For the trailing team playing at home, Game 6 is a measure of belief. Of real believing, as opposed to lip service. For the trailing team playing at home, Game 6 brings this mighty question: Do you believe you can win not just this game but the one after that?
A Game 7 on the road is no day at the races. There was a time when winning Game 7 in the other team’s building was nigh-impossible — from 1982 through 1999, it happened twice — but such is no longer the case. Eight road teams have won a Game 7 since 2000. At issue is whether the Hawks might join the list.
If anything, they look more robust down 3-2 than they did 2-1, and there’s a reason: The Hawks have seen everything the Bulls can do. The No. 1 seed has been stout enough to nose in front but not to lap its pursuer. Except for Game 3, the Hawks have run alongside the purported big dog.
The Bulls played the league’s most