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Any thoughts on what the scoreboard will look like when it's over?

Any thoughts on what the scoreboard will look like when it's over?

MILWAUKEE — There are people with painted faces and antlers on their heads outside the Bradley Center. Inside, all of the seats are draped with souvenir red “Fear The Dear” towels. Just a hunch: It’s a going to be loud tonight.

“That would be something to break 20,000 hearts, wouldn’t it?” Jamal Crawford said, smiling.

That would be a change of pace for the Hawks: breaking the hearts of a road crowd.

Facing elimination and with the backdrop of a 1-10 road playoff record in the last three years,  the Hawks play game six against the Milwaukee Bucks tonight. Oddsmakers actually have the Hawks as two-point favorites. But after following a 2-0 series lead with three straight losses — including a meltdown in the final four minutes of game five at Philips Arena Wednesday — they don’t quite project as a safe investment.

“We know what we have to do, so we just need to relax and do it,” said Crawford, who has shot a miserable 6-for-21 in the last two games. “We’ve been pressing a little bit. Just relax and have fun. They’re playing loose. Why can’t we? Now nobody expects us to do it. So maybe the pressure changes a little bit.”

If nothing else, it’s a nice rationalization to get yourself up for a game. Here’s what I see happening tonight: The Hawks will come out strong and try to pound the ball inside. At the outset, they’ll play like they know it’s win-or-go-home.  But if the Bucks can get out to a comfortable lead, it’ll be over. It’s difficult for a team that’s down 3-2 in a series and coming off such a difficult loss to bounce back.  Resolve is key tonight. But we’ll see how it plays out.

It would help if the Hawks change their defensive strategy because all of the switching doesn’t seem to be working. Exhibit A: Brandon Jennings shot 37.1 percent from the field and averaged 15.5 points during the season. In the playoffs, he is shooting 44.8 percent  (39 of 87) and averaging 20.8. Any chance we see a zone tonight?

How do you see things going tonight?

Earlier posts

Hawks down 3-2 but Skiles hardly looks satisfied

Poll time: Where would Hawks’ collapse rank in history?

Gearon is mum on Woodson but expects Hawks ‘to go far’

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

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436 comments Add your comment

JJ

April 30th, 2010
6:53 pm

O-V-E-R. And with any luck, so will Woody’s tenure in the ATL. Let’s get a real coach that can think of something other than “Iso Joe” in the 4th qtr.

Cedric

April 30th, 2010
6:56 pm

The team who wins the first period has won every game this series.

Jorge Cuartas

April 30th, 2010
7:00 pm

If we could get both teams and the NBA to agree to a three quarter game, we’re golden.

mountain_jim

April 30th, 2010
7:00 pm

Hope for a good game from Jamal, and a win. And still let Woody go.

shane

April 30th, 2010
7:01 pm

Joe Johnson goes for 50 as the Hawks not only come back to win this series but also the NBA title.

Eddy

April 30th, 2010
7:01 pm

I really dont know what to think about tonight. What have the Hawks done the last three games to think they are going to win on the road, where they are 1 and 10 the last three years? How we lost last game was one of the most disapointing things I have seen rooting for Atlanta sports in my lifetime. I was also not happy with how we came out in the first half, seemed like they thought they could just show up and win. First 5 min is the key to the game.

Ree Roe

April 30th, 2010
7:02 pm

I see us losing big Game 3 style. This team has no heart or intelligence. It’ll be over quickly. Go Hawks

-REEligiously Roe!!

Jeff Schultz

April 30th, 2010
7:06 pm

Stackhouse got them fired up with the National Anthem. Have to say, he was pretty good. Did they show it on TV?

falcons pick(ed) spoon

April 30th, 2010
7:07 pm

Mike Tirico just said it best. They wont be playing together next season. Out goes Joe. Out goes Woody. Bibby reduced to bench. Go Hawks. SMEAR THE DEAR

falcons pick(ed) spoon

April 30th, 2010
7:08 pm

I meant to say with a loss they wont be together next season.

Cedric

April 30th, 2010
7:10 pm

Lets see if the refs let em play tonite. We should be ok though. Get Al and Josh both involved early on

shane

April 30th, 2010
7:10 pm

No one is a better coach in elimination games than Mike Woodson

Jeff D.

April 30th, 2010
7:11 pm

Hawks do it tonight by three, spike blood pressure of Atlanta fans back home.

Cedric

April 30th, 2010
7:13 pm

Good to see Bibby active early

DawgBoi

April 30th, 2010
7:15 pm

wow! no switch on the 1st screen and roll. how long will that last?

Jeff Schultz

April 30th, 2010
7:16 pm

Dawgboi — until they start getting beat off the dribble.

