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Hawks-Heat: Will Joe Johnson Step Up?

Published by on April 25, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NBA

While watching the level of play in last night's Houston Rockets versus Portland Trail Blazers game, I was struck by how different the emotional level is in the Hawks-Heat playoff series.

The all stars for the Rockets and Blazers were totally spent during stretches of the third and fourth quarter.  At one point, Artest was playing so hard on defense he could hardly come down the floor for offense.

The Hawks especially have not played with the type of energy and emotion that they need.  One of the highlights from last year that keeps running during these playoffs is the clip of Joe Johnson burying a big three-point shot against the Celtics.  Super Joe is fired up and yells out to the crowd.

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