Hawks 120 Suns 111
OK, Steve Nash not playing is an obvious qualifying factor, but the Hawks still beat the best team in the NBA on the road. Joe Johnson went off in the fourth quarter, Marvin Williams shot double-digit free throws for the second straight game, Josh Smith had 25 points, and Josh Childress added 19 on nine shots. Oh, and Boris Diaw turned in a four-point, three-rebound, three-assist performance, i.e. his typical numbers in Atlanta when he didn't have Steve Nash feeding him over and over again. Let's see if Steak Shapiro will mention that little nugget after he foamed at the mouth to attack Billy Knight on Tuesday morning after the Hawks lost to the Lakers.
That brings me to a point that I've been wanting to make for a while. If the Hawks win at Golden State on Sunday, they'll be 20-30, a .400 winning percentage. The Falcons just finished a season in which they had a .437 winning percentage. Why is it that Shapiro and the rest of the Mayhem collective following his lead are so obsequious towards the Falcons and kill the Hawks' management team? It couldn't be because Arthur Blank and Rich McKay are nice to Steak by stroking his ego, but Billy Knight is dismissive?