A few days ago, the city of Atlanta was excited about its beloved Hawks ending the Miami Heat’s undefeated season. And by “the city of Atlanta” I mean “the 33 people in town that care about the Hawks and by “excited” I mean “remembered that the Hawks exist.” But all of those overwhelming lukewarm feelings were just a set up for more disappointment as the Hawks lost Thursday night’s triple overtime game to those very same Miami Heat by a final score of 116-109. While losing to the Heat is nothing to hang your head over, losing to a Heat team that didn’t have LeBron James or Dwyane Wade on the court is certainly an inexcusable loss.
The game, though, was pretty epic as the teams traded clutch shots and clutch chokes for three extra sessions. I think that this is a huge win for the Heat as Chris Bosh (33 points, 14 rebounds, five assists) and Mario Chalmers (22 of his 29 points after the third quarter)were given a shot to take over and shined. Chalmers, in particular, gets a major confidence boost especially after people were saying he’d lose his starting job to rookie point guard Norris Cole. I’m afraid that the Heat won’t lose more than 10 games this season.
Sidenote: Joe Johnson’s name should go right next to Carlos Boozer’s as guys that should thank their lucky stars LeBron, Wade and Bosh had that crazy free agent offseason a couple of years ago. That’s the only way Johnson and Boozer were able to get such undeserving, huge contracts.