Ok.let’s do it ESPN style..Here are the top 5 reasons why you can’t blame Drew for the game 2 loss.
Before we start here are some reasons that did not make the list.
1. He has been doing this all season long- The HOF treatment. That is his philosophy and research has shown that players play much better when they don’t have to worry about fouls.
2. We have won 4 straight against Orlando. We had a loss coming anyway.
3. Comon…We were only down 6 points going into the 3rd .Would you not take that on a road game?
4. The Hawks worse quarter was the 3rd quarter (12 points!) when HOF played not the second quarter.
LETS Start with the top 5 reasons.
REASON 1. CANT HAVE IT BOTH WAYS
Drew’s reason for benching Al? The hawks were still in the game late into the 2nd quarter. If it doesn’t make sense to you, then why do you like his Dwight treatment in game 1? The reason why Larry Drew did not change his strategy on doubling Dwight in game 1 despite Dwights ridiculous numbers and his players pleading in the first half of game 1 was that the Hawks were still in the game despite Dwight’s numbers. So you can’t blame him for the result if you liked his strategy in game 1. If the Hawks had lost game 1 and Dwight had scored 70pts , we would have blamed Larry. So you can’t have it both ways.
REASON 2. DWIGHT 48 MINS??
I must admit, I have never seen it before. I have seen guards play 48 mins but for a big man to play the whole 48 mins? That was ridiculous. I bet you at half the Hawks coaching staff were feeling confident that at some point Orlando would have to rest Dwight and with our guys very fresh, we would inevitably make a run. Normal law says bigs get tired faster and cannot play 48 mins. Looks like Dwight is really superman.Cant blame Larry for not thinking that Dwight will play 48 mins.
REASON 3 COMON HOF.COLD IN THE 3RD QUARTER??
HOF said he was a little cold in the 3rd quarter. That is quite a lame excuse. He knew at some point he would come back into the game. He had the half time to get his groove back. He started the 3rd quarter. It wasn’t like he sat for like 15 mins and was just asked to come back into the game. Saying he was cold in the 3rd is worse than saying you were cold at the start of the game. You are suppose to know how to get your groove back especially after half time.
REASON 4: WE HAD A CHANCE TO WIN IF THEY STUCK TO LARRY’s GAME PLAN .
Down 2 points with less than 2 minutes to go and Dwight playing 46 mins with 5 fouls and your best player well rested and not in foul trouble? The Hawks should have won that game if Joe had stuck to Larry’s plan and NOT GIVEN UP THE WIDE OPEN CORNER 3 to Jason Richardson.!!!!
REASON 5. DON’T BE TOO GREEDY
Comon ..We went to Orlando to get 1 out of the 2 . WE GOT WHAT WE WANTED. ALL WE NEED TO DO RIGHT NOW IS HOLD SERVE AT HOME. The series is in our favor. ! Dwight is not playing 48 mins every game. Phillips will be rocking come Friday and Sunday …Even if Al had played in the second quarter, the Magic were most likely not going to lose 2 straight at home knowing that the series would be pretty much over.
LETS GO HAWKS!!!!!!!!