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Johnson, Hawks keep earning respect

Originally Published: May 3, 2011
By Michael Wallace | ESPN.com

CHICAGO -- Before we get to why it happened -- breaking down details of just how the Atlanta Hawks dumped the league's No. 1 overall playoff seed into a 1-0 series deficit with Monday's victory over the Chicago Bulls -- you must understand how it was even possible.

You must comprehend the depths of the defiance that's fueling the Hawks in these playoffs.

You must appreciate what motivated Atlanta to turn a Chicago coronation -- with Tom Thibodeau presented with his ...

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