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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