Cleveland to Hawks: Abandon all hope

LeBron James enjoys a special moment with his right bicep late in the Game One victory over the Hawks. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

LeBron James enjoys a special moment with his right bicep late in the Game One victory over the Hawks. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

To some, perhaps, the beginning of the quixotic quest to be better than Cleveland – who knew that would ever be a chore? – held promise.

Sure, the Hawks didn’t beat the Cavs – again – on Monday, but they could have. In this one-sided relationship, that represented the faint hint of slight improvement.

What message to take, as the Hawks prepared for Game Two in the Rust Belt? Could coming back on the Cavs, leading late only to be outscored 17-5 at the close to lose by 11 be a sign that the Hawks could actually mount a competitive series vs. Team LeBron?

Pffffffft, responded that portion of the Cleveland statistical metropolitan area holding press credentials.

Here was your message, as seen from the perspective of those souls who, despite all the advances in transportation, have chosen to live in northern Ohio (sometimes it’s helpful to see yourself in harsh light of outsiders).

They are telling you that any claim of the Hawks possibly matching up with Cleveland was as hollow, and a whole lot less attention-grabbing, than a big bass drum:

From Chris Fedor, writing on Game One for Cleveland Plain Dealer: “Cleveland’s star power took over, as Kyrie Irving and LeBron James combined for nearly half of the Cavs’ fourth-quarter points. Tristan Thompson pulled down a gut wrenching rebound that gave the Cavs another possession, one that finished with a three-point play – complete with James flexing his bulging right bicep, indicating that he’s still too much for Atlanta.

“So, too, are the Cavaliers – even on a night when the East’s top seed wasn’t at its best.”

Terry Pluto, in the same publication: “The Cavs needed a game like this. No matter how much respect they tried to have for the Hawks, the Cavs know they swept Atlanta in the Eastern Conference Finals last season. They know they won all three regular-season games. Most of all, the Cavs know they are the superior team.”

Writing for the suburban Chronicle-Telegram was Jim Ingraham:  “The biggest, most obvious reason for that is the Cavs have a ‘Big Three,’ while the Hawks don’t even have a ‘Big One.’ Atlanta is a well-balanced, quality NBA team. The league has so many bad teams that a team like Atlanta can win 48 games and comfortably qualify for the playoffs, which the Hawks did.

“But to win consistently in the playoffs – when it’s big boy basketball time – you need stars. The Cavs have three of them, the Hawks have none.”

There’s your long-distance reality check. It does not appear as if there is great concern over temporarily lost leads and the occasional wandering quarter back at Cavs central. Probably for good reason, until the Hawks force some real concern upon them.

 

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douglasT
douglasT

Dominique was the last true big time(crunch time performer) star the Hawks have had that I can remember. Since he left they have not been a legitimate threat to have a chance to win big in the play offs.  

Puneet Virk
Puneet Virk

I think they are referring to JR lol

Rod Starr
Rod Starr

The Hawks have great side dishes, but no main entrée which leaves us Hawks fans starving for a new menu of success. Despite my frustration and simile riddled post.....GO HAWKS!!!!

cspecial
cspecial

Cleveland is a joke waiting to be told.The Hawks are clearly overall a better team.they are listening to idiots who clearly want them to lose like Charles "fartmouth" Barkley, Isiah "sweetman" Thomas and those ESPN idiots who are taking money for doing nothing.first of all, the Hawks need to pressure and run the Cavs.Cleveland is not in better shape than Atlanta.coach bud need to put Kyle Korver on the bench along with Jeff Teague who is scared and terrified along with Al Horford and Paul Milsap.the second group plays better than the first.if Thesalosa will stop believing hes a 3 point shooter and attack the basket, this will definitely help the team.he needs to play the tough defense.all hawks should slide their feet and make the cavs shoot jump shots with contested pressure.if the hawks pressure cleveland they will win in 5 or 6 games

RollDawg
RollDawg

UGeez, I'm a Hawks ST holder and I won't make that claim that they are better the the Stinkaliers.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@cspecial: "The Hawks are clearly overall a better team."

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I don't believe I can dignify that brain-dead observation with a substantive comment.

Steve Hughes
Steve Hughes

@cspecial How do you like the "Stinkaliers" now? We can outrun, outshoot and outdefense you. You have never shut down Lebron and now he has a ton of shooters surrounding him. We swept you last year without Love and with a hurt Kyrie. This is what domination looks like. 25 three pointers in the game 2 win and most were uncontested. Nice pressure there. I understand you think your team is good and you want them to win but you can't honestly believe the Hawks are more talented. I doubt if anyone on the hawks could start for Cleveland. Maybe Horford. Then Thompson could come off the bench and still get 10+ rebounds.