The Hawks have won four in a row and things are back on an uptick. There’s still some areas that need tweaking, but a good sign is that the bench has played very well the past few games.
Asked whether the Hawks could go on a similar streak as last year’s record-setting run, starting small forward Kent Bazemore was optimistic.
“Going into the new year, January is a great month for us, ” Bazemore said. “We’re just hitting our stride, getting guys healthy and into the rotation. Guys are playing with more confidence and it is that time. We have won four in a row, two tough road games and a very dangerous Portland team down two starters, but they came in with guns blazing. So it was a good win for us.”
The scheduled stiffened significantly for a stretch, but has eased up lately. This has given the Hawks a chance to relax and get into rhythm.
I don’t know if they are ready to go an anything like the run they had last season, but this does look like a solid, 50-win team. This Hawks season will ultimately be defined by what they accomplish in the playoffs.