Outside of the disappointing game last Monday against the Heat where we were just beat by the defending champions, Atlanta has played pretty well despite being riddled with injuries. With a big wins against the Lakers and Brooklyn, I'm expecting us to move up. But let me stop talking and let you guys have a look at where we rank this week in the power rankings. So first up we have Jeff Schuhmann of NBA.com who moves us up to #13.
Devin Harris played just nine minutes in Brooklyn on Sunday, but the Hawks have won three straight with him back in the starting lineup (a result of Jeff Teague's recent ankle injury) and are 18-8 overall in games Harris has started. Of course, Larry Drew changes his starting lineup more often than Harris changes direction, so there's really no sense in pointing out any pattern of success.
Next on the list is Marc Stein of espn.com moves us up 4 spots to #12.
It's a lot easier to pull off in the East than the West, true, but Atlanta has proven that you can stay competitive even with a team filled with guys on expiring contracts while you're planning ahead for free agency. The Mavs, who happen to be visiting town Monday night, are surely envious.
Matt Dollinger of SI.com decided to do movie titles and moved us to #14.
Ocean's Thirteen. This is likely the last go-around for the Josh Smith-led Hawks. Atlanta has nine players on expiring contracts and will look drastically different next season. But before the breakup, Smith will try to lead the Hawks past the second round of the playoffs, something they've failed to do despite making the postseason the last five years.