Bobcats vs. Hawks: Larry Drew says team 'needed more urgency' in first half

Jeremy Brevard-US PRESSWIRE

The Atlanta coach said his team was outworked in the first half of their 94-91 win over Charlotte on Wednesday.

The Hawks, currently the owners of the league's longest winning streak, narrowly escaped a determined Bobcats team on Wednesday night, pulling out a 94-91 home victory.

According to their head coach Larry Drew, the problem stemmed from their lack of urgency in the first half (courtesy of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution):

"I told our team at halftime, I thought that team was playing harder than we were," Drew said. "I thought that they were getting after us more than we were getting after them ... They were actually bringing the game to us. That is totally unacceptable in our building. We have to be more focused and we have to do things with much, much more urgency than we did in the first half."

It's no surprise Atlanta took Charlotte, coming off one of the worst seasons in NBA history and victims of a 45-point blowout on Monday, lightly.

However, the Bobcats, under first-year coach Mike Dunlop, have quietly become one of the league's feistiest teams. With a 7-7 record so far this season, they've matched last season's win total in one month.

Charlotte may not have a great deal of talent, but they're no longer a team you can expect to beat just by showing up. The Hawks almost found that out the hard way on Wednesday.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation Atlanta

You must be a member of SB Nation Atlanta to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Atlanta. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Atlanta

You must be a member of SB Nation Atlanta to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Atlanta. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.