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The Indiana Pacers were last seasons playoff darlings as they were able to give Miami fans a panic when they took a series lead over the heavy favorites. Indiana is a big team in terms of size but were hampered early in the season by the loss of Danny Granger and the slow start for Roy Hibbert.
The Atlanta Hawks were suppose to be a laughing stock in the league with GM Danny Ferry blowing up the team in a rebuilding effort by trading an un-trade-able contract of Joe Johnson. A team of one year deals that was suppose to fight for the 8th playoff spot, the Hawks took the league by surprise early on.
Being one of the top defensive teams in the league and the best rebounding team will be the leg the Indiana Pacers will lean on during the playoffs. They sit near the bottom of the league in terms of scoring so they will look to play a slow pace and try to keep games into half court sets. Without Danny, the scoring load will rest on first time All Star Paul George and David West...
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The Indiana Pacers, the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference, exerted their dominance in Game 1 of their series against the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday, winning 107-90. Here are three observations from the game:
1. Paul George delivered in a big way
Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson has far greater worries on his mind after his team fell behind 1-0 in their playoff series against...
BallertainmentPacers Asst. Brian Shaw looking ahead to playoffs ahead of coaching gig
Brian Shaw is always on some team’s radar for a head coaching job.
This off-season will be no different.
The Pacers brought Shaw on as Assistant Head Coach in 2011. This after the Lakers passed on naming him head coach following Phil Jackson’s retirement.
Many people felt he was slighted, and...
Three practice days have Indiana and Atlanta eager to see how they match up in the playoffs.
The Hawks will try and run. The Pacers will try to get physical. Paul George wants to attack the defense, and Kyle Korver might be content to shoot 3-pointers all series long.
They have been a study in contrasts all season, playing their four-game regular-season series to a draw. On Sunday...
Forget about the film, the numbers and the losses.
The Pacers insist everything will be OK now that they're in the playoffs with their first-round series against sixth-seeded Atlanta opening on Sunday in Indy.
Once one of the hottest teams in the Eastern Conference, Indiana lost five of its last six games, digging themselves deficits of at least 20 points in each of those six...
(Eds: With AP Photos.) By MICHAEL MAROT AP Sports Writer The Indiana Pacers can finally focus on what everybody else has been talking about all season - winning playoff games.
Less than 24 hours after finishing the regular season with a loss to Philadelphia, the Pacers returned to practice to prepare for Sunday's opening game against Atlanta. It's about time.
Paul George scored 23 points and recorded his first playoff triple double, leading Indiana past Atlanta 107-90 for a 1-0 lead in the Eastern Conference series.
George made just 3 of 13 shots but was 17 of 18 from the free-throw line, had 11 rebounds and 12 assists. George Hill added 18 points despite playing with a left groin injury. It's the first time since 2006 that the Pacers...
The Indiana Pacers have had a fulfilling season. They have excelled because of their vigorous defense. The Pacers were the number two seed for a period of time, but the Knicks’ late winning streak pushed them down to the third seed. The Hawks’ season has gone as expected. They have had their moments but they can really struggle at times. Let’s take a look at this...
ATLANTA Last year the Atlanta Hawks went into the NBA playoffs minus All-Star center Al Horford for the first few games.
The Hawks are ahead of the game in that respect, as they travel to take on Indiana in Game 1 on Sunday, but their situation in terms of injuries remains less than ideal.
Were not as healthy as I want to be, coach Larry Drew said. We got some guys nicked up,...
The Indiana Pacers (49-32), the Eastern Conference's 3rd seed, will take on the Atlanta Hawks (44-38), the 6th seed, in the first game of the first round of the NBA Playoffs on Sunday afternoon.
The two teams split the 4 regular season meetings this season, with Atlanta winning the first two in November and December and the Pacers winning the last two in February and March...
(Eds: With AP Photos.) By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer Larry Drew has no regrets about his decision to rest Atlanta's starters in losses to Toronto and the New York Knicks to end the regular season.
The losses ended the Hawks' hopes of landing the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference. Instead, Atlanta has the No. 6 seed and will face No. 3 Indiana in the first round, beginning...
Josh Smith and his Atlanta teammates spent much of Sunday's game and the postgame complaining about the calls.
Hawks coach Larry Drew had enough.
After getting dominated on the glass, being forced into a half-court game and allowing Paul George to get his first career postseason triple double, Atlanta headed home with a 107-90 loss and plenty of things to correct before this...
When it comes to the NBA playoffs, matchups matter.
Atlanta likes to run. Indiana gets physical. Paul George will try to attack. Kyle Korver might be content to knock down 3-pointers.
Both teams know what's coming and have spent the last three days preparing to defend against their biggest weaknesses while exploiting their top advantages when the best-of-seven series opens...