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Have Hawks earned elite status in East?

PER Diem: Nov. 25, 2009

Updated: November 25, 2009, 12:15 PM ET
By John Hollinger | ESPN.com
Josh SmithAP Photo/Gregory SmithJosh Smith seems to have finally realized his potential, leading the charge for Atlanta in its 11-3 start.

Is the East's Big 3 now a Big 4?

Perhaps so. The Hawks are off to a rousing 11-3 start that includes a perfect record at home and road wins over the likes of Boston and Portland, making a strong case that Atlanta will rival Boston, Cleveland and Orlando for Eastern supremacy all season.

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