Atlanta Hawks: Keys To Protecting Home Court

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Apr 22, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) posts up against Atlanta Hawks center Pero Antic (6) in game two during the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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  • Tyrone Bowman

    Mike Budenholzer has taken the Spurs’ philosophy with him to Atlanta. However I feel the Pacers will come out like gangbusters today and beat the Hawks. Even if so this series is clearly up in the air with Indiana like “a box of chocolates.”

    • Michael Dunlap

      Good call on the Pacer win, but not exactly gangbusters. Still, it’s those final moments where we expect a playoff-tested team to step up. If the Hawks had Horford, they’d beat the Pacers up.

  • Tyrone Bowman

    Indiana came out like gangbusters. Unfortunately for the Pacers’ sake they’re not very good on offense (a lot like the Chicago Bulls). I’ve been right on all four of their games. As for the other series, I’ve been more erratic. Wizards, Warriors, Raptors and Trail Blazers win tomorrow.