As of this very moment the Atlanta Hawks are lottery bound. With that said, John Hollinger's playoff odds is still predicting the Hawks end up in the eighth spot by the season's end. Whether or not the Hawks should tank to get into the lottery has been a polarizing discussion among a lot of Hawks fans. The team has won just one of their last eight games, but they're fighting. Before this horrid stretch the team reeled off five wins in a row, which happened to be their longest winning streak of the season. It's certainly been a peculiar month of basketball.
What Went Right:
- Instead of completely imploding the team won five straight after previously losing six straight. Just another example of this team responding well to adversity.
- Jeff Teague Reversal Layup
- Teague took the most threes -- 47 -- of the season in March, and made them at an impressive 38 percent clip. Teague also compiled 99 assists, his most post-Al Horford, along with getting to the free throw line 68 times and converting at a 86.8 percent rate.
- Carroll had another solid month. Carroll shot 36.5 percent from three, and the Hawks were a +1.1 when he was on the floor this month.
- Korver shot 50.9 percent from three in March, and had an ORtg of 128. What more do you want from the guy?
- Dennis Schroder got consistent playing time.
What Went Wrong:
- Paul Millsap regressed to the mean from beyond the arc. Millsap took 52 threes, most since December, but made just 32.7 percent of them. In December, Millsap took 55 threes and made 41.8 percent of them. That drop off hurt in March. I also found it interesting Millsap is shooting 26.7 percent from 3-point land at home, but 42.6 percent on the road.
- Kyle Korver and DeMarre Carroll caught the injury bug. The Hawks are a completely different team when either one misses time.
- Lou Williams had another really bad month. Granted, he only played 211 minutes, but Lou had a +/- of -18.8 in March. His worst of the season. Lou shot 23.5 percent from 3-point land and had a DRtg of 114.
- Pero Antic registered the highest minute total this season, 335, and that wasn't a good thing. Antic had an ORtg of 96 and a DRtg of 108 in March. Compound that with 30 percent from 3-point land on 70 attempts. Antic is a good role player, he's just playing too many minutes.
- Mike Scott is sophomore slumpin', or something. Scott shot 16.7 percent from 3-point land in March. Add in ORtg of 84 and a DRtg of 112 and Scott was a -12.2 on the floor for the Hawks in March. Hopefully he gets back on track in the final stretch because the Hawks need his offense off the bench.
Sure, we'd all like things to be better. But things are still pretty good when you put everything into perspective.
It's a shame the Hawks have a solid coaching/GM situation, draft picks and cap flexibility but lack the Knicks' passion for the 8th seed.— Bret LaGree (@hoopinion) April 3, 2014
This team is going to keep fighting to make the playoffs, and they still have a pretty good chance of making the playoffs. With the Indiana Pacers looking vulnerable lately perhaps making the playoffs and taking Indiana to five or six games would be hugely beneficial for the young players going forward. Perhaps the fanbase too. The Hawks are starting to get healthy again, and maybe that makes a big difference for how March plays out. Either way, April figures to be a lot of fun as the Cleveland Cavaliers and New York Knicks try and take the last playoff spot from the Hawks.
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