Originally posted on Fox Sports South  |  By John Manasso  |  Last updated 2/5/14
ATLANTA -- With 14.9 seconds left in regulation, the Atlanta Hawks had cut a 16-point fourth-quarter deficit down to two against the best team in the NBA, the Indiana Pacers. That might not be newsworthy if the group that had accomplished that were the Hawks starters. Instead, in the waning seconds Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer put out a fivesome of rookie Dennis Schroder, second-year players Mike Scott and Shelvin Mack and Cartier Martin, who spent much of the early part of the season with the Hawks but is now on a 10-day contract, along with starter Paul Millsap. Ultimately, they could not pull off the comeback in an 89-85 loss at Philips Arena but in the process, the Hawks' young players might have gained some valuable experience -- Schroder, one of the team's first-round picks in 2013, in particular. Budenholzer said he was just searching for something that would work offensively against the Pacers (38-10), who entered allowing a league-low 90.3 points per game. Through three qua...
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