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Hawks earn passing grade for regular season from CBSSports.com

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The Atlanta Hawks had a roller coaster ride through the regular season but earned their seventh straight trip to the NBA Playoffs along the way.

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CBSSports.com's Royce Young gives the Atlanta Hawks a C+ for their 38-44 regular season that earned them their seventh straight trip to the NBA Playoffs.

To make the postseason seems like an achievement, considering they lost their best player not even halfway through when Al Horford went down. Yep, being in the playoffs at 38-44 doesn't seem right or fair, but the Hawks are there, for a seventh straight season.

Kind of hard to argue for a higher grade given the team's record. When you watch them you know that when healthy they are a much better team than their record suggests but at the end of the day the results are what they are. Over the course of the season Young gave the Hawks a C+ for the first quarter, a B- at midseason and a C- for the third quarter.

Atlanta looked like they were just starting to put things together when Al Horford was lost on December 26. Atlanta hung in there for a month without Horford before a string of more injuries to their frontcourt derailed their season. Atlanta lost 14 of 15 in February and March and followed up a brief five game win streak with six more straight losses.

The Hawks finished strong in April going 6-3 with wins over Indiana, Brooklyn and Miami to hold off the Knicks for the last playoff spot in the conference.

Exit Question: What grade would you give the Atlanta Hawks on their regular season?