Posted: 5:27 pm Saturday, April 26th, 2014

Short takes: Pacers’ intensity, Hawks’ mistakes key loss 

By Jeff Schultz

The reactions by Kyle Korver and Pero Antic tell the story for the end of Game 4 for the Hawks. (Curtis Compton)

Kyle Korver’s and Pero Antic’s reactions tell story of how Game 4 ended. (Curtis Compton)

I’ll be back soon on the Hawks’ 91-88 loss to the Indiana Pacers, which evened the playoff series at 2-2. Until then, here are my three “Short Takes” on the game:

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1. WAKE-UP CALL? This wasn’t necessarily a dominating performance by Indiana. They were being steam-rolled by the Hawks in the second quarter — 19-8 to open the quarter, including 15-2 in one stretch — and David West and Paul George both missed consecutive free throws down the stretch. But the Pacers finally showed a heartbeat in Game 4, and that could mean trouble for the Hawks the rest of this series. Because for all of the great things the Hawks have done, Indiana is a more talented team and if it can match Atlanta’s effort, they’ll win.

2. IT STARTS WITH WEST: Paul George led Indiana with 24 points. But the Pacers don’t win Game 4 without forward David West. Indy has taken a pounding in the court of public opinion for seeming distracted and their perceived lack of effort in this series but don’t include West in that mix. He worked hard at both ends of the court, and in the second quarter implored his teammates to get into the game and even yelled at the bench, “Let’s go!” Eventually, Indy teammates caught on that this was a playoff series and it, you know, mattered. The Pacers battled the rest of the way.

3. OPPORTUNITY LOST: The Hawks will go back to Indy believing they should be holding a 3-1 series lead. They led by as much as 10 points in the third quarter. They led by five points 83-78 with four and a half minutes left. But they committed nine turnovers in the second half, shot poorly down the stretch and finally met up with an opponent that matched them in intensity. This team isn’t talented enough to get away with mistakes in close games.

9 comments
AlwaysReady
AlwaysReady

Is it almost time for the nail in the coffin?

LakeDawg
LakeDawg

J Smooove? You gotta e kiddin' me. The guy is a big time loser.

Cousingeorgestone
Cousingeorgestone

Lou Williams = Turnover Thing 1


Jeff Teague = Turnover Thing 2 as well as Moe, Larry or Curly as he slips and falls on the baseline while driving and;


Pero Antic???? =  Cliff Levingston.   

We_Will_Get_Fooled_Again
We_Will_Get_Fooled_Again

Typical postseason disappointment for an Atlanta sports team. The Pacers were begging, pleading, to have a stake driven through their hearts, and the Hawks just wouldn't oblige.

Too many hero shots from guys who aren't heros like Mike Scott and Pero Antic. Ugly turnovers. Not closing out on 3s. It's a recipe for a loss, even against a Pacer team that has lost its way.

Indiana is still eminently beatable, but they're back in the driver's seat of the series. Big missed opportunity for the Hawks today.

SlickWillie
SlickWillie

The question here is.... does anybody really care ?  Beautiful weather, nice Saturday off and the Hawks were still  unable to sell out. 



This team plays much better without Al, who plays little to no defense at the rim. Its the defense in the paint thats keeping the hawks in this series... but lets get real, Indiana is not the same team with out Danny Granger. 


The Hawks are underachievers and have been all year long. The coach has this team under performing. They should beat Indiana in 6 but will probably lose in 7,( you hear it here 1st).


I too wish Jsmoove was here to carry this team. They have more experience and talent here, than in Detroit. 



Classof98
Classof98

@SlickWillie  You wish Jsmoove were here to carry this team?  You mean like how he carried the Pistons this season?

If Smith was still a Hawk, they'd be watching the playoffs on TV just like the Pistons are.