The Hawks feel like they are young and will bounce back just fine in the playoffs.
Doc Rivers and the Celtics have taken a page out of Coach Popovich's playbook and will essentially concede tonight's game to the Hawks. Sounds like the Hawks have exactly the opposite mentality (as told by Joe Johnson).
"For us, our main concern is getting home-court advantage honestly. I think we have a young enough team where guys will be able to bounce back and I just think when the playoffs come you’re always a little rejuvenated and ready to play so I wouldn’t want us to have to take too much time off and I think home-court advantage would be a plus for us."
How big of a difference home court advantage makes:
"It makes a big difference. You feed off their energy and it just kind of takes you to another level. Like I said for us it will be very important but knowing and understanding that if we have to go out on the road and get a game, we can do that. We did it last year twice but just ended up losing two here at home so we know we can go out and win on the road but we prefer to have home court advantage."
Wouldn't it be great if the reserves stepped up and won this game anyway?