The Hawks’ search for consistency continues.
With five games remaining until the all-star break, the up-and-down team is hoping to finish strong and get some healthy players back.
Following a stretch of four wins in five games, the Hawks played poorly in Saturday’s home loss to the Bulls, a team missing four key players, in another step backward. This most recent scenario has proven frustrating for coaches, players and fans.
The Hawks will be without center Zaza Pachulia (sore right Achilles) and likely guard Devin Harris (sore left foot) for Tuesday’s game at the Pacers in an important Eastern Conference matchup. They are the most recent of injuries that have befallen the Hawks.
“I’m certainly looking for the consistency,” Hawks coach Larry Drew said following Monday’s practice. “Losing is frustrating. The thing I have to keep reminding myself when you look at our team, right now we are battling some injuries. We miss Devin. We miss Zaza. We lost Lou Williams. We are trying to make some adjustments along the way and work with what we have. I wish we would have had all of our guys in the last month, everybody playing well. I wish we had everybody healthy. That’s not the case. We have to go with what we have.”
The Hawks have had their share of injuries. They have played only one game this season, Dec. 12 at the Magic, with no players on the injured list. The Hawks have a total of 56 games lost to injury and have used 15 different starting lineups.
The Hawks remain sixth in the Eastern Conference but they are getting closer to the bottom of the playoff race than then the top. Entering Monday’s play, the Hawks (26-20) were five games behind the conference leading Heat. However, they are only a game up on the Bucks and 2-1/2 games ahead of the Celtics.