Hawks down 3-2 but Skiles hardly looks satisfied

Scott Skiles' team is up 3-2 over the Hawks, but he's not assuming this series is over.

Scott Skiles' team is up 3-2 over the Hawks, but he's not assuming this series is over.

MILWAUKEE — Good day. I arrived in Josh Smith’s favorite restaurant town too late for the Hawks’ early morning shoot-around, but I was able to get behind enemy lines for Bucks’ practice.

Tonight’s game is a sellout. Fans here must be anticipating some kind of celebration or something.

While this should not at all be taken as a prediction, any thoughts that Milwaukee players are cocky or overconfident heading into tonight’s game six and potential elimination game for the Hawks were quickly doused. Bucks coach Scott Skiles, who has done as good a coaching job as anybody in the postseason, already knows what button to push. He believes his team was fortunate to win game five in Atlanta and can’t afford to get away with that kind of performance again.

“The reality is they outplayed us for 40-plus minutes in game five,” Skiles said. “We were down by nine with four minutes to go. We had a lot of hustle plays and a lot of things went our way. Brandon [Jennings] missed a free throw so bad that it allowed Ersan [Ilyasovato] to get a rebound [leading to two more free throws by John Salmons that closed the deficit to 82-81]. If that thing rims in and out, they get a rebound. I’m sure Mike [Woodson] is looking at that and saying, ‘There’s a whole bunch of plays that went against us and if any one of those doesn’t, we win that game.’ That’s the way it is this time of year.”

For what it’s worth, the Bucks stated the obvious: They expect the Hawks to come out strong and try to attack inside, where they have a significant size advantage because of the absence of Milwaukee Andrew Bogut.

From Luke Ridnour: “They’re gonna really attack the hoop and not settle for so many jump shots. They’ll really try to be aggressive and make some plays. We understand that they’re at their best when they’re scoring in the paint so we have to take the point paints away as a team and really defend the whole block area as a unit.”

Skiles again: “We won the other night even though didn’t play as well as we’d like. … They certainly have the ability to [attack inside]. We’ve done a respectable job cutting off some angles and forcing them into some jump shots and some of their decisions. We’re usually a good team in defending the painted area, but [the Hawks are] really testing us with their length and getting in there. They outscored us 44-26 in game five and we were still able to win. We probably can’t weather that again.”

That’s it for now. I’ll check back in before the game with a live blog.

By the way, interesting results so far in our poll. While readers consider the Braves’ 1996 World Series loss to the New York Yankees as the runaway biggest collapse in Atlanta pro sports postseason history, you also believe this potential Hawks series defeat would rank second — even ahead of the Falcons’ 1980 playoff loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Click here if you haven’t weighed in yet.

Earlier posts

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Frank Wren’s problem: He hasn’t earned benefit of the doubt

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46 comments Add your comment

Ted

April 30th, 2010
1:44 pm

Ted

April 30th, 2010
1:45 pm

Sadly, I don’t see this team winning. I am surprised they are even favored. Then again, they were favored by 9 in the last game. Bucks win a tight one, 89-85

Peter

April 30th, 2010
1:47 pm

Epic Melt down tonight……. Remember the Blow out loss to the Celtics in game 7 in Boston a few years ago ?

We shall see a repeat tonight…..JJ going one on one, Josh throwing up 18 footers, maybe even 3’s………Bibby getting run by and Marvin looking JUST like a DEER in the Head Lights !

Mid second quarter, time to turn it off if you are a Hawks fan…….

allan in texas

April 30th, 2010
1:50 pm

The Hawks will win by 6 and force a game 7. Did I just say that?

allan in texas

April 30th, 2010
1:53 pm

However, If they lose tonight I think Coach Woodson will be gone by Monday.

C. Tampa Ironworse

April 30th, 2010
1:53 pm

The difference is the the Bucks “didn’t play as well as they wanted to” (in actuality…they’re playing pretty good), but the Hawks aren’t playing close to as well as they can (they’ve played terrible….and still almost won). I’m pretty sure Hawks win tonight. From then on….I really feel they win the series.

