When you make someone feel uncomfortable, it can get ugly.
That’s what happened with the Atlanta Hawks, who were booed during a timeout at the end of Game 4 of the NBA Finals.
The Hawks, facing the Golden State Warriors in a game that would decide the title of the best team in the NBA, were facing a fourth-quarter deficit and looking to put the ball in the basket.
The Hawks made some questionable calls on the fly and it resulted in a series of boos and jeers from fans.
“I can’t imagine what it’s like to have a lot of people booing you and then have to watch them turn into fans of yours,” Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said at the time.
“We were just trying to play the right way.
We made a mistake.
I don’t know what it is to go out there and try to play like we know we can and make a play.”
The Hawks played a game with two different lead changes at the half.
They would eventually make a series-high 37 free throws in the third quarter.
That was the only timeout the Hawks had in the game, but it was also the only time they played with three-pointers.
That was because the Hawks didn’t want to be forced to go back to their normal lineup.
They needed to play a team defense, which was why they decided to go with three different leads at the beginning of the fourth quarter.
The result was a series that ended with the Hawks getting a game-winning basket with 1:37 left to go in regulation.
The Warriors were able to hold on for a 104-98 win.