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

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Survive. And advance.

Pacers truly did both of those things. Those last 16 minutes are never what you want to see, but they did enough late to get the franchise’s first win in Atlanta since before Lake Lanier was built.

David West should know. He constructed the dam single-handedly in the ’50s.

Old school. Hard hat.

Even he had some rough moments, but George Hill made some big plays late, and the defense really locked down. There will be more time to question the finish and praise the execution on both sides of the ball that created the big lead.

But for now, it’s just time to be glad this series is over.

The Indiana Pacers are now in the second round the playoffs for the second straight year. That’s not the goal, but it’s the first step towards making this season a success.

ATL IND 6

Here is how each guy played individually tonight. Agree? Disagree? Express your thoughts below in the comments or yell at me (@8pts9secs) or Tim (@TimDonahue8p9s) on Twitter.

David West, PF 42 MIN | 9-21 FG | 3-4 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 4 BLK | 2 TO | 21 PTS | +7

Mr. West in the building. Series MVP despite some early ‘meh.’ Last two games, he has been everything. Missed a lot early, but took over when the lead needed extending.

Paul George, SF 44 MIN | 2-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 7 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 4 PTS | +10

The defense late really was superb and you have to a like a guy who shuts down Josh Smith and Kyle Korver at different times depending on whether his team is trying to take away interior points or prevent threes. Good other stats, too. But ruh-roh on the shooting/scoring thing, which is problematic cause points are key to winning.

Roy Hibbert, C 38 MIN | 8-14 FG | 1-2 FT | 11 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 3 TO | 17 PTS | +9

Just an animal. Was huge early to establish the interior and keep the Pacers in control. Without him, neither team might have shot 30% in the first half.

George Hill, PG 36 MIN | 7-14 FG | 5-7 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 21 PTS | +2

Was so big late. Driving to the hoop easily late. Was the calmest Pacer under pressure.

Lance Stephenson, SG 34 MIN | 3-5 FG | 1-2 FT | 11 REB | 6 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | +8

Had a lot of energy plays early, hitting a three and dropping two dimes early. Misses a layup or two that would have had his scoring higher.

Tyler Hansbrough, PF 6 MIN | 1-1 FG | 4-6 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | +1

Wasn’t helpful, getting fouls and such. Nice points for the time.

Jeff Pendergraph, PF 12 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +4

Meh.

Ian Mahinmi, C 10 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -1

Wasn’t good.

D.J. Augustin, PG 19 MIN | 1-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 2 PTS | 0

Bench did not travel. Missed open looks, got lost on the interior.

Topics: 2013 Playoffs, Game Recap, Pacers/Hawks

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  • 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!!!

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