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No-whining zone: Hawks coach Larry Drew had a clear message for his team before Game 5 of their playoff series against the Pacers. No more whining.
The Hawks did not react well to the officiating in losses in both Games 1 and 2. There was a glaring discrepancy in the number of fouls called. The Pacers were a combined 51-of-63 from the free-throw line while the Hawks were a combined 18-of-34.
“In Games 1 and 2 we were not a very aggressive team, and we complained about all the calls,” Drew said. “That hurt us a lot. We have to play through all calls. We can’t let that be a reason that we don’t play well. We can’t let that be the thing that’s our demise. We have to be a smarter team. We have to play through all calls. We have to come out and play with a physicality.
“We talked about in after Game 1, and I thought we got a little better, but not at a playoff level. I will definitely remind our guys that the first couple games in this building we just complained too much to the officials. They were clearly the aggressor on both ends of the floor. If we can clean that up it will help us tremendously.”
Etc.: The Hawks again started the big lineup that was effective in home wins in games 3 and 4. Jeff Teague, Devin Harris, Josh Smith, Al Horford and Johan Petro started. … If Game 7 is necessary Sunday, scenarios have the game at either 7 p.m. or 8 p.m. on TNT or at 1 p.m. on ABC. If there is a Game 7, it will air locally on Fox Sports South or SportSouth only if on TNT. ABC would have the game exclusively.