After Western Conference action ruled the day in the NBA Playoffs on Monday, it's the Eastern Conference's turn on Tuesday. There are three games in the East on the docket, and in each one the higher seed will be attempting to bounce back after a Game 1 defeat.
Atlanta Hawks at Indiana Pacers, Game 2
7 p.m. ET, TNT
The eighth-seeded Hawks went into Bankers Life Fieldhouse and stunned the top-seeded Pacers in Game 1, using a huge third quarter to open up a big lead before cruising to victory in the fourth. One could argue "stunned" isn't the most appropriate word to use based on Indiana's play since the All-Star break, but it was still a bit surprising to see the Pacers play so poorly on their home floor to start the postseason.
Atlanta has proven to be a bit of a matchup problem for the Pacers this year, spreading the floor and opening up driving lanes for Jeff Teague. With stretch big men Paul Millsap and Pero Antic pulling Roy Hibbert away from the bucket, Teague went to work in Game 1, scoring a playoff career-high 28 points. On the other end, Indiana's offensive struggles continued, with Paul George shooting just 6-of-18 and the team appearing to be in general disarray at times. The Pacers need to get it together fast, or they could be looking at a 2-0 series deficit heading to Atlanta.
Brooklyn Nets at Toronto Raptors, Game 2
7:30 p.m. ET, NBA TV
After some back-and-forth trash talk in the local newspapers as well as some, let's call it "overenthusiasm" from Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri, it was the veteran Nets who went into Toronto and stole Game 1 in the first game of this postseason. In a tight affair heading down the stretch, Paul Pierce came to the rescue, scoring nine straight points to essentially seal the game. Deron Williams and Joe Johnson had 24 points apiece.
The Raptors were a bit jittery in their first postseason action since 2008, shooting just 39.4 percent from the field and turning the ball over 19 times. DeMar DeRozan really struggled, making just three of his 13 field goal attempts and missing all four of this three-point attempts. Kyle Lowry did have 22 points and Jonas Valanciunas had 17 points and 18 rebounds, but Toronto needs more from DeRozan to win this series.
Washington Wizards at Chicago Bulls, Game 2
9:30 p.m. ET, TNT
After going down by as many as 13 points in the third quarter, the Wizards got their act together and stormed back to beat the Bulls in Game 1. Washington outscored Chicago 30-18 in the fourth quarter to shock the United Center crowd. The star of the game was an apparently very healthy Nene, who scored 24 points on 11-of-17 shooting, with much of his work coming against recently crowned Defensive Player of the Year Joakim Noah.
The Bulls' offense had some bouts of success over the course of the game, but there was just nothing going on in the fourth quarter. Chicago shot just 38.9 percent in the final frame, and the Bulls really labored down the stretch, managing only six points in the last 5:56 of the game. Kirk Hinrich and D.J. Augustin had 16 points apiece, but they combined to shoot only 10-of-31.