Winners of five of the past six games, including three straight, and four in a row on the road the Hawks are again playing with the confidence they showed early in the season.
Following Monday’s blowout win at the Pistons, Josh Smith said the Hawks (32-23) have a swagger similar to that of their early season success (20-10). The key going forward will be to keep that swagger without becoming overconfident. The Hawks continue a six-game road trip Wednesday against the Jazz.
“It’s a fine line,” Devin Harris said. “We went through a stretch after the run at the beginning of the season where we were up and down. I don’t mind the overconfidence if we are playing at a consistent level. You may drop one game you shouldn’t but you win more games than most.”
Coach Larry Drew pointed to the return of unselfish play for the recent successes. The Hawks remain second in the NBA is assists per game (24.2) and had 31 in the win over the Pistons. He singled out a fast-break layup by Smith in which several players touched the ball before the basket.
“That really felt good,” Drew said. “We haven’t always been like that over the years I’ve been here but now we have bought into it, have committed to it.”
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