ATLANTA With a 108-76 thumping of Orlando on Wednesday, the Atlanta Hawks head into the NBA All-Star Break with a bit of momentum and at least one major unanswered question.
At 29-22 and in sixth place in the Eastern Conference, the Hawks have won three out of four but sit only two games behind Indiana for third place, as the NBA trading deadline looms on Feb. 21. With 31 games left to play, the Hawks hold a seven-game lead over the 76ers for the final playoff berth in the conference, making them a virtual lock for a sixth straight trip to the postseason.
In the grand scheme of things, whether or not the Hawks reach the postseason should take a back seat to bigger questions, especially since making the playoffs is not the major accomplishment of five years ago (ending an eight-season drought).
With a flurry of deals shortly after taking over last June, first-year general manager Danny Ferry began his process of remaking the roster. After acquiring a slew of players owning expi...