Wow, who are these guys?!
As all of you must know, the Hawks opened the regular season with a 120-109 home court victory over what looked to be, before tip-off, an inferior Indiana Pacers squad. After opening a lot of eyes in the preseason, by crossing the century mark 5 times, the Hawks cranked it up like the 1990-91 Denver Nuggets. Was that Mike Woodson prowling the sidelines, or Mike Westhead. For those of you unfamiliar with the Paul Westhead-coached Nuggets of that season, they averaged just under 120 point per game. Unfortunately, they gave up 130 and won only 20 games.
Now, clearly, coming off of last season, where the Hawks nailed down the fourth seed in the East, and had their best season in over a decade, there are no concerns about the Hawks “running and gunning” their way back to the basement of the conference. But the lack of defense, especially coming from a Woodson-coached team (with his track record as a “defensive” coach not only well established,