Harking back to the last NBA season I seem to remember the Atlanta Hawks as being one of those teams that no NBA fan could reasonably expect to challenge for an NBA Championship. Sure, we all thought they were a great story, but come on, we all knew that eventually the Hawks would be grounded. And they were.
But I spent the other night ensconced in a hotel room in the Southwest watching the Atlanta Hawks dismember the Milwaukee Bucks in a 96-86 win it occurred to me that maybe these Atlanta Hawks could go a little further. Joe Johnson put on a convincing performance with 27 points and Josh Smith added another 21. The Hawks were able to spread the ball around and dominate on the inside easily, keeping the Bucks on their heels throughout the second half.
OK, the Milwaukee Bucks aren’t the Boston Celtics or the Los Angeles Lakers. And I’m not willing to bet a burrito on them winning an NBA Championship. But I’m beginning to sense a glimmer of hope for Atlanta Hawks tickets holders. Probably not this season, but sometime in the near future, I think the Atlanta Hawks, barring injury or some other form of deprivation, could make a run at a title. Or maybe there was peyote in my breakfast.Eric Drouant