Moving On… but Taking Note
It may be a blessing that the Hawks don’t have any time to brood over last night’s loss to the Celtics. They flew to New Jersey after the game last night and will face the Nets at 7pm tonight at the Prudential Center (NBA.com Preview).
Many times the best strategy is to have a short memory. Don’t let what happened last night effect how you play the next time out. There are nights when the ball just isn’t going to bounce your way. Listening to Coach Drew’s comments after the game, this was not a game that he wanted to just brush aside and move on without making some changes.
“This was very embarrassing, very, very embarrassing,” said Drew after the game. “If I had to sum it up in one word, embarrassing…to come out and play with that type of energy, that type of urgency. I addressed the team right after the game, and what I see with our team right now, I don’t feel real good about. I’ll be meeting with my coaches and I’ll be watching this game. I’m going to go back and look at our last four games and look and see what’s going on with our team. We are not coming out ready to play, and we’re not playing with a sense of urgency.”
The Hawks have a chance to get back on track with a stretch of very winnable games (Nets, Wizards, Knicks and Raptors) the rest of this week, but some changes will have to take place.
“Even though our core has been together for a while, we’re still searching for an identity,” commented Veteran Mo Evans, “which is pretty evident by the way we played.”
Coach Drew wants that identity to be defense and hard work, but those are the two areas that seem to be failing the Hawks the most at this point in the season. One thing is certain, getting embarrassed on your home court should be plenty of motivation for the Hawks in Jersey tonight.