PS: Maybe the Hawks are playing to the level of Nique’s grammer on Hawks broadcasts. Good Greif…

Tale of Woe

April 30th, 2010
1:55 pm

I want the Hawks to win – but I want Woodson fired just as much. The guy just can’t coach…I always look to see what we do out of a timeout. We usually don’t execute a play very well or don’t defend very well. That, to me, is a sign of coaching.

Peter

April 30th, 2010
1:57 pm

EPIC Meltdown……. Mid second quarter……the team becomes Un-Glued !

BONE

April 30th, 2010
2:05 pm

mountain_jim

April 30th, 2010
2:05 pm

Woody lost game 5 by not going thru Marvin in the 4th, leaving him on the bench for long stretches. I also am conflicted – I want to see the Hawks advance to round 2, but I want Woody gone. Right now the Woody-gone want looks alot more likely.

ESPN has an article up on Jamal – maybe he can man-up and pull out game 6, as he was the other reason we lost game 5 – he stunk it up big-time in game 5.

Bryan

April 30th, 2010
2:09 pm

c tampa

I laugh when someone criticizes someone else and does the same thing. grammEr? grammar.

Btw, grammar is written. So your point makes even less sense.

Scott

April 30th, 2010
2:09 pm

Woody= Paul Hewitt of the NBA

JC

April 30th, 2010
2:16 pm

Yes, Tale of Woe! What happened in game 5 after we lost the lead? Smoove for 3? Crawford off-balance shot in triple coverage? AL HORFORD for 3 (which he banked off the backboard)!?!?! In the last two minutes of the fourth quarter Wednesday, the Hawks looked more desperate than a middle-aged woman on a first date.

It’d be nice to have a playoff seasoned veteran like ‘Zo per MC’s suggestion who would hold the team accountable, but if they’re not running plays, what good does that do? We need a coach that can calm his team down, draw up a halfway-decent play and get his players to run it when they’re down in late-game situations in the postseason. Since he’s been here, Woody has proven that he’s not that guy.

Najeh Davenpoop

April 30th, 2010
2:19 pm

I hope I am dead wrong, but I think the Hawks are getting blown out. Nothing the Hawks have done in the last week and a half inspires any confidence in me, and Skiles is clearly instilling the right mindset in his team (unlike Mike “Take care of home court” Woodson).

FIRE WOODY

Valdostan surrounded by nothingness

April 30th, 2010
2:29 pm

Friday afternoon, leaving to play golf this afternoon
at the VCC. Tomorrow can’t decide whether to go
shoot in a skeet benefit at Easter Plantation or
go fishing at Ocean Pond.
Got to play in the Valdosta State celebrity golf
tournament Monday, and next Thursday, think
I will go down to the T. P. C.
Sure is boring down here in Valdosta.

Willy

April 30th, 2010
2:47 pm

If the Hawks fire Woody maybe they can steal that fella who coaches the Mavs…

jg

April 30th, 2010
2:49 pm

find a way to win!

@ReanuKeeves

April 30th, 2010
2:53 pm

“Woody= Paul Hewitt of the NBA”

God it’s so true. So, so sad, but so, so true.

Kaligj

April 30th, 2010
2:55 pm

The hawks will pull the upset and send the game back to atlanta—book it! Woody will get the team really fired up to play at their max!!!

Chris

April 30th, 2010
3:02 pm

SMEAR THE DEER!

F-105 Thunderchief

April 30th, 2010
3:08 pm

If the Hawks lose this series, I think Woody needs to be gone. If they win the series and are not competitive in the next, Woody needs to be gone. Actually, unless the Hawks win the whole darn thing, Woody probably needs to be gone.

Blue

April 30th, 2010
3:13 pm

Hawks come out flat and scared, crowd noise too much …………. 17 point blow-out. Hawks lose.

Dap01

April 30th, 2010
3:13 pm

When is the draft…….

Bob Horner stayed hurt

April 30th, 2010
3:22 pm

Hawks and Braves win tonite…..the agony ends….any takers..???

