Atlanta Hawks: Hawks 93, Heat 89

Hawks put up a fight against Wade's Heat. (Hector Gabino / el Nuevo Herald)

Hawks put up a fight against Wade's Heat. (Hector Gabino / el Nuevo Herald)

  • Miami–This wasn’t the soft team L.D. described after the Hawks barely bothered to play defense against the Rockets and Kings.
  • “We showed up tonight,” Drew said.
  • The Hawks won at Miami for the first time since Dec. 12, 2008. It was their fifth straight road W and they know have 14 on the season, second only to the Heat’s 15.
  • The Hawks improved to 4-6 in road games against teams with winning records.
  • “Guys knew that this was going to be one of those games that sometimes you get measured on,” Jamal said. “It’s a good barometer. They are not fully healthy, but we aren’t either. We just had to kind of go with it.”
  • The Hawks went into the Heat’s building and beat them at their rugged style. They won despite losing Al in the third quarter, facing a 29-14 deficit in free throws, Le Bron’s 34 points and 27 from D-Wade.
  • They did it by continuing to grind when the Heat made one final push to force overtime.
  • “You have to be able to play different styles, especially against the top teams,” Jamal said. “To win, we had to gut it out.”
  • Every guy who made a mistake going down the stretch–J.J.’s bad turnover, Mo’s bad foul, Smoove’s bad shots, Jamal’s forced runners–did something later to win the game.
  • “It showed a lot of heart, determination, growth and maturity,” J.J. said. “It was a hard-fought game. Their rotation on defense was phenomenal tonight. We just made the extra pass and were getting open shots.”
  • The Hawks didn’t make many of them. The shot selection was suspect at times. They had lots of careless turnovers, especially in transition.
  • Atlanta’s team defense, however, was spirited, physical and exceptional.
  • “That is how you have to play a team like this, because they are going to force you to play like that,” Drew said. “If you don’t they are going to run you out of the building.”
  • No Bosh for a team without much offensive depth to begin with certainly helped the Hawks’ cause but they made things difficult for Miami from start to finish. Miami shot a season-low 36 percent from the field.
  • “I’ve been saying since I got here, when we help each other and everybody is on a string we are one of the top teams in the league,” Bibby said. “We did that tonight. We helped, and we rotated out and everybody was moving. When we are that active, we are real good.”
  • Smoove, arms waving and feet moving, stalked James to all corners of the court. He helped make James a jump shooter and it paid off.
  • “I thought he did a real good job against him,” Drew said. “He’s out there flapping around, but I do think his length bothers people. And he has the ability to erase a mistake when he gets beat off the dribble when someone goes to the basket.”
  • At one point of the third quarter, Josh looked like he could barely stand while chasing LeBron through several screens on the perimeter. He stuck with it and LeBron eventually missed a long jumper.
  • “It’s so hard to be able to guard so many re-screens,” Josh said. “You find your legs getting tired. They beat you up on the screens. But it’s all mental for me and I just fought through it. I wanted to suck it up and be able to stand up for my team.”
  • Josh’s thunderous dunk over Joel Anthony late in regulation gave the Hawks a jolt and quieted the crowd after it looked like they would fade like last time they were here.
  • “I kind of looked to the right and still saw him coming,” Smoove said. “I knew I had to finish hard because he’s a pretty good shot-blocker.”
  • “We needed something to motivate and energize us,” L.D. said. “That gave us a little life. Everything we got tonight we really had to earn. We needed something to spark us and Josh came up with the big play.”
  • It was clear early that J.J. was locked in for his duel with D-Wade. He shadowed the Heat’s All-Star around the court, using his size and strength to keep him away from the basket.
  • “I think Joe got us going with that,” Drew said. “Watching him those first few possessions of the game against Wade, I thought he played him with his speed and played him with a physicality and started banging around in there.”
  • Joe hurt the Hawks with too much iso play in the second quarter. He also threw the ball away with Atlanta up 76-75. But then he tied it on a classic Joe move: Hesitate, dart into the lane then score on a floater.
  • “I knew there was a lot riding on me,” he said. “I just wanted to come up big for the squad and somehow get it into overtime and then it’s our will against theirs.”
  • The Heat was disorganized after tying it at 84-84 and Joe smartly set up Jamal for a corner 3. Jamal made it, one of his six baskets after halftime. “The last two games I wasn’t as aggressive as I would have liked,” he said. “Tonight I got back on track.”
  • The Hawks needed someone other than Jamal to produce off the bench and Mo delivered. After standing in the corner and missing a wide open 3 in regulation, then compounded that error by fouling James 40 feet from the basket, Mo scored the first five points of overtime for Atlanta.
  • LeBron, back after missing two games with an ankle injury, got lured into taking long jumpers. The Hawks didn’t allow him many of his devastating runs at the basket.
  • “LeBron started to make some shots there toward the end, but that was a game plan we decided to stay with,” Drew said. “If we were going to give up anything, let’s give up a contested jump shot as opposed to him getting to the basket. We executed that going down the stretch in the fourth quarter and in overtime we did a great job with that.”
  • Al didn’t return after suffering the sprained ankle. He wasn’t in the locker room when I got in there. “I don’t know how bad it is or if he’s going to be out,” Drew said.
  • It was kind of surreal to see JC2 suddenly checking into this game late in regulation. He missed a 3-point try.

