You could tell from the way the Pacers have been playing that they needed a bit of a wake up call. They've been getting it done against poor teams, but just barely.
Against a team like the Atlanta Hawks, missing Josh Smith or not, the Pacers were going to be in for a rough night. And I was right. The Pacers got within 3 in the fourth quarter but it felt like the Hawks were never seriously threatened as the Hawks overpowered the Pacers to a 109-100 win.
The loss snapped a 4-game winning streak for the Pacers and put them back to 17-13 for the season.
It was ugly. The Hawks scored their 109 points on 55% shooting. David West did all he could to keep the Pacers in the game with 29 points, including two 3-pointers for some reason, and Paul George again flirted with a triple-double with 18, 9 and 8, but he also had 5 turnovers.
The big news was Roy 'Max Contract' Hibbert, who...wait for it...had 0 points and 1 rebound in 21 minutes while getting dominated by Al Horford an...