Atlanta Hawks: Takeaways from Heartbreaking Season Finale vs. Indiana

Trae Young #11 of the Atlanta Hawks (Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Victor Oladipo #4 of the Indiana Pacers Atlanta Hawks (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) /

The Indiana Pacers deserve respect

Obviously, the outcome of last night’s win was not what everyone would have liked as Hawks fans. However, a lot of fans and basketball skeptics refuse to give the Pacers their credit.

Despite being down after a clutch three from Prince with 1.1 seconds on the clock, Indiana did not give up on the game. Similar to the season this team knows how to deal with adversity.

After losing Victor Oladipo the Pacers have continued to excel and push forward with their current roster.

Last night, the Indiana Pacers defeated the Hawks at the free throw line. However, the Pacers played short-handed without Domantas Sabonis, Thaddeus Young and Bojan Bogdanovic who are easily considered as the focal points of the offense after losing Oladipo.

T.J. Leaf (28 points), Doug McDermott (13 points) and Tyreke Evans (27) all scored double digits in last night’s victory. Edmond Sumner scored 22 points off the bench and hit the game-winning free throw.

Although the Indiana Pacers are already in the playoffs they still found a way to beat an ever-improving Atlanta Hawks team. Nate McMillan and the Pacers deserve some credit as an elite team.