MC

164 comments Add your comment

slimjr

January 19th, 2011
12:45 am

FIRST!!!!!!!!!

slimjr

January 19th, 2011
12:46 am

Hey Josh you need to D up King Lebron rather than Marvina…

Booo!

January 19th, 2011
12:47 am

slimjr

January 19th, 2011
12:50 am

“The Hawks improved to 4-6 in road games against teams with winning records.”

Sund your squad STILL HAS ALONG WAY TO GO TO hang with the “BIG BOYS”.. Don’t fool your self over this win tonight!! Its just “fools gold”…
You have been a GM for how many decades? Three plus? You think you can win a Championship before you retire? NOT………………….

Booo!

January 19th, 2011
12:52 am

Joe Money! Hey, hey, Joe Moooney! *Sing it with me y’all!*… Joe Moooney! Hey, hey, Joe Mooooney! (Cash money throwback lol. It seemed fitting)

JJ has definetly been earning his checks as of late.

Great Game! We’ll be even stronger with Marvin coming off the bench.

Booo!

January 19th, 2011
12:52 am

I hope Al is OK

Booo!

January 19th, 2011
12:53 am

Bibby was good TONIGHT but we still need a new PG or we might not even make it out of the first round this year.

The Truth

January 19th, 2011
12:54 am

LD this statement:

“They had lots of careless turnovers, especially in transition”. Actually they had a total of 10 TO (much better than usual) vs. 16 TO for the Heat. I will admit that some of the TO were big because they were during critical times of the game but so were the Heat TO. So this statement could be somewhat misleading to people who didn’t watch the game IMO

slimjr

January 19th, 2011
12:54 am

‘I hope Al is OK’
Me hope too…

JJ is BALLIN! ISO JOE ISO JOE ISO JOE!!!lol

slimjr

January 19th, 2011
12:59 am

I heard 4dollar gallon gas this year!!! Outrageous…”Why dont we tap the worlds largest oil reserve. It’s called the “Green River Formation.” About 2 trillion barrels of oil. 8 thousand year supply to feed usa daily……….

Ra'mon

January 19th, 2011
12:59 am

Its all about match ups. The Heat are without a quick PG or dominant C (unlike Orlando and Boston). So the Hawks will matchup quite well with them.

I must admit LD has some huge balls putting JC2 in the game. And though it didn’t work out, I hope he’s open to doing things like that and taking chances of that nature in the future.

slimjr

January 19th, 2011
1:04 am

Larry Drew, Bibby and JC2 have all something in common. They can flat out shoot the rock! Teague cannot. Larry averaged almost 17 points a night playing the point for the kings from 81-86..He could shoot the rock. He appears to be biased against guards that cannot shoot….Just an observation from a shooting guard like myself….

