When the Boston Celtics landed in Atlanta, Georgia, at 4am for a game later that night, you could almost hear the old bones creaking as they disembarked the charter flight.
They were going to face the home team, the angry Hawks who were out for bear.
Of course, Margaret Mitchell could not have predicted whether tomorrow would be another day. And, few in Boston would have thought that the Celtics could survive being "gone with the wind" after a back-to-back game.
Instead, the Celtics became the home team in Atlanta. Yes, there were more green-donned fans in the stands than Hawk fans. It was a clear-cut case of the Atlanta Celtics marching through Georgia.
If you asked Kevin Garnett in the first half whether he gave a dam-you would have heard foul Yankee language. At one point the Celtics were down by 19 points by halftime. Rebel fans could see Scarlett Rondo raise his emerald green fist and swear he would never be such a bad loser again.
When the second half began, the Celtics were a Mack truck coming down Peachtree Street and careening into a Hawk henhouse. Peachtree runs north for you carpetbaggers, but the Celtics had no intention of going south for this game.
Giddy fans saw this game as a watershed and turning point of the season. Rondo would do whatever it took, including turning his suitors like Cap'n Butler Paul Pierce in his partner.
Jarod Sullinger and Avery Bradley began to look like the Tarleton Twins-and Hawk Josh Smith turned into effete Ashley Wilkes.
You had to feel sorry for the team in red because they were interlopers in their own Tara arena. Yes, indeed 'Johnny' Rondo had come marching and made Atlanta his home.