It is a well known fact amongst hard-core Since moving to Atlanta, the team has never reached the Conference Finals. The last 2 seasons have placed an exclamation mark on that stat because it is clear the team isn’t close to reaching that elusive playoff round.fans.
However, it is even more disturbing to look back at the history of the franchise in this Conference semi-finals round. It isn’t just 4-5 times they have gone to the Conference Semi’s and lost – or even 9 or 10 – but 14 times. That’s right, 0-14 in the Conference Semi-final round since moving to Atlanta . Here’s a quick recap:
2010 – Swept in 4 games by Orlando
2009 – Swept in 4 games by Cleveland
1999 – Swept in 4 games by New York
1997 – Lost in 5 games to Chicago
1996 – Lost in 5 games to Orlando
1994 – Lost in 6 games to Indiana
1988 – Lost in 7 games to Boston
1987 – Lost in 5 games to Detroit
1986 – Lost in 5 games to Boston
1980 – Lost in 5 games to Philadelphia
1979 – Lost in 7 games to Washington
1973 – Lost in 6 games to Boston
1972 – Lost in 6 games to Boston
1971 – Lost in 5 games to New York
That’s 0 for their last 12, 2 for their last 22, and an overall record of 18-56 in this cursed round.
Clearly, the best shot for this team to advance to the Conference Finals was 1988, where the team had a 3-2 series lead versus Boston and had Game 6 at the Omni. They lose by 2 at home in Game 6, and then by 2 again in Game 7 at Boston Garden.
The 1979 team also forced a Game 7 by blowing out Washington in Game 6 at home, but were beaten by 6 in the7.
Of teams that have been around as long as the Hawks, only the Clippers have not at least made the Conference Finals. In fact, every team that has been around since 1970 has made at least the except Atlanta, LAC, Sacramento, and Denver.
Now that the Falcons back-to-back winning seasons curse is gone, is this the new curse for Atlanta? There are certainly other options, but this run is pretty bad and has covered 40 years now. And the team has fittingly thrown in the last 2 seasons results to make things a little more painful...