Some coaches might have put their teams through a grueling practice. Or a humiliating video session, calling out players mistake by mistake. Or they might have done a little of both and screamed and yelled.
Not Larry Drew. Drew might be 54, but he is new school. He's also been around the NBA forever as a player and a long-time assistant and now in his second season as a head coach.
So how did the Hawks' coach get his players to respond after their 101-79 Game 4 loss to Boston in which they trailed at one stretch by 37 points? He held a meeting and he and the players talked it out.
The result? An 87-86 victory in an elimination game in Game 5 on Tuesday in which the Hawks redeemed themselves to a degree. It's a little more than a moral victory, but only complete validation will come with a series victory, which will not be easy and they still trail 3-2 entering Game 6 in Boston on Thursday.
Nonetheless, the 2009-10 Hawks, who lost by a historic margin to Orlando, would not have b...