Rest well but play hard
After nearly two weeks away from Philips Arena, the Hawks can now drive their own cars, sleep in their own beds, and play their own video games. With a four game home stand underway the Hawks have an opportunity to really pad the wins in the standings if they remain focused.
Tonight Brandon Roy and the Blazers look for revenge. The last time the Hawks saw the Trail Blazers it was a hard fought game, resulting in a comeback victory for winged warriors. Even after beating the Nuggets at home a few days later, Josh Smith still called the win in Portland, “the biggest win of the season.” While the win in Boston trumps that now, he is right in that you beat one of the best home teams in the NBA on their home floor in a game in which you did not shoot well. It would have ended differently in years past. That win helped the road trip, a win tonight will do the same for the home stand.
What to look for against the Blazers:
Avoid the slow start – The Hawks got off to a poor shooting start and found themselves down 12 points early in Portland.
Josh Smith should be a force – Smoove was in foul trouble early the last game, but continued to play aggressively against Portland and he was a defensive presence every minute. The defense should be repeated.
Jamal Crawford driving – Crawford had his way with Portland in round one. He was able to break down the defense by driving to the basket. He should drive first and attack the heart of the defense and get the bad guys in foul trouble.