In this wide-ranging interview Brett Favre said the reason he made winning plays on the field was “Because I can,” that is, he didn’t complicate what winning was all about.
Even as a star he played with a desperation of losing his job, because he became a starter when the previous quarterback got knocked out due to an injury.
Similarly Erik Spoelstra is allowed put anyone on the court he wants to beat the Hawks, simply because he can.
In the previous three games against the Hawks, per NBA stats NetRtg, Tyler Johnson performed the best, and Hassan Whiteside the worst.
- Tyler Johnson +12.5
- Kelly Olynyk +6.9
- Wayne Ellington +2.1
- Bam Adebayo +1.2
- Dwyane Wade -4.8
- Josh Richardson -10.0
- Rodney McGruder -14.8
- Justise Winslow -16.1
- Derrick Jones Jr. -18.5
- James Johnson -24.0
- Hassan Whiteside -33.3
Surprisingly Tyler Johnson and Ellington were two of the top three, while the rest of the team hardly performed up to winning standards.
Seeing how most of the players didn’t take their responsibility for Heat fans getting their money’s worth seriously, perhaps a couple of fresh faces could have the crowd leave AmericanAirlines Arena happy this time around.
Ellington is known as a perimeter threat, while Whiteside isn’t, so the Hawks might have some problems dealing with stopping outside shooters.
Duncan Robinson and Ryan Anderson are known as 3-point specialists like Elllington, and they aren’t in the Hawks game plan versus the Heat.
The Hawks arrive on second night of a back-to-back after flying in from their win against the Chicago Bulls, where Trae Young was ejected for a stare-down.
Putting in two players Atlanta isn’t prepared for might throw off the winning formula the Hawks had against the Heat this season.
Conversely the players who had the most success against Miami, per NBA NetRtg, are hardly elite 3-point defenders.
- Vince Carter +23.5
- Alex Len +14.7
- Kent Bazemore +13.4
- DeAndre’ Bembry +12.9
- Trae Young +12.7
- Jeremy Lin +10.5
- Kevin Huerter +9.8
- Dewayne Dedmon +9.3
- John Collins +8.8
- Taurean Prince +1.0
- Omari Spellman -7.4
Top performers versus the Heat, Carter and Young, may not fare that well when challenged to stop 6’8” shooters launching attempts from beyond arc.
Undoubtedly issues arise about player rotations, but Brett Favre always took the field knowing he got his job because he took it away from somebody else.