The Morning After Game 2

Wednesday, April 20, 2011
By Jon Newberry

Lying in bed this morning, waiting for my alarm to go off and I can’t get two things out of my head:
1 – This hotel is strange.
2 – The Hawks were just a few plays from being ahead 2-0 in this series.

True, the Hawks did steal home court advantage in Game 1, but in a lot of ways they are victims of their own ambition. Coach Drew stated numerous times before the series started that the goal was to win both games in Orlando. His team split the pair, but even the loss should serve as encouragement that they are using a winning strategy.

For all of the negatives that surfaced in Game 2, the fact remained that the Hawks were a basket away from tying the score in the final minutes.

“We gave up 20 offensive rebounds,” said Drew after the game. ” I don’t see us giving ourselves much of a chance to win a game giving up that many offensive rebounds.”

Except that they did have a chance to win.

One reason for all of the offensive boards (16 of the 20 were in the first half) was the absence of Al Horford in the first half when he was limited to 2:10 of action after picking up two quick fouls.

LD acknowledged that the team missed Horford. “When we lost him in that 1st quarter it changed things dramatically. we just had to try to buy some time until we got him back.”

“By the time I came in in the second half, it took me awhile to get going,” Horford admitted after the game. “It was tough because I was out of rhythm.

One Hawk that never seemed out of rhythm on Tuesday night was sixth-man Jamal Crawford. Crawford hit three more shots from behind the arc on his way to a team-high 25 points. After the game he expressed he summed up the Hawks’ feelings moving forward in the series.

“It is a game of chess,” Jamal said. “They made their moves tonight and we will make ours on Friday. We did what we needed to do and now we have home court advantage.”

Al Horford decided that the trip was “bitter sweet” before adding that the team was “in position to win this game tonight and couldn’t do it.”

In summary, I am in complete agreement with Jamal’s final thought.

“I think there is a positive in every negative,” he said.

I’m pretty sure he would agree with my other thought this morning too. This hotel is definitely strange.

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