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Zetterberg going to bench for anthem on what has to be an anxious night for him 2 months after back surgery http://t.co/GLJWezYtIF
COPELAND 1ST HALF MINUTES
One way or the other, I'm expecting a fired up Westbrook tonight. May shoot 20-of-24, may shoot 2-of-24, but he's gonna come out amped.
Game time Grizz fans!
Tony Allen vs Kevin Durant. or Game 3. Whatever you wanna call it. go time.
2 players currently shooting over 50%, David West (5/7) and DeMarre Carroll (2/2). 3 are at 50% (Lou/Watson/Scola) everyone else below.
Look for weave play out of time out.
Have to say I kinda like this Hawks strategy of shooting only three-pointers.
Pre-game media meal: Chicken and waffles. Anthem by the Bar-Kays. Yep. Memphis.
Indiana takes their first lead at 38-37
Fortunately for the Pacers, the Hawks offense is not doing any better.
The Pacers have NO idea what they're supposed to be doing on offense. Lance just looked for 3 people to move, none did, so he hoists a J
OK, I was lying about the Dougie.
I promise you, there's about 20 guys here who look like their album just went platinum. Don't recognize any of em as real rappers tho
Great switch by Paul George there. He’s been great on those plays the last game and a half
Mike Conley gets sportsmanship award, does the Dougie.
Hawks still can't buy a three. 2-for-14. Lead is just one.
Roy has taken more shots since being back on the floor since I can remember
I’m not saying Hibbert is forever broken, but think Portland is happy they didn’t end up giving him a huge deal two summers ago?
Do the Pacers need to do a little force-feeding of Roy Hibbert - as they did in game 2 - to get his confidence up? Otherwise, a liability.
Pacers offense really struggling in the second period, shooting just 23%, yet they’re down just five with 3:39 left in the half.
Old folks dancing.
Roy Hibbert is a complete mess. Confidence is totally shot.
Tmobile, you are terrible
More like Roy Hiccup.
Not much to say about Roy’s play anymore...
Hibbert’s body language is terrible.
Roy Hibbert continues to find new lows.
Indiana's offense is . . . uh
Roy Hibbert needs a hug.
Nice work between G. Hill and Turner after the last kick out to ET was a turnover. Finds him open for corner 3
Hibbert immediately bricks a jumper. He needs to stop talking to Bynum.
Hibbert in for Mahinmi after Ian gets a block. Might be a good thing for the Hawks to have Roy back out there...
Hibbert checks back in at 5:11 mark
DeMarre Carroll was a really good signing this summer. Solid player. Locked down Paul George there.
Not much worse than sitting next to loud, stupid, obnoxious people on a long flight. Hipe I can fall asleep.
Teague trying to get Tony Brothers to look at the replay and then Tony not doing it and Teague being kinda disappointed. haha
Is there a league rule that every time two guys get tangled up or square off, it has to a double technical? It's OK to blame one guy.
Guess DeMarre's shot was a 2. I didn't have a good angle looking across the floor, but it's 32-28 w/ 6:44 left in the 2nd.
Now Carroll hits a 3, timeout Pacers, Scola gets a tech expressing his feelings.
Mike Scott and Luis Scola separated and both hit with Ts
Millsap drew contact no call... now Mack finally has a successful baseline foray and finds sap for the jam
George very nearly got a third foul on that Millsap contest.
Mahinmi's looking so much better than Hibbert tonight, if for nothing else because he's playing hard at both ends right now.
Paul George back in for the first time since checking out with two fouls at the 8:24 mark of the 1Q. Hawks have a 2-pt lead.
Tonight's Be Greater Atlanta honoree is DeUndre Eberhart.
Scott yet another late close out on Scola but got away with it
Milsap replaces Brand it's Sap, Scott, Lou, DeMarre and Shelvin Mack
It'd sure be fun to be covering a playoff game at Oracle Arena tonight for Clips-Warriors. Great, LOUD place to watch a game
Carroll plus four reserves on the floor to start 2nd
Just mind-blowing that with heart and energy, Ian Mahinmi has thoroughly outplayed Roy Hibbert this series
Scola heat check?
