Getty Images: Dennis Schroeder is always there to lend Mike Muscala a helping hand.
By Roscoe Whalan
After the Atlanta Hawks 106-101 victory over the Washington Wizards, I caught up with Mike Muscala and Dennis Schröder for a chat about how important this win was for the Hawks who have now leveled the series at 2-2.
Mike, big win tonight, how important was it to get the split on the road to head back to Atlanta?
Yeah, it was really important. Gotta take it one game at a time but obviously being on their home court is really important for us, yeah.
And you’ve picked up a few more minutes in the last couple of games do you think you showed something in Game Three which caused Coach to put you in a bit more tonight?
I’m not sure about that, you know, I just know that I’m ready whenever my name is called so I just try to what I can tonight to help the team.
And you guys have obviously had a rough playoff series compared to the regular season, do you feel like you guys got a little bit more on track tonight?
Yeah, I mean, it’s the playoffs. So, it’s going to be really physical and it’s going to be really tough, you know, Washington’s a tough team and you know, Brooklyn were tough too. So we’ve just got to take it one game at a time and we go home now for Game 5 and we’re looking forward to seeing our fans out in full force.
And some big shots tonight, Jeff Teague, obviously he’s the point guard and the leader of this team, how important is it that he plays big like he does?
Yeah, I mean, he played really, really well tonight. It was a huge shot, shot clock was running down, I think, contested threes, really, really tough shot, really important shot.
All the best for the rest of the playoffs.
Dennis, do you think the way you guys played down the stretch in Game 3 gave you confidence in tonight’s game?
Yeah, for sure. Everybody saw that we really tried to fight back and win the game and the starters realised it and Al Horford told us at the beginning of the game that we’ve got to come out scoring, we’ve got to be the first team to hit somebody and we’ve got to be strong and we did it tonight.
And do you think that motivated the starters as well after Game 3 seeing you guys finish the game like that?
Yeah, I think so. Kyle Korver talked to me before the game tonight and after the game last time, after Game 3 and he was like, ‘The Starters have got to do the same thing, like keep getting stop and just push it on offense’. I’m glad that the starters realised and give us credit and I’m glad that everybody got the same page.
Roscoe Whalan is a #BTHype US Correspondent & will be covering games across the East Coast, based in Washington for believethehypeNBA.com this season. Follow him on Twitter: @RoscoeWhalan7