If you told me the Hawks would be a perfect 4-and-0 since losing Al Horford for the next 3-4 months I’d probably laugh and call you crazy, but that’s exactly what the home team has been able to do.

With great play from Joe Johnson, Josh Smith, and the Hawks bench the team seems to be on a mission to prove all of the critics wrong.

Last night was just another example of what I’m talking about.

In the first half of action Joe scored 10 of the Hawks last 12 points before halftime on his way to a 24 point performance that helped Atlanta win a tough victory over the Portland Trailblazers 92-89.

How Smoove has J’s game been?

Over the past 5 games Josh Smith is averaging 19.8ppg and 10.8rpg (17.0ppg & 9.2rpg overall), he’s currently on pace to surpass his best statistical season (2007-2008) when he averaged 17.2ppg and 8.2rpg.

This Band of Misfits…

During the brief offseason the Atlanta Hawks brought in a new group of reserves headlined by former league scoring champion Tracy McGrady, currently averaging 7.6ppg but it’s the play of Vlad Radmanovic (6.9ppg), Willie Green (6.3ppg), and the elder rookie Ivan Johnson (4.6ppg) that has everybody talking about the current edition of the Atlanta Hawks.

While this team’s roster is a far cry from some of the upper echelon teams in the league the one thing that they’ve proven is that team ball still works.

Rob Calloway can be reached at robert.calloway@cbsradio.com. Follow him on Twitter at @robcalloway3

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