Are the Atlanta Hawks already out of the playoffs without even knowing?

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There’s one good thing for the Atlanta Hawks after Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals and their matchup against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Paul Milsap can evidently guard LeBron James one-on-one starting from half court.

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The bad thing about this series concerning the Atlanta Hawks is that they lost Demarre Carroll for an undisclosed period of time, which can be anywhere between one game and the series. This is a huge blow if you keep in mind that Thabo Sefolosha is out for the season with a serious leg injury.

If the hole on the SF position that needs to be filled with third year man Kent Bazemore was not enough, then you should also take in consideration the fact that Kyle Korver, the best shooter in the league for the regular season, is having a cold streak during these playoffs. He’s shooting 39% from the floor, 35% from three point range and only 78% from the free throw line. Remember that this is the guy that came close of joining the 50-40-90 club (players that shot 50% FG, 40% 3PT and 90% FT).

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The other issue that should concern coach Mike Budenholzer is the fact that the Cleveland Cavaliers are playing great team basketball that started during game 3 of the series against the Chicago Bulls, and can afford resting Kyrie Irving and LeBron James for long periods of time while JR Smith, Tristan Thompson, Iman Shumpert and Matthew Dellavedova all have career best playoff appearances.

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