Despite not officially facing elimination, Hawks should look at Game 4 as a MUST-WIN


The Atlanta Hawks can't be knocked out of the playoffs on Monday night, but another home loss to the 76ers would effectively signal the end of the road for the Hawks season.

Since winning Game 1 of the series in Philadelphia, the Hawks have been handed a pair of 16-point losses by the 76ers, including one Friday night that ended the Hawks 13-game home winning streak.

So can the Hawks still win this series if they fall behind 3-1 against Philly? Or is tonight's game essentially the last remaining hope for the Hawks in this series?

John Fricke and Hugh Douglas discuss the flow of the series between the Hawks and 76ers and if they still feel the Hawks can win if they were to fall into a 3-1 hole tonight.

The Hawks have had eight winning streaks of at-least three games or more (including this playoffs) this season. But obviously the level of opponent wasn't what they are facing with the 76ers.

With a loss tonight and with the 76ers hosting both Game 5 and Game 7 (if necessary), the Hawks would have to win both games in Philly along with Game 6 in Atlanta if they hope to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals, which is exactly why the game tonight is essentially a must-win if there is real hope to advance.