The Burning Question: Can the Hawks finally get over the proverbial hump and also gain mainstream respect in the process?
The Hawks are in the midst of seven straight seasons of making the playoffs. In some NBA cities this would be cause for a ticker tape parade. But Atlanta still lags in the middle of the pack in league attendance and the general buzz surrounding the team during their recent playoff streak has been generally lukewarm. Dedicated Hawks fans are tired of first and second round playoff exits and truly desire to compete for Eastern Conference supremacy on a yearly basis. However is this the year it all starts? The Hawks didnít make any splashy moves in free agency this summer and are heavily counting on Al Horford to return to form after his season ending injury suffered last season. Thereís talent in Atlanta, probably more than at any other time during the current playoff streak, but the league has also improved.