Game 6 of the series between Milwaukee and Atlanta might mean the last postseason match for the Hawks. Yes, that’s right, even though nobody was giving the Bucks a lot of chances of beating Josh Smith’s team, but they did it on the fifth match of the series, and now the team from Wisconsin will return to Bradley Center for a home game that might give them the ticket for the second round of the playoffs, where they will meet Dwight “Superman” Howard and the rest of the Magic.
On the 91-87 victory for the Bucks, Brandon Jennings finished with 25 points, while Kurt Thomas did not score any points, but he contributed with 6 rebounds and 3 assists and was also responsible for the charging foul against Atlanta’s star Joe Johnson, which left the 28 year old shooting guard out of the game for good, allowing the Bucks to step up and win the match.
The 37 year old veteran Thomas is playing instead of Andrew Bogut, the Milwaukee star who is out of the playoffs due to an injury on his right hand which he suffered during a regular season match. Also for the Bucks, John Salmons ended up with 19 points and Luke Ridnour managed to score fifteen.
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Top scorer for the Hawks was Al Horford, with 25, while small forward Marvin Williams ended the match with 22 points.
This is the first time since 06’ that the Bucks make it to the playoffs, while this was the 3rd straight for the Hawks, whom now need to figure out some sort of strategy to win on the road, or they will certainly suffer the consequences when visiting Milwaukee on Friday in order to try to put things even.
Even Jamal Crawford, the player who received this year’s NBA Sixth Man Award, could not believe what happened on the game that slipped away from the Hawks in the very last minutes of the 4th period. Crawford, Johnson and the rest of the professional basketball team from Atlanta were booed by a crowd of more than 19 thousand people who arrived to Philips Arena expecting to celebrate but that instead, went home uncertain of how the Hawks lost.
The contract for Hawks coach Mike Woodson will be up at the end of the season, and if Atlanta is not able to recover and end up losing at Milwaukee, he might be fired.
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