Bulls at Atlanta Hawks Game 3: Real home advantage again?

The postseason Hawks have defied a lot of the expectations created by the regular-season Hawks.

The thought was they can’t win if they don’t make their favored long 2s but after making 43.3 percent during the regular season, they are at just 36.1 percent in the playoffs. You figured defense would be a problem but postseason opponents are shooting just 41.2 percent, second to the Celtics. They didn’t get to the free-throw line much during the season but. . . . well, OK, that one still kind of holds true: .26 free-throw rate during the regular season, .29 during the postseason.

Another big difference: The Hawks have been good at home. Surely part of the reason for that is the atmosphere. Large crowds cheering enthusiastically for the Hawks were a rarity during the season. They were the rule against Orlando.

“I know they’ve been criticized in the past,” Jamal said of fans, “but in the playoffs they’ve been great.”

Smoove said he expects the same tonight.

“The environment is going to be fun,” he said. “It’s going to be as rowdy as they were [in Chicago], if not rowdier.”

Despite their problems at home this season, L.D. said the Hawks were eager to return home to Philips Arena in the first round.

“Coming back from Orlando for Game 2, I could sense the confidence level, the energy level,” he said.

Judging by the chatter among Bulls bloggers and the questions Chicago media types asked today, the visitors are expecting their fans to infiltrate Philips like they did during the regular season.

“Maybe,” J.J. said. “I am sure their fans will come out and show their support. But it is what it is. We can’t control that. The only thing we can control is [that] when we step inside those lines and play hard.”

Notes

  • Jamal apparently caused a stir in Chicago with a quote after Game 2.
  • Josh on his meeting with L.D.: “He wants me to be more mindful of the timing of the shots. He wants me to be efficient.”
  • J.J. on keeping homecourt: “It would be disappointing to let them come in our building and win. We went down there and worked so hard to get game.”
  • Josh on homecourt: “It will mean nothing if we go up there and get a split and come back and don’t have a good showing.”
  • J.J. on the Bulls: “I think they can play better, especially considering the fact Derrick hasn’t shot the ball particularly well. If we can just keep him at bay I think it will play into our hands.”
  • J.J. on if grinding games favor the Bulls: “I think we can go either way. I won’t say it’s a disadvantage for us. We can play a slow-down pace and grind it out as well. We’ve shown we can do that. If that’s the case then we are just going to have to bump it out.”
  • L.D. on whether D-Rose’s eight turnovers were due to sloppy play or Atlanta’s D: “Now I’m giving my secrets away. I would say, looking at his turnovers, defensively we are in the right spots.”
  • L.D. on if he planned to continue cross-matching Josh and Al: “We will start that way. There is a chance we will go back the other way. Our matchups, I don’t think, have hurt us. I think we have done a good job in our matchups. Defensively, we are on the money. Game 2 clearly our worst enemy was our execution offensively and our shot selection.”
  • L.D. on if he planned to stick with Jamal on Rose and Teague on Korver: “We mix it up just to give [Rose] different looks. Sometimes you will see Teague on him, sometimes you will see Joe on him. One thing we try to do is not be predictable in our matchups and find matchups that give us the most flexibility.”
  • D-Rose on Teague: “He’s playing well. He’s getting everybody into the game, passing the ball well, shooting the ball well, attacking, knowing his role. He was somebody that was in my [high school] class coming in so I’m happy for him.”
  • Al on facing Noah in two rugged playoff games: “We are out there boxing out and wrestling around. It’s all good. That’s the way it is. It’s fun. It’s basketball.”
  • Al said he hasn’t talked to or texted Noah since the Hawks advanced to play the Bulls.
  • Noah on the matchup: “It’s different. Me and Al shared a lot of great times together in college. We could have been pretty high picks after the first championship [but] we decided to come back for the love of the game and the love of playing with each other and having that taste of winning [another] championship. When you share moments like that and then you have to compete against each other, it’s tough. But it is what it is. It’s OK.”
  • Noah on the Bulls trying to take away Al on the pick-and-pop: “He’s a really improved shooter. He’s very consistent at hitting it. We try to have a game plan for it. We know it’s not easy. He’s a hell of a player and a hell of a competitor.”

By Michael Cunningham, Hawks beat

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487 comments Add your comment

Art Vandelay

May 6th, 2011
6:38 pm

never do this but… first

ANT BANKS

May 6th, 2011
6:44 pm

ART YOU GOT IT BRO

5manattackmachine

May 6th, 2011
6:45 pm

go Hawks. homecourt advantage.

superiorblogman

May 6th, 2011
6:49 pm

Teague has never scored in double figures 3 games in a row, but of course Teague has never played 30 + minutes 3 games in a row. He had never played 30+ minutes two games in a row until last game. I am hoping he can bring his A game home with him, but I have a bad feeling he is not going to play well tonight. More pressure being at home playing in front of some fans.

Lastly, it will be depressing to see the loud mouth Chicago bandwagon people take over the building. I am hoping ATL stands up and assaults some of there fans during or after the games. It will stop them.

Go Hawks!!!

mountain_jim

May 6th, 2011
6:49 pm

Need a better game out of Josh and Al – Go Hawks!

