Game Preview: Pacers at Hawks, Game 6
April 30, 2014INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
PACERS PRESS RELEASE
The Pacers face elimination as they head down to Atlanta for truly a must-win Game 6 on Thursday night. However, they’ve typically responded when their backs are against the wall.
The Hawks took a 3-2 advantage in the best-of-seven series by upsetting the Pacers on their home floor Monday night and for the third time this month. With the success Indiana had over the final quarter and half of Game 5 with a smaller lineup that featured Chris Copeland, coach Frank Vogel and his staff will weigh all options.
The Pacers’ two keys undoubtedly will be to defend without fouling and guard the arc. The Hawks have attempted at least 27 3-pointers in all five games, converting at a 39-percent clip, and they have attempted 31 more foul shots than the Pacers in the series.
Indiana, the No. 1 seed, will need to do something they’ve never done in franchise history to move on. They are 0-10 all-time in a best-of-seven series falling behind 3-2.
Pacers: Andrew Bynum (out, sore right knee)
“Well, we did it two days ago. We’re going to do it again.” – Frank Vogel on why he’s confident they can go win Game 6 in Atlanta
“It’s a long series. It’s a long series. One game at a time. We got to go down and steal one, and be the team to win two in a row.” – Paul George on the mood of the team
“That’s the only game that matters. We can’t think of about anything people are saying. We can’t think about negative things. The only thing we can think about is how we can win Game 6.” – George Hill on their focus
April 28: The Pacers were doomed by a mammoth second-quarter in which the Hawks scored 41 points and made 13-of-16 field goals, in a 107-97 loss Monday night. The Hawks, an agile and sharpshooting team, made a playoff franchise-best 15 3-pointers and outscored the Pacers at the line, 26-11. Indiana got as close as eight with 31.6 seconds left but was unable to pull off a comeback after falling behind by 30 points.
Paul George was outstanding, finishing with 26 points, 12 rebounds, six assists and six steals. George Hill, Lance Stephenson and David West each scored 16 and C.J. Watson added 15 off the pine. Shelvin Mack led the Hawks with 20 points and Mike Scott added 17, all tallied in the second stanza.
TV: FOX Sports Indiana - Chris Denari (play-by-play), Quinn Buckner (analyst), Brooke Olzendam (sideline reporter/host)
Radio: FM 107.5/AM 1070 The Fan, Pacers Radio Network – Mark Boyle (play-by-play), Slick Leonard (analyst), Kevin Lee (sideline reporter/host)