Found April 08, 2014 on Fox Sports South:
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Hawks left the door open, be it ever so slightly, for the New York Knicks to overtake them for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Playing against the lowly Detroit Pistons -- who were minus former Hawk Josh Smith, who was ruled out shortly before tipoff with tendinitis in his left knee -- the Hawks suffered a costly mental letdown and their magic number to clinch a playoff berth remained stuck at three on Tuesday with a 102-95 loss to the Pistons at Philips Arena. Because the game was a make-up from earlier this season when ice storms forced it to be postponed, the Hawks will play their second of two home games in two nights on Wednesday when they host Boston (23-54), another team below them in the standings. The Hawks' loss on Tuesday puts a bit more significance on Wednesday's game. Any combination of three losses by the Knicks (33-45) or wins by the Hawks will clinch the playoff berth for Atlanta, which fell to 34-43 and has five game...
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