ATLANTA Nineteen days. Its a span that will decide if Josh Smith plays the remainder of this season in a Hawks uniform or someone else's.
Its Smith's No. 5 that's the dominant jersey on the backs of those in the Philips Arena seats and the face of the College Park, Ga. native along with Lou Williams of Snellville that appears on a billboard in metro Atlanta proclaiming him homegrown.
That homegrown forward took the ball from Kyle Korver on a fast break, broke away from a trailing Luol Deng and delivered a one-hand slam that brought the crowd to its feet and gave the Hawks a 44-43 lead on the Bulls at halftime Saturday night.
Smith scored 10 of his team-high 19 points in the second quarter, finishing with 13 rebounds for his 19th double-double of the season and added five assists as the Hawks fell 93-76.
We felt we had a conceivable matchup advantage, which we did at times with Josh Smith at the (small forward) and we took advantage of it, said Hawks coach Larry Drew.