The saying “it has been up and down” aptly fits the 2013-14 Atlanta Hawks.
After starting out hot to begin the year, with head coach Mike Budenholzer looking like a viable Coach of the Year candidate and Al Horford busting out for a career year, things have taken a downturn as of late.
Once a virtual lock for the third seed out East after securing it for most of the season, the Hawks suddenly lost Horford for the year due to injury in December. Since then, the team has struggled to find a suitable replacement for him.
The Hawks did a good job holding off the inevitable slippage that occurs with devastating injuries like this, but right now, it appears Atlanta is on the verge of falling apart completely after an initial great start.
Here are five things to watch for during the Atlanta Hawks’ final games of the season: