In Mike Budenholzer’s first year as coach, the Atlanta squad — led by DeMarre Carroll, Jeff Teague, Paul Millsap and Kyle Korver — faced the Eastern Conference’s top team, the Indiana Pacers, as the eighth seed.
The Hawks did the unprecedented, taking Games 1 and 5 in Indiana, behind a three-point barrage. In the midst of a 3-2 series disadvantage, Indiana was in danger of becoming the sixth first-seeded team to lose a series to an eight-seeded team in NBA history. Alas, the Pacers’ defense kept the Hawks in check taking the final two games to advance. Indiana lost to Miami in the conference finals.
Sub-.500 teams are 0-26 in first-round matchups.