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Hawks focus on playoffs, but know changes coming

By PAUL NEWBERRY
AP Sports Writer

ATLANTA (AP) - Major changes are looming for the Atlanta Hawks.

But first, there are the playoffs.

The Hawks face Indiana in an opening-round series that begins Sunday in Indianapolis. But they know the team will likely look a lot different by the time next season rolls around. Only three players are definitely under contract beyond this summer, and coach Larry Drew is in the final year of his deal.

To have any success in the postseason, the team must put aside any thoughts of what's going to happen after that final game.

As 1 of the few players with a long-term future in Atlanta, center Al Horford says it's definitely a concern. But impending free agent Josh Smith says no one is thinking about next season. Not yet anyway.

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