Atlanta Hawks Update
The season is still early and many media markets are buzzing about the younger teams playing well in the Eastern Conference. Over the off season while other teams in the conference were becoming younger and looking to fill out there roster spots with athletic guards (Norris Cole, Kemba Walker and Kyrie Irving) instead the Atlanta Hawks went with a more veteran NBA ready roster.
The Atlanta Hawks added veterans Willie Green, Jannero Pargo, Vladimir Radmanovic, Jerry Stackhouse and Tracy Mc Grady to the roster this season. Atlanta Hawks coach Larry Drew really likes having the the presence of added veterans like Tracy Mc Grady and Jerry Stackhouse on the roster “Bringing in guys like that who have gone through the wars, they have a lot to add to our team from a guidance standpoint,” Drew said. “It enhances your locker room.”
The Atlanta Hawks now have all the ingredients of a championship style basketball team. Built around a solid core of superstar players Joe Johnson, Josh Smith and Al Horford with the guidance of Kirk Hinrich, Jerry Stackhouse and Tracy Mc Grady the Atlanta Hawks might not be flying under the radar for long. After the first 15 games of the 2011-2012 NBA season Atlanta Hawks sat perched atop the Southeast Division with an 11-4 record.
Flying under the radar and disrespected in NBA many circles the Atlanta Hawks have survived the initial blow of losing Al Horford to injury by defeating Charlotte, Minnesota, Toronto and Portland. The team seems focused with everyone contributing on and off the court.
“Everybody really made a conscious effort to step their play up, whether it was the bench or the starters,” Johnson said. “There’s an understanding that without Al, we’re missing a big piece of what we do here. Everybody has really focused in a lot more and really stepped their game up.”
Atlanta Hawks are looking to make an impact in the NBA this season by playing smart patient basketball with an emphasis on defense. The Hawks defense is currently holding opponents to 90.7 point per game this season. What’s really impressive is what the Hawks have done on the defensive end since Al Horfords injury holding opponents to 88.5 per game.
The Atlanta Hawks will try to keep the momentum coming as they finish off the month of January with their next 5 games on the road away from “The Highlight Factory” Phillips Arena.
Atlanta Hawks upcoming schedule:
01/23 Milwaukee 8:00 pm Away
01/25 San Antonio 8:30 pm Away
01/27 Detroit 7:30 pm Away
01/29 New Orleans 7:00 pm Away
01/31 Toronto 7:00 pm Away
By: Clenaure Carter
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