TONY

April 30th, 2010
3:43 pm

the hawks lose by at least 10 tonight 2 to 1 odds they lose by 25. the looks i saw on their faces after game 5 they have given up on their coach and their season . I really hope I am wrong but i have seen that look many time as a lifelong Atlanta sports fan , and its hardly ever a sign of better days.
always we will get them next year .
and before I am branded as a bandwagon fan I have supported the hawks , braves ,and falcons since dan roundfield suited up for one of them, and if they lose tonight i will watch every minute and be mad when its over, but I will be cheering again next year saying maybe this is our year

sam

April 30th, 2010
4:14 pm

I think tonight is the defining moment for Coach Woodson and this group of players. Either they show they can perform when it counts or they don’t. Another stinker tonight and it’s time to scramble the jets in the off season.

Timmy

April 30th, 2010
4:22 pm

I don’t see this one being close…maybe even a repeat of game 3. Once they got down by 10 or so in the first quarter, they will give up like they always do and start forcing shots and playing no defense. This team has no heart nor smarts and it starts at the top: Joe doesn’t emphasize his passion enough to be an effective leader and Mike Woodson is either too stubborn to change things up (like stop switching on every single pick because we’re just giving the Bucks the exact matchups they want) or too dumb to realize changes need to be made.

Willy

April 30th, 2010
4:24 pm

FEAR THE FEATHERS! THAT’S RIGHT, YOU FEAR ‘EM, BABY!

Just Being Real

April 30th, 2010
4:43 pm

smear hte deer…lol that was too priceless!!!

Jeff D.

April 30th, 2010
4:59 pm

Hawks will win tonight. Sunday is a different story. No way I’d bet any of these games.

Jeff D.

April 30th, 2010
5:03 pm

TONY, I’ll take the 25. How many apples will you put on it?

governor404

April 30th, 2010
5:07 pm

if on the first pick n roll tonite we don’t double the ball and force kurt thomas to beat us i’m turning the hawks off for good, that switching everytime is driving me insane. Why have our bigs chasing Jennings around wearing themselves out and negating our height advantage all nite? Go all out Woodson, do not be stubborn and if Bibby can’t hold his man get him the hell outta da game. It is now or never!!! Hawks in a tight one tonite and we blow them out in game 7.

Jeff D.

April 30th, 2010
5:09 pm

ATTENTION: Woody won’t be fired. His contract expires after the season. He can be re-signed, or not re-signed. Hold the fire.

Jeff D.

April 30th, 2010
5:18 pm

Schultzie, are they sticking you up there in the glass box with the Hummer like peep hole near Steve Holman tonight? Catch ya on the live blog.

Oedipuss

April 30th, 2010
5:30 pm

If John Drew gets the hot hand and Charlie Criss can control the tempo-I like our chances…..

JeJe

April 30th, 2010
5:32 pm

Oedipuss

April 30th, 2010
5:36 pm

If Tom McMillen brings his A-game, I like the Hawks in a rout….

Peter

April 30th, 2010
5:43 pm

Hey Blue………Wow I am with you……….I say if they are behind in the second quarter…….they get blown out…..

The Implosion happens tonight.

Zelmo

April 30th, 2010
5:52 pm

The microphones in the huddle reveal the Buck’s advantage. Skiles sees what happens on the court at any given moment and effectively delivers analysis and instructions to his players in the huddle. His players listen because he says something of value. (by the way, I’ve noticed the same qualities in Alvin Gentry) Woodson pales in comparison. We’re goin’ fishin.

Zelmo

April 30th, 2010
5:53 pm

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Mike Woodson

April 30th, 2010
5:59 pm

You listen here, Timmy. The switching is workin and win or lose, I am the greatest coach alive. Why else would the second greatest coach alive, Larry Brown, want me in Philly with him next year?

The Omni

April 30th, 2010
6:24 pm

If the Hawks lose again, they deserve it.

falcons pick(ed) spoon

April 30th, 2010
6:32 pm

SMEAR THE DEAR! I’m with you chris! I still want Woody gone but still a HAWKS fan at heart. Bring it back to Phillips!

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