Atlanta Hawks Weekly: Yet Another 1st-Round Exit

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May 3, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (24) drives towards the basket against Atlanta Hawks forward DeMarre Carroll (5) during the second half of game seven of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indiana Pacers beat Atlanta Hawks 92 to 80. Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

They were close, but in the end it was a familiar story for the Atlanta Hawks. For the fourth time in seven years, the Hawks have bowed out of the NBA playoffs at the first hurdle. Overall, they’ll reflect on the season as one lost to injuries, but in hindsight the Hawks will look back on the last couple of weeks as a blown opportunity. Not only could they have made history by becoming the sixth No/ 8 seed to topple a No. 1 seed, but awaiting in the second round was an inexperienced Washington Wizards team. It may just be that the Hawks won’t see many better opportunities to break the franchise’s long conference finals drought than they did this season.

The week opened up with Game 5 in Indianapolis on Monday, with the series all square at 2-2, and both teams hungry to take the advantage. On Thursday, the Hawks returned home to Atlanta, and were greeted by the most raucous crowd Philips Arena has seen in years. Then to finish up the week, and the season, it was back to Indianapolis on Saturday for the decisive Game 7.

The Hawks went 1-2 this week, and will likely spend most of the summer looking back at the chances they blew.

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