Atlanta Hawks: Good, bad, and ugly of the schedule
The Hawks released their schedule. I looked at it and wrote some things down, which I now will share with you.
(Edit: NBAstuffer.com has a rest-day analysis for each team.)
- There are two four-game home stands and one five-game home stand, with the latter ending the season. That means Atlanta plays 39 percent of its home games during an extended stay in Atlanta.
- The Hawks play Orlando, Boston and New York only three times and get Toronto, Detroit and
Cleveland New Jersey four times.
- Two games each against New Jersey and Washington are among the first 10 on the schedule.
- Two of Atlanta’s games against both New York and Boston are at Philips Arena.
- Atlanta got a pretty good home-and-home West draw: Clippers, Blazers and Suns. Not a contender among them.
- The frequency of games lightens up after the All-Star game with 32 games in 58 days, with just 14 of those on the road.
- The Hawks play nine games in the first 12 days of their schedule. Two of the games against Orlando are on the road and one is the second game of a back-to-back, which always seems to happen.
- There are two games each against Chicago and Miami in a six-day January stretch.
- The Hawks play the Heat and Bulls four times and the Cavaliers and Wizards three times.
- Each of Atlanta’s back-to-back-to-back sets is a home-away-home instead of having two games in a row at home or on the road.
- The Hawks play at the Lakers, Spurs and Mavs.
- The Hawks won’t see consecutive days without a game until Feb. 16 and 17. That’s 30 games over the first 51 days of their schedule, with 16 on the road.
- They have two five-game road trips and one six-game trip.
- The routes for two of their road trips make no sense: Milwaukee to San Antonio to Detroit to New Orleans to Toronto in January and then Indiana to Miami to Detroit to Sacramento to Denver to to Los Angeles in March.
Michael Cunningham, Hawks beat