Perhaps this is just a bump in the road. Maybe the challenge isn’t really much of a challenge at all. It seems as if ever sports outlet is proclaiming how badly the Cleveland Cavaliers are going to smash the Atlanta Hawks in their playoff match up.
Not so fast.
I’m not ready to call the upset but I can confidently give 3 reasons why the Hawks will compete.
Joe Johnson, Mike Bibby, and Flip Murray can score against the Cleveland back court.
Mo Williams, Daniel Gibson, and Delonte West will never be mistaken for Gary Payton or Mookie Blaylock as perimeter defenders. They’ll score points but they’ll also give up points.
Josh Smith, Al Horford, and Zaza Pachulia have the size and athleticism to challenge LeBron at the rim.