The Atlanta Hawks bowed out of their first round playoff match-up against the Boston Celtics, albeit not without a fight, and brought their season to a close. As is usually the case between these two teams, it was a closely contested and physical series. The Celtics won the series 4-2, but only one of their victories was by more than seven points, and the Hawks held Boston to 90 points or less in five of the six games. With a few breaks for the Hawks (and changed calls that were blown by the officials) the series very well could have gone 4-2 the other way.
But now that the season is over, a myriad of questions are left for
Atlanta, from personnel issues all the way up to the owner’s box. Fans
are concerned, and rightfully so, that the team has taken a step back,
or has plateaued and gone as far as they can with the current mix of
coaching and personnel. During the off-season, a number of these
questions will have to be addressed for this team to move forward.