During the Atlanta Hawks' shootaround on Wednesday, ahead of that night's game against the Indiana Pacers, many players spoke to Robbie Kalland of Peachtree Hoops about the keys to Wednesday's game. Many of the players that Kalland spoke to focused on how long the Pacers are and how good a rebounding team they are.
Kyle Korver believes that the key to dealing with the size of the Pacers is to get out there and use their transition game to help beat the Pacers:
"It's very important [to run]. They have a lot of length and they're a great rebounding team," said Korver. "We don't want to get caught up in a type of game where we just run out and put up bad shots, but pushing the pace is something that we want to do every night, but tonight for sure."
The Pacers have two players in particular, 7'2 center Roy Hibbert and 6'10 David West, that take up a lot of space in the paint. Louis Williams believes that another key to winning would be to attack both of them, Hibbert in particular and maybe get them into foul trouble:
"We just have to continue to attack and keep pressure on [Hibbert]," Lou Will stated. "He can't block them all, I'm sure he'll have his fair share, but, you know, he can't block shots we don't shoot so we just have to stay aggressive and try our luck."
Josh Smith, who will be back in the lineup after recovering from an injury suffered in the home opener, believes that the team needs to come out better than they did in last Friday's game against the Houston Rockets:
"Most definitely [we want to get a win for the home fans], [the Rockets game] was disappointing," said Smoove. "We didn't come out with the energy we needed and today it's going to be a different story. We know the letdowns and mistakes we made last game here and we plan on correcting them."
The Hawks play the Pacers at Philips Arena with tip off scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET. The game will be televised on WCNN locally and the radio broadcast will be on 1070 the Fan AM.