Pacers win series, 4-3
P. George (IND): 30 pts, 11 reb, 3 ast, 2 stl
P. Millsap (ATL): 15 pts, 17 reb, 4 ast, 4 stl
[FULL BOX SCORE]
So that’s that.
The Hawks were eliminated from the playoffs on Saturday after a lid seemed to form over their basket in Indiana. The Pacer defense was good, but the Hawks continued to get open look after open look. Unfortunately for the Hawks and their fans, those shots just would not fall.
The Hawks and Pacers were essentially even through the first quarter, but the second quarter is what set this game apart. Paul George got hot, scoring 10 points in the quarter, and the Hawks became icy cold, shooting 4-for-20 from the field in the period, including a 1-for-15 stretch to close out the half. The second half was like the first quarter: essentially a tie. However, the disastrous second quarter cost the Hawks the game and effectively ended their season.
Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]
Jeff Teague: This wasn’t exactly a banner game from Jeff: 5-for-16 shooting, five turnovers, and five fouls. Like all of the Hawks, he just couldn’t get his shot to fall, and that affected Jeff more than any other Hawk, as the defense is able to close down and focus more on Teague when the shots aren’t falling. 5/10
Paul Millsap: Millsap was 6-for-21 from the field, but he did maintain his other strengths by continuously getting rebounds and jumping passing lanes. Just one note I want to take away from this game: after the way this series went, I find it odd that Millsap couldn’t get a foul call to save his life here. Not a conspiracy theory or anything, just officiating needs to be more consistent across games. 7/10
Kyle Korver: Korver was one of the only Hawks that was actually able to find the bottom of the net during the game. He finished with 19 points on 6-for-13 shooting, the best shooting by percentage of any Hawk during the game. 6.5/10
DeMarre Carroll: It wasn’t DeMarre’s game, either. Paul George was hitting some extremely tough looks over DeMarre, a matchup disadvantage that was further compounded by DeMarre going 1-for-7 from the field. 5/10
Pero Antic: Pero was 0-for-5 from the floor… yet he posted the highest plus-minus of any Hawks with a plus-2 rating. Plus-minus isn’t everything, but it does seem to be an accurate reflection of Pero’s defensive abilities when compared to Mike Scott. 5/10
Shelvin Mack: In an odd reversal of what has been true for most of the series, Shelvin seemed to have a better time at trying to run the offense compared to Teague. Shelvin finished with 13 points on 5-for-12 shooting (the second best percentage on the team) and had seven assist against zero turnovers. 7/10
Elton Brand: Played a total of three minutes. INC/10
Mike Scott: Mike hit a couple of big shots during the second half to keep the Hawks in the game when it looked like it might be getting out of control. However, his defense on the night was rather awful; he finished with a team worst minus-14 rating for the game. 5/10
Lou Williams: He really didn’t have much of an impact in 12 minutes of play; he missed all three of his shot attempts, including a wide open corner 3 that he never seems to make when he’s that wide open. 4/10
Coach Budenholzer: “To be honest, with this officiating crew, I’m not sure how Coach Bud wasn’t given a technical at some point during this game.” I said this last game. It seems to be even more true after this game. He team was out shot at the FT line 29-16, even though the Hawks had the advantage at the line for the first six games of the series. Just in summary, good job by Coach Bud to get this group to where they went considering they were an 8-seed against a 1-seed. good job, Coach/10
The opposition: Well Roy Hibbert was finally useful on both ends of the floor, David West was allowed to get away with murder with regards to fouling Paul Millsap, and Paul George was incredible effective at hitting some tough shots. 7.5/10
Next: Game 8 vs Indiana… wait, there is no Game 8, the season is over…