The Hawks need to put this series away – if that’s possible

Did this look desperate enough for you? (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Did this look desperate enough for you? (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Did this look desperate enough for you? (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

I believe I speak for all Atlantans when I say: Enough of this. Go win Game 6 and be done with the Brooklyn Nets. Be done with them because this has become the scariest 38-win team since … well, since the Atlanta Hawks of last season.

To invoke Nets coach Lionel Hollins’ word, the No. 1 seed played “desperate” in Wednesday’s Game 5, and he meant it in a good way. The Hawks started fast and led 33-16 after one quarter; they ditched their normal rotation and went with their starting five virtually the entire fourth quarter; they outshot and outrebounded the visitors … and they needed every dollop of desperation to win.

The Nets are impossible to figure. Deron Williams scored 30 fewer points in Game 5 than in Game 4, and still his team was within a point inside the final two minutes. Sub Jarrett Jack had scored 12 consecutive points — this after sub Alan Anderson had scored 19 points in the first half — and Joe Johnson had hit two 3-pointers, and the Hawks were in real danger of falling behind in a series they figured to sweep.

But they didn’t. They made five long jumpers over a span of five minutes and 17 seconds, and DeMarre Carroll kept a play alive by saving a rebound of Al Horford’s fast-break miss and scoring off Paul Millsap’s pass. Those six baskets kept the raging Nets at bay, and two drives by Jeff Teague sealed the biggest victory of this Hawks season.

Still, I think I speak for all Atlantans when I say: Don’t let these Nets linger any longer. Put them to bed in Game 6. They’re ornery enough to make the Hawks sweat out a Game 7, same as the No. 1 seed sweated out homecourt victories in Games 1, 2 and 5, and what would happen if those jumpers don’t fall in an elimination game?

I have no problem with the way the Hawks played in Game 5. They made pretty jumpers and dashing hustle plays. They won 75 percent of the 50/50 balls. They outrebounded the Nets and outshot them and never let the underdog get ahead. That’s the thing, though: The Nets are so loose they aren’t acting like underdogs. They fall 17 points behind and they keep chugging, figuring somebody will get hot. They’re acting like a real team, which means they’re dangerous.

Credit the Hawks for winning Game 5. Credit the Nets for making this a series. But it’s time for the No. 1 seed to end this and get on to the next bit of business, meaning Washington in Round 2. Surely those Wizards, resurgent though they seem, can’t be any looser than these Nets.

From myajc: The jump-shooting Hawks win a massive Game 5.

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Katzenjammer
Katzenjammer

Still worried about the ghosts of the past that haunt Atlanta teams in the big games.

GWJ0525
GWJ0525

Get it done as I would hate to have to sweat out a game 7.

Wilbo
Wilbo

The big question is:


If they lose Game 6, can the Hawks win a Game 7?

AnsweredTHIS
AnsweredTHIS

It would be nice to out them in 6 but if it takes 7 so be it! The Nets are playing out of their mind right now! Every game it is someone different which should tell us that although they are a good team things are just bouncing the Nets way and so much good is happening for them. Kyle said something last night after the game that I think is true. Although Al and Jeff have been in the leauge for 8 years they grew up last night right on national TV. Never has anyone expected anything from the Hawks since they both have been with the team. True we had some exciting playoff series (Boston, Indiana) but no one ever thought the Hawks could actually win the East...until this year. To my point, they both played like seasoned vets down the stretch, making big shots, driving to the cup, rebounding and doing the little things that vets do to lead their team to victory! What we saw last night I hope is the beginning of two baby Hawks turning into full blow predator Hawks and leading the team the rest of the playoffs! Man that game was exciting, one more to get it done in Brooklyn...go get it Hawks!

AceDawg
AceDawg

I agree. The Hawks really did play hard and well in game 5. Brooklyn fans should be disappointed their team didn't try harder in the regular season, but the $91 million dollar Brooklyn team has indeed showed up to play the $58 million dollar Hawks team in the playoffs. Any way Atlanta can advance is fine by me. I think the Hawks would be challenged by Washington, but they will improve as the playoffs go and opponents will have to play great ball to beat Atlanta once they get rolling again. 

NorthFlaFalcon
NorthFlaFalcon

Now we are seeing the differences between these 2 teams ... the Hawks played tough and made some clutch shots. Win this one in Brooklyn so Pero can buy everyone a round at 1Oak after they clinch it!!!

mic404
mic404

Lopez and Williams missed almost half the season, this team isn't as bad as people think. Mike Scott can't get on the court, because of size match-ups. Lopez and Joe are big players for their positions, that's why you see more Pero. The Hawks match-up and are actually bigger than the Wizards, that means more Mike Scott more up tempo game. If they can get pass the Nets, the Wizards are a much easier series.

Born2Buzz
Born2Buzz

@mic404 I agree.  If Lopez and Williams (Game 4 Williams at least) play most of the season the Nets are a #4 seed.  Still, without Anderson & Jack this game would have be a blow out.

