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Hawks Vs. Celtics, NBA Playoffs 2012: What Would A Game 5 Loss Mean For Atlanta?

On Tuesday, the Atlanta Hawks will host the Boston Celtics in Game 5 of their opening-round series in the 2012 NBA Playoffs. The Celtics hold a 3-1 advantage in the series and the Hawks are one more loss away from heading home for a long offseason.

Jason Walker at Peachtree Hoops has put up an in-depth post about the questions and decisions that the Hawks will need to face if their season ends on Tuesday night. Walker breaks down what players may be coming back for 2012-13, what the team will do with Josh Smith, whether there will be a new manager and whether the team will try to find a new owner during the offseason.

The Atlanta Spirit Group sold the hockey franchise last year and then tried to unload the Hawks, though the buyer was heavily leveraged. After falling through, the group put on a brave face, assumed all costs and kept all the decisions regarding the franchise status quo for the most part, and short term success based.

If they are trying to sell, there is little chance for much change until that happens, given that drastic changes to what is a stable product could mean an even-more cautious buying market for the team.

The whole article is insightful and well worth your time, so take a moment to click through and check it out.

For more on the Hawks-Celtics playoff series check out Peachtree Hoops and CelticsBlog. For more news and notes regarding the NBA Playoffs head over to SB Nation's dedicated NBA hub.

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