Blame it all on the Hawks.
They wanted to be extra. They wanted something the fans would be excited about. They wanted a new practice facility and a revamped arena. The Hawks are paying for it too, out of their pockets and in their first five games of the season.
The Hawks start their season on a 5-game road trip, and they’re the only team in the league that’s doing this. This will definitely be a challenge for the team, but these games will tell us what we need to know about the them.
They start the season against Dallas, Charlotte, Brooklyn, Miami, and Chicago. Doesn’t sound that bad does it?
In recent years, I’m sure many experts would have Atlanta winning all five games, but with this new team anything is possible. The players on the team are saying they’re not thinking about tanking, but with not much talent on the team it would seem like a good idea to just fight for a high draft pick. Nevertheless, if the Hawks play like they say they’re going to, they could surprise some people. But it all starts with these five games.
Dallas looks like a sneaky team that could beat you, but they’re still not a team to take too serious. They have some young talent in Dennis Smith Jr. and Nerlens Noel and some solid veterans like Dirk and Wesley Matthews. No matter the talent, it seems like the Hawks have had the Maverick’s number in the past years. Charlotte is the same in this case. They recently lost Nicolas Batum for 6-8 weeks which I think impacts them a lot, but we’ll see.
Brooklyn and Chicago look like easy wins for the Hawks, but that’s something we cant set in stone yet. Brooklyn added D’Angelo Russell and Demarre Carrol in the offseason which could make them somewhat competitive (in the East I should say). The Hawks did lose to the Nets last season and they had an arsenal of Paul Millsap, Dwight Howard and Tim Hardaway, so we’ll never know. Chicago isn’t someone they should be worried about, they’re best player is probably Nikola Mirotic.
The team that may give the Hawks the most challenge is the Miami Heat. They thing with the Heat is that they don’t have much talent either, but they’re all on one page (and have a good coach in Erik Spoelstra). The Heat fell short of the playoffs last year after going on a big run in the 2nd half of the season. If we see that 2nd half team, I could say there’s no way we win. If we see the 14-30 Miami Heat, the Hawks have a great chance of winning. I doubt we’ll see that team though.
The Hawks can easily go 4-1 or 1-4 in their first 5 games. If they go 4-1, we’ll have to give this team some props. Not only did they win 4 games to start the season, but they did it all on the road. Now if this team comes out and stinks it up, we could say we all saw it coming. What do you all think? Do you think we’ll see the good Hawks or the bad Hawks to start the season?