PER Diem: May 5, 2009

Atlanta is a long shot, but here are five things the Hawks must do to upset the Cavs

Updated: May 5, 2009, 7:22 PM ET
By John Hollinger | ESPN.com

"Nobody believed in us!" is a common refrain by players after an important win, but rarely is it true. More often it's just a motivational ploy concocted in the locker room, often by teams that are actually favored.

The Atlanta Hawks are an exception to that rule, however. Tonight they open a best-of-seven series against the Cleveland Cavaliers, and I have yet to meet a single person who thinks they'll win. I live in Atlanta, mind you. Truly, nobody believes in them.

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