Rotation Changes the Atlanta Hawks Should Make

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Rotation Changes the Atlanta Hawks Should Make
Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Hawks are playing like confused ducklings right now.

What could have been a refreshing 3-0 start to the new year has been a sloppy 1-2 display.

Their recent disappointing loss to the Boston Celtics Saturday night was a bad reminder of a familiar Hawks pattern: Blowing double-digit leads after running out of gas in the second half.

It also showed that this offense is not where it ought to be. The Hawks have a nice 20-12 record, but considering their two-game skid, they are really getting in the way of soaring even higher.

It is becoming obvious that there need to be some changes in the rotation.

Head coach Larry Drew recently was crowned the Eastern Conference's Coach of the Month, and it was rightly deserved. However, things will only get worse for Atlanta if he does not figure out which players work best during crunch time. 

The Hawks' version of the Big Three—Jeff Teague, Josh Smith and Al Horford—are playing a high volume of minutes. Each of them played over 40 minutes in the Boston game.

Atlanta's bench is not deep by any means, but there are still some capable players that can handle their own while the stars rest.

Drew has to have faith in his reserves, or the Hawks will continue to have these drastic momentum shifts that will cost them wins.

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