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For Nate McMillan, keys to Atlanta Hawks winning Game 6 start with Game 5 loss

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Thursday night’s 123-112 Game 5 loss for the Atlanta Hawks to the Milwaukee Bucks gave Hawks’ interim coach Nate McMillan a bit of deja vu.

“We did not come out prepared for the intensity of that game,” McMillan said. “Very similar to Game 2 when they jumped on us. For whatever reason, the intensity, we talked about the level of intensity we needed to come out with. They basically hit us in the mouth early and really established the physicality of the game.”

Missing two-time NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Bucks’ attack was led by frontcourt veterans Brook Lopez and Bobby Portis. “The next three quarters, we did a little better job and were able to fight our way back into the game, but they established the tempo of that game right from the start.”

Now facing elimination for the second time this postseason, McMillan said the Hawks’ focus for tonight’s game starts with looking back at Thursday night.

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