We’re LIVE from Hawks-Bucks (and 2-0 would be huge)

Tuesday's Zaza Pachulia fan club was in attendance Tuesday: (left to right) Andy Johnson, Kenny Traber, Michael Kramer and Carter Davis, from Milledgeville. (Curtis Compton/AJC)

The Zaza Pachulia fan club was in attendance Tuesday: (left to right) Andy Johnson, Kenny Traber, Michael Kramer and Carter Davis. (Curtis Compton/AJC)

Hello, and welcome back to the NBA playoffs, something I feel the need to broadcast again since my wife and I were walking around Piedmont Park for the Dogwood Festival Sunday and a nice young man from the Hawks was passing out vouchers for free — yes, free — tickets to tonight’s game.

Oh well. Guess everybody is saving their shekels for the Orlando series.

But the Hawks have a opportunity to visit rare franchise history tonight. Only three times in franchise history — and twice since the team has been in Atlanta — have the Hawks taken a 2-0 lead in a best-of-seven series. With a 1-0 lead over Milwaukee, they can accomplish that feat for the first time since 1970.

Here are the three times it has happened:

♦1957-58: St. Louis Hawks take a 2-0 lead over Detroit in the Western Conference finals. They won the series, 4-1, and went on to win the NBA title over Boston.

♦ 1968-69: Atlanta Hawks take a 2-0 lead over San Diego in the Western semifinals. They won the series, 4-2, but lost in the Western finals to Los Angeles.

♦ 1969-70: Hawks take a 3-0 lead over Chicago in the Western semifinals. They won the series, 4-1, but lost in the Western finals to Los Angeles again.

“It would be huge to protect home court — that’s what we’ve worked so hard for,” Jamal Crawford just said in the locker room. “If we win tonight, the pressure would really on them to go home and take care of business as well.”

One more thing before I turn it over to you. As you may have heard, Josh Smith finished second in Defensive Player of the Year voting, behind Dwight Howard. Smith said he was gratified to finish that high, considering he didn’t even place in the top 10 last season.

Smith and Howard are close friends. The two actually went to pre-school together in College Park. When asked if they stressed defense at the pre-school, Smith laughed and said: “We stressed nibbling on toys and trying to get potty trained. That’s all we were worried about back then. Maybe watch a little Barney, a little Elmo.”

Still, can you imagine their one-on-ones on the Nerf hoop?

I’ll start live blogging at tip-off.

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118 comments Add your comment

Terry

April 20th, 2010
6:49 pm

Rick

April 20th, 2010
6:49 pm

Woo hoo! Hey Jeff why does the ajc sports page have the game time at 8? Someone doesn’t even know the correct time of the game. That is bad.

Show me state

April 20th, 2010
6:50 pm

Let’s get game 2…..Let’s go Hawks!!!!!!!

Show me state

April 20th, 2010
6:51 pm

Btw congrats to J-Smoove for finishing 2nd in DPOY…….

Jeff Schultz

April 20th, 2010
6:51 pm

Terry — Yes.

Jeff Schultz

April 20th, 2010
6:54 pm

Rick — I’ve got the paper in front of me and the front page says 7. So I’m not sure where you’re seeing that.

celebratingthaHiholiday

April 20th, 2010
6:58 pm

JOSH SMITH SHOULD HAVE WON! Can atl please get some respect! watch ‘em give 6th man to someone other than Crawford…smfh

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

April 20th, 2010
7:01 pm

i feelin good about this- i say a 15pt margin of victory

JSS

April 20th, 2010
7:01 pm

RISE UP ATLANTA!!!
Ladies and gentlemen (that means P***onaDawg too)
OUR Atlanta Hawks!
Treat them Bucks like a cheesing eating drunk riding a lawn mower!

Mtn Hawk

April 20th, 2010
7:11 pm

Go Hawks!!!!!

Mtn Hawk

April 20th, 2010
7:12 pm

Anyone gonna have some beers with me???????? Or vodka. What should I get hm

Jeff Schultz

April 20th, 2010
7:12 pm

JSS — Thanks for the cross-promotion.

Buzz Aldrin

April 20th, 2010
7:13 pm

Looks like a good crowd on TV, Mr. Schultz.

Jeff Schultz

April 20th, 2010
7:14 pm

Mtn Hawk — I’d love to. Not sure bosses would approve.

Buzz Aldrin

April 20th, 2010
7:15 pm

Is the crowd as good as it looks on TV?

Mtn Hawk

April 20th, 2010
7:15 pm

Well sorry. Thanks for the live blog.

