Apr 28, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (24) is guarded by Atlanta Hawks forward DeMarre Carroll (5) in game five of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Hawks vs Pacers: Game 7 Game Thread – It’s Win Or Go Home In Series Finale


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Game 7: the two greatest words in sports.

It’s win or go home as the Atlanta Hawks and Indiana Pacers battle in the series finale tonight at Indianapolis.

The eight-seeded Hawks had a prime opportunity to clinch the series upset over the top-seeded Pacers in Game 6 at home with a win, but faltered down the stretch and Indiana used a 16-4 run to end the game to win 95-88 and force a Game 7.

Atlanta won the first game of the series and since then the teams have alternated victories each following game. Neither team has won two in a row. Indiana can break that trend tonight with a win at home to eliminate the Hawks and advance to the second round.

The winner of Game 7 between these teams goes on to face the five-seeded Washington Wizards in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

 

Quick Facts

Who?: Atlanta Hawks vs Indiana Pacers

What?: Game 7 of First-Round Playoff Series; Series Finale

Where?: Bankers Life Fieldhouse (Indianapolis, IN)

When?: Saturday, May 3, 2014 – 5:30 PM (ET)

How?: TNT

 

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

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

Streaks: Atlanta Hawks –> OVERALL: Lost 1 | HOME: Lost 2 | ROAD: Won 1                         Indiana Pacers –> OVERALL: Won 1 | HOME: Lost 1 | ROAD: Won 2

Atlanta Hawks: Lukewarm. The Hawks lost a golden opportunity to eliminate the Pacers in Game 6 at home and now must go on the road for Game 7. Although, they might prefer that as they’ve won two of three at Indiana this series.

Indiana Pacers: Lukewarm. The Pacers survived elimination with a win in Game 6 and forced an all-of-nothing Game 7 on their home court. It’s always an advantage to play at home but Indiana has struggled lately in their friendly confines, losing two of three games this series at home.

 

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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