After their euphoric victory in Game 1, the Atlanta Hawks entered into this week with the upset on their mind. Almost all of the talk in the media has been of the Indiana Pacers collapse, but the Hawks deserve credit, also. In particular, Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer has frequently shown how savvy is, by masterfully identifying and targeting Indiana’s weaknesses. Frank Vogel has shown his own ability to counter with adjustments too, and even though the Pacers are a shadow of who they were earlier in the year, they’re just about hanging on.
The week opened up with Game 2 in Indianapolis on Tuesday, as the Pacers faced a must-win game after their no-show in Game 1. On Thursday, the Hawks returned home to Atlanta for a two-game home stretch in Games 3 and 4. On both Thursday and Saturday night, the famously somber Philips Arena came alive, as the prospect of toppling the No. 1 seed finally got the fans excited in Atlanta.
The Hawks went 1-2 this week, and could end up ruing missed opportunities when this series finishes up.