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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]

5 thoughts on Hawks (Pacers may bench Hibbert)

  • 6:39 pm Friday, April 25th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
Kyle Korver and the Hawks are starting to get Atlanta sports fans excited. (Curtis Compton)

How’s this for irony? On a day Indianapolis coach Frank Vogel was given the Rudy Tomjanovich Award from the Pro Basketball Writers Association, recognizing his excellence and cooperation with the media, he wasn’t in a terribly expansive mood.

“No,” Vogel responded when asked if he had any update on lineup decisions. “Find out tomorrow.”

When asked again if he was still considering changes (read: benching center Roy Hibbert) Vogel again responded, “Find out tomorrow.”

OK, he was cooperative. Just not transparent.

Some thoughts going into Game 4 on Saturday, with the Hawks leading the best-of-seven series 2-1:

1. WHAT HAS BEEN GAINED: By winning Game [More]