ATLANTA When the buzzer sounded in Philips Arena Wednesday, Larry Drew turned with two clenched fists, looked to his assistant coaches and gave a sharp nod of the head.
The third-year head coach of the Atlanta Hawks is pressing plenty of buttons, calibrating and tweaking his renovated roster on the fly, trying to find the right formula. His tinkering has produced two wins, both in come-from-behind fashion. Last Sunday night came the defending Western Conference champion Oklahoma City Thunder. On Wednesday, it was the Indiana Pacers relinquishing a late lead to the Hawks, who won 89-86 at home.
Two wins; two 2011-12 playoff teams. If it feels, to the Hawks, like they're a boxer getting a feel for an unknown opponent in the ring, that is precisely what it looks like outside the lines.
"It's trying to find that mix that allows us to stay competitive," said Drew, who is now 94-75 as a head coach. "I don't want to put our guys in a type of disadvantage. You know, I've got...