Chicago — More than just disappointing, the way the Hawks played this regular season was maddening. A team of such talent shouldn’t lose 38 games, shouldn’t be beaten so badly at home, shouldn’t be outscored over an 82-game schedule. But that’s in the past, and that team is not this team.
In the 17 days since the playoffs began, the Hawks have become something else. They’ve become the team we suspected was there all along — a team of surpassing skill and depth, a team that understands, as Joe Johnson said before practice Tuesday, “we can beat any team in this league.”
Yeah, we’ve heard that before. We’ve heard it since the Hawks forced the champs-to-be Boston Celtics to the wall in 2008. But now, for the first time in a while, we’re seeing it. We’ve been reminded that the gushing opposing coaches keep doing over the Hawks’ personnel isn’t just lip service.
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