Originally written on Fox Sports South  |  Last updated 11/12/14
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By JAMES CARR@jamescarr89 For all the Atlanta Hawks reshuffling, and the excitement the likelihood of a younger, up-tempo offense that came with it, the question mark surrounding the team is on the defensive side of the ball. During the first quarter of their preseason opener against the Miami Heat, that question got bigger as LeBron James scored eight relatively unchecked points in the first quarter, including three dunks in three minutes. But while the Big Four now including Ray Allen of the Heat each played less than 30 minutes on the night, including Dwyane Wade who did not play at all, the Hawks managed to slow things down and enter a rhythm as they beat the Heat 92-79. Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra noticed the edge defensively. Theyre coached well, thats easy to see. Larry Drew does an excellent job getting this team to defend. The Hawks noticed a difference, too. We were a little rusty early on, said forward Josh Smith following his 21-point performance. After the fir...
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