Pacers third quarter sparked by one play

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The Pacers crushed the Hawks in the third quarter 31-13. Indiana scored 1.48 points per possession in the third, and they got rolling from one play with multiple options.

First, watch the following video that was complied by How U on YouTube. It’ll show the Pacers’ Hawk 2 Strong play and the multitude of options from it.

Get all that?

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So the first option on this play is for George Hill to attack the basket after turning the corner on the Paul George screen, which he did in the third quarter.

The next option is a pass to David West, who can shoot if he’s open. His next read is to Paul George cutting to the basket, and finally it is in to Roy Hibbert in the post.

That’s four options for four different Pacers to score. But Indiana actually added one more wrinkle to the play in the third quarter. It saw Paul George get an open three.H2s2_medium


DeMarre Carroll hedged hard on Hill on the ball screen, and now he is trailing behind George. Kyle Korver has sunk in to take away the cut by George, but Carroll is still playing catch up, so George just keeps running to the corner, where West finds him for three.

Option number five.

Not only did Indiana run this on the first possession of the third quarter, but they ran it on the next four possessions of the second half. The result was nine points on 3 of 4 shooting.

George got a three. Then Hill found himself in the lane the next two times, and he scored both times. The next two possessions the ball went to Hibbert, who missed a layup, then got fouled and knocked down both free throws.

Frank Vogel has been taking a lot heat for failing to get his guys good looks on the offensive end, but this single play has options that highlight the Pacers’ strengths.

You get Hill driving the lane, West shooting 15 footers, George cutting to the basket or getting a corner three, then as a last option Hibbert posting up. Recently his post ups have been terrible, but overall, having a Hibbert post up as the fourth or fifth option on a play is not a terrible thing. The only bad part is that Lance Stephenson is not involved.

This play didn’t win the game, but it got the Indiana offense rolling, mainly getting Hill engaged. If Hibbert could convert anything around the basket, it can also get him easy looks.

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