Why the Atlanta Hawks Have a Good Chance at the Finals

February 28th, 2010 by GNB Sports Leave a reply »
In the 2004-2005 NBA season, the Hawks went 13-69, a record only four games away from the record setting 9-73 season of the Warriors. And in just five seasons, they are a legit championship contender. They have a perennial star in Joe Johnson, an elite defender in Josh Smith, a pretty good big man (and all-star) in Al Horford, a veteran point guard who can get it done in Mike Bibby, and the probable sixth man of the year, Jamal Crawford.

So why would people not like a team like this? Their main problem is that they can’t get wins against teams they’re supposed to. Just this season, they have one win and two losses versus the New York Knicks, a team that the Hawks should be sweeping. But, the Hawks also have trouble winning against the Cavaliers and Magic, going 0-5 against both combined this year.

That might be a problem, considering that the Hawks could face off with either of these two in the conference championships or divisional round. However, the Hawks have been able to kill the Celtics this year. Even with the Celtics collapsing, that’s got to be a confidence boost for this team. Even with their terrible record against the Cavs and Magic, here a ...

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