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Hawks rally to end long road losing streak in Miami, 82-79

There are 38 comments on the South Florida Sun-Sentinel story from Nov 21, 2007, titled Hawks rally to end long road losing streak in Miami, 82-79. In it, South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that:

Josh Smith blocked Dwyane Wade's potentially game-tying layup with 3.9 seconds left, Joe Johnson scored 22 points and the Atlanta Hawks rallied from a 10-point deficit entering the final quarter to beat the ...

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Quezon, Philippines

#23 Nov 22, 2007
why riley did not use D-Cook, he's our best and consistent shooter right now, imagine the fearless dunk he did in Boston, that shows he have the heart to play basketball.

put D-Cook and we will be fine.

Bench smush, he has not heart in the team.

Tel Aviv, Israel

#24 Nov 22, 2007
WTF111 wrote:
I never thought I would say this, but, it's time for Riley to go. He has lost control of this team. Don't blame Arison, he will do whatever Riley wants. Shaq is over the hill and Riley refuses to hold him accountable. Riley's offseason acquisitions are mediocre at best, and the worst years are yet to come. Losing these last few games should give every Heat fan a clear picture of the future.
Every word of the above is correct, except for the fact that it is not just time for Riley to go, it has been time for Riley to go for some years. He builds a team around one player who has a future, one player who has a half, and a bunch of re-retreads. He stubbornly sticks to playing slow ball when everybody else runs. He keeps young players like Cook and DWright (can you believe that Riley passed on Jameer N. to get him!), then leaves them on the bench while the old guys, like Penny, are on the court helplessly watching the other team make a run.
They say that generals always are guilty of planning for the last war, the one that has already been fought. You can't accuse PR of that, cuz he plans for the war BEFORE the last. Enough of this dinosaur thinking, it's time for Micky Arison (whose major mistake is not giving Riley more money to throw away, but believing in PR in the first place) to see what has happened.
The People of Florida

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#25 Nov 22, 2007
This Team (not the coach) is a disgrace.In paper looks like an NBA champions Loosing at home with Atlanta is the worst this team can go

Is all the players fault and with what they are paid I just fired them all

Orlando, FL

#26 Nov 22, 2007

Miami, FL

#27 Nov 22, 2007
As long as Riley chooses to keep playing Penney, offensively we are playing 4 on 5. He could't score if he was a guard in an all woman jail. Riles continues to put a premium on defense and has no outside shooting. I hope he enjoys seeing zones all year, cause that is all we are getting. His disdain to play Cook, is a double whammy, both now and for his future development. Maybe he can bring back Mason and Starke, so we can score in the 60's.

Hollywood, FL

#28 Nov 22, 2007
Out of state Florida Fan

Binghamton, NY

#29 Nov 22, 2007
What is wrong with this team? Everything!!! Wade should play for the Globe trotters. He likes to make fancy shots and be the hero. Shaq is just to old. Hasselem is mediocre Williams needs a seeing eye dog.Parker stinks. Riley doesn't give Cook more minutes. He can't do any worse than the others and may surprise you. When the Heat goes on their no scoring rampage, why doesn't Riley put in some fresh shooters? They can't beat the low teams, and definitly cannot compete with the big guys

Boca Raton, FL

#30 Nov 22, 2007
Pat Riley is arguably the most overrated, overhyped coach in the history of the NBA. When his "era" is over, will the Heat have been a .500 team? Not too hard to win in LA with 4 OVERALL number one (as in first player taken) draft choices including Magic and Kareem. If not for Dirk Chokewitzkie's meltdown in the 2006 finals, he doesn't even win that. He can chant his motivational mantra b.s. to his heart's content but the fact is, he is no better with either good or mediocre players than anyone else. I wish that the writers who cover the Heat would stop praying at the "Altar of Pat" and open their eyes to the reality of what we have here- just another x's and o's guy, no better or worse than the other 29 (or whatever it is) coaches in the league.

Hollywood, FL

#31 Nov 22, 2007
MiamiDieHard wrote:
Riley should retire permanently and let Arison recruit Phil Jackson. That will be a very good move.
That would be too much for Shaq to deal with. He did call Phil Jackson Benedict Arnold.

