So what the hell has happened to the Hawks that they are finally playing a lick of defense? Easier schedule? Lack of opposing ones to exploit the Hawks' primary weakness? Mike Bibby starting to mesh with his new teammates? Maybe I overrated the degree to which the team had tuned Mike Woodson out? Help me out, here.
Just for the record, every time the Hawks start playing well, I think of one of my favorite lines from Raiders of the Lost Ark:
Satipo: Let us hurry. There is nothing to fear here.
Indiana: That's what scares me.
Or do I think of this one from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade:
Walter Donovan: As you can now see, Dr. Jones, we are on the verge of completing a quest that began almost two thousand years ago. We're just one step away.
Indiana Jones: That's usually when the ground falls out from underneath your feet.
Somehow, a line about a two thousand year quest seems appropriate when discussing the Hawks and the playoffs.
A proper metaphor for being an Atlanta sports fan this winter, no?