Smokin’ Joe Johnson Leads Atlanta Hawks in OT Win Over Portland Blazers

November 16th, 2009 by Jack Bender Leave a reply »
Atlanta Hawks' color analyst Dominique Wilkins said it all when he said late in the 4th quarter that "Joe Johnson was smokin'."  Johnson caught fire for the Hawks hitting a variety of pull up jump shots, tough three point shots, strong driving lay-ups, and floaters in the lane.

Once again in this game, the Hawks dominated the offensive boards.  Josh Smith led the way with another monster double-double.  Smith finished with 20 points and 16 rebounds.  Smith's passing has been great this season and he has been a key to the Hawks league-leading 9-2 start.

The biggest disappointment of the night was the late arriving and non-existent Hawks crowd. The home crowd (those fans that actually took the time to show up) sat quietly in their seats for three quarters. 

Philips Arena was so quiet that I heard Greg Oden's joints creaking.  A fan eating nachos a couple of rows behind Portland's Coach Nate McMillan politely asked McMillan to move to his right during a free throw. 

During a Hawks' third quarter time-out, I thought I overheard game official Steve Javie giving a pep talk to Allen Iverson on a cell phone call.  You could actually ...

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