Hawks Look For Two In the Hand
A “Deep Playoff Push”, “Conference Finals”, “Finals”, those are words starting to be uttered by the Atlanta Hawks as the playoffs have treated fans to a game one victory. While none of the players seemed to be looking past the Bucks, the team is confident and definitely has big things planned on their agenda.
While the Hawks built a huge lead in game one only to see it cut to single digits, none of the players seemed to be worried. It is better to learn a lesson from a win than from a loss. If the shooting slows, the Hawks need to pound the pill and take some trips to the free-throw line to extend a lead, and put Milwaukee away if given a second opportunity to do so.
Game two should see a ferocious assault by John Salmons to desperately try to get a split. The Hawks should also be on the lookout for Jerry Stackhouse who did not have a huge impact in game one.
For the Hawks, the mission should be the same, share the ball, move it frequently and let Joe do what he does. The Hawks saw in game one that there is a definite advantage in the post and should look to feed Al and Josh by having them attack the rim. Pound and punish them as Bogut is out is what I say. No Mercy.
Mike Bibby was huge shooting 8-9 from the floorand if he has anything close to a performace like that game two will be just like the first for the A-Town ballers.
With adjustments coming by both teams, the energy should be great for a great game two.
THE HOT START
The Hawks got off to a good start in game one and would like to have a repeat in game 2. Veteran Joe Smith said that the team was very good about getting rest and taking care of their bodies before the game started which led to the explosion of points.
SLOWING DOWN THE ROOKIE
Brandon Jennings set a NBA record with 34 points by a rookie in his first playoff game. He hit shots from everywhere with everyone guarding him. At one point, Jennings had 19 of Milwaukee’s 39 points. Jeff Teague said that it will be a team effort to slow down Jennings. “He was really quick and was hitting fades, everything was falling, we just have to stay in front of him.” Josh smith seemed to have the solution, “he’s a volume shooter, we have to get up on him and pressure him to make him take tough shots.”
The Hawks had six players in double figures and it seemed to come with ease. They know the Bucks will do all they can to try to steal a game and will be aggressive. Josh Smith says the Hawks defense will have to be the key, “they will probably come out with urgency but you will see us come out with urgency too. We don’t want to lose any games at home and out defense will make the difference.”
The Hawks had 11 blocked shots in game one.
SOMEONE WHO NOW KNOWS!
Marc Jones is a season ticket holder who comes to all of the games, shared his thoughts on the team and his Hawks experience this season. Jones said he bought season tickets to help schmooze clients, and then … started to use the tickets himself.
ON HAWKS EXPERIENCE
“I had a ball I never knew it was like this.”
ON FAN EXPERIENCE
“I will never leave the Atlanta spot, I never knew about this. The experience here on the club level, I had a ball.”
WHAT YOU LIKE ABOUT THE TEAM
“The team is great. I can come sit in my seat, I can talk junk, I can scream loud especially when we whipped the Lakers’ butts. The experience all around has been wonderful for me.”
ON WHAT YOU WOULD CHANGE ABOUT THE TEAM
“I can’t say anything I mean the team is great, the mascots the crowds and it seems like the team is full of superstars they just blew my mind, it’s just wonderful, total great thumbs up experience.”
IF YOU HAD TO TRAVEL TO OUTER SPACE WHAT WOULD YOU SAY ABOUT THE ATLANTA HAWKS
“I’d holler at Marvin the Martian and I’d say that they are out of this world.”