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Hawks get another playoff shot at King James and Cavaliers

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...