By Maria Saporta
Just in case y’all haven’t noticed, the Atlanta Hawks have a really strong basketball team this year.
And the first playoff game of the season showed just how strong the Atlanta Hawks really are. At the Saturday evening playoff game, the Atlanta Hawks beat the Milwaukee Bucks —102 to 92. In fact, the Hawks led the entire game.
Now I don’t claim to be a sports writer, but I’ve been a longtime fan of the Atlanta Hawks going back at least 30 years.
The beauty of this year’s Atlanta Hawks is the depth of talent and the ability for the players to play as a team. There is no one player that dominates, demanding all the attention.
There’s Joe Johnson, Marvin Williams, Al Horford, Mike Bibby, Jamal Crawford, Josh Smith, Mario West, Zaza Pachulia among others who apparently are willing to set aside their own egos for the good of the team.
So the Hawks now had their best season record since the 1996/1997 season. The Atlanta Hawks won 53 games and lost 29 during the 2009/2010 season.
My daughter and I were able to go to the last game of the season last Wednesday (we won); and my son and I went to the first playoff game on Saturday. We had a blast at both games, and once again, I realized how much I enjoy going to basketball games.
What made it even more enjoyable was the upbeat mood among spectators. The Atlanta Hawks are generating enthusiastic support from their fans, even if the city hasn’t yet caught playoff fever.
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed is one of those fans.
“I believe we are going to the second round this year,” Reed said of the Hawks playoff prospects. “They are gelling as a team.”
The second playoff game will be Tuesday evening at home, and then the Hawks have to face the Bucks in Milwaukee.
Let’s wish them well.