Instead, they got confirmation. And borderline humiliation.
They lost at home to the Miami Heat 115-111 Friday night. A close loss to Miami might not seem like such an embarrassment, given the Heat (30-24, .556) is now two percentage points better than the fifth-place Hawks (31-25, .554) in the Eastern Conference standings. But it was an inexcusable performance and result considering the Heat was missing their top three scorers: Dwyane Wade (injured), Chris Bosh (injured) and center Hassan Whiteside (suspended).