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CAAAAAAAW!

The Hawks don't have a franchise star who's in a jersey. He's in a suit, and that's been working in their favor this season.
The Hawks don't have a franchise star who's in a jersey. He's in a suit, and that's been working in their favor this season.
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2014-15 NBA Regular Season
(28-8)
vs.
(25-11)
January 11, 2015
Philips Arena
3 p.m.
CSN, WNEW 99.1 FM
Projected Starting Lineups
Jeff Teague PG John Wall
Kyle Korver SG Bradley Beal
DeMarre Carroll SF Paul Pierce
Paul Millsap PF Nene
Al Horford C Marcin Gortat
2014-15 Advanced Stats
94.3 (12th)
Pace 93.3 (18th)
108.1 (10th)
ORtg 106.1 (15th)
102.7 (5th)
DRtg 103.0 (6th)
Also see: Peachtree Hoops

More Numbers

OFFENSE FOUR FACTORS DEFENSE FOUR FACTORS
Team eFG% TOV% ORB% FT/FGA eFG% TOV% DRB% FT/FGA
Wizards 51.0% (9) 13.6% (16) 25.2% (15) 19.0% (25) 48.7% (9) 14.0% (11) 77.2% (5) 22.3% (22)
Hawks 52.5% (4) 13.8% (18) 20.7% (29) 22.3% (8) 49.0% (10) 14.5% (8) 74.6% (15) 18.5% (2)

Notes

I expected the Atlanta Hawks to be a playoff team, but not as the #1 seed in the Eastern Conference as of today.

One reason why it's "easier" to overlook them in the preseason was because they do not have a superstar (not unlike another team Ted owns). But they have some legitimate All-Star players like Al Horford and Paul Millsap. Jeff Teague is also poised to be an All-Star reserve. And of course, Kyle Korver is a better all around player than most give him credit for because of his reputation as a shooter. Either way, the Hawks are clearly playing better than the sum of their parts.

I still am a firm believer that teams with superstar talents can go further than teams without them, even if those teams have superior coaching. But if the Hawks keep soaring like they are right now, then perhaps they could be another exception to that "superstar" rule, but we're still far away from knowing this for sure.

Well, enough of my rambling, let's get a win against the team that has silently become our number one nemesis in the Southeast Division. We have more talent at the top, but let's get it together and get this.