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NBA Standings 2012: Can The Hawks Keep Up In The Second Half Of The Season?

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.

Eastern Standings

Miami Heat 34 27-7 .794
Chicago Bulls 35 27-8 .771
Indiana Pacers 33 21-12 .636
Philadelphia 76ers 34 20-14 .588
Orlando Magic 35 22-13 .629
Atlanta Hawks 34 20-14 .588
New York Knicks 35 17-18 .486
Boston Celtics 32 15-17 .469
Cleveland Cavaliers 31 13-18 .419
Milwaukee Bucks 33 13-20 .394
Detroit Pistons 35 11-24 .314
Toronto Raptors 33 10-23 .303
New Jersey Nets 35 10-25 .286
Washington Wizards 33 7-26 .212
Charlotte Bobcats 32 4-28 .125

For more on the NBA's All-Star Weekend head on over to SB Nation's NBA Basketball page. For more updates on the Atlanta Hawks head on over to Peachtree Hoops.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.