Game 6 Notes and Quotes

Thursday, May 12, 2011
By Jon Newberry

Here are the latest ‘Notes & Quotes’ as the Hawks prepare for tonight’s Game 6 at the Highlight Factory:


  • The Hawks are 13-8 all-time in Game 6 match-ups. They are 3-1 in Game 6 since defeating Boston here in 2008, including wins at Milwaukee (2010), vs. Orlando (2011) and a loss in Miami (2009).
  • The Chicago Bulls led 3-2 in 1975 Western Conference Finals before eventually falling to the Golden State Warriors in seven games. That is the Bulls’ only series loss after taking a 3-2 lead.
  • 10 of the Hawks Game 6 victories have been to stay alive in the series and force a Game 7. The Hawks went on to win three of those series.
  • Josh Smith did not receive credit for a single block during Game 5 in Chicago. Per NBA policy, statistics may not be added to the box score after the fact, however, a statistic (rebound, assist, turnover, etc.) may be taken away if the tape reveals evidence contrary to the initial ruling.


– Josh Smith
There’s something precious at stake, so guys are gonna scratch, claw, do whatever they can to win the series. It’s probably going to be magnified a little bit tonight.

(On Finishing the Game in the 4th Quarter)Take care of possessions, especially down the stretch… Crank up the defense, match their intensity and toughness and we shouldn’t have anything to worry about.

– Joe Johnson
We’re a desperate team. We’ve come a long way and we’re not ready for our season to be over with.

This bottles our season up right here. Us coming out, putting on the line… feeding off the crowd… hopefully our fans get us going. We’re gonna need it for 48 minutes to really beat this team and force a Game 7 and go back up to Chicago.

– Al Horford
We understand the magnitude of the game. We just have to play solid basketball.