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Atlanta Hawks Quotes Following Playoff-Clinching Victory

Hawks point guard Jeff Teague

On clinching the playoffs:

“This is a group no one really gave a chance. For us to come together and be in the playoffs this year, it’s a lot of excitement.”

Hawks center Al Horford

On the team’s journey this season:

“This team could have easily gone the other way. We haven’t had the perfect year, a lot of injuries. We’ve been up and down as a team. I’m proud of the way we’ve been able to hang in there and play through adversity. That’s been the biggest thing for us.”

On playoff seeding:

“We just want to be in the best position that we can, whatever that is.”

Coach Larry Drew

On reaching the playoffs”

“I’m really proud of this bunch with what we accomplished [on Wednesday]. There were a lot of people that counted us out at the start of the season and said we wouldn’t be in this position. With all the changes that we made, here we are.”

On Al Horford:

“He has really come into his own. He got off to a little bit of a slow start but as the game went on he started getting more and more into a rhythm. You could see in the second half where he was really wanting the basketball so we were running plays where we got him the ball. We were putting him positions where he was picking and popping and he was knocking the shot down.”

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