It was a tough go for the Atlanta Hawks in the first two games of their second round series with the Cleveland Cavaliers. They were outscored by a total of 36 points, driven in part by a NBA-record 25 three-pointers by the Cavs in Game 2.

Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer is ecstatic to be back home for the next two bouts.

Budenholzer, from ESPN's Ohm Youngmisuk:

“I think they all know they have more to give and are looking forward to playing in Atlanta. I think there is a certain degree of frustration, a certain degree of – I don't want to say pissed off, I am sure that is not appropriate for print – whatever the right word is for pissed off, as you should be going into a Game 3.”

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Tempers have already flared in the series. After Game 2, Paul Millsap and Al Horford both voiced their displeasure with the way in which Cleveland conducted their business with a huge lead.

Budenholzer knows that if the Hawks are going to turn this series around, they need to start worrying about themselves rather than the team on the other side.

“I think we are, or I am, more focused on what we are doing and what we need to do going forward,” Budenholzer said. “It is somewhat unimportant to us … I know some things have been said and I don’t think I need to make any comments – it is not something for me. I am more focused on what we are doing and what we need to do going forward.”

If they can't figure it out tonight, their season will be over very soon.

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