The Atlanta Hawks dropped their second straight game on Sunday to fall to 31-37 on the season. Despite the loss, they still maintain a relatively healthy lead over the New York Knicks who saw their eight-game winning streak end on Sunday with a loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Here is a look at the full standings:
|7. Charlotte Bobcats||34||36||17.0|
|8. Atlanta Hawks||31||37||19.0|
|9. New York Knicks||29||41||22.0|
|10. Cleveland Cavaliers||27||44||24.5|
As you can see, the Hawks are three up on the Knicks and four up in the loss column. Atlanta has slipped to two games back of the Bobcats for seventh place.
Here is a look at Atlanta's remaining schedule:
|Mon Mar 24||vs Phoenix||7:30||SportSouth|
|Wed Mar 26||@ Minnesota||8:00||SportSouth|
|Thur Mar 27||vs Portland||7:30||SportSouth|
|Sat Mar 29||@ Washington||8:00||SportSouth|
|Mon Mar 31||vs Philadelphia||7:30||SportSouth|
|Wed Apr 2||vs Chicago||7:30||SportSouth|
|Fri Apr 4||vs Cleveland||7:30||SportSouth|
|Sun Apr 6||@ Indiana||6:00||SportSouth|
|Tues Apr 8||vs Detroit||7:30||SportSouth|
|Wed Apr 9||vs Boston||7:30||SportSouth|
|Fri Apr 11||@ Brooklyn||7:30||SportSouth|
|Sat Apr 12||vs Miami||7:30||SportSouth|
|Mon Apr 14||vs Charlotte||7:30||SportSouth|
|Wed Apr 16||@ Milwaukee||8:00||ESPN|
Atlanta has 14 games remaining and eight against teams that are currently at or above .500. However, nine of those 14 will be played at Philips Arena where Atlanta has performed much better this season. The Hawks are 20-12 at home versus 11-25 on the road.
Here is a look at the Knicks' remaining schedule:
|Tue Mar 25||@ Lakers||10:30||TNT|
|Wed Mar 26||@ Sacramento||10:00||League Pass|
|Fri Mar 28||@ Phoenix||10:00||League Pass|
|Sun Mar 30||@ Golden State||9:00||League Pass|
|Mon Mar 31||@ Utah||9:00||League Pass|
|Wed Apr 2||vs Brooklyn||7:00||ESPN|
|Fri Apr 4||vs Washington||7:30||League Pass|
|Sun Apr 6||@ Miami||1:00||ABC|
|Fri Apr 11||@ Toronto||7:00||League Pass|
|Sun Apr 13||vs Chicago||7:30||League Pass|
|Tue Apr 15||@ Brooklyn||8:00||TNT|
|Wed Apr 16||vs Toronto||8:00||League Pass|
New York begins a five game west-coast run on Tuesday in Los Angeles against the Lakers. Just four of the Knicks' remaining 12 games will be played at Madison Square Garden. Nine of New York's final 12 games will be played against teams with a better than .500 record.
Remember Atlanta is still four up in the loss column beginning this final stretch. There is a better than good possibility that the Hawks continue to struggle but the Knicks are going to have to be near perfect to make it happen. Its not impossible but New York is fighting a big uphill battle.