JSS

April 20th, 2010
7:18 pm

Shut down Luc MAM! Bibby continues his good start!

Jeff Schultz

April 20th, 2010
7:18 pm

Buzz — Crowd is louder, I think, but there’s actually a lot more empty seats, particularly downstairs. The other night the lower bowl was filled.

Jeff Schultz

April 20th, 2010
7:19 pm

Offense — attacking well. Defense — not as good as other night but Bucks are more active.

Jeff Schultz

April 20th, 2010
7:20 pm

Horford looks very strong. Already has 8 points.

JSS

April 20th, 2010
7:22 pm

Comida para el caballo!

Mtn Hawk

April 20th, 2010
7:23 pm

Hawks gotta keep the intensity all of the game, and not become complacent as they develop a lead.

Jeff Schultz

April 20th, 2010
7:26 pm

JSS — Just trying to stay out of the glue factory.

JSS

April 20th, 2010
7:28 pm

Dunk for Duck butt!!!

Jeff Schultz

April 20th, 2010
7:28 pm

Back to back blocks by Joe and Josh lead to back to back hoops. This is exactly how you want team to come out: Hawks 21-12.

"Chef" Tim Dix

April 20th, 2010
7:30 pm

For late arrivals, buy a seat Stub Hub, get a carton of cigarettes.

JSS

April 20th, 2010
7:30 pm

Alberto Juantareno and Al Horford share the great name of The Horse in Spanish!

JSS

April 20th, 2010
7:31 pm

Chef, Can’t hurt the flow tonight!

"Chef" Tim Dix

April 20th, 2010
7:34 pm

JSS-That’s my other moniker:”flow hurter”

JSS

April 20th, 2010
7:35 pm

Josh is hitting from the line! Good omen!

Jeff Schultz

April 20th, 2010
7:36 pm

Josh is all over the court.

Jeff D.

April 20th, 2010
7:36 pm

Last minute tix on stubhub with pack o’ smokes, The Racing Form, a basket of groceries and a a tank of gas or limo ride to the game. Schultzie photo is extra.

"Chef" Tim Dix

April 20th, 2010
7:37 pm

To recap; Hawks by 8, Hanson’s pitch count 40.

"Chef" Tim Dix

April 20th, 2010
7:38 pm

Jeff D.: last second addition, case o’ Pabst

JSS

April 20th, 2010
7:40 pm

More Hawks!!! Teague sighting! JTO

JSS

April 20th, 2010
7:42 pm

Mo and JTO, Jeff Schultz, what is Woody thinking?

Jeff Schultz

April 20th, 2010
7:43 pm

PBR — that’s going old school.
Bad old school, at that.

Jeff D.

April 20th, 2010
7:43 pm

f”Chef” Tim Dix free upgrade to Genesee Cream Ale or Utica Club

Jeff Schultz

April 20th, 2010
7:44 pm

Hawks are getting caught standing around again. This is what happened the other night, but not until the third quarter. Bucks on 12-2 run to go up 32-30.

Hawks vs Bucks

April 20th, 2010
7:47 pm

“Hawks are getting caught standing around again”

are they really sure they want to be in the playoffs … stuff like that makes me think they really don’t want to be here.

Jeff D.

April 20th, 2010
7:47 pm

Woody needs to fit those guys with ankle bracelets that go off (shock) when they stand around…

JSS

April 20th, 2010
7:47 pm

I guess JTO is back in the can!

"Chef" Tim Dix

April 20th, 2010
7:48 pm

Y’all I can remember as a teenager PBR being a, and I love this term, ‘business partner’, with my sorely missed Fulton County Stadium.

JSS

April 20th, 2010
7:48 pm

Regular Vets to the rescue!!!

"Chef" Tim Dix

April 20th, 2010
7:49 pm

Not to worry, Bucks run is a shot wad.

Jeff D.

April 20th, 2010
7:49 pm

Hawks vs Bucks I guess the championship trophy imagery has faded away

"Chef" Tim Dix

April 20th, 2010
7:51 pm

Woody’s dome gloss is slightly lower on the Chef’s meter for game two, down to 8.45 on a scale of 10.

JSS

April 20th, 2010
7:51 pm

I remember that Pabst “Bad” Ribbon sign the left field bull pen… One of the reasons I never took up drinking! Go Hawks!

Jeff D.

April 20th, 2010
7:52 pm

As Steve Holman would say, the alarm is going off… put your thinking caps on.

JSS

April 20th, 2010
7:54 pm

El caballo de Lippizzaner for the slam!