Despite loss, Hawks return home with advantage
The ball is in the Hawks' court -- literally. The Hawks host the Pacers in Game 3 on Thursday with their Eastern Conference playoff series tied 1-1. The Hawks won Game 1 convincingly and took home-court advantage. The Pacers won Game 2 in a rout and stole back the momentum. The series hangs in the balance for each team. Just win at home, and the Hawks can close out the Pacers. "Our emotion is in a good place," Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said Wednesday. "We've got a challenge going into Game 3. We are going to have to step up physically; we'll have to be mentally tough, all those things. ... Our group has been very resilient and very tough-minded all year. We've felt good about our ...