Well thank goodness the Hawks beat the Bucks on the road because I needed something to forget the loss to the Raptors. But good news Hawks fans, the Hawks are still on top of the rankings and look to still be the best team in the east. So let's go look at the post all star NBA rankings.
First on the list, Drew Garrison of Sbnation.com keeps the Hawks at #2.
The Hawks lost back-to-back games for the first time since Nov. 18, but how many nights will Kyle Korver shoot 2-of-11 from deep? How many times will Lou Williams go 7-of-10 from the same range? Atlanta got back on track with a win over Milwaukee and should get back to its East-leading ways with that ugly loss to Toronto out of the way.
Next, John Schuhmann of NBA.com also puts the Hawks at #2 in his latest ranking.
They're still comfortably in first place, but the Hawks are 4-4 in February. An issue in each of the four losses has been the defensive glass, where the Pelicans, Grizzlies, Celtics and Raptors have averaged 16.3 offensive boards and 19.8 second chance points. Atlanta ranks last in defensive rebounding percentage this month and 23rd for the season.
Marc Stein of ESPN.com drops the Hawks to #3 and speaks of the recent offensive trouble.
The Hawks, held below 100 points in four of their last five games, haven't been outside our top two since Dec. 29. Could be worse, though. That mystery committee over at ESPN's Basketball Power Index has Atlanta at a mere No. 11 overall and FIFTH in the East behind the Cavs, Raps and Bulls.
Matt Dollinger of SI.com also puts the Hawks at #3.
Rather than mess with success, the best team in the East elected to stand pat at the trade deadline. The Hawks are just 4-4 in February, but their 19-game winning streak earlier this season proved what this current roster is capable of.
The guys over at USAToday.com wonder if the Hawks regressed as they rank them at #2.
Was that 1-3 stretch an aberration or a regression to what we should expect from them?
Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports also put the Hawks at #3 and points out there recent loss to the Raptors.
The Hawks have dropped three of their last five and four of eight, including a 25-point home loss to Toronto on Friday.
Matt Moore of CBSSports.com also wonders if the Hawks are regressing as he drops the Hawks to #2.
The Hawks have lost three of five, amazingly enough, even after their win over the Bucks Sunday. A concentration lapse or a sign of an unavoidable regression toward the mean?
And finally Kurt Helin of NBCsports.com notices that despite the rough month of February, they probably won't get caught for the top spot.
They seem to have hit the mid-season doldrums, they have gone 4-4 in their last eight, their offense isn’t executing at the same level as it had earlier in the season. Still, nobody in the East will catch them as the top seed.
That does it for the rankings and we still see that our Hawks are still hold the top three spots in most rankings. Anyway let me know what you guys think of the rankings in the comments.