Posted September 24, 2008 - 11:39 AM
I went to two of these games in Atlanta, and as fun as it was to see the Hawks win those games, the reality is that the Hawks didn't know how to beat the Celtics on the road, and that's why they lost, and lost badly.
In many regards, this was as lop-sided as a seven game series could be. The Celtics dominated at home, and the Hawks played slightly better than the Celtics in Atlanta.
Props to the Hawks for what they did; but, in reality, they didn't do anything other than protect home court.
If the Hawks bring that passion and intensity to all 41 home games this season, then they will be a 50-win team and may have home court in the first round.
If they screw around like they did last season, then once again they'll be lucky to make the play-offs, and may not be as likely to catch a top seed napping the way they did this past season.
What the Hawks did this past play-off, isn't really as impressive as the Lakers taking a 3-1 lead over Phoenix in 2006; and we all saw how the 2007 Lakers fared in the play-offs.
If the Hawks dont' build upon this, then over time, the scare they put into the Celtics will be a forgotten historical foot note, and nothing else.