For us Hawks fans, a vast majority of us despise the Boston Celtics.
We dislike how their fans invade our home court, we dislike how they always get attention, and most importantly we hate how they always beat us when we need a win and most importantly in the playoffs.
To say that this wasn’t a big win for not only the players, but also the fans is a huge understatement.
This Hawks team has been in slump and the string of hurt players has killed this team in the past week. So a win where we had to scrap to get back in the game is just huge, and not only scrap to get in the game but to beat the hated Boston Celtics was just great.
This game started off eerily similar to a game that we played last week that I blocked out of my memory against the Chicago Bulls but this time we managed to score a grand total of 10 points in the first quarter. During this forgettable quarter, we saw all the signs of a Hawks implosion that varied from dumb contested shots the the signature Josh Smith technical. Oh yes, and of course we were getting killed by Boston’s bench players that included former Hawks killers (Courtney Lee when with the Orlando Magic) to former Hawks (Jason Terry and Jason Collins).
I think it really hurt to see this team struggle while well known Hawks assassins Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce and KG were on the bench when this was route was happening. It was pretty embarrassing to watch this, or in my case, listen to Steve Holman calling this game on the radio.
The second quarter showed a little more promise since our players decided to run and more importantly Jeff appeared to get more aggressive as he hit a 3 and then got to the free-throw line. By the end of the quarter, Atlanta managed to whittle down the 27-point lead to only 19 (ha) at the half.
Whatever was said at half-time needs to be recorded and saved because when the Hawks came out, they looked like a completely different team on both the offense and the defensive end. Heck, even Devin Harris had a chase down block.
I’m sure the main thing that we all picked up was 1, how great Jeff played this half, and 2, Oh My God KORVER IS ON FIRE!!!!! WHERE IS THE HOT SAUCE!!!!
Korver hit eight 3-pointers in the second half and literally shot us back into the game. It is also good to take note that a lot of these shots were made in transition when Teague was taking the ball up court and not one of our PF’s or C’s.
Anyway, the impossible happened and the Hawks erased a 27 point deficit and also a 10 point deficit in the 4th quarter to tie the game and force this into overtime. (I will ignore the fact that Josh got fouled on the final play at the end of regulation, but it worked out in the end since the good guys won).
You could just tell that in the second overtime period Boston was dead tired and wanted to get home and rest. So yes, to quickly sum it up, I am so happy that not only did we win this improbable game but also that we gave this humiliating defeat to the only team in our eyes that deserves it.
Rest well Hawks fans, rest well.
We deserved this win.