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NBA Handicapping: Atlanta Hawks getting by with defense

03.23.2016     08:17 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Good article on the differences from last year's 60-win Atlanta Hawks squad to this year's group which is currently tied for the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference. The Hawks have taken a step back offensively but quietly boast the second-best defensive efficiency rating in the league.

Offensive Efficiency: 103.1 (15th) 
Defensive Efficiency: 98.9 (2nd)

Offensive Efficiency: 106.2 (6th) 
Defensive Efficiency: 100.7 (7th)

"Our offense hasn't been there, so our defense has had to be better," Korver said. "There has been growth in the team because of that realization. And now we're starting to figure some things out offensively. I think we peaked too early last year. Hopefully this year, our best basketball is ahead of us."

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