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Where: Game 6 – Philips Arena, Atlanta.
When: Friday May 2, 00:00 BST
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It’s make or break time for the Indiana Pacers as they travel to the Philips Arena to face the Atlanta Hawks having to win to stay in the series.
The Eastern Conference top seed trail the Hawks 3-2 heading into Game 6, and with point guard Jeff Teague impressing alongside the likes of Paul Millsap and Kyle Korver, Atlanta’s shooting has undoubtedly put them in this position.
Critics will undoubtedly argue that Indiana have continued in their slump after the regular season concluded, and they face the harsh reality of seeing their playoff dream shattered at the first hurdle.
A lot of the credit goes to Hawks rookie coach Mike Budenholzer, who has undoubtedly brought with him his experience from San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. Atlanta have played aggressive, physical basketball on the defensive end while moving the ball and penetrating on offense.
While the Pacers undoubtedly have the better individual players, the team effort coupled with the contribution off the bench have Atlanta leading this series, and deservedly so.
In contrast, the problems continue for Frank Vogel who will have to figure out a way to limit the shooting from distance, as he has opted with a smaller line-up in attempt to counter it.
Paul George conceded that the Hawks are great at spreading them out on the floor when they are usually accustomed to packing the paint and locking down defensively with their physicality, but that has been a near non-factor in this match-up thus far.
Vogel and the Pacers will have to figure it out on Thursday night as if they don’t, they’ll be watching the Hawks in the Eastern Conference semi-finals this time next week.