Breakfast Special: Ragnarok, NBA Style

Sunday was a terror show worthy of the kinds of movies that come out in October and then quickly disappear from theaters on All Saints’ Day. The Golden State Warriors lost to the Denver Nuggets, the Houston Rockets fell short against the better-than-you-think Los Angeles Clippers, and the Oklahoma City Thunder got whacked at home by the Sacramento Kings. Oh, and Atlanta beat Cleveland because the league said they had to play a game whether people wanted to watch it or not. Let’s get to the highlights and then you all can skewer me on Twitter (@RealFoxD) for not doing …

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Are the 2018-19 Atlanta Hawks Good?

And the award for “Dumbest Headline” goes to…Pace and Space! You like me! You really, really…wonder why I picked that little Google-friendly…never mind. The Hawks suck. That’s…not actually the question we’re trying to answer here, though. The question is not “are the Hawks good”, but “are they good enough to win 24 games again and clear the low bar of their 23.5 over/under. Or, put another way, “are the Hawks somehow even worse than last year?” Well, they replaced Dennis Schroder with Trae Young, who showed in Summer League that he’s either Stephen Curry Evolved…or about as accurate as setting …

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Dennis Schroder: Is He Any Good?

The Atlanta Hawks are genuinely terrible. After getting the royal smackdown from King James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, they’re now 4-17. The roster is a combination of castoffs, injuries, and injured castoffs, coach Mike Budenholzer is out there like “what, you gave me a G-League team, did you want playoffs?”, and the question of whether the players are any good almost seems a wasted question since, well, they’re 4-17. But the question must be asked, if only because it becomes a referendum on the guys Atlanta tried to keep in their great roster purge and subsequent tank job. So we’ll …

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How Good NBA Teams Lose And Bad Teams Win

There are, at present, three NBA teams that are indisputably good in the sense that they win at least 75 percent of the time, the bar a team needs to clear to go 62-20 or better; the Boston Celtics (18-3), Houston Rockets (15-4), and Golden State Warriors (15-5). There are also three teams in the Association that are so utterly putrid that they are on pace to win 20 games or fewer over an 82-game season; the 3-14 Chicago Bulls, 4-16 Atlanta Hawks, and 5-15 Dallas Mavericks. But if the best teams always won and the worst teams always lost, …

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Is This 2018 NBA Team Any Good?: Atlanta Hawks

by Fox Doucette Our journey through the Southeast Division continues, and the best team nobody watched in 2015 just because the worst team nobody’s going to watch in 2018. The Hawks, like most Atlanta sports teams, couldn’t draw flies if you covered them in honey, finished 26th out of 30 in attendance last season, a playoff year, and were in the bottom half even when they went 60-22 (and finished 17th in attendance.) The last time Atlanta was in the top ten in attendance? 1987-88. They were 8th, with Dominique Wilkins dazzling fans…and there were only 23 teams in the …

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