2010 NBA Playoffs: Five Reasons Why the Hawks Are In Trouble

May 7th, 2010 by John Boller Leave a reply »
It is like night and day when comparing the Atlanta Hawks’ performance in Game One and Thursday night’s Game Two. In a complete 180 turnaround, the Hawks were doing everything right. They were tested early in the first quarter that saw Orlando jump out to a 20-11 lead. The Magic were led by their “Superman,” Dwight Howard. Howard shot a perfect 6-of-6 from the floor and finished with 19 points and eight rebounds in the first. The Hawks came back from the deficit and were only down 32-27 at the end of the first. Then Howard got his second foul of the game at the beginning of the second quarter. For the first time in the series it was Atlanta’s turn to have a run. The Hawks went on the attack with Howard on the bench with a 15-3 run and ended the half up 57-49. The Hawks would quickly disappoint and give up their lead by letting the Magic score eight straight points to start the third quarter. The Magic and Hawks would go back-and-forth in the third, swapping the lead eight times. The last lead change was the hardest to take. Orlando’s point guard Jameer Nelson banked in a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to give the Magic an 84-83 lead. Atlanta’ ...

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