Originally Posted by Valliant13
I see this series resting on Josh Smiths ability to play smart ball and not get frustrated by the Cavs D and start chucking long jumpers. He's one of those player that either plays in control on both ends, or out of control on both ends: if he get lazy on offensive he'll start selling out for blocks and steal on D, and the Hawks will have no chance against Cleveland's disciplined offense. He has rarely shown me anything to believe that he is capable of doing this for more than a short stretch.
I really don't like the Hawks chances to win more than a game, but they should be able to provided an entertaining series.
To address your first point... As you noted, Smith almost never plays a consistent 48 minutes, let alone a disciplined 7-game series. Last night, he started out doing the things that he is good at... Getting to the bucket and finishing strong. As soon as the Cavaliers made a defensive adjustment and began rotating the bigs a little quicker, he reverted back to chucking long range shots. I don't see his success lasting longer than a few spurts here and there. He just doesn't have the patience to make the right basketball plays for an entire game, let alone a series.
I agree with you that this series could be entertaining, but not in Cleveland. The Hawks are not a good road team and that spells trouble for anyone when they have to play at The Q.
In Atlanta, it is a different story. I expect those games to be ultra-competitive and Atlanta may even steal a couple. But, I'm not sure they can make things competitive in Cleveland. JMHO