East Playoff Preview: Pace Yourself and You’ll Win

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Alright I’m going to be honest here,I haven’t seen a single Pacers game this year and I only saw the Hawks play once, and it was against the Bucks. Man can Atlanta shoot I’ll give them that, but they’re defense was awful. The Bucks had no problem getting into the paint and matching Atlanta point for point. The Pacers and Hawks are tied this season 2-2 so it’s hard to base any opinion off of that. The Pacers have a killer defense though, and hopefully they can put the lockdown on the Hawks shooters. Look for the match-up between Roy Hibbert and Al Horford, it’ll be fun to watch. Lastly I doubt the crowd will play a factor since they’re both in the bottom five for lowest attendance this year.

If the Hawks want to win they’ll need to have great shooting. The best answer to a tough defense is hitting every open shot, and Kyle Kover, DeShawn Stephenson and emerging rookie John Jenkins help the Hawks do that around the perimeter. Smith, Horford and point guard Jeff Teague also are more athletic than their Pacers counterparts.

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No one plays better defense than the Pacers. The Pacers have lock-down defenders at every position, starting with George. When everything is going well, Indiana grinds opponents hard and runs them into the ground. Experience is key, and being in the post-season last year should play very well Indiana’s hand.

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Game 1: Sunday, April 21,   Hawks at Pacers, 1 p.m., TNT
Game 2: Wednesday, April 24,   Hawks at Pacers, 7:30 p.m., NBA TV
Game 3: Saturday, April 27,   Pacers at Hawks, 7 p.m., ESPN
Game 4: Monday, April 29,   Pacers at Hawks, TBD, TBD
*Game 5:   Wednesday, May 1, Hawks at Pacers, TBD, TBD
*Game 6:   Friday, May 3, Pacers at Hawks, TBD, TBD
*Game 7:   Sunday, May 5, Hawks at Pacers, TBD, TBD

Pacers in 7

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