Quick—what is the record of the Atlanta Hawks this season? Are they in a playoff spot or not? Name three players on the team’s current roster.
If you have no answers to any of these queries, do not fret. It’s not a result of your ambivalence toward the NBA; rather, it’s a direct reflection of the insubstantial performance of the Hawks so far this season.
Possessing the eighth position in the Eastern Conference while sporting an unsightly 26-33 record is probably one of the most shrug-worthy achievements in sports. How anyone could be excited to “make” the postseason with a .441 “winning” percentage is shameful.
Moreover, Atlanta's fanbase should feel ho-hum about the team’s performance this season and its title chances, should the Hawks actually reach the postseason.
What’s more staggering than the Hawks’ playoff-bound placement is the fact that the Golden State Warriors are actually in the same situation but with a twist: The Dubs, with a 38-24 record, are holding onto the sixth seed out in the West. However, Golden State is only three games ahead of the ninth-place Memphis Grizzlies; and ironically—or sadly—Atlanta holds an identical three-game lead over the ninth-place Detroit Pistons in the East.
And yet the competitiveness of the Western Conference would suggest that the Warriors could have the more difficult task of securing a playoff spot.
Hooray, NBA playoff system!
The two teams square off against each other on Friday in Oakland, Calif. But will this be a test for the Warriors and a chance to gauge where they stand against a playoff-bound team? Or will the Dubs crush a terrible Hawks squad, as most believe they should?
Here are five positive things for the Warriors heading into their matchup against the Atlanta Hawks.