Some of my blog people are not in the mood to praise the Hawks even after that Game 6 triumph. I understand.
You think the Hawks shouldn’t have this much trouble with the Bogut-less Bucks. You remember the Game 3 surrender and the Game 5 collapse. You think Woody should have made defensive adjustments earlier in the series. And if the Hawks win today, some of you probably don’t want to hear about their resilience, their character, how they responded with their backs against the wall and all the other things they tend to say in these situations.
Well, like “they” say (and like I vowed I never would), it is what it is. The Hawks can win the series today.
“Every team goes through adversity at times,” Al said. “It’s all about how you handle it. Now we have a chance to make it right and win a series.”
I’ve heard rumblings that the Hawks lose in the long-term by winning today but I’ve got to think your fanhood instincts overwhelm your sourness and you cheer the Hawks on to a W. Shoot, you might even begin to believe they can take on the Magic, despite your misgivings and general grumpiness.
I would understand that, too.
– J.J. on the improved communication in Game 6 after things got snippy at times in Game 5: “It was a lot better. But we are always going to have arguing. That’s is because we are a family, we are brothers. We ain’t always going to get along. Everything ain’t going to be peaches and cream. We are going to get in each other’s face every now and then but that is just the way it is. At the end of the day we got love for each other, got each other’s back and each others’ best interest.”
– After Game 6 some in the Hawks locker room sarcastically asked if Jerry Stackhouse can sing the National Anthem today like he did on Friday. So it was pretty funny when I saw this line in Michael Hunt’s column about the pressure on the Bucks for Game 7: “Just think about how much poise it took for Stackhouse to sing the national anthem before Game 6 in that setting.”
– Have fun, Hawks fans,