In the midst of a three game losing streak, the Hawks situation became even more bleak when it was announced that Paul Millsap will be missing the next two games and Kent Bazemore will be missing the next 1 ½ weeks. Millsap is suffering from left knee tightness and Bazemore from right knee bone bruise. Mike Dunleavy has now missed the last eight games due to an ankle injury, and there is no timetable for his return.
The Hawks have a 5-8 record since the All-star break and have now fallen 5 games back from the Wizards for the division lead. The schedule has been a difficult one for the Hawks who have had to play the Warriors, Cavs, and Spurs, not to mention the Raptors, Celtics, Grizzlies and Pacers as well. This gauntlet has not been kind to Atlanta who went just 3-5 in games against those teams. Earlier in the season the Hawks were beating the good teams, like the ones listed above, while losing to worse teams. That’s not a bad problem to have because once you get to the playoffs the only competition is good teams, but since the all-star break they have not done that. Losing to the contenders does not bode well for the Hawk’s chances in the playoffs. For the tenth consecutive year the Hawks will make the playoffs and, barring a miracle, it will be the tenth straight year losing before the finals.
Millsap will be missing the Hornets and Wizards game, both will have major implications for the playoff race. Bazemore could miss as much as the rest of March. Unless there is an absolute disaster, the Hawks will make the playoffs, so it would be better for the long run ff coach Bud did not rush either of the players back into action too soon.
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