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#1 Hawks Vs #5 Wizards Game 4

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We didn't play well in Game 3, but nevertheless mounted an almost historic comeback before losing at the buzzer. It was a tough loss in what is turning out to be a hard fought series, but the fourth quarter surge provided some inspiration. Hopefully the team continues to build on that going into Game 4. This is a pivotal game as we desperately need this win to regain home-court advantage, and in the process continue to try and recapture the energy and chemistry that this team showed in January. We've yet to see a complete game in the playoffs so far in which the starters and reserves played well, that is, when we've had 6 or more players score in double figures.

Anyway, we're only down 1-2. No time to panic.

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NO YOU CHANGED THE FORMAT!!!

We win tommorow we're right back in the saddle. We lose and they might as well not even get on the plane.

This ^^

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yes no time to panic but good lord their best player out and we choke it up, teague needs to act like an all star and lead us to a win

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Thought I'd spice things up a bit.

I like it. The title actually reminds us we're the number 1 seed. We could use some reminding.

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Well fellas like I said in the other thread game 4 is pivotal and we should see if this team is ready to take the next step.

we need a go to guy sorry thats the problem

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I like it. The title actually reminds us we're the number 1 seed. We could use some reminding.

Lol if only we could get the players to read some of the things we post.

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No doubting that.

I think this team is undergoing a slight identity change. I know Bud's system is one that prioritizes ball movement and getting guys open shots, but sometimes it's important for a guy with the hot hand to just go and make some plays when the rest of the team isn't hitting, even if it means taking a pull-up jumper in transition or taking a contested shot early in the possession. The confidence is missing, except from Shroder. Honestly, I think the guys are just thinking too much right now. Just let loose and play ball. Let 'em fly. Stop worrying about making the perfect pass or other nit picky details. They've been doing this long enough that it should come natural by now.

I mean, look at how the bench played. I'd be willing to bet that even though they wanted to win, they we're even more excited just to play and prove that they belong. That's what we saw in January. Those guys we're having fun. Right now, nobody is really looking like they're having much fun (except for Bazemore).

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Interestingly enough I don't think we're done even if we lose tomorrow.

That said, I think we come back to Atlanta knotted up.

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Interestingly enough I don't think we're done even if we lose tomorrow.

That said, I think we come back to Atlanta knotted up.

I feel the same way. I think we could lose tomorrow an still be ok....

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I feel the same way. I think we could lose tomorrow an still be ok....

I really... really hope we don't go down 3-1. Every game we don't win is another game that John Wall has to rest and perhaps come back. Also we would have to win 3 in a row just to stay alive till the next round. We NEED this one tonight guys. Lets do it!

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We have to get a W tonight. If we lose again, I hate to say it, but we are probably done. I'm dying to see the Winter Hawks again. I literally haven't seen any swagger this entire playoffs so far. They got shoved around Saturday. That can't happen again.

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For the record, I rarely agree with Steak Shapiro but he was right again today. He was going in and said:

1) If we're going to be a basketball town we need to take these guys to the task when they're not bringing it and right now most of them aren't.

2) The season is an absolute failure if after 60 wins and locking up the #1 seed you get bounced in the 2nd round by a team that's playing without their best player and there's no excuse for getting handled like we did for much of the game on Saturday.

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For the record, I rarely agree with Steak Shapiro but he was right again today. He was going in and said:

1) If we're going to be a basketball town we need to take these guys to the task when they're not bringing it and right now most of them aren't.

2) The season is an absolute failure if after 60 wins and locking up the #1 seed you get bounced in the 2nd round by a team that's playing without their best player and there's no excuse for getting handled like we did for much of the game on Saturday.

Totally agree. They might have been given some leeway had John Wall not got injured, after all I suspect we're dealing with our own physical ailments but as it stands not only losing but getting your butt handed to you by a team that likely wouldn't even sniff the playoffs without Wall is inexcusable.

And to echo Deep2Roddy's fears while I don't think it's likely, the pessimistic Atlanta fan in me is waiting for John Wall to get cleared any day now and somehow against all logic or odds actually play an effective game against us (effectively meaning we throw away our chance to steal every game he doesn't play and we lose) because, well let's just face it that's the kind of sh^t that just happens whenever this city is involved.

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Totally agree. They might have been given some leeway had John Wall not got injured, after all I suspect we're dealing with our own physical ailments but as it stands not only losing but getting your butt handed to you by a team that likely wouldn't even sniff the playoffs without Wall is inexcusable.

And to echo Deep2Roddy's fears while I don't think it's likely, the pessimistic Atlanta fan in me is waiting for John Wall to get cleared any day now and somehow against all logic or odds actually play an effective game against us (effectively meaning we throw away our chance to steal every game he doesn't play and we lose) because, well let's just face it that's the kind of sh^t that just happens whenever this city is involved.

I understand how you feel we are pretty much all in the same boat, but I do think we knot it up 2-2, but we take the series in 7 games at this point 6 if EVERYONE Clicking on allllllllllllllllllllllllllllll cylinders/egines/whatever, and I don't give a **** SIT PERO THE **** DOWN AND START MOOSE! well not start, but let him take Pero minutes.

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Must win tonight. We win tonight then we regain control of the series.

No excuse if we lose. As stated earlier, they may not be a playoff team without Wall.

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You go down 3-1 you will lose this series. Must win tonight.

On the surface I agree this team hasn't really shown the kind of consistency or willpower you'd need to come back from a 1-3 deficit however if Wall remains out it's not the craziest thing in the world to say the Hawks could win both games at home (certainly possible) and at that point the only tricky part would be winning game 6 in Washington and again without Wall that's not that unlikely either. But even so stringing together all three victories is a very tall task and the series is likely 95% over if we lose tonight.

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On the surface I agree this team hasn't really shown the kind of consistency or willpower you'd need to come back from a 1-3 deficit however if Wall remains out it's not the craziest thing in the world to say the Hawks could win both games at home (certainly possible) and at that point the only tricky part would be winning game 6 in Washington and again without Wall that's not that unlikely either. But even so stringing together all three victories is a very tall task and the series is likely 95% over if we lose tonight.

the only reason why i say it's over is because Atlanta hasn't shown me anything to think they can win 3 straight
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