TELEVISION: TNT, Fox Sports South HD
RADIO: Hawks Radio Network, Audio League Pass
GAME NOTES: Hawks/Heat
ATLANTA INJURY REPORT: Marvin Williams is out.
MIAMI INJURY REPORT: Luther Head and Jamario Moon are out.
FOR ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES ONLY: Atlanta -6, 179 o/u
OTHER PERSPECTIVES: Peninsula Is Mightier
LEFTOVER NOTES FROM THE GAME 4 RECAP: If there is a time to play Solomon Jones in this series, that time comes only after two of Josh Smith, Al Horford, and Zaza Pachulia have fouled out. When Marvin Williams is healthy, there is no time to play Solomon Jones in this series.
I don't imagine it made much of a difference in the result, but how weird was it that the Miami crowd, so into the final 3:26 of the first half, missed the start of the second half. There were a ton of empty seats visible and the arena was dead quiet for the first few minutes of the third quarter. It went from playoff to pre-season atmosphere in less than 20 minutes.
ERIK SPOELSTRA MIGHT COULD BE A GOOD BLOGGER: Speaking of Michael Beasley, Spoelstra said, "He's taken 27 jump-shot attempts and only nine layup attempts."
ON THE SUBJECT OF SHOT SELECTION...AN OBLIGATORY JOSH SMITH UPDATE: Through four games Smith is 15-17 on dunks/layups, 4-13 on intermediate shots*, 5-17 on two-point jump shots, and 1-9 on three-point attempts.
Despite the shot selection and upraised arms, he's clearly been Atlanta's best player through four games.
*hook shots, turnaround jumpers...essentially shots neither taken at the rim nor as a spot-up jumper
Consider this an open thread for all pre-game, in-game, and post-game (but pre-recap) thoughts.