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Indiana Pacers and Atlanta Hawks 1st Round Playoff Preview
Both the Indiana Pacers and Atlanta Hawks struggled down the stretch, going into the playoffs. The Indiana Pacers on paper, are the far superior team, but the Hawks have proven to be very resilient and when Al Horford and Josh Smith are at the top of their games, they are very hard to beat.
The Pacers are the East’s top defense, the top rebounding team and play harder than any team in the NBA and with Roy Hibbert and David West on defense, they can stop the Hawks’ offense, which relies heavily on scoring inside, from both drives to the hoop and post play. Paul George is one of the NBA’s elite defenders and will slow down Josh Smith and George Hill can cover Jeff Teague, so defensively the Pacers have drawn an excellent matchup, as they are able to contain Horford, Smith and Teague.
However, offensively the Pacers are merely average and the Hawks are the superior offensive team, so Atlanta will be able to win at least 1 game...
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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...
Pacers coach Frank Vogel is giving four starters the night off Wednesday.
After the team's shootaround, Vogel told reporters that guards George Hill and Paul George, forward David West and center Roy Hibbert would all sit out against Philadelphia. Vogel is trying to give his players some extra rest heading into the playoffs, which begin this weekend.
Indiana (49-31) is already...
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...
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...
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.
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(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...
NEW YORK (AP) -- Carmelo Anthony won the scoring title without playing, and the Atlanta Hawks lost their chance to move up in the East standings.
Chris Copeland scored 33 points on a night that belonged to the benches, and the New York Knicks wrapped up their winningest season in 16 years by beating the Hawks 98-92 on Wednesday.
With Anthony and just about every important player...
Center Al Horford is sitting out the Atlanta Hawks' final home game of the regular season because of soreness in his chest.
Horford missed most of last season after having surgery on his left pectoral muscle. He said before Tuesday's game that he's having some lingering pain in that same area, so he wants to give it a rest with the playoffs approaching.
As a precaution...