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

  • 5:27 pm Saturday, April 26th, 2014 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)

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:

UPDATE: Here’s a link to the full subscription column.

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 [More]

3 reasons why Hawks can push Indiana

  • 9:23 am Thursday, April 17th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
Jeff Teague, Paul Millsap and Hawks will be significant underdogs vs. Pacers.

The Hawks made the playoffs, which means the team that has no real chance to win the NBA title or probably even a postseason series will not be in the draft lottery or draft higher than 15th (barring a trade).

In most circumstances, the draft wouldn’t be a talking point on the eve of the playoffs. But the Hawks’ organization has made it no secret that tomorrow is a bigger priority than today at this stage of their building project and, well, it’s hard to dispute that mindset.

But the playoff series against Indiana isn’t without some significance. Here are three reasons [More]