As the Indiana Pacers and Atlanta Hawks gear up for game 6 at Philips Arena in Atlanta, here are a few story lines to check out from Tuesday, regarding the blue and gold (Pacers face elimination; Hawks lead series 3-2):
- Jimmy Spencer of Fox Sports gives his overview of Monday’s games across the league. He zeroes in on the Pacers, stating that Indiana continues “to embarrass themselves.”
- Ryan O’Connell of The Roar provides readers with five early topics of discussion in the first round of the playoffs. He looks at the two 8-seeds, Dallas and Atlanta, and the troubles they’ve given their respective opponents in San Antonio and Indiana. O’Connell also touches on the Pacers’ meltdown (who hasn’t?).
- Matt Dollinger of SI.com’s NBA division notes the collapse of the Indiana Pacers, and what it’s like exploring rock bottom as a No. 1 seed, with the potential to become the sixth one-seed to lose a first round series to a No. 8 seed.
- Scott Agness of Pacers.com puts the spotlight on Chris Copeland, suggesting the seldom-used sharpshooter is staying ready through the course of tough times in the postseason for Indiana. Copeland, a fan favorite, has always provided a nice offensive spark for the Pacers when he sees playing time. Agness writes that Copeland could see an increase in minutes for game 6 and a potential game 7.
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