Apr 28, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Atlanta Hawks guard Kyle Korver (26) and forward Mike Scott (32) react during the second quarter in game five of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Pacers vs Hawks: Game 6 Game Thread - Atlanta Looking to Clinch Series Upset

Apr 28, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Atlanta Hawks guard Kyle Korver (26) and forward Mike Scott (32) react during the second quarter in game five of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Apr 28, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Atlanta Hawks guard Kyle Korver (26) and forward Mike Scott (32) react during the second quarter in game five of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Game Preview

The Atlanta Hawks look to complete a highly unlikely first-round series upset of the top-seeded Indiana Pacers tonight at home.

A “Red Out” will engulf the Philips Arena crowd in a sea of blood, as all fans in attendance will receive a free red Hawks t-shirts with the phrase “ATL’s PAC IS BACK,” which refers to the newly redesigned “Pac-Man” logo the team unveiled this morning.

As for the game itself, don’t expect any changes as Atlanta and Indiana will both go with their usual starting lineups.

Game 5 was a statement of sorts by the Hawks, who saw huge contributions from the bench in their vital road victory to take a 3-2 series lead. Mike Scott’s second quarter effort of 17 points in a six minute span pushed the Hawks out to a big lead and was complimented with a 13-point period from Shelvin Mack.

The Pacers did seem to stomach the 41-19 message the Hawks sent in the second quarter and made a solid comeback effort after halftime before falling short in the end 107-97.

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Quick Facts

Who?: Indiana Pacers vs Atlanta Hawks

What?: Game 6 of First-Round Playoff Series

Where?: Philips Arena (Atlanta, GA)

When?: Thursday, May 1, 2014 – 7:00 PM (ET)

How?: NBA TV

 

Probable Starters

Atlanta Hawks:

PG: Teague | SG: Korver | SF: Carroll | PF: Millsap | C: Antic

Indiana Pacers:

PG: Hill | SG: Stephenson | SF: George | PF: West | C: Hibbert

 

Injury Report

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 (3-2) / Indiana Pacers (2-3)

Regular-Season Records: Atlanta Hawks (38-44) / Indiana Pacers (56-26)

Streaks: Atlanta Hawks –> OVERALL: Won 1 | HOME: Lost 1 | ROAD: Won 1                         Indiana Pacers –> OVERALL: Lost 1 | HOME: Lost 1 | ROAD: Won 1

Atlanta Hawks: Lukewarm. The Hawks lead Indiana 3-2 in the series and could complete the series upset with a win tonight at home.

Indiana Pacers: Cold. The Pacers are on the brink of elimination + on the road in enemy territory = not good.

 

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.

 

Common Threads

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.

Information was used from the Hawks and Pacers official gamenotes

 

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