With David West struggling and Roy Hibbert still on his leave of absence, someone had to pick up their slack in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Playoffs against Atlanta. That someone turned out to be Luis Scola, who had 20 points and 7 rebounds off the Pacers bench.
Scola’s tenure with the Pacers had been pretty disappointing. Finally, this was the type of output the Pacers expected from him, when he was signed out of free agency this past summer.
The timing couldn’t have been better, as the Hawks came out with another strong performance in the first half. Hibbert and West were nowhere to be found, and it looked like Indiana could go down 0-2. However, strong play from Paul George (27 points, 10 rebounds) and Scola sparked a run from the end of the 3rd quarter through mid way through the 4th quarter to put the game on ice. Paul Millsap, led the Hawks with 19 points. Jeff Teague had 14 after his career high 28, Saturday night.
The win was especially critical, due to the fact the Pacers have exactly 2 wins since 2006 in Atlanta. That said, there is no way these Hawks should be able to compete with Indiana. Whatever, the problem is with Hibbert and West the Pacers need to fix it fast. Even if they get by Atlanta, the competition will be even stiffer down the road.