DENVER — I asked Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer what would be the keys to tonight’s game against the Nuggets.
His answer: “These guys are going to test our transition defense. In Denver, it’s always been historically they are going to get out and run and push the pace. Recently, they’ve been doing that better. They are going to put out some lineups that are a little bit unconventional. Can we find them and keep them under wraps from the 3-point line and in offense in general.”
In a lighter moment pregame, Budenholzer was asked about the magic number to clinch the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference being seven and would he wait until that is clinched before resting players.
“I have no idea where we are in relation to what you are talking about,” Budenholzer said. “Generally, I have an idea we are doing OK.”