Game 4 Scouting Report: Hawks vs. Pacers
A seesaw series now leans the Hawks’ way once more after Atlanta recorded an impressive Game 3 victory at Philips Arena Thursday night. Now the Pacers are back on their heels, needing a bounce-back win similar to the one they had in Game 2.
The Hawks got big contributions from Kyle Korver and DeMarre Carroll – two players who were quiet offensively in the two games in Indiana – in Game 3. Korver’s 20 points included 4 three-pointers, and Carroll’s 18 came on an efficient 6/8 shooting. Paul George sat a chunk of the first half after two quick fouls, but the Hawks couldn’t capitalize with him on the bench. Assuming he can avoid similar foul trouble in Game 4, Korver and Carroll will have to once again be factors offensively, as George will likely spend most of his time guarding Jeff Teague.
Much has been made about the Pacers’ lineup and whether or not they’ll change things up for Game 4. Center Roy Hibbert has struggled, while backup power forward Luis Scola has excelled thanks in large part to a pinpoint mid-range game. If Scola starts, or even if he doesn’t, Atlanta will need to be aware of his ability to knock down the Al Horford-like 18-footer if he has space.
Paul Millsap had another good offensive outing Thursday despite being guarded by the taller Hibbert for most of it. He went just 1/4 from three, but the threat of him making those is still enough to draw Hibbert away from the rim. If Indiana sticks with that matchup, Millsap will once again have to make threes, or at least enough of them to keep Hibbert honest.
Atlanta did a great job of getting to the free throw line in Game 3, shooting 37 freebies. Conversely, they kept Indiana out of the paint and off the line just enough to keep their distance. They lost shooters a few times, but for the most part they locked the Pacers down and made shots difficult. With another rowdy crowd expected for Saturday’s afternoon tilt, the Hawks should be in decent position to go up 3-1 in the series, provided they can defend the way they did in Games 1 and 3.
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