Atlanta Hawks arrive at a lighter end of the calendar at the right time


Despite their loss to the New York Knicks on Saturday, the Atlanta Hawks have just completed their best part of the season. A seven-game winning streak has propelled the Hawks into the playoff picture and now with a light part of the schedule ahead, the Hawks will be thankful to rest.

On October 28, the Atlanta Hawks were seated at 3-2 and on the road in Washington to face the Wizards. The Hawks would lose eight of their next nine games to drop to 4-9 this season.

A mini-panic ensued as the Hawks’ season seemed to spiral out of control at the start of the season.

But they continued to right the ship, winning seven of their next eight games, including a seven-game winning streak.

The Atlanta Hawks have been through a very difficult part of their schedule

Losing to the New York Knicks would end that seven-game winning streak, but the Hawks have proven to the league, and especially to themselves, that this is still the same team that is on the verge of the NBA Finals last season.

After a tough part of the season, which included a West Coast swing against some of the best teams the West has to offer, the Hawks came home and acclimated to their way of winning. Their seven-game winning streak began with a five-game home streak that saw the Hawks defeat teams like the Bucks and Celtics and help the young team build all-important confidence.

The Hawks continued their momentum after the home streak with wins over San Antonio and Memphis. It wasn’t until the Hawks came home to face the Knicks that their winning streak was interrupted, in part due to a five-game seven-night streak.

Now the Hawks are going to get some rest. After Saturday night’s loss to New York, Atlanta will be on the pitch for the first time in four days on Wednesday, December 1.

After that, the Hawks will only have five games over the next two weeks, with the majority of games in Atlanta. The break in action could not have come at a better time with injuries piling up in some of the team’s key players.

De’Andre Hunter fell to the Golden State Warriors on Nov. 8 and will be out for the next 8 weeks after requiring surgery. Bogdan Bogdanovic fell on Sunday due to a sprained ankle and will be out for at least 2 weeks. Cam Reddish has sprained his wrist and may be running out of time depending on how he responds to the daily treatment.

Fortunately, the Hawks are one of the deepest teams in all of the NBA, so if a team can sustain injuries to key players, the team should be able to hang in there while they wait for their guys to heal.

The Hawks will count on Kevin Huerter, Solomon Hill and Skylar Mays to take over from missing contributors. Only time will tell how this team reacts and molds itself with the missing players, but as this team showed last season, Coach McMillian is very capable of getting his team to perform under pressure.

While the loss of some key players will hurt the Hawks, the team has had some massive performances from people like Clint Capela and John collins.

Directed by Young Traé, this team should have no problem navigating this part of the season while facing troublesome injuries. The seven-game winning streak was led by Capela and Collins’ best game of the season so far.

With a light schedule ahead of the Hawks, the team are set to continue their winning streak until the next quarter of the season.


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