The Atlanta Hawks were a work in progress much of the season, a team that went from relying on a dazzling, spread-the-ball offense to a grittier, defensive-minded bunch.
They're hoping that will serve them well heading into an NBA playoff rematch with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Feeling confident after an opening-round win over Boston but a big underdog against the top-seeded team in the Eastern Conference, the Hawks returned to practice Saturday to begin preparations for the best-of-seven series.
Game 1 is Monday night in Cleveland.
"Defense has been our staple throughout the season," said Atlanta's Kent Bazemore, who figures to have...