No Time to Panic
Stick to the plan.
The Hawks don’t want one bad game to allow them to start questioning what got them to a 6-2 (now 6-3) record against the Magic this season.
“We’re still in the driver’s seat<” said Jamal Crawford following Tuesday night’s loss. “It’s just one game. Luckily, in the playoffs it doesn’t count like a round-robin in basketball where the points carryover to your next game. It’s one game. You tip your hat to them and you come back and get ready for Game 6.”
Kirk Hinrich echoed Crawford saying “It’s dissapointing, but at the same time we’re looking forward to Game 6. Right now our attention is on that. We will look at it, and we will try to make adjustments, and we’ll try to get Game 6.”
Plus, the Hawks are excited to have another rowdy crowd waiting for them at the Highlight Factory, creating a big home court advantage on Thursday night.
“We know our fans are gonna be ready,” said Al Horford, unable to fight back a smile. “We expect Philips Arena to be rocking on Thursday.”
TOUGH TO CLOSE OUT ON THE ROAD
So far in the 2011 version of the NBA Playoffs the Boston Celtics have been the only team that has successfully closed out a series on the road. Two other Eastern Conference powers (the Bulls and Heat) both were unable to do so.
Add into the equation that the Knicks were a rare case where they had players injured and many fans (and players) looking more toward next season and it is even more proof that closing out teams on the road is a tall order.