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SB Nation NBA power rankings: Hawks rise to No. 7

The Atlanta Hawks rose one spot to No. 7 in this week's SB Nation NBA power rankings. With two games against top 10 ranked teams, what are Seth Rosenthal's impressions of the Hawks?


In this week's SB Nation NBA power rankings, compiled by Seth Rosenthal, the Atlanta Hawks rose one spot to No. 7 after winning all three games last week against the Denver Nuggets, Washington Wizards and Memphis Grizzlies. Rosenthal was impressed with how the Hawks came back to win against the Grizzlies last week after holding off other teams:

Hey now, Hawks. Atlanta hopped right back on track after last week's spill in Cleveland. After weathering comebacks from the Nuggets and the Wizards, they made one of their own to take down the Grizzlies in an impressive third quarter in Memphis. Of note: a trend of weakness on the boards came to a head when Anderson Varejao and Tristan Thompson out-rebounded the Hawks by themselves in that Cleveland game. The Hawks won the rebound battle in each of their three subsequent victories, and that includes a successful effort to keep the board-hungry Nuggets off the offensive glass. Problem addressed? If so ... hey now, Hawks.

This week's schedule for the Hawks has them playing at the No. 6 Miami Heat on Monday, the No. 21 Orlando Magic on Wednesday before returning to Philips Arena on Thursday for a game against No. 25 Charlotte Bobcats and then a Saturday night showdown against the No. 9 Golden State Warriors.

Monday's game against the Heat is scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. tip off at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami. The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports SportsSouth in the Atlanta area and will be broadcast on the radio by WCNN 680 AM and 93.7 FM.

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