over the league-worst Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday night.
quarter, and it appeared another lackadaisical effort was on the way.
But assistant Jerry Sichting, acting as head coach in place of Randy
Wittman, who had back surgery Wednesday, changed his lineup to start
the second half.
acting head coach while Randy Wittman recovers at home from back
surgery, turned toward a shortened rotation he discovered that “showed
signs we had a heartbeat”: Brewer for all but 48 seconds of the second
half, Craig Smith in an expanded role and Jaric and Telfair, the team’s
two point guards, playing together again for long stretches of the
Brewer supplying the energy (he finished with a staggering 18 rebounds)
and Al Jefferson (17 points) and Craig Smith (20) handling the inside
muscle, the Timberwolves outscored the Hawks 56-34 from the time they
trailed by 19 late in the first quarter until they took the lead late
in the third quarter.
heart attack," Hawks coach Mike Woodson said after the game. "You have
tip your hat to Minnesota because they almost took this game from us.
… Joe’s an All-Star, and we have to get him back playing like that.
And for him to step up tonight and make that game-winning shot says a