Najeh Davenpoop

January 19th, 2011
1:04 am

The guy in the InventHelp commercial looks like he could be LeBron’s dad.

Najeh Davenpoop

January 19th, 2011
1:06 am

From the AP game recap, apparently the Hawks are 8-4 in games decided by 5 points or fewer, while the Heat are 1-7.

Also, the Hawks are 10-3 on the second game of a back to back. Maybe it’s time to stop looking at short rest like it’s a disadvantage.

The Truth

January 19th, 2011
1:08 am

PS
LD can you take a message to the Hawks players and tell them during TV interviews to stop saying statements like “We played good tonight”, “Joe played good tonight also”. This is totally incorrect grammar on national TV representing the Hawks. First it was Bibby saying it during a previous interview, tonight it was Jamal saying it. The team played well tonight, Joe played well also for Christ’s Sake!

Ra'mon

January 19th, 2011
1:15 am

Here’s a thought, Rose has to do EVERYTHING for the Bulls. If he doesn’t score 25 they don’t win. Or if it takes him 25 shots to score 25 points, their chances of winning is very bad. So the question is, can Rose REALISTICALLY continue this path all the way into the playoffs? Or will he flame out in April like Joe used to do so famously?

I Believe In This Team

January 19th, 2011
1:20 am

Love these ugly grinders. These boys got some heart!

Booo!

January 19th, 2011
1:26 am

I didn’t know J-Smoove studied at a Theoligical Seminary. That Joel Anthony Baptizim was awe-inspiring!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCVI1TgvHTU&feature=player_embedded

Najeh Davenpoop

January 19th, 2011
1:41 am

Booo!

January 19th, 2011
1:48 am

LMBO!!

I found this comment on a Heat Blog:

“how do you get 34 points with 30 shots and 11 free throws….ask Lebrick”

I guess fans are never satisified regardless of the players ha. Anyway, trade Mike Bibby ;-)

ILL-Logical

January 19th, 2011
1:50 am

Let’s see, the Hawks have been without their starting small forward for two weeks,they lost their number 2 scorer and leading rebounder half way into the game and they were on the back end of a back to back and the story line is still the Heat lost????
A statement game for the Hawks. Congratulations!

northcyde

January 19th, 2011
2:41 am

I think he can Ra’Mon. Dude is so young, that he could definitely keep up the pace he’s going at, much like how Monta Ellis does.

The Bulls do need both Noah and Boozer healthy, to make a legit run in the playoffs. That gives the Bulls the inside-outside game in the halfcourt offense. Plus Noah ad Boozer are their 2 best rebounders.

Chicago is the wild card, because no one knows how good they’ll be when they are at full strength.

northcyde

January 19th, 2011
4:13 am

Congrats to Josh Smith for being the #2 play on ESPN’s Top 10 Plays.

Also congrats to U. of Tennessee’s Brian Williams, for the rebound and putback at the buzzer to beat Georgia . . which was the #1 play of the night.

It’s always nice to see the Hawks and Vols win on the same night.

Paradise Lost

January 19th, 2011
4:29 am

northcyde
“It’s always nice to see the Hawks and Vols win on the same night.”
I second that!

Paradise Lost

January 19th, 2011
4:33 am

Watching the rebroadcast on NBATV and lmbo @ Kevin McHale 3rd qtr commentary: “Josh Smith, stop shooting the ball! Now!” LOL

cedric

January 19th, 2011
5:59 am

Hawks played a good game and got a well deserved win. Hopefully they will be able to transition that into a long streak. That Vols win was given to them by the refs. Horrible no call at the end. Dude climbed all over a UGA player’s back to get the rebound and put back.

drmaryb (*_*)

January 19th, 2011
6:03 am

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drmaryb (*_*)

January 19th, 2011
6:08 am

Horford says ankle is OK after leaving game

Al Horford (F/C) – Atlanta Hawks

(Wed, Jan 19 – 12:03am ET)

