The Pacers move on to the second round of the playoffs to face former their former post-season rival with a new cast of characters.
The Pacers were able to get over the hump in Atlanta and now find themselves in the heat of the playoffs, prepping for Game 1 against the New York Knicks on Sunday afternoon.
There weren't many memories to log from the Pacers first-round win over the Atlanta Hawks but that defense in the final 2:40 of regulation which left the Hawks scoreless and included blocked three pointers and little to no air space for the home team, that was pretty sweet.
With each stop you could feel a release of pressure as the Pacers really went for the kill the only way they know how -- by defending. Yes, David West scored a couple of key buckets and they made free throws, but the Pacers go-to-guy down the stretch wasn't on offense it was a five-man amoeba working together to blanket the Hawks after Atlanta had worked their way back into the game.
Looking ahead to the Knicks, that same type of defensive effort is the only way the Pacers have a chance to advance to the conference finals. The Knicks can score while the Pacers struggle to score, thus the Pacers will need to guard the arc and find a way to keep Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith from going off as they did throughout April.
This should be fun!
Check out the links:
Pacers at Hawks - Game 6 box score and highlights
Game Rewind: Pacers 81, Hawks 73, Game 6 | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS
2013 NBA Playoffs: Pacers end Atlanta losing streak, close out Hawks in first round | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com
Pacers Win First Round, Take Detour into History | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS
Time for Pacers to write some new history against Knicks - 1070 The Fan
Bob Kravitz: Bring on the Hicks vs. the Knicks | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com
Hawks playoff run ends with woeful shooting (updated) | www.ajc.com
A trip down memory lane: Reliving the best moments of the Pacers-Knicks playoff rivalry | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com
Pacers finish off Hawks, win Game 6 81-73 - AP
Pacers: Who cares about Atlanta? It’s all about the Knicks now for the Pacers | Pacers Insider
Pacers vs. Hawks final score: Atlanta's comeback falls short, 81-73 - Peachtree Hoops
Post-Game Grades: Pacers Knock Off Hawks in Atlanta, Advance to Second Round | 8 Points, 9 Seconds
2013 Playoffs: Calm and fortitude allow Stephenson, Pacers to clinch - Indy Sports Legends
New York Knicks know they’re in for a physical battle against the Indiana Pacers - NYPOST.com
Indiana Pacers defeat Atlanta Hawks 81-73 to advance into the second round of the playoffs, where they will face the New York Knicks - NYPOST.com