Well another week is in the books and we didn't get a chance to see the winning streak make its way to 10. Still either way I will take 9 straight wins. Anyway, let's see where the writers from around the nation ranked our Hawks in this weeks edition of the power rankings.]
John Schuhmann of NBA.com will start things off for us as he drops the Hawks to No. 12.
The Hawks' winning streak came to an end in Orlando on Saturday and we're about to find out what they're really made of. They've played the easiest schedule in the league and haven't faced a team that currently has a winning record in almost three weeks. But only two of their next 14 games (both on the road) are against teams with losing records.
SB Nation's Drew Garrison moves the Hawks up three spots to No. 9
The Hawks have gone 9-1 over their last 10 games, surging up the Eastern Conference rankings. They were seconds away from being 10-0 in that same stretch, but a buzzer-beater from Tobias Harris sapped their great streak.
Next Marc Stein of ESPN.com decides to keep the Hawks at No. 12.
Make that two L's at the buzzer for the Hawks thanks to Lance Stephenson and now Tobias Harris. So think about it: Thanks to that nine-game winning streak in which it outscored the opposition by an average of 14.0 PPG, Atlanta would be leading the East had it won those two heartbreakers.
USA Today puts the Hawks at No. 10 and makes recognition of the new hire.
Hiring a diversity officer was a good first move for a franchise that must rebuild its community image.
Matt Dollinger of SI.com drops the Hawks to No. 11 in his ranking and makes recognition of the upcoming schedule.
Atlanta's nine-game winning streak ended on a buzzer beater from Orlando's Tobias Harris, but a reality check was likely coming anyway this week because the Hawks will face the Bulls, Cavaliers and Rockets. The Hawks have played the league's easiest schedule, according to ESPN.com.
Kurt Helin of NBCsports.com also puts the Hawks at No. 12 and also makes mention of the schedule.
It wasn’t pretty when their winning streak was snapped by the Magic. The Hawks have played the easiest schedule in the NBA so far but that is about to change: Bulls, Cavaliers (twice), Rockets, Mavericks, Clippers, and Bucks (twice) make up the next eight games.
Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports ranks the hometeam at No. 11 and thinks this will be a good test for the team.
The Hawks’ next two games are against two fellow East contenders in Chicago and Cleveland.
Finally, Matt Moore of Cbssports.com puts the Hawks at No. 4 in his ranking.
Atlanta's defense has straight-up, multiple-personality disorder. Some nights they're a saloon door, some nights they're a reinforced steel gate. But either way, the Hawks are in some kind of groove and have solid play at every position. The loss to Orlando was a fun game they happened to lose. Still high on this squad.
Well that does it for this week in the power ranking roundup. The Hawks seem to hover in the same spot as they did last week and if we keep our fingers crossed, we can see the team make a jump into the top 10 next week. Anyway as always let me know what you guys think in the comments.