The Hawks currently hold the second-most efficient offense in the NBA (113.1 points per 100 possessions) led by Trae's 27.9 points and 9.5 assists per game. Unsurprisingly, the offense scores more efficiently with Trae on the court (116.2 points per 100 possessions) than when he rests (101.7). Despite that gap in numbers, the Hawks have taken the right approach to making it work when Trae rests – replacing him with a number of options – and it is starting to pay dividends of late.
Joel Embiid and Nikola Jokic went nuclear, centers were blowing up everywhere, and Luka Doncic & Ayo Dosunmu did not disappoint on Wednesday night. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)
The Atlanta Hawks will see if their newfound momentum can carry over Friday when they host the Miami Heat, a team that beat them in back-to-back games a week ago. Atlanta ended a 10-game homecourt losing streak Monday with a second-half surge against the Milwaukee Bucks, and then did it again Wednesday, when an impressive second half carried them to a 134-122 win over Minnesota.