As the halfway point of the NBA season approaches, the Atlanta Hawks are not only the league?s biggest surprise, they?re the Eastern Conference?s best team. They haven?t lost a game since the day after Christmas, and their 32-8 record includes wins over the Portland Trailblazers, Los Angeles Clippers, and Memphis Grizzlies?three of the better teams from the NBA?s better conference?this month alone. Regardless, the Hawks? inability to generate substantial interest despite playing well and beating other good teams makes them the league?s greatest paradox.

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