Congrats, Joe

Razorback ExpatsSenior Analyst IMay 4, 2009

ATLANTA - MAY 03:  Joe Johnson #2 of the Atlanta Hawks shoots a three pointer against the Miami Heat during Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at Philips Arena on May 3, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Hawks defeated the Heat 91-78. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

Former Razorback star Joe Johnson took a break yesterday from single handedly causing global warming to lead the Atlanta Hawk's to a rare victory. How rare? Consider the following: heading into Sunday’s Game Seven, the Hawks had not won a playoff series since 1999 and had not won a best-of-seven series since 1970.

There’s always been a feeling here in Atlanta that, despite his impressive statistics, Joe isn’t the force that he should be. Whether that’s true or not, it was still exciting to see him come through in such a big situation yesterday. The Hawks have been so god awful for so long that any series victory under any circumstance is cause for celebration.

I hope Joe and his teammates enjoy their time in the sun, though, because it’s hard to see them advancing past LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.