Things aren’t too pretty right now in Atlanta. By the end of this road trip the Atlanta Hawks might be in contention to challenge Cleveland for the title of “Sadness Factory” because this team just can’t catch a break. This past week has been another chapter in the sob story that has been the Hawks’ season since Al Horford went down for the year.
The Hawks have currently lost 14 of their last 15, including six straight. Granted, the last four have come against the Suns, Trail Blazers, Warriors and Clippers, which are all playoff contenders in the very difficult West. Not only that, but on Wednesday one of the lone bright spots for the team was snuffed out. Kyle Korver’s streak of consecutive games with a made three-pointer ended at 127 games. Ultimately it wasn’t a game-changing kind of streak and in many cases it was often forced at the expense of being predictable. However, it was the kind of streak that held a lot of nominal value and was something any Hawks fan could at least root for, no matter what was on the scoreboard. It was a lot of fun while it lasted and at least now the pressure is off Kyle and the team to try and keep it going. That being said, he’s probably going to make a pretty strong run at it.
In spite of everything however, the Hawks still hold the eighth seed in the East by 2.5 games, which goes to show how terrible the East. If the Hawks are able to maintain a pulse for the final 18 games of the season then there is a very good chance they could stumble into the playoffs.
But maintaining a pulse could be hard because the Hawks have been on life alert for a while now.
Fortunately though Paul Millsap and Pero Antic have returned which will help return competent depth to the frontcourt. The Hawks next three games are also against the Jazz, Bucks and Nuggets, which are all teams below .500 and out of the playoff picture. Hopefully they’ll pull out a few wins to get the ship righted again.
At this point in the season there’s really not much else to do other than push forward. Even if the Hawks were to fall out of the playoff race they would still likely finish with one of the better records for lottery teams, making it very unlikely for a high draft pick. At the very least, making the playoffs would be a moral victory and for a team which has had nothing but misery it would be a win in itself.