They are the team that we never want to face in the first round (again).
The simple goal for this team is not to go backwards in record or in conference standing all the while figuring out some way to escape the second round of the playoffs. The Hawks basically broke the bank to bring back the same group of players and now it is up to those players to show that they still have some growth and improvement left in them. The East has gotten better so they will have to improve if they want to stay in the upper echelon of the Eastern Conference.
Will they make it past the 2nd round this year? It probably depends on their seed and matchups.