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News » Atlanta Hawks Getting Inside 2009-04-23

Atlanta Hawks Getting Inside 2009-04-23

Atlanta Hawks Getting Inside 2009-04-23
If the playoffs are about adjustments, the next move belongs to Hawks coach Mike Woodson.

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra made his before his team's Game 2 win at Philips Arena by daring the Hawks leave Dwyane Wade in single coverage.

The Hawks took the bait, allowing the NBA's scoring leader to do his thing and promptly shoot them off their home floor.

And now the Hawks have to show they have a few tricks up their sleeves as well with the series headed to Miami for Saturday's Game 3 and Sunday's Game 4 and the series literally up for grabs.

"We're in a dogfight now," Hawks forward Marvin Williams said. "We didn't take care of our business."

The Hawks showed a little mettle, rallying from an 18-point deficit to get to within five points twice in the final five minutes in Game 2, only to watch the Heat stretch its lead back to double digits.

But they also showed that they're capable of falling back into bad habits that have plagued them all season, namely the "I'll save us by myself" routine that seems to permeate their ranks when things get tight.

And nowhere has that been more of an issue for these Hawks this season than away from Philips Arena, where they won just 16 times in the regular season.

Woodson might also want to reconsider his stance on not doubling Wade when they get to South Florida. It proved to be a disastrous strategy in Game 2.

"You have to expect Wade to make some shots," Woodson said. "And he made some there with guys hanging on him. I refuse to double that far out on the floor and expose us down low. We'll break this tape down and try to come up with Plan B when we head out to Miami."

HEAT 108, HAWKS 93: Home-court advantage is gone.

That fire and intensity that led the Hawks to a 26-point win in Game 1 never resurfaced in their loss to the Heat in Game 2 Wednesday night at Philips Arena.

"We didn't start the game with a sense of urgency like we did in the first game," Hawks forward Josh Smith said. "We also didn't play together. You put those two negatives together and that's what causes us to lose. If you look back in the past, whenever we play selfish on the offensive end, things don't get working on the defensive end."

It might not have mattered with Dwyane Wade's Heat shooting the cover off the ball from deep, 15-for-26 (.577) for the game, and the Hawks unable to get any defensive stops or match the Heat from distance (they made just 6 of their 20 3-point attempts).

The NBA's scoring champion this season, Wade led the Heat with 33 points on 11-for-20 shooting, including a 6-for-10 effort from beyond the 3-point line.

He never saw a double team from the Hawks, making his night much easier than the one he had in Game 1. But he was far from the one-man show he was in Game 1, when only one other Heat player scored in double digits.

Reigning NBA 3-point champion Daequan Cook lit up the Hawks for 20 points off the bench, including a 6-for-9 showing from beyond the 3-point line.

"You've got to give them credit," Williams said. "They made it a point to come out and make shots in this game, and between Cook and Dwyane Wade, they didn't really miss from beyond the arc. They played well, man."

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