The Atlanta Hawks rebounded very nicely on Saturday night when they routed the Chicago Bulls, 92-75. This was a much different Hawks team who fell, 99-80, to the Philadelphia 76ers Friday night, and the win snapped a two-game losing streak.
Atlanta stepped it up offensively with all five starters scoring in double figures, and the defense had one of its best defensive games all year.
Head coach Larry Drew, who got his 100th career win, is unsure why the Hawks' play varies from game to game:
"I wish I knew the answer to that," Drew said on why his team played so differently from night to night. "As a coach, it's my job to look at the team and access what I see. One word, to me, sums it up and that's energy. I don't care what our strategy is going into the game or what the game plan is, if we don't put energy into what we do, we won't be successful. Tonight we were very energized from the very beginning. Last night we weren't. You can see the difference."
Drew mentions that the defense needs to be better from start to finish as it was in their win over the Bulls Saturday night.
Guard Kyle Korver also chimed in on the Hawks' play of late, and he believes it is a lot of little things as to why the team can play great one night, and then struggle so much the next.
Even with Hawks' play going up and down, they still have the third-best record in the Eastern Conference and are just 2.5 games behind the Miami Heat for the Southeast Division lead.