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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Time to show the Hawks some love? Not quite.

Posted By on Thu, Mar 3, 2011 at 12:47 PM

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It's no secret that the Atlanta Hawks haven't gotten too much love around these parts—and mostly for good reason.

After resigning Joe Johnson to an absurd contract and falling back to the middle of the pack in the Eastern Conference so far this season, it's been difficult to watch the Hawks at times over the past 4-5 months.

A 100-59 blowout at the hands of the New Orleans Hornets on Jan. 21 and the 117-83 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Feb. 8 were two of the most recent examples that maybe this year's Hawks team wasn't quite up to snuff.

And last night started off in a similar fashion...

Trailing 14-0 last night at home to the Chicago Bulls, it appeared that Atlanta was on its way to another embarrassing home loss and that the distance between the Hawks and the NBA's elite had expanded even further than we all thought.

But thanks to Al Horford's 31 points and 16 rebounds—and perhaps the absence of the man pictured above—Atlanta was able to weather the early storm brought on by Derrick Rose and Co. in last night's matchup and win one of the biggest games in recent memory.

While we're still a long away from the start of the playoffs—and even further away from their culmination—Atlanta's performance last night was reminiscent to those of the 2008 opening-round playoff series against the Boston Celtics.

All that being said, it would behoove the Atlanta community to continue tempering its expectations of this team as yet another early-round playoff exit remains a likely outcome.

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