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Major changes are looming for the Atlanta Hawks.
But first, there are the playoffs.
The Hawks face Indiana in an opening-round series that begins Sunday in Indianapolis. But they know the team will likely look a lot different by the time next season rolls around. Only three players are definitely under contract beyond this summer, and coach Larry Drew is in the final year of his deal.
To have any success in the postseason, the team must put aside any thoughts of what's going to happen after that final game.
As one of the few players with a long-term future in Atlanta, center Al Horford says it's definitely a concern. But impending free agent Josh Smith says no one is thinking about next season. Not yet anyway.
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The Indiana Pacers have had a fulfilling season. They have excelled because of their vigorous defense. The Pacers were the number two seed for a period of time, but the Knicks’ late winning streak pushed them down to the third seed. The Hawks’ season has gone as expected. They have had their moments but they can really struggle at times. Let’s take a look at this...
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Were not as healthy as I want to be, coach Larry Drew said. We got some guys nicked up,...
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The Pacers are the East’s top...
Three practice days have Indiana and Atlanta eager to see how they match up in the playoffs.
The Hawks will try and run. The Pacers will try to get physical. Paul George wants to attack the defense, and Kyle Korver might be content to shoot 3-pointers all series long.
They have been a study in contrasts all season, playing their four-game regular-season series to a draw. On Sunday...
Josh Smith and his Atlanta teammates spent much of Sunday's game and the postgame complaining about the calls.
Hawks coach Larry Drew had enough.
After getting dominated on the glass, being forced into a half-court game and allowing Paul George to get his first career postseason triple double, Atlanta headed home with a 107-90 loss and plenty of things to correct before this...