Instead the Hawks flipped the script and killed the Pacers, leaving a glob of blue and gold road pulp on the side of the street near Philips Arena. The good thing about such a lopsided, never-had-a-chance loss was that it is easy to move on and look forward to Game 4 with nothing of value to review in Game 3.
The bad part of the loss is that the Hawks are back in the game. Al Horford and Josh Smith played like All-Stars as the Pacers couldn't handle the adjustments Larry Drew made to his game plan for slowing down the Pacers. Sill, it isn't all on the Hawks. The Pacers shot below 30 percent and turned the ball over 22 times, nearly as many donations as they had in the first two games combined.
One thing is for sure, any hopes of a stress-free first round are out the door. Now the Pacers have to go on the grind to jump back in control in Game 4.
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