The Atlanta Hawks are already in the midst of a grueling week, and it may be about to get even tougher with the Charlotte Bobcats coming off a stellar performance.
The visiting Hawks look to fight off fatigue and overcome the Bobcats Friday night when the Southeast Division rivals meet for the first of two games in less than a week.
Atlanta (4-3) is 1-2 so far in a stretch of eight games over 11 days, concluding with a visit from the Bobcats (2-4) next Thursday.
The Hawks were forced to play three overtimes Thursday against Miami, falling 116-109 to begin a stretch of three games in three nights that will finish at home Saturday versus Chicago. Atlanta failed to take advantage of a Heat team playing without both Dwyane Wade and LeBron James.
"There was a total, total mental letdown," coach Larry Drew said, adding his players lacked the spark they had when they won 100-92 in Miami on Monday.
"I didn't see the sense of urgency I saw in Miami," he said. "The tendency is to let you...