Posted by Royce Young
Jamal Crawford seems to have knack for exactly these type of shots. He said it immediately after the game in a sideline interview that he likes the pull-up 3 in crunch time. And that's what he was looking for all the way.
Except I'm sure he didn't picture it going in the way it did.
Crawford banked home a 3 with 5.7 seconds left to put the Hawks up 88-84 and seal a 2-1 series lead over the Magic. It was a game the Hawks led mostly throughout, even by as many as 14, only to blow the lead with really horrific offensive execution in the second half. But the Hawks found just enough offense from just enough people. Example: Crawford banking in a freaking 3 to ice the game.
There's a lot of fight in these Hawks (and I don't mean that literally, i.e. Zaza Pachulia). They were entirely run over by the Magic last postseason but have taken complete control of the series. Atlanta found just enough points late and in the playoffs, you take a banked 3 all day every day. It still counts the same regardless.
The series isn't over, but Crawford's 3 definitely tilts things Atlanta's way. Up 2-1 with another game at home means the Hawks are guaranteed a Game 6 in their building. Time is running out and the pressure is building for the Magic. Dwight Howard won't be excited about a first-round exit. Backs to the wall now, Orlando has to respond.
Video: Jamal Crawford finishes the Magic from 3
Posted on: April 22, 2011 11:13 pm
Edited on: April 22, 2011 11:16 pm
Tags: 2011 EC First Round, 2011 Hawks-Magic, 2011 Magic-Hawks, 2011 NBA Playoffs, Al Horford, Brandon Bass, Dwight Howard, Hawks-Magic, Jameer Nelson, Jason Collins, Jason Richardson, Joe Johnson, Josh Smith, Kirk Hinrich, Magic-Hawks, Marvin Williams, NBA Playoffs, Ryan Anderson. J.J. Redick, Video