You Know You Have A Losing Mentality When Your Opponent Makes 25 3-Pointers And You're Upset With Them
Cleveland- "It's a certain way of being a professional," the Hawks' Paul Millsap said to cleveland.com. "I'm not mad about it, but just being professionals man. If that's how you want to approach it, that's how you approach it. I think our team and our organization has class and I don't think we would have continued to do that, but other organizations do other things so what can you do about it?"
Hawks big man Al Horford echoed his frontcourt mate's sentiments.
"We probably wouldn't do anything like that [if we were in that position]," he told cleveland.com. "...It's hard to say, but I would say no."
Kent Bazemore implied that what goes around, comes around.
"I'm a firm believer in karma," the small forward said to cleveland.com. "Maybe we'll be the team to break that record soon. Everyone knows how they play. They get out in front and they're a totally different team. It is what it is. We'll see them again. That wasn't Game 4. That was only Game 2. They still have to beat us two more times before they can really celebrate anything."
Professional? PROFESSIONAL?! The team that was down 40 and had given up over 80 points just minutes into the 3rd quarter is going to lecture someone else on professionalism? The team that put forth the most embarrassing effort of what has been a league wide embarrassment of a postseason is talking about "class" and doing things the right way? The gall that it takes to point the finger outside of your locker room when your team just made a complete mockery of the sport might just be unprecedented.
I can't definitively say because I don't watch the 4th quarter of basketball games that are over after the 1st quarter, but I'm sure the Cleveland Cavaliers did go out of their way to break the three point record. I don't even blame them. In fact, as much as I hate their team I am glad they went above and beyond to make history. The fans of Cleveland paid good blue collar money to go to that game, and deserved to see more than 6 minutes of competitive basketball. Not only that, but what else were they supposed to do? Their opponent certainly wasn't offering up much of a challenge, so they had to find some way to entertain themselves. As far as I know there's no such thing as taking a knee in basketball, so you might as well toss up a host of bad shots in the pursuit of a record. Sorry Atlanta, but it's pretty simple. If you don't want a professional basketball team to spend the better part of the second half treating a playoff game like it's NBA2K then keep the score within 11 possessions in the first half. I don't think that is too much to ask, but apparently assuming that the Hawks would take responsibility after failing to do so is even giving them too much credit.