Atlanta Hawks

Miami Heat and Hawks: Heat Gets Drubbed by Hawks

ATLANTA - APRIL 19: Josh Smith #5 of the Atlanta Hawks drives around Michael Beasley #30 of the Miami Heat during Game One of the First Round of the Eastern Conference Playoffs at Philips Arena on April 19, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Hawks defeated the Heat 90-64. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
Bobby A. DruittContributor IApril 20, 2009

If ever there was any doubt that that Atlanta Hawks are for real, their performance today should serve notice to all critics. Last year, the Hawks came out of nowhere to push the Boston Celtics to a seventh game in the first round, and in the process won the hearts of many basketball fans around the world. With their play today, the Hawks have given notice that their success is no fluke.

No disrespect to Dwyane Wade or the rest of the Miami Heat team. but it might be time for Hawk fans to break out their broomsticks. In drubbing the Heat 90-64, there is no doubt that closing out this series will be nothing but a formality for the upstart Hawk team. The combination of Josh Smith, Al Horford, Michael Bibby, Joe Johnson, Marvin Williams, and Ronald Murray, is just way too much for Miami to handle. 

Wade might as well come through with some Herculean efforts in the upcoming games, but I fear that it is too late for the Heat in this series. The Hawks need to make quick work of the lame duck Heat (with spot players like Jermaine O'Neal, Michael Beasley, Jamario Moon, and James Jonesbasically guys who cannot play defense to save their lives), so they can rest up for the second round. D. Wade can pretty much kiss goodbye any chance he had of winning MVP. It was a great season; however, all good things come to an end. 

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