2010 Atlanta Hawks Playoffs presented by Aarons

Game 3: Milwaukee 107, Atlanta 89 | April 24, 2010 | Bradley Center
  • The Hawks found the road a tough place in the NBA playoffs, dropping game three on Saturday at Milwaukee's Bradley Center, 107-89 ... Atlanta still holds a 2-1 advantage in the best-of-seven series.
  • The Bucks began the game on fire, hitting 15-22 FGs (5-8 from downtown) in the first, enjoying a 36-19 lead ... Atlanta used a 21-16 second period (holding the Bucks to 35% shooting) to climb to within 12 (52-40) at the midway point ... After trading blows early in the third, the Bucks took charge of the game, riding a 24-12 run to extend to a 78-57 advantage through three ... Milwaukee coasted home for the 18-point win.
  • After controlling the frontcourt for the Hawks in games 1 and 2, Josh Smith and Al Horford (combined 17 pts and 15 rebs) were neutralized by Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and Kurt Thomas (combined 20 pts and 18 rebs).
  • Joe Johnson was an offensive bright spot for the Hawks, scoring a game-high 25 points, while Zaza Pachulia had 16, Jamal Crawford tallied 11 and Horford added 10.
  • John Salmons led six double-digit Milwaukee scorers with 22.
  • The teams will meet again for Monday's game four in Milwaukee at 8:30 ET (FSSO HD/NBA TV/790 AM), with game five slated for Wednesday at Philips Arena (7:30 or 8:00 ET depending on the game 4 Orl-Char result/FSSO HD/TNT or NBA TV/790 AM).

Joe Johnson



Honorable Mentions:
Zaza Pachulia - 16 pts, 6-of-7 FGM-A

Following each 2010 Hawks playoff game, SLAM Magazine's Lang Whitaker will chime in will his immediate reactions:

Well. After handling Milwaukee easily in Games 1 and 2, the Hawks came out flat to start this game and the Bucks came out smoking. Milwaukee shot out to a 36-19 lead after the first quarter, Even though the Hawks mounted a mostly-ceremonial comeback in the second quarter, the Bucks opened the second half like they opened the game, outscoring Atlanta 26-17.

There's a lot of things the Hawks could and should improve upon in Game 4 on Monday, from the basics -- offense, defense -- to specifics -- defensive rotations, moving the ball on offense.
But what worries me the most is the psychological. The Hawks have won one postseason road game in the Mike Woodson era, and that's as much mental as it is physical. The Hawks must come out for Game 4 better prepared, focused and fired up.

Simply put: We can't keep losing -- and losing bad -- on the road in the Playoffs if we want to be a contender.

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