The bar was low, which oddly made the stakes high.
On one side Wednesday night you had the Atlanta Hawks, who simply cannot afford to win as they race to the bottom of the standings and the top of the lottery-ball procurement process.
On the other side you had the Miami Heat, who entered the night amid the stark reality of LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers as their playoff opponent of the moment.
So the Hawks continued to hold out just about anyone you've ever heard of, just as they did in Tuesday night's loss at AmericanAirlines Arena, and the Heat this time raised (lowered?) the ante by going without Goran Dragic, Dwyane Wade and James Johnson.