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Atlanta Hawks: 5 Early Impressions of the 2011-12 Team

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Atlanta Hawks: 5 Early Impressions of the 2011-12 Team
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It was just a year ago that the Atlanta Hawks came sprinting out of the gate, to a 6-0 start, before falling short of the division crown and eventually being knocked out of the NBA playoffs in the second round.

In a condensed season, the 2-0 start they have built could mean the Hawks have "arrived" in the Eastern Conference.

Don't look now, but the Hawks have a full-time starter at point guard, solid bench play and stifling defense that could lead them further than this franchise has ventured into the postseason.

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