Post-Game Grades: Pacers Knock Off Hawks in Atlanta, Advance to Second Round

  • Josh Baker

    #FreePulp

  • Realist

    Not *too* fussed about the fourth quarter fadeout or whatever you wanna call it. Give Atlanta some credit – half decent team playing at home for their season – and we still held them to 73 in the end.

    • djmcba

      Agreed, it’s the NBA, everyone makes a push.

      Glad to see them show enough sand to hold on to the victory – gets the monkey off the chest as we are truly still a young, slightly immature team (dwest can’t completely offset that). Our defense rose to mid-march level these past two games and that’s what we’ll need to do some damage in round two.

  • AJ

    Still would rather have Lance be our Ginobili and come off the bench early, but too late for that now. But with the Knicks, we’re either gonna have some unsung hero come out of nowhere to match their offense or our D is gonna have to be near perfect to advance further.

    • Andrew Wills

      nope, NYK played a bunch of bad quarters vs the Celtics, who were too hurt to take advantage… they played bad bad basketball in that series, if they play that way against us, we win easily

      • djmcba

        Don’t know if I’d say we win easily by any means. That said, there is certainly a 12 minute opportunity to be taken advantage of against the Knicks every game.

        Also, can Lance stop acting like he gets shot every time something happens to his body. Used to think he was a beast after Dexter Pittman failed while trying to take him out last year – nonetheless, he is a stabilizing influence, which is just weird to say.

  • ntmd8tr

    Psycho only gets 6 minutes, was a +1 and had 6 points on 1 shot. Gets a C? Lol. You will miss him next year when he’s gone, yep.

    • Bryan Unruh

      If you watched the game then the C would make sense

      • ntmd8tr

        Did watch the game, still doesn’t make sense. West’s 21 points on 21 shots isn’t an A- game for him either.

        • djmcba

          thanks for illustrating the difference between watching and understanding the game

          • ntmd8tr

            You’re welcome Sparky

    • NLP

      I would have went a little higher as well since he scored 5 points in a row to go from 2 down to 3 up at one point and in the first half after checking in down 4 points. Once we got that lead they never gave it back up.

      Three of those points that gave us the lead came off the offensive glass getting fouled by Korver on a rebound to get FT while in the bonus then chasing down his own miss on the 2nd in the corner and then driving back for the lay up.

      So by watching the game he had quite a bit of positive impact for a player playing that little and unlike the write up says was very helpful.

  • dwaink

    have a feeling this series may come down to which bench is better, ours had better step it up
    Go Pacers!!!