Josh Smith Catches the Ankle Tweak Bug, but Are the Hawks Good Enough to Overcome?
Then, disaster struck. Josh Smith came down awkwardly on teammate Zaza Pachulia in the first quarter of their game against the Raptors and the stat-stuffer was subsequently diagnosed with a high sprained ankle. He'll be out two to four weeks. Disaster! Woe! Fail! The Hawks immediately resigned themselves to their fate.
And won the game.
Mike Bibby, after looking like a serious chink in the armor for the Hawks for the first three games, lit up the Raps for 19 points and the Hawks improved to 4-0. While losing Josh Smith is a huge loss for the Hawks in points, rebounds, assists, blocks, steals, and highlight reels, the Hawks also play only two teams over .500 during Smith's expected injury time. They've got all season for it to fall apart, but after years and years of being nothing but promise with no reward, the Hawks have started the season looking legit.