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Suns Vs. Hawks: Josh Smith Talks Ball Movement

While Atlanta Hawks coach Larry Drew focused in on his team's defensive shortcomings of late, power forward Josh Smith has his own theory about Atlanta's recent struggles offensively.

"I think that defense is definitely the key to winning basketball games but if we don't have any continuity on the offensive end it really definitely hurts us. When the ball sticks on one floor we get baited into playing one-on-one basketball. That's what hurts this basketball team because when we are sharing the basketball, moving it from side to side, everybody is benefitting off goods shots, I think we help each other that much more on the defensive end."

Although Atlanta has still had a high number of assists during their two game losing streak, things have gotten tougher on the offensive end of the floor. Smith didn't name any of his teammates but Joe Johnson's name comes to mind among Hawks fans when the term isolation comes up. However, Smith stopped short of naming names and the comments will simply serve as a backdrop for tonight's game against the Suns.

For more on this game Hawks fans should head on over to Peachtree Hoops and Suns fans should stop by Bright Side of the Sun. For more news and analysis on the NBA head over to SB Nation's NBA Basketball page.

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