The Pacers will try to put the past behind them at Philips Arena when they face the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night. Normally, a road back-to-back is cause for concern but the Pacers were able to get by the Magic on Monday and not put too many minutes on their key players.
Minor injuries may crop up as an issue with George Hill trying to play through an injured toe. Also, David West tweaked his ankle last night and Ian Mahinmi strained his shoulder. Both West and Mahinmi proclaimed their dings nothing to worry about following the game, but that was before waking up this morning in Atlanta.
Six of the Pacers ten losses came after playing the second game of a back-to-back on the road which also includes the last game they played against the Hawks on Jan. 8th. Although, while the B2B legs may have had some impact on that game, Pero Antic draining threes and disrupting the Pacers defensive plans turned the game tragic for the Pacers. Once buried, the Pacers didn't have enough juice to get over the hump in their comeback attempts.
Antic won't be roaming the middle nor outside the arc for the Hawks tonight due to an ankle injury which leaves the Pacers with a more traditional big man to deal with in Gustavo Ayon among the Hawks' thinning front court options. Ayon moves pretty well but he is not a three-point threat with no downtown attempts so far this season.
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