192 minutes have been played in the first-round series between the Hawks and Pacers and the teams are all knotted at two games apiece entering tonight’s vital Game 5 at Indiana.
Many believed that five games was all that would be needed to decide this series but now the two teams find themselves in a familiar situation as the series is tied at 2-2 going back to Indiana, which is the exact same scenario they faced last year when they squared off in the first round.
No huge adjustments are expected from either team once again as the tip-off approaches. Both teams seemed to favor smaller lineups near the end of Game 4, and those rotations may continue into Game 5.
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Who?: Atlanta Hawks vs Indiana Pacers
What?: Game 5 of First-Round Playoff Series
Where?: Bankers Life Fieldhouse (Indianapolis, IN)
When?: Monday, April 28, 2014 – 8:00 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 (2-2) / Indiana Pacers (2-2)
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
Atlanta Hawks: Lukewarm. The Hawks lost at home in Game 4 when they had a chance to take a commanding 3-1 series lead over the Pacers, but they continue to play well and will really challenge Indiana tonight in Game 5.
Indiana Pacers: Lukewarm. The Pacers got a crucial road victory in Game 4 to even the series at 2-2 and now return home with a chance to take a 3-2 series lead with a win tonight.
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.