Well, you can give Atlanta Hawks guard/forward DeMarre Carroll a badge for not being cliche.
The veteran swingman recently suggested that he doesn’t think it would be a big deal if his Atlanta Hawks miss the playoffs.
“I don’t think it’d be that big of a deal,” Carroll said. “Nobody expected us to be in the top eight. Our biggest thing is, don’t worry about the playoffs. It’s about building the system.”
While what Carroll is saying is understandable, in terms of building the system, if you have an opportunity to make the postseason – you want to do it.
The Hawks currently sit tied with the New York Knicks for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference and will play either the Indiana Pacers or Miami Heat if they are to make the postseason. In short, their playoff run is unlikely to be very long, but the playoffs are the playoffs and not caring if you make them isn’t a sentiment often held.
Atlanta has been in a tailspin the past few months, this after being in the Eastern Conference’s top five for the vast majority of the season.