I’ve never been a big fan of thuggery, on the court. I think the way the game evolved, during the heyday of the Bad Boys, from Detroit, was not the way the game was intended to be played. That being said, everybody knows that once you’re in the playoffs, there should be no easy layups.
So, as I watched D. Wade limp his way through Game 4, with back spasms, which clearly limited his outside shooting accuracy, I couldn’t help but think that, simply put, if he’s on, the Hawks likely lose that game. Which begs the unsightly question, “should the Hawks go “all Detroit” on Wade” in Game 5, everytime he attacks the basket? You know he’s going to recklessly attack the hoop. You know he hits the floor 10 times a game. So does Zaza, or Horford, put a little extra oomph into every foul they give? I’m not saying be dirty or cheap (which actually would be “going Bad Boy” on him), but how valuable would it be if Wade just wasn’t able to suck it up and play at his usual, ridiculous level?
Not saying, more asking for opinions…..
That being covered, even if he’s on the floor for the full game, it doesn’t appear likely that he’s going to be at 100%. Now he’s a warrior, and, not unlike some of Jordan’s biggest playoff games, he’s capable of limping his way through a historic performance. Given the motivation that would provide for his teammates, it’s all that much more important that the Hawks do everything they can to limit his having a big game.
Because as far as I can tell, this series has come down to two Hawks’ wins, when Wade has been off, and two Wade wins.
As I mentioned the other day, after the Hawks took down Game 4, there’s a part of me that wonders if the ultimate winner of this series is the team who screws up less. This hasn’t been a very pretty series, and neither team has the look of a squad ready to seize this series, and take momentum into a Round 2 match up with a Cavs team that looks certain to play in the NBA Finals.
Again, with no outside help, for either the roster or the coaching staff, it’s down to pride and fortitude, and an unwillingness to yield another game at home.
Crowd should be full tilt tonight, with the series tied at two apiece. Wade looks iffy. No real excuse for the Hawks to lose this game, but you probably could have made the same argument going into Game 2, so we all get to watch, from the stands, or on the tube.
Me, I’ll be there, with some of the fellas (thanks to Jhan AND doc; you guys know….).
I’ll try to join in with the post-game assessment, but I’m confident that the usual suspects will have summarized the proceedings, whatever they end up being, quite well.