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Baseline to Baseline recaps: Where teams can’t hit the three but keep shooting them anyway

Jan 19, 2011, 2:09 AM EDT

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Hawks 93, Heat 89 (OT): These two teams combined to take 61 shots from three on the night even though combined they made just 14 (23 percent). That kind of sums up this game — a lot of bad decisions and missed shots. This game was very entertaining. It was filled with sloppy but it was still fun to watch.

Al Horford sprained his ankle in the second half but said after the game is was not that serious. We’ll see what the reports are as Wednesday wears on but it doesn’t sound bad.

Early on Atlanta had its chance – Miami without Chris Bosh started Joel Anthony at the four and the lack of offense at the spot really hurt the Heat. Bosh is not the best Heat player but he may have the biggest drop off of talent behind him. Miami scored just 11 first quarter points and shot 31 percent for the half. But the Hawks didn’t take advantage — they ran a slow offense, pounded the ball a lot and set up isolations that played into the hands of the Heat defense. In essence, they were still the Hawks.

Then in the second quarter the Heat went small, moving LeBron James to the four spot and they started get out in transition (for a team full of athletes the Hawks are shockingly bad at transition defense). After a 12-0 run you had a game again.

It was a thrilling end of the game filled with more slop. There was Mo Evans taking a bad three-pointer then committing a foul at midcourt as the Heat came back up. The Hawks ran a beautifully designed pick-and-roll open for an ally-oop dunk and Joe Johnson threw a lob pass off the top of the backboard.

The Heat got a last shot to win in regulation and it was a Wade isolation that went nowhere and led to a cross-court pass to LeBron for a very deep three. Not pretty.

It wasn’t all bad. LeBron, back from injury, made some quality plays in overtime, a big three and a driving layup. But the erratic Hawks attacked the rim and had one of their strong stretches for those five key minutes and got the victory. Jamal Crawford and Joe Johnson looked sharp when it mattered.

Fun little stat courtesy ESPN’s Tom Haberstroh: Joel Anthony had 16 rebounds (8 offensive) and no shot attempts. The only other players to do that in the modern era: Dennis Rodman and Wilt Chamberlain.

Bobcats 83, Bulls 82: The winning team in this game shot 40 percent and was 0-of-13 from three. It fits our sloppy theme for the night.

The Bulls were on the fourth game in five nights and playing without Carlos Boozer (making the starting front line Taj Gibson and Kurt Thomas), but they put up a fight. Derrick Rose almost carried them with 33 points. The Bulls just made some mistakes of execution at the end. Such as Ronnie Brewer passing up a layup to kick out to Luol Deng for a three. An open three, but no coach wants you to pass up a layup for a three (not even Paul Westhead).

For the Bobcats, that’s two wins over the Bulls in a week. Wins are wins, doesn’t matter how they come. Charlotte made the plays in the clutch — Stephen Jackson had a key fade away from the elbow, Gerald Wallace played his best ball at the end.

  1. hnirobert3 - Jan 19, 2011 at 7:36 AM

    I’m willing to take the good with the bad when it comes to LeBron, but I’m getting tired of his 35 foot three point shots… dude seriously lacks the killer instinct that Wade has and I wish they’d put the ball in his hands in the waning minutes.

  2. borderline1988 - Jan 19, 2011 at 11:13 AM

    I agree with you completely, but this is as much on Wade as it is on Lebron…Lebron takes too many stupid 3 point shots, and Wade takes too many pull-up and fadeaway jumpers in traffic..Both are low-percentage shots. It’s just stupid – every defensive gameplan in the league (against the Heat) is about making Wade and Lebron take outside jumpers, and Wade+Lebron seem all too happy to oblige….
    Erik Spoelstra needs to try something different in his offense. Post Lebron a bit more. Run more pick and rolls, where the roller actually tries driving when coming around the pick, rather than just dribbling around and seeing what happens…
    Here are the facts…the Heat really need Bosh b/c otherwise the ball never seems to go into the paint. Both Lebron and Wade are just perimeter passers/shooters right now.
    The last thing, which in my opinion is completely the coach’s fault, is the Heats ridiculous habit of waiting for the shot clock to hit 7 seconds before making a play. I never understood this and never will. They should set up and start their offense as soon as they get down the floor. If the shot comes with 10-12 seconds left on the clock, there’s no problem with that, as long as it’s a good shot and it’s in the offense.

  3. jmad34 - Jan 19, 2011 at 1:08 PM

    Also, on an un-related note, LeBum may have told Melo to come to NY. Something he was too scared to do himself!

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