ATLANTA In the postgame news conference following his team's third loss in a week's span, Atlanta Hawks coach Larry Drew used some form of the word 'disappoint' five times.
Drew, the NBA's reigning Coach of the Month, expressed his disappointment in the Hawks' effort. He was disappointed in their lack of focus and mental toughness. Not surprisingly, he called Saturday's 89-81 loss to the Boston Celtics the most disappointing loss of the season.
After being treated to a courtside view at least on this night of the Hawks' second-half collapse to a more physical and tough team, who could blame him?
"As I told our guys, I can stomach losing but it's how we lose," Drew said. "And the last way you want to lose is for a team to climb up in you a little bit tougher and you don't respond. That was clearly what happened tonight."
For the first 24 minutes, it looked as though Drew's postgame talk would have a cheerier ring to it. The Hawks jumped all over the Celtics in building a 53-38...