Sunday NBA Roundup: Can We Trust Atlanta Hawks’ Recent Success?

January 2nd, 2017 by Dan Favale Leave a reply »

Just when it seems like a good idea to pass judgment on the Atlanta Hawks, they make us question everything we think we know.

Sunday night offered a perfect portrait of this controlled chaos.

It began with's Marc Stein and Brian Windhorst reporting that Atlanta is open to trading soon-to-be free agents Kyle Korver, Paul Millsap and Thabo Sefolosha. It ended with the Hawks squeezing out a gutsy 114-112 overtime victory against the San Antonio Spurs, owners of the NBA's second-best record.

Now, like we did when they began the season 9-2, and as we did yet again when they dropped 10 of 11 contests, we're once more left to wonder: Who in the mother-loving heck are these Hawks?

It's tempting to buy back into their Eastern Conference threat level given recent success. They have won three straight and eight of their last 12. During this stretch, the Hawks are pumping in 107.2 points per 100 possessions—noticeably more flattering than the 99.0 they were tallying beforehand.

Beating the Spurs is, in a vacuum, a particularly encouraging sign. Atlanta trailed by as many as 10 poin ...

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