Tuesday , May , 06 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Cleveland Cavaliers Will Borrow Tactics from Atlanta Hawks

Brown said he and his coaching staff broke down the Hawks-Celtics series and "watched how Atlanta defended their shots and some of their players," in preparation for their second round foe, noting Cleveland "may use some of Atlanta’s ideas."

So despite many favoring the Celtics as odds-on favorites to win the title ever since Garnett and Allen came aboard last July, Cleveland actually learned a quick lesson watching Boston struggle against the upstart Hawks in the first round.

"We definitely saw some things," said reserve guard Devin Brown. "They (Boston) had that arrogance about them all season because they won all those games, and you didn’t want to see them. But after seeing what we saw, we are ready to go." [Hoopsworld]