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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 Sunday in Indianapolis.
''When you look at us on paper from a matchup standpoint, we do give up size. Certain positions we give up athleticism,'' Hawks coach Larry Drew said Saturday. ''But we've been able to balance that with some of the other stuff that we do. I think with our guards, both Jeff (Teague) and Devin (Harris), they pose a problem because of their abilities in the open floor. We run a lot of pick-and-rolls, we've got bigs that can space it out and shoot it, so we balance it.''
The Pacers are certainly aware of the dangers Atlanta poses.
Korver always s...
BEST OF MAXIM
Paul George triple-doubled Sunday,helping to lead the Pacers past the Atlanta Hawks in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference playoff series.
The 107-90 victory was confident as the Hawks at no point looked like a confident match for the Pacers.
George scored 23 points, launched 12 assists and secured 11 rebounds for the Pacers.
This video says it all.
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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...
Indiana's Paul George is already thinking big.
He wants that breakout regular season to become the norm and hopes Sunday's triple-double is just the start of a far more tangible prize.
This is how George rolls - never satisfied with past performances, always intent on proving the doubters wrong - and it will be no different when the Pacers line up for Game 2 against Atlanta...
Indiana Pacers’ All Star forward, Paul George has become the team’s franchise player, has a truly remarkable skill set and has become one of the best players in the NBA at the ripe age of 23. Is he the next LeBron James? Well no, but he is the closest thing to James in the NBA as of today.
Paul George, may be the only perimeter player with the array of talents on both ends of...
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...
Paul George looked like a man possessed during yesterday’s game one of the NBA playoffs versus the Atlantas Hawks in Indiana. George finished with his first career triple-double in the playoffs and this intense block was one of them. This play really sums of the day for both teams. The Pacers, led by George looked focused, while Hawks looked pleased to just be there.
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...
Paul George is back! Well, kind of. PG24 still couldn't hit a shot from the field, finishing just 3-13 from the field, but the third-year All-Star made up for it from the line, going 17-18, and finishing with a triple-double by adding 11 rebounds and 12 assists. The spectacular stat sheet stuffer powered the Pacers to a 107-90 victory against the Hawks in the first game of their...
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...
Atlanta Hawks/Indiana Pacers: Game 1
- This matchup just barely edges out Bulls/Nets as least intriguing first round series, in my opinion.
- The Hawks seem to know they have no shot at the NBA Finals, and they’re just going to play like it. Not a lot of effort.
- Paul George messed around and got himself a triple double. I wonder if anyone’s ever put...
(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.