The Hawks Did Well, but Not Well Enough

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The Hawks Did Well, but Not Well Enough
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A heaping helping of cognitive dissonance after the Atlanta Hawks lost Game 7 to the Indiana Pacers 92-80 here Saturday. On the one hand, this rebuilding team — a team playing without its best player to boot — did well to push the East's No. 1 seed to brink. But the Pacers have seemed for two months a team capable of being shoved over the brink. The eighth-seeded Hawks had a chance to go up 3-1 but wasted a late lead in Game 4. They had a chance to end the series but wasted a late lead in Game 6.

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