Atlanta Hawks are showing that seeding is just a number

Posted by Clevis Murray on Friday, April 25, 2014 with No comments
The Hawks-Pacers shifted to the Highlight Factory for Game 3; a venue where the Pacers would rather not visit due to only winning there two times since December of 2006. Entering tonight a Pacers win would add to the narrative of the rich getting richer but with the Hawks earning the victory the narrative of the Pacers was more like the worse growing even more worse and the collapse of the Indiana  pacers is a tale worth telling. Tonight the No. 8 seeded Hawks defeated the No. 1 seed Indiana Pacers 98-85 and Vogel said his team won't "quit" but have they mentally?

The game was the first aired tonight as it was featured on NBA TV.  One couldn't blame the NBA for airing the game there because it was something that would've put one to sleep through 4 quarters as both teams shot under 40% and a combined 27 turnovers.  The game did however pick up towards the end as guard Lou Williams hit a 3-pointer to close out the 3rd quarter to help the Hawks gain momentum into the most crucial quarter.  

But the shot of the game occurred when the shot-clock was winding and the ball was in Teague's hand.  He dribbled to the left (went out of bounds but wasn't called) went up and drained a 3-pointer over Pacers forward Luis Scola to increase the Hawks' lead to nine and caused the crowd to go berserk. After Teague made the incredible shot he jogged back on defense doing the "Jordan Shrug".

MVP: Jeff Teague controlled the game finishing with 22 points and 10 assists becoming the first Atlanta Hawk since Spud Webb back in 1986 to have a 20+ point and 10+ assist game.

Atlanta proved the doubters wrong......their Game 1 victory was no fluke and that they could come at the Pacers with all their might and they certainly did so.

All-Star forward Paul George and All-Star center Roy Hibbert combined for 5-20 shooting in game 3 combining for 16 points as their struggles were quite evident. The only player who showed up in the blue and gold was Lance Stephenson as he had a team-high 21 points and 13 rebounds.

Who said upsets only happen during March Madness? The Atlanta Hawks are three wins away from cementing their place in NBA history if they eliminate a No. 1 as the underdog

Game 4 is Saturday in Atlanta