Well another tough week for the Hawks and another tough week due to injuries for this team. The Hawks have had a tough time and are still struggling due to the lack of size on the roster.
Anyway before I rant due to the recent losing streak, let's start things off in the rankings, where Jason Patt of SBNation.com placing the Hawks at #18 and notices we are still somehow in the playoff hunt.
The Hawks are hanging on for dear life in the East, lucky to still have some breathing room because the conference is so bad. But hey, Kyle Korver still has his streak going!
Kurt Helin of NBCSports.com moves the Hawks down a spot to #19 and notices the upcoming schedule may be tough.
They are 1-9 in their last 10 games and are barely holding on to the final playoff spot in the East. Things don’t get easier this week on a West Coast road swing with the Trail Blazers, Warriors and Clippers on the docket. The Hawks really miss Paul Millsap and his return in the coming week or two would be a huge boost.
You're supposed to put pressure on the wound, Atlanta. Not bleed everywhere.
The guys over at USAToday.com put the Hawks at #18 and say that if the injuries never happened, Coach Bud should be a Coach of the Year candidate.
When you factor in health, Mike Budenholzer is a solid coach of the year candidate.
John Schuhmann of NBA.com moves the Hawks down to #19 due to the recent losing streak. On the bright side, he realizes we are undermanned and still fighting.
They're not getting blown out on a regular basis like the Sixers, haven't obviously let go of the rope like the Knicks, and could get Paul Millsap back soon. But the Hawks have lost 11 of their last 12 games and continue a tough road trip this week. Amazingly, they still have a 3 1/2 game lead for the final playoff spot in the East, with only Cleveland looking like it has any shot to challenge them.
Marc Stein of ESPN.com puts the Hawks at #20 after having a rough month of February.
The Hawks were No. 3 in the Leastern Conference on Feb. 1. They were down to No. 8 on March 1 thanks to a 2-10 record in February. But before you conclude that means they'll be 13th come April 1, show us even two teams capable of erasing the 4.5 games that currently separate Atlanta from the lottery.
Matt Dollinger of SI.com drops the Hawks to this weeks worst #22 and suddenly realizes the possibility of stealth tanking.
The Hawks could miss the playoffs for the first time in seven years if their struggles continue -- but that's a good thing. Atlanta, which has lost 11 of 12, never advanced past the second round in any of those postseason campaigns. And as general manager Danny Ferry surely realizes, sometimes you have to get worse to get better in the NBA.
Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports drops Atlanta to #19 and well....... just check out what he has to say.
Ex-Hawks forward Ivan Johnson is back in the United States after playing in China and is available to sign with an NBA team.
Finally Jimmy Spencer of FOXSports.com drops our home team to #18 and points out the struggles and being undermanned.
The Hawks are battling; you’ve got to give them that. They’re undermanned but pushing nonetheless, yet the losing results continue to spiral them further down the standings. The Hawks, once seen as a favorite to land with a No. 3 or 4 seed in the East (by default), are now barely clinging to the No. 8 spot after losing nine of 10.
Well that does it for the Hawks this week in the rankings. Surprisingly we haven't had that many ranks in the 20's and it's nice to see the other writers see how undermanned this team is. Anyway be sure to check out the links for the full rankings and be sure to let me know what you guys think in the comment section.