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Don’t look now, but the Atlanta Hawks are poised for a playoff push thanks to their current five-game winning streak and some stellar performances from point guard Trae Young.

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The Hawks overcame a slow start to defeat the Sacramento Kings 121-104, and are now within two games of the eighth-seeded Boston Celtics. During that winning streak, they managed to defeat the defending champions Milwaukee Bucks and the current East leaders Miami Heat.

Only a few weeks ago, the Hawks’ season was already canceled, but led by their All-Star point guard Young, who this week was named NBA Eastern Conference Payer of the Week for the second time this season, Atlanta is resembling now to a viable threat heading into the second half of the season.

Young earned Player of the Week honors for helping lead the Hawks to a 4-0 record in that span while averaging 31.3 points, nine assists and four rebounds on splits. 46.4% shooting from the ground and 47.6% from beyond the arc. . He started the winning streak with two double-doubles, giving him 21 for the season, which ranks fourth among all guards and second in the East behind James Harden.

Against the Kings, he finished with 17 points, ten assists and three rebounds.

However, the Hawks’ success is not entirely due to Young. The reserves played a massive role, especially Onyeka Okongwu (18 points off the bench against Sacramento). Okongwu inquired well when Clint Capela came out for Atlanta. He doubled his scoring average for the season to 9.8 points per game from 4.6 last season.

The Hawks, at least in recent seasons, have had a top-notch offense. Last season, they were ninth in the league in offensive rating. This season they are second. Defensively, that’s where they struggled in 2021-22.

For the season, they are ranked 27th in the league in defensive rating, however, during this winning streak they are ranked tied for eighth with the Chicago Bulls.

“I felt like the only thing stopping us from being where we wanted to be was really the defensive end,” Capela said. “We are capable of scoring 130, 140, but other teams against us do the same, which doesn’t always give us a great chance of winning.”

“I feel like we kind of roll the dice or roll the dime and by doing that now, by getting better defensively, we’re giving ourselves a better chance of winning. When you keep a team under 100 points, by especially for a team as good offensively as us, it’s huge.

The Hawks are booming, and it’s not too soon either, according to head coach Nate McMillan.

“We still have injuries and are trying to get guys back, but we’re playing basketball which gives us a chance to win games now.”

Trae Young got the Hawks back on track for the playoffs with an ongoing winning streak

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