Before delving into the game, compiling the relevant quotes from the parties involved, and surveying the range of opinion I'd like to take a brief moment to acknowledge the significance both of the Atlanta Hawks improving to the point that they can create expectations and fulfill those expectations.
The Atlanta Hawks blew out the Miami Heat four times in a seven-game series and the season continues. No one expects the Hawks to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers and advance to the conference finals but there is no reason not to expect the Hawks to compete throughout the series.
The opportunity to repay the faith of their fans and to prove doubters wrong once again awaits. I certainly hope they take it.