Two weeks ago, the Hawks came home after a split of their first two playoff games in Orlando and we wondered if Philips Arena would turn into a shop of horrors (as it had so often this season).
Then they won two games to take a stunning 3-1 series lead over an Orlando team and closed out the series in six games. They went 3-0 at home. Suddenly we dare to think: Can they do the same against Chicago and win this series over the Bulls — without Kirk Hinrich?
Having split the first two games at Chicago, the Hawks can take this second-round series simply by winning their home games again — something that would not have seemed plausible before the Orlando series.
Before the Magic series, coach Larry Drew wondered himself about home-court advantage, but his feeling changed after the first two games in Orlando.
“Coming back from Orlando after game two, I could sense the confidence level, the