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Atlanta Hawks: Bench Is Key To Success

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Apr 28, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers forward David West (24) is double teamed by Atlanta Hawks forward Elton Brand (42) and guard Louis Williams (3) in game five of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Atlanta defeats Indiana 107-97. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Hawks return home to Philips Arena tonight with a great chance to wrap up their series with the Indiana Pacers. With the Washington Wizards awaiting the winner in the second round, the Hawks need just one win from two to seal it. How are they going to do that though?

Atlanta’s style of play doesn’t really come down to one player going off for 30 or 40 points, instead it’s a much more balanced effort. Coach Mike Budenholzer’s philosophy involves sharing the basketball, and that generally results in the scoring burden being shared too.

As a result, the contribution from the bench is far more important to Atlanta than it is for most. Luckily for them, in this series, and for most of the regular season, they have been prepared to step up.

Let’s take a look at four of the Hawks best performers off the bench.

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