ATLANTA Hawks coach Larry Drew is a generally dispassionate man. He seems to operate by the philosophy of, "Let the cooler heads prevail."
On Monday following his team's 107-90 road loss to the Pacers in Game 1 of their playoff series, Drew did not mince words in addressing the Hawks' performance.
Words like "mind-boggling" or "physically manhandled" came out of his mouth. With two days off before Game 2 on Wednesday, the Hawks elected to return home for practice on Monday and Tuesday. But it won't mean much, if Atlanta doesn't step up its physical play against Indiana, the East's 3-seed.
Further complicating the Hawks' efforts: Josh Smith did not practice on Monday because of what Drew called a "slightly sprained" ankle. Drew said Smith was "day-to-day" but seemed hopeful his star would be ready for Game 2.
Drew, who is in the final year of his contract, was at a loss to explain how his team did not match Indiana's physical style in the series opener. This is Atlanta's sixth s...