Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 9/22/14
Losses to the Philadelphia 76ers have been rather frequent for the Atlanta Hawks, but coach Larry Drew was seething after a dismal start doomed them in last week's meeting. He's expecting an improvement this time, particularly from Al Horford, Josh Smith and Jeff Teague. The trio attempts to lead the playoff-bound Hawks to just their second win in over two years versus the 76ers on Wednesday night. Atlanta (42-36) has lost seven of eight games versus Philadelphia, including four straight on the road. Those struggles were on display early Friday in a 101-90 home loss. They never recovered from a poor start, allowing the 76ers to connect on 16 of 22 from the floor - hitting all four from beyond the arc - for a season-high 40 first-quarter points. Drew leveled sharp criticism for that poor start. "Going back to training camp ... we've had to be a team that is gritty, a blue-collar team, particularly on the defensive end," Drew told the league's official website. "Somewhere along t...
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