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Atlanta Hawks Owe Much of February Success to Al Horford

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The Atlanta Hawks had to be worried after the way they played in the month of January. After ending the 2012 portion of the NBA season at a solid 19-10, the Hawks then went a lowly 7-9 in the first month of 2013, including a stretch where Atlanta lost eight games out of 10. But after the February they just had, they’re probably feeling a lot more comfortable.

Atlanta went 7-4 in the month of February to put them at 33-23 on the season and in the four-seed in the Eastern Conference. Three of their February wins also came against teams currently in the playoff-picture and one of their losses came to the juggernauting Miami Heat. The Hawks looked really good in February and a great deal of credit for that is due to Al Horford.

Through the end of January, Horford was averaging 16 points, 9.8 boards, 3.3 assists and one block per game while shooting 53.7 percent from the field. That kind of production is already head-turning, but Horford managed to go way beyond those impressive numbers with how he elevated his play in February.

Last month, Horford averaged a ridiculous 21.5 points, 11.3 rebounds, three assists, 1.3 steals and 1.8 blocks per game while shooting a remarkable 62.1 percent from the field. That’s absolutely absurd production from him, especially when you consider that he is a natural power forward playing at the center position.

If Horford continues this type of production for the next month and a half and into the NBA Playoffs, the Hawks definitely become a team that other teams don’t want to face. He’s played like an absolute superstar, which is exactly the type of player that can swing a playoff-series come May or June.

Cody Williams is a Senior NBA Writer with Rant Sports. Follow Cody on Twitter @TheSizzle20 and like his Facebook page.