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|Atlanta Hawks Notes, Quotes 2008-03-26|
Hawks coach Mike Woodson hasn't wasted much breath trying to explain to his team the importance of the slate of games they'll face this week. "They already know," he said before the Hawks played Chicago Tuesday night at United Center. "We've got these guys (Chicago) again Friday and then we have Milwaukee (Wednesday night at Philips Arena) and then the Knicks Sunday afternoon. So the hits are going to keep on coming and we just have to be ready to go. They're all must-win games for us. Every game on the schedule is from here on out." The Hawks remain in a dogfight with New Jersey, Indiana and Chicago for the Eastern Conference's eighth and final playoff spot.--Tuesday's game marked the first time since last year's NCAA title game that Hawks rookie center Al Horford and Bulls rookie center Joakim Noah took the floor as starters in the same contest. They were teammates, of course, this time a year ago, combining to lead Florida to their second straight tournament title. "That seems like such a long time ago now," Horford said. "We've both had to do some adjusting to new environments and everything, but it's good to be out there and good to see him out there." --The Hawks had no answer early for Bulls power forward Drew Gooden, who schooled them for 16 first quarter points, four more than his season average. Woodson tried guarding him with three different players to cool him down and none of it worked. Gooden continued his fierce play in the second quarter, finishing the half with 20 points on 8-for-13 shooting from the floor and 10 rebounds, more than half of the Hawks' entire total (18). The Hawks, however, still led the game at the half (53-51) behind the first half offensive work of Josh Smith (13 points), Mike Bibby (13) and Zaza Pachulia (eight and four rebounds) off the bench.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "We cannot lose multiple games in a row right now. We have to bounce back from this because every single game counts for so much right now." -- Hawks swingman Josh Childress, on the importance of moving past Tuesday's deflating loss to the Bulls and getting ready for tonight's game against Milwaukee at Philips Arena.
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Added: March 26, 2008