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Playoff Preview and Game Thread #2.4: Cleveland Cavaliers @ Atlanta Hawks

Atlanta Hawks 08-09 2nd Round Playoff Game  #4


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Phillips Arena
May 11th, 2009, 7:00 PM
TNT, Hawks Radio NetworkNBA Audio League Pass
Probable starters:
Mo Williams PG Mike Bibby
Delonte West SG Joe Johnson
LeBron James SF Mo Evans
Anderson Varejao PF Josh Smith
Zydrunas Ilgauskas C Al Horford


Hawks Injury Report: Most of the Hawks are either physical or mental game time decisions.

Cavs Injury Report: Same scrubs are still hurt. Same awesome people are still awesome.

Blogging With the Enemy: Fear the Sword

Predicted bane of the Hawks existence: LBJ

Game Preview:

I apologize for never getting past the "loser dots" last game. I could not help but feel a game recap would simply make a game four post redundant. The last thing I would want is for my Mike Woodson rants to become boring and repetitive. And for those who would say I am far beyond too late in avoiding that trap, well, just be glad they will now not occur in back to back games.

But amidst all this Mike Woodson hate and blowout losses, do you want to know a secret?

I think the Hawks are going to win tonight.

Don't take it as a rallying cry or anything. If I am correct, I can confidently predict the Cavs will win game five as well. But as I reflect on tonight's game, I am struggling to find where the Cavs will be motivated for tonight's game. They are looking at another extended layoff if they win. They could have the pleasure of closing out at home if they lose. They have little reason to take the Hawks seriously at this point. It all adds up.

Ok fine, it is no slam dunk. If the Hawks have shown anything this series, it is that I am risking a bit of embarrassment even joking about them winning, but I think it will happen. I think the team has a little pride left in them. Shoot, as a fan, I have a little pride left at least.

So I am heading down to the arena to watch it live. I look forward to coming back to find the comment section full of ridicule at my belief in the team or full of disdain that I jinxed this team into winning and thus saving Woodson's job.

Either way, I am going to yell a lot tonight for our team. You should do the same. It is what good fans do.

Go Hawks!