Apr 27, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Indiana Pacers power forward David West (21) reacts after a play against the Atlanta Hawks in the first half during game three in the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Playoffs 2013: Indiana Pacers Hulk Up Tonight

Apr 29, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Indian Pacers forward Paul George (24) drives to the basket against Atlanta Hawks guard Delvin Harris (34) in game four of the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

Always Miller Time Podcast 1

Well it’s time for me to speak my thoughts aloud on tonight’s Indiana Pacers and Atlanta Hawks.  Give this a listen, and let me know what you think will happen tonight. I believe it’s going one of those competitive hard fought playoff games.  Both teams might be a bit reserved on the offensive side as they let their defense dictate what they want to do.  The Pacers are the better defensive team, so that should show up tonight.  Paul George is going to have to have a great game to carry the Pacers over that finish line.  I believe he will step it up here at home, where the Pacers as a unit just seem to perform much better.

They will have to learn how to get those road wins if they want to continue in the playoffs. I don’t think you can just win at home if you really want to be one of those great teams.  The Pacers need to figure out how to contend with the bigger line up of the Hawks, which has been an issue.  If Paul George can out play Josh Smith, the Pacers win this game.  If the Pacers have some bench production, they will win this game. It’s all about getting back to what was working so well in the first two games.

The Pacers played like the better team, and I know they are the better team.  In the playoffs, the better team wins.  So tonight should be that re focus point that the Pacers need, and if they come out to play the best way they can, they will win. It might be a close game, but in the playoffs, a win is still a win.  Get another win Friday night, and then it’s off to the second round.

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