3. After missing six games with right foot soreness, Danilo Gallinari returned to action, so that was one small bit of positive news on the injury front. Even operating on a minute restriction, Gallinari brings more shooting prowess to the lineup. He was another guy that came off to bench and thrived, adding 17 points in 22 minutes, going 3-for-7 from 3-point range. Gallinari said he previously came down wrong on his foot, and although it’s not 100% better, it’s almost there.
4. In the final period, the Heat whittled the Hawks’ lead down to single digits, 109-100, with 3:50 to play. But, Jimmy Butler (19 points, seven assists) and Duncan Robinson (13 points, five rebounds) missed Miami’s next three shots — this was mostly an offense-first game, until the Hawks limited the Heat to 14 points in the fourth quarter to seal the win. McMillan credited Okongwu (six points, seven rebounds) for playing good defense on Bam Adebayo (16 points, five turnovers, five assists, three rebounds though he averages 9.3 per game), a player Okongwu often draws comparisons to, in the fourth. Even without Capela, the Hawks out-rebounded the Heat, 44-38.
5. The Hawks will have a tough challenge in trying to avoid the play-in tournament (7-10 seeds) without Young, who may take some time to heal from his sprain. But, Friday’s win was an encouraging sign that they can potentially pick up some good wins down the final stretch of the season, even with so many guys missing. “For us to be shorthanded and be able to do that tonight, against a very good Miami team, again, believe,” McMillan said. “Believe that what we’re talking about, if we do, and we do it together, you’ll give yourself a chance to win games.”
Stat of the game
51-21 (the margin between the Hawks’ and Heat’s bench production)
Star of the game
Goodwin (stepped up with 17 points off the bench, including a scoring burst to set the stage for the fourth quarter)
“That’s my dream game, right there, just us being able to connect that second unit. Being ready.” (Goodwin on the bench’s success)