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News » Atlanta Hawks Notes, Quotes 2009-01-12

Atlanta Hawks Notes, Quotes 2009-01-12

Atlanta Hawks Notes, Quotes 2009-01-12
--The Hawks have lost four of five games to start the New Year after finishing the last 10 games of 2008 with a league-best 9-1 mark.

Whatever defensive focus, offensive flow and swagger they had before appears to have vanished somewhere along that way.

"We're just not playing with any intensity and it's coming from the way we're starting these games," said Hawks reserve Mo Evans, who chipped in with 10 points off the bench Sunday. "You saw Philly jump on us at the start and then at the end of the game they were still out-rebounding us and getting to all the loose balls when we're the team that needs to be playing with a sense of urgency.

"It seems like teams just want it more than we do. Orlando wanted it more in both the games we played. They came at us with a point to prove off a back-to-back and then we went down there and they (nearly) beat us by 50. So, you tell me what's going on."

--The Hawks' bench played a minimal role in Sunday's outcome, but the 76ers' bench sprung to life behind huge games from both Louis Williams and rookie big man Marreese Speights.

Williams, the former South Gwinnett star, finished with 11 points and six assists while Speights added 12 points, eight rebounds and a block. Speights had two more rebounds than any Hawks player, starter or reserve.

"He had some really good coaching at Florida," 76ers coach Tony DiLeo said of Speights, who was Horford's backup at Florida two years ago. "He has a really high basketball IQ and makes a lot of instinctive plays on the court that most big men just don't. Not only is he a good offensive player, but he blocks shots and plays defense, too."

--While the Hawks were busy watching the action fly past them for much of the game the 76ers were busy making it happen, on both ends of the floor.

The 76ers destroyed them with second chance opportunities, piling up 19 points to the Hawks' three in that category.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "In my opinion, there seems to be a complacency on our team right now, like we already clinched a playoff seed or home court advantage or something and we're barely out of the starting gate of this season." -- Hawks swingman Mo Evans, on his team's sudden lethargic play.

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