1. Ugh. We won Games 3, 4 and 6 by dictating the
action, causing contact and getting free throws. Today we started out driving
the ball, but the calls weren't coming (the refs whistled the Celts for 1 foul
in the game's first 18 minutes). Unable to get to the line, the Hawks seemed to
give up on driving the ball and settled for a lot of contested jumpers. And as
we learned in Games 1, 2 and 5, that's not how you beat the Boston Celtics.
2. Boston shut down everyone but Joe Johnson. After three quarters, the
second-leading scorer was Marvin Williams with 7 points, and he'd been ejected
five minutes earlier. The Hawks seemed confused and rudderless out there.
3) All that said, I'm not ending these notes on a downer. The Hawks still pushed
the Celtics to 7 games, shocking the sports world and showing the NBA that this
franchise has life. These new Hawks are going to be around for a long, long
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