The Atlanta Hawks return home to Philips Arena tonight after splitting the opening two games of their playoff series with the Indiana Pacers. There were contrasting fortunes for the Hawks at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, as they had a blowout win to take the series lead last Saturday evening, before a second half collapse on Tuesday allowed the Pacers to roar through, and draw even.
Despite the nature of Tuesday night’s defeat, the Hawks should be feeling very confident. Having taken one of the two games in Indianapolis, the Hawks took home-court advantage away from the Pacers, meaning that the trip should be seen as mission accomplished. It’s important that they now take advantage of that accomplishment.
After Game 1, the Pacers came out and made adjustments, and reaped the rewards. Now it’s the Hawks turn to show if they are capable of doing likewise.
Let’s take a look at some of the keys for the Hawks to defend their home court.