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  1. Hawks run past ice cold Pacers to even series 2-2

    Apr 29, 2013, 11:52 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks Smith reacts as the Indiana Pacers West walks across the court in their first-round Eastern Conference playoff NBA basketball game in Atlanta

    Suddenly, the Indiana Pacers don’t look so in control of this series anymore. The Pacers defense that got them to the No. 3 seed in the East and helped them race out to a 2-0 series lead went missing for long stretches on Monday night — especially their transition defense. And that allowed the Hawks…

  2. Pacers’ playoff-best offense disintegrates in Atlanta

    Apr 27, 2013, 10:58 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Atlanta Hawks - Game Three

    Devin Harris needed just 4.5 seconds to slice through the Pacers’ defense for a layup late in the first half, leaving only 1.8 seconds for the Pacers. George Hill launched a desperation heave that obviously missed, but the look was only marginally better than the shots Indiana got most of the game. The Hawks’ offense…

  3. Hawks have no answers for Pacers offense, now are down 2-0

    Apr 24, 2013, 11:31 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Indiana Pacers - Game Two

    The Atlanta Hawks have a problem. Well, right now they have a lot of problems, but one is bigger than the others — they cannot stop the Indiana Pacers offense. That would be the Pacers offense that was 19th in the NBA in points per possession this past season (or if you prefer the offense…

  4. Gerald Green (on Josh Smith), Roy Hibbert have huge dunks for Pacers (VIDEOS)

    Apr 24, 2013, 9:02 PM EDT

    Gerald Green

    The Pacers offense was in attack mode in the first half against the Hawks on Wednesday night and the Hawks couldn’t stop them. Which is an issue for the Hawks because the Pacers offense isn’t that good. But that’s another post for another day. Gerald Green we know can dunk and he attacked the rim…

  5. Hawks need to match Pacers physicality, get out and run in Game 2

    Apr 24, 2013, 4:45 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks head coach Drew talks to players at timeout during NBA first round playoff basketball game against Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis

    This series is better than you think it is. Which judging by the Internet buzz isn’t saying much. You all think this is vanilla ice cream in a cup. And not the good stuff, you think this is ice milk. This series is more entertaining than that. The Pacers with Paul George and David West…

  6. Marc Gasol officially named NBA Defensive Player of Year

    Apr 24, 2013, 12:41 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies Marc Gasol of Spain protests a foul during Game 2 of their NBA Western Conference Quarterfinals basketball playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers in Los Angeles

    This was the right call — and it’s a call that might not have been made a decade ago. Marc Gasol was officially named the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year on Wednesday. He was the frontrunner for the award, with LeBron James coming in second and Serge Ibaka of the Thunder in third. It’s…

  7. Tuesday And-1 links: OKC couldn’t seem to miss, neither could their fans

    Apr 23, 2013, 7:48 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points. • Everything seemed to be going in for Oklahoma City’s stars in Game 1.…

  8. Pacers’ Paul George wins Most Improved Player Award

    Apr 23, 2013, 10:14 AM EDT

    Paul George

    Paul George made a leap this season and people noticed. With Danny Granger basically lost for the year due to knee issues, George took on a larger scoring role with the Pacers — he used 23.5 percent of their possessions when on the court — averaging 17.4 points, 7.6 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game.…

  9. Roy Hibbert and David Lee exchange pleasantries while declaring dislike for each other

    Apr 22, 2013, 6:58 PM EDT

    David Lee, Roy Hibbert

    Roy Hibbert and David Lee fought during a Pacers-Warriors game in February, and in the aftermath, Hibbert apologized. To be clear, Hibbert apologized “to the fans that were sitting courtside.” You can watch that video again just to be sure, but Hibbert did not apologize to Lee. Hibbert even took Lee’s season-ending hip injury as…

  10. Paul George with as good a chase-down block as you will see (VIDEO)

    Apr 22, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Indiana Pacers - Game One

    Paul George had a heck of an afternoon — he had 23 points as part of his first career playoff triple-double leading the Pacers to a Game 1 win. And he also did that to Shelvin Mack, who will now have nightmares of a flying Paul George night after night. Hat tip to The Point…

  11. Aggressive Pacers win with offense, knock off Hawks 107-90

    Apr 21, 2013, 5:14 PM EDT

    Paul George, George Hill

    The Pacers had statistically the best defense in the NBA this season. They shut teams down. The only question was could they score enough to win in the postseason? Yes. Yes they can. The Pacers answered that question early and often, putting up 34 points in the first quarter and getting triple-double from Paul George,…

  12. PBT NBA Playoff Preview: Atlanta Hawks vs. Indiana Pacers

    Apr 19, 2013, 9:52 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers players stand during a time out in an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis

    SEASON RECORDS Atlanta: 44-38, six seed in East Indiana: 49-32, third seed in East SEASON SERIES Tied at 2-2. The Hawks won the first two, the Pacers the final two. KEY INJURIES Atlanta: The Hawks will be without Zaza Pachulia (Achilles surgery) and Lou Williams (ACL). Indiana: Danny Granger is still out following left knee…

