3. Pierce said the energy dropped in the fourth quarter, but he also said he didn’t think it was because of fatigue. Still, though, just as this team was starting to get healthy, injuries are catching up to the Hawks again, with De’Andre Hunter (right knee surgery), Tony Snell (right Achilles soreness), Rajon Rondo (low back pain), Bogdan Bogdanovic (avulsion fracture, right knee) and Kris Dunn (right ankle surgery) out. That left the Hawks without their backup point guard and down a significant amount of shooting on the wing. Trae Young said the Hawks need to find a way to finish games better, even if they’re mixing players in and out of the lineup right now: “We’ve just got to continue to learn on the fly. We’re getting guys in and out, mixing guys in. Today we kind of just went out there and tried to play with effort and do that, so we’ve just got to figure out how to close better and kind of learn on the fly, really.”
4. One thing the Hawks did well was move the ball, as they tallied a season-high 35 assists (on 43 field goals) in the loss. They had 21 assists in the first half alone, which is a season-high for any half. Young led with 14 assists (to go with 15 points, though oddly he never attempted a 3-pointer in the game). Kevin Huerter had a double-double of 10 points and 10 assists and Brandon Goodwin had four assists. Every Hawks starter had at least one, with John Collins adding 18 points and two assists, Cam Reddish adding 18 points and one assist and Clint Capela chalking up 24 points and one assist.
5. Cam Reddish hasn’t found any consistency on offense this season, entering Saturday shooting 25% from 3-point range and 35.8% from the floor. But he looked confident and in control, going 6-for-10 from the floor, 3-for-7 from 3 and 3-for-4 from the line. “Just trying to forget about bad shooting,” Reddish said of what helped him get going. “I’m not trying to put too much emphasis on it. I know what I can do, just been struggling to make shots. And that happens. So just sticking with it and continuing to trust the work I put in.”
Stat of the game
70.6% (or 12-for-17, what the Pacers shot from the floor in the fourth quarter)
Star of the game
Doug McDermott (led the Pacers in scoring with 26 and was a plus-16)
“We didn’t make any shots down the stretch, and they made every shot down the stretch. I thought we had great looks. ... We didn’t capitalize on some open looks in the fourth.” (Pierce on the fourth quarter)