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Pacers vs. Hawks: Atlanta goes big with starting lineup

The Hawks look to counter Indiana's interior size by sending out some size of their own.

Kevin C. Cox

The Atlanta Hawks lineup for tonight's game against the Indiana Pacers is set -- and it's big. Atlanta will start Jeff Teague, Kyle Korver, Josh Smith, Al Horford, and Zaza Pachulia, according to Peachtree Hoops. The bigger starting lineup reflects the need to match up physically with a Pacers team that's big on size, especially in the interior.

"Our biggest concern was being able to match up with them size-wise," Atlanta coach Larry Drew said. "Although Indiana's a good team and has good perimeter players, our focus is on their size. If we have problems with the perimeter we'll make adjustments."

Georgetown graduate Roy Hibbert anchors the Indiana lineup, which could run as big as 7'2, 6'9, 6'8, 6'6, 6'2 from the center spot down to the point guard spot. The Pacers will be without small forward Danny Granger, however. Indiana announced that Granger will miss the next three months with a left patella injury.

Atlanta comes into tonight's game coming off of a 104-95 road win at Oklahoma City. The Pacers lost their last game, 101-79, on the road at San Antonio.

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