Hawks Want to Avoid Being "Humbled"

Tuesday, November 2, 2010
By Jon Newberry

Preview from NBA.com

Atlanta enters the second week of the season as the only team left in the Eastern Conference without a loss. Looking at the next three games on the schedule would have many thinking about a 6-0 start, but Larry Drew and his 27 years working in the NBA know better. The only thing he is thinking about is getting to win number four tonight in Cleveland.

“We won’t take any team lightly… I won’t let us,” said Drew before departing on the team plane to Cleveland on Tuesday afternoon. “You can be humbled very quickly in this league.”

As everyone with a pulse that follows sports knows, LeBron James took his “talents to South Beach” this off-season, leaving the Cavs as a team without a star. Still, Cleveland showed in their season opener that they haven’t forgotten how to win, posting a 95-87 win over the Celtics.

The Cavs have a lot of players that are used to winning games in this league. The attitude and confidence that comes with being successful in the NBA should not be underestimated. This game tonight is another test for the 2010-11 Hawks. If they are truly going to take the “next step” this season, then the road record from last year needs to improve, and tonight’s match-up with Cleveland could be a step in that direction.