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    Eight Points Nine Seconds:
    Jared Wade: Pacers’ Road Struggles Hopefully Won’t Cost Them Series

    Despite the evidence to the contrary over the past two games, I still expect Indiana to
    win this series. I know, I know. There are certainly multiple reasons for Pacers’ fans to
    be worried.

    But Paul George probably summed it up best when asked about Indiana’s struggles
    away from home after Game 4: “It’s night and day. And it shouldn’t be like that.”

    He is right about two things: If definitely shouldn’t be like that. It’s sad really, and it
    starts with George himself. He, like the whole team, has been night and day at home
    and on the road this year.


    On the one hand, he’s a young player.

    On the other, he’s a three-year vet who has started 164 regular season games, now
    appeared in 20 playoff games and played in one All-Star Game — during which he
    scored 17 points. LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony were the only
    three players to take more shots than George did in that midseason exhibition.

    You would think such a career stepping stone would help eradicate any trepidation
    about playing anywhere. But so far in this postseason, George has been — let’s be
    kind and say — “not good” away from home.


    He was magnificent in Games 1 and 2, starting the postseason off by living at the line
    and recording a triple double. Grown-man All-Star stuff. Then, in the second game at
    The Fieldhouse, he hit 10-of-17 shots inside the arc. If he had not missed three free
    throws, he would have had a 30-point game. Beast.

    When it comes to first-time All-Stars debuting in the playoffs, George was DMX:
    dropping two classics in rapid succession right out the gate.

    Then, on a plane ride to Atlanta, he seemingly lost all his powers — like Dark Man X
    minus the white lines
    .

    A less esoteric metaphor: It’s like he’s a superhero called Indiana Man, capable of
    leaping large buildings and decimating foes of any strength — but he loses all his
    otherworldly powers when he crosses state lines.

    It’s a problem.

    But, really, his struggles are just a microcosm for how badly the whole team played
    in Atlanta. George Hill’s lines in Games 3 and 4 were much, much worse. He scored
    15 points in two games on 5-for-23 (21.7%) shooting, including 0-for-9 (you do the
    math) from behind the arc. Lance Stephenson was equally terrible (1-for-7 shooting)
    in Game 3 while David West uncharacteristically spent half the game being more
    upset at the...CONTINUE READING AT 8p9s


    Peachtree Hoops:
    Kris Willis: Hawks' defense smothers Pacers in Atlanta

    The Atlanta Hawks held serve at home, now they have a chance to seize control of
    the series.


    Mission accomplished for the Atlanta Hawks as they successfully hold serve at home
    against the Pacers and send the series back to Indiana for Game 5 tied at 2-2. Many
    pundits predicted this would be a short series but they clearly overlooked Atlanta's
    recent dominance over the Pacers at home. The Hawks have now defeated Indiana 13
    straight times at Philips Arena dating back to 2006.

    Indiana was a below .500 team on the road this season but the Hawks were able to
    flip the script thanks to their improved defensive play. Indiana made 46 percent of
    their field goal attempts combined in Games 1 & 2 and saw that percentage plummet
    to just 33 percent in Games 3 & 4. That stat is no doubt skewed slightly by the Pacers'
    27 percent shooting performance in Game 3.

    Taking it a step further Indiana made 65 percent of their shots at the rim in Game 1
    going 22-34. Game 2 was a similar story as they connected on 57 percent going 20-35.
    Atlanta adjusted for Game 3 holding the Pacers to 46 percent shooting at the rim on
    28 attempts. Indiana was able to get to the basket more in Game 4 but still only
    converted 48 percent of the time. So if Atlanta is to carry anything on the road with
    them in Game 5 it is that they need to continue to contest the Pacers inside at the rim
    and turn them primarily into a jump shooting team.

    The Hawks found something when they turned to Josh Smith to guard Paul George and
    they were able to slow him down considerably after his performance in Games 1 & 2.
    George averaged 25 points a game over the first two in Indianapolis and converted at
    the rim 9-12 times. When he wasn't converting at the rim he was getting to the free
    throw line where he was 21-25 over the first two games.

    In Atlanta with Smith primarily...CONTINUE READING AT PEACHTREE HOOPS


    Eye On Basketball Blog:
    Matt Moore: Hawks know Josh Smith shouldn't take jumpers, but that's life

    The Sunday afternoon film session wasn’t necessary. The Indiana Pacers knew they’d
    departed from normal in their Game 3 loss to the Atlanta Hawks in real-time, as they
    were being pushed around the floor at Philips Arena.

    If you want to see something really funny, watch a Hawks home game and wait for
    that moment when Josh Smith catches the ball on the perimeter and hesitates. The
    minute that he looks at the rim, the entire arena, or at least the percentage of Hawks
    fans there (which often isn't very high), will produce this murmur of discontent, as if
    to say, "Josh, don't shoot that."

    Then, when Smith gets later in the shot clock and it becomes evident he's taking that
    mid-range jumper or 3, a loud and audible "Noooooo!" can be heard. It's about the
    shot itself, where Smith is never great from. It's his biggest weakness and what keeps
    him from being a truly great player. And, apparently, the Hawks are aware as well.