Al Horford said his sprained right ankle “will be (okay)” after leaving Tuesday’s game mid-way, and while he says he’s okay we’re going to call him questionable for Friday’s game until we get a report from somebody else.
As evidenced by the Marcus Camby’s teammates coming out and saying he was fine, and Camby saying he was fine, players often embellish when it comes to injuries. While it is good to hear Horford’s optimism, he was needed in a tight game against the Heat and couldn’t return to the court. Stay tuned.
Source: Al Horford on Twitter

McMillan could start Przybilla on Wednesday

Joel Przybilla (C) – Portland Trail Blazers

(Tue, Jan 18 – 11:57pm ET)

Joel Przybilla, who underwent major knee surgery in March after falling in the shower while rehabbing a knee surgery from last December, could become the starter in the aftermath of Marcus Camby’s knee injury according to coach Nate McMillan.
We don’t know the extent of Camby’s timetable at this time but it probably isn’t good, and it doesn’t really matter here. Przybilla had not played more than 10 minutes in any game prior to Monday night, when he played 18 minutes and had six points, seven rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block. If you’re in need of a big man, he is worth a look as a stash for the hope he gets healthy and can provide a good amount of rebounds and blocks.
Source: The Oregonian

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4 straight losses since LeBrick’s Tweet re: Cavaliers!

Karma for the Heatles?

drmaryb (*_*)

January 19th, 2011
6:14 am

Those posts were from: rotoworld.com Fantasy Website.
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Camby to miss 3-6 weeks and has two more years left on his contract.
9M next year and 8.5M? after that? The injury plus contract terms makes him almost untrade-able given his age. Is Portland the Knee Cemetery?

Who is their orthopedist? Fire him too? And, we thought we had a jinx?

O'Brien

January 19th, 2011
7:15 am

Great win for the Hawks. My question is why can’t we play defense like this every game? If we could play this kind of defense, we will be in every game, no matter the opponent.

We need Marvin back though, because games like this takes a lot out of JJ and Josh having to guard LeBron. Speaking of Marvin, it seems like you never hear the team say “we missed Marvin” or “we can’t wait to get Marvin back.”

O'Brien

January 19th, 2011
7:18 am

As for the playoffs, injuries to other teams could make things easier for the Hawks as the season continues.

1) Miami relies so much on their big 3, if one of their guys are out, they are in trouble.

2) Boston is old, so who knows if their guys will be healthy

3) Bulls (Noah and Boozer) are injury prone

4) We have shown we can beat Orlando

Meanwhile, Hawks are closing in on the #3 seed.

drmaryb (*_*)

January 19th, 2011
7:28 am

The Best Damned Blog – Period!
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Wow! I Just got eye cramps from reading that Magic blog! There is no way I could tolerate all that b!tching, whining, ranting and personal attacking for more than 3 minutes worth! Whew! They hate:

Sporon / LeBrick / Lazy-Wade / Iso-Play and everything in between!
Here is a Sample:
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our Majesty SpoelstraSux

January 19, 2011 at 1:45 am

I can’t fully support Wade until he returns to his unselfish ways. I have witnessed to much of his lazy D, complaining to the officials, passing up game winners, taking games off to rest fake injuries, and his lack of effort to improve his game. Plus I am still an upset fan over the way he treated Beas and how he came to camp out of shape last year. He is a tremendous talent but not talented enough for me to overlook these flaws!

kbboy80

January 19, 2011 at 1:40 am

The biggest problem with this team, aside from the ongoing injuries, is not having an offensive scheme to rely on imo. Even during the streaks, win or lose, its still too much playground ball. The off the ball movement is limited. Moving the ball itself ahs increased, but what good is it if nobody is moving properly without the ball? Thats not about spacing or creating, thats about tactics. The players need better designs on the floor. Wade said it best, at some point in time, the offense needs to be able to score for us, not just relying on one on one and God given talents. With LBJ and Wade on the floor, theres no reason Joel shouldnt have been able to get an easy layup somewhere in the game. Instead, we don’t run great cuts to the basket or many off the ball cuts, we just wait for LBJ and Wade to make plays for everyone and watch our big men go pick and pop. Spo has gotten somewhat better in certain areas ( hes plays after timeouts and dead balls are soooo much better, tho if u ask me Riley probably showed him a few) but he needs to sit down and understand we dont just lose because of injuries, or effort. If he installs a proper and fitting offense, be it the triangle the princeton or whatever, I dont care, then he will reach the full potential of his team, bench players and all.
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Multiply that times 1,000 re-posts. We Hawks fans have by far the most intelligent bloggers in the world. This is a Grown Man’s Blog! Loaded with stats and facts and logic and unbelievable intellect! I appreciate you fellas more than words can say! I Thank God, that I can come here and be a Hawks Fan to discuss our team, esp. after scrolling through all that garbage. There was not one comment about any plays in that game whatsoever.

