Just about everything went right for the Atlanta Hawks in Game 1. They will be looking for more of the same in Game 2 Tuesday night. The Hawks and Pacers meet again on Tuesday in Game 2 of their best-of-seven series with Atlanta looking for another win on the road.
Jeff Teague continued his string of solid performances in Game 1 scoring a playoff career-high 28 points and left the Pacers searching for answers. Slowing down Teague is so vital to Indiana that head coach Frank Vogel is reportedly considering matching up Paul George against him in Game 2.
For Atlanta not much has changed. They are still looking to spread the floor and allow Teague to penetrate and score or find open shooters on the perimeter. The Hawks knocked down 11 three-pointers in Game 1 despite Kyle Korver going just 2-7. Atlanta has made at least 10 threes in each of their three wins over the Pacers.
Atlanta understands that it is a long series but all of the pressure seems to be squarely on the shoulders of Indiana. Their struggles down the stretch are well documented and the cohesiveness of their great start to the season is long gone. In its place are a lot of questions and a team that doesn't look like they are enjoying playing together.
In a sense the Hawks are playing with house money. They stole a game on the road and have the opportunity to deliver a big body blow if they can find a way to win Game 2. For Indianapolis the time is now, or time may in fact be running out on their season.
Game Date/Time: Tuesday, April 22, 7:00 p.m.
Location: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
TV: TNT, SportSouth
Radio: 92.9 "The Game" FM