    To set the scene, here's Smith's shot chart from Game 1.


    And that's a good game. Four-of-11 from mid-range and beyond is a "good" game for
    Smith. Here's a quote from Al Horford after the game via NBA.com:

    “This was definitely one of those ‘ooh, aah' moments with Josh,” Al Horford
    said. “He gives you those ‘oohs' and then those ‘aahs.' It's kind of a ‘Yes'
    and then ‘No' thing going on. That's the way it is. I think [the fans]
    obviously want Josh to be successful. Everybody loves him here.
    Sometimes we do question his shot selection. But tonight he hit
    some big shots down the stretch, made some huge plays for
    other guys down the stretch and made plays to help us win this
    game. I know it might drive some people a little crazy. But it
    works for us and that's just the way it is.”

    via Smith Fuels Hawks As They Pull Even With Pacers « NBA.com | Hang Time Blog.

    When it works, it's great.

    The problem is, so often...CONTINUE READING AT EYE ON BASKETBALL



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    official strategy:

    what to do:
    score more points than ATL
    win the game

    what not to do:
    lose

    I'm guaranteeing a W if we just follow my game plan

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    I'm starting to think that Vogel should try going big tonight, with Tyler at the 3 and Paul at the 2. Bring Lance off the bench. Not sure how that would affect our transition defense (which hasn't been very good anyway), but it should help against Atlanta's front court a bit.

    Plus, I want to see Tyler get in Korver's grill.

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    MANNNNN. NBAAAATVVV FTLLLLLLLL. I don't understand why they don't stream the playoff games if they are on NBA TV. SO DUMB. Be progressive and put the game on youtube NBA.

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    I'm starting to think that Vogel should try going big tonight, with Tyler at the 3 and Paul at the 2. Bring Lance off the bench. Not sure how that would affect our transition defense (which hasn't been very good anyway), but it should help against Atlanta's front court a bit.

    Plus, I want to see Tyler get in Korver's grill.
    Don't like that idea at all. Imagine Tyler trying to close out on Korver at the 3 point line

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    I have ESPN on at work (I work for Sling Media so we have a lot of TVs on here) and you'd think the Knicks/Celtics game is the only game tonight, seriously they are mentioning it every 5 minutes but *zero* coverage of our game (or of OKC/Houston for that matter). smh

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    Don't like that idea at all. Imagine Tyler trying to close out on Korver at the 3 point line
    Yeah I like the idea of going big but I'm not sure we have the right personnel for it in this case. I could see Vogel trying it for a short stretch though depending on who ATL has on the floor at the time.

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    I'm starting to think that Vogel should try going big tonight, with Tyler at the 3 and Paul at the 2. Bring Lance off the bench. Not sure how that would affect our transition defense (which hasn't been very good anyway), but it should help against Atlanta's front court a bit.

    Plus, I want to see Tyler get in Korver's grill.
    Oh god that would be a bad idea.

    They would just play zone on us and pack the middle.

    We would have no one to push the ball (Hill and PG aren't as great as Lance at that field). Don't kill Lance's confidence
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    Just saw it's Paul George's birthday tomorrow...

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    I'm starting to think that Vogel should try going big tonight, with Tyler at the 3 and Paul at the 2. Bring Lance off the bench. Not sure how that would affect our transition defense (which hasn't been very good anyway), but it should help against Atlanta's front court a bit.

    Plus, I want to see Tyler get in Korver's grill.
    I would start Sam in the big lineup over Tyler fwiw.

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    I am hoping for a total demolishing of the Hawks to make me feel less sick about the last two games. A guy can dream.

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    I understand they've gone bigger the last two games, but really, shouldn't Roy be able to beat up on Petro? Roy was an all-star last year, he should be able to take advantage of playing against a career back-up!
    yay, we're going back to the play-offs!

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    I understand they've gone bigger the last two games, but really, shouldn't Roy be able to beat up on Petro? Roy was an all-star last year, he should be able to take advantage of playing against a career back-up!
    Roy unfortunately isn't Shaq, he isn't a big body that can just abuse another big. Petro is just there as a big guy to prevent Roy from getting easy looks on his hooks.
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    Atmosphere worse than game 2 but better than game 1.

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    Really enjoyed watching the opening video they put together!

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    Harris playing in this game is a joke.
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    Wow, George Hill must have his shoes cemented to the ground.

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    Who taught George Hill how to play defense?

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    Harris playing in this game is a joke.
    If it was a Pacer they would have been suspended.

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    I'm starting to think that Vogel should try going big tonight, with Tyler at the 3 and Paul at the 2. Bring Lance off the bench. Not sure how that would affect our transition defense (which hasn't been very good anyway), but it should help against Atlanta's front court a bit.

    Plus, I want to see Tyler get in Korver's grill.
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    Good lord, are these refs watching the same game I am? Looks like it will be a rough night.

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    So which one of our players slept with a ref's wife after Game 2?

    This has gotten ridiculous.

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    If Atlanta is doubling in the posts George has to make them pay.

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