I think science may have disproved the concept of a “hot hand”, but I don’t care. Remember, Insane Clown Posse informed us quite succinctly that scientists are lying and getting me pissed, so anything science comes up with could be wrong, and they could very easily “disprove” things that actually exist. So, regardless of what mean stupid scientists say about the “hot hand”, I want to believe that it exists.
Marco Belinelli possessed the mythical “hot hand” at the end of the first quarter in this game, but he only ended up scoring four points in the second half, all on free throws. Do the Hawks know about hot hands? Are they aware of whose hands are hot at any point in the game? When somebody is making defenders look stupid with their unstoppable midrange gunshow as Belinelli was doing in the first quarter and part of the second, you keep feeding him and you keep setting screens for him so he can continue to do damage.
Let’s be real for a second. If the Hawks win any games going forward it will be because Belinelli had a good game. My bros in Italy can back me up on this. So the job of the point guards on the Hawks, especially Josh Magette who looks like a mini version of Coach Bud, is to get the ball to Belinelli, and the job of the bigs is to screen him so he gets open. If Belinelli bricks them it’s either because the screen wasn’t good enough or the pass didn’t hit him in the hands like it should have. These concepts is so simple I can’t believe I have to explain it.