In Game 2 of their second-round series Wednesday night, the Hawks trailed the Cavaliers 74-38 at halftime.
Nice job by the Hawks to avoid getting doubled up. https://t.co/mUg9TFCO9j— Mark Van Deusen (@LucidSportsFan) May 5, 2016
Cleveland eventually won 123-98, while hitting a league-record 25 three-pointers. The blowout prompted this tweet from former Celtics reporter Jessica Camerato:
Eight years ago today, the Hawks lost 99-65 to the Celtics in Game 7 of the first round.— Jessica Camerato (@JCameratoCSN) May 5, 2016
I was at that game and I remember it well--it was an absolute mauling. The top-seeded and eventual-champion Celts somehow failed to win on the road in that series against the eighth-seeded Hawks, which prompted this absurd premature celebration from Atlanta big man Zaza Pachulia after his club's 103-100 victory in Game 6:
Kevin Garnett was not amused (start watching this clip at 3:35).
Pachulia may have tempted the force with his antics, as the Hawks are 0-5 in playoff games on Star Wars Day (May the Fourth) since his ridiculous outburst, with an average margin of defeat of 24.2 points.
5/4/08 - Celtics 99, Hawks 65
5/4/10 - Magic 114, Hawks 71
5/4/11 - Bulls 86, Hawks 73
5/4/12 - Celtics 90, Hawks 84
5/4/16 - Cavs 123, Hawks 98