The Atlanta Hawks lost a pivotal Game 5 against the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday night at the United Center, but unlike earlier this season, it doesn't seem like the Hawks are going to give up without a fight.â†µ
Whether they're able to advance in the NBA Playoffs or not, it seems Jeff Teague and the rest of the Hawks have turned over a new leaf during the past couple of weeks, leading the masses to have hope for the future as summed up by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Jeff Schultz.â†µ
No losses are swallowed easily. But if the Hawks played with this kind of passion, effort and cohesion all season, they wouldn't have been a fifth seed in the Eastern Conference. Can they win at home Thursday? Yes. Can they win a Game 7 back in Chicago? That would be difficult, but suddenly it doesn't seem implausible.â†µ
It seems almost the opposite of implausible, actually, with the added fight Teague has brought to the starting lineup since Kirk Hinrich went down with a hamstring injury. Whether or not it actually happens is a whole other story, but at least the Hawks are giving the fans a reason to keep the faith.