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Shootaround: McMillan on Cory Joseph, Hawks Matchup

February 23, 2018 - During shootaround on Friday, Pacers head coach Nate McMillan talked about Cory Joseph's performance while filling in for the injured Darren Collison, and the team's matchup with the Atlanta Hawks.

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Shootaround: McMillan on Cory Joseph, Hawks Matchup

February 23, 2018 - During shootaround on Friday, Pacers head coach Nate McMillan talked about Cory Joseph's performance while filling in for the injured Darren Collison, and the team's matchup with the Atlanta Hawks.
Feb 23, 2018  |  02:26

Pacers Seeking Strong Start to Closing Stretch

Feb. 22, 2018 - Coming out of the All-Star break and with 24 games remaining in the regular season, the Indiana Pacers are preparing themselves for a playoff push.
Feb 22, 2018  |  02:48

Pacers Anticipating the Return of Glenn Robinson III

February 21, 2018 - After missing the entire season to date with left ankle surgery, the Pacers are expecting Glenn Robinson III to return to the lineup on Friday night against the Hawks. Robinson III spoke about his rehab and Victor Oladipo and Pacers head coach Nate McMillan explained what Robinson III can bring to the lineup.
Feb 21, 2018  |  02:33

Trey McKinney Jones on Signing 10-Day Contract

Feb. 21, 2018 - Trey McKinney Jones discusses signing a 10-day contract with the Pacers. McKinney Jones was invited to training camp with Indiana and has spent this season playing for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants in the NBA G League.
Feb 21, 2018  |  02:21

Game Preview: Pacers vs Hawks

Friday, February 23, 2018 at 7:00 PM ET at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
by Greg Rappaport
Pacers.com Writer
@Greg_Rappaport

Last Updated: Feb. 22 at 2:11 pm ET

Matchup

With eight full days of rest, the Indiana Pacers open their final stretch of 24 games with a home matchup against the Atlanta Hawks.

The Pacers entered the All-Star break on a tear, having won nine of their last 12 games. As the season resumes, Indiana (33-25) will look to continue its hot steak, which has lifted the Blue & Gold to fifth in the Eastern Conference standings.

One of the biggest keys to the Pacers' success this season has been its top-10 offense. Indiana has posted an offensive rating of 108.4 points per 100 possessions, good for sixth in the entire NBA. The only teams with higher offensive ratings entering the All-Star break were the Warriors, Rockets, Timberwolves, Raptors, and Cavaliers.

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The Hawks offer up an opportunity for Indiana to pick up where it left off, entering the Friday night meeting with the NBA's 24th-ranked defense.

While Atlanta has had its struggles this season, the Hawks (18-41) aren't without offensive weapons.

Second-year wing Taurean Prince has developed into a valuable two-way player, hitting on 37 percent of his 3-point shots and averaging 12.2 points and 4.7 rebounds per game.

Joining Prince in the Atlanta frontcourt is John Collins, who has posted one of the highest field goal percentages among rookies, making 58 percent of his shots this season.

With the Pacers fully rested, they soon may have some reinforcements on the way. Darren Collison, who underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on February 3, was given an initial timetable of two to three weeks. Glenn Robinson III, who has missed the entire season to date with left ankle surgery, has made two rehab starts with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants and is targeting a comeback for Friday's game barring any setbacks.

Projected Starters

Pacers: PG - Cory Joseph, SG - Victor Oladipo, SF - Bojan Bogdanovic, PF - Thaddeus Young, C - Myles Turner
Hawks: PG - Dennis Schroder, SG - Kent Bazemore, SF - Taurean Prince, PF - Ersan Ilyasova, C -Dewayne Dedmon

Injury Report

Pacers: Darren Collison - out (left knee arthroscopic surgery rehab)

Hawks: TBD

Last Meeting

December 20, 2017: Against the struggling Hawks, the Pacers took care of business on the road, defeating Atlanta 105-95.

In what was a tight game for most the night, the Pacers pulled away in the fourth quarter as Victor Oladipo helped propel Indiana to the win with a game-high 23 points.

The road win featured a balanced scoring effort from the Blue & Gold, with Bojan Bogdanovic (19 points) and Myles Turner (20 points) each filling up the stat sheet.

"Defensively, we turned it up, and that's the reason why we did so well down the stretch," said Oladipo after the win.

Noteworthy

  • This is the second of four meetings between the teams this season.
  • The Hawks lead the all-time series 100-84, but the Pacers have a 56-36 edge when playing in Indiana.
  • Hawks forward Miles Plumlee hails from Fort Wayne, Indiana and began his NBA career with the Pacers in 2012.

Tickets

The Pacers are back in action at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Friday, Feb. 23 to host the Atlanta Hawks at 7:00 PM ET. Find Tickets »

Broadcast Information TV & Radio Listings »

TV: FOX Sports Indiana - Chris Denari (play-by-play), Quinn Buckner (analyst), Jeremiah Johnson (sideline reporter/host)
Radio: 107.5 FM/AM 1070 The Fan - Mark Boyle (play-by-play), Pat Boylan (sideline reporter/host)
Please Note: Inside Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Pacers radio broadcasts can be heard on 1080 AM instead of 1070.

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