Series Headed For Game 7 on Sunday
This has been an unbelievable series. With a 4th seed and 5th seed playing, you would expect fairly close matches, but after 6 games, each game has been decided by double digits and we're going to a game 7 Sunday afternoon in Atlanta. This is where home court really counts, so hopefully the Hawks can take advantage of what they worked so hard for all year. After an impressive win in Miami in game 4 followed by a blowout that at times got quite heated in game 5, the Hawks were the ones who were blown out in Game 6, losing by 26. Like every game so far in the series, the team that won the 1st quarter wound up winning the game. The Hawks got behind big early, but cut the lead to 9 at halftime after Mike Bibby stole an inbound pass from the Heat right underneath the Hawks basket in the final seconds of the 2nd quarter. However, Miami opened the 3rd quarter on a 16-2 run, and it was basically all over at that point. Now for the second straight season, the Hawks will be going to a game 7 in the first round of the playoffs. The big difference this year, of course, is that game will be played in Atlanta. Will the home court make the difference in giving the Hawks their first trip to the second round since 1998-1999? We'll have a short 36 hours to think about it before we'll find out as Game 7 takes place Sunday at 1:00.