Wow. That is simply the best way to summarize the Atlanta Hawks not only defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers in Cleveland this past week, but also overcoming a 26 point fourth quarter deficit to defeat LeBron and company yet again.
With the NBA Playoffs right around the corner the Hawks have seemingly dragged themselves to the finish line of the regular season. There has been one underlying theme of this squad this season, and that is that they’re a very streaky team.
After dropping two games in a row to the Chicago Bulls and the atrocious Brooklyn Nets the attitude amongst the team was not enlightening to Atlanta fans on any kind of level. Fast-forward, and the Hawks have now won their last three games against the top two seeds in the Eastern Conference in the Boston Celtics and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
To put it best this team has the makings of a team that can turn some heads in the playoffs because of their streaking nature, but they also have to ride a massive wave of momentum in order to do so. With two regular season games remaining against the Charlotte Hornets and the Indiana Pacers the Hawks have all the makings of riding a nice little five game winning streak into the First Round.
The Eastern Conference this season has been more competitive than years past with the top five seeds arguably good enough to advance to the NBA Finals if they catch fire, but why not the Hawks? Atlanta has as much depth and talent as anyone in the league so why not consider the best-case scenario, which is Dwight Howard and company finding their stride at the perfect time of the year.
On the brink of quitting the Hawks have reminded everyone in the league that this is a force to be taken seriously, and what better way to show that than to stun the reigning conference champions twice in one week.