Through all the losing, injuries, and trade rumors: the Atlanta Hawks appear to be coming into the form they were at the start of the season.
The team has went 7-3 in their last 10 games and are currently on a 4 game winning streak. After an ugly start to the season, the team finally has found some confidence and it has shown through their play of late. The Dennis Schroder- Dwight Howard connection has improved, Paul Millsap is getting back into All-Star form, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Kyle Korver are forces coming off the bench, and we’re finally catching glimpses of last season’s Kent Bazemore. Offensively, the Hawks are getting better and the defense has improved tremendously since the losing streak. The Hawks are also currently 5th in the Eastern Conference after being near the bottom in the past weeks.
All of this sounds good right? Isn’t this the team that we’ve been waiting to see? Should we buy into this team’s success…again? Well, we’ll just have to see.
Just a reminder, this team started 9-2 and was #1 in the Eastern Conference. They had impressive wins against the Cavs and Rockets, and everything seemed to be going right for the team: and then they fell apart. Late November- Early December was by far the worst time for the team, and questions started to rise on if it was time to blow the team up ( even through all the losing they were still a couple of games out of 3rd place, so why rebuild?).
Then the injuries began to pile up. Paul Millsap, Dwight Howard, and Tim Hardaway Jr. missed multiples games, however the team still managed to be competitive on most nights.
And this is where we are now. The Hawks are finally starting to play well and the trade rumors come out of the blue. The players linked to the rumors are Paul Millsap, Thabo Sefolosha, and Kyle Korver. Nobody knows if there’s any truth to the rumors, but all the team can do is go out every night and keep up this level of play, and we’ll finally believe that they can be a force throughout the rest of the season.
What do you think? Are the Hawks back to their early season success, or are they just feeding us more false hope?