  13. Who can knock off Miami? NBA playoff power rankings

    Apr 18, 2013, 8:49 AM EDT

    Tony Parker, Tim Duncan

    If you want to hold the Larry O’Brien trophy — the one that goes to the NBA champions each June — you’re going to have to pry it out of Miami’s cold, dead hands. Good luck. They are the defending champs. They had the best regular season record in the NBA despite coasting to start…

  14. Three Stars of the Night whose seasons are over

    Apr 18, 2013, 2:23 AM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Miami Heat

    Pau Gasol (17 points, 20 rebounds and 11 assists), John Henson (28 points and 16 rebounds), Zach Randolph (25 points and 19 rebounds), Chris Paul (25 points, 11 assists and no turnovers) and Gerald Green (34 points) will have at least a chance to make their mark in the playoffs, but we’re honoring three players…

  15. PBT’s NBA season awards: LeBron for MVP is the easy one

    Apr 17, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Heat's James prepares to dunk against the Bulls in the first half of their NBA basketball game in Miami

    In the NBA, reputations are made and broken in the playoffs — but that is like a different season completely. The NBA gives out its awards based on the regular season. And this season a couple awards are obvious, but a couple could go a lot of different directions. Here are PBT’s awards for the…

  16. NBA Power Rankings: Heat end rankings where they ended last season

    Apr 15, 2013, 7:43 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Mike Miller, Mario Chalmers

    For the final power rankings of the year my criteria are simple: Who do I think is most likely to win a seven game series between the teams right now. It is essentially a playoff rankings. 1. Heat (64-16, last week ranked No. 1). For a couple games this week the Heat rolled out their…

  17. Nets clinch home court advantage in first round of playoffs with win over Pacers

    Apr 13, 2013, 12:15 AM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets v Indiana Pacers

    The Nets made it more difficult on themselves than it needed to be, but when it was all over in Indiana on Friday, Brooklyn came away with a 117-109 win over the Pacers that clinched home court advantage for them in the first round of the playoffs. Brooklyn led by as many as 24 points…

  18. Evan Turner still enigma for 76ers. Where does he fit in?

    Apr 10, 2013, 4:05 PM EDT

    Evan Turner

    There are games you watch Evan Turner play and you can see why he went No. 2 in the draft — he dropped 24 and 11 on Atlanta last Friday and looked like the kind of building block Philadelphia hoped he would be when they took him ahead of Derrick Favors, DeMarcus Cousins and Paul…

  19. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Knicks’ streak reaches 13

    Apr 10, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony celebrates with teammates during their NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards in Manhattan, New York

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while wondering what to do with five tons of Nutella… Lakers 104, Hornets 96 ; & Thunder 90, Jazz 80: We combine these two because together they put the Lakers in as the eight seed in the West and in control of their…

  20. Fans tweets to count toward MVP voting

    Apr 9, 2013, 8:15 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's LeBron James trots back after scoring a basket against the Philadelphia 76ers in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Miami, Florida

    LeBron James is going to win his fourth MVP going away. It’s a sure thing. But if you think we in the media are clearly missing how great Tyler Hansbrough has been this season and think there should be a vote for him, now you can do it yourself on twitter. The NBA is taking…

  21. Roy Hibbert didn’t like John Wall saying Pacers’ bigs were soft, tells him to enjoy lottery

    Apr 9, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    John Wall

    John Wall has been attacking the rim, knocking down jumpers and generally looking like the player the Wizards were hoping to get when they drafted his as the No. 1 pick. He played like that leading the Wizards over the Pacres Saturday then after the game said their plan was to go right at Roy…

  22. Brittney Griner can’t compete physically with NBA players

    Apr 5, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

    Brittney Griner, Kiara Etienne, Kristina Higgins, Mariah Chandler

    Mark Cuban’s declaration that he’d consider drafting Brittney Griner has drawn plenty of attention. But idea is completely preposterous, though I suspect Cuban knew that when he made his look-at-me statement. (To to be fair, I’ve certainly indulged him.) Without question, Griner is a dominant women’s basketball player capable of great things in her sport.…

  23. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Pacers look good, Clippers…. meh

    Apr 2, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin, Roy Hibbert

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while wondering why UFO reports are down…. Pacers 109, Clippers 106:After the Clippers loss over the weekend coach Vinny Del Negro ripped the team for hits energy. He could have said the same thing after this one. Roy Hibbert showed up ready to…

  24. Three Stars of the Night: Roy Hibbert looks good (against Clippers defense)

    Apr 2, 2013, 4:02 AM EDT

    Roy Hibbert

    Honorable mention tonight goes to the fans of the Toronto Raptors for the reception they gave Jose Calderon, and to the Rockets Omer Asik who had 22 points and 18 rebounds in a win. Third Star: Rudy Gay (34 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists) He put up big numbers and did it shooting efficiently —…

  25. Three Stars of the Night: Larry Sanders, DeMarcus Cousins focus on the game instead of the officials

    Mar 29, 2013, 1:48 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard, Larry Sanders

    There are some very good players in the league who let their emotions get the best of them more often than not, and as a result, they have a bad reputation where the officials are concerned. But sometimes, these guys simply play their games to perfection, and dominate in the process. That’s what we saw…

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