Hawks coach Larry Drew said his team failed to "run the ball" against Miami, scoring only four fast-break points.
"For some reason, we did not get up and down the floor," he said. "That is a strength of ours, and we rely on that. We only had a total of seven fast-break attempts. We will not be a very successful team with such a low amount of attempts in transition."
Drew agreed that it's too early in the season to label this a big game, but he also lamented what might have been.
"It could have been a stepping stone for us," Drew said. "We've done some good things this season, and this could have been another step."
NOTES: Heat forward Udonis Haslem, who started the previous two games, did not play Monday due to the flu. Spoelstra said Haslem wanted to play despite being sick. "He has not eaten in a day," the coach said. "We're locking the doors so he can't come in here." . . . Heat forward Rashard Lewis, who did not play in the previous two games due to Spoelstra's decision, started in Haslem's place. It was Lewis' fourth start of the season. . . . Hawks shooting guard DeShawn Stevenson, who was rested in Saturday's win at Memphis, was back in the starting lineup against the Heat. It was his 10th start of the season. . . . Kyle Korver, who started the Hawks' first 13 games this season, is still out with a back injury. He has missed five straight games, although he worked out in Atlanta on Monday. "If it all checks out, he will join us in Orlando (for Tuesday's) practice," Drew said. . . . Drew said people tend to underestimate Smith's versatility. "He can defend all five positions," Drew said. "His game has matured." . . . Next up for the Hawks is a game at Orlando on Wednesday night. The Heat plays host to Golden State on Wednesday night.