Hey guys. Listen, I know I didn’t write a preview about the Hawks game because it was a day before it and all the other Pacer blogs had it down already so I guessed there was no point for me in doing that. So apologize for that and I should have told you earlier. A
Anyways, let’s get on to the game:
The Pacers played a tough one against Atlanta on the road, falling to the Hawks by a score of 120-109. Three quarters were going great for Indy but the Hawks really improved their game, beating Indy in the fourth quarter by a score of 25-15 to bounceback to victory.
The Pacers offense played very well and the Hawks defense slipped, until the fourth quarter. Says Joe Johnson, who scored 25 points in the game:
“We were giving them way too many layups. The win was great, but I thought our play was ugly — especially on defense.”
The Pacers did well shooting from the field, 53 percent, but when Atlanta played real defense in the fourth, Indy began to slip by making 5-of-15 shots from the field. And turnovers became a problem, as the Hawks turned the Pacers’ 25 giveaways into points, which totaled up to 32!
“When you turn the ball over that many times in this league,” Danny Granger said, who scored 31 points during the loss. “You’re not going to win.”
It was a very solid game overall, as both teams were between one point in the score at halftime (66-65) and at the end of the third quarter (95-94). Al Horford was a big performer for the Hawks, scoring 24 points with a large amount of rebounds, having 16.
Troy Murphy led the Pacers in rebounds with ten and assists with seven. Solomon Jones had a good game against his former team, having two blocks registered.
There were also signs of improvement from the bench, as Granger’s offensive help came from them as Earl Watson scored 20 points and Dahntay Jones scored 17.
“It was an interesting game, especially in the first half,” coach Jim O’Brien said. “Our shots were definitely falling, and that gave us confidence.”
It did, but it wasn’t enough to win the game.
The Hawks bench played good as well, scoring 29 points and with Maurice Evans scoring twelve of them.
“When we came out halfway through the third quarter, we knew we’d still get production from our second unit,” Josh Smith said. “That was kind of like heaven.”
It was heaven, and Atlanta got their victory.
But it isn’t all that bad for Indy. It’s just the first game of the season. They got a tough game against Miami, but I think they can get away with it. The Pacers are seeking for 1-1, but if they can’t, it’s not going to be that bad! I mean, come on, seriously?
Pacers-Heat, don’t miss it.