ATLANTA GA - FEBRUARY 12: Josh Smith #5 of the Atlanta Hawks waits for an inbounds pass by the Charlotte Bobcats at Philips Arena on February 12 2011 in Atlanta Georgia. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and/or using this Photograph user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
After falling to No. 12 last week on the heels of an undefeated week there was little doubt that Atlanta would be plummeting in the rankings once again after last week's disaster. The damage wasn't as bad as I originally thought with the Hawks dropping two spots to No. 14 in this week's NBA Power Rankings.
14. Atlanta Hawks (34-20, Prev: #12) -- Atlanta's soft record to date will come back to make the team look far less dangerous by the end of the season, unless the team can put together some consistent runs. That means no more 34-point losses to Philadelphia. (Hey, at least when the Hawks lose they lose in style.)
Tom is right about one thing, we do everything in style around here.
Pace: 92.3 (25), Off: 104.4 (15), Def: 103.4 (13)
What's worse: Losing by 34 or blowing a 22-point lead and getting beat at the buzzer? The Hawks suffered both indignities last week and, to make it worse, those were the only two games they played. Atlanta is 7-6 in its last 13 games, but has been outscored by 50 points in that span.
What is worse? I am not sure that I have an answer.
Do the Hawks even want home-court advantage in their seemingly unavoidable first-round reunion with Orlando? Valid question after Atlanta couldn't hold a 22-point lead at Philips Arena against the up-and-down Bobs.