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Pacers Know Rebounding Must Improve

Jan. 3, 2020 - After another loss where they were significantly outrebounded, the Pacers discuss their struggles on the boards and what must change going forward.

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Pacers Know Rebounding Must Improve

Jan. 3, 2020 - After another loss where they were significantly outrebounded, the Pacers discuss their struggles on the boards and what must change going forward.
Jan 3, 2020  |  01:24

Lamb, McConnell Reflect on Vince Carter's Career

Jan. 3, 2020 - Ahead of likely their last game against Vince Carter, Jeremy Lamb and T.J. McConnell recall their memories of watching him play in the NBA when they were kids.
Jan 3, 2020  |  01:15

Pacers on Lamb's Big Night Offensively

Jan. 3, 2020 - Jeremy Lamb discusses scoring 30 points and going 5-for-5 from 3-point range on Thursday, then Nate McMillan and T.J. McConnell talk about Lamb's value to the Pacers.
Jan 3, 2020  |  01:37

Game Preview: Pacers at Hawks

Saturday, January 4, 2020 at 7:30 PM ET at State Farm Arena
by Wheat Hotchkiss
Pacers.com Writer/Editor
@Wheat_Hotchkiss

Matchup

After falling at home to Denver on Thursday night, the Pacers (22-13) hit the road for a two-game trip, which begins with their final meeting of the season with the Atlanta Hawks (7-28) on Saturday night.

Indiana looked sharp offensively against the Nuggets. They rattled off 37 points in the first quarter and stayed hot for most of the night, shooting 52.4 percent from the field and 46.2 percent from 3-point range while dishing out 32 assists and only committing nine turnovers.

But on the other end, the Blue & Gold didn't have an answer for Denver, which scored 66 points in the paint and outrebounded Indiana 47-34 on its way to a 124-116 win. After the game, Pacers head coach Nate McMillan was especially frustrated with the rebounding discrepancy. The Nuggets had 15 offensive rebounds on Thursday, including six in the fourth quarter leading to 10 crucial second-chance points that swung the game.

"We've been talking about rebounding for two years," McMillan said after the game. "We knew coming into the season it was going to be a challenge. You've got to finish the play by rebounding the basketball. That's the hustle part of the game."

The Pacers have now lost three of their last four games, but they have an opportunity to get back on track against two teams currently out of the playoff picture in the Eastern Conference.

The Hawks' offense starts with second-year sensation Trae Young, who currently ranks fourth in the NBA in scoring (28.5 points per game) and fifth in assists (8.3 per contest). Young almost singlehandedly beat the Pacers in Indianapolis back on Nov. 29, scoring 49 points in an overtime loss.

Young now also has his running mate back. Third-year forward John Collins missed the first two meetings with the Pacers as part of a 25-game suspension for a violation of the NBA's Anti-Drug Program, but returned on Dec. 23. Collins has only played 10 games this season, but is averaging 18.1 points on 52.5 percent shooting, 9.7 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks.

Projected Starters

Pacers: PG - Aaron Holiday, SG - Jeremy Lamb, SF - T.J. Warren, PF - Domantas Sabonis, C - Myles Turner
Hawks: PG - Trae Young, SG - Kevin Huerter, SF - Cam Reddish, PF - De'Andre Hunter, C - John Collins

Injury Report

Pacers: Edmond Sumner - questionable (sore right knee), Malcolm Brogdon - out (sore lower back), Naz Mitrou-Long - out (right ankle sprain), Victor Oladipo - out (right knee surgery rehab)

Hawks: Kevin Huerter - probable (mid-back pain), Jabari Parker - probable (right shoulder impingement)

Last Meeting

December 13, 2019: The Pacers used a balanced effort to come away with a 110-100 victory in Atlanta. Indiana led by 15 points at halftime, but the Hawks trimmed that deficit to three with a 35-point third quarter. The Blue & Gold, however, pulled away in the fourth to secure the win.

Malcolm Brogdon led the Pacers with 19 points and 12 assists. T.J. Warren added 18 points, Doug McDermott scored 16 off the bench, and Domantas Sabonis added 12 points and 14 rebounds.

Trae Young had 23 points, seven rebounds, and eight assists for the Hawks, but the Pacers limited him to 9-of-30 shooting. De'Andre Hunter finished with 21 points and Jabari Parker added 20 for Atlanta.

Noteworthy

  • The Pacers have won seven straight games against the Hawks, including three straight in Atlanta.
  • With a win on Saturday, the Pacers would sweep the season series with Atlanta for the second straight season.
  • Pacers forward Doug McDermott needs one point on Saturday to reach 3,000 for his career.
  • Two Pacers guards attended high school in the Atlanta area. Malcolm Brogdon went to Greater Atlanta Christian, while Jeremy Lamb attended Norcross High School.
  • Indiana will wear its white Hickory uniforms on Saturday for the third time this season and the first time on the road.

Tickets

After a two-game road trip, the Pacers return to Bankers Life Fieldhouse to host Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat on Wednesday, Jan. 8 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: 93.5/107.5 FM/1070 AM The Fan - Mark Boyle (play-by-play), Pat Boylan (studio host)





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