Two hours before nearly every game, Spencer Hawes can be found on the court ironing out some of his moves. With assistant coach Jeff Capel feeding him passes, Hawes sets picks and rolls to the hoop. Other times he pops out to the perimeter.

Over and over again he goes, firing up an array of corner three-pointers, wing jumpers, 17-footers from just above the elbow all mixed in with some sweeping hooks in the paint.

By the time he's finished with the pregame workout, Hawes is so sweaty and flushed that he has to stop in to visit team massage therapist Sergei Khmelevski before putting on his uniform.

But whatever it is with the pregame routine of a brisk workout, piles of shots and then a massage, Hawes ought to stick with it because it's working. Following an eight-game stretch in which Hawes was a non-factor for coach Doug Collins, averaging just 5.3 points and 3.3 rebounds per game, the seven-footer seemingly flipped a switch.

In his last nine games, Hawes has averaged 13.2 points and 6.9 boards a night that Collins has no choice but to get the big man some minutes.

"We are very happy with the way Spencer is playing," Collins said. "When Spencer has the ball and he's shooting the ball and he's involved, he just seems to pick up all areas of his game."