Is it okay to bask in the glory that there is indeed a playoff series past the first round between the Atlanta Hawks and Philadelphia 76ers? Every rule of journalism but this seems like an appropriate time to break the rules. Just think back even five years years ago at the state of these two franchises. Philly just got done with a better part of a decade of tanking and trusting a unproven process at best.
The Hawks were about to start a three-year run of never winning more than thirty games. They won that money back in March this year. Remember this season started just before Christmas? That seems a thousand years ago, but it's safe to say that the draft has legitimately worked for both of these franchises. The tale of these two cities entrenched in basketball has been very similar lately. It's great to see that both the Hawks and Sixers are trending up and we might see this matchup for quite some time to come for supremacy in the East.