The Atlanta Hawks are in the middle of a ten-game losing streak since their last win came three weeks ago over the Denver Nuggets. With the Golden State Warriors coming to town Monday night, can the Hawks break their losing streak?
It’s been almost a month since the last time the Atlanta Hawks have won a basketball game. It’s been since the long West Coast road trip that saw their last win and the beginning of this long losing streak for the Hawks. There have been chances during the ten-game losing streak that have seen the Hawks close to finding a win, a close game against the Raptors, an overtime loss to the Pacers, and a hard-fought loss to the Bucks, but this young Hawks team continues to come up short when the opportunity to win has been there.
With the Warriors coming to town, the Hawks have a real chance to end this losing streak tonight in Atlanta. After so many years of success, the Warriors have plummeted to the bottom of the NBA with a combination of players exiting and injuries to their key players remaining with the team, Klay Thompson, Steph Curry, Draymond Green, and DeAngelo Russell. With all those factors included, the Warriors find themselves with Eric Paschall, a rookie, leading this team in scoring up to this point of the season.
It’s funny the Hawks looking at the once-mighty Warriors coming to town as the team that could end their streak of mediocrity. After so many years of Golden State coming into a town riding the fear and greatness, the Hawks now see their best opportunity to end a long losing streak. With the way the teams are constructed today, assuming Draymond doesn’t play, Trae Young should be head and shoulders above any of the players on the floor for the Warriors. Having the best player on the floor doesn’t always equal success, but with this Warriors team, it helps. Young, coming off his career-high in scoring in Houston, shouldn’t have an issue continuing his tear against the lowly Warriors.
If the Hawks lose this game tonight, somehow, the schedule is a little easier looking past this game. Games with Charlotte and Chicago are coming up this month, which is comparatively easier to what the Hawks have dealt with since the calendar switched to November. With the way the Hawks have been playing, nothing is guaranteed, but the Hawks should find a win in these next few games. If not, this season could get very ugly very fast.