The Atlanta Hawks dropped their second consecutive Eastern Conference Finals game to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night and now head to Cleveland needing a road win to avoid a sweep. But if you think the Hawks have lost their confidence, think again.
Atlanta won three of four regular season games against Cleveland and guard Kent Bazemore still believes his team is better.
“We played them in the regular season this year and got the best of them,” Bazemore told ESPN. “I still think we’re the better team. We just haven’t shown it yet.”
The Hawks need to show it very quickly, as losing even one game in Cleveland will likely doom their chances of making it to the Finals.
“The bright side is we haven’t played well the first two games. We still think we’re the better team. We’ll try to get two up in Cleveland,” Bazemore said. “We’ve got to play angry.”
Atlanta is banged up and found itself down by large margins at various points of Games 1 and 2. If they can shore things up and play like the 60-win team they were in the regular season, they can get back into this series.
“We got a little frustrated. We got a little rattled,” Bazemore said. “There’s a lot of basketball left. They came here and got two. No reason we can’t do the same thing up there.”