The Cavs are the Cavs, but Atlanta had lost two straight and 9-of-11 and was in the lower third of the National Basketball Association in scoring.
Cleveland hit their first three three-pointers and had seven from beyond the arc as they took a 38-21 lead after one quarter. He also utilized some different combinations that worked a lot better than he thought.
Unlike Friday's debacle, the Hawks will be at full strength Sunday.
The club announced after the game that it became the third team to overcome a deficit of at least 26 points in the fourth quarter and win.
"This is nearly a reality check for us", Bradley went on. Atlanta has as much depth and talent as anyone in the league so why not consider the best-case scenario, which is Dwight Howard and company finding their stride at the ideal time of the year. You have to play like that every single game. "We're in second place [in the East] for a reason". "But I'll be all right".
The second half was like a completely different game.
Jae Crowder is finding it tough to explain. "For us, we've just got to think about what's ahead and move onto the next game". But that's not the way it goes.
"Everything is magnified once they come back like that", coach Tyronn Lue said.
The Celtics won Saturday, so the Cavs' magic number to clinch the top seed remains at two. The Celtics forgot they were a bunch of rowdies storming the castle and began acting/playing as if they were the aristocracy. "Let's not play today, '" Bradley said. We can't be the retaliators.
"We just need to come out aggressive on the defensive end", Horford said.
"It seems like there are times during the season - and it could be true - where we just say, 'the regular season is no big deal, '" Love said, relaxing in a quiet room before he spoke with hundreds of school kids at an area Boys & Girls Club.
As a team, Cleveland shot 25 percent on wide open threes and 23.5 percent on open threes Friday. Irving was called for a charge on the next possession and Hardaway again sank 1 of 2 at the line to increase the lead to four with 11.6 remaining.
Despite being ice cold from beyond the arc early, the Cavs just kept jacking 3 after 3 after 3 and missing 3 after 3 after 3.
It's more important that the Bostonians find a groove over their last three games. They are more methodical than flashy, yet they get the job done more often than not and have been rewarded with another trip to the postseason. I know what it is.
"We have to figure that out", he added after a win which lifted Washington to 48-31, level with Toronto, who had a rest day on Thursday.
Because the Celtics aren't the Cavaliers.
"Give them all the credit", Millsap said.
Then LeBron James fouled out in the overtime period on this play.
"Exactly", Bradley said. "And they have the experience".
Instead, they made a decision to take the night off on the floor. "They did a phenomenal job of coming in".
The Hawks were playing well most of the season, even getting their record to 37-29 after a March 11 win over the Memphis Grizzlies.