With their first extended break from traveling and games since the end of the preseason schedule, coach Mike Woodson said he would give his players Sunday off to rest their legs before the Thanksgiving week stretch."We're going to work Monday and Tuesday and then be ready to go Wednesday night against Milwaukee," said Woodson, whose team will travel on Thanksgiving Day to Canada for Friday's game against Toronto. "We'll probably take Thanksgiving off. It all just depends. I know we're traveling, but we might come in Thanksgiving morning just to shoot a little bit. We're just going to see how it goes this week."
The Hawks wrap up the week Saturday in Washington.
Their early-season gauntlet, however, doesn't end for at least a couple more weeks, what with a weeklong Texas trip and a stop in Miami scheduled for the first week of December.
"I'll be honest with you," Hawks center Al Horford said, "I don't know how we're getting through this time right now the way we have. Because we're down bodies every night and we're on the road one night, at home the next and then it seems back up and playing somewhere else a day later.
"I don't know that we have any right to complain, of course, because I'm sure there are other teams out there dealing with the same stuff. I guess we just have to go through this now and weather the storm and come out on the other side better because of it. At least that's how I'm looking at the situation."
CAVALIERS 110, HAWKS 96: Mike Woodson could have tried to push different buttons all night.
He could mixed and matched his lineups; he tried that, and experimented with a new defense or even dialed up a few plays on the fly, and none of it would have helped his team Saturday night.
Not with LeBron James and his Cavaliers, unblemished on the floor at Quicken Loans Arena this season, revved up and ready to make someone pay after their eight-game win streak came to an end in Detroit on Wednesday night.
The Hawks' loss was as much about their tired legs early, playing less than 24 hours on the road after grinding out an 88-83 home win over Charlotte on Friday night at Philips Arena, as it was about the drive of the James gang.
They had the Hawks down 11 points to start the game, increased the lead to 23 before halftime, stretched it to as many as 28 in the second half and cruised to their seventh straight home win.
The Hawks fell to 8-5 on the season, evening their road record at 4-4.