NBA Playoffs: Indiana Pacers and Atlanta Hawks Tip off Game Two

Apr 21, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (24) high fives forward Jeff Pendergraph (29) before the game against the Atlanta Hawks during game one of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indiana defeats Atlanta 107-90. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Well tonight the Indiana Pacers go head to head with the Atlanta Hawks in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference match-up.  As a reminder the Pacers won Game 1 with a final score of 107 to 90.  Paul George led the way with 23 points and putting together his first triple-double of his playoff career.  We look and need to see this kind of play from Paul again.  In addition, in order to move past the Hawks quickly, it is essential for Roy Hibbert’s contribution to go past being a defensive and rebounding presence into one that is productive offensively as well.  He was able to add 16 in the first game and we hope to see him continue being aggressive tonight.  It will also be important for the back court to match its Game 1 production as well.  George Hill, Lance Stephenson, and Paul George outscored the Hawks backcourt by 25 points.  It wouldn’t hurt to continue attacking the basket as their success at the free throw line was another key in their win.  As long as Indiana keeps with the intensity they have demonstrated in the beginning of this series and remind themselves of how important their hard nose defense is Game 2 should be an easy victory.  Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m. ET and should prove to be another entertaining game.

Topics: Indiana Pacers, NBA, NBA Playoffs, Paul George, Roy Hibbert

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