Sneaker Watch: Hawks & Mavs Grab Road Wins

Sneaker Watch: Hawks & Mavs Grab Road Wins

Joe Johnson led the Hawks with 34 points wearing the Jordan Prime 5.Joe Johnson led the Hawks with 34 points wearing the Jordan Prime 5.

words // Nick Engvall

There weren’t too many people that would have bet on both the Chicago Bulls and the Los Angeles Lakers losing the first game and giving up home court advantage on Monday. Except for maybe the Atlanta Hawks and Dallas Mavericks, who simply showed up and played hard until the final second.

For Atlanta it was Joe Johnson leading the way with 34 points on 5-of-5 from behind the 3-point line. The win snapped a 15-game second round losing streak for the Hawks. To pour salt on the wound of Bulls fans, as the clock expired, Derrick Rose rolled his ankle and limped off the court in uncertainty.

At the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the Lakers seemed to have put the Mavs away early but Dirk Nowitzki’s 28 points wouldn’t let Dallas lose. Pau Gasol made a couple of late mistakes and Kobe Bryant couldn’t quite get the last second game winner to fall. The bright side for Laker fans is that they continue to get a preview of the Nike Hyperfuse 2011 thanks to Lamar Odom.

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Sneaker Watch: A look at what sneakers the pros are wearing in the NBA Playoffs.Josh Smith drives down the lane wearing the adidas adiZero Crazy Light.Josh Smith drives down the lane wearing the adidas adiZero Crazy Light.

Jamal Crawford calls out a play in the Nike Hyperdunk 2010.Jamal Crawford calls out a play in the Nike Hyperdunk 2010.

Derrick Rose in the adidas adiZero Rose 1.5 and adiZero Speedwrap ankle braces.Derrick Rose in the adiZero Rose 1.5 and adiZero Speedwrap ankle braces.

Ron Artest arrives pre-game with a fresh pair of Ball'n sneakers.Ron Artest arrives pre-game with a fresh pair of Ball’n sneakers.

Lamar Odom wearing the Nike Hyperfuse 2011.Lamar Odom wearing the Nike Hyperfuse 2011, defended by Jason Terry in the Reebok Zig Slash.

Kobe Bryant wearing the Nike Zoom Kobe VI.Kobe Bryant wearing the Nike Zoom Kobe VI.

Shannon Brown wearing the Nike Zoom Kobe VI.Shannon Brown wearing the Nike Zoom Kobe VI and Andrew Bynum in the Nike Zoom Hyperfuse.

Corey Brewer poses for the camera in the adiZero Crazy Light.Corey Brewer poses for the camera in the adiZero Crazy Light.

Jason Terry drives to the basket in the Reebok Zig Slash.Jason Terry drives to the basket in the Reebok Zig Slash, defended by Odom in the Hyperfuse 2011.

Orlando Seems to Have Found Their Magic

Orlando Seems to Have Found Their Magic

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After sweeping the Charlotte Bobcats in the first round, the Orlando seems to have found their magic yet again this post season. Sure the Magic have been one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference over the last few years, but Dwight Howard’s foul troubles in the first round brought out the awaiting skeptics.

Tuesday night those skeptics were silenced as the Orlando Magic dismantled the Atlanta Hawks on the way to a 43 point victory. Howard was on, and seemingly unstoppable in what looked more like an Orlando highlight reel than a playoff game. Not only did Dwight rarely miss (80% from the field), he dominated the boards and the paint. Howard finished with 12 rebounds and 5 blocked shots.

If the Magic’s performance last night isn’t enough to place them as the favorite in the Eastern Conference playoffs, throw in a little nagging elbow injury to LeBron James and the Magic have to be considered the biggest threat in the East at the moment. Five games in and they haven’t faltered, nobody else in the NBA Playoffs can say that.

Be sure to check out Dwight Howard’s videos at video.eastbay.com

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