Back in early February I never imagined the Pacers would be playing a meaningful game in April. As it turns out, tonight the Pacers host the Atlanta Hawks for their third straight critical, do-or-die game in April. After beating the Bucks twice in a row, the Pacers are three games behind the Hawks with five games left. So with a chance to move within two games with four to go and apply some pressure on the Hawks, this should be a playoff caliber game.
Here's Bruno's Scouting Report which focuses on the critical nature of tonight's games. Jim O'Brien lays it out perfectly.
"I like playing meaningful game and this is as meaningful a game as we've played all year. To a little bit of an extent it's like the NCAA tournament, it's one and done. You lose this game, it's like the last four games you're in the NIT; you don't want to be in the NIT."
Here's what the efficiency numbers say:
|Mike Dunleavy||F||Marvin Williams|
|Jeff Foster||F||Josh Smith|
|Troy Murphy||C||Al Horford|
|Danny Granger||G||Joe Johnson|
|Flip Murray||G||Mike Bibby|
Feel free to leave your thoughts on the game in the comments.