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Atlanta takes game one

Posted By John Morgo On Apr 16 2011 @ 11:10 pm In Atlanta Hawks | 1 Comment

Proving that Atlanta’s 3-1 season win over Orlando was no fluke, the Hawks went to Orlando and took the first game of their first round series with the Magic by a 103-93 score. Here is the strategy. Let Dwight Howard and Jameer Nelson go nuts and hope the rest of the team doesn’t respond. Howard and Nelson combined for a mindboggling 75% of Orlando’s output (paced by Dwight’s 46 – and 19 boards). For Atlanta, Joe Johnson had 25 and Jamal Crawford came off the bench to score 23. The Hawks did most of their damage in the second and third quarters, putting the Magic down by 14 and then coasting from there. This means that Atlanta takes over the home court advantage in the series (which isn’t the best news for Atlanta considering their futility). But, like I said in earlier posts, Orlando is the one team that Atlanta has the right recipe against. How well it tracks against the rest of the league remains to be seen. Other points. Al Horford had 16, and Josh added in 15. Orlando shot 45% from the floor, but if you remove Howard and Nelson, the percentage craters to 23%. Game 2 is Tuesday before the series switches back to Atlanta. Hopefully, there will be a big crowd, but you shouldn’t count on it. The Braves are about to wrap up a homestand with the Fish and Mets, and attendance for those midweek games ranged in the 13,000 area, leading me to joke that it’s the 1980′s week at Turner Field. Very soon I should announce something interesting in this column as I switch over to Braves coverage along with Marcus Young, so stay tuned for that.

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