Following each 2010 Hawks playoff game, SLAM Magazine's Lang Whitaker will chime in will his immediate reactions:
By the end of Game 3, I felt the same way the Hawks had played: defeated, exhausted, spent.
Coming into Game 3, the Hawks had a chance to make this a series again. But the Orlando Magic weren't having it.
The Magic, who haven't lost a game yet in these Playoffs, crushed the Hawks again, controlling the game from the tip and winning going away, 105-75. The Hawks are trying to beat the best team in the NBA right now, and the Hawks have had no answers, for Dwight Howard, for Jameer Nelson, for Rashard Lewis, for Orlando's defense. It's been like watching a team run headfirst into a brick wall, over and over and over.
It's helped Orlando that they're able to play inside-out, while the Hawks are trying to play outside-in against a team that plays very good perimeter defense. But it's more than just that. Orlando's playing amazing basketball right now, spacing the floor, sharing the ball, closing out against shooters. More than anything it's just disappointing that the Hawks don't seem to be able to find the effort to even compete for 48 minutes.
Now the Hawks find themselves down 3-0. No team in the history of the NBA has come back from a 3-0 deficit to win a series. This is not a great place to be.