In what was billed as a showdown, the Hawks showed the Cavs the door

DeMarre Carroll unhorses The King. (AP photo/John Bazemore)

DeMarre Carroll unhorses The King. (AP photo/John Bazemore)

DeMarre Carroll unhorses The King. (AP photo/John Bazemore)

This just in: The Atlanta Hawks are way better than the Cleveland Cavaliers.

OK, I lied. This wasn’t “just in.” We’ve known — or should have known — as much for more than two months. But somehow the messenger (mostly ESPN, which has transferred its love for all things LeBron from South Beach to the Cuyhoga River) kept insisting that the standings meant nothing.

This just in: The standings mean something.

The Hawks are 49-12. The Cavs are 39-25. That’s a difference of 11 1/2 games. That’s not even close, and neither are these teams. The Hawks have won the past three games against Cleveland without undue strain. Friday night’s 106-97 was actually rudimentary: The home side got way ahead early, then fell slightly behind for a minute or so, then won breezing.

So now we know: If the Cavs are indeed, as many have claimed, the Real Power in the NBA East, they have a funny way of showing it. LeBron James had the least influential 18-point, eight-assist game in the history of basketball. He made nearly twice as many turnovers as baskets and was clearly perturbed that the Hawks guarded him so closely. (Is he not The King? Are mere mortals allowed to jostle his regal presence?)

In sum, there was nothing to see here that we didn’t already know — or should have known. The Hawks are really good. The Cavs are less good. If they meet in the playoffs, the Hawks will win then, too.

From myajc, here’s the Hawks-Cavs game column: Ho, hum. Hawks make short work of another “challenger.”

Also from myajc, here’s Sunday’s print column: Why the Hawks are the team to beat in the East.

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BobDawg
BobDawg

We get Sefalosha back and we are true studs again… Carroll locks down Lebron and when he rests; Sefalosha comes in and does the same thing…. 

Dman
Dman

In the post game comments, the Cavs talked about how Atlanta showed their cards on how they are going to defend Them in the playoffs. Atlanta has been defending the same way all season long. It's why we are winning so much. Everybody wants to find an excuse for why they can't beat the Hawks. You can't beat the Hawks because we are a better TEAM....

tyger
tyger

Hawks too legit to quit...


Cavs redhot, but stoppable...

Kevin Love big, slow, goofy...

Did not go un-noticed...


Hawks new high tech...

Smaller but faster...

Cheaper but deeper...


Hybrid twin turbos...

Teague-Schroder...

Better together...


Hawks really are greater...

Than sum of its parts...

khd713
khd713

Demarre Carroll is the most underrated player in the NBA, The Hawks should have had five All-Stars, and he should have been the fifth. The guy plays his butt off every night, hits big shots at crucial times, and the defense he played on Lebron last night was spectacular. 


And if there is a second most underrated player, its Paul Millsap. Yes, I know he's widely recognized as the best player on the team, but what he does night in and night out deserves way more credit. In baseball, what separates the hall of famers from the average joes is consistency, the ability to go out every night and get get two hits, and even when you are having an off night, still come through with a clutch play that helps the team. Millsap is that kind of player, a real workman who knows his role and gives the team what they need every time he takes the court. He is a consummate professional.


Gotta love this Hawks team.

DawgWhistle
DawgWhistle

What's the holdup about getting Danny Ferry back into his 'deserved' position as creator-in-chief of the most amazing turnaround, perhaps, ever in the history of the NBA? If it's some 'city official' - get over it...if it's the sense that, like not washing your jockstrap while your winning - you know, that superstition thing - get over that too. No, my bet is that the egotistical, arrogant, fat boy - Steve Coonin (or however it's spelled) - is like 'a pig in slop' wallowing in the limelight of the thing Danny Ferry created and he, Coonin, won't let it go. Knowing something about Coonin's business background should have been a 'dead giveaway', but, for me, it actually took last night's 'Nique Night' jersey-clad act that it struck me...this guy doesn't want to share the limelight with anybody. What he should be doing is making sure that any proposed buyer guarantees that this team, not only shouldn't leave town, it shouldn't even move from where it is right now. Absolutely nothing wrong with Phillips. Of course nothing is wrong with The Georgia Dome either, but at least Arthur is putting up a billion or so of his own money to build the new one...and he ain't moving it to Cobb or someplace.

CardiganBoy
CardiganBoy

@DirtyDawg I would guess Ferry will be reinstated after the season - all else being equal (e.g. they don't sell the team in the meantime and the new owner wants his own guy).


It would be disruptive and distracting to what's been a terrific season.   Those who wanted Ferry's head on a plate will again wail for same (after alerting the media that they'll be on the courthouse steps to articulate their demands).


I'd just like to enjoy this Hawks season without all the self-serving histrionics and PC BS.


Jerry916
Jerry916

The are a god team, and have had an amazing season thus far. While the playoffs are played at a different level, I thinks these Hawks are reay.


I am a little concerned about Korver.  His shooting is not as sharp as it was during the 1st half of the season.  Since the all-star break, his shot s not falling as much.  I hope that he can find his mojo over the next 21 games.

DarlaLewis
DarlaLewis

By now you are what your record says you are. Why is that so hard for people to understand? Ok, I get it fans like their Superstars and the NBA does too. But team basketball is here to stay--- and like it or not here comes the Hawks....

twentysixpointtwo
twentysixpointtwo

ESPN is self serving...good call out MB. Love him or hate him- Danny Ferry assembled this team and deserves much credit.

Marc Goodman
Marc Goodman

Once again, the Hawks prove whose the best in the NBA.  Closing strong, that's how these Hawks do it!  I'm having a hard time seeing any team beat them in a 7 game series this year.  Just might be their year and a few more to come!

Peachtree Bart
Peachtree Bart

If the Hawks meet the Cavs in the playoffs and win, the story will be how Lebron doesn't show up in the playoffs.  

itsslomotionbaby
itsslomotionbaby

I found out tonight that instead of the hawks being concerned about clevland, Cleveland need to be concerned about the hawks.there coveted 7 footer didnothing for them.ther heralded improved defense stopped no one on our squad.tegue, Schroder,horford, milsap , carrol nor scott it looks like volume scoring trumps allstar scoring everytime.

HopelessinAtlanta
HopelessinAtlanta

Watching ESPN after the game made me want to puke.........an LBJ pity party. And they still can't bring themselves - nor can LBJ - to give the Hawks their due. The conversation wasn't about the solid team ATL is but how LBJ just played a bad game and how things will be different in the future. LBJ, when asked, would not even give Carroll any props for his defense - claimed to ignore him and he was just looking to the next level of defenders. So nice to have Fox SS cover the games for Atl.

Wilbo
Wilbo

Well, how about that!?


If there's anybody I hate to give credit to, Mr. Bradley, it's you, but you were a lot righter than I was on this one. I certainly didn't expect the Hawks to pull this one off. Certainly not in this fashion.


"If they meet in the playoffs, the Hawks will win then, too." Whoa, dude, whoa! Let's don't get too carried away.


Anyway, good for you. Good call on your part.


GuyOnThisSite
GuyOnThisSite

@Wilbo All the Cavs have done this season is prove they can't beat the Hawks. They aren't going to suddenly get better in the playoffs, nor are the Hawks going to magically get worse.

seminoleking
seminoleking

cleveland cant handle atlanta. bad matchup for them. espn and the rest of the media cried tears tonight because their worst nightmare is not being able to root lebron into the nba finals...........


late edit......i typed this before i read your article.....its BAD when everybody can see the espn lovefest with lebron and their hopes that he gets to the finals.........