The Atlanta Hawks have overcame a nice bit of adversity so far through the first half of the season. Injuries, new players and a lack of practice hasn't prevented the Hawks from having success, as their 20-14 record has them positioned as the 6th-best team in the competitive Eastern conference.
The Hawks did well after the loss of Al Horford for the remainder of the season, as players like Jeff Teague and Zaza Pachulia stepped up admirably. However, over the long haul one must ask if head coach Larry Drew can keep the Hawks on the uptick. Atlanta was just 4-8 in the month of February and the schedule doesn't get any easier as games versus Oklahoma City and Miami loom in the next five games.
Here are the updated conference standings through the first half of the season.
|New York Knicks||35||17-18||.486|
|New Jersey Nets||35||10-25||.286|