Mike W

May 6th, 2011
6:50 pm

jp

May 6th, 2011
6:51 pm

hawks win 88-79.

ANT BANKS

May 6th, 2011
6:51 pm

why is everyone STILL wanting to fire Larry? he is not an elite coach but he has my hawks on the brink of something this city ain’t seen in awhile. now if we lose this series, i may join that chorus, but right now GO HAWKS!! GO LARRY!! GO JOSH!!

steven

May 6th, 2011
6:54 pm

we’ll see if josh finally gets it this game. my bet is still no…

Joey "Two Shoes" Twoshoeington

May 6th, 2011
6:55 pm

No, Derrick Rose, you’re not happy for him! You want to DESTROY HIM! Now go out and DESTROY Jeff Teague, Derrick Rose! Go go go!

Dept. of Unintended Irony

May 6th, 2011
6:56 pm

“never do this but… first”

Well, almost never, lol.

ANT BANKS

May 6th, 2011
6:58 pm

WORD ON THE STREET IS THAT BOOZER AIN’T PLAYIN’ TONIGHT

superiorblogman

May 6th, 2011
6:58 pm

Hubie, Hubie

Dept. of Redundancy Dept.

May 6th, 2011
6:58 pm

Joey’s blog handle

terrell

May 6th, 2011
7:00 pm

Hubie! Hubie! Hubie!

terrell

May 6th, 2011
7:01 pm

W’re thinking alike superior. lol

J.J.M.

May 6th, 2011
7:12 pm

lmao timeout already…yea bulls will win the rest of this series

steven

May 6th, 2011
7:12 pm

LD aint taking no bull tonight

cp

May 6th, 2011
7:12 pm

come on Joe with holding the ball

O'Brien

May 6th, 2011
7:13 pm

I like having Hubie call the game.

northcyde,

That is what people are talking about with JJ. He has Noah on him at the top of the key. And he holds the ball (no bounce, no driblle, no movement), and then after 5 seconds, he takes a long jumper.

drmaryb (*_-)

May 6th, 2011
7:13 pm

Drew need to call a damned TO!

There was no player movement on Joe’s bad shot and then Rose runs back for a lay up!

WTH!

Brad

May 6th, 2011
7:14 pm

Very good timeout…nip it in the bud

ANT BANKS

May 6th, 2011
7:14 pm

AJC is reporting that a man was shot near philips and is still at large. be safe, those of you are are bloggin’ at the game

Ole Hawks Fan

May 6th, 2011
7:15 pm

Give ‘em hell Hubie………………..first shot of the game for the hawks…………..Max JJ hold the ball, letting the clock run down then he put a Jump Shot up when all LD was saying to get the ball in closer to the basket.

O'Brien

May 6th, 2011
7:15 pm

Excellent timeout by LD.

But it seems like he only talked about the defensive effort. Nothing about JJ’s bad shot

Ole Hawks Fan

May 6th, 2011
7:17 pm

How many 3 pointers Josh will attempt tonight?

cp

May 6th, 2011
7:17 pm

struggling early

O'Brien

May 6th, 2011
7:17 pm

Who had Marvin in their pool for the first Hawk to score tonight?

steven

May 6th, 2011
7:17 pm

whine whine whine

Ole Hawks Fan

May 6th, 2011
7:19 pm

TEAGUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

Brad

May 6th, 2011
7:19 pm

Jeff mother f’kin teague

J from the A

May 6th, 2011
7:19 pm

Gotta give Teague his props early tonight!

A good pass on the break a couple possessions back. And a great, aggressive move to the hoop right then.

cp

May 6th, 2011
7:19 pm

there you go Teague

Ole Hawks Fan

May 6th, 2011
7:20 pm

Teague doubters still around I see

steven

May 6th, 2011
7:20 pm

soo much for josh learning anything lol

Brad

May 6th, 2011
7:20 pm

wowowowow teague

J from the A

May 6th, 2011
7:20 pm

Teague – MVP?!

O'Brien

May 6th, 2011
7:21 pm

Well, that didnt take long.

Josh took his first 3 with 9 minutes left in the quarter

Teague looking good.

Ole Hawks Fan

May 6th, 2011
7:21 pm

Where are u DOUBTERS? TEAGUEEEEEEEEEEEEE

cp

May 6th, 2011
7:21 pm

Teague came to play

steven

May 6th, 2011
7:21 pm

FREE TEAGUE!

Luke Cage

May 6th, 2011
7:22 pm

Boozer pushes all game long, watch every rebound attempt

Brad

May 6th, 2011
7:22 pm

Come on Al!!! You have to make that

Ole Hawks Fan

May 6th, 2011
7:22 pm

Come On Al, make those shots

Luke Cage

May 6th, 2011
7:23 pm

Go at Boozer Or Noah to get that 2nd foul

O'Brien

May 6th, 2011
7:24 pm

Why didnt Josh foul Boozer hard?

Luke Cage

May 6th, 2011
7:24 pm

Ole Hawks Fan

May 6th, 2011
7:24 pm

DOUBTERSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

J from the A

May 6th, 2011
7:24 pm

Beautiful pass by Horford.
Beautiful finish by Teague.

terrell

May 6th, 2011
7:24 pm

Told yall bout Teague!