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NBA Power Rankings Roundup: Hawks Looking Fatigued

The Atlanta Hawks don't slide far but questions are starting to arise in this week's Power Rankings roundup.

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The Hawks have finished the west coast road trip and were fortunate enough to host the Spurs for their home game in a couple weeks.  The Hawks have suffered injuries and painful losses and yet only came away with 3-3 record which I am okay with.  But before I keep going with my thoughts on the Hawks, let's take a look at the weekly power rankings.

Drew Garrison of Sbnation.com gets things started by keeping the Hawks at No. 2 on his list.

The Hawks went 1-3 against a brutal schedule last week, dropping games to the Warriors, Thunder and Spurs. But Atlanta is still comfortably leading the East, and welcoming Kyle Korver back on Sunday was a step toward breaking out of this funk.

Next, John Schuhmann of NBA.com drops the Hawks to #3 on his ranking.

Kyle Korver was missed on offense at Golden State on Wednesday, but the Hawks' first three-game losing streak has been their worst three-game defensive stretch. Part of that has been the quality of the opposition (the Warriors, Thunder and Spurs), which is about to change. Their next six opponents are all below .500 and below-average offensively.

USAToday.com keeps the Hawks at No. 2 despite a few ugly losses.

Returning from a Western Conference road swing to face the Spurs on a Sunday doesn't seem fair.

Matt Moore of CBSSports.com drops the Hawks all the way to No. 8 in his latest ranking.

"Boy, I'm so glad we peaked in January," said no title contender, ever.

Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports begins to question the Hawks as he puts them at No. 3.

Is it time to worry about the Hawks, who are 10-6 since the All-Star break, including blowout losses to Golden State and San Antonio?

Next, Marc Stein of Espn.com puts the Hawks at No. 4 and tells everyone to relax.

The schedule and Kyle Korver's busted nose made it a rough week for the Hawks, who have slipped outside of our top three for the first time since Dec. 29. Yet they're still a top-10 team in both offensive and defensive efficiency ... with Thabo Sefolosha back soon. Hold your panic, please.

Matt Dollinger of SI.com drops the Hawks to No. 5 in his latest ranking.

While it’s easy to get skittish about the Hawks after seeing them lose three straight for the first time all season, it’s worth noting the defeats came against the Warriors, Thunder and Spurs. Atlanta can still be the best team in the East without being able to hang with the West.

Finally, Kurt Helin of NBC's Pro Basketball Talk points out how injuries might have hurt the Hawks.

They have lost three straight to top teams in the West (Warriors, Thunder, Spurs). Part of that was Kyle Korver being out for the first two, he is crucial to their offensive spacing. Also the loss of role guys Thabo Sefolosha and Mike Scott, has dinged them. Still, those three teams shredded the Atlanta defense, a very troubling sign. Easier schedule this week should get them rolling again.

As you can see the Hawks have taken a fall in the rankings.  Despite this, I feel that Atlanta will bounce back and find their rhythm again.  Hopefully they don't suffer any other injuries and get their walking wounded back on the court soon. As always, leave your thoughts in the comments.