Hawks tweak Jameer Nelson with tix

Updated: May 3, 2011, 12:51 PM ET
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Since the Hawks eliminated his Magic on Thursday, Orlando point guard Jameer Nelson has some free time on his hands.

The Hawks hoped he would spend it watching Game 1 of Atlanta's second-round series against the Chicago Bulls.

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Hawks spokesman Arthur Triche announced on Twitter earlier Monday that he was leaving two tickets for Nelson after the Magic guard was caught telling Bulls star Derrick Rose "catch you in the second round" after the two teams met on April 10.

"Things that make me happy about this job," Triche said on Twitter. "Taking a page out of Jerry Glanville's book, I think I'll follow through on Jameer's request to catch Derrick Rose in the 2nd round."

Glanville, a former coach of the NFL's Atlanta Falcons, used to leave tickets for Elvis.

At the time of Nelson's boast -- heard while Rose was being interviewed on ABC -- Atlanta and Orlando's first-round matchup had already been determined. The Hawks eliminated Orlando in six games with an 84-81 victory in Atlanta on Thursday.

The result was a reverse of last year's second-round series, when the Magic routed the Hawks by an average of more than 25 points in a four-game sweep.

"They never give us a chance," Josh Smith said after Thursday's victory. "They never talk about the Hawks. They talk about Orlando, Chicago, Boston and Miami. We're always sneaking under the radar."

The Hawks won Game 1 of the best-of-seven series 103-95.

Triche said as far as he was aware, Nelson didn't use the tickets, both in the 300 level, but said he might leave more tickets for him for Game 3 in Atlanta.

Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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