"I'm really impressed with them," Spoelsta said. "I am. I mentioned this to our team today, I'm as impressed with them right now as any team we've played so far in terms of their improvement. You can see a very specific system and style of how they are trying to play and how fast that has been implemented. You know this team is going to continue to get better and they will be a much different time springtime.
"They're an awesome offensive team," Bosh said. "They've been on a tear lately. We see why. ... It was difficult all night, but eventually we found a way."
It would have been a big confidence boost for the Hawks had they been able to pull out a victory. It might not have registered in the national media most of who are caught up on the struggles of the Eastern Conference. Plus Miami was missing Dwyane Wade who adds yet another dynamic to their attack.
Still it is nice to see the Hawks get mention from one of the most respected (underrated?) coaches in the league in Spoelstra. Atlanta still has a long way to go in terms of becoming a championship contender but seem to be well on their way to becoming a team that is not an easy out for anyone.