Woodstock, GA

#32 Nov 22, 2007
This is basically the deal. They have to find somebody that's a willing party to run the point guard spot because what you have out there is not good enough I mean u can tell when J Will wants to play and when he doesn't want to play and Smush Parker is not the LOW BUDGET ANSWER that Pat has been looking for but to say that i say this R Davis has been playing OK but will somebody tell me this why for the life of me why does Pat use never his bench properly he wont bring cook off the bench nor will he bring blunt off the bench Im glad dwayne wade didn't play for Pat his rookie season. Excuse me but part of being a young Player is not enough experience in game time situations but If they are on the floor with veterans won't they teach him and talk to him. Man it's time for the Heat to start playin like they are capable of playin.
2008 NBA Draft

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#33 Nov 22, 2007
Point guard,point guard,point guard!!!
The Heat suck

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#34 Nov 22, 2007
the Heat Suck Black balls, lots of them!
Heatfan fortlauderdale

East Lansing, MI

#35 Nov 22, 2007
Well! For he first time that i am about to change my mind about coach Riley's ability to continue as an effective coach. Some of his decisions are unacceptable. Why didn't he have Cook on the floor? This kid is playing very well. Give him a change. Let him play. I like diesel and Mourning but it's time to start thinking beyond those two players. I do not think Riley can do it. Probably we may need somebody else to take that decision. Happy thanksgivings to all of you
kenny g

Gyeonggi-do, Korea

#36 Nov 22, 2007
This team does not have identity. The best would be to be big and fast...otherwise, at least slow but big, or small but fast. Rather....this team is small and slow. Look at the lineup of undersized slow people. Williams is small and slow because of injuries. Haslem is small and slow for a power forward. Davis is small for a forward. Wade is small for a shooting guard. Shaq is slow. So, it makes it defensively and offensively challenged. Besides all that other problem....that is a noticeable disadvantage when you are small and slow at every position. And heat have been at a disadvantage at the coaching position ever since Van Gundy left. We lost 5 games already by less than 3 points this year. That should tell us something.
kenny g

Gyeonggi-do, Korea

#37 Nov 22, 2007
That's for sure....Wade would have never become the Wade we know if Riley were the coach during his first year. Riley was a good coach. But, let's not overstate the fact that he never won anything in New York and Miami for 15 years even though he had full personnel power, until Wade and Shaq arrived. And last two years have been one of the worst coaching job I have seen. Like he said, any other coach would have been long gone.

Orlando, FL

#38 Nov 22, 2007
Those Atlanta Hawks were just too tough for our boys. Yeah, they were 0 fer 17 on the road. But now they're 1 fer 18..... sounds like an improving team to me.
I'm sure Coach Pat will get things back on track. He's the best coach ever.
What? I have to take my medicine now and lay down for a while? Why..... I feel fine!

United States

#39 Nov 22, 2007
Everyone is trying to blame Shaq for the team's poor play and record; but as I see it Shaq is playing the most consistent. He is playing his best defense in over 3 years. He is as usual shooting over 50 percent and his free-throw percentage is up over 50 percent. For Shaq over 50 percent is awesome. He is even rebounding better this season. Look at everyone else's shooting percentage. Everyone in the starting lineup and rotation off the bench is shooting way under 50 percent. Even Mr. Hero D-Wade who tried to call out a Legend in Shaq. Look at his mistakes. Look at his shooting percentage and his free throw percentage. They are losing games for the same reason they lost games last year. No one can consistently shoot the ball from the outside. They kick it in to Shaq and when he is doubled and kicks it back out they just launch it and they miss. I don't understand Pat Riley's strategy. The team starts out going to Shaq and he may score 12 or 13 or 15 or something like that at half time, but in the second half of the game. They just don't hardly ever come back to Shaq. Everyone in the NBA knows what they are going to do in the second half. Go to D-Wade and everyone else shooting bricks instead of coming back to Shaq who is playing well.
I also have a problem with the referees. They don't let Shaq play. They will quickly call Shaq for fouls and their excuse is because he is big and he is hard to referee. What kind of excuse is that?? If he is on offense and establishes his position, then he should get the foul when the defense beats on him. Instead, the defense flops every time Shaq moves and the referee calls an offensive foul. I don't get it. You have guys like Lebron James running people over to get to the basket and he never gets an offensive foul. He gets to go to the free throw line and shoot. He and guys like D-Wade are who the NBA are marketing so they get the calls. Shaq is the last of a dying breed. There are no more real back to the basket Centers anymore. They all want to shoot 3s. Everything the Shaq has done for the NBA and the Game of Basketball, you would think that he would get more respect.
The Miami Heat will get back on track, but they won't be dominate until they understand that Shaq is a Winner and will take you to the Championship. I didn't say that he didn't need help, but he makes everyone else better, but they have to step it up and stop trying to point at Shaq. Look at the stats.


Miami Heat Fan Forever!!!

New Orleans, LA

#40 Nov 23, 2007
That game should have sounded off some huge bell,
WE kept them under 37% shooting and still lose the gme, just because you take the air out of the ball and slow the game down doesnt mean you are a good defensive team it justs limits the offensive touches you and the other team gets. And right now we need all the shots we can get!!!!

Riley LET US RUN!!!!!!

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