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Hawks Stay with Big Lineup as They Look to Avoid Elimination at Home in Game 6

The Hawks will stick with their big starting lineup in Game 6 as they look to force Game 7 back in Indiana on Sunday.


The Hawks will start Jeff Teague, Devin Harris, Josh Smith, Al Horford, and Johan Petro for the fourth consecutive game in Game 6. Larry Drew is hoping that being back at home will also bring back the Hawks' offense. Atlanta thrived at home in Games 3 and 4 playing the big lineup, and stifled the Indiana attack. In Game 5, the Pacers set the tone and used their size to assert themselves as the dominant physical team. Tonight we will find out if the Pacers made the right adjustment to beat the big lineup, or if it was just the boost of playing at home.

The Hawks will have to get a better effort from Jeff Teague in Game 6 if they are going to force Game 7. Teague has struggled all series, as I chronicled earlier today, but had his worst game of the series in Game 5, struggling to a 3-of-16 shooting night. Al Horford will also need to find his shooting touch that he left here in Atlanta, and the Hawks will need everyone to show at least a little effort on defense.

On the bright side, this is the Hawks. So if history tells us anything, it is that they will likely win (partly because they are the Hawks, partly because Indiana's awful in Atlanta), even if it means we suffer through another beatdown in Game 7.

Also in the good news department, Lou Williams was shooting around before the game on the practice court, which is a good sign that he is on track on his rehab from ACL surgery.