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Hawks get stunned on the road in game 3.

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By: Lakisha "KB" Brooks-Atlanta

Leading 2-0, the Hawks came into game 3 feeling confident and ready to take a commanding 3-0 lead, but John Salmons and the Bucks said not so fast.

Playing at home for the first time in the playoffs since 2006, the Milwaukee Bucks rolled over the Hawks in game 3 with a 107-89 win.

Out the gate, the Bucks took a 17-5 lead with 7:13 left in the first quarter and never looked back. After pounding the ball inside to Al Horford and Josh Smith in games 1 and 2, the Hawks took a different approach and settled for jump shots. This proved to be for unsuccessful for Hawks as they shot 39.1% from the floor in game 3, this after shooting 53.9% and 47.5% in games 1 and 2. Probable Six Man of Year, Jamal Crawford had an off night. Crawford who is typically clutch and reliable, finished the contest with 11 points with 5 for 13 shooting and 1 for 5 behind the arch. Joe Johnson was able to produce a solid game with 25 points, 3 steals and 4 assists, but of course it was not enough to match up with the John Salmons and the Bucks. Salmons finished with 22 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists.

With the lopsided play from the Hawks in game 3, we may be watching déjà vu. Last year’s first round playoffs found the Hawks in a toe-to-toe battle with the Heat. In three losses against the Heat last year in the playoffs, the Hawks loss by an average margin of 23.3 points per game. It’s important the Hawks turn this around as they are seeking to gain respect and be considered as a contender for the Eastern Conference title. A quick five game series is just what the Hawks need to try to step into the elite status of the NBA. With a possible second round match up against the Magic, who are one game away from a sweep, the Hawks need all the rest they can get. Before I go and predict the Hawks will advance to the second round, they must take care of the Bucks. Coach Mike Woodson must regroup his team and set sight on game 4. The Bucks are looking to even to series at 2 wins.

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