The Hawks have four players who are all about the same size in the starting lineup and all of them are athletic. That's why they switch on defense as much as any team in the league.
"The switching is a factor,'' coach Rick Carlisle said. "There are a couple in the West that do it. We see a lot of switching against Dirk. It's not anything unusual. But the teams that are best at it are the ones with long, angular guys that can move their feet.
"They do it because they're equipped to do it. That's what you see with the teams in the West that do it, they have big guys who can move their feet and smaller guys who are strong. It's a different look and something you have to be ready for.''