Hawks confident heading into 2nd round rematch with Cavs

BOSTON (AP) — The Hawks overcame fifty years of sour playoff memories to get by a hobbled Boston team and into the second round of the NBA playoffs.

Their reward is rematch with King James.

The Hawks will see a Cleveland team that is rested and maybe even a little hungrier than it was last year when it swept Atlanta out of the Eastern Conference finals despite being at less than full strength.

It’s a tall order, but one the Hawks are embracing and were even quietly hoping for.

“I think we’re a better team from last year, I really do,” Hawks guard Kyle Korver said. “I think our identity is more on the defensive end than the offensive end this year. I think we know that we’re gonna have to play really well to beat them. “

The top seed in last year’s playoffs, the Cavaliers lost Kevin Love to a dislocated left shoulder in the first round against Boston, only to see Kyrie Irving suffer a freak broken kneecap in Game 2 of the Finals.

So far this postseason, the Cavs haven’t provided any hint of defect.

Cleveland swept a young Detroit team in the first round and will have had eight days of rest

Article source: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/2016/04/29/hawks-confident-heading-into-2nd-round-rematch-with-cavs/83690882/

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