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The Week Ahead for the Atlanta Hawks

The Atlanta Hawks will return from the All Star Break on Wednesday when they kick off a four game road trip in Los Angeles to take on the Clippers. Following that game the Hawks will travel to Phoenix on Friday, Oakland on Sunday to face the Warriors, and a final stop in Utah on Monday. Coming out of the break the Hawks need to refocus and hopefully a successful road trip would help them to continue to make up ground in the Eastern Conference.

Many of the teams the Hawks are about to play could look quite different by they time the trade deadline comes and goes. The Clippers will already look different as Kim Hughes is now the interim head coach and Mike Dunleavy is now the full time General Manager. Dunleavy may send Marcus Camby to Portland in exchange for Travis Outlaw and Steve Blake. ESPN was reporting early on Tuesday that this deal was moving very close to completion. Phoenix is entertaining a multitude of offers for Power Forward Amare Stoudamire. It was thought over All Star weekend that a trade to Cleveland was eminent. Now it appears that Miami has gotten involved. Another rumor that surfaced this morning was that Cleveland had also contacted the Warriors in regards to Corey Maggette. However, I am not buying that Maggette will move to Cleveland unless all of the other deals that the Cavs are rumored in fall through.

While the Hawks aren’t expected to make any deals at the deadline it appears that they will be back to full strength. ZaZa Pachulia and Jamal Crawford both returned to practice yesterday and both are hopefully recovered from their ailments suffered prior to the break. Pachulia had missed the last two games with a sore hip. Crawford was a late scratch in the Hawks last game against the Heat due to a sore shoulder.

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