Archives For Dahntay Jones

FINAL

MIA (48-14) 98 – 81 (34-29)  ATL

Key Performers:

D. Wade (MIA): 23 pts, 4 reb, 6 ast, 5 stl
J. Smith (ATL): 15 pts, 6 reb, 2 ast
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The Hawks kept sinking and the Heat kept rolling; that sums up Tuesday night’s loss rather well, as Atlanta put forth another uninspired effort against an inspired Miami team. It’s weird with the Heat– they are some paradoxical combination of inspiring, incredible basketball with a when-do-the-playoffs-get-here? mindset. They seem bored, but yet still remarkably dominant. Even on a night when LeBron James shot 3-11, they absolutely trounced the Hawks. It’s disappointing to see Atlanta continue to struggle, but it’s a delight to watch the Heat. They’re on the verge of breaking the record for longest modern winning streak, and you can tell why. They are a phenomenal team, and with a team as beat up as Atlanta is, they probably should have won by 17.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Josh Smith: Smith had mild success in the paint, but he missed all six of his jumpers and wasn’t as aggressive as the Hawks needed him to be. Part of the reason the free throw disparity was so significantly in Miami’s favor was because the Hawks could not get anything going at the rim; they settled for jumpers and did not attack the basket– Smith was one of the main culprits here. His defense was alright, but his rebounding was subpar. Still, despite all of this, he was the Hawks’ most active offensive player, especially in transition. 6/10

Al Horford: Miami’s team defense is fantastic, but Horford seemed lethargic on offense on Tuesday night. Maybe it’s because he was tired, maybe something else, but his jumper in the pick-and-pop was off and he wasn’t aggressive down low either. He started off playing pretty well, but then hit a cold streak while the Heat pulled away. From then on out, he wasn’t too effective. 5/10

Anthony Tolliver: He had 0 points in 25 minutes, so…. I guess this wasn’t his night? 1/10

Jeff Teague: The Hawks made a little bit of a run when aggressive Teague reared his vicious head in the third quarter, but that was short-lived because Teague tweaked his ankle and had to go back to the locker room. Hopefully Teague recovers and is ready for the next game, because the Hawks cannot afford another injury to this already depleted roster. 6/10

DeShawn Stevenson: Well, look at this way: Neither Wade nor LeBron really torched the Heat. They were, relatively at least, contained. Stevenson played solid defense all night and he scored five points more than Anthony Tolliver. 5/10 Continue Reading…

According to a Brian Windhorst tweet, the Atlanta Hawks have traded shooting guard Anthony Morrow to the Dallas Mavericks for veteran small forward Dahntay Jones.

The Hawks had been at the center of most trade deadline talks as they were looking to move star power forward Josh Smith. Smith was not traded, and according to Chad Ford, the Hawks pulled out of a three team deal with Milwuakee and Orlando at 2:59 PM, one minute before the NBA’s deadline.

Morrow fell out of Atlanta’s rotation after suffering an injury early in the season, losing most of his minutes to rookie John Jenkins upon his return.

Jenkins’ progress and improved play from the beginning of the season likely made Morrow expendable. With the way the Hawks roster is currently constructed, they were in need of a small forward. Jones must have fit the bill, and while he isn’t a star player, he’s useful enough to crack the rotation. It may not be a big, headlining deadline move, but with GM Danny Ferry keeping Smith on the team for the rest of the season, it’s in his best interest and in the best interest of the team to tweak the roster in anyway that can benefit Atlanta’s play moving towards the playoffs.