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    Eight Points Nine Seconds:
    Avi Friedman: Pacers Player Playoff Preview (Say that ten times fast)

    Here we are again. The postseason. Thus, this*Pacers Player Playoff Preview. (Say
    that ten times fast.)

    Indiana is in the playoffs for the third year in a row. The team hasn’t played that well
    of late losing five of six games after a nice, Western Conference road trip during which
    they won all four games. But looking forward to the playoffs, the Pacers can regain
    some*momentum and confidence*with a good series against the Hawks.

    By now, all of the players’ roles have been determined.

    Let’s look at what to expect from each on both sides of the floor.

    Paul George

    Offense

    Paul George has really emerged offensively this year. He’s averaging 5 more
    points than he did last year, and*the main two ways he scores are off threes and
    driving to the basket for layups/dunks off of a pick. Sometimes he’ll also stop at mid
    range for the pull up and if he’s being guarded by a significantly smaller defender he
    can shoot turnaround jump shots off post ups.

    The main surprise has been his three-point shooting. He has almost one more per
    game than last year and has made the tenth most in the league. He’s kinda struggled,
    though since the all star break, hitting only 32.2% of his 3′s as opposed to 38.6% pre-
    all star break.

    Defense
    
It’s amazing how Paul George’s improvement on defense is what people are
    raving about when you think about how he’s averaging 5 more points a game.
    Nonetheless, the hype on his defense is justified as he is one of the candidates for
    defensive player of the year. He has consistently guarded the opponents’ top
    offensive wing player and has almost always done an effective job. He is also a
    major pest at playing the passing lanes finishing with the 6th most steals in the
    NBA.

    The *part about his defense that amazes me the most is how effective he’s able to
    be even when he’s not playing great offensively. Also, he did a great job on LeBron
    this season which could be key if the two teams are to meet in the playoffs.


    David West

    Offense
    David West has been a nice surprise offensively this season along with Paul George,
    averaging 4.3 more points per game. He’s very efficient, shooting almost 50% and
    out of all the Pacers he’s the one guy that I’d feel most confident with when you just
    need one basket.

    He’s the human bulldozer...CONTINUE READING AT 8p9s


    Peachtree Hoops:
    Robby Kalland: Hawks face off with the Pacers in the first round

    The Hawks find themselves the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference which means a
    trip to Indiana to face the Pacers in the first round. We breakdown the match-ups and
    what to expect in this first-round series.


    The Hawks will travel to Indiana on Sunday to take on the Pacers at 1 PM (TNT) to begin
    their first-round series. Atlanta has played Indiana four times this season to an even 2-2
    split, with each team winning both home games. The Hawks will have to break that
    trend and get a road victory if they are to move on to the second round. The good news,
    beating the Pacers at home is not an impossible task. The Pacers were 30-11 at home
    this year, but have lost three of their last four home games. Indiana possesses about as
    much of a home-court advantage as the Hawks do (IND: 25th in attendance, ATL: 26th)
    which is why this is the 1 PM game on Sunday, and will be "featured" on NBATV on
    Wednesday night (7:30 PM). Here, we will breakdown the key match-ups that will be the
    deciding factors in this series.

    (Note: For a full breakdown of the Hawks' offense read my post on HoopChalk
    detailing the Hawks favorite offensive plays with lots of video/diagrams
    .)

    The Pacers calling card is their defense. Indiana ranked first in the NBA with a defensive
    rating of 99.8 and second in points per game allowed at 90.7. They struggle however on
    offense, ranking 20th in the NBA with an offensive rating of 104.3 and 23rd with 94.7
    points per game. The key for the Hawks will be to speed up the Pacers by creating
    turnovers to get out on the fast-break and get easy baskets. The turnover battle will be
    key (I know it's a cliche, but it's true). The Pacers are 19-19 when turning the ball over
    15 or more times and Atlanta is 27-13 when forcing 15 or more turnovers.

