ATLANTA Over the next nine days, you'll be inundated with a slew of rumor-based pieces speculating on the trade status of Hawks forward Josh Smith, who'll be an unrestricted free agent at season's end.
This isn't one of 'em.
Instead, we'll operate under the highly plausible scenario that Smith remains with Atlanta past Feb. 21 (NBA trade deadline) and makes one last playoff push with the Hawks, before seeking greener pastures in mid-July.
We'll also chart a course for the Hawks to make the postseason ... and of equal relevance, avoid being in the same bracket as the defending champion Heat.
What It'll Take To Win The Division
Given that LeBron James averaged 61.5 regular-season victories with Cleveland and Miami from 2008-11 (non-lockout campaigns), the Hawks (28-22) would likely have to go 28-4 over the final 32 games to usurp the Heat (34-14) for the Southeast title, and presumably, the No. 1 seed in the East.
Don't expect that to happen. From Feb. 13 to March 13, the Haw...