Whew! Have a Great Day my friends.

Ra'mon

January 19th, 2011
7:36 am

Northcyde, Monta does his production in an up and down game. Rose gets his in a slow, methodical type of system that requires intense defense. I’m sure he probably can though. Its just something to keep an eye on. I wouldn’t be surprised to see them drop down to the 6th spot before the playoffs start.

Ra'mon

January 19th, 2011
7:41 am

Drmaryb, I know this is off subject from Camby. But I was just thinking the SA Spurs have to be the luckiest franchise in the league. A perennial playoff team’s best player goes down for an entire season, and it leads to the #1 pick in a draft that features arguably the greatest college player of the decade (or since Alcindor). That one unfortunate season of D. Robinson’s knee (I think it was his knee) lead to a decade of dynasty.

Ra'mon

January 19th, 2011
7:43 am

O’Brien, Hawks are closing in on the #2 seed.

dukester

January 19th, 2011
7:43 am

First as always with me find away to trade Marvin

Second Josh I am your biggest fan man i will defend you until the end. BUT STOP SHOOTING JUMPERS!!! You were 5/17 from the field we cant win like that. Jamal, Joe and Bibby are the only ones with the green light mane!!

Third Sund we Sam Dalembert or Jason Thompson in here man some how some way. If we had a center last night we would have blew Miami out their center got 16 rebounds on us man wake up.

Trojan

January 19th, 2011
7:48 am

MC: Try to ask LD why Teague gets no burn at all.

Ra'mon

January 19th, 2011
7:58 am

Isn’t it about time to give Bibby a game off? Rather he’s healthy or not just give him a night off.

drmaryb (*_*)

January 19th, 2011
8:26 am

Dukester said this:
“Third Sund we Sam Dalembert or Jason Thompson in here man some how some way.”
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ROF-LOL!
If those two couldn’t dominate the Hawks faux Centers for their team? What in the hell can they do for the Hawks? Where is the LOGIC? Horford blocked Thompson on the block! Dalembert is lazier than Derrick Coleman was in his day! You need to read the story on Dalembert – he is garbage!

If those two were any good their team wouldn’t be 9-25 this season.
Get Real!

JChikara

January 19th, 2011
8:28 am

I’m happy for the win, on the road, against a top level team (despite not having Bosh) but the Hawks have to continue playing D like this on a regular basis. I really don’t see many teams in the East (sans Boston) who can hang with Atlanta when they play this kind of defense.

I really believe that this team has bought into what Larry Drew is telling them, and that goes a long way. If he can now figure out how to balance out his PG rotation (because Bibby’s gotta get some rest during this point of the season) they will obtain more depth for the playoff stretch run.

Rev in Tampa

January 19th, 2011
8:29 am

northcyde,

You ought to be ashamed at your gloating over that Tennessee win. That was the worst no call I’ve ever seen. Georgia, by all rights, won that game.

I’ve not followed Georgia basketball all that closely, but it is good to see them having a good season after the hole that Herrick put that program in while he was there.

Rev in Tampa

January 19th, 2011
8:31 am

northcyde,

on another note, the question that you posed for MC regarding what Teague would have to do to earn 20+ minutes of playing time was brilliant. I am watching for that rare moment when MC is on the blog to pose it to him.

drmaryb (*_*)

January 19th, 2011
8:32 am

Oh Yeah! Anthony got 16 rebounds mainly because Al’s left ankle was in a bucket of ice for most of the 2nd half! Keep it Real!

drmaryb (*_*)

January 19th, 2011
8:39 am

Ra’mon

Great Post re: The Spurs getting Tim Duncan. If Terry Stotts didn’t. Win those last 4 meaningless games in a 13 win season! We get Dwight Howard.
Talk about a dumb azz! Geez! And we still would’ve got Josh sitting there @ 17th pick.

