Maybe this is a good thing. Maybe if a team comes out and blows the doors off an opponent in the playoff opener, it gets lulled into a false sense of security. It takes a 22-point lead at the end of the first half, makes a sandwich in the second, rolls to an easy victory and starts to think, “Bucks, Magic, Cavaliers: You are mere specks of dust on my cashmere on the way to the finals. Away with you.”
Well, there is good news. The Hawks are 1-0 in this postseason — and there is no chance of them getting cocky before Game 2.
They led Milwaukee (minus Andrew Bogut) by as much as 23 points in the second quarter, only to see that spread shrink to seven in the fourth. They settled for a 102-92 win at Philips Arena.
Victory and humility can be a wonderful pairing in the playoffs.
“It’s a good thing,” Al Horford said later. “It keeps us on edge. Last year against Miami we blew them out in the