|Eastern Conference - Round 1 - Best of 7 - Game 2 - IND Leads 1-0|
|Last 5 Games||2-3||-2.1||1-4||4-1||102.2||47.8||47.0%||49.0||104.6||55.2||44.3%||52.8|
|Team Stats (All Games)||97.9||48.6||38-81||46.5%||9-23||37.2%||14-20||71.3%||48||9||24||18||8||14||4|
|vs opponents surrendering||97.8||49.2||37-82||45.3%||7-20||35.7%||17-22||75.1%||50||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||96.4||47.8||37-81||46.0%||8-23||37.1%||14-18||73.4%||47||9||24||18||8||14||5|
|Stats Against (All Games)||97.7||49.9||37-83||45.0%||8-20||37.9%||15-20||76.5%||51||11||22||19||8||15||4|
|vs opponents averaging||97.5||49.1||37-82||45.0%||7-20||35.7%||17-22||75.2%||50||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||97.0||50.8||37-82||45.2%||7-19||37.9%||16-21||75.6%||51||11||22||18||8||15||5|
|Last 5 Games||2-3||-3.9||1-4||4-1||98.0||46.6||44.8%||52.2||99.2||55.6||48.0%||45.2|
|Team Stats (All Games)||94.9||47.0||35-81||43.6%||7-20||34.7%||18-24||74.9%||54||13||20||20||7||15||6|
|vs opponents surrendering||98.2||49.5||37-82||45.5%||7-20||36.0%||17-22||75.2%||51||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||97.8||49.5||36-82||43.8%||7-20||37.1%||19-25||74.5%||56||14||21||20||7||14||7|
|Stats Against (All Games)||90.7||45.2||35-82||42.1%||5-17||32.8%||16-21||75.8%||50||11||19||22||7||13||6|
|vs opponents averaging||97.6||49.2||37-82||45.1%||7-20||35.9%||16-22||75.0%||50||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||89.9||45.8||34-83||41.4%||6-17||31.9%||16-21||74.7%||50||11||18||23||7||13||6|
|Average power rating of opponents played: ATLANTA 95.2, INDIANA 95|
|4/6/2013||@ SAN ANTONIO||97-99||L||10.5||W||192.5||O||35-83||42.2%||45||12||36-80||45.0%||55||15|
|4/17/2013||@ NEW YORK||92-98||L||5.5||L||193.5||U||37-90||41.1%||58||12||39-91||42.9%||53||12|
|4/24/2013||@ INDIANA|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/27/2013||INDIANA|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/29/2013||INDIANA|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/1/2013||@ LA CLIPPERS||109-106||W||5.5||W||188||O||39-71||54.9%||43||14||39-80||48.7%||40||14|
|4/14/2013||@ NEW YORK||80-90||L||3||L||193.5||U||28-65||43.1%||58||26||35-82||42.7%||38||11|
|4/24/2013||ATLANTA|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/27/2013||@ ATLANTA|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/29/2013||@ ATLANTA|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|ATLANTA: GUARDS: GM Danny Ferry has really talked up JEFF TEAGUE, who will be more of a traditional point guard with Joe Johnson gone . . . DEVIN HARRIS is going to play plenty of minutes, both alongside Teague and off the bench . . . LOU WILLIAMS is a sixth man. He lacks the mentality to run the point and the size to guard opposing twos. His role will be similar to what it was in Philly . . . KYLE KORVER and ANTHONY MORROW are pure shooters who do little else. They can play the three in a pinch, and the hot hand will get the minutes . . . Coach Larry Drew could call on DeSHAWN STEVENSON for the occasional defense-heavy lineup. More likely, he'll rack up the DNP-CDs . . . JOHN JENKINS might be the best shooter in the rookie class, but he'll be buried on the depth chart. FORWARDS: JOSH SMITH rescinded his trade demand, perhaps because he'll now be the focal point of the offense. He was more aggressive on both ends of the floor last year. As long as he resists the urge to float on the perimeter, he should emerge as an All-Star . . . Considering the makeup of this roster, Atlanta will utilize a lot of three-guard lineups. Korver and Morrow can stretch a defense from that third guard/small forward spot, with Stevenson stepping in as an agitator . . . After scoring double-figures six times in April, IVAN JOHNSON was re-signed to once again provide some muscle inside . . . Rookie MIKE SCOTT is polished after five years at Virginia, but doesn't have the athleticism to be an impact player . . . ANTHONY TOLLIVER is a defensive specialist with very little offense to contribute. CENTERS: AL HORFORD will get his wish to play more power forward this season, though he'll remain their primary option at center. He's healthy again and is one of the most consistent bigs in the NBA . . . ZAZA PACHULIA filled in admirably for Horford last year. But it's back to bench duty for the bruising big . . . JOHAN PETRO is French for "12th man."|
|INDIANA: GUARDS: The Pacers went 7-2 during the regular season and won a playoff series with GEORGE HILL in the starting five. He averaged 13.9 PPG and 5.3 APG in those regular season starts . . . PAUL GEORGE is a defensive stopper who is making strides on the offensive end. If he can find the touches, his scoring average will rise . . . D.J. AUGUSTIN has a skill set similar to Hill's. Maybe he'll push him for minutes later in the year, but more likely he'll shoot corner threes off the bench . . . GERALD GREEN is another athlete for their second unit . . . LANCE STEPHENSON has a chance for a bigger role, but he's been atrocious to this point of his career. FORWARDS: DANNY GRANGER's touches dropped last season, but his shot selection improved as last year went on. He'll continue to be a borderline All-Star . . . DAVID WEST's knee should be fully recovered from his torn ACL in late 2010-11. He was their best player in the postseason and should be a star this season with his ability to knock down shots . . . TYLER HANSBROUGH looks like he's settling in as a career second unit player. His lack of athleticism really limits his upside . . . JEFF PENDERGRAPH may or may not hold on to a roster spot in a 12th-man role. CENTERS: They're paying ROY HIBBERT like a franchise player, and he has the ability to control both ends of the court. The question is whether they'll now play him 30-plus minutes, or continue to use him as more of a part-time player . . . IAN MAHINMI should step in as a decent backup center . . . Rookie MILES PLUMLEE was a part-time player at Duke and is highly unlikely to contribute in his first season.|
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NBA PLAYOFF PREVIEW (ATLANTA-INDIANA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Hawks-Pacers Preview* ======================
By MICHAEL MAROT AP Sports Writer
Atlanta At Indiana, Game Two, 7:30 p.m. EDT
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The Atlanta Hawks are ready to start mixing it up with Indiana.