Cedric

April 30th, 2010
7:17 pm

Marvin gotta give us something on the defensive end. We need his rebounding if we ever had it is a question but definitely tonite he gotta get on the boards. No 2nd chance points will go a long way in our effort to get out on the break and make this a track meet.

jtb

April 30th, 2010
7:18 pm

phar71

April 30th, 2010
7:19 pm

It would be great if we could stop throwing the ball away

Cedric

April 30th, 2010
7:20 pm

Wtf do Marvin be thinking about when he handling the rock on the break. Wow

phar71

April 30th, 2010
7:20 pm

Also they could call a foul on thomas on every play if they wanted too

DawgBoi

April 30th, 2010
7:20 pm

Little nervous, Josh is already looking to the refs for calls. got one on thomas, but hopefully he will just focus on playing good d

phar71

April 30th, 2010
7:21 pm

My God!!!!!!!!!!

Jeff Schultz

April 30th, 2010
7:22 pm

Hawks have had some bad turnovers but fortunate that Bucks are missing from outside (4 for 11)

Jeff D.

April 30th, 2010
7:23 pm

I’m ok w/ the two turnovers from forcing it inside. Keep forcing/working it inside!

DawgBoi

April 30th, 2010
7:23 pm

Schultz – and we are limiting them to one shot..

Cedric

April 30th, 2010
7:23 pm

These 2 Bucks comin into the game now (Ridnour and Ilyasova) have been killin us this series. We gotta stay in front of these 2 guys. Horford and Josh have to carry us tonite.

phar71

April 30th, 2010
7:25 pm

It almost seems as if our guys are passing up open shots, nervous?

DawgBoi

April 30th, 2010
7:25 pm

Woody needs to sub whenever Skiles subs. Our guys will be drained by the 4th if he doesnt give them any breaks

Scott

April 30th, 2010
7:26 pm

So tiger can curse and throw his clubs but a fan says this and gets ejected??? Golf is a joke

Police also escorted away a fan who apparently heckled Woods as he left the 17th green. A friend of the fan, who declined to give his name, said the fan only said, “No red shirt for you on Sunday.”

Eddy

April 30th, 2010
7:26 pm

Turnovers are killing us, should have a bigger lead.

DawgBoi

April 30th, 2010
7:27 pm

bring in crawford to post up ridinour

Jeff Schultz

April 30th, 2010
7:27 pm

Dawgboi — yeah, he just looked at him again.

Jeff Schultz

April 30th, 2010
7:28 pm

Phar71 — I haven’t seen that.

Cedric

April 30th, 2010
7:28 pm

Why the hell Josh floppin for. They not gonna give you that call on the road. Those 2 role playas for Bucks already payin dividends for them

Cool Mo-Gee

April 30th, 2010
7:29 pm

I just don’t see the fire in them that said they want this. This team is mentally already defeated. They are playing on pride alone. That is almost gone.

Jeff Schultz

April 30th, 2010
7:29 pm

Cedric — That’s a foul . . . in the ACC.

Eliot

April 30th, 2010
7:31 pm

I bet Schultz fits right in there in liberal wiskhansin.

DawgBoi

April 30th, 2010
7:32 pm

Also worrying me is the fact that Joe Johnson doesnt score for 4 quarters a game. He picks 1 half or 1 quarter to go off. Will he sustain this?

Cedric

April 30th, 2010
7:32 pm

Hey you see Woody pulled his azz and inserted Zaza for Josh for that play also Jeff

Jeff Schultz

April 30th, 2010
7:32 pm

Not good — Zaza kisses off a nice play inside by missing two FTs.

Oedipuss

April 30th, 2010
7:34 pm

May the ghost of Tree Rollins and the flees from a thousand camels overtake the upstart Bucks…..

Jeff Schultz

April 30th, 2010
7:34 pm

Big turnaround … Al misses layup, Salmons hits J, Al illegal screen.

Cedric

April 30th, 2010
7:34 pm

Thats Zaza for you know lets see if we can gather ourselves here. Nope Al gets another offensive foul in this series. How many times has that happened.

Old devil

April 30th, 2010
7:34 pm

I personally think the Hawks are gone in the first round again. They might as well be, this uninspired, unmotivated bunch will never make it past the next round if by some miracle they survive the first. I mean, with JSmoove taking 25 footers this is over. Better now than to string us along with false hope. This team peaked last year. Unfortunately, we have seen the best these guys have to offer, and probably the last of Woody. That’s sad too, because he’s a better coach than this bunch deserves. Blow up the team and start over.

Jam

April 30th, 2010
7:35 pm

It’s sad all those 1-5 first round picks we got over the past 8 years and not a one of them are solid players.

BIG TUCK

April 30th, 2010
7:35 pm

Not looking be thus far!!

Jam

April 30th, 2010
7:35 pm

Mo evans is a joke. Get him out moron woody

Cedric

April 30th, 2010
7:36 pm

Have we forgot how to run the damn break.

JM

April 30th, 2010
7:36 pm

9-0 Run for Milwaukee.