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Bucks aiming to beat Hawks with defense

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McClatchy Tribune
April 28, 2010
— Suddenly it’s a series.

The Milwaukee Bucks made sure of that by winning two home games in front of lively sellout crowds at the Bradley Center on Saturday and Monday.


But TNT commentator Charles Barkley still is saying the Atlanta Hawks will survive, even though the Bucks tied the Eastern Conference first-round series at 2-2 heading into Game 5 tonight at Philips Arena.


And the Bucks’ players and coaches know they have to win at least one game in Atlanta, either today or in a possible Game 7 on Sunday, if they want to move on to the next round to meet Superman Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic.


Bucks point guard Brandon Jennings said the team has to keep moving the ball and attacking the Hawks defense.


Jennings sliced through the Hawks and the Bucks posted a gaudy 55 percent field-goal shooting line in Game 4. Milwaukee also got to the free-throw line with regularity and converted 28 of 32 attempts.


But even more will be needed to end the Hawks’ 14-game home winning streak, which includes the first two games of the series.


“Our defense has been good the last two games,” Jennings said. “I think we have to go into Game 5 and just win the defensive game.”


Jennings said the Bucks’ confidence has not wavered, even without injured center Andrew Bogut out of the lineup and after losing the first two games of the series.


Now comes a major test in Game 5.


“We just have to try to not let the crowd get to us, and if things don’t go our way, don’t panic,” Jennings said.



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