They don't have a choice.
After complaining about how the first playoff game was called, then getting chastised by their own coach for their poor effort in the loss, the Hawks spent two days assessing the damage and how to counter the Pacers' tough, in-your-face brand of basketball. The simple solution: Punch back.
"I've made no quarrels about how I feel we played from a physicality standpoint," Hawks coach Larry Drew said. "They (the players) are in agreement. So we have to come out and be more of a presence from a physicality standpoint. Not to hurt anybody, but doing things harder. Doing things with much more physicality."
For the Hawks, Game 2 on Wednesday night isn't just a chance to get even with the Pacers. It's a brand new opportunity.
Stealing a win on the road in this first-round playoff series would send Atlanta home for Games 3 and 4 with that all-important split on the road, provide needed confidence and momentum, and prove to the rest of the league that these refocused Hawks are far better than the sixth-seeded team that showed up for Sunday's series-opening debacle.
Atlanta is at its best when it scores in transition and makes 3-pointers, and Indiana never gave the Hawks a chance to get into that comfort zone Sunday. Atlanta managed only 14 fast-break points Sunday, largely because the Central Division champs committed only 14 turnovers and most of those came on dead-ball possession changes. The Hawks did manage to make 7 of 17 3-pointers but that was only slightly more efficient than the Pacers 7 of 19 and no distinct advantage.
Indiana has now won its last three against Atlanta, all at home, and Drew detected a far bigger problem in Game 1.
While the Hawks spent much of the game worrying about the calls, or lack thereof, which led to a huge discrepancy at the free-throw line, Drew was more upset that his team didn't play through the calls and got beat up inside and out. He said the Hawks were "manhandled," a term that generated a faint smile from Pacers coach Frank Vogel.
"I'd expect them to bring a great effort, but it gives me some pride because that's how we want to play," Vogel said. "We want to be the more physical team."
Indiana was missing that element during the final two weeks of the regular season when it lost five of six games.
Paul George, who won the NBA's Most Improved Player Award on Tuesday, noted that the biggest change between that skid and the start of the playoffs was the way Indiana used its hands to defend without picking up silly fouls.
If they can be as effective locking up the Hawks again, the Pacers could head to Atlanta -- where they've lost 11 straight -- with their first 2-0 series lead since the 2004 Eastern Conference semifinals. They know this will be more of a struggle.
"They'll make some adjustments and we'll have to be ready for it," said Pacers forward David West, who was diagnosed with a mild sprained left ankle during Sunday's 107-90 win. "But it's really all about us, in terms of how we come out, our focus and locking down the opportunities for them to knock down open 3s."
Drew would rather see the Hawks match the Pacers' intensity after watching his team get outrebounded 48-32 in Game 1 and called for 26 fouls as George continually attacked the basket.
What can the Hawks do?
They could go with bigger lineups, giving Johan Petro and Ivan Johnson more playing time. Petro's presence also would give the Hawks another possible defender against Pacers center Roy Hibbert, too.
One potential concern for Atlanta is the effectiveness of forward Josh Smith. Atlanta's top scorer (17.5 points) and second-leading rebounder (8.4) during the regular season managed only 15 points and eight rebounds in Game 1, primarily with George defending him, and Smith wound up spraining his right ankle late when he stepped on Devin Harris' foot. Smith missed Monday's practice, returned Tuesday and expects to be on the court Wednesday surrounded by teammates playing with a far grittier effort.
"They're a long, physical team. Especially on the defensive end, we want to try to come up with the ball to create some fast break opportunities for ourselves," Smith said. "So we've just got to keep it up, run the offense with some urgency and be able to come out in Game 2 and give a better effort."
And match the Pacers, punch for punch.
"This is playoff time. There's not anything we need to talk about daily. That's just how it is," Drew said. "You play solid, amped-up basketball for 48 minutes. We're going to have to get to that point."
|Last Updated: 12/19/2014 9:39:40 AM EST|