Games 1 and 2 are said and done and now the Atlanta Hawks get a chance to host the Indiana Pacers for Games 3 and 4, hoping to break the 1-1 series tie in their favor.
The Hawks are entering tonight trying to move forward after a breakdown in the second half of Game 2 that left a bad taste in the team’s mouth as well as the fan base. Indiana is hoping to build on their momentum from Game 2 by grabbing a victory on the road.
Winning on the road is no easy task for the Pacers, who have only won two games at Philips Arena since 2006.
The Hawks kept with Indiana for the first half of Game 2 and will be looking to come out the same to defend their home court. The dry spell in the second half may have exposed some of the issues the Hawks have and identifying them early may help the team fix them as the series moves forward. Atlanta wasn’t running their offense as much as they had during the regular season and the Pacers finally putting themselves together of the defensive end will put pressure on the Hawks to adjust if they want to continue their push to upset the 1 seed in the Eastern Conference bracket.
The Hawks still are aware of some of the lineup advantages they have and should continue to use them in Game 3.
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Who?: Indiana Pacers vs Atlanta Hawks
What?: Game 3 of First-Round Playoff Series
Where?: Philips Arena (Atlanta, GA)
When?: Thursday, April 24, 2014 – 7:00 PM (ET)
How?: NBA TV
PG: Teague | SG: Korver | SF: Carroll | PF: Millsap | C: Antic
PG: Hill | SG: Stephenson | SF: George | PF: West | C: Hibbert
Atlanta Hawks: Gustavo Ayon (right shoulder surgery), Al Horford (right pectoral muscle surgery) and John Jenkins (lower back surgery) are out.
Indiana Pacers: Andrew Bynum (sore right knee) is out.
Current Records, Streaks & Hot, Lukewarm, or Cold
Playoff Records: Atlanta Hawks (1-1) / Indiana Pacers (1-1)
Regular-Season Records: Atlanta Hawks (38-44) / Indiana Pacers (56-26)
Streaks: Atlanta Hawks –> OVERALL: Lost 1 | HOME: Lost 1 | ROAD: Lost 1 Indiana Pacers –> OVERALL: Won 1 | HOME: Won 1 | ROAD: Won 1
Home/Away Records: Hawks were (24-17) at home / Pacers were (21-20) away.
Atlanta Hawks: Cold. The Hawks earned an impressive upset victory in Game 1, but may have lost their momentum by getting blown out in Game 2.
Indiana Pacers: Lukewarm. The Pacers were dominated at home by Atlanta in Game 1, but bounced back in Game 2 and routed the Hawks. They may have gotten their swagger back.
Series Notes/Past Series Notes
The 2014 postseason marks the sixth time the Hawks and Pacers have met in the NBA Playoffs and fifth time in the opening round. Atlanta is 11-14 all-time against Indiana in the playoffs (7-4 at home and 4-10 on the road). They have lost three of the previous five playoff series versus the Pacers, including last season’s first round series, 4-2.
Hawks Assistant Coach Jim Thomas played two seasons for Indiana (1983-85) after being selected by the Pacers in second round of the 1983 NBA Draft, following a standout career at Indiana University. Hawks Assistant Coach Darvin Ham played one game for the Pacers in 1996-97. Jeff Teague is a native of Indianapolis (Pike High School). Shelvin Mack attended Butler University in Indianapolis. Donald Sloan played five games for Atlanta in 2011-12. Kyle Korver and C.J. Watson teamed-up with Chicago from 2010-12. Korver (Chicago 2010-11) has also been teammates with Rasual Butler. George Hill (2008-11) and Ian Mahinmi (2007-10) played for San Antonio while Hawks Head Coach Mike Budenholzer was an Assistant on the Spurs bench. Luis Scola teamed with DeMarre Carroll in Houston for part of 2010-11.