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News » Atlanta Hawks Notes, Quotes 2009-04-29

Atlanta Hawks Notes, Quotes 2009-04-29

Atlanta Hawks Notes, Quotes 2009-04-29
--If the Hawks are going to dig their way out of their first-round playoff series against Miami by Wednesday's Game 5, they might have to do it without any help from Marvin Williams.

The starting small forward missed his second straight game with a sprained right wrist Monday night when he sat out Game 3 at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Hawks coach Mike Woodson said before Monday's game that Williams simply was not healthy enough to play.

So what changes between now and Wednesday?

"What we are going to do is rest him (Monday) and (Tuesday)," Woodson said, "and see how he feels Wednesday."

Mo Evans started in place of Williams for the second straight game. And Woodson said he would again Wednesday if Williams isn't ready to go by then.

"We all believe in Mo," Josh Smith said. "He's a veteran and has been in the playoffs almost every year he's been in the league. So if we don't get Marvin back, and we're all hoping that we do, we're going to get the job done."

--The Hawks had to survive their own three-minute meltdown just before halftime to snap the franchise's 12-game playoff road losing streak. Their last road win in the postseason came on May 8, 1997 over Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls.

They got their latest over Dwyane Wade's Heat by keeping the clamps on Wade, who struggled through back spasms and a 9-for-26 shooting performance from the floor.

Still, the Heat slashed the Hawks' early 21-point lead to just four points, 46-42, at halftime. Heat swingman James Jones drove the Heat during the rally with back-to-back four-point plays.

But the Hawks withstood that and every other run the Heat made, grinding out possession after possession on both ends of the floor to win on a night when the Heat didn't take them apart with shots from beyond the three-point line.

The Heat had made a combined 27 shots from long distance to win Games 2 and 3, taking control of the series after being blown out by 26 points in Game 1 in Atlanta.

But the Heat shot just 4-for-16 from that range Monday night and just .377 from the floor as the Hawks turned up their defensive pressure on Wade and everyone else.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "Well, it's 2-2 in the series and you can say that we have home-court advantage now but we did have home-court advantage after Game 1. Everybody thought we were going to win two games at home but we lost Game 2 at home. We still have to win two more games, either us or Miami. We have to use our advantage and play the same way we played (Monday)." -- Hawks backup center Zaza Pachulia, on the mental approach needed going forward.

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