The first game of our weekend Game 7 bonanza is Hawks-Pacers. Luckily for us viewers, it won't be ruined by an arcane rule. The NBA chose not to suspend Paul George for stepping off the bench in the Game 6 skirmish. In fact, no one was suspended, which is great news.
Despite Indiana's slip up, George has been splendid. He's averaging 23 points, 11 rebounds and five assists on 45 percent shooting from the field and 46 percent from behind the arc. Not having him in Game 7 could have been the final nail in the proverbial coffin. But George will need help. David West has been consistent in the series, but no other Pacer has been reliable thus far. Roy Hibbert is a shell of himself, Lance Stephenson is electric but erratic, and George Hill has been invisible.
The Hawks face an uphill battle, though. They had the chance to close out the No. 1 seed at home, but slipped up and now have to do it on the road. The weight of that challenge lands squarely on the shoulders of Jeff Teague and Paul Millsap. The duo has been tremendous through the first six games, combining for 40 points a night.
TV Schedule: TNT
Local: SportSouth, WZGC-FM, 1070 The Fan
Canada: SPORTSNET ONE