Having a raucous and excited crowd filling up Philips Arena isn’t something the Atlanta Hawks are accustomed to, even in the playoffs. So when it happens, the team will take notice.
Hawks’ point guard Jeff Teague definitely took notice of the turnout for Thursday’s Game 6 in Atlanta, and he was quite blunt about how grateful the team was in his post-game press conference following the Hawks 95-88 loss to the Indiana Pacers.
“Oh, they were amazing tonight,” Teague said. “We needed that victory because that crowd was incredible. For them to come out and support like they did tonight, we owe them a victory because that crowd was amazing.”
The no. 8 seed Hawks only have one more opportunity in this series, which now shifts back to Indiana, to give the crowd that victory. But the big problem there – the Hawks have never won a Game 7 on the road since moving to Atlanta in 1968.
Talk about your uphill climbs.
Game 7 begins at 5:30 on Saturday, and could prove to be one of the best of three Game 7′s being played that day. Currently the no. 1 seed Pacers are favored by six points.