--Hawks center Zaza Pachulia wasn't sure if it was real, the white stuff sticking to the trees outside of his house Sunday afternoon.His coach couldn't stop smiling about it Sunday night, relishing his first "real" snowfall since coming to town five years ago.
"We had the ice storm a couple years back but this was snow," Hawks coach Mike Woodson said before the Hawks faced Cleveland Sunday night. "That was major league snow out there. Granted, I hope no one was in harm's way because of it, but for a guy like me (from Indiana) it was nice to see. You always knew what time it was growing up when there was snow on the trees."
Pachulia said he resisted the urge to take his infant son Davit out and let him experience his first snow. Instead of frolicking in the snow they admired it from afar and stayed warm.
"It looked great from the inside," Pachulia said smiling and still shaking his head at the idea of a March snowstorm in Atlanta. "I still can't believe it actually happened. But it was cool, just the way it smelled outside once the snow started falling. You never know what you are going to get in Atlanta."
--Philips Arena is notorious for its late-arriving crowds on game nights.
There was no such problem Sunday. The weather didn't do anything to deter the sellout crowd from showing up on time for the game.
There were hardly any empty seats in Philips Arena when Cavaliers superstar LeBron James did his ritual rosin toss at the scorers' table just before the opening tip.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "To play as well as we did and then to lose on a free throw, to lose by one point is hard to swallow. I've said it my whole life and it hits home tonight, I'd rather lose by 100 points than lose by one. Because there are so many little things you can do to make up for that. And we can't get it back." -- Marvin Williams, on the way the Hawks lost to the Cavaliers.