How about those Hawks?
OK, let’s face it. Not many people would have predicted that Atlanta and Boston would even be playing Wednesday night, let alone playing a pivotal game in the series. Maybe you figured the C’s would drop one in Atlanta and would wrap it up in Game 5 at home. Not so fast sports fan. The Hawks stumbled out of the gate, but after some homecooking they have more than got their footing. They are playing with confidence. They are playing with the best two players on the floor (Josh Smith and Joe Johnson) over the past two games. Joe Johnson took over in Game 4 scoring 20 4th Quarter points. Now, all of the sudden the pressure is on Boston. If Atlanta can steal Game 5 in Boston, they would have two chances (one at home) to seal the deal and pull off the historical upset. With Smith, Johnson, and Bibby anything is possible.
While I expect the Celtics to handle their business at home and eventually win the series, it is kind of nice to see Atlanta return to respectability. Growing up with Dominque Wilkens, Kevin Willis, Doc Rivers, etc., it’s nice to see Atlanta matter again.