Originally posted on Fox Sports South  |  By JOHN MANASSO  |  Last updated 11/14/13
ATLANTA -- Mike Budenholzer might be a first-time head coach with the Atlanta Hawks but as a long-time NBA assistant he still has the right perspective on how long the season is.His team entered its game on Wednesday at Philips Arena against the struggling New York Knicks with a 2-0 home record and facing an opponent missing two key players, Tyson Chandler and Amar'e Stoudemire.Budenholzer was asked after the team's morning shoot around if, with a 4-3 record that ranked third in the Eastern Conference, a big opportunity might be opening up for the Hawks."No," he said. "I'm amazed that after seven games people talk about the standings. It's just such a long season and 82 games and there are so many things that will happen and change. It's so tight. I mean, I'm excited about our group and I'm excited about what we can do and where we can be but it has nothing to do with where we are in the standings after six or seven games."The wisdom of those words came into sharper focus following ...
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