    As for the key match-ups...CONTINUE READING AT PEACHTREE HOOPS


    Ball Don’t Lie:
    2012-2013 Playoff Previews: Indiana Pacers vs. Atlanta Hawks

    After a long regular season full of snaps and strains, travails and terrors and 715,973
    canned arena demands that “ev-ry-bo-dy clap yo hands,” the NBA’s postseason is set to
    tip off this weekend. With that in place, the minds behind Ball Don’t Lie are going to
    preview each first-round series, with Kelly Dwyer going against character for a more
    genial take, Dan Devine bringing his inimitable mixture of both order and bedlam, along
    with Eric Freeman’s legendary look inside the reputations of some of the series’ key
    fixtures.

    Kelly Dwyer’s Guide Vocal

    In a way, it’s probably best that the Atlanta Hawks as you’ve long known them (or, at
    least, long tolerated them) go out like this. In a first-round pairing with Indiana, with
    most games probably due for NBA TV airings, anonymous as all get out. We’re not going
    to pretend to know what’s going on in Danny Ferry’s head as he approaches an offseason
    that will lead to the expiration of coach Larry Drew and forward Josh Smith’s contracts,
    but based on Ferry’s fine work from last summer, it’s likely that the new’ish Atlanta GM
    is looking to clean house this July.

    And you can’t clean house if emotional attachments are left dangling. Not that the city
    of Atlanta has ever had an overwhelming attachment to this successful, if
    underwhelming team.

    The way toward this clean sweep is to duck out as silently as possible, and the Pacers
    (a positive mix of set-crushing defense and old-fashioned Midwestern anonymity) provide
    the perfect opponent. It’s true that the teams split their season series, and that Indiana is
    limping into the postseason after losing five of six games (on the heels of an impressive
    Western Conference jaunt), but rotations and whistles tend to tighten in the postseason.
    And even some of Atlanta’s more enviable quirks — like, say the forward/center screen-
    and-roll movement between Smith and adaptable big man Al Horford — could be
    swallowed up by Roy Hibbert’s long arms and David West’s ability to glare the referees
    into submission.

    Are we crediting the Pacer defense too much? Perhaps, but this is on the heels of a season
    where the Pacer defense hasn’t been credited nearly enough. The Pacers aren’t lousy with
    Hall of Fame talent on that side of the ball, but they did turn in a defensive season unseen
    since the heyday of...CONTINUE READING AT BALL DON'T LIE


    Hardwood Paroxysm:
    ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED: The Pacers-Hawks Playoff Preview

    From October through April, thirty teams scratched and clawed their way for this
    opportunity. Who will make it out? Who will be disappointed? Who will shock and
    surprise? Who will hit an insane buzzer beater that will make us all collectively gasp so
    loudly that we will be able hear each other from six counties away? WHO? TELL ME,
    WHO? Welcome to the Hardwood Paroxysm 2012-2013 Playoff Previews.


    Virtual Systems Analysis
    by Brian Schroeder


    What is Pacers/Hawks? On the surface, it is the most banal of the first round matchups
    in this most banal conference. As of now, it’s one of three series scheduled to have at
    least one game air on NBATV, an honor which it will certainly achieve again if it goes
    beyond four games. It’s not without interesting matchups, but those matchups are so
    much more predictable than even Nets/Bulls, that pointing out their novelty serves only
    to note how boring and nondescript the rest of the series is, like some sort of tautological
    imperative. It’s a point of interest merely because we want to find something interesting.

    That being said, this is perhaps the only series devoid of any driving narrative, which I’m
    sure contributes to public. In a way, this might speak to our dependence upon narrative
    in sport, despite our complaints. Look at Thunder/Rockets. I know I’m very excited to
    watch it, even though it will almost certainly be a short series without much drama. The
    pull of Harden versus his old teammates is simply too powerful not to enjoy. Pacers/
    Hawks has no such drama, which leaves it to stand only on the merits of its basketball.
    Given the fact that neither team is particularly aesthetically pleasing certainly doesn’t
    help. Given that I just devoted nearly this entire section to this series as a philosophical
    representation of our collective addiction to narrative and not a best of seven basketball
    series, perhaps the fault lies with me, or with us.

