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Game 5, showing up for work


Several things turned the Pacers way after a frustrating 1st quarter. The Pacers were feeding the post position where they have a huge advantage and moving on offense. The post play and the pick and pop opened the lane for Hill. In other words, so rolls West, so rolls the Pacer offense.The offense was working.

The right defensive match ups cut back the wide open jumpers by the Hawks, and there were no easy layups either. The defense seemed to get back despite a yoeman's effort by Stephenson to rebound. Josh Smith reverted back to the Josh Smith we have learned to love, jump shooting Josh. I was actually sorry to see him pick up his fifth foul. Horeford was moved back a step on his jumpers. Hill was able to stay with Korver, and Teague's lane penetration was kept to a minimum. Second chance points were seldom available for the Hawks, The D&R was working big time.

Sometimes the positive in DJA has to be looked for, but Vogel seems to have found what he does well, work with Hill at the 2 guard, be a threat to shoot the 3 ball, and keep turnovers to a minimum. If he can stay in front of the jitterbugging Teague, he is a big plus. And Voget mixed up his looks and rotations, even using Paul at the two spot.Vogel made Coach Drew put on his thinking cap. Amazing what you can do when everyone shows up for work.The coaching staff did their job.

The referees, I still don't know what to think. Their job is difficult, no doubt. Appears they forgot about the rule of verticality last night, and tic/tac calls were made, especially against the Pacers, and especially on the pic and roll screens. Seldom did those moving pick calls and dragging the defender into the screener go against the Hawks. The rough play of the Hawks under the board went virtually unnoticed, while the Pacers had a couple of mystery calls go against them. Maybe that is the "homer" in me, but I haven't given the refs much more than a C grade the entire series.The Refs showed up.

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