RECAP: Pacers 95, Hawks 88

Bo Churney —  May 2, 2014

Series tied, 3-3

IND(3-3) 88 – 95 (3-3) ATL

Key Performers:
D. West (IND): 24 pts, 11 reb, 6 ast, 2 stl
P. Millsap (ATL): 16 pts, 18 reb, 5 ast, 3 stl, 2 blk

Well it’s not like the Hawks lost in the most heartbreaking way imaginable, right? Oh wait…

For the second time in the series, the Hawks blew a late fourth quarter lead which a chance to either take a strangle-hold on the series, or in this game, to completely ice it altogether. Instead, we have the Hawks giving up what was once a double-digit lead, and then to make matters worse, they fouled with 33 seconds left after throwing the ball away while down only two points. (both mistakes courtesy of Lou Williams) Overall, it was just another postseason spectacle that people have become accustomed to seeing from Atlanta sports.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Jeff Teague: Teague may have missed a couple of opportunities last in the game, but it shouldn’t take away from his awesome offensive performance that he had. He scored 29 points — 18 in the second half — and was truly entertaining to watch as he dribbled, drove, and spun his way into the teeth of the Indiana defense. He also only had one turnover in 40 minutes of play. 9/10

Paul Millsap: He wasn’t exactly efficient from the field with his 4-for-13 shooting, but he was usually the steady force on both ends of the floor throughout the entire game. I’m going to repeat his stat line from the key performer listing because it’s worth repeating: 16 points, 18 rebounds, five assists, three steals, and two blocks. He might not have always been successful with his shooting, but he gave his maximum effort in this game. 9/10

Kyle Korver: Wasn’t exactly a banner night for Korver. First off, he couldn’t really hit anything. Then, he got into foul trouble, which makes things worse because even if Kyle can’t hit his open shots, the attention he draws from the defense is always worth the spacing. And of course, he got a technical because Joey Crawford and Bennett Salvatore were officiating this game. 6/10

DeMarre Carroll: It was one of DeMarre’s better defensive performances of the series, as he forced Paul George into 7-for-18 shooting. George was able to get to the FT line 10 times, but none of those attempts were due to a foul on DeMarre. 7.5/10

Pero Antic: Here’s where I’m conflicted: Pero played awful offensive basketball. He was 1-for-7 from the field with three turnovers… yet the Hawks were plus-11 when he was on the floor. The Pacers are still guarding him even though he isn’t hitting his shots, so I really don’t know what to make of his contributions. At least he’s good defensively. 5/10

Lou Williams: That play I outlined in the intro where the Hawks threw the ball away and then subsequently fouled when the didn’t need to? Yeah, both of those were courtesy of Lou Williams, who was actually the only Hawk to shoot 50% or better from the field. (6-for-12) Still, that huge error at the end of the game is going to be a hard memory for Lou to erase. 7/10

Elton Brand: Elton was minus-11 in six minutes. He literally just cannot do anything worthy on offense in this series. 2/10

Mike Scott: I believe that this dunk re-ignited the team when they were down seven points and shifted the momentum back to the Hawks:

However, I also know that it was Mike’s only positive contribution to the game. (unless Paul George gets suspended for stepping on the court during Mike’s scuffle with George Hill) 4/10

Shelvin Mack: Shelvin only played 10 minutes and he had a nice jumper near the end of the shot clock once that saved an Atlanta possession, but that was about it. 5/10

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. 7/10

The opposition: Every Pacer player had a positive plus-minus rating in this game, except for George Hill and SHOCKER, Roy Hibbert. It will be interesting to see what Vogel does in Game 7, because he literally almost lost this game by re-inserting Hibbert into the lineup in the fourth quarter. 8/10


Next: Game 7 at Indiana, Saturday, May 3rd

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One response to RECAP: Pacers 95, Hawks 88

  1. Lack of shot creators. If we win it is going to have to be a blowout. If the game is close at the end they have more playmakers and shot creators than we do. The 2 close games in this series have both been losses. I feel sick.