There’s no way to sugarcoat it — the Atlanta Hawks have been horrible as of late. Nine straight road losses, and counting, while they’ve dropped 13 of their last 14 overall, including the last five in a row.
The Los Angeles Clippers on the other hand are in the midst of a season-high six-game winning streak.
The Hawks have not won since Feb. 22, and haven’t won a road game since Jan. 31 at Philadelphia, which is the second worst team in the NBA.
Sure, Atlanta has been decimated with injuries for practically the entire year, but is that really an excuse for such ineptitude?
They’ve gotten a lift the last two games with backup center Pero Antic coming back on Wednesday at Portland from a four-week injury stint on the DL, while All-Star power forward Paul Millsap just returned last night at Golden State after a five-game absence due to a right knee contusion. However, neither proved to be much of a difference as the same failing result occurred for Atlanta.
Now the slumping Hawks limp into Los Angeles for a matchup against the 40-win Clippers. Do they even have a shot at an upset? Actually, maybe they do!
The Hawks won the only matchup of the season against LAC on December 4th, but that was at home in Atlanta, with a full team. Al Horford had not yet suffered his season-ending injury and was a huge reason why the team won, scoring 21 points and grabbing nine rebounds in the 107-97 victory. Unfortunately, they won’t have that same luxury of having Horford tonight.
Although it may not matter who the ice cold Hawks have healthy as the red hot Clippers have won a season-long six consecutive games.
In their most recent triumph, Chris Paul and company obliterated their crosstown counterpart L.A. Lakers 142-94 on Thursday for the most lopsided victory in both teams franchise history.
Unlike the Lakers, hopefully the Hawks can avoid embarrassment and lose with dignity.
There might be a small ray of hope for a win as the Clippers have dropped seven of the last nine meetings against Atlanta.