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Hawks-Heat Game One: Miami Fans Will Try to Forget

Published by on April 21, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NBA

After Dwyane Wade's dunk off of a screen to start the game, the Miami Heat had very little to celebrate in their Playoff-opening loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday.

Josh Smith was flying above defenders and catching alley-oops headed for the nosebleeds. Joe Johnson was playing within the flow of the game for a change. Al Horford was protecting the paint and hitting his open jumpers. Zaza Pachulia was diving for loose balls despite the Hawks' 25-point lead. Marvin Williams played efficiently, and Mike Bibby looked like a real point guard.

Dwyane Wade flopped, turned the ball over, and forced up shots. Michael Beasley forced up even more and never passed. Mario Chalmers looked like a rookie, and Jermaine O'Neal like ...

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