Hawks As High As 8th In Latest Power Rankings
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Right now, the Hawks have won six straight games, holding their opponents to just 96 points per 100 possessions. Eleven of their next 12 games are either at home or against a team currently under .500.
Winners of seven in a row thanks to fantastic defensive play, but how hard will the Kyle Korver loss hit them? And how will they deal with the sword hanging over their head in the form of impending Paul Millsap and Thabo Sefolosha trades? Did this win streak build up enough of a cushion to keep them in the playoffs when those trades come down? Plenty of questions in Atlanta, but they are just three games from falling out of the playoffs right now in the crowded East.
The lineup of Dennis Schroder, Thabo Sefolosha, Kent Bazemore, Paul Millsap and Dwight Howard has been the league’s most efficient defensive group (minimum 100 minutes played).
They're considering a total teardown ... so of course the team goes out and wins six straight. Don't be surprised if a stupid-easy schedule through the trade deadline scuttles any future trades.
The Hawks are quietly riding a six-game winning streak and enter the week sitting in fourth place in the East.