Al Horford's drive to the basket with the clock counting down in Friday night's win over the Los Angeles Clippers was noteworthy because the Hawks center was fouled hard and then wobbled to the free-throw line to score the game-winning points. To his recollection, it also marked the first time a last-second play had been drawn up for him in his 3-1/2 seasons with the Hawks. Almost exclusively, that's been the domain of guards Joe Johnson, Jamal Crawford and Mike Bibby. Horford wouldn't mind another crack at it. Named to his second All-Star team last week, he said, "I think that Josh (Smith), and I as well, in any position, we can make big shots." Coach Larry Drew said the situation dictated the play call. The Hawks earlier had a play in which Horford received the inbounds pass from Johnson, and then handed it back to Johnson, who drew heavy attention. Horford faked the handoff the next time, freeing him to go to the basket. "I knew that they would really be focused on Joe and our guys did a great job of executing the play," Drew said. Horford, who sat out Saturday's game after hurting his back on that play, is expected to play on Tuesday night against Philadelphia. Topic of discussion Drew doesn't mind talking about Smith's shot selection, but Smith is reluctant. Following Saturday's game, in which Smith's shots were largely within the context of the offense, Drew noted that Smith took only a few ill-advised shots. The coach reiterated that he doesn't mind Smith taking jump shots, if taken at the right time.
Horford gets last-second play call, wants it again
Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Feb 7