Atlanta Hawks Starting Road Trip Strong

By Andy Schmidt
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When the Atlanta Hawks began their six-game road trip, I thought it would be important for the team to score three victories. Atlanta is two games in and already has two wins after winning on Wednesday night. With a probable win coming on Friday, it looks like this trip is going to be successful no matter how it ends now.  Now if Atlanta can just get through this whole trip undefeated, it would be an amazing feat indeed.

Al Horford is turning into the type of player that could end up being traded by Atlanta in the offseason if he keeps playing the way he did during Wednesday’s win with 34 points and 15 rebounds. The Hawks also can’t complain about Josh Smith adding 24 points and 14 rebounds of his own. You will win a lot of games in the National Basketball Association when your two top players combine for 58 points and 29 rebounds. While Atlanta is in second place right now in the Southeast Division, Atlanta’s goal should be trying to make sure they finish in fourth place in the conference.

With that seed, Atlanta can at least have home court for the first round of the playoffs instead of trying to win on the road. Atlanta has now won four straight games and is flying high going into the last three games of the trip. It wouldn’t surprise me at all right now with this Atlanta team if they just go out and win the last three games of the trip and roll off seven straight victories.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.

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