Spencer Hawes on 76ers 3-1 Series Lead Over Chicago: “We still got a lot of business left ahead of us.”May 8, 2012 – 7:45 am by Steven Cuce
Spencer Hawes has come up in a big way for the Philadelphia 76ers this postseason. The 76ers center had 22 points and 8 rebounds in Game 4 after tallying 21 points and 9 rebounds in Game 3. Philadelphia has now taken a commanding 3-1 lead in their series against the top-seeded Chicago Bulls.
The 76ers were scuffling as they came into the NBA postseason. A season ending injury to Derrick Rose in Game 1 and an injury to Joakim Noah midway through Game 3 for Chicago has sure helped Philadelphia. At the same time the 76ers have picked up their game and are now one win away from advancing to the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Spencer Hawes joined KJR in Seattle with Dave ‘Softy’ Mahler to discuss the Philadelphia 76ers winning three straight games over the Chicago Bulls, the critics who are giving the 76ers no credit because the Bulls lost Derrick Rose, the improvements in his game, getting comfortable in the NBA and Philadelphia 76ers fans embracing their basketball team.
What have the last couple of days been like for the 76ers?
“It’s been great to be able to come back home in front of the Philly fans and the support we have had back in the city and getting back ahead in the series. It has been fun. We still got a lot of business left ahead of us to try to win this thing.”
There are a lot of people who believe the 76ers are in the position they are in because Derrick Rose is hurt. What do you say to them?
“There’s no denying that losing him [Derrick Rose]…he is a huge part of their team. It’s a huge blow, but at the same time that’s basketbll. Every team has had to deal with injuries across the league whether it is now or over the course of the season. That’s kind of the name of the game. You never know what quite to expect, but you try to make the most of the opportunity.”
What’s been working for you?
“Just shooting the ball really. The Bulls defense is so tough and they take away so much of what you try to do in getting to the rim and around the paint. We have to try to be able to shut them out a little bit and knock down the shots the defense offers us.”
What have you been doing on-and-off the floor to get your game to where it is now?
“I think it is just a process. When you are a young guy and you come into the league and a lot of things kind of come over your head and you are just trying to keep up. I think you get a little more experience and the game slows down and you simplify what you are trying to do and then results come after that.”
What’s the atmosphere in Philadelphia been like?
“Oh it’s been fun. Philadelphia is a basketball city. The fans have been waiting to embrace a team and embrace the 76ers again. Hopefully we can give them what they want to see. The brand of basketball we play with the unselfishness and the grittiness. I think the people back here can relate to that.”