Heat Want To Use Josh Smith's Dunk Attempt and Hard Fouls to Re-Ignite

Andrew Robeson@SportswriterguyAnalyst IIMay 1, 2009

ATLANTA - APRIL 29:  Josh Smith #5 of the Atlanta Hawks tries to go between his legs and dunk on a break-away lay-up against the Miami Heat during Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at Philips Arena on April 29, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Hawks defeated the Heat 106-91. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

The game was over. The Miami Heat knew it. The Atlanta Hawks knew it. And Josh Smith knew it.

Yet this was not the NBA All-Star game where players clear the way to let the game's star show off their dunking prowess. Yet, there was Josh Smith trying to make fools out of the Miami Heat as he tried an acrobatic dunk towards the end of a meaningless game.

Now the Heat are hoping to make Smith look like the fool.

"Win, lose, or draw, you're supposed to be classy," Dwyane Wade commented in regards to Smith's dunk attempt.

The Hawks ensured themselves a hostile atmosphere when they go to Miami for Game 6. From the crowd, and from the Heat players.

"I don't mind. Let's turn it up a notch," Wade's co-captain Udonis Haslem said of the situation.

In sports, athletes always look for something to fire them up. Many are hoping that Smith's disrespect will provide a spark for the Heat.

After being man-handled and given a flagrant foul he did not deserve, the Heat's Dwyane Wade found his touch in the second half of Wednesday's game. Heat fans everywhere are hoping that he will be himself in Miami on Friday.

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While the Celtics-Bulls series has highlighted the playoff's sparring, the Heat-Hawks series has also had its fair share of physicality. Friday night will predictably be another physical affair.

The Heat must win Games 6 and 7 to advance to face the Cavaliers in round two. If there were to be a Game 7, the series would head back to Atlanta.

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