The Pacers lost their chance to make a strong statement in the playoffs by ending their losing streak in Atlanta with a win in Game 3 or 4. Now the pressure mounts as the Pacers must maintain their home court advantage by winning Game 5 or instead of making a statement they'll be making vacation reservations.
The Pacers put forth a much better effort (really wasn't that hard) in Game 4 and played with the appropriate desperation to rally from an early deficit to be in position to win in the final few minutes. But sudden bursts of suffocating defense leading to transition buckets aren't enough. This is the playoffs which requires a sustained effort over the full 48 minutes, even moreso on the road, to win.
To narrow down the Pacers' needs even more, they desperately need more from David West and Roy Hibbert. Those two need to be on the floor and making plays in the post. West has struggled to get his buckets while Hibbert has struggled to avoid foul trouble. The Pacers aren't going to win a perimeter shooting contest with the Hawks. When they were good in the second half, the Pacers were getting the ball near the rim. Again, short bursts of what works isn't enough. Need it for the whole game.
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