Atlanta Hawks vs Cleveland Cavaliers: A Flashback to the year 2000

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This Eastern Conference Finals matchup between the Atlanta Hawks and the Cleveland Cavaliers revisits a debate that’s been going on for years in the NBA. Which is more important, having more star players or playing better team basketball. Interestingly enough, this series looks like a mirror image of one of the best NBA Conference Finals in the last 15 years, the 2000 NBA Western Conference Finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Portland Trail Blazers. The 2000 La Lakers, much like this year’s Cleveland Cavaliers, had two main star players, Kobe and Shaq, but lacked real depth. The 2000 Portland Trail Blazers, much like the Atlanta Hawks, didn’t have a real star player but they had some really good players like Steve Smith, Rasheed Wallace, and a 34 year Scottie Pippen. The Trail Blazers also had good bench players like Bonzi Wells and Damon Stoudemire. What ended up happening was a historic and competitive 7 game series between the Lakers and the Trail Blazers. The Lakers eventually won and proved star power can beat an overall good team basketball. Hopefully the story is a little bit different for the Hawk’s sake but if this series is anything like the 2000 Western Conference Finals, we’re in for a good one.

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