NBA Playbook: Atlanta Gets An Easy Bucket Late

CHICAGO, IL - MAY 02: Al Horford #15 of the Atlanta Hawks dunks the ball over Kyle Korver #26 and Loul Deng #9 of the Chicago Bulls in Game One of the Eastern Conference Semifinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at the United Center on May 2, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Hawks defeated the Bulls 103-95. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

NBA Playbook's Sebastian Pruiti breaks down a quick hitter that the Atlanta Hawks used with an eight point lead coming out of a time out with just 1:44 left in the game. 


This play was at a very key point with the Bulls having just cut the lead to eight. At this point Atlanta needed a quality look at the basket. In this play, the Hawks took advantage of the Bulls trying to help on Joe Johnson and Al Horford slipped straight to the basket. 

The result of this play stopped Chicago's momentum and despite Atlanta's sometimes shaky execution, the Hawks have been pretty solid the entire season coming out of time outs. This was yet another example of that. Over the rest of the series, Larry Drew is going to have to get creative in helping find Al Horford and Josh Smith some easy opportunities to get involved in the offense. It remains to be seen if Chicago will attempt to single cover Joe Johnson again in Game 2 as much as they did in Game 1. 

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