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News » Atlanta Hawks Getting Inside 2009-03-02

Atlanta Hawks Getting Inside 2009-03-02

Atlanta Hawks Getting Inside 2009-03-02
The Hawks will have a quick turnaround from Sunday night's disappointing loss to Cleveland. They face Washington Monday night in the Verizon Center.

This weekend-weekday set kicks off a non-stop parade of games this month for the Hawks, who play basically every other day between now and the end of the month.

"The game are coming in bunches," Woodson said. "We don't have a two or three-day stretch where we can relax and catch our breath. And hey, it is what it is. This is what we positioned ourselves for as a team. And I'd rather be at home playing than on the road."

The Hawks play three straight on the road this week, at New York Wednesday and Charlotte Friday, before returning home Saturday for a game against Detroit that kicks off a seven-game home stand.

Win big like they did during an eight-game home stand in December, when they went 7-1, and the Hawks can write their own playoff ticket.

"All these games mean something," Woodson said, "and everybody is playing for something. That's the way you want it to be."

Where the Hawks go from here is up to them. They're 20-7 at home this season but have to improve their fortunes on the road.

It starts this week with the likes of the Wizards, Knicks and Bobcats -- not exactly a murderer's row of opponents. But on the flip side, they are three teams the Hawks should -- on paper -- be able to defeat if they play as well as they did against the Cavaliers Sunday.

"We have to stop worrying about anything but the team in front of us," Hawks captain Joe Johnson said. "It's the Wizards first and then we'll worry about the rest after that."

CAVALIERS 88, HAWKS 87: Hawks captain Joe Johnson got the shot he wanted.

But the ball didn't bounce the Hawks' way at the end Sunday night as they lost an 88-87 thriller to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers before the largest crowd to see a game at Philips Arena this season.

Johnson's jumper from the left wing bounced off the far side of the rim as time expired, bringing an end to the Hawks' bid to upset the top team in the Eastern Conference.

James sealed the win for the Cavs, making the second of two free throws with 1.6 seconds to play.

Both teams treated the sellout crowd of 19,639, and the second national audience the Hawks have played before this season, to a fantastic game that included both teams rallying from big deficits late.

The Hawks (33-26) rallied from a 13-point third quarter hole to take control of the game in the fourth. But the Cavaliers (46-12) one-upped them by rallying from seven points down in the fourth to snatch the win.

"This was a great game, a huge game for us and we should have pulled this game out," Johnson said, shaking his head at the thought of the Hawks' losing a seven-point lead in the final four minutes. "I had a great look at the end and I thought it was going to go in. But the truth is we were put in a tough position.

"At the very least, we should still be out there playing. I mean, that game deserved as much. For the most part we played a great game. We just had a few mistakes that cost us."

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