Hawks Hope Going Bigger Will Help Rebounding Weakness

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Coach Mike Budenholzer wasn’t too concerned about the deficit while the Hawks were romping to the best record (60-22) in the East during the regular season, considering it a necessary evil to play the sort of fast-paced, ball-moving style he wanted.

But Atlanta’s size disadvantage proved to be more problematic in the playoffs, as teams clamped down defensively and referees tended to be more lenient with physical play. The Hawks struggled at times against Washington’s imposing front line in the second round and were totally dominated on the boards by Cleveland while getting swept in the conference final.

“One of the major improvements this team can do this season is rebounding,” (Tiago) Splitter said. “Of course, if you improve the rebounding you also improve the defense. That’s one of the reasons I’m here.”

Source: The Associated Press