Monday, March 25th, 2013 at 7:00 PM EDT at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Game Preview: IND vs ATL
Scott Agness | March 24, 2013
The Atlanta Hawks, just four games behind the Pacers in fifth in the Eastern Conference, meet the Pacers for the final time this season. The Pacers took Sunday off after playing in Chicago on Saturday and ahead of their big week this week. They have five games in eight days, with the final four of them coming on a West Coast trip.
Like their season series with the Milwaukee Bucks, the Pacers lost the first two games – both on the road. As they face the Hawks for the final time this season in their own building, the Pacers know their margin of error is slim to remain near the top of the East. They also have a division title within their grasps.
Heading into tonight’s game, the Pacers are a bit hobbled. David West (back) and Danny Granger (knee) are both out. George Hill has a strained groin and a couple fingers on Paul George’s left hand have given him some pain.
After winning three in a row, the Pacers were sidetracked in Chicago. They led for almost three quarters but the game got away from them in the fourth. With the loss, the Pacers dropped percentage points behind New York to third in the East. Over their last 10 games, the Pacers and Hawks have both only won half their games.
Atlanta will be playing its second of four consecutive road games and on the back end of a back-to-back set. The front-court of Al Horford and Josh Smith is particularly strong for the Hawks. Fortunately for the Pacers, Zaza Pachulia, a big man that’s given them problems in the past, won’t play due to injury. Horford, who scores 17.4 points and collects 10.3 rebounds on average per game, has recorded double-doubles in 10 of his last 12 games. With most of his points scored in the lane, Horford has also effectively scored on 55 percent of his attempts.
Jeff Teague and Devin Harris are back together as the starting backcourt duo. Teague, the Pike High School grad, has elevated his scoring and assist output by about two per game. Kyle Korver’s 46 percent clip from behind the arc is the best in the NBA. He has hit an outside shot in 63 straight games.
Pacers: David West (out, lower back sprain), Danny Granger (out, left knee)
Hawks: Lou Williams (out, torn right ACL), Zaza Pachulia (out, sore right Achilles)
- The Pacers have won four of the last five meetings on their home floor.
- The Hawks have used 24 different starting lineups this season.
- Hawks assistant coach Lester Conner spent three years on the Pacers bench under Jim O’Brien. Dahntay Jones, part of a trade deadline deal with Dallas, is now with Atlanta.
- Former Butler star Shelvin Mack is on his second 10-day contract with the Hawks.
The Pacers ended the Hawks’ run of four straight wins in the series with a 114-103 decision at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. It was the Pacers’ final win during their season-long streak of 15 in a row at home. They came back from 12 down in the second by closing the first half on a 19-6 run for a one-point halftime lead. After the game, the Pacers were admittedly tired, as it was the middle game of the league’s only three games in three nights set.
Seven Indiana players, including all five starters, finished in double figures, led by 29 points from Paul George. George Hill scored 15 and assisted on eight field goals. West also had 15 points along with seven rebounds, five steals, four assists and three blocks. Jeff Teague paced the Hawks with 24 points and eight dimes. Kyle Korver was limited to 10 points on 3-of-13 shooting.
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TV: FOX Sports Indiana – Chris Denari (play-by-play), Quinn Buckner (analyst), Brooke Olzendam (sideline reporter/host)
Radio: FM 107.5 The Fan/1070 The Fan, Pacers Radio Network - Mark Boyle (play-by-play), Slick Leonard (analyst) Kevin Lee (sideline reporter/host)
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