Faced with relentless transfer rumors for weeks, if not months, John Collins remains to this day as a player of hawksprofessional and focused on winning.
Illustration tonight, because he allowed his team to win (113-111) in those Pacersby deflecting the ball into the basket with the fingers, after an offensive rebound and before the buzzer.
before that, Trae Young (26 points, 11 assists), De’Andre Hunter (25 points), Onyeka Okongwu (18 points, 20 rebounds, 4 blocks) or even Dejounte Murray (18 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists) proved invaluable in responding to the opposing team (six players with 10 or more points), led by the rookie Benedict Mathurin (26 points) in the absence of Tyrese Haliburton.
WHAT YOU SHOULD REMEMBER
— John Collins redeemed himself on the wire. Hero of the night, the inside of the Hawks (7 points and 8 rebounds in 27 minutes), thanks to his win the game inserted at the last second, managed to make people forget (this is relative) a previously very complicated performance. Limited to just 2/9 on shots, he struggled to gain the upper hand offensively against Isaiah Jackson, Jalen Smith, Oshae Brissett or even Bennedict Mathurin, while suffering defensively against them. Fortunately, everything worked out (or almost) by the end of the match.
— Indiana may be regretting its sloppiness. Undecided until the last second, this poster between the Pacers and Hawks will leave the locals with some regrets in mind. Because, by shooting only 40% on shots and especially 23% on 3-pts (7/30), Indiana’s players didn’t make their lives easier by watering them down either. Whether they dominated in the paint (64 points to 40), got upset and hit shots (24/29) or grabbed offensive rebounds (19) to make up for their lack of outside success, there’s no substitute for a few saves which is award-winning. basket in the game. Especially since by contrast, Atlanta finished 16/33 from long range (49%)…
✅ Onyeka Okongwu. Without Clint Capela, the Hawks’ young pivot continues to thrive in Nate McMillan’s rotation in games. Tonight, author of a big double-double, he signed one of his best career outings. Omnipresent on each side of the floor, starting with a bang (14 points, 8 rebounds after one quarter) and never seeming to be caught by fatigue (39 minutes), “Nyeka” therefore confirms its importance there. on this Atlanta team. Ultimately, the question of Capela’s future in the workforce is likely to seriously arise…
✅ Benedict Mathurin. Without Tyrese Haliburton, as well as Myles Turner, the Pacers need a player to take over the costume of workforce leader. One might have expected Buddy Hield to lead the charge, but in the end it was the Indiana rookie who took over the leadership of the group. Aggressive (8/11 in throws) and successful in shooting (9/18 in shots), he remarkably determined to get Rick Carlisle’s men back into the game, in the second and third quarters, when they were in a tough car led by not even ten points on the scoreboard.
⛔ The Nembhard/Duarte duo. Perfect symbols of the Pacers’ ugliness, both overall and on 3-pts, Andrew Nembhard and Chris Duarte had to say the least tear on the sheet tonight, on the back lines: 13 points overall, but just 4/25 on shots , including 2/12 on 3-pts… Clearly not the kind of performance that will help forget Tyrese Haliburton, despite all their goodwill. To see if Rick Carlisle will try the experiment again, even if the many absences from the outside positions do not help him.
⛔ The Atlanta Bench. Facing the trio TJ McConnell – Oshae Brissett – Jalen Smith, author of 44 points in total, the replacements of the Hawks (19 points between them) did not stop the shock and brought less quality minutes . Due to the failed performances of Bogdan Bogdanovic, AJ Griffin, Jalen Johnson and Aaron Holiday, Nate McMillan was forced to shoot the bodies of his incumbents. In particular the Trae Young — Dejounte Murray — De’Andre Hunter — Onyeka Okongwu quartet, where all of its members played between 34 and 39 minutes.
Indiana (23-20) : back to back against Memphis, Saturday night (01:00).
Atlanta (20-22) : back to back in Toronto, Saturday to Sunday evenings (01:30).