Pressure Getting to the Hawks?

by April 30, 2010

Listening to Hawks players talk, The AJC isn’t entirely convinced they’re in the right state of mind heading into what could be the last game of Atlanta’s season tonight: “After a crushing loss to the Bucks and a trip to Milwaukee that recent history suggests won’t end well, it might seem as if the Hawks already are finished in the playoffs. Truth be told, that’s how Hawks players looked after they blew a nine-point lead in the final four minutes of Wednesday’s Eastern Conference playoffs loss to the Bucks at Philips Arena. ‘I don’t think anybody slept,’ forward Marvin Williams said before the team departed for Game 6 at Milwaukee on Friday. ‘I personally didn’t get to sleep until about 5:30 this morning. I tried to lay down, and couldn’t.’ The Hawks, down 3-2 in the best-of-seven, first-round series, are feeling the kind of pressure that can cause tossing and turning. They are a third seed facing elimination by a sixth seed after they led the series 2-0. They are 1-10 in road playoff games in the past three postseasons and never led in the second half of the two losses at Milwaukee in this series.”