The Atlanta Hawks have a second opportunity to clinch a playoff spot, and coach Larry Drew hopes his team is more prepared this time around.
Following a disappointing defeat, visiting Atlanta seeks a 13th victory in 15 meetings with the Toronto Raptors, who could have Rudy Gay back in the lineup Wednesday night.
The Hawks (39-32) had a chance to wrap up their sixth consecutive playoff berth Monday, but they instead fell behind by as many as 28 points in a 100-94 road loss to an Indiana team that played without four key contributors.
Josh Smith scored a game-high 20 points as Atlanta lost for the second time in three games.
"It was a game that we should have, I thought, should have been a little more focused and played a little bit more composed," Drew said. "We allowed the pressure to speed us up, and we allowed some (foul) calls to just completely take us out of what our focus should have been."
The Hawks are tied with Chicago for fifth place in the Eastern...