This Hawks team is a wonderful matchup for us. Because the Hawks have such a mediocre player in Waiters at SG, we will have Lance matchup on CP3 and ďhideĒ Dragic on Waiters. Weíre confident that Lanceís tenacious and brutish style of defense will limit Paulís impact. On the other side, Waiters has to guard one of our players, and whether itís Dragic or Stephenson, they will be at a significant disadvantage. We have another significant matchup advantage at small forward with Chandler Parsons. The Hawks had to dumpster dive to find a starting SF in Marvin Williams, while we have a budding star. Parsons is more effective than Williams is nearly every facet of the game, leading us to believe that he will have a huge series. Our advantages in the post seal the deal in this series. Because Chris Bosh will no longer be asked to carry the defensive load as he did in Miami, he will be much more effective on offense and should be able to torch Z-Bo. Additionally, Z-Bo has seen a marked decline over the past few seasons and is clearly not the low-post brute he once was. The matchup of centers should speak for itself. On one hand, we have the 1st Team All-NBA center and Reigning Defensive Player of the Year Joakim Noah, while the Hawks have 29 game wonder Al Horford. Even if Horford is miraculously healthy for this season, he remains a lesser passer, defender, and overall player than Noah. After watching the Spurs eviscerate the Heat in the NBA Finals this year, we became determined to build our team around the Spurs model. We have put together a roster with no weaknesses and copious amounts of passing, shooting, and defense. While the Hawks have a transcendent player in Chris Paul, he is surrounded by a mixture of scrubs, injury-prone players, and players on the decline. Throw home-court advantage on top of that, and we are confident that we will advance to the next round.
2.This Bulls teams is set up a lot like the San Antonio Spurs of 2013-14 in that we donít have a ball-dominant, bonafide #1 scorer. Instead, we feature all-star caliber players throughout the line-up who, playing team basketball, can make up for the fact that we donít have a top 5 player in the game. Why? Because we have solid defenders 1-5. We have amazing spacing with forwards like Parsons and Bosh that are very good jump shooters. We have a defensive anchor and force in the paint in Joakim Noah. We have a distributor in Goran Dragic who can also play off of the ball, allowing us some really juicy match-ups with both he and one of Livingston/Hinrich in the game. Overall, this is a team without one super flashy player, but the best team 1 through 5 in this entire mock by a mile.
3.Specifically on the Hawks, letís not forget what happens when CP3 has to play hero ball in the playoffs (and make no mistake, his supporting cast here is nothing special). His teams in New Orleans routinely featured at the bottom of the Western Conference playoff bracket, and were dispatched in the first round. The fact of the matter is, it is very hard to win with your PG as your best player. Itís doubly hard when the rest of your roster is pretty mediocre.