Finally! The Hawks put the smackdown on Boston tonight in the Highlight Factory. They came out and played like a team that's actually seen a basketball before and played with it together. The first couple of games in Boston they looked like a team who had just met about 15 minutes prior to tip-off.
Josh Smith had a fantastic evening! 27 points, 9 rebs, 6 assists, 2 stls, 1 block and 1 monster dunk over Ray Allen. All in a day's work.
Joe had 23 points, 7 rebs and 6 assitst.
Al had 17 points, 14 rebs and 6 assists. He was fantastic. He also buried a jumper over Paul Pierce late in the game and he had a few choice words for him. I LOVE IT! They've been trying to intimidate Al this whole series and he's yet to back down! I'm sure his reaction wasn't unprovoked because I've been watching the little things the Celtics players have been doing to him. Of course everyone thinks Al is being disrespectful, but I LOVE IT!! Who the hell are the Celtics supposed to be, the Spurs? Has Paul Pierce suddenly become Ginobili? Has KG morphed into Tim Duncan all of a sudden? They haven't done anything yet, but everyone expects the Hawks to throw roses at their feet and just bow down to them. You have to earn respect and until they give our players a little we shouldn't give them any! WE don't give a damn that they won 29 more games than us. They've been talking shit so we gotta talk shit back!
If it was KG they'd just call it intensity.
Either way, if the Hawks play Monday the way they played tonight then we should go back to Boston with this series tied.