WhycantMuscalagetanyrun?
WhycantMuscalagetanyrun?

Saw the owners on TV


Who bought the team? Blakeley (Spanx) or her husband, Itzler (Shake it like a white girl https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4J-xFMO-vM )


 She is worth over a billion and he is worth like 50 million. Will they be like Jay-z with the Nets or Usher with the Cavs?


 owners that own like 2 percent but act like they run the joint? 


  Saw Itzler at game in Brooklyn holding court with Dominique, Guy that looked like Rick Sund, etc. Kind of looks like a fan boy who married well. 

BravesFan79
BravesFan79

I said it before the playoffs started, the Nets are better than both the 6th and 7th seeded Bucks and Celtics.  

hardworkinman
hardworkinman

The more I watch the Nets play, the more I think the toughness of this series is due to how well the Nets are playing. It's clear that they underachieved all season because they have a very good team when they are clicking.

Stingshuh?
Stingshuh?

Beer and Hot dogs folks...........................$$$

Dasdguy
Dasdguy

The Nets aren't going quietly into the night.  These guys are Ballers.  Game Six is going to be Barn Burner. Hawks need to bring their best game.

Go Hawks !!!

WW5
WW5

the hawks MAY beat the nets but the wheels have come off their wagon and they are now playing like the old hawks.  they won't get past washington if they make it to round 2.

bpgt
bpgt

@WW5  What is so scary about Washington aside from John Wall?  Their two big guys are old and slow and their starting SF is old.  Hawks will win that series in 5.

redweather
redweather

@bpgt @ShovelPlease @WW5 I do too.  The Nets have been very good . . . in this series.  They stunk for most of the season, but that doesn't count now.

ShovelPlease
ShovelPlease

@bpgt @ShovelPlease @WW5 I can top that.  Wizards beat the Hawks in 6.  The Hawks peaked in January and have been so-so ever since.  The Wizards were lousy for a while this season but have apparently righted the ship and are ready to roll in these watered-down playoffs.  

ShovelPlease
ShovelPlease

@bpgt @WW5 The scary thing about the Wizards is that they're a lot better than the Nets.  

2112thDawg
2112thDawg

The Nets are playing some pretty doggone good basketball. You have to tip your hat to them. Shooting lights out and when Lopez is better than average, they are very tough. Jack, Johnson, Williams, Anderson... all formidable... the 8th seed for the Nets is a Misnomer. They got in and seeds don't matter outside of home court advantage. They have stepped up their defense and the Hawks have had some trouble with that. Especially Millsap. May have to win it in Atlanta and there's nothing to be embarrassed about. The Nets are a tough out. You can say Hollins has underachieved with this talented bunch for the season. 

bpgt
bpgt

@2112thDawg  I agree.  Kincade on 680 keeps talking about how the Nets were the worst team in the playoffs.  I couldn't disagree more with that statement.  They had the worst record, yes, but they are similar to last year's Hawks team in a lot of ways.  Their team wasn't healthy all year.  They have 3 former or current all-stars.  In my opinion, the Hawks drew the TOUGHEST first round matchup of the top 3 seeds.  Boston and Milwaukee don't have anywhere near the talent the Nets have.

khd713
khd713

@bpgt @2112thDawg Kincaid is an idiot. Why would you listen to anything that clown says, especially about basketball?

B_D
B_D

The Hawks need to end this "Big Time".   Hopefully, they can do this on their floor and serve notice to Washington that they can and will win on the road.  That is something they have not done in this series.  

I believe Paul is hurting and we miss his effectiveness around the basket.  I don't know what is the deal with Mike Scott or the decision making of Dennis in his play in this series.  

Mr Bradley you do indeed, speak for all Atlantans.  The Hawks need to end this.

GetontheGusBus
GetontheGusBus

Would be nice to put them away Friday night. Wasington is getting rested up. Sometimes the time off can be the other teams advantage. Did our starters play all the 4th qtr? It seemed liked it. Hope they will be ready Friday.

redweather
redweather

Why has the coach lost confidence in Mike Scott?  The guy has earned more than two minutes of playing time.

Wilbo
Wilbo

Well, you got one thing right. That was a massive win for the Atlanta team

We_Will_Get_Fooled_Again
We_Will_Get_Fooled_Again

Spot on, Mark. The Hawks have caught plenty of flak from a lot of people, including me, for their inability to assert control of this series, but sometimes we forget there's another team that's trying just as hard to win. The Nets may not be as good as the Hawks, but they have a lot of proud veterans who are playing with nothing to lose, and that makes any team dangerous.

If the Hawks survive this, they'll have proven they can take an opponent's best punch. They just might handle the Wizards a lot easier than anyone expects.

WaltBBall
WaltBBall

The Nets had no pressure on them but the pressure is on now to win game six.  We'll see how and if the Nets can muscle up at home.

GO HAWKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!