Notebook: Gearing Up for Game 4
April 29, 2013, 3:56 PM
ATLANTA – Sunday, the Pacers watched about 45 minutes of video from Saturday's 21-point Game 3 loss to the Hawks. They watched another 20 minutes before Monday's practice, and will watch a similar amount before tonight's game.
Vogel said his primary takeaway was lack of execution, particularly on offense. David West, meanwhile, was bothered by the Pacers' lack of aggression.
“They crawled into our personal space and we didn't respond the proper way,” he said. “We have to take care of our business in terms of handling the basketball, handling their pressure. Just dealing with their runs. We know they're going to make runs here at home.”
Added Vogel: “I think we played with intensity, but I don't think we responded to their intensity. I think we will tonight.”
Atlanta center Johan Petro's status for Monday's game is uncertain, as he flew to Miami on Sunday to be with his expectant wife. She was scheduled to be induced that day, but Hawks officials were uncertain if she had delivered.
Petro came off the bench in the first two games of the series, which the Pacers won, but started at center in Atlanta's victory on Saturday. He scored six points, hitting 3-of-4 shots, and grabbed four rebounds in 14 minutes.
Atlanta coach Larry Drew said he was unsure who he would start if Petro did not return in time for the game. Kyle Korver started at shooting guard in first two games for the Hawks, as they went with a smaller lineup.
Vogel said he has no preference.
“We're prepared (for anything),” he said. “We've seen it all and we know how to adjust to it.”
NBA free agent Jason Collins announced via Sports Illustrated Monday that he is gay, the first active athlete in one of the four major sports to do so. John Amaechi, who had played five seasons in the NBA, made the same announcement six years ago, but had been retired for four years at the time. Collins is a 34-year-old free agent center who finished the previous season with Washington.
With the story quickly gathering air time on the national television networks, reaction stories became the order of the day, which led to reporters asking some of the Pacers for their thoughts on the issue following Monday's shootaround at Philips Arena, where they play Atlanta tonight in Game 3 of their playoff series.
The general mood among the team fit the widespread reaction within the league: Acceptance.
“I think it's a brave thing to do,” coach Frank Vogel said. “It's something that he wanted to get out in the public, and I'm happy for him.”
Pacers center Roy Hibbert agreed, calling the issue “no big deal.”
“I wish the best for his family,” Hibbert said.