The Atlanta Hawks switched up their lineup for Game 3 as they try and match Indiana’s considerable size advantage by starting 7-ft Johan Petro at center while Josh Smith and Al Horford slide down to the 3 and 4 positions, respectively.
The Pacers won the first two games in Indiana and lead the Hawks 2-0 in the best-of-seven series. However, they’ve lost the last 11 games in Atlanta.
Check out the keys to victory for both teams here.
Who?: #6 Atlanta Hawks (0-2) vs #3 Indiana Pacers (2-0)
What?: Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Game 3
Where?: Philips Arena (Atlanta, GA)
When?: Saturday, April 27, 2013 – 7:00 PM (ET)
Projected Starting Lineups
PG: Jeff Teague | SG: Devin Harris | SF: Josh Smith | PF: Al Horford | C: Johan Petro
PG: George Hill | SG: Lance Stephenson | SF: Paul George | PF: David West | C: Roy Hibbert
Injury/Inactive Players Report
Atlanta Hawks: Zaza Pachulia (Achilles surgery) and Lou Williams (torn right ACL) are out.
Indiana Pacers: Lance Stephenson (bruised right hip) is day-to-day. Danny Granger (left knee surgery) is out.
Records: Atlanta Hawks (44-38) … Indiana Pacers (49-32)
Streaks: Atlanta Hawks –> OVERALL: Lost 2 / HOME: Lost 1 / ROAD: Lost 1 … Indiana Pacers –> OVERALL: Lost 3 / HOME: Lost 2 / ROAD: Lost 2
Home/Away Records: Hawks are (25-16) at home … Pacers are (19-21) away.
All-Time Post-Season Notes
Atlanta and Indiana square off in a first round playoff series after splitting four games in the regular season. This will mark the fifth time Atlanta and Indiana have met in the postseason (previously three times in the first round and once in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals). The Hawks have taken two-of-the-three first round series’, winning 3-1 in 1987 and 3-2 in 1996, while falling in 1995 (3-0). The Pacers posted 4-2 quarterfinals series triumph in 1994. The Hawks are 8-11 all-time against the Pacers in the postseason (5-3 at home and 3-8 on the road). Indiana won the last postseason meeting in Atlanta on 5/2/96 (83-75).
2012-13 Post-Season Game Recaps (Pacers lead series 2-0)
GAME 2 — PACERS 113, HAWKS 98 — BANKERS LIFE FIELDHOUSE — 4/24/13
Atlanta put in the first five points of the game, only to be outscored 25-14 the rest of the first quarter. Indiana led by as-many-as-11 in the second before settling for a 59-50 halftime advantage. The Pacers pushed it to a 12-point lead after three and eventually went up 24 late in the fourth while cruising to the victory. Devin Harris scored 17 points for the Hawks and Al Horford had a double-double (13 points/game-high 10 rebounds). Jeff Teague and Josh Smith each added 16 points. Again, Atlanta outshot Indiana (.494-.471) but for the second straight game the Pacers had a big edge at the charity stripe. Indiana made 21-29 (.724) from the foul line, while Atlanta hit 11-20 (.550). Paul George scored a game-high 27 points for the Pacers and George Hill tallied 22. Roy Hibbert chipped-in 15 points and nine rebounds, and Gerald Green also had 15 off the bench. The Hawks had a 17-6 advantage in fastbreak points, while the Pacers outscored Atlanta in the paint 48-40.
Dahntay Jones was with the Pacers from 2009-12. Jeff Teague is a native of Indianapolis (Pike High School). Lester Conner was an assistant coach with the Pacers from 2007-10. Shelvin Mack played his college ball at Butler. Gerald Green was teammates with Johan Petro and DeShawn Stevenson last year in New Jersey. Anthony Tolliver and George Hill teamed together in San Antonio in 2008-09. Stevenson and Ian Mahinmi were both with the Mavericks in 2010-11. Tolliver and Jeff Pendergraph both played for Portland in 2009-10. Lou Williams and Sam Young were teammates in Philadelphia for part of last season.
Information was used from the Hawks and Pacers official gamenotes