Game 3 Scouting Report: Hawks vs. Pacers
After the Indiana Pacers made successful adjustments to win Game 2 after a Game 1 loss, the task now falls on the Atlanta Hawks to see if they can adjust prior to Game 3.
The Pacers were fundamentally sound on both ends of the floor in the second half of their big Game 2 victory. Aided by a 19-0 stretch, Indiana limited Atlanta to just 33 second half points, and a chunk of those came after both teams had pulled their starters.
One major adjustment that Indiana made for Game 2 that the Hawks will no doubt see again in game 3 is Paul George on Jeff Teague. George’s length seemed to both Teague a bit, and he did a nice job, especially in the second half. Atlanta is going to stick to what they do, but Teague will have to be aggressive against George and try to create for others when he doesn’t have an opportunity to score.
Knowing that Paul Millsap likes to post up more than Pero Antic, Pacers head coach Frank Vogel also switched defenders, using David West to guard Antic to keep defensive anchor Roy Hibbert closer to the rim. Millsap is going to have to knock down perimeter jumpers in order to stretch Hibbert, and he has shot well in the series so far.
Indiana’s adjustments mean the Hawks won’t be able to get away with 13 assists, a number they’ve been stuck on for each of the first two games, if they hope to win because the one-on-one matchups won’t be there. They’ll have to rely on quick ball movement, smart shot selection and ball protection.
All of Atlanta’s players seemed excited about the opportunity to play in front of their fans, and there’s no doubt Philips Arena will be rocking on Thursday night.
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