Miami Heat at Atlanta Hawks

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Miami Heat (42-38) at Atlanta Hawks (46-34)
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The Atlanta Hawks and the Miami Heat currently hold down the number 4 and 5 positions in the Eastern Conference with only two more days left in the regular season. The two teams will also finish in their respected places in the East meaning only one thing; they will meet in the playoffs in the opening round for a best of 5 series. Atlanta has gotten the best of Miami so far this season winning two of the three previous meetings. The Hawks have also won their last 3 games heading into the showdown with the Heat. The question is with this being nearly the final game of the season will these two teams throw down for all its worth or take it rather lightly giving their best shot when it matters the most in the playoffs. Miami has slid in the wrong direction over the past few weeks. The Heat have now lost 9 of their last 15 games to close out the season and desperately need to get things back on track in time for the post-season.

Atlanta got a lot of attention last season for peaking at the right time giving a big underdog type effort in the playoffs taking the Boston Celtics to the 7th game before they went on to win the NBA Championship. Atlanta is looking to get back to playing their best basketball again this post-season when they will battle with Miami in a best of 5 series. The Hawks despite winning their last 3 games have really not played well during the latter part of the season. Before the 3 game winning streak, the Hawks had lost the last 6 out of 8 games. Joe Johnson has been stellar throughout the season averaging 21 points per game and has also averaged 23 points per game over the last 5 showings. Atlanta has a solid group of guys with depth needed during the post-season. Also, the Hawks have played well at home this season with a strong 30-10 record this season. Atlanta will likely get the one game advantage at home during the series which will definitely help their chances of advancing.

Miami is another team that has played fairly well at home this season which could really make what could turn out to be an exciting series. However, the Heat has struggled over the past few weeks a lot like Atlanta. Miami is coming off a solid victory over the Knicks on Sunday night 122-105. The NBA’s leading scorer this season is Dwayne Wade who has averaged a very impressive 30 points per game this season. Wade had his biggest night of the season in the big win over the Knicks when the leagues leading scorer knocked down 55 points on the night and shot 65% from the floor. Rookie Michael Beasly had the biggest night of his career in the victory posting 28 points on the night. Beasly has really been playing well lately averaging 20 points per game in the month of April and could become a big force in the post-season. Miami will need to step up their play starting Tuesday night by making a statement against the Hawks and make up for their previous disappointments in the playoffs over the past few years.

Pick – Atlanta

Dynamic duo of CCC

Press of Atlantic City April 11, 2007 | VANAMAN, JOYCE VINELAND – Danny Brown, 48, describes herself as “a Jennifer of all trades.” Devin Brown proudly calls her his mom.

It was Devin, now 23, who urged Danny to enroll in Cumberland County College as he had done, but it was Danny who urged her son to run for the chairmanship of the Student Senate … and she ran for vice chairman.

You may see them riding their motorcycles from their home in Heislerville to Vineland, or you may find them immersed in activities at the college.

“Devin and Danny are an interesting team – our first son and mother to head the Student Senate,” said Kellie Slade, director of student life and athletics. “Both are dynamic, but have different leadership styles and can reach more students. They both have a good sense of humor and are good leaders.” Looking at Danny, who is 5-feet, 11/2-inch tall, it’s hard to imagine that she was a tractor-trailer driver for a year and later a heavy equipment operator for three years for the International Union of Operating Engineers.

“That was mostly paving work, and Devin would come and watch me when he was a child,” Danny said. go to web site cumberland county college

“I was a chef for 13 years,” Danny said. “I had on-the-job-training. Devin was my sous-chef when he was 14. I worked at that job summers. Now I enjoy people cooking and serving me.” Danny said she learned welding at the Champlain Valley Technical Center in New York state, where she also studied graphic arts.

“Ultimately, I want to make statues,” she said.

Danny likes sculpture, painting and graphics, and hopes some day to open a store in Burlington, Vt., where she would sell her pottery, sculpture and health foods.

Both have had poems published in anthologies.

Devin, who will graduate in May, has been accepted at Rowan University and is planning to major in political science. He’s considering becoming a lawyer. “I want to do something to help people,” he emphasized.

A former resident of Plattsburgh, N.Y., Danny is a liberal arts/humanity major and expects to graduate in May 2008.

“I started college in 1981 at Plattsburgh State University before Devin was born,” Danny said.

She later studied online through Kaplan University in Iowa, which she said was expensive.

“Devin convinced me to come to Cumberland County College,” Danny said. “He has more common sense than I have. A lot of my drive for schooling is to finish what I started – a self-affirmation.” Both take their Student Senate leadership roles very seriously.

“It’s a big responsibility,” Devin said. “When the students want certain things done, we are the liaisons between the students and staff.” “The Student Senate gives us the opportunity to do community service,” Devin said.

Fundraisers to help worthy causes like Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Cumberland and Salem counties; hands-on work at food kitchens, nursing homes and other places on Martin Luther King service days; and sponsoring special events like Mr. Cumberland County are among the many projects that Devin and Danny feel are worthwhile.

“I’ve seen a lot of campuses, and Cumberland County College is the best campus I’ve been on,” Danny said. “Being on the Student Senate executive board, I get to participate in almost everything on campus.” “President Ken Ender is very progressive and has great vision,” Danny said. “The rest of the staff and faculty are very involved with the students and really care about them.” Danny is also a member of Phi Theta Kappa and of the Student Pathways Leadership Program. website cumberland county college

Danny said that among her interests, which include playing guitar, her two current favorite hobbies are woodworking and motorcycle riding. Devin’s main hobby is writing, especially poetry.

During the winter session, Danny and Devin had their first class together – speech – and said they enjoyed it.

“Speaking as a parent going to college with my son, I consider myself to be extremely blessed in the relationship that we have that enables us to do this together,” Danny said. “I think I’m very fortunate to have this opportunity.” “I’m glad that I encouraged her to go back to college,” Devin said. “She’s got this great drive, and she’ll figure out things and find a way to do them.” VANAMAN, JOYCE

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