Milwaukee walked into the Highlight Factory last night, and did the unthinkable. They took advantage of mistakes on the Hawks’ end — Joe Johnson fouling out, Jamal Crawford’s misses late — and withstood the pressure (and their own shortcomings) to take a 3-2 series lead, with Game 6 set for Friday night in Bucks Country.
Following the crushing loss, the Hawks did not sugarcoat things; they all acknowledged how serious the situation is.
Mike Woodson told The AJC the obvious: it’s win or go home time.
“It was tough loss, but it’s a seven-game series; now we’ll see what we’re made of,” Atlanta coach Mike Woodson said. “Our backs our against the wall. Now we’ve got to go to Milwaukee and get a win, and bring it back home in front of our fans.”
“We had control of the game, but our lack of composure coming down the stretch let it get away,” Woodson said.
There’s no doubt that Atlanta has the better team in this series, which leads me to believe they’ll find a way to tie things up tomorrow night, and eventually eliminate the Bucks.
What the Bucks have proven is that no matter the fact that their leader on the court is a 20-year old rookie (albeit, one with ice water coursing through his veins), they are by no means pushovers.
“Fear the Deer.” It’s a statement that had turned into some kind of running joke once Andrew Bogut went down for the rest of the year. Now? No one is laughing. Least of all the Atlanta Hawks.