Well, the Big One is here.
The Hawks host the Heat Friday night – minus LeBron James (now in Cleveland) and Dwyane Wade (hamstring injury). That leaves Chris Bosh as the remaining core player.
It will be different.
“Bosh is being more aggressive,” Hawks center Al Horford said of the LeBron-less Heat. “… All their guys are playing a little different.”
Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said he’s not about to write the Heat off without the best player on the planet.
“They still do a lot of things very well,” Budenholzer said. “I think they’ve tweaked it and adjusted it offensively.
“The ball is in (Bosh’s) hands more. He and Wade are asked to do a lot more.”
The Hawks have actually won the last two meetings with the Heat, both wins at home.
As I posted earlier, Wade is out for the Heat. No early word on who will start in his place. DeMarre Carroll (groin strain) is out for the Hawks. Thabo Sefolosha will start in his place.
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