    At the same time, the Pacers thoroughly...CONTINUE READING AT HARDWOOD PAROXYSM


    SI's The Point Forward:
    Rob Mahoney: NBA playoff primer - Indiana Pacers vs. Atlanta Hawks

    It seemed as though the Hawks fell into this slot by design, presumably angling to avoid
    either the Nets or the Bulls in a 4-5 matchup. If that’s the case, the Hawks have made a
    strange miscalculation; there is virtually no reason for optimism in their upcoming series
    against the Pacers, with the only true variable involved being how long they last.

    Indiana is a tough matchup for plenty of opponents, and it managed to keep every one
    of Atlanta’s most important offensive players under wraps during the season series,
    which the teams split. Beyond that, two of the players most central to Atlanta’s in-season
    strategy against Indiana are now gone; scoring guard Lou Williams is out for the season
    with a knee injury, while physical big man Zaza Pachulia is still on the mend following an
    April operation on his right Achilles tendon. Really tough breaks for the Hawks, as a
    perimeter player capable of generating offense and a big man who can defend opposing
    centers would have been pretty useful against an opponent this suffocating defensively
    and this big on the interior.

    As it stands, Al Horford will be giving up some size to Roy Hibbert, while Josh Smith
    surrenders an advantage to David West — two factors that matter a great deal for a
    Pacers team that posts up so frequently. West, in particular, has fared well against the
    Hawks this season, as he scored 21.4 points per game (in just 34.3 minutes) on 53.2
    percent shooting over Horford, Smith, Ivan Johnson and any alternate big Hawks head
    coach Larry Drew could scrounge up. It also doesn’t help matters for Atlanta that
    Hibbert looks to be fully healthy again (he dropped 17 and 13 in his most recent game
    against the Hawks) and capable of exploiting his advantage on the block in spite of
    Horford’s outstanding defensive fundamentals.

    Indiana is so adept...CONTINUE READING AT THE POINT FORWARD



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    Waiting for this moment the whole season. First game (@home) in the playoffs. Damn, in 2 hours we are playing!
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    Can't wait for the game to start, made an account specifically so I could chat with some Pacers fans (none around me) during the games. Here's to a successful post season, past couple of years we keep steadily improving. Let's keep that going into the NBA Finals.

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    Yea man, I'm so excited!

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    @1070Bruno: Hawks Coach Larry Drew confirms his starting lineup: Teague, Harris, Korver, Smith, Horford. Sets up small & quick vs. big & strong.


    Pacers should be able to take advantage of this lineup.

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    The Smith vs. West matchup should be the most interesting. Otherwise, none of the other matchups really bother me pending Hill isn't too dinged up.

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    C'mon Paul. You have Korver on you. You better eat this mismatch up like crazy...

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    C'mon Paul. You have Korver on you. You better eat this mismatch up like crazy...
    I am shocked they would put Korver on Paul. And lance being guarded by Harris???? There is two matchups we should be able to take advantage of.

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    Maybe they're tanking to get swept?

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    C'mon Paul. You have Korver on you. You better eat this mismatch up like crazy...
    Hopefully he quits settling for jumpers like he has in the past two weeks.

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    This is it everybody! Us against the world!

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    Horford will have a field day with midrange J's. Hopefully we can contain everybody else.

    Hope Bankers Life is pretty full.

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    Playoff basketball - this is what we've been waiting for the whole season - lets get the W and start things right!

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    on offense Paul George should dominate Korver, Stephenson has the advantage over Harris, West should dominate Smith inside, and Hibbert should handle Horford inside

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    Why is there some kind of dumb TV show on TNT? Where's the pregame coverage?

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    Why is there some kind of dumb TV show on TNT? Where's the pregame coverage?
    I like Law and Order. I feel like I've seen this one before....

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    Please do not let this be a repeat of Game 1 last year

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    I like Law and Order. I feel like I've seen this one before....
    Note: I would have called any TV show dumb in these circumstances. I JUST WANT TO SEE SOME PACERS BASKETBALL!!!!!

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    "Roy Hibbert is not known for his defense." -Charles Barkley
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    So, according to Barkley, Josh Smith is the best player in this series. Hear that Paul George?

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    "Roy Hibbert is not known for his defense." -Charles Barkley
    Good heavens, I hope he's not known for his dunks

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