Following each 2010 Hawks playoff game, SLAM Magazine's Lang Whitaker will chime in will his immediate reactions:
It's strange to say a 14-point loss was a good loss, but the Hawks' loss tonight to Orlando actually wasn't as bad as it sounds. The Hawks fought back from a first quarter deficit to take a second quarter lead, and then the Magic outscored Atlanta 35-26 in the third, and 28-15 in the fourth, to win 112-98.
What killed the Hawks was toward the end of the third quarter, when the Hawks started relying on the Iso-Joe offense and Orlando tightened up their defense and clamped down on the Hawks. Which wasn't exactly hard to do, as stagnant as Atlanta was playing. On the plus side, Jamal Crawford finally shook loose tonight, finishing with 23 points, and Al Horford got hot in the second quarter, finishing with 24 points and 10 boards. But the Hawks really got nothing from Bibby or Marvin, and Josh had the quietest 18 and 9 I can remember him having.
The Magic are 6-0 in the postseason, so getting a win against the Magic, even at the Highlight Factory won't be easy. Everyone has to come to play, and play hard all night. And we need all of you fans there to cheer the Hawks on.
Things might look dismal, but it ain't over 'til it's over. As Zaza might say, Nothing easy!