An inside look at the Indiana Pacers vs Atlanta Hawks First Round playoff series.
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The Indiana Pacers had a solid finish to the regular season and look to march through the playoffs with the same tenacity they showed throughout the season. Will the Hawks be able to stop their progress?
Moving On Strong
As covered in my Pacers season review
, the absence of Danny Granger was a blessing in disguise. Third-year Pacer Paul George stepped up to fill the gap and flourished as a first-time All-Star this season. With tenacious defense and raw physical length the Pacers have, they'd made a quiet run and finished third in the conference.
“Defense wins championships” – do the Pacers have what it takes to make a deep playoff run this year?
Hawking It Up
The Hawks had a bumpy ride throughout the season. On some nights they looked like tough playoff contenders. On others? Not in your wildest dreams. Scoring guard Lou Williams played well for the team, averaging 14.1 points off the bench before an ACL injury derailed his season.
Right now Atlanta survives on a staple diet of interior offense from Al Horford, with Jeff Teague manning the helm. Ex-Chicago Bull marksman Kyle Korver provides the long-range firepower.
The key that could swing the series, would be errant power forward Josh Smith’s shot selection. J-Smoove is a formidable foe in the low post, but he frequently chooses to take long jumpshots over the efficient game he possesses near the paint.
The Pacers are not an elite scoring team by any stretch of imagination. Should the Hawks turn the tide on scoring while getting the Indy big men into foul trouble, we could be in for a long series.
What do you think of this series, will the Pacers take it to the next round? Let us know what you think in the comments below.