In what’s starting to become a regular occurrence, the Atlanta Hawks faced up to the prospect of four games in five days in the past week. Coming off the back of a mentally draining second half collapse against the Boston Celtics in Philips Arena last Saturday, head coach Mike Budenholzer was challenged with lifting his team’s spirits as they headed into a gruelling two weeks.
The first game of the week saw divisional rivals the Orlando Magic arrive in Atlanta on Tuesday, looking to avenge the Hawks victory from just over two weeks previously in their first meeting of the season. On Wednesday, the Hawks traveled out to Houston to face Dwight Howard‘s Rockets for the first time since he chose to sign with Houston over Atlanta, among others, this summer. There was Texan opposition again on Friday night, as the Mav’s came to Atlanta trying to sweep the season series following their opening night victory. Then the week finished off in the nation’s capital, as the Hawks faced up against against the last remaining team they were yet to play in their division, the Washington Wizards.
The Hawks finish the week 1-3, and with tough games ahead, facing a challenge to stay above .500.