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  1. NBA Playoffs: High flying Hawks

    May 3, 2010, 8:18 AM EDT

    This is what it looks like when the Hawks are at their best. We’re going to have to see a lot of this for Atlanta to to have any chance against Orlando.

  2. NBA Playoffs: Bucks Hawks Game 7: We've got drama

    May 2, 2010, 11:10 AM EDT

    Drama. This series has had plenty of it. More than it has had beautiful basketball, it has had drama. Games seven are by their very nature, dramatic. This is going to be fun to watch. Pretty? Probably not. But entertaining. The strategy here is pretty simple, it’s played out over the series. In their three…

  3. NBA Playoffs, Bucks Hawks Game 6: Ugliest playoff game of the year, but Atlanta will take it.

    May 1, 2010, 12:04 AM EDT

    That was about as much fun to watch as a 1998 Knicks playoff game. There was nothing pretty about it. The Atlanta Hawks don’t care; they won 83-69 to force a game seven Sunday in Atlanta. Atlanta had an offensive rating of 98.8 (points per 100) possessions, Milwaukee 82.2. (The Nets on the season had…

  4. Mike Woodson may be done in Atlanta. It's probably time.

    Apr 29, 2010, 11:18 AM EDT

    Embarrassing. What has happened to the Atlanta Hawks in the last three games is embarrassing. Not so much the game three loss — Milwaukee had the energy of the home crowd, made some adjustments, shot well and got the win. The Bucks are a solid, well coached team. It happens. But three straight losses? In…

  5. NBA Playoffs, Bucks Hawks game 5: Atlanta fears the deer now

    Apr 29, 2010, 1:01 AM EDT

    Atlanta fears the deer now. This was supposed to be easy. The Hawks have athletes all over the floor, they are the more physically gifted team in this series. The Bucks were without Andrew Bogut. But the Hawks play like Nuke LaLoosh — million-dollar arm and a five-cent head. With game five — and maybe…

  6. NBA Playoffs, Bucks Hawks game 5: Mike Woodson, it's your move to save your defense

    Apr 28, 2010, 3:20 PM EDT

    NBA playoff matchups are really a chess match. Every once in a while there is a queen with limitless powers on the board — your LeBron James, Dwyane Wade guys — but for the most part a coach’s pieces have limits. Can only move in an L-shape, can only move diagonally, can’t shoot from the…

  7. Milwaukee Bucks mascot has some serious rage issues

    Apr 27, 2010, 11:11 AM EDT

    We’re Bango crazy today. Oh yeah, and also Bucks crazy after their big win to even the series, that’s really swell and all. But we love Bango, he is the man. Or the deer. Whatever. However, Bango has some rage issues to deal with (we like that about him, too). Best not wear that Al…

  8. NBA Playoffs, Bucks Hawks game 4: Fear the deer, pity the Hawks defense

    Apr 27, 2010, 1:00 AM EDT

    You know what the Hawks are going to do on every pick and roll. I know it. Every hoops fan knows it — the Hawks switch. They think their bigs — Al Horford, Josh Smith — are quick enough and long enough to bother point guards into bad shots. Not Brandon Jennings. All night in…

  9. Car strikes side of Atlanta team bus, nobody injured

    Apr 26, 2010, 4:12 PM EDT

    We’ve all heard of fans pulling fire alarms at the opponent’s hotel in the middle of the night, or making noise outside the hotel the night before a big game. You know, fun stuff. But crashing your car into the opposing team’s bus? That’s going to far. That’s not exactly what happened to Atlanta. This…

  10. NBA Playoffs, Hawks Bucks game 4: The return of Josh Smith? Atlanta better hope so.

    Apr 26, 2010, 2:16 PM EDT

    In game three, the Milwaukee Bucks gave the Atlanta Hawks what I’ve long called “the Steve Nash treatment.” It worked, too. The best way to beat the Suns is to make Steve Nash a scorer. It seems somewhat counterintuitive, because Nash can score, and well. But the theory is you’d rather have him score 30…

  11. The Bucks were just having some fun

    Apr 25, 2010, 1:05 PM EDT

    The last few months have not been that much fun for the Milwaukee Bucks, what with Andrew Bogut’s injury and the losses and the fading of a dream of a deep playoff run. But for one afternoon Sunday, that was all gone. Brandon Jennings was throwing behind the back passes, Jerry Stackhouse was dunking and…

  12. NBA Playoffs, Hawks vs. Bucks Game 3: What a difference a venue makes — Bucks win a one off

    Apr 25, 2010, 12:30 AM EDT

    Suddenly it felt like late March again for Milwaukee. Like that one day in winter that reminds you of the spring to come, it was that one perfect day for the Bucks where once again Brandon Jennings and John Salmons were unstoppable. It was a flashback to better days. It was a one-off. A random…

  13. Josh Smith does his best Joakim Noah imitation

    Apr 23, 2010, 8:41 AM EDT

    The name Milwaukee comes from the Algonquian tribe word for “good land.” The Atlanta Hawks Josh Smith would like to disagree with that. Taking the bait from reporters, the Hawks athletic power forward started a little war of words bound to sit poorly with Milwaukee residents, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “There’s pretty much…

  14. Hawks owner: Josh Smith is the "closest thing to LeBron"

    Apr 21, 2010, 9:28 AM EDT

    When Josh Smith is on, there are few players more fun to watch in the league. And he was on Tuesday night — 21 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists. He and Al Horford won game two for the Hawks. It’s the kind of game that can make an owner overstate your value to a…

  15. NBA Playoffs: Atlanta bigs feast on Bogutless, answerless Bucks

    Apr 21, 2010, 12:41 AM EDT

    Without Andrew Bogut, the Hawks front line was supposed to dominate the series, but that was not really the story in game one. It was in game two. The Bucks had no answer for the combination of Al Horford and Josh Smith — together the pair scored 41 points on 70.8 percent shooting and pulled…

  16. NBA Playoffs: Defending Brandon Jennings (it's not as hard as you think)

    Apr 20, 2010, 4:56 PM EDT

    Saturday was the playoff debut of the Brandon Jennings show. Sure, the Hawks won game one against the Bucks, pretty handily actually. But what you were talking about later, the only thing that kept Milwaukee even in it (and led them on a run to make it a little interesting) was Jennings. He had 34…

  17. NBA Playoffs: The one where the Bucks are hoping for a playoff miracle against the Hawks

    Apr 17, 2010, 11:08 AM EDT

    Three weeks ago, Atlanta and Boston were jockeying for the three seed not so much to avoid Cleveland in the second round (although that’s part of it) but to avoid Milwaukee in the first round. Nobody wanted a piece of the Bucks, they were on fire. Brandon Jennings was playing well at the point, John…

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