Radio Network, Audio League Pass
GAME NOTES: Hawks/Heat
ATLANTA INJURY REPORT: Marvin Williams is a game-time decision. (6:53pm--That decision has been made. No Marvin tonight.)
MIAMI INJURY REPORT: Luther Head is out due to a broken hand. Jamario Moon is out due to a strained right groin and abdomen.
FOR ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES ONLY: Miami -5, 185.5 o/u
OTHER PERSPECTIVES: Peninsula Is Mightier
POST-SEASON MATH WITH JOSH SMITH: "We beat them pretty bad in Game 1, and they beat us pretty bad in Game 3. So we’re even."
IN-SERIES TRENDWATCH: Trending down: Possessions, ATL eFG%, 2PTFG%, OR%, and TO%, MIA TO%
Trending up: MIA points per possession, OR%
GEMS FROM MIKE MOREAU'S SCOUTING REPORT: He could have written much of this at any point during the season, added "Game 4" where appropriate, and taken the rest of the day off:
Getting Joe Johnson going will be a priority for the Hawks in Game 4, and they must run their sets for him with more speed and better precision. The Hawks seem to run their offense in slow motion, as they simply stand around often and move the ball very little.I'm laughing so as not to cry. Also, I would have at least hyphenated "overpenetration."
When Johnson catches the ball, the Heat defenders are just waiting on him. He is playing one versus five, surrounded by Heat defenders when playing his drives into the paint. He routinely ran into multiple defenders in Game 3 and had his shot blocked all night as he overpenetrated into the teeth of the Miami defense.
The Hawks can't continue to just jog down the floor and run sets. They must push the ball and have Bibby produce off the dribble. Expect the Hawks to play a faster pace in Game 4 so they can make some easier baskets. Al Horford might then use his speed to beat Jermaine O'Neal down the floor.
In Game 4, the Hawks must make harder cuts, tougher screens and quicker, more efficient ball movement to get the Heat defense in motion. None of their sets and quick hitters are effective at half speed and with the ball staying in one player's hands. The ball has to change sides of the floor more often and faster.
Consider this an open thread for all pre-game, in-game, and post-game (but pre-recap) thoughts.