While clearly seeming to sense his three-year run in Atlanta was over, Drew said he was ‘‘really, really proud’’ of a team that many felt would have trouble just making the playoffs after trading away All-Star Joe Johnson and bringing in a bunch of guys in the final year of their contracts.
Even the coach knew he was a lame duck, having the option on his contact picked up last summer but not getting an extension.
‘‘When you've got 11 or 12 guys on one-year deals, and the coach is in his last year, it could've gone either way,’’ said Drew, who has led the Hawks to three straight playoff appearances but couldn’t get out of the first round the last two. ‘‘We hung in there and stuck with it.’’
Notes: Atlanta G Jeff Teague has an awful finish to the series, going 3 of 16 in Game 5, and 3 of 12 in the deciding contest. ... Hibbert had his first double-double of the series. ... The Hawks finally shot well from the free-throw line (18 of 20) after struggling much of the series. Unfortunately, they couldn’t score consistently from anywhere else. ... Hawks F Ivan Johnson was whistled for a technical for the second game in a row. Indiana’s Jeff Pendergraph also picked up a T.
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