Woodson wants Hawks gunning for division

"We haven't experienced that since I've been here as the head coach," said Woodson, in his sixth season. "Since we're sitting up there, as a coach, I'm going to push them to try to stay there. If we can win our division, it would be a major, major step for our franchise and the direction where this team is going."

The Hawks are also ranked first in rankings on espn.com and nba.com, which was a matter of far less concern to Woodson.

"I could care less about who's ranking what," he said. "It doesn't mean a [darn] thing to me, it really doesn't."

Unwavering confidence

Scoring a season-low six points Monday against Portland did not faze backup guard Jamal Crawford. He kept his same shootaround routine, making about 150 shots, a variety of 3-pointers, pull-up jumpers and spot-up jumpers from all over the court.

"If I get a 50-point game, I do the same thing," said Crawford, who was averaging 16.6 points per game entering Wednesday night, second in the NBA among players who had not started a game. "You just keep going. There's so many games, you're going to have games like that."


*The Hawks caught a break as the Heat sat forward Udonis Haslem with a shoulder sprain, an injury he aggravated in the Heat's loss to Oklahoma City on Tuesday. Haslem was averaging 11.7 points and 9.6 rebounds.

*Thrashers players Ilya Kovalchuk, Evander Kane and Nik Antropov attended the game.

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