Larry Drew has been frustrated plenty of times this season. But it was quite visible Saturday night after the Milwaukee Bucks coach emerged from a 21-minute post-game meeting with his players, following the Bucks' 112-87 loss to the Atlanta Hawks. And he didn't mince words when asked about the Bucks' lack of competitiveness against a short-handed Hawks team that was missing two of its best players - Al Horford and Jeff Teague. “I’m disappointed in everybody, myself included," Drew said. "We’re just not playing hard enough. I don’t care what the situation is. And again, me included.
"We’re paid to play hard. I’m paid to coach this team to the best of my ability and get these guys ready to play. This is not a time to make excuses for what has happened to us. The situation is what it is. As I told the guys after the game, 'it’s beyond basketball now.' It’s beyond basketball. It’s about going out there and representing what’s on your chest and what’s on your back. That’s the attitude we have to bring every single night. Forget the record. This is just about going out and competing.” Drew was asked if he could see players on his team who weren't playing hard. "I saw times where possessions were taken off," Drew said. "I don't care what the situation is from a wins and losses standpoint. Guys are paid to play hard."