Talk about Dumb-Luck hugh?

drmaryb (*_*)

January 19th, 2011
8:47 am

Joe had 10 assists! Fantastic player, NEVER a selfish bone in his body. Even with the Iso-Plays last year? That was Woodson’s offensive scheme and not indicative of Joe being selfish. So squash all that hate!
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Al Horford, turned his left ankle inward, that is hard to do. Usually, that ting goes outward 99% of the time. He should be able to suit up for the next game, no problem.
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What is Marvin’s problem? That bruised back didn’t look all that serious to me, and I am a spinal specialist. He landed on his big butt for crying out loud. That is a lot of insulation back there. Is he pouting re: coming off the bench? Can he not play with some pain? No one plays at 100% – ever! He better be careful, his team is winning 9-1 last ten games without him. Marvin is very replaceable, that defense was stellar last night. Bibby and Month stepped up. Damien played great on defense too. Marvin is more trade-able than Jamal!

KevinM

January 19th, 2011
9:06 am

OB, you asked why we can’t play defense like this every night? It has to be their mental approach. They saw the Rockets and Kings as wins going into it, before they gave the effort to get a split. Giving the Kings 62 points in a half? They deserved to be chewed out.
It must be impossible to be motivated for every game, but apparently, some teams can do it?
I gotta say you know there is talent on this team, but who shows to use their talent every night is the unknown. One more big piece would make this team very formidable.

Hawks start the 2nd half of the season like they mean business. They have handled Marvin being out fairly well. Mo has had some good moments in his absence.
The Hawks held their own last night, and were able to keep the Heat on the perimeter. That team seems to want to settle for the long jumper too much. That has to change.
There were over 60 3 pointers last night….that’s a stat for 2 teams willing to settle and not battle in the lane for points. What keeps the Heat in games? They have 2 guys ranked in the top 3 in free throws attempted. That is an incredible amount of free throws.

Grandad

January 19th, 2011
9:07 am

You tell ‘im Rev!
How in the the name of James Naismith is that not over the back?
@ Home in the “Fox Den” no less…..
referees…..@ least their mothers still love ‘em, I reckon?

KevinM

January 19th, 2011
9:12 am

Some of the amazing stats last night:

Hawks had 95 shots at the basket, the Heat had 77
Hawks had 14 FTs attempted, the Heat 29…that sounds normal for a road game.

Really, the Hawks should have had an easier time. That number of field goal attempts is a disparity as the Hawks actually shot better than the Heat?

drmaryb (*_*)

January 19th, 2011
9:13 am

Jason Thompson “Nimbers” 2010 – 2011
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PTS 286
PPG 8.4
RPG 5.90
APG 0.8
SPG 0.30
BPG 0.40
Rebounds 199
Assists 27
Steals 10
Blocks 15
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We don’t need that!
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Dalembert “Nimbers” are even worse, not worth posting them all, but here is his main lines:
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PPG 5
RBG 6
Blocks 61
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We can live without that too! A waste of time even posting this stuff!

We need to play defense every possession like we did last night, and not give up talent for lateral talent or worse talent, regardless of position!
If it’s NOT a PG or Center that will upgrade, why do anything at all.

Oh and BTW: Jason Thompson is a F and NOT a Center! We don’t need another F!!!!!!!!!!

Double Zero Eight

January 19th, 2011
9:13 am

Larry Drew thus far has proven to be competent.
The players have bought into his system. The
players now appear to be paying close attention
to him during the timeouts. In the past, they
appeared aloof in many instances. Drew has
appareently resigned himself to the fact that
there will not be a trade of any significance,
and is molding the current roster that he has
into what he wants it to be during the playoffs.
It was good the see the Hawks going inside
the paint with purpose and intensity during the
last minute. They should make this more of a habit.