The Atlanta Hawks entered the past week in desperate need of being healthy, and picking up some wins. Although it would have seemed improbable only two months ago when the Hawks were in the third spot in the Eastern Conference, the Knicks recent resurgence has made the prospect of the Hawks missing the playoffs a genuine possibility. Having lost six straight games, and with lineups constantly rotating due to injury, regaining confidence with improved performances and wins was a must.
The week opened up at home in Philips Arena as the Philadelphia 76ers arrived in town for the first of three straight home games. The Sixers were reinvigorated and dangerous, fresh off the back of their first win in 27 games, meaning the Hawks couldn’t take anything for granted. On Wednesday, it was the Bulls that were the visitors in the ATL. Chicago have represented a brick wall for the Hawks in recent years, and that has continued this season as the Bulls looked to complete the series sweep in this game. Finally, the Cavaliers were the visitors on Friday in a crucial game in the chase for the Eastern Conference’s eighth seed.
The Hawks finished the week at 2-1, as the clock continued to count down towards the playoffs.