More Ian, y'all
I'd say Phillips around 70% capacity
Bench squad + DeMarre starts the 3rd. Lou gets straight to the rack on the first possession. 26-24 Hawks.
Ruling on the floor stands. David West 4/6 in the 1st Q and knocks down last bucket to tie the game 24-24
Hawks are missing some good looks. Otherwise, they’ve started to find ways to exploit Indiana’s switching strategy.
Initial ruling is that the bucket stands, 24-24 but refs reviewing
I'm assuming the latest season of 24 begins with Jack Bauer being sprung from his nursing home.
My bad they updated the scoreboard and now it's 24-24
An ugly-looking Q1 comes to a close as the Pacers end on a 9-2 run to tie things at 24.
Hawks have won all 3 first quarters in this series. Team winning first qtr has won every game between these teams this season except Game 2
DWest (10pts) hits a jumper to end the 1st and knot the game at 24. Pacers got great looks at the rim late and played w/o PG most of the Q.
Pacers two "best" players - Paul George and Roy Hibbert - went to bench at different points of the 1st, and each time, the team got better.
Refs at the monitor now to check for basket interference.
That last shot should not count
Looks like basket interference.
Tie game at the end of the 1st quarter. Looked like George Hill might've touched that ball while it was in the cylinder.
Pedroia was on the bag after catching the ball. That really was the old transfer rule. In this case, should've been out at second.
Lance Stephenson leading the Pacers back to a tie game. Scott ends the run and puts ATL back on top 24-22.
C.J. Watson playing Superman for the second time in 11 days.
This could change any minute, but the Pacers just don't look like a team that came ready to blow the Hawks out and keep series short
How does Jeff do what he does sometimes?
I'm begging you, take this Katy Perry/Juicy J track out back and shoot it
BRB, imagining Larry Bird, Donnie Walsh and Kevin Pritchard on a rap album cover.
Shawty Lo standing up eating buffalo chicken wings in a Versace T-Shirt and Sunglasses w/ a quarter million on his neck.
Jeff has 7 of our last 8, and Indiana wants to talk down 17-11.
Lou being the Lou of old, draws a foul on Stephenson and gets to the line.
Nothing would be funnier than Tag Team comin out and sayin "this one is from our new album"
Lou in for Carroll... ugly game so far
Vogel told me last month that Hill wasn’t even raised as a pure point guard “in grammar school.” Media struggles with this.
It is true. TAG TEAM is performing at halftime. 1 song. Wonder which one
The Rockets' 21-20 road record is the worst among the eight Western Conference playoff teams.
A jumper from David West evens the game at nine. Hawks 0-for-5 from deep.
Lance in transition turns into a look for David West near the FT line. Only 5 FGs between both teams and it's tied 9-9 at the 6:08 mark
Hawks call TO with the game tied at 9 w/ 6:08 to go.
Shawty Lo in the house, looking Foolish.
Tell me it is true. Tell me Tag Team really is here and is performing "Whoomp, There It Is" Live tonight.
That's two bad passes by Korver... cost Hawks a layup there
Instant reward by inserting C.J. Watson into PG's spot. Watson gets the steal and finishes the fast break layup through a foul.
Indy offense back in regression mode. PG’s two fouls will only hurt that.
Paul George with two turnovers and two fouls just over three and a half minutes in. Vogel brings Watson in to play with Hill, Stephenson.
Crowd is into it. Wanted to erupt on the Pero three that rattled out, and then all got up on PG's offensive foul.
2 fouls on Mr. George.
Hawks could really use a hot shooting game from Kyle Korver. Also need Pero to establish his outside shot early.
Paul George now with two fouls at the 8:24 mark
Great look away by Teague there, and perfectly-timed cut by Carroll.
Nice cut and find for Teague to Carroll, then answered by a Roy Hibbert banked-in jumper
I’m beginning to wonder if Hibbert even looks at the rim anymore.
The Pacers start by fouling Kyle on a three-point attempt. 3-0 good guys.
Ruling overturned. 3 shots for Korver.
Does it really take this long to determine if that Kyle Korver shot was a three?
That was as good of a defensive start as the Hawks could have hoped for.
Z-Bo showing the colors! http://t.co/eUn40yKErF
TIP OFF IN ATLANTA!
Pacers-Hawks Game 3 moments from tip-off. Tonight’s officials: Tony Brothers, Mark Ayotte, and Tom Washington.
Here to Tweet you through Game 3 from the Hawks media sky box
Tamar Braxton up here looking like she robbed Michael Jackson's closet…mighty glittery today, Tamar. Mighty glittery.
You one of those guys who don't come to this side of Bay?
Nine road games (by 7 teams) have won games so far in these NBA playoffs. That’s more than ALL of last season in the playoffs, per NBA.
Gregg Popovich: "I thought we were a little bit quick, trying to make passes that weren’t really there. Just doing things too quickly.''
Same-color-T-shirt-in-arena thing now played. But never better than bold gold of "We Believe." Color pops more than blue or white.
Back n the day with my lil bro Terry & longtime best friend Calvin Painter http://t.co/VvAmV2Tly0
The Thunder point guards -- Westbrook, Jackson and Fisher -- went a combined 1-of-19 from three in the first two games of this series.
I'm going to start a White House petition that says if you get water somewhere, you get a normal sized cup not a four-ounce shot glass.
Bud Light Lounge is ready full! Grind house is getting ready to SCREAM tonight! Go Grizzlies!
EVH’s most underrated riff has to be “Drop Dead Legs."
Russell Westbrook takes more or less shots than Durant tonight?
Kevin Durant scoring over or under 35.5 points tonight?
Back in D.C. Missed you.
FedEx Forum is already getting pumped for the game.
Thunder-Grizzlies: Marv Albert and Steve Kerr on the call for TNT tonight.
Oh no there are free cookies in the hotel lobby oh no
Lost in all of this is the poise from LeBron to not escalate matters after the foul from McRoberts.
Russell Westbrook's Game 3 shoes http://t.co/2CbAi2ZT2d
If you're an assistant NBA coach and you get a good head gig at a nice NCAA program that's your alma mater? You take that re: Dan Dan
Found 17 instances where Spurs split series 1-1 heading on road. Won series every time they won Game 3 (8), lost series with each loss (9).
I got confirmation from agent Warren LeGarie that Dan D'Antoni is heading back to Marshall today to accept their head coaching offer
History reminder: This is 20th anniversary of Rockets going from Choke City to Clutch City, after losing 1st two games at home to the Suns
Found some potential new arena contributors: Redd, Simmons, Mo, Salmons, Ersan, Gooden and Mayo got $300 MILLION in guaranteed $ from Bucks.
Top SG salaries 14-15: Kobe 23M, Joe J. 22M, Wade 20M, Gordon 14.8M, Harden 14.7M ... DeRozan, Ellis, Afflalo all under $10M per though
Ribs at Central BBQ in Memphis - http://t.co/kNMBImJvs6
Terry Stotts joked about Joel Freeland's 4 fouls in 1:15: "I didn't tell Joel we weren't in hack-a-Howard yet."
Flagrant 2 was ruled on McRoberts because, per NBA VP Rod Thorn, "for making unnecessary and excessive contact." You think?
Plenty players would've went after Josh McRoberts for the cheap shot. The composure of LeBron is as amazing as his game.
DOORS ARE OPEN!
Heat were up four after McRoberts foul with 50 seconds left. Then could have killed clock down to 26 seconds if Flagrant was ruled.