Let me start with the Hawks. Mike Woodson has done a very good job with that team. They play hard, and their defense tonight was very good. Woodson deserves a lot of credit. They fronted the post extremely well and got good weakside help and they played hard. Very impressed with their defense. Hawks are well coached.
Al Harringtopn got it going that is for sure. He hit some very tough shots. Al outplayed Ron tonight, but Al was finsihed physically with about 3 minutes to go in the game, Ron was able finish strong.
Let me get to Croshere. His rebounding, his hustle and his overall game IMO was the key factor that enabled the Pacers to get the win. He got a few very tough offensive rebounds that were just huge. He was the star of the game.
Some will say that Ron struggled with Al. Well 30 points is 30 points, but Ron was all over Al and Al just hit some very tough shots. But as I mentioned Ron was able to finish and Al was spent.
Bender was not ready physically to play tonight, Fred Jones looked a little rusty. I thought Tinsley was horrible until his last rotation on the court in the 4th quarter.
Pacers are winning and that is well and good, but their defense needs a lot of work.