Apr 24, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers guard Gerald Green (25) goes up for a break away dunk against Atlanta Hawks guard John Jenkins (12) during game two of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indiana defeats Atlanta 113-98. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Indiana Pacers Bench Makes a Difference


The Indiana Pacers have won both playoff games against the Atlanta Hawks in Indianapolis. Now it’s time to win in Atlanta. The Pacers have won with big numbers from big players. Everyone has stepped up to the challenge. Lance Stephenson was injured but it didn’t disrupt the offense at all. Gerald Green and D.J. Augustin stepped up to produce. The bench is giving the team an unbelievable amount of energy. This helps keep the starters energized as well.

Even thought the Indiana Pacers have been playing at a high level, they cannot afford to get comfortable. They can win tonight or they can beat themselves. Those are the only two options. They have to bring the same intensity and excitement that they brought to the first two games. It’s easy for a team being up two games to get a little bit too comfortable and the Pacers cannot afford that. This Atlanta Hawks team will come to win especially with it being a home game.

There are two main keys to tonights game. Key one is the bench. Players like Tyler Hansbrough, Gerald Green and Jeff Pendergraph have to play the best game they can to keep this level of play up and allow the starting players to feed off of their production. This will keep Atlanta off guard and not allow them to focus defensively on just a few players.

The other key to tonights game is David West. In the last match-up he only scored 7 points. He needs to continue to be a scoring threat. David West brings the ability to stretch out a defense and cause the other team to adjust to him. With his style of play and ability to bring an inside presence he creates opportunities for the entire team.

There’s no doubt about it. The Indiana Pacers have what it takes to beat the Atlanta Hawks tonight. They have the ability to win the series in four games. All they have to do is bring everything they’ve got.

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