Following each 2010 Hawks playoff game, SLAM Magazine's Lang Whitaker will chime in will his immediate reactions:
Don't let the final score fool you. After an uneven performance in Game One, the Hawks hit their stride tonight. Simply put, the Hawks dominated the Bucks, leading 52-46 at the half and then 76-62 after three quarters. Even though Milwaukee made a run in the beginning of the fourth quarter, the Hawks' starters pulled ahead at the end of the game and won it going away, 96-86.
It all stemmed from Atlanta's defense. After Brandon Jennings torched the Hawks for 34 points in Game 1, the Hawks spent Game 2 forcing him into their shot-blockers, and Jennings finished with 9 points on 3-15 shooting. The Hawks got out on Milwaukee's shooters and held them to 17 percent on three pointers (4-24), and Atlanta added 9 steals and 8 blocked shots.
Offensively, the Hawks turned in a balanced effort, with all five starters finishing with double-figures and Josh Smith one assist away from a triple-double. Game 3 in Milwaukee isn't until Saturday night, which feels like it's months away. Hopefully the Hawks can remember the way they played tonight and replicate the performance.