The Atlanta Hawks dropped down to ninth in the Eastern Conference standings after a 105-92 loss to the Chicago Bulls. The defeat means that the Hawks may struggle to make the playoffs, but the Hawks management don't seem to care.
Coach Mike Budenholzer said after the loss: “We’re really just focused on building our habits. I know the standings. There’s not a lot of time and energy I put into it.”
General Manager, Danny Ferry had a similar message for fans: “Candidly, I don’t pay the amount of attention to the standings that you would expect,” Ferry said.
The comments will not go down well with Hawks fans, who had high hopes of making the playoffs for the sixth straight season. Atlanta have had a positive season with good performances from Jeff Teague and Kyle Korver but not seem to be allowing their playoff chances to slip away.
The Hawks now trail the New York Knicks for the eighth seed in the East by one game in the win column and could also be caught by the Cleveland Cavaliers who have caught fire toward the end of the season.
Cleveland will be the next opponent for the Hawks with a loss meaning that Budenholzer and Ferry may need to pay a bit more attention to those standings.