Full recap tomorrow, The Hawks snatched control of this one early and cruised home to a double digit victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. Today’s game was one of those that made you question first how this series could have gotten to seven games and why don’t the Hawks play this way all the time? Defensively the Hawks were the aggressors with hands in the faces of jump shooters, hands in the passing lane, and rotations that were sharp enough to block eight Milwaukee shots. Offensively the Hawks shared the ball, had balanced scoring, and a wide margin of victory. The Hawks also dominated the backboard out rebounding the Bucks 55-34 in what was really a huge key to the series.
Offensively four Hawks finished with 15 points or more and notably Joe Johnson wasn’t among them. Jamal Crawford led the way with 22 points and 6 assists. Al Horford scored 16 points and grabbed 15 rebounds. Josh Smith and Mike Bibby chipped in with 15 points apiece. It was truly a team effort for a team win. When the Hawks play this way they can give someone a lot of problems. The biggest problem has been consistency. They live to fight another day and Dwight Howard and the Magic are waiting for them in Orlando on Tuesday night.
It probably shouldn’t have took seven games but hats off to the Bucks for fighting hard and to the Hawks for responding with their backs against the wall. Go Hawks!