Home Court Advantage

Tuesday, April 20, 2010
By Jon Newberry

The Hawks host Game 2 of their opening round series against the Bucks tonight at the Highlight Factory, and will be looking to maintain home court advantage.

“Home Court Advantage” in the playoffs is a very specific term. It means that if the home team wins every game, you will win the series. It is that simple.

Atlanta’s home court advantage goes deeper than a look at the series schedule. Entering tonight’s game the Hawks have won 13 straight games at Philips Arena, dating back to February 26 (an overtime loss to the Mavs is their only home loss since the All-Star break).

“I think that the crowd really makes the biggest difference for our team,” commented Al Horford. “We really feed off of them, and makes us sometimes give that extra effort.”

Two Hawks that are instrumental in maximizing the advantage of the home crowd are Josh Smith and Jamal Crawford. J-Smoove often sends the fans into a frenzy with his monster dunks or violent blocked shots while “The Difference” gets everyone on their feet when he breaks down a defender with his handles. Once the “Highlight Factory” kicks into gear the other team begins to press and that is when the Hawks defense is at its best at creating turnovers that lead to even more dunks and highlights.

Game 2 Previews and Stories from Around the Web:
USA Today: Hawks Team Report
NBA Fanhouse: While Others Stumble, Hawks Soar
Sekou Smith’s Hangtime Blog: Bouncing to a Different Vibe
NBA.com: Hawks Ready for Jennings in Game 2

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