The Hawks played three playoff contenders in a row and managed to win all three games. Today, Al Horford was recognized as the Eastern Conference Player of the Week for leading the Hawks to that 3-0 mark.
His rebounding still isn’t to his career average yet, but Horford still had a gaudy week stat wise: 18.3 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 5.0 assists per game for the week on 60.5% shooting. Horford also added over a block and a steal per game to that stat line.
The Hawks currently sit at second in the East with a record of 19-7. They have won 12 of their last 13 games and Horford’s surging performance has been a big reason for that. Horford’s conditioning was still trying to catch up to the NBA level at the beginning of the season, but the past few weeks have shown that he has acclimated to the pace of the game, leading to Horford looking more and more like his old self.
Horford and the Hawks will have another tough week to prove themselves against, starting tonight in Dallas against the Mavericks. The Hawks will then head home and take on the Clippers on Tuesday before finishing the week with a home-and-home set with the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday and Saturday.