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Atlanta Hawks: Fading Fast.

ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 13: Dwight Howard #8 of the Atlanta Hawks looks on during the game against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on October 13, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. NOTE TO USER User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The Grey Backed Hawk is an endangered animal.

The Hawaiian Hawk is on the list as well.

Granted there is nothing humorous about that, and something that should we all should be conscious of, but the Atlanta Hawks are finding themselves in that book, after having lost 7 straight games and currently sit at 10-12, 10th place in the East.

After a convincing win in Indiana that saw Dwight Howard power his way for 23 pts and 20 rbs, it looked as if the Hawks finally found their stride getting off of a 4 game skid. That was November 23rd. Fast forward to December 6th.

23rd in PPG – 100

We all saw the formula ramp its way up last season when Atlanta sacrificed O for D, and was challenging teams better than before. Although this time around, points don’t seem to come as well when Paul Millsap is on the bench, or when Schroeder is not hitting jumpers, or Kent Bazemore can’t find the hoop. Let’s not forget about Kyle Korver who has flashed games without a reasonable stat sheet either.

11th in OPPG – 102

Speaking of D, for a team that once had the #1 best defensive efficiency rating, they sure aren’t showing it. It’s better than last place, but why is it fair to keep giving up what you aren’t even making? The team is 2nd in steals though which is fine, but can they maybe ramp it up a little to not allow 40 points in the paint?

Next 7 Games

The Hawks will see 4 teams out of the next 7 games with winning records (Bucks, Raptor, Hornets, and Thunder) Seeing that the team is already 2.5 games behind Charlotte and 2nd in the Division, that game will mean a lot coming up. However this is a chance to at least go in for the kill against a few of these juggernauts even when no one else thinks you can. A win against any one of these teams could make a big difference going forward.

Do you think the Hawks have a chance to climb back up in the East? Is there something going on between the team we may not know?

Comment below, and for all your NBA action, keep you sneakers racked at!

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