Crawford: ‘I Want the Confetti to Fall Tonight’

Thursday, April 28, 2011
By Jon Newberry

To say that Jamal Crawford is excited for tonight’s Game 6 at the Highlight Factory would be an understatement.

“This is what you dream about,” said the Hawks’ sixth man. “I’m just excited to start. I wish 7:30 was here now.”

We know that Hawks fans are excited for tonight to get here too, but first, here are the “Notes and Quotes” for Game 6:


– As a franchise the Hawks are 12-7 overall in Game 6’s and 9-3 at home.
– This is the third time that the Hawks have hosted a Game 6 with a chance to wrap up the series by winning.

  • The first produced the franchise’s only NBA Championship as the St. Louis Hawks beat the Celtics with a dramatic 110-109 win in 1958. Boston didn’t lose another playoff series until 1967.
  • The most recent Game 6 at home with a chance to win the series didn’t produce a Hawks victory, but it did set the stage for one of the most memorable duels in playoff history. In 1988 the Hawks were edged by the Celtics by two points in Game 6, sending the series back to Boston for the Bird vs. ‘Nique showdown:

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– Since the NBA expanded the playoffs in 1984 to include 16 teams, the #5 seed in the Eastern Conference has won the opening round series against the #4 seed exactly half the time (27-27).


Head Coach Larry Drew:
We definitely get our crowd involved with our pace, getting up and down and attacking. But we have to be smart about it. We don’t want to get into a ‘jump-shoot-fest’ with this team. We gotta look to get the ball inside more, play inside out more. The things we do they all have to involve energy, and the energy is what gets us going and hopefully gets the crowd going.

Zaza Pachulia:
It’s a Game 7 for us. That’s how we treat this game. We’re excited.

More from Jamal Crawford:
They did some things different, but at this point of my career I’ve seen just about every defense. I’m excited about the opportunity, I watched a lot of film on what they did do and how I can take advantage and get my teammates involved as well.

I want the confetti to fall tonight. I want to do it in front of our home crowd. They’ve been great the first two games and like I said I expect them to be even be better tonight.