Apr 24, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Indiana Pacers forward Luis Scola (4) shoots the ball against the Atlanta Hawks in the fourth quarter in game three of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena. The Hawks defeated the Pacers 98-85. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Pacers Playoffs: Game 3 Notes

Apr 24, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson (1) reacts after being fouled against the Atlanta Hawks in the fourth quarter in game three of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena. The Hawks defeated the Pacers 98-85. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

 

It was yet another game for the Indiana Pacers to forget. Most importantly, they know it’s a seven game series and that it isn’t over until it’s over.

That said, there are still positives to take away from Indiana’s 85-98 loss to the Atlanta Hawks Thursday night at Philips Arena.

  • First and foremost, despite Paul George having a rough night shooting from the floor, the All-Star forward did pull down 14 rebounds to record his third double-double in as many opportunities through three playoff games in 2014. George recorded games of 24 points and 10 rebounds in a game 1 loss on Saturday and followed that up with 27 points and 10 rebounds in the game 2 win. The 14 rebounds give him a total of 34 through three games, an average of 11.3 per game.
  • Lance Stephenson also reached double-digits in rebounds Thursday with 13 of his own. Stephenson finished the night with team highs in minutes played with 41 and points scored with 21 (8-16 FGs).
  • Luis Scola remains hot from the field. Scola scored 17 points in the loss to Atlanta Thursday. The Argentinian converted on seven of his 11 field goal attempts from the floor in 20 minutes of action. Head coach Frank Vogel opted to stick with Scola through most of the fourth quarter, as he kept struggling center Roy Hibbert on the bench. Scola’s 17 points comes two nights after the reserve posted 20 points on 9-14 shooting in a game 2 victory in Indianapolis Tuesday night. He also had seven rebounds Tuesday as he provided a much-needs spark off the bench for the Pacers.
  • The third quarter continues to be the decisive one in this series. In game 1, it was Atlanta that took control with a strong third period, outscoring Indiana 30-16 out of the halftime break. The Pacers controlled the third quarter in game 2 with a 31-13 advantage en route to the 101-85 win. And on Thursday in Atlanta, the Hawks caught fire, scoring 28 points compared to Indiana’s 20 to begin the second half.

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