INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The pressure is on the Indiana Pacers once again.
Game six Thursday night in Atlanta is win-or-go-home. If they respond like they did in games two and four, the roller-coaster season will extend to a game seven on Saturday.
The Pacers held one last practice at Bankers Life Fieldhouse Wednesday afternoon before the team left for Atlanta.
Frank Vogel wouldn’t confirm whether or not his team will switch to a smaller line-up from the start of the game to offset the hot-shooting Hawks. Vogel said he’s looking at everything before Thursday’s elimination game.
Vogel’s message to the team is focusing on the positive.
“I really believe that in a seven game playoff series, the team that lost the most recent game usually has the advantage the next game,” Vogel said. “We have to have that mindset that we’re going to make the adjustments we need to make and come in with a great hunger and go and try to get game six.”
“We can’t add the pressure that if we lose, we’re going to be done,” said Paul George. “We got to just go and play. We’re capable of it. We won there. It’s tough to win there, but we just have to believe in one another and get the job done.”
The Pacers acknowledge tactical adjustments need to be made, but they also say they need to look within before game 6.
“At the end of the day, we’re the ones out there playing and the ones that need to get the job done,” George said. “Regardless of what the match-ups are, everybody has to be accountable of how they’re playing right now and how well we need to play to move on.”
“If we lose we’re out, so you just have to bring everything,” Lance Stephenson added. “If you have to bleed or break something, you have to go